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Girls Cross Country: Vincentian freshman crushes Class A field

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For Vincentian freshman Marianne Abdalah, the future is now.

In her first PIAA meet, Abdalah crushed the Class A field, winning by 56 seconds over second-place Beth Shenck of Avonworth, Saturday at Hershey Park.

Abdalah finished with a time of 18:24. She was out way in front by the second-mile marker, beating the closest competitor at that time by 36 seconds.

The state title caps a great season for the ninth-grader, who also won the WPIAL title and held her own against the best competition in the WPIAL from all classifications throughout the season. Abdalah finished first at the Slippery Rock Invitational, and second at the Red, White & Blue Classic, Central Invitational and the Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championship.

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian eyes a section title

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Vincentian Academy came oh so close to a section title last year, missing out on the Class A Section 2 crown by one game. The Royals were 8-2 in the section behind Springdale who was 9-1. With the Dynamos going through a rebuilding process and currently in last place in the section, the opportunity was there for someone to rise up and claim the section crown. Through seven section games and with three remaining to play, Vincentian (10-2-3, 6-0-1) is in first place in the section ahead of Riverview (8-4-1, 7-1-1) and Aquinas Academy (5-3-3, 4-2-2). Vincentian and Aquinas Academy still have two meetings left against each other, their September 21 game was postponed. Those two meetings will likely determine the section champion. Vincentian closes out its regular season with a October 10 game at Springdale.

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Boys Soccer: Strong early play by Vincentian surprises many

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian boys soccer team. Click here to read his story.

"A few coaches did not think the rebuilding Vincentian Academy boys soccer team would be as good as it is at 7-1-2 through 10 games.

Coaches have even told first-year coach Mike Haberman this.

"I don't think anyone expected us to be this good," Haberman said. "I even had two or three coaches tell me that."

The Royals had to replace five starters who graduated, one to football and one to cross country. The departed starters included two All-WPIAL players and four all-section players. Then, of course, there is the matter of dealing with a first-year coach."

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Rege Kearney

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Name: Rege Kearney
High School: Vincentian Academy
Grade: Senior
Sport: Soccer
Position: Defender

Background info: Rege Kearney is a returning starter for the Vincentian Academy boys soccer team. He is one of three returning starters back on a team that is rebuilding but surprising many after a 5-1-1 start. Kearney was named all-section honorable mention last season in Class A Section 2. Kearney is a starter at center back and part of a defensive core that is the strength for the Royals. Through seven games Vincentian has shutout West Mifflin, Belle Vernon, Riverview and Serra Catholic.

Coach Mike Haberman said: "My strength of the team is up the middle. Our defense is really solid with Rege Kearney at center mid, he really takes on a lot of good offensive players. Kearney is one of the top returning starters we have."

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Girls Cross Country: North Feature Athlete – Marianne Abdalah

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Name: Marianne Abdalah
School: Vincentian
Grade: 9
Sport: Cross Country

Background: Running in her first varsity race, Abdalah finished second in the girls Red, White & Blue Classic Saturday at Schenley Park. Her time of 17:49 was the second fastest girls time ever in the event. As an eighth-grader, Abdalah placed second in the 13-14 age division of the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships on Dec. 8 in Balloon Fiesta Park near Albuquerque, N.M.

Vincentian coach Dan Carlino: “I think she’s one of the top freshmen, and overall top runners in the WPIAL. She’s been running since she was real little. She’s very dedicated, one of the most dedicated runners I’ve seen.”