Cross Country: Vincentian wins title despite absence of top runner

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Vincentian Academy cross country team won the title in the White race at the PIAA Foundation Invitational on Saturday. They had to do it without top-talent Marianne Abdalah.

Sophomore Katherine Fedko stepped up to the plate and finished in sixth place with a time of 20:19. Classmate Marissa Canzian finished 10 seconds behind Fedko to take eighth place.

Freshman Hollie Walters was next to cross the line for Vincentian Academy in 18th place with a time of 21:20. Sophomore Makara Smocer was not far behind with a 23rd-place finish.


Photo Journal: Girls Soccer - Vincentian 2, Riverside 0 (Sept. 21)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .


Riverside was at Vincentian for a WPIAL 1A, Sec. 3 girls soccer game, Wednesday, September 21, 2016.  Vincentian scored early, then late in the game to shut out Riverside 2-0.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Jared Katz

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Jared Katz
School: Vincentian
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: There are nine freshmen on the Vincentian boys soccer roster and coach Mike Haberman is not afraid to start them. In the preseason, Haberman believed that freshman Jared Katz had done enough to earn a starting spot. It is an impressive feat for Katz considering this Vincentian team returned nine starters and brought in a transfer who is starting. Katz had a goal in Vincentian's section win over Riverview, a 2-1 triumph. Katz and his veteran teammates have the Royals off to a 3-3-1 overall start and a 2-2-1 record in Class 1A Section 3



Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Patrick Banze

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Patrick Banze
School: Vincentian
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: Banze has been a starter on the Vincentian soccer team for four years. The senior starts in the midfield this season. He is a defensive midfielder and one of the top talents in the section. Banze is one of nine returning starters back for the Royals, who are 2-2 early in the season.


Cross Country: Vincentian runner slowed by injury

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Vincentian cross country standout Marianne Abdallah.

2016 0909 Vincentian XCountry(Photo: Vincentian's Marianne Abdalah might not be able to aim for a fourth consecutive WPIAL and PIAA title in cross country. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"A few weeks ago, Marianne Abdalah was getting ready for what was supposed to be a senior sendoff unlike any other in WPIAL history.

Not only was the Vincentian senior poised to become the first cross country runner in any classification to win WPIAL titles all four years since Natalie Bower of Latrobe pulled it off from 2005-08, she had an opportunity to become the only runner in any class to win PIAA titles all four years. Add to that, she had already whittled her college choices down to three planned official visits. Things looked bright for the Royals standout.

That was when the pain began.

"It's to the point where it's a stabbing feeling in my shin going down to my ankle, and it's just too much," Abdalah said. "I had initially had an imbalance issue because my hips were not aligned, so it's been a rough couple of weeks.""