Friday, August 22, 2008
Town of Champions, Part IV
The Varsity Letters' latest installment of Town of Champions, which takes a lot at the rich athletic traditions of our local communities, looks back at another area where champions are expected and often won. So far, we've examined the histories at Washington, Monessen and Peters Township.
Today's Town of Champions nominee is:
The undisputed queens of Washington County softball, Chartiers-Houston has won an impressive seven WPIAL titles (1985, 87, 88, 99, 2005, 06, 07) and played in five PIAA championship games (1987, 99, 2000, 03, 05). Current coach Tricia Alderson led the Bucs to its past three WPIAL titles and once-dubbed "Queen of the No-Hitter" was the ace of the 1987 team. Recent graduate Jaci Timko hit 32 home runs during her varsity career, believed to be a WPIAL record.
The Bucs were a dominant football program during the 1960s and 1970s, winning WPIAL titles in 1968, 1971 and 1972.
In wrestling, C-H competed up in class until recent years and the Bucs won WPIAL Class AAA team titles in 1981 and 1982. The 82 team won the state championship as well. A total of nine individual state wrestling champions add to the tradition.
Brianna Liebold (pictured), the 2006 O-R Girls Athlete of the Year, won four PIAA track and field gold medals in the long and triples jumps in addition to a handful of WPIAL golds.
Last fall, girls tennis started its own tradition when Karli and Tanya Timko combined to win the PIAA Class AA doubles championship.