Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley opens season in Bahamas

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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."


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

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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.”


Hockey: With top scorers returning, Chartiers Valley figures to contend

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Chartiers Valley hockey team. Click here to read his story.

"For three consecutive seasons, the Chartiers Valley High School hockey team has lost in the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup semifinals.

With last season's top two scorers from the classification -- Anthony Franks and Cullen McMahon -- returning, the Colts (3-2) are hoping to break through that semifinal barrier this season.

"We have the top scorers returning and an all-star defenseman in Tyler Stevenson," said Sean Biancaniello, who is in his second season as the Colts coach. "But to get to that level, we need the young parts of our roster integrated. We have a lot of young talent from our undefeated junior varsity team."

Maybe the brightest of the stars of last season's junior varsity team, Alex Stevenson, has already made his presence felt for the Colts this season."



Alumni Update - Taran Sifontes-Lavine (Westminster)

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Sophomore returner Taran Sifontes-Lavine, a Chartiers Valley graduate,was tabbedSafontes-Lavine Westminster on the second team All-PAC team.

Sifontes-Lavine led the PAC averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return. Siftones-Lavine returned two kicks for touchdowns. His 94-yard kickoff return was only the second in the PAC this season, while his 86-yard punt return was the longest in school history. This was Sifontes-Lavine's first All-PAC accolade of his career.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Alumni Update – Christian Kuntz (Duquesne)

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PITTSBURGH – Sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was named NortheastKuntz Duq Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Duquesne's 21-10 win over Saint Francis on Saturday.

Kuntz had 6 tackles including three tackles for losses of 10 yards as the Dukes held the Red Flash to 131 yards to stay atop the conference standings. The Pittsburgh native set the tone for the defense with a deflected pass that was intercepted by Sam Martello on the third play of the game. The Dukes turned the play into a quick score to take a 7-0 lead.

Kuntz also ended Saint Francis' final possession with a fumble-forcing sack. His 14.0 tackles for loss this season leads the team, and his 1.75 TFLs per game rank fifth nationally.

(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)