Lacrosse: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers Valley's Maria Stamerra

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Maria Stamerra
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Lacrosse
Position: Midfield

Background: Maria is a three-year starter for Chartiers Valley, which advanced to the Division 2 championship game the past two seasons. Through this past Thursday's 12-2 Division 1, Section 1 victory over Peters Township, Maria has scored 44 goals and dished out 10 assists. Maria also competes on the Chartiers Valley girls track team in the 100-meter dash and the high jump. Maria has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati to play women's lacrosse. She is a member of the Chartiers Valley High Student Council.


Baseball: Chartiers Valley is playoff bound

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Chartiers Valley baseball team.

2015 0501 ChartiersValley Baseball(Photo: Steve Alauzen of Chartiers Valley slides ahead the tag of Jeremy Schmitt of Hampton to score Saturday. Alauzen will have plenty of opportunities to score for the Colts as he is a starting outfielder as a freshman. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"One-sided decisions have been few and far between this spring for Chartiers Valley's varsity baseball team.

Actually, the Colts have experienced some real nailbiters.

Through their first 15 games, Jim Jaskowski's team won six one-run games and played in a total of nine games decided by two runs or fewer.

"Almost every one of our games have been close ones," Jaskowski said. "We've been right in all of those games until the very end, which is comforting."


Baseball: Chartiers Valley uses huge week to grab share of section lead

Written by Brad Everett on .

Playing in arguably the toughest section in Class AAA provides little room for error for teams with realistic postseason hopes.

Chartiers Valley fell to 1-1 in Section 3 after an 8-3 loss to Montour last Monday, but the Colts regrouped by winning three games in a row to improve to 4-1 and earn a share of the section lead with defending WPIAL champion West Allegheny. Montour is 3-1 and South Fayette 2-2.

The Colts, who are 8-3 overall, arrived at that point after notching wins against Trinity, West Allegheny and South Fayette.

In a 5-4 win against Trinity, Dante Panucci's RBI double in the seventh gave the Colts the win.


Wrestling: Two violations cost Chartiers Valley grad in NCAA final

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Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who recently earned a runner-up finish for Pitt at the NCAA wrestling championships.

2015 0327 Pitt Wrestling(Photo: Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis. Chris Lee/Associated Press)

Pitt senior Tyler Wilps was surprised, if not shocked, by two decisions made by the referees in Saturday's NCAA Division I title match at 174 pounds against Penn State senior Matt Brown.

In a bout that had four coaches challenges, Wilps, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was called for two technical violations in the final three seconds, which turned a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 defeat.

To fully understand the final seconds of the bout, a recap of the final two periods is in order.

After a scoreless first period, Wilps won the flip and took the down position in the second period. He escaped with 1:26 remaining, but was cautioned for stalling, for backing away from Brown, with 58 seconds left. Both wrestlers had a scoring opportunity during the period, but neither could finish their shot.


Wrestling: Chartiers Valley grad Wilps pursues a medal for Pitt

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Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who is now a standout wrestler at Pitt. Read his story below.

Tyler Wilps had a late start to the 2014-15 collegiate wrestling season, but it didn't stop him from earning a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament, which began yesterday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

"I suffered a broken arm during a practice in late October," said Wilps, a redshirt senior at Pitt. "I missed eight weeks. I tried to come back for our matches with Lehigh and Penn State [in November] with a brace on it, but I made things even worse. I just had to wait it out."

Fortunately, the injury didn't keep Wilps from working out.

"I was able to run and ride the bike, so I stayed in shape," said Wilps, a Chartiers Valley High School graduate who resides in Collier Township. "It also gave me a chance to look back at video of matches I wrestled last year. I got a bird's-eye view of my deficiencies and what I needed to work on."