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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Jay Cortese, Vincentian

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Name: Jay Cortese
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

Background Info: A 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder, Cortese dove into the season with a tremendous start for Vincentian. After pitching a complete game during the Royals' first win of the year against South Boone (Mo.) during a spring trip in Florida, Cortese followed up by tossing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Karns City. A left-handed hitter, Cortese then hit for the cycle by going 5 for 5 against Springdale the very next day. He also drove in nine runs during the 20-10 rout over the Dynamos.

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Baseball: Vincentian ready to make run in Class A Section 5

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The Vincentian baseball team was on roll before Mother Nature stalled its season last week with three straight postponed games.

During an annual spring trip to Florida, the Royals picked up a pair of victories at the end of March in the Vero Beach Tournament. Two weeks ago, the Royals continued winning when they returned to Western Pennsylvania and beat both Karns City and Springdale in
exhibition play.

"We're pretty happy with the way things have gone so far," Vincentian coach Paul Quarantillo said. "We still have some things to work out. We're still a young team with only three seniors and four starters from last season."

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Track: Vincentian's Bartoszewicz long on letters and talent

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Joe Koch profiles Vincentian track standout Ally Bartoszewicz.

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"With one state championship firmly in their grasp, two senior members of the Vincentian Academy girls basketball team hope to add some more hardware to their collections before they graduate later this spring.

For Kayla Key and Ally Bartoszewicz, the dreams may be lofty, but track coach Dan Carlino believes the opportunities are definitely in place for both of them to do well.

"Ally is a great sprinter," said Carlino, who helped institute the track program a year ago at Vincentian. "She won the WPIAL [Class AA] 200-meter title last spring, and she was second in the 100. At the state meet, she was fourth in the 100 and third in the 200.""

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Track: North Feature Athlete — Vincentian’s Ally Bartoszewicz

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Name: Ally Bartoszewicz
School: Vincentian
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Bartoszewicz won the 100 (12.57 seconds) and 200 (25.94) at the South Hills Classic Saturday. She owns the second-fastest times in Class AA in those two events this season, trailing only Washington’s Alyssa Wise. Last season, Bartoszewicz won the WPIAL Class AA title in the 200 and took second in the 100, and took third (200) and fourth (100) at states.

Vincentian coach Dan Carlino: “Her expectations are to win states in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100. She’s more determined than anyone I know.”

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Girls Basketball: Vincentian becomes state royalty

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Joe Koch profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team.

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"No one would ever want to call a loss in a state championship game a positive experience, but for the "Vincentian Academy girls basketball team, the loss to Tri-Valley in the 2013 girls PIAA Class A state championship game was as effective as any chalk talk or film study that a coach could present.

"It helped a lot," said Royals coach Ron Moncrief fewer than 24 hours after his team completed a magical 27-3 season with a 58-34 victory against Old Forge in the PIAA Class A girls championship game this past Saturday at the same venue where they suffered that bitter defeat a year earlier, Hershey's Giant Center.

It was the second state championship for the Royals. The first took place in 2002 when the Royals won the Class AA championship with a 45-37 victory against Camp Hill Trinity of District 3. Current assistant Renee Robinson played on that team.

Other than Robinson, no member of the Royals team had tasted victory at the state championship level. In fact, a far less pleasant feeling prevailed."