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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley's McConnell tops South area scorers

Written by Brad Everett on .

With his older brother making a name for himself nationally as the point guard for the No. 1 team in the country, Chartiers Valley's Matty McConnell is continuing to shine in gyms around the WPIAL.

McConnell, a 6-foot junior guard, led all South area players in scoring through games played Monday, Jan. 6 with a 22.5-point average. Currently, McConnell is averaging 21.1 points per game.

McConnell missed three games after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and the Colts dropped their only game of the season during that stretch. Since returning, McConnell has led the Colts to three consecutive wins, including a key section victory against Montour in which McConnell scored a season-high 32 points.

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Hockey: Franks, McMahon stepping up for Chartiers Valley

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Despite having two of the best players in the PIHL in Anthony Franks and Cullen McMahon, Chartiers Valley won just four of its first nine games.

But the senior duo had played even better over the past three contests, and with the Colts also stepping up their goal prevention, Chartiers Valley has gone a three-game winning streak.

Franks has scored a hat trick in each of the last three games, wins against North Hills, Latrobe and Moon. He also has seven assists in the three games.

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Photo Journal: Hockey AA Chartiers Valley vs. Latrobe (Jan. 2)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Chartiers Valley plays Latrobe at Mt. Lebanon Ice Rink, Thursday, January 2, 2014.  The weather was fierce and most high school sports had been postponed, however, not hockey.  It was senior night for Chartiers Valley and it will be memorable for the 9 players graduating.  Chartiers Valley shut out Latrobe, 6-0.

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

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley getting it done defensively

Written by Brad Everett on .

A team that has run to countless wins with a high-powered offense over the years is thriving defensively this season.

Chartiers Valley is allowing 43.6 points per game thus far. That mark is the third best in the WPIAL and second best in Class AAA. Only Knoch (39.2) and Plum (40.0) are allowing fewer points per game.

The Colts have held all but two of their opponents to 50 points or less and have held teams to as low as 26 and 27 points. A season ago, the Colts allowed 50 points per game.

Coach Tim McConnell's team is once again one of the top teams in Class AAA. The Colts are 7-1 overall and 3-0 in Section 5. However, the Colts are coming off what was a somewhat disappointing performance in the Ambridge tournament over the weekend. Friday, the Colts overcame the fact that they did not score in the third quarter to defeat Canon-McMillan, 56-50. A night later, the Colts suffered their first loss, 57-56, against Ambridge.

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete — Char Valley’s Cullen McMahon

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

 

Name: Cullen McMahon
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Position: Forward
Sport: Hockey

Background: Last season Cullen McMahon had 40 goals, while no other Class AA player had more than 34. This season, McMahon is on pace for 34 goals after he netted his 16th and 17th goals in the team’s 8-4 victory over North Hills Monday. He has scored a goal in six straight games and also has 15 assists on the season. His 32 points are tied for second in the league, one point behind teammate Anthony Franks.

Chartiers Valley coach Sean Biancaniello: “Watching [McMahon and Franks] play is one of the reasons I keep coaching. I’ve gotten to see them blossom from sixth graders to their junior and senior years. I have a great rapport with them on and off the ice and our offense runs through them.”