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Football: South Feature Athlete - Jake Collins, Chartiers Valley

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Name: Jake Collins
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Collins passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in leading Chartiers Valley to a 27-14 road upset against Class AAA No. 2 Montour in a Parkway Conference game last Friday. Collins tossed touchdown passes to Joe Antonucci (10 yards) and Jared Nelson (29 yards), and had scoring runs of 64 and 18 yards. For the season, Collins (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) has four touchdown passes and four touchdown runs for the Colts, who are 2-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play. A two-year starter, Collins passed for 741 yards and eight touchdowns, and rushed for a team-high 567 yards and five touchdowns his junior season.

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Chartiers Valley 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Colts have struggled in coach Niel Loebig's first two seasons. They had a 1-8 overall record in 2013 and a 2-7 mark last season, finishing near the bottom of the Parkway Conference both years.

"This is my third year, and this senior class has been with me three years," Loebig said. "We made strides last year, but it didn't show in the win column. We took a step forward and want to continue making strides this year. We only lost four players who contributed last year, so we have a large group of kids who either started or saw some time in the starting lineup."

The top returnee is quarterback Jake Collins (6-2, 185, Sr., QB), who completed 51 of 108 passes for 741 yards while rushing for 567 yards on 119 carries.

"Jake is very athletic and very mobile," said Loebig, who played quarterback at South Fayette and Duquesne University. "He has taken a leadership role and worked very hard in the offseason to get ready for his senior year. He will surprise a lot of people this year."

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Basketball: Char Valley grad ends one NBA summer league, begins another

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T.J. McConnell is getting his first taste of the NBA this summer, and so far the results have been very positive.

The Chartiers Valley grad went undrafted last month, but quickly signed a summer contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. McConnell and the 76ers took part in the Utah Summer League July 6-9, and are now playing the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs July 10-20.

McConnell, a 6-foot-1 point guard, started all three of his team's games in Salt Lake City and averaged 28.7 minutes per contest. Just as they were at the University of Arizona, McConnell's numbers were very well rounded. He averaged 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists per game. He also averaged three turnovers a game.

In Las Vegas, McConnell has seen his minutes drop. He came off the bench and played 14 minutes Saturday in the team's opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. He did not score, but did chip in two rebounds and two assists.