Tennis: South Feature Athlete — Chartiers Valley’s Kyle Hicken

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Name: Kyle Hicken
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Tennis

Background: Hicken only began playing tennis in his sophomore season, but he qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament for the second straight season by finishing second in the Section 5 tournament earlier this month. He also swims and plays soccer for the Colts, and has won the school’s pickleball tournament in singles and doubles each of the past two years.

Chartiers Valley coach Diane Daeschner: “When he first started playing I said he was a pickleball player on the tennis court. Now he’s turned into a fine tennis player.”


Alumni Update - Tyler Wilps (Pitt)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three members of the Pitt wrestling team have been named to the All-ACCWilps Pitt Academic Wrestling Team, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday morning.

Geno Morelli, Max Thomusseit and Tyler Wilps were the three Panthers to receive the prestigious recognition. Candidates for the All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team must be student-athletes that maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the most recent semester and also hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better in their academic career.

Wilps, a Chartiers Valley graduate, is a Finance major with a Chemistry minor from Oakdale, Pa.; currently, he plans on attending medical school after his wrestling career. The junior 174-pounder became the 75th All-American in Pitt Wrestling history when he claimed seventh place in his weight class at the NCAA Championships. He was also the first individual wrestling ACC Champion in school history and finished with a team-high 32 wins last season.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Alumni Update - Jake Horew (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University shortstop Yuliecer Arias and right-handed pitcher Jake Horew have swept the KIAC Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week awards for March 24-30, 2014, the conference announced on Monday.

Horew, a freshman right-hander from Oakdale, Pa., and Chartiers Valley High School, got the KIAC honor with his three-hit shutout of West Virginia Tech at home March 27. He struck out four, walked one and improved to 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA with the complete game.

Horew has gone the distance in each of his four outings -- all starts -- and all three of the runs he has given up were unearned. Opponents are hitting .165 off of Horew, the Pioneers' No. 5 starter. He has 15 strikeouts and six walks on the year.



Swimming: Char Valley's Damich holds off West A's Kehl at WPIALs

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For the second consecutive year, Chartiers Valley's Drew Damich swept the WPIAL gold medals in the distance freestyle events. And he did it in similar fashion, with blistering speeds and by out-touching rival Jarod Kehl of West Allegheny. Damich won the 2014 WPIAL distance freestyle events in the 200 and 500 with times of 1:42.51 and 4:36.96.

"Everything went great," Damich said of his WPIAL performance this year. "I did just what I needed to do."

As a freshman competing in Class AAA, Damich posted WPIAL times of 1:45.65 and 4:48.63 in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He shaved seconds off those times as a sophomore with his gold-medal swims of 1:43.30 and 4:40.87.


Swimming: Char Valley's Damich targets gold at PIAA swim meet

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Chartiers Valley swimmer Drew Damich. Click here to read his story.

2014 0313 ChartiersValley Swimming(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Drew Damich won championships in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AA meet at Pitt's Trees Pool. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

"The noise, the size and the speed all made for an eye-opening experience for Drew Damich at his first WPIAL swimming championships.

Competing on the Class AAA level three years ago, Damich, then a Chartiers Valley freshman, finished ninth and 10th in his signature distance freestyle events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races.

"It shocked me -- it was a much different meet than I expected it to be," Damich recalled. "I grew up swimming, doing meets for clubs and USA Swimming. I went into [the WPIAL championships] thinking it was going to be just another meet -- it was completely different.

"There are a lot of really fast kids, the whole atmosphere was amazing. It gets really loud in there compared to any other event. It was eye-opening.""