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Girls Basketball: Move to Class AAA agrees with Chartiers Valley

Written by Joe Koch on .

After struggling in Class AAAA a year ago an competing in Section 4-AAAA, Chartiers Valley is enjoying plenty of success with an overall record of 6-3 and a Section 5-AAA record of 4-0 heading into today's 7:30 p.m. game at McGuffey.

The Colts are the only unbeaten team in section play. McGuffey and Trinity are tied for second place with section records of 2-1. Quaker Valley is fourth at 2-2, and South Fayette is tied with Montour for fifth place at 1-2.

The Colts started their season losing two of their first three games to non-section opponents Penn Hills (57-50) and Bishop Canevin (58-43). But after that loss to the Crusaders, Chartiers Valley earned section victories over South Fayette (39-31), Trinity (36-32), Quaker Valley (64-31) and Montour (63-24). After losing to non-section rival Vincentian Academy, 59-41, in the Butler Tournament, the Colts rolled to a 62-21 victory over Kittanning in the tournament's consolation game.

Following tonight's game with McGuffey, the Colts host Keystone Oaks at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Boys Basketball: New class, same results for Chartiers Valley

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chartiers Valley is piling up wins and is among the highest-scoring teams in the WPIAL.

In other words, it's been business as usual.

Back in Class AAAA after spending the previous two seasons in Class AAA, Chartiers Valley is 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Section 4. The Colts are averaging 82.9 points per game, which ranks first in Class AAAA and second in the WPIAL. Only Vincentian is averaging more.

At the forefront of Chartiers Valley's sizzling start has been senior guard Matty McConnell, who has scored 34 points in each of the Colts' last two games. McConnell, a Robert Morris recruit, has already eclipsed 30 points three times. He averaged 21.8 points per game as a junior.

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Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Maria Lohman
High School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Diving

Background: Chartiers Valley senior diver Maria Lohman has won championships on multiple levels. She won a WPIAL Class AA title as a freshman and after Chartiers Valley moved up to Class AAA, she won back-to-back WPIAL titles in the highest classification of the district. Lohman has also captured PIAA Class AAA titles as a sophomore and junior. She still has her senior year to go but Lohman will soon be setting her sights on another title, the ACC Championship. Lohman has made a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina where she will begin swimming for the 2015-16 season.

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Swimming: WVU recruit Damich ready for big senior year at Chartiers Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Chartiers Valley senior Drew Damich has established himself as the premier distance freestyler in WPIAL Class AA, by the slightest of margins. He has dueled with another senior, West Allegheny's Jarod Kehl, over the years. Last year at WPIALs, Damich won gold in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle winning the 200 freestyle by 0.26 seconds and winning the 500 freestyle by 1.08. He has also captured PIAA gold as a sophomore. A new immediate challenge awaits Damich this year. He will no longer be challenged by Kehl for WPIAL and PIAA gold, but rather a slew of distance freestylers in Class AAA where Chartiers Valley will compete next season. The Chartiers Valley girls team had been competing in the WPIAL's highest classification for the past two seasons and now the boys join them.

While the immediate challenge of Class AAA is right in front of Damich and his teammates, there is another challenge down the road. Next season Damich will make another jump, from WPIAL Class AAA to the Big 12 Conference. He recently committed to West Virginia University where he will compete for the Mountaineers, a Big 12 and NCAA finalist last season. Damich swims out of the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club.