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Cross Country: Abdalah, Vincentian excel at PIAA Foundation Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Vincentian girls cross country team finished second at the 9th PIAA Foundation XC Invitational on Saturday.

The Royals finished behind Central Cambria (65) with 82 points.

Marianne Abdalah took first place overall with a time of 19:01. Katherine Fedko and Marissa Cansian finished within two seconds of each other in ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Makara Smocer rounded out the top 25 with a time of 21:23.

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Cross Country: Vincentian's Abdalah still at the top

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Vincentian's Marianne Abdalah remains the runner to beat in Class A. The junior won the Slippery Rock Cross Country Invite on Saturday.

Abdalah broke the tape in 18 minutes, 54.7 seconds. Eden Christian Academy's Lauren Gronbeck finished behind her in 19:31.1.

Vincentian would have three others cross the line in the top pack for first place. Katherine Fedko was the second runner to cross the line for the Royals. The freshman took fifth place in a time of 20:39.2.

Marissa Canzian and Makara Smocer finished in eighth and 11th, respectively.

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Football: Brotherly love a key for Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Vincentian football team.

"High school football coaches stress the importance of having a strong offensive line. And at Vincentian Academy, the size of the offensive line is fairly substantial for a Class A team. What separates the Royals from other teams is that there are two sets of identical twins who have the task of opening the holes for Vincentian's running backs and giving quarterback David Fleming enough time to throw.

Seniors Steve Succop (6-2, 270) and John Succop (6-1, 270) play at right guard and right tackle, respectively, for the Royals. Right with them on the line are Geno Conroy (6-1, 195, Sr.) and Paul Conroy (6-0, 170, Sr.) at left tackle and center, respectively. All four also start defensively for the Royals, who opened the season with a 20-14 loss at Brentwood and play host to Northgate tonight.

As if that wasn't enough fraternal relations for a football team, the Royals also have two other sets of brothers. Nick Barto (6-0, 205, Sr.) is a running back, while his younger brother Garret Barto (6-1, 230, So.) plays tight end. Left guard Dominic Hite (6-5, 250, Jr.) rounds out the offensive line, while Anthony Hite (5-6, 155, Fr.) is in his first year with the team as a wide receiver."