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Conboy wins Baldwin's male Bress Award for top athlete

| Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
From left: Casey Conboy, Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino and Maddi Sgattoni
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From left: Casey Conboy, Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino and Maddi Sgattoni

Baldwin's Casey Conboy had his eyes on the finish line for four years.

He committed himself to being the best runner he could be, and he was rewarded for his efforts and his performance.

A four-year standout in track and cross country, Conboy was the 2017 male recipient of the coveted Bress Award, presented annually to the top male and female senior athletes at Baldwin.

“Being the Bress Award winner is something that is very important to me,” Conboy said, “and something that I had hoped to win since my freshman year because my mother (Coleen) was the first female to ever receive that award (in 1982). Since I found that out, I have been striving to follow in her footsteps.

“I am also glad because it makes me feel like all my hard work has paid off.”

Conboy was a four-year letterman in cross country and two-time boys team MVP. He was a four-year letterman in indoor and outdoor track and was a team captain for three years in all his sports.

“Casey was a logical choice for the Bress Award,” Baldwin track and field coach Ed Helbig said.

Conboy was a four-time WPIAL qualifier in cross country and outdoor track and a two-time PIAA qualifier in both. He also qualified for the state finals in indoor track.

“That is a major accomplishment, considering he did this while overcoming two concussions and a nagging hip injury,” Helbig said. “He was a leader in the truest sense of the word, leading by example and pushing and encouraging others to do their best.”

Conboy had a record-setting career in cross country. He broke course marks at South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, Peters Township and West Mifflin and holds the Delaware state record in boys cross country.

“Casey had a great season,” Baldwin coach Rich Wright said following last fall's cross country season. “He set course records, placed sixth at the WPIAL finals and 22nd at states.”

Conboy's track specialty is the 3,200-meter run. He holds the fourth-fastest 3,200 time on the Highlanders' all-time list.

Conboy, who graduated with a 3.9 GPA, plans to major in business marketing in college with a minor in biology. His final four college choices were Duquesne, Notre Dame, American and Pitt. He opted to stay close to home and chose Duquesne.

“His scholarship to Duquesne is well deserved,” Wright said. “Casey will be a great addition to their men's cross country roster.”

Conboy, who has won the Whitehall 5K Run six times, also was involved in Baldwin's student council, the Junior Achievement business company and the Building Bridges program.

Most recently, he was honored as a high school All-American for cross country.

“I have had the opportunity to watch Casey grow from a boy into a quality young man,” Helbig said.

“I know that Casey will be successful in whatever he chooses to do and wherever his future takes him.”

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.

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