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Track: Vincentian triumvirate shines at WPIALs

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Vincentian doesn’t have the largest track team in the area, but the star power on its girls team is tough to beat.

Ally Bartoszewicz, Kayla Key and Marianne Abdalah combined to win four gold medals and seven silver medals at the WPIAL Class AA meet last weekend at Baldwin.

Individually, Bartoszewicz won the 200 meters and finished second in the 100; Key took second in the 400 meters and long jump; and Abdalah won the 3,200 meters and finished second in the 1,600.

The trio also helped Vincentian do well in the relays. Bartoszewicz and Key both ran on the Royals’ 4 x 100 meter winning relay team, and all three of the runners participated on the silver medalist 4 x 400 team. 

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Softball: Vincentian battles former section rival

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian softball team.

"Some will call this week the opening of the WPIAL softball playoffs -- others might refer to it as the beginning of non-section play.

For many WPIAL teams, constant weather-related postponements forced some teams to miss some or all of their non-section games.

When No. 8 Vincentian Academy (10-3) meets No. 9 Sewickley Academy (10-2) in a WPIAL Class A first-round matchup at 2 p.m. today at Hampton, it will mark the second non-section game of the year for the Royals and first for the Panthers.

The lack of non-section games should make for an interesting postseason. The Royals have played only seven different teams this year, the Panthers six."

 

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Baseball: Vincentian suffers first loss

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Entering the last week of the regular season,‭ ‬California (‬15-0,‭ ‬9-0‭) ‬and Vincentian (‬13-1,‭ ‬7-1‭) ‬remained the last two undefeated teams in Class A.‭ ‬That,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬changed Monday night when Our Lady of the Sacred Heart upset No.‭ ‬3-ranked Vincentian, 3-1.‭ ‬Senior catcher and Siena recruit Phil Madonna hit a solo home run for‭ ‬the Royals.

OLSH‭ (‬11-4,‭ ‬6-2‭)‬,‭ ‬which was the defending section champion,‭ ‬has won four consecutive section games.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬Vincentian already had the Section‭ ‬5-A crown locked up outright last week and secured a spot in the WPIAL postseason bracket in the process.

Freshman infielder Christian Fedko,‭ ‬a son of WPXI sportscaster John Fedko,‭ ‬helped the Royals clinch the section title May‭ ‬2‭ ‬after he went‭ ‬4‭ ‬for‭ ‬4‭ ‬during a‭ ‬4-2‭ ‬win over Sewickley Academy.‭

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Tennis: Vincentian’s Martin takes over team’s top role

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last season, Vincentian had the WPIAL Class AA singles champion atop its lineup in sophomore Derek Chen.

Chen transferred to Shady Side Academy this offseason, and Brad Martin has taken over the Royals No. 1 singles spot and played well.

Martin qualified for last week’s WPIAL Class AA tournament by finishing third in the Section 3 singles tournament. He lost to Josh Raymundo of Mars in the semifinals, but beat Mars’ Aaron Gruber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation final.

At WPIALs, Martin defeated Indiana’s John Appolonia, 10-2, in the first round before losing to eventual champion Luke Ross of Sewickley Academy, 10-4, in the quarterfinals.

Last season, Martin also played in the section tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Raymundo.

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Track: Vincentian trio impresses again

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ally Bartoszewicz and Marianne Abdalah continue to show that they aren’t just two of the best in their own classification, but two of the best in the entire WPIAL.

The Vincentian duo went against some of the best athletes from the district’s biggest schools Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships at West Mifflin and did more than hold their own.

After winning the 100 and 200 at the South Hills Classic the week before, Bartoszewicz won both titles again Saturday, besting Hempfield’s Jasmine Jones and Oakland Catholic’s Taylor McCorkle in both events. At the WPIAL Class AAA Championships last season, Jones won the 200 and placed third in the 100 last season, while McCorkle took second in both.