Boys Basketball: Rested Chartiers Valley ready for run

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team.

"Christmas break presented Chartiers Valley's boys basketball team with exactly what coach Tim McConnell knew his players needed -- an intermission of sorts from their schedule.

"It really was a blessing in disguise," McConnell said. "From Dec. 23 until Jan. 5, we didn't have any games but we did have some really good practices and time to correct some things."

Chartiers Valley entered its holiday break off a four-point Class AAAA Section 4 loss to Upper St. Clair. But the Colts quickly rebounded after their break by winning four section games in a row to remain toward the top of the standings.

After a 90-76 win Friday night at Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley improved to 11-2 overall and 6-1 against section opponents while being ranked No. 3 by the Post-Gazette in Class AAAA."



Men's Basketball: Chartiers Valley grad a force at Seton Hill

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Spencer Casson, who is now a standout basketball player at Seton Hill.

"The only person blocking Spencer Casson's success on the basketball court these days is, well, Spencer Casson.

Casson, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound redshirt freshman center, got off to a very slow start at Seton Hill but has rapidly established himself as one of the premiere shot blockers in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

A Chartiers Valley graduate from Presto, Casson had a difficult time adjusting to the speed of play at the NCAA Division II level and played sparingly through the first six games. In four of those six games, he played fewer than 10 minutes and averaged just 9.5 minutes per contest.

"He was developing," said coach Tony Morocco, in his 12th season with the Griffins. "He was behind in certain areas physically and he was learning the system and learning how to do things to compete at this level. He was just a young kid, very, very green.""



Alumni Update - Spencer Casson (Seton Hill)

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Spencer Casson averaged 12 points, nine rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game last week for Seton Hill.Casson SHU


In a win over Clarion, the freshman center scored a game-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting while adding 13 rebounds and eight blocks.


The Chartiers Valley product contributed six points, five blocks, and five rebounds in a PSAC Crossover game against West Chester.

His performance earned him PSAC West Freshman of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Chartiers Valley’s Derek Falcioni

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Name: Derek Falcioni
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Falcioni notched his first career hat trick at the high school level Monday, scoring three goals in the Colts’ 6-5 loss to Fox Chapel. Falcioni’s three goals gave him six for the season, all coming in the past four games. Falcioni, a four-year varsity member and an alternate captain this season, is the team’s leading scorer with 12 points, but Chartiers Valley is just 1-11 on the season. Last season, Falcioni scored seven goals and 17 points for the playoff-bound Colts.