Basketball: Char Valley grad McConnell grateful for the NBA 'experience'

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"PHILADELPHIA — T.J. McConnell had just finished a recent game with the Philadelphia 76ers when he and his father, a few family members and some friends decided to visit an establishment within walking distance of Wells Fargo Center. T.J. was first to the door when a worker announced there was a $10 cover charge, but free admittance with a 76ers ticket stub.

"He played," said Tim McConnell, pointing at his son.

The worker still wanted $10.

"No, you don't understand. He played in the game," Tim McConnell tried to reason."



Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers Valley’s Brady Gulakowski

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Brady Gulakowski
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop/Catcher/Pitcher

Background: Gulakowski has been a fixture in the Chartiers Valley lineup since his freshman season. He often plays shortstop, but sometimes moves over to catcher and even sees time on the mound. Gulakowski, who bats second in the lineup, had the game-winning RBI double in last Friday's 1-0 win against Seneca Valley. He doubled twice in a season-opening win against Canon-McMillan. Gulakowski originally committed to Pitt, but has since reopened his recruitment, according to coach Jim Jaskowski. Colleges are recruiting him to play catcher.


Baseball: Char Valley’s Flohr a difference maker on the diamond, too

Written by Brad Everett on .

Most local high school sports fans are familiar with Eddie Flohr's name because of his basketball talents.

But did you know Flohr is also an excellent baseball player?

Flohr, a senior, is a three-year starter for Chartiers Valley, which will take a 5-2 record into today's Class AAA Section 3 opener against Montour. Flohr splits time between second base and the outfield. He is the team's No. 9 hitter and does a lot of damage with his speed and athletic ability.

"He's a kid that gives us a lot of flexibility," Chartiers Valley coach Jim Jaskowski said. "He plays some outfield as well as second base. Eddie is a rare player. He's a phenomenal baserunner. As a hitter he's dangerous and he's dangerous as a runner with his ability to take a game over with his legs. That's a great weapon to have on any team."


Track: Chartiers Valley freshman trying to make a name for himself

Written by Brad Everett on .

Not many freshmen make an impact at the very start of their high school track careers.

Chartiers Valley's Elias Zajicek hopes to become one of the exceptions.

Zajicek earned the gold medal in the 800 at last Saturday's Mt. Lebanon Invitational. Zajicek finished in 2:04.66, which narrowly edged out Greensburg Salem's Frankie King, who had a time of 2:04.86.

Zajicek was one of two ninth-grade boys to take home individual gold medals at the event. The other was Greensburg Salem's Victor Kemp, who claimed the title in the 200.


Alumni Update - Alex Lawrence (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Alex Lawrence provided plenty of pop in the Waynesburg lineup during a 4-0 week. She tied for the team lead withLawrence Waynesburg a .500 batting average (4-for-8) after totaling two home runs, a double, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

She paced the Jackets with a 1.375 slugging percentage and, thanks in part to a team-best six walks, posted a .714 on-base percentage. Lawrence also played error-free defense with 11 putouts and four assists.

The Chartiers Valley graduate earned PAC Hitter of the Week for his performance.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)