Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Brad Everett profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.
(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Matt McConnell, driving past Johnstown's Jeremy Updyke during a PIAA playoff game last March, is one of two returning starters for the Colts. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"When the high school basketball season tips off Friday at gyms around Western Pennsylvania, teams and fans will don heavy jackets as they brave the wintry weather en route to games.
At just about the same time, Chartiers Valley might be applying another coat of sunscreen.
Long one of the WPIAL's premier programs, Chartiers Valley hopes a trip to the Bahamas will lead to a hot start and serve as the springboard to another outstanding season.
Coach Tim McConnell and his players, as well as assistant coaches and family members, departed Pittsburgh en route to Nassau, Bahamas -- a 1,000-mile flight each way -- Tuesday morning. Before they head home Sunday, they will have played games against teams from New York, Florida and Colorado."