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Football: Brotherly love a key for Vincentian

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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."

 

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Field Hockey: Vincentian dives into play with two stellar opponents

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If a team is going to get involved with a new sport, it might not be the best idea to play two of the top teams. But that's the task facing the Vincentian Royals field hockey team. Vincentian joined Class AA this season, swelling the ranks of the grouping to seven teams.

Their first opponent is Shady Side Academy. That game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shady Side Academy stadium.

In its storied history, Shady Side Academy has won 13 WPIAL titles, and was denied a 14th crown last fall with a 1-0 loss to The Ellis School in the WPIAL Class AA championship game.

Speaking of Ellis, that's Vincentian's next opponent. The Royals open their home schedule with a game against the Tigers at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Vincentian 2015 Football Preview

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Todd Hazlett was Vincentian's interim coach in 2013 when previous coach Tim Storino was suspended for a year by the WPIAL for recruiting potential players. Hazlett will be the team's coach again this season after Storino and the school parted ways after the 2014 season when the Royals finished 2-7 overall and 2-5 in the Big Seven Conference.

"There's no difference [from the previous head-coaching stint]," Hazlett said. "We've kept the same assistants that we had two years ago, and there's a level of comfort with them and with the parents and the [school's] administration."

The Royals will again field a team representing three schools on the 27-player roster. Six players are from Aquinas Academy, three are from Eden Christian Academy and the rest are from Vincentian.

Eight starters return on offense, and seven on defense. Many of the returnees played both ways. They include David Fleming (6-2, 175, Jr., QB-WR-DB), Steve Succop (6-5, 260, Sr., OT-DT), Paul Conroy (6-2, 235, Sr., G-DT), Nick Barto (6-1, 190, Sr., RB-DB), Paul Adams (6-2, 225, Sr., TE-FB-LB), Dom Hite (6-1, 220, Jr., C), Cam Kreutzer (6-2, 195, Jr., WR-QB-LB) and Anthony Della Valle (5-10, 175, Sr., RB-WR-LB). Josh Kenna (6-1, 205, Sr.) returns at defensive end.

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Marianne Abdalah, Vincentian (2015)

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Name: Marianne Abdalah
School: Vincentian
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 1,600, 3,200, 1,600-meter relay

Background: Abdalah is the defending WPIAL Class AA champion and record holder in the 3,200-meter run. She went on to win the state title. She is undefeated in the event this season.