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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.”

 

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Girls Basketball: New coach to lead Chartiers Valley

Written by Joe Koch on .

Ashley Battle knows how to win as she played on three University of Connecticut women's basketball teams that won NCAA Division I championships. Now, she'll be leading a Chartiers Valley team that begins the season with several questions.

At 7:30 p.m. today against visiting Pine-Richland, Battle hopes her Colts can improve upon a 1-1 record following last weekend's effort in the North Allegheny tournament which saw the Colts fall to North Allegheny (68-44) and defeat Altoona (58-45).

Chartiers Valley enters the season without the graduated Mariah Wells. That was expected. What wasn't expected was the loss of junior guard Alexa Golden, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the off-season.

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley opens season in Bahamas

Written by Brad Everett on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Brad Everett profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2013 1205 CharValley BoysBasketball(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."

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete — Chartiers Valley’s Alex Chabala

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Alex Chabala
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Position: Goaltender
Sport: Hockey

Background: Chabala is in his first year as the Colts’ starting goaltender after backing up three-time all-star Noah Stevenson the past few years. Chabala is coming off his best game of the season last Thursday, when he stopped all 15 shots he faced in an 8-0 victory against Montour.

Chartiers Valley coach Sean Biancaniello: “Alex could have been a starter the last few years on a lot of other teams. He’s a solid goaltender who is very athletic.”