Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Josh Lapiana, Chartiers Valley

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Name: Josh Lapiana
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: Lapiana has been the ace pitcher and driving force for a Chartiers Valley that recently wrapped up a section title and finished undefeated in section play after defeated McGuffey on Monday. Lapiana pitched the Colts to an outright section title in last Friday's 5-4, eight-inning win against South Fayette. Lapiana went the distance, allowing only six hits while striking out 11. Offensively, he added two hits and an RBI. Winners of 12 of their past 13 games, the Colts are 14-3 overall and 10-0 in Class AAA Section 3. Lapiana will pitch next season at the University of Akron.


Baseball: Chartiers Valley claims Class AAA Section 3 title

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Drew Karpen profiles the Chartiers Valley baseball team.

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"The hardest part of piecing together a puzzle is the beginning.

It takes a lot of time and patience, especially starting from scratch.

It's no different for a baseball team.

For Chartiers Valley, coach Jim Jaskowski has been searching for the perfect pieces to the puzzle. The Colts began the season 1-2 but smoothed out the kinks in their lineup to the tune of a 12-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Class AAA Section 3. They have clinched at least a tie for the section title.

"Honestly, it was putting the pieces to the puzzle together," said Jaskowski, in his ninth season as the Colts coach. "Seeing who fits where. We experimented a lot and we just needed to gain experience.""


Boys Tennis: Char Valley senior putting foes in a pickle

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Ryan Riordan profiles Chartiers Valley tennis player Kyle Hicken.

"During Kyle Hicken's first season of playing varsity tennis during his sophomore year, Chartiers Valley coach Diane Daeschner said he was a "pickleball player" on the tennis court.

But over the past three seasons, he's turned into the Colts top player and a WPIAL qualifier. But he learned a lot of his game by playing "pickleball," a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.

Hicken qualified for the WPIAL tournament for the second consecutive season by finishing second in the Class AAA Section 5 tournament earlier this month.

"[Pickleball] helps out his net game," Daeschner said. "Pickleball has a smaller court and you're working at the net a lot and it translates to the tennis court.""



Girls Lacrosse: Char Valley has goals in mind

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Joe Koch profiles the Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team.

2014 0424 ChartiersValley GLacrosse(Photo: Chartiers Valley midfielder ShyAnne Toomer protects the ball from Winchester Thurston defender Maria Lagnese during the Colts' victory against the Bears last week. Connor Mulvaney/Post-Gazette)

"Perhaps a change in venue for the championship game will yield a better result for the Chartiers Valley High School girls lacrosse team.

For the past three seasons, the Colts have advanced to the WPIAL championship game only to see their hopes dashed with successive losses to North Hills -- 15-5 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2012 -- and a heartbreaking 15-14 setback to Shaler Area a season ago.

All three of those losses took place at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium. This year, the girls Division 1 and Division 2 championships will be played on May 22 at Highmark Stadium at Station Square. If the first 11 games are any indication, the Colts -- who are 10-1 following Tuesday's home victory against Moon Area -- are in line for another shot at a championship.

"Yeah, we would be silly not to think that wasn't in our future, but given the dynamic of our team and the amount of athletes and talent we have on this team, it is a likely scenario,'' said Julie Gould, the Colts' fourth-year coach. "Whether it plays out like that, we don't know."


Alumni Update - Chad Jacob (Pitt-Greensburg)

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. -  The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team put up some mammoth offensive numbers onJacob PGU their way to a sweep of the D'Youville Spartans, winning on Saturday by scores of 20-5 and 22-10.  After the pair of victories the Bobcats improve to 8-4 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and 15-12 overall while D'Youville falls to 0-10 in conference and 1-18 on the season.

A number of Bobcats would have an impressive game from the plate, led by Chad Jacob a Chartiers Valley graduate, who went  3-5 performance that included a homerun, double, RBI, and four runs scored.


(photo courtesy of the University of Pitt-Greensburg)