Boys Tennis: Char Valley senior putting foes in a pickle

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Ryan Riordan profiles Chartiers Valley tennis player Kyle Hicken.

"During Kyle Hicken's first season of playing varsity tennis during his sophomore year, Chartiers Valley coach Diane Daeschner said he was a "pickleball player" on the tennis court.

But over the past three seasons, he's turned into the Colts top player and a WPIAL qualifier. But he learned a lot of his game by playing "pickleball," a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.

Hicken qualified for the WPIAL tournament for the second consecutive season by finishing second in the Class AAA Section 5 tournament earlier this month.

"[Pickleball] helps out his net game," Daeschner said. "Pickleball has a smaller court and you're working at the net a lot and it translates to the tennis court.""



Girls Lacrosse: Char Valley has goals in mind

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Joe Koch profiles the Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team.

2014 0424 ChartiersValley GLacrosse(Photo: Chartiers Valley midfielder ShyAnne Toomer protects the ball from Winchester Thurston defender Maria Lagnese during the Colts' victory against the Bears last week. Connor Mulvaney/Post-Gazette)

"Perhaps a change in venue for the championship game will yield a better result for the Chartiers Valley High School girls lacrosse team.

For the past three seasons, the Colts have advanced to the WPIAL championship game only to see their hopes dashed with successive losses to North Hills -- 15-5 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2012 -- and a heartbreaking 15-14 setback to Shaler Area a season ago.

All three of those losses took place at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium. This year, the girls Division 1 and Division 2 championships will be played on May 22 at Highmark Stadium at Station Square. If the first 11 games are any indication, the Colts -- who are 10-1 following Tuesday's home victory against Moon Area -- are in line for another shot at a championship.

"Yeah, we would be silly not to think that wasn't in our future, but given the dynamic of our team and the amount of athletes and talent we have on this team, it is a likely scenario,'' said Julie Gould, the Colts' fourth-year coach. "Whether it plays out like that, we don't know."


Alumni Update - Chad Jacob (Pitt-Greensburg)

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. -  The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team put up some mammoth offensive numbers onJacob PGU their way to a sweep of the D'Youville Spartans, winning on Saturday by scores of 20-5 and 22-10.  After the pair of victories the Bobcats improve to 8-4 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and 15-12 overall while D'Youville falls to 0-10 in conference and 1-18 on the season.

A number of Bobcats would have an impressive game from the plate, led by Chad Jacob a Chartiers Valley graduate, who went  3-5 performance that included a homerun, double, RBI, and four runs scored.


(photo courtesy of the University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Track: Colts’ Peterson stars at Big South Invite

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Dejalynn Peterson had a busy — and successful — time at the Big South Invitational last Wednesday.

The Chartiers Valley senior won the 200 and 400 meters and placed second in the 100 at the event, which included Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Forward, Belle Vernon, McGuffey, Trinity, Ringgold and host West Mifflin.

Peterson won the 200 in a time of 26.53, squeaking by Thomas Jefferson’s Missy Wagner, who ran a 26.66. Peterson had an easier time in the 400, as her time of 59.21 was more than three seconds faster than West Mifflin’s Aerial Dukes. Wagner finished third.

In the 100, Peterson ran a 13.18, which was 0.26 seconds behind Olivia Airhart of Thomas Jefferson. 


Baseball: Chartiers Valley the hottest team in Class AAA

Written by Brad Everett on .

There are a bunch of excellent teams in Class AAA.

None, however, has put together a win streak as long as Chartiers Valley's.

The Colts are on quite a roll. They have won eight consecutive games, their last loss coming on March 28. They have amassed a 9-2 record and sit alone atop Section 3 with a mark of 5-0.

The win streak includes triumphs against section-rival Keystone Oaks and Section 1 leader Montour. The Colts have outscored their opponents, 65-19, during the streak. They have scored at least nine runs five times and have limited all but two of the opponents to three runs or fewer.