Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

He's a Tough Colt for Foes to Lasso

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

He's a Tough Colt for Foes to Lasso

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Pity opposing coaches who face the Chartiers Valley boys' basketball team this season.

Yes, the Colts were 29-2 last year and won the WPIAL Class AAAA championship, riding a 24-game winning streak in the process. When Chartiers Valley appears on the schedule, it's safe to assume victories won't come easily.

While dealing with the Colts provides a bounty of headaches for opponents, perhaps none is more imposing than the quandary of how to match up against Steve Profeta.

A senior, Profeta stands 6 feet 4 but possesses ball-handling skills that have coaches at St. Francis University ready to make him a point guard at the next level.

"He plays all the positions," Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell said. "He's so versatile. We can play him inside, at point guard, at shooting guard. He's going to be playing all five positions for us. He's a complete player; the total package. He's not one-dimensional. He can do a lot of different things."

Profeta said his diverse skills were born out of always being the tallest kid growing up through elementary school, where he helped St. Bernard of Mt. Lebanon to the Pittsburgh Diocesan Grade School championship as an eighth-grader.

Naturally, he played underneath the basket. But Profeta was always a little guy trapped in a big man's body.

"The way he handles the ball, the way he shoots it," McConnell said.

"The way he plays, he is just smooth. That's the one thing about him; he's very smooth."

Profeta averaged 14.5 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game last season. In 2004-05, McConnell said he will play his co- captain wherever he sees a matchup he can exploit. If a guard is on him, Profeta will play the low-post game. If the opponent puts its biggest player against him, the Colts will put Profeta on the perimeter.

"In a way, it's difficult because you have different responsibilities [to learn]," Profeta said. "But I like it because I feel I do some things better than others at both positions."

With last season's leading scorer, Brian Hindt, graduated, Profeta likely will become the focal point of the Chartiers Valley offense.

Profeta welcomes that responsibility, saying he learned from the leaders the past three years at Chartiers Valley. …

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