Football: Vincentian drops its football program

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Keith Barnes reports that Vincentian has dropped its football program.

"Vincentian Academy has put its football program on hiatus after five years of competing in the WPIAL.

On Monday, the school informed members of the Three Rivers Conference that it would not be fielding a team in 2017 because of a lack of participation and that they would have to find replacement games to fill their schedule.

"We just didn't have enough kids to participate," Vincentian coach Bob Ravenstahl said. "We tried hard and we knew last year when we went into the season that we were thin and we put a concerted effort on the parents and the kids and we just couldn't get enough kids to participate to where we thought it was safe."

As of the 2016 PIAA biennial realignment, Vincentian was the smallest Class 2A school in the WPIAL with only 89 boys as its male enrollment. Serra Catholic, which also plays in the Three Rivers Conference, was second with 141."


Track: Vincentian's Abdalah the PIAA runner-up in the 3,200

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Vincentian's Marianne Abdalah surrendered a title last weekend.

The two-time defending champion took second place in the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Class 2A championships with a time of 10:53.12. Pine Grove Area's Christina Difalco won the event with a time of 10:47.61.

Abdalah reclaimed her WPIAL title in the 3,200-meter this year with a time of 11:07.16 after relinquishing her crown to Eden Christian Academy's Lauren Gronbeck last year.

Abdalah's time was one second slower this year from last year.



Baseball: Vincentian bounces back quickly from first section loss

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Vincentian had a rare hiccup on Thursday when it dropped a 7-5 Class 1A Section 1 matchup against Eden Christian.

On Monday, the Royals got back on the winning track – and on the path for a share of the section title – with a 16-1 three-inning romp over Springdale. Christian Fedko, the UConn recruit, hit two homers and drove in five while Stephen Turzai struck out seven in the win.

Vincentian (11-4, 8-1) will close out its regular-season section slate on Tuesday when the team travels to Union. As Eden Christian (11-3, 9-1) has already locked up a share of first place, the Royals must win to claim their piece or settle for second.


Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Christian Fedko

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Name: Christian Fedko
School: Vincentian
Class: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Infielder/Designated hitter

Background: Has already committed to play collegiately at the University of Connecticut. Has been relegated to being the team's designated hitter in recent games with a minor bout of tendinitis in his elbow. Will remain in that position for at least the next week. Remains one of the best hitters in the WPIAL and entered last week with a .476 average and popped it up to .533 with nine extra-base hits and 17 RBI on the year.


Baseball: Defending PIAA champion Vincentian begins section play with a win

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After suffering a couple of losses, Vincentian is once again looking like a team that can repeat as PIAA Class 1A champion.

On Monday, the Royals rolled to a 12-2, seven-inning victory over Springdale in their Section 1 opener which ended a minor two-game slide. Vincentian lost to Kings High School of Ohio in the Vero Beach (Fla.) tournament and dropped a 6-5 decision to Class 6A Butler in its last outing.

Vincentian also has a tough slate this week as the team will play Leechburg on Tuesday and Union on Wednesday in section games, then will take on a surging Jeannette squad on Thursday and close out the week Saturday against Shaler.