Football: Vincentian captures first WPIAL victory

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After spending the past two high school football seasons playing as an independent program, Vincentian won its first official conference game last week. Hosting Union, the Royals beat the Scotties 28-20 during their Big Seven Conference debut.

Vincentian (1-2, 1-0), which opened the game against Union with a safety, scored 13 points in the second and fourth quarters. Anthony Della Valle, Michael Falgione, Anthony Tommarello and Paul Adams all scored touchdowns for the Royals. Adams scored the game's deciding score with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Michael Tappe.

Despite opening its season with back-to-back non-conference losses against Brentwood and Northgate, respectively, the Royals enter this week's matchup against Western Beaver (0-3, 0-2) in second place in the conference standings behind undefeated Neshannock (3-0, 3-0). Vincentian started its schedule with a 42-28 defeat against Brentwood. The Royals followed up with a 14-8 loss to Northgate. Tommarello scored the team's lone touchdown against Northgate.


Girls Basketball: Vincentian standout commits to Pitt

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Craig Meyer reports that Vincentian girls basketball standout Brenna Wise committed to Pitt on Thursday.

"Throughout her life, Brenna Wise said her parents have told her to surround herself with good people. When it came time to decide where to make her college choice, the Vincentian forward didn't have to look too far to find that.

Wise, the reigning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette girls basketball player of the year, committed to Pitt Thursday, about two weeks after taking her official visit there.

"It's been a long process and I figured if I knew, why drag it out any longer?" Wise said.

She selected the Panthers over Villanova, where she visited last week."



Cross Country: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Andrew Koryak

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Name: Andrew Koryak
School: Vincentian
Grade: 12
Sport: Cross Country

Background Info: Koryak is a returning state medalist in cross country. He is also coming off of a great track season in which he medaled in the 800 meters (1:57.49).

Coach Dan Carlino said: "He has been training the best he ever has and is ready for a big season."


Vincentian 2014 Football Preview

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The Royals begin full membership in the WPIAL this season as members of the Big Seven Conference. They spent their first two years as an Independent, playing a Tri-County South schedule. Coach Tim Storino welcomed all 11 starters back on defense along with an experienced offensive line.

The Royals will feature a pro-set offense with three-year starter Michael Tappe (5-7, 139, Sr.) at quarterback. The Royals' top runners are Anthony Della Valle (5-9, 180, Jr.) and Micahel Falgione (5-9, 215, Sr.). Three wide receivers — Mitchell Athey (5-9, 160, Sr.), David Fleming (6-1, 170, Soph.) and Jake Thomas (6-0, 170, Sr.) — will be Tappe's main targets.

Athey caught nine touchdown passes a year ago, and Thomas placed sixth in the 400-meter dash last spring at the WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championships.


Boys Basketball: Vincentian stays hot in summer league

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Brad Everett profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team.

"Each winter, the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team proves to be among the best Class A squads in Western Pennsylvania.

It turns out the Royals are pretty darn good in the summer, too.

The prize might not have been as celebrated as a WPIAL or PIAA title, but what Vincentian accomplished last week was noteworthy, nonetheless. Competing in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer League, Vincentian captured the small-school title with a 62-50 win against Northgate."