Alumni Update - Shannon McNamara (Thiel)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six former Tomcats were named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference 60th anniversary women's tennis team Monday.

Representing Thiel on the 60th anniversary team were: Mishelle Beercheck, Jennifer Chalaban, Kristen Diulus, Chris Ibinson, Shannon McNamara and Anna Schultz.

McNamara a Chartiers Valley graduate, was a captain for the Tomcats during her junior and senior seasons. At the 2000 PAC Championships she finished as the runner-up at second singles and teamed with Hillary Geiser to finish third at second doubles.

At the 1999 PAC Championships she played to a third-place finish at first singles and teamed with Anna Schultz to finish third at first doubles. She finished third at number one doubles with Schultz and was fourth at number one singles at the 2001 PAC Championships.



Chartiers Valley 2014 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Colts struggled in Niel Loebig's first season as head coach. They recorded only one victory in the Parkway Conference and finished the season with a 1-8 record.

Three starters return from that team: Mike Roper (5-11, 225, Sr., RB/LB), Jamie Pachis (5-10, 205, Sr., RB/WR), and Christo Boulos (6-0, 320, Sr., C).

"We will be young and inexperienced, but that's not always bad," Loebig said. "We have a bunch of kids who love to play football. I'm very excited about this group. We're much improved from last year. We may struggle at the beginning of the year, but our goal is to qualify for the playoffs."


Alumni Update: Char Valley alumnus eager to play in familiar territory

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Joe Koch profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Sean Lapcevic, a wide receiver at Case Western Reserve.

"It might be a new conference for the Case Western Reserve University football team, but for Chartiers Valley High School graduate Sean Lapcevic, it will be business as usual as the Spartans begin dual membership in the Presidents Athletic Conference and the University Athletic Association along with fellow UAA member Carnegie Mellon.

The Spartans and the Tartans open the season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Cleveland in the 29th annual Academic Bowl. The Spartans also will continue to play UAA members Chicago and Washington University of St. Louis along with the Presidents Athletic Conference rivals. A year ago, Case Western defeated Carnegie Mellon, 35-32, at the Tartans' Gesling Stadium.

"I'm just going to continue to prove myself in every aspect of my game," said Lapcevic, an accounting major who will be a four-year starter. "I haven't set any specific personal goals. I'm just focused on winning games.""



Basketball: Chartiers Valley's McConnell works at craft

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Brad Everett profiles Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell, a standout player at the University of Arizona who recently competed in the Nike Point Guard Skills Academy.

"Just as he has done ever since he can remember, T.J. McConnell is using his summer break to play as much basketball as possible, commuting from his parents' Collier home to play in pickup games throughout the area.

Oh, yeah ... he's spent some time playing with a few NBA standouts and some of the top college point guards in the country, too.

McConnell, a 2010 Chartiers Valley High School graduate, continues to work hard on his game after bursting onto the national scene last season as the starting point guard at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight.

Last week, McConnell participated in the invitation-only Nike Point Guard Skills Academy at Kean University in New Jersey. The three-day instructional camp included 13 college and 19 high school point guards."