Alumni Update - T.J. McConnell (Arizona)

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Conference champion Arizona was rewarded for its efforts with a total of 10McConnell Arizona Pac-12 postseason honors on Monday in an announcement by the league office.

T.J. McConnell was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive after leading the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.02) and ranking third in both assists (5.5) and steals (1.8) per game. He averages 8.3 points on .452 shooting, and has led UA in assists 26 times in 31 games this season.

The Chartiers Valley graduate enters the postseason needing 11 assists to move into 10th place on Arizona’s single-season chart.


(photo courtesy of University of Arizona)


Swimming: Damich helps Chartiers Valley climb leaderboard

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Looking at the WPIAL Class AA boys team standings, Chartiers Valley clocked in at third place, in what some may consider a surprise. The Colts totaled 159 points to outpoint the fourth-place team and three-time defending champion Indiana who had 158. Chartiers Valley also finished ahead of perennial powers such as fifth-place Hopewell (132), seventh-place Shady Side Academy (129), eighth-place West Allegheny (127) and ninth-place South Fayette (88).

A big reason for Chartiers Valley's ascension up the standings was the performance of junior Drew Damich who individually accounted for 40 points and whose relays helped account for another 74 points meaning Damich was directly involved in 114 points that would place him ninth in the WPIAL team standings.


Swimming: Chartiers Valley diver a perfect 3 for 3 at WPIALs

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She has proven she can do it at Class AA and now she has proven she can do it at Class AAA – twice. Chartiers Valley junior Maria Lohman captured her third consecutive WPIAL diving medal at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships at North Allegheny. Lohman, who won in Class AA as a freshman and Class AAA as a sophomore, won in style, putting together a personal best score of 540.15 over the 11-dive meet.

The gold medal was hardly in doubt as Lohman led the entire meet and continued to stretch her lead. She won by over 100 points, out distancing herself from Fox Chapel's Miranda Simon (414.10).


Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers Valley's Jerrad Tuite

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Name: Jerrad Tuite
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: While teammate Matty McConnell has gotten more praise this season, Tuite has also meant a lot to a Chartiers Valley team that will play be making its seventh WPIAL semifinal appearance in eight seasons when the No. 1 Colts (23-1) take on No. 5 Uniontown (21-1) in a Class AAA game tonight at Baldwin. After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Tuite, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, is averaging 16.3 points per game (second to McConnell's 22.3) to go along with 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals. Tuite is shooting 42 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line.


Hockey: Colts’ Stevenson receives honor

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Chartiers Valley senior defenseman Tyler Stevenson was one of four players honored by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Highmark Players of the Month for January.

Stevenson scored three goals and added seven assists in the month. His best game during the month was against Hampton, when he scored three of his four points in the third period to help the Colts rally from a 6-2 deficit to win, 7-6.

Stevenson, the Colts’ captain, leads all defenseman in Class AA in points (24) and power-play goals (five).

The two-time all-star has 21 goals and 65 points in his PIHL regular-season career.