In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Chartiers Valley basketball standout Matty McConnell.
"The bed is still in Matty McConnell's old room on the second floor at his family home in Collier, but it's more a place for storage now, with clothes piled on the mattress. Matty decided a few years ago to take over his older brother's room across the hall when T.J. McConnell left for college.
But Matty doesn't just sleep in his brother's bed. He now walks in T.J.'s footsteps.
Five years ago, T.J. took his basketball game to another level as a senior at Chartiers Valley High School and had a season for the WPIAL ages. Matty is now a senior at Chartiers Valley and following a similar path.
Matty, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard, leads the WPIAL in scoring at 30.9 points a game. Only 16 WPIAL players in the past 30 years have averaged 30 points or more for the regular season. One of them was T.J., who averaged 34 in 2009-10, his senior season."