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

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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

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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.

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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Jay Cortese, Vincentian

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Name: Jay Cortese
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

Background Info: A 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder, Cortese dove into the season with a tremendous start for Vincentian. After pitching a complete game during the Royals' first win of the year against South Boone (Mo.) during a spring trip in Florida, Cortese followed up by tossing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Karns City. A left-handed hitter, Cortese then hit for the cycle by going 5 for 5 against Springdale the very next day. He also drove in nine runs during the 20-10 rout over the Dynamos.

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Baseball: Vincentian ready to make run in Class A Section 5

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The Vincentian baseball team was on roll before Mother Nature stalled its season last week with three straight postponed games.

During an annual spring trip to Florida, the Royals picked up a pair of victories at the end of March in the Vero Beach Tournament. Two weeks ago, the Royals continued winning when they returned to Western Pennsylvania and beat both Karns City and Springdale in
exhibition play.

"We're pretty happy with the way things have gone so far," Vincentian coach Paul Quarantillo said. "We still have some things to work out. We're still a young team with only three seniors and four starters from last season."

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Track: Vincentian's Bartoszewicz long on letters and talent

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Joe Koch profiles Vincentian track standout Ally Bartoszewicz.

2014 0403 Vincentian GTrack(Photo: Vincentian's Ally Bartoszewicz, the defending WPIAL Class AA 200-meter champion, finishes first at the South Hills Classic. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"With one state championship firmly in their grasp, two senior members of the Vincentian Academy girls basketball team hope to add some more hardware to their collections before they graduate later this spring.

For Kayla Key and Ally Bartoszewicz, the dreams may be lofty, but track coach Dan Carlino believes the opportunities are definitely in place for both of them to do well.

"Ally is a great sprinter," said Carlino, who helped institute the track program a year ago at Vincentian. "She won the WPIAL [Class AA] 200-meter title last spring, and she was second in the 100. At the state meet, she was fourth in the 100 and third in the 200.""