Monday, December 3, 2012

Challingsworth out for South Fayette

A couple things that I've learned in the past 12 hours:

>>Zach Challingsworth will not play basketball for South Fayette this winter. Talked to head coach Rich Bonnaure tonight, and he said it's because of an injury Challingsworth suffered late in the football season.

Challingsworth, an Observer-Reporter Elite 11 selection who will play football next year for Pitt, apparently had been showing up to practices and even shooting some. But Bonnaure was informed Friday that Challingsworth would skip the hoops season in order to get  healthy for football.

South Fayette will still hold a roster spot open for Challingsworth, who was a first team All-District pick last year when he averaged 15.2 points per game, in the event that he changes his mind, though Bonnaure wasn't overly optimistic that would happen.

Bonnaure declined to reveal the nature of the injury, citing HIPAA rules. Challingsworth didn't respond to a text message.

In the meantime, here's what Bonnaure had to say about the team regrouping from such a big loss.

"They’re not going to let this spoil our season," Bonnaure said. "They had worked so hard. I know they feel terrible. They won’t look for any excuses.

"Once you regroup for a day or so ... they put so much work into it, they’re going to do their jobs and see what happens.

I try not to editorialize these things too much, but this much I know: Challingsworth is not only  insanely athletic, but he's also mature and well-grounded. Nobody should questions this decision; few are more dedicated, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him on a basketball court after all.

>>The Chartiers-Houston School Board met Monday to discuss a lot of things, and one of them was the continuation of the boys tennis program there.

While nothing was voted on -- that could come next week -- there expected to be talk about whether or not it makes sense to continue to offer the sport.

Apparently numbers are way down; the roster had six players, forcing the Bucs, on a few occasions, to forfeit a match in the five-spot lineup.

>>Mapletown approved the hiring of baseball coach Michael Lewandowsky by a 5-4 vote. The Maples were 0-12 in Section 1-A last year, 2-14 overall.

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