Move to daunting Parkway doesn't faze Chartiers Valley
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Chartiers Valley coach Chris Saluga doesn't deny his squad will face a tall task as it prepares for a season in the Parkway Conference.
The 12th-year Colts coach praised the coaches, programs and teams his squad will face in its new home thanks to the WPIAL's latest two-year realignment cycle.
Despite the challenge of the talented conference, Saluga has the same goals once again.
“We expect to be in the playoffs,” Saluga said. “We have been in the playoffs eight out of the nine previous seasons. It is the expectation. It is a solid goal to have in the Parkway Conference.”
The path to the postseason will have to be led by a new quarterback after the graduation of Arizona recruit Wayne Capers. Senior Michael Boulos and junior Andreo Coury battled for the position during camp.
Boulos was the team's running back last season, and Saluga said both have the ability to fill in the role of either running back or quarterback.
Whoever wins out will have a talented target in junior receiver Anthony Voss, a player Saluga said is primed for a big season.
“He has huge hands,” Saluga said. “He is a utility player who will be used on both sides of the ball.”
The run game will be boosted by seniors Joe Ragni and Nick Gillot, who will fill in at fullback.
The line will be one of the most experienced areas for Chartiers Valley. Seniors Mitch Zajicek and Dom Giuntini, along with junior Hunter Steele, all return, and junior Ben Kump will see an extended role. The team also has 6-foot-6 tight end/defense end Spencer Casson.
“We are very confident in our line,” Saluga said. “We feel it could be a strength.”
The defense will be boosted by a solid linebacker corps. Ragni, Gillot and Connor Lindsay, also a senior, will bring experience; Gillot was named to the Big Eight All-Conference first team for his play at linebacker last season.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Uniontown’s Perkins transitions from O-line to running back
- HSFB preview by position: Familiar faces coaching in new places
- Dudek adds explosiveness to trio of Kittanning backs
- Gorman: McNeilly Road rivalry renewed
- Dual-threat QB returns to guide Ringgold offense
- Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes
- Century after 1st WPIAL title, Wilkinsburg tries to ‘reintroduce our history’
- Led by top QB, South Fayette offense among WPIAL’s all-time best
- Class A breakdown: WPIAL realignment shakes up conferences
- California heads back to Tri-County South
- Albert Gallatin continues to improve under Embacher