Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley looking strong

Written by Brad Everett on .

T.J. McConnell led Chartiers Valley to a WPIAL title his senior season.

A season later, the Colts returned to the final.

They hope that scenario plays out similarly now that T.J.'s brother, Matty, has moved on.

Defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion Chartiers Valley is off to another solid start, this despite the graduation of Matty McConnell, last season's Post-Gazette Player of the Year who averaged 29.5 points per game. McConnell now plays at Robert Morris.


Football: Chartiers Valley alum big contributor to Duquesne's run

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Chartiers Valley grad Wayne Capers, a standout football player at Duquesne.

"Wayne Capers Jr. is a big-play receiver with an aggressive disposition. He is just as comfortable making acrobatic catches as he is delivering jolting blocks and special teams tackles.

A Duquesne University senior, he is the antithesis of a pass-catching diva.

"You have to have a couple screws loose to want to cover kicks, I know that," said Capers, a Chartiers Valley graduate. "But I like being physical, I like mixing it up out there any way that I can. If I'm not catching passes, I'm OK with blocking for my teammates."

Capers' contributions fueled an unprecedented run for the Dukes this fall. They played in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time in history last Saturday, falling to host William & Mary, 52-49."


Alumni Update - Nicole Lapia (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Nicole Lapia made seven saves Wednesday in 110 minutes to help Grove City earn a 0-0 draw with unbeatenLapia GC Thomas More.

On Friday night, she made two saves in the first half of Grove City’s 6-0 win at Thiel.

The Chartiers Valley graduate earned PAC Goalkeeper/Defensive Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Girls Soccer: Chartiers Valley keeps playoff hopes alive

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In most sections, Chartiers Valley would be a playoff team. Unfortunately for the Colts, they are not in most sections. They play in Section 4-AAA, home of Canon-McMillan, Moon and Peters Township. However Chartiers Valley has kept its playoff hopes alive so far. The Colts are 6-5 overall and 5-3 in section play, trailing Canon-McMillan (10-0, 8-0), Peters Township (9-1, 6-1) and Moon (7-2, 5-2). All three of their losses have come to the "Big Three." They dropped a 2-0 decision to Canon-McMillan and a 1-0 game at Peters Township. The Colts will likely have to spring one upset over the top three if it wants to reach the postseason.

"Chartiers Valley has a really solid team," Canon-McMillan coach Dave Derrico said. "But now they have three losses, and to me it is a three-dog race at the moment with us, Moon and Peters."

Chartiers Valley has a tough back-to-back schedule this week when it travels to Canon-McMillan Monday and hosts Peters Township Tuesday. Its remaining section contests are against Brashear and at Moon.