If Chartiers-Houston High School softball coach Tricia Alderson could use one word to describe the Bucs’ program, she might say consistent.
After wrapping up her 16th season as the coach at her alma mater, Alderson has continued the consistency started by longtime C-H coach Dan Ross.
Alderson and Ross have been two of three coaches in the program’s history. In 41 seasons, Chartiers-Houston has made the WPIAL playoffs 40 times. The only year the Bucs didn’t qualify for the postseason was 1996.
Ross, a member of the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, amassed 384 wins, 12 section championships, three WPIAL championships and three PIAA runner-up finishes.
Since returning to Chartiers-Houston, Alderson has kept the success going. She has helped the Bucs advance at least to the WPIAL semifinals 13 times in 16 years, including eight appearances in the finals.
Numbers don’t lie: There are many impressive numbers the West Greene senior trio of McKenna Lampe, Madison Lampe and Kaitlyn Rizor achieved in their high school careers.
Though each reached the 1,000-point milestone for the Pioneers’ basketball team, nothing was more impressive than what the trio did in softball.
Key parts to four WPIAL softball championships and three runs to the state title game, the Lampe twins and Rizor finished with incredible numbers when their final run finished in last week’s PIAA Class A semifinal loss to Dubois Central Catholic.
Try wrapping your mind around this:
- In four years, the trio combined to score 524 runs with 398 RBI.
- They combined for 559 hits.
- The Lampe twins each had career batting averages over .500. McKenna hit .597 (210-for-352). Madison hit .513 (182-for-355).
In each of the last four seasons, all three drove in and scored at least 20 runs.
Rizor finished with a career batting average of .484 (167-for-345). She had 114 RBI and scored 114 runs.
McGuffey’s Cole gets interest: A run-oriented offense at McGuffey isn’t stopping wide receiver/defensive back C.J. Cole from getting interest from college football coaches. The 6-4, 180-pound multi-sport standout – he also plays basketball and is on the Highlanders’ track and field team – was recently offered a scholarship by West Liberty University.
Cole, who was the Observer-Reporter Boys Basketball Player of the Year this past season, had 17 receptions for 318 yards and four touchdowns as a junior for the Highlanders’ football team.
No guessing games: Belle Vernon specialist Cam Guess added an offer from Kent State.
Guess, who is entering his senior season, made 56 of 57 extra-point attempts. On 72 kickoffs, Guess managed to find the end zone 45 times for touchbacks. He also averaged 35.3 yards on 12 punts.
Local linemen land offers: Three local linemen added offers over the past few weeks. Washington’s Gerald Comedy and Chase Mitchell both earned an offer from Wheeling Jesuit, where former Prexie Myckel Brown is entering his sophomore season. West Liberty has also shown interest in Mitchell.
South Fayette lineman Dominick Thomas was offered by Robert Morris. Thomas, who is entering his senior season, also has offers from Rhode Island, Howard and West Liberty.