Baseball: Vincentian wins Section 4-A crown

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

So far this season, the Vincentian baseball team has lived up to its preseason hype. The Royals entered this spring as the Post-Gazette's favorite in Class A and ended up carrying the No. 1 ranking through the regular season.

On May 4, Vincentian (14-3, 10-0) closed out its section schedule with a 2-0 win over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic to finish with a perfect 10-0 record in Section 4-A. Senior Jay Cortese struck out eight batters to earn the win against the Trojans. Freshman Kyler Fedko drove in both runs. The win also marked Vincentian's eighth-straight victory since losing an exhibition game April 18 against Class AAAA Shaler. During the span of those eight games, the Royals outscored their opponents by a whopping 105-14.

"Cortese shut them out and it was good to see our guys play a close game because we haven't see that in a while," Vincentian coach Paul Quarantillo said. "We still could have done a little better. We left guys in scoring position.

"Still, I'm happy with the way we've been playing. We're playing great defense and our pitchers are doing a great job."


Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Christian Fedko

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Name: Christian Fedko
School: Vincentian
Grade: 10
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background: A 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore, Fedko has played a big part in Vincentian's success the past two seasons. He broke onto the varsity scene last year as a freshman phenom and ended up being among the WPIAL's top hitters as well as earned all-section honors. This season, Fedko kept his offensive stroke consistent with his rookie campaign. Through 14 games, he was batting .676 (23 for 34) with three home runs, 10 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He also had an on-base percentage of .778.


Track: Vincentian runner setting records

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Brad Everett profiles Vincentian track standout Andrew Koryak.

"Andrew Koryak is one of the most accomplished athletes in Vincentian Academy track and field history.

OK, so the Royals have only fielded a team for three seasons, but Koryak's success is undeniable. Not just in regard to the Vincentian program, either.

Koryak is among the best middle-distance runners in the WPIAL.

Koryak, a Pine Township resident, entered his senior season already owning the school record in the 800-meter run, having run a 1:57.49 last spring. Then, at last Saturday's Warrior Classic at Central Valley, Koryak added the 1,600-meter school record by running a 4:25.16."



Track: Vincentian's Abdalah looks to build on success

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Marianne Abdalah is already racking up the medals.

The Vincentian sophomore will have the chance to add another to her shelf at the Penn Relays set to take place April 23-25.

Abdalah was given the 24th spot to compete in the 3,000-meter run. She currently holds the WPIAL Class AA title in the 3,200-meter run. Abdalah placed second in that event at last year's PIAA championships, and also finished second in the 1,600 at the WPIAL championships.

She ran her season best in the 3,200-meter run at the South Hills Classic where she finished first with a time of 10 minutes, 52.35 seconds.



Track: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Andrew Koryak

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Name: Andrew Koryak
School: Vincentian
Grade: 12
Sport: Track & Field
Events: 1,600 and 800-meter runs, and the 4x400-meter relay

Background: Koryak took gold in both the 1,600 (4:34.14) and 800-meter (1:59.73) runs at the South Hills Classic on Saturday, March 28. He also split a 51 on the 4x400 relay, which took second place.

Coach Dan Carlino said: "He has an outstanding work ethic and a whatever-it-takes type of attitude."