Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley's latest title sweet

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team.

2015 0306 ChartiersValley BBasketball(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Jake Ritson, Matty McConnell and Eddie Flohr lift their trophy after defeating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday at Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"You'll excuse Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell if he's a bit giddy.

This past season the veteran coach not only won his 500th career game at the Colts' helm but also his sixth WPIAL championship en route to a 23-3 record to date.

His son, Matty, scored his 2000th career point during Chartiers Valley's 78-67 victory against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game last Saturday at the Peterson Events Center, joining older brother T.J., now of the Arizona Wildcats, in reaching that milestone.

"What a remarkable year to win the WPIAL title with my son, just like T.J., in his senior year! I couldn't have written a better script," McConnell said proudly."


Boys Basketball: Flohr's outstanding play drives Chartiers Valley to WPIAL title

Written by Brad Everett on .

As is almost always the case, WPIAL scoring leader Matty McConnell was Chartiers Valley's top point producer when the Colts beat North Allegheny to win the WPIAL Class AAAA championship last Saturday.

However, if it wasn't for Eddie Flohr, there's a good chance the Colts wouldn't have claimed the title.

Like most of his teammates – all expect McConnell, really – Flohr struggled in the first half, scoring only four points while Chartiers Valley fell behind, 43-33, at halftime. McConnell had 21 points and the four other starters totaled just 12.

The second half was a different story, and it led to the ending the Colts had hoped for. Flohr was outstanding in the final 16 minutes, scoring 20 of his 24 points. He scored nine in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth to help the Colts rally and then pull away for a 78-67 win at Petersen Events Center.


Swimming: Chartiers Valley diver caps WPIAL career with fourth title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

When she started her high school diving career, Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman never thought she would have a chance to capture a WPIAL title in the highest classification. The Colts were in Class AA. When she was a freshman, Lohman proved she was the class of Class AA by capturing a WPIAL title in her first try. Then Chartiers Valley moved up to Class AAA. Fast forward three years later and Lohman has now finished her WPIAL career a perfect four-for-four with WPIAL titles, one in Class AA and three in Class AAA.

She put an exclamation point on her WPIAL run with a personal best score of 603.50 at the diving championships at North Allegheny. Lohman, a heavy favorite, out-pointed Pine-Richland's Mallory Charles and Fox Chapel's Miranda Simon, who scored 470.55 and 465.80, respectively.

Lohman has one more challenge in her high school career. A two-time PIAA champion, she will seek her third consecutive PIAA title in three weeks at Bucknell University.



Alumni Update - Alexis Swartzmiller (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – A trio of student-athletes from the Robert Morris University softball team swept the weekly honors from the Northeast Conference (NEC) as announced by the league Monday afternoon.

Senior Alexis Schwartzmiller, senior Nicole Sleith and freshman Olivia Lorusso were selected Player of the Week, Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

It marks just the second time in RMU history, and the first since 2001, that three Colonials swept the weekly league honors.

This was the first time the NEC handed out awards this season, so they therefore encompassed performances since the beginning of the 2015 campaign. With these honors, RMU has now claimed at least one weekly award in the first release of the season in each of the past five years.


Alumni Update - Kayla Dames (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. -  The Pitt-Greensburg women's basketball team lost a hard fought battle to the Allegheny Mountain CollegiateDames PGU Conference No. 1 team, La Roche College by a 73-66 score on Wednesday evening.

The Bobcats drop to 9-6 in the AMCC and 13-9 overall after the loss as La Roche improves to 15-0 in conference play and 18-4 on the season.

The Bobcats would outshoot the opposition 41 percent to 33 percent and hold a 23-19 advantage in rebounds. Kayla Dames would lead the way with 12 first half points.

Dames, a Chartiers Valley graduate, would finish two of three free throws with 18 ticks left to bring the score to 68-64, but La Roche would stand strong to earn the 73-66 victory.

Dames would pace Pitt-Greensburg after scoring 20 points along with three assists, three blocks, and three steals.


(photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg University)