Baseball: Vincentian team to beat in Class A

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The Post-Gazette's preseason baseball rankings put Vincentian Academy right on the top of Class A. That early-season honor is pretty much validated by the fact that the Royals return just about everyone from last year's team.

After maintaining an undefeated record last spring until the final weeks of the regular season, Vincentian Academy completed its campaign following a one-run upset loss against Union in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Sixth-year coach Pat Quarantillo did graduate a few seniors from last season, including star catcher Phil Madonna, who was the WPIAL Coaches Association's Class A Player of the Year. Quarantillo, though, should return an offensive-powered lineup.

Sophomore shortstop Christian Fedko had a break out year last season as a freshman. He was among the leading hitters in the WPIAL with a .542 average. Outfielders Ian Taylor and Jay Cortese both hit above .400 last year and are back for their senior seasons. The two also are expected to pitch. Infielder David Morgano, catcher/pitcher Alex Madonna, outfielder Alex Sharpe and outfielder Connor Kreutzer also are all back for their senior year.


Girls Basketball: Vincentian closes season with near-perfect win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team.

"HERSHEY, Pa. — Lexi Griggs exited the Vincentian locker room Saturday with the PIAA championship trophy firmly in her grasp and had no intentions of letting it go.

It served as a microcosm for Vincentian's season. The Royals exited last season as WPIAL and PIAA champions, were ranked No. 1 in the state all of this season, and ended a remarkable two-year run by repeating as WPIAL and PIAA champs.

Vincentian claimed its second consecutive PIAA title and third in school history by throttling Old Forge, 86-38, in the Class A final at Giant Center. The 48-point margin was the largest in PIAA girls championship history.

"It was a great icing on the cake," said Griggs, a junior guard/forward who scored 24 points. "It was just a perfect way to end the season and send our seniors off.""



Girls Basketball: Vincentian rolls to second PIAA title in a row

Written by Joe Koch on .

There have been few -- if any -- performances that rival the effort turned in by the Vincentian Academy girls basketball team at this past Saturday's PIAA Class A championship game at Hershey's Giant Center.

Where does one start? Senior standout and Pitt recruit Brenna Wise had a performance for the ages as she scored 30 points, stole 13 passes and dished out 11 assists in the Royals' 86-38 victory over District 2 champion Old Forge. The game was a rematch of the 2014 state championship game that Vincentian also won, 58-34. The Royals finished with a 30-1 record. Their only loss was a 72-68 setback against Seton-LaSalle on Dec. 9 at the Vincentian gym. Old Forge, which was 10-10 at the end the regular season, saw its six-game winning streak snapped and finished at 16-11.

The Royals' 48-point victory margin was the largest in a PIAA championship game since girls championships were first contested on a statewide level in 1973.

Wise had recorded double-doubles in the previous two appearances the Royals made last year and in 2013 when they fell to Tri-Valley 59-42 in the title game.


Girls Basketball: Wise, Vincentian win another PIAA title

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White covered Saturday's PIAA Class A championship between Vincentian and Old Forge.

2015 0321 Vincentian GBasketball(Photo: Vincentian players celebrate after defeating Old Forge 86-38 in the PIAA Class A Championship Game at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. – This was Royalty speaking, and it was loud.

The Vincentian Royals put an exclamation point on one of the most dominating playoff runs by a WPIAL team. At the same time, Brenna Wise put her own exclamation point on one of the greatest careers of any WPIAL girls player.

Together, Vincentian and Wise left an everlasting impression with a performance for the ages as the Royals pummeled Old Forge, 86-38, in the PIAA Class A championship Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

"In the locker room after the game," said Wise, "I looked everyone in the face and said we just made history.""