The Vincentian boys basketball team began last season with a pair of double-digit victories against Ellwood City and Laurel at the Ellwood City tournament to take the title.
This season, the Royals did the exact same thing.
Vincentian is hoping that, just like their beginnings, these seasons have similar endings, too.
The Royals went 27-2 en route to winning the WPIAL Class A championship and advancing to the PIAA semifinals. They are expected to be among the WPIAL's top teams in the classification once again this season, beginning it ranked No. 3 in Class A by the Post-Gazette.
Vincentian had the third-highest scoring offense in WPIAL Class A last season at 67.9 points per game. In the very early going this season, the Royals' 68 points-per-game average ranks second in Class A heading into a big Section 2-A opener at 7 p.m. Friday at home against North Catholic.
North Catholic is ranked No. 2 in WPIAL Class A by the Post-Gazette and are also off to a 2-0 start. The Trojans gave Vincentian one of its two losses last season.