Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley gets defensive in first-round win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chartiers Valley (20-3), which plays Class AAAA Section 4 rival Upper St. Clair (17-6) in a quarterfinal Saturday, has been fueled by an offense that ranks second in the WPIAL at 80.4 points per game.

However, that approach changed a bit last Saturday when the Colts used a stingy defense to defeat Butler, 64-39. It was the fewest points Chartiers Valley had given up this season and the fewest Butler had scored. The Colts limited Butler to 24 percent shooting (12 of 50) and just one successful 3-point shot. The Golden Tornado didn't score their first points until there was 3:23 left in the first quarter and had just 23 points through three quarters.

The Colts shut down Butler's Justice Lewandowski, the team's second-leading scorer. Lewandowski was blanketed by Chartiers Valley's Eddie Flohr and Coleman Vaughn throughout and finished without a point.

Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell said it was his team's finest defensive effort of the season.


Girls Basketball: Chartiers Valley enjoys turnaround

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team.

"Ashley Battle has seen high enough levels of basketball, from high school, to college to professional, from domestic to international leagues, to know one season is not a reason for panic.

After a highly successful collegiate and professional career, Battle began her coaching career last year at Chartiers Valley.

She had to fill the shoes of Spencer Stefko, who resigned after leading the Colts to the WPIAL Class AAAA final in 2013. Battle also had to take over a team that was competing in Section 4-AAAA, home to veteran coaches and powerhouse programs, including Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair.

The Colts struggled. They finished 7-15 overall and 4-8 in section play, missing the WPIAL playoffs."



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.""



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.