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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley coach wins 500th

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell won his 500th career game Friday.

"Take Tim McConnell's age, add a "0" and you get his number of coaching wins.

McConnell, Chartiers Valley's boys basketball coach, reached a coaching milestone Friday night and he drove in the fast lane to reach it. McConnell won his 500th game when Chartiers Valley defeated visiting Peters Township, 86-55, in a WPIAL Class AAAA Section 4 game.

McConnell, 50, is the 18th coach in WPIAL boys basketball history to join the 500 club, but McConnell made history by reaching the mark faster than any other. McConnell is in only his 22nd season and has a record of 500-116. His winning percentage of .811 is the best among coaches with 500 wins.

"Not that it means everything because I think I still have a lot of years coaching," McConnell said. "But when you hear the names of [Farrell's] Ed McCluskey and [Blackhawk's] John Miller, and you're told you got to 500 a little faster than some great coaches, that does make it special.""

 

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Chartiers Valley vs. Lincoln Park The PBC High School Classic (Jan. 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In the most talked about match up of the day, Chartiers Valley and Lincoln Park meet in the PBC High School Classic, Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Montour High School. Both teams played their game and play was fast and physical. Chartiers Valley took the lead and hung on to it, defeating Lincoln Park 89-72.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Hockey: Plenty contribute in Colts’ second win

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Chartiers Valley entered last Thursday night’s game against West Allegheny having lost seven straight games since its lone win of the season on Nov. 13 against Norwin.

But behind a group effort, the Colts rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Indians, 6-3.

Daniel Bigley led the way with two goals as nine different Colts scored at least one point. Alexander Evans (three assists), Derek Falcioni (one goal, two assists) and Raymond Lindow (one goal, two assists) led the way with three points apiece.

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Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Alexa Golden, Chartiers Valley

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Alexa Golden
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Alexa is a three-year starter who missed her junior season because of a knee injury. This year, the co-captain is averaging 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.6 steals per game and is averaging 84 percent from the free-throw line. Alexa already has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the women's basketball team at Kent State University where she plans to major in Criminal Justice.

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Varsity Xtra: Chartiers Valley's McConnell making his own mark

Written by Mike White on .

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."