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Girls Basketball: Vincentian's Wise signs with Pitt

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Surrounded by her parents and members of the Vincentian Academy administration, standout player Brenna Wise signed a letter-of-intent this past Wednesday to play for the women's basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh.

Wise, an 18-year-old Cranberry resident, made a verbal commitment to play for coach Suzie McConnell Serio's Panthers in September and made it official with a brief ceremony in the school's library.

"Pitt was there the entire time I started the recruiting process," said Wise, who led the Royals to a 27-3 record and the 2014 WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships averaging 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. "It's very rare that a school can offer such a high academic and athletic combination. Pitt is one of the minorities with that. They have both. So I'm very blessed to be part of the program and part of the school."

Ninth-year coach Ron Moncrief attended the signing, and he said he's pleased Wise was able to take care of a huge decision before practice begins on Monday.

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian celebrates a year marked by program 'firsts'

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian boys soccer team.

"The disappointment of a season-ending loss had little time to set in before Vincentian Academy boys soccer Mike Haberman could look back and appreciate the season put together by his team.

"The second they blew the whistle, I started to think it was just an outstanding season," Haberman said.

It was a season of success and many program firsts.

The Royals won a school-record 19 games. They captured a section title with an unbeaten and untied record, another program first. They reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs. In the program's first PIAA tournament, it won its first PIAA game, a 1-0 shutout against Karns City. That was the team's 17th shutout, another school record."

 

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian relishes breakthrough season

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Vincentian Academy was on the cusp of both the WPIAL finals and PIAA semifinals, but both times the Royals fell just short. Nevertheless, head coach Mike Haberman can look back and appreciate all his team accomplished and what it means for the program growing forward.

"The second they blew the whistle I started to think it was just an outstanding season," Haberman said about a 2-1 PIAA quarterfinal loss to Sewickley Academy. "I told the boys after the game, we have nothing to be upset about. We did a lot of things this year no one thought we could do. We had a magical season. There is a whole laundry list of school records."

The Royals won a school-record 19 games. They captured a section title unbeaten and untied, another program first. They reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs. In the program's first ever PIAA tournament, it won its first PIAA game, a 1-0 shutout win against Karns City. That was the team's 17th shutout, another record. All the wins and records came despite starting six new starters this year. The team lost four all-section players from last year.

"We had to replace them and we replaced them, the boys stepped up," Haberman said.

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Troy McChesney

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Name: Troy McChesney
High School: Vincentian Academy
Grade: 10
Sport: Soccer
Position: Defender

Background: Vincentian sophomore Troy McChesney had the biggest shoes to fill on his team this year. He had to take over for all-WPIAL central defender Rege Kearney, who graduated. McChesney moved into the center of the defense and the Royals never skipped a beat. He helped lead them to the playoffs.

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian enjoys section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian boys soccer team.

"The bar was set extremely high in Mike Haberman's first season as head coach of the Vincentian boys soccer team last year.

The Royals went unbeaten in 10 section games while only conceding one goal.

Matching that, let alone trying to surpass it, would be difficult this year with seven new starters including two freshmen defenders and a new goalkeeper.

Defensively the team matched the 2013 performance of only conceding one goal in 10 section games and as a team they improved on the 9-0-1 record from a year ago by finishing section play 10-0."