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Swimming: Club coach sees Char Valley's Lohman as one of area's best ever

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the last dozen years. And those divers usually go through the Pitt Aquatic Club where husband/wife coach duo Julian and Doe Krug coach them. Two divers normally come to mind, first and foremost, Doe and Julian's daughter, Cassidy Krug, and Samantha Pickens.

Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and reach the Olympic Trials. Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman has national championship aspirations and Olympic aspirations of her own.

But first thing is first. Before she attempts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Lohman has her sights set on Bucknell, where she is a heavy favorite to cap off her high school career with another state crown.

Lohman has won four WPIAL diving championships. She is in the PIAA Class AAA diving championships this weekend seeking to win her third consecutive title.

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Swimming: Chartiers Valley diver building a legacy

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Chartiers Valley diver Maria Lohman.

"Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the past dozen years and those quality divers usually train at the Pitt Aquatic Club.

Two of those divers who normally come to mind, first and foremost, are Cassidy Krug and Samantha Pickens.

Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate and the daughter of Julian and Doe Krug, the club's head coaches, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and competed in the Olympic Trials."

 

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley's playoff run ends

Written by Brad Everett on .

Another journey to the PIAA title game seemed like it could be in store for the Chartiers Valley boys, who, just like in 2010, had a high-scoring McConnell brother lead the Colts to a WPIAL title his senior season.

The script ended a bit differently this time, though, with Chartiers Valley being eliminated from the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs by section rival Mt. Lebanon, 50-48, in a first-round game Saturday.

The Colts finished with a 26-4 record, making them the only WPIAL team to win at least 20 games each of the last nine seasons. Coach Tim McConnell's team boasts a 216-36 record during that time, making it to the WPIAL title game six times and winning two championships.

Matty McConnell concluded his career with 2,018 points. His brother, T.J, scored 2,406 in his career. No brothers in WPIAL history have combined to score as many points. Both won WPIAL championships and WPIAL scoring titles their senior seasons.

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley's latest title sweet

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Marky Billson profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team.

2015 0306 ChartiersValley BBasketball(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Jake Ritson, Matty McConnell and Eddie Flohr lift their trophy after defeating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday at Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"You'll excuse Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell if he's a bit giddy.

This past season the veteran coach not only won his 500th career game at the Colts' helm but also his sixth WPIAL championship en route to a 23-3 record to date.

His son, Matty, scored his 2000th career point during Chartiers Valley's 78-67 victory against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game last Saturday at the Peterson Events Center, joining older brother T.J., now of the Arizona Wildcats, in reaching that milestone.

"What a remarkable year to win the WPIAL title with my son, just like T.J., in his senior year! I couldn't have written a better script," McConnell said proudly."

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Boys Basketball: Flohr's outstanding play drives Chartiers Valley to WPIAL title

Written by Brad Everett on .

As is almost always the case, WPIAL scoring leader Matty McConnell was Chartiers Valley's top point producer when the Colts beat North Allegheny to win the WPIAL Class AAAA championship last Saturday.

However, if it wasn't for Eddie Flohr, there's a good chance the Colts wouldn't have claimed the title.

Like most of his teammates – all expect McConnell, really – Flohr struggled in the first half, scoring only four points while Chartiers Valley fell behind, 43-33, at halftime. McConnell had 21 points and the four other starters totaled just 12.

The second half was a different story, and it led to the ending the Colts had hoped for. Flohr was outstanding in the final 16 minutes, scoring 20 of his 24 points. He scored nine in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth to help the Colts rally and then pull away for a 78-67 win at Petersen Events Center.