Girls Basketball: Vincentian has a target on its back

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2014 0130 Vincentian GBasketball(Photo: Vincentian Academy's Brenna Wise covers Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Paige Kizior during the teams' first meeting Jan. 13, which the Royals won. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"Last season, as they floated under the radar early in the regular season, there was always the chance a team would take the Vincentian Royals lightly.

There was a chance Vincentian could get a win without playing its best game.

The Royals started a freshman, their best player was a sophomore and they had graduated four seniors from the previous season.

Flying under the radar is not an option for Vincentian this season, nor is having an off day and expecting to be able to muster a win."


Boys Basketball: Wolf leads the pack for high-scoring Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"For Vincentian Academy boys basketball coach George Yokitis, the most gratifying aspect of a season that has vaulted the Royals to the No. 4 spot in the statewide Class A rankings and a 13-0 record has been his team's work ethic.

Following Saturday's heart-stopping, 95-92 Section 2-A victory against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic before a standing-room crowd at Avonworth High School and a 115-88 decision against Sewickley Academy Tuesday, the Royals' scoring average lifted to 94.8 points per game, while the Royals are surrendering 67.2 points per contest.

High school basketball games are 32 minutes in length, divided in four eight-minute quarters. If taken to the level of a college game, which has a length of 40 minutes over two 20-minute halves, the Royals' average is equivalent to 118 points a game. If the NBA length of 48 minutes were in place, Vincentian would be equal to an average of 142.2 points a game."



Boys Basketball: Vincentian's Wolf the top scorer in the North

Written by Brad Everett on .

Vincentian is by far the top scoring team in the WPIAL, averaging a whopping 93.1 points per game.

One of its players is having a huge scoring season, as well.

Junior guard Ryan Wolf is averaging 26.4 points per game for Vincentian, which is 12-0 overall, 3-0 in Class A Section 2, and the Post-Gazette's No. 2 team in Class A behind Lincoln Park.

In the Post-Gazette's latest list of leading scorers, Wolf was averaging 27.9 points per game through 10 games, which ranked fourth in the WPIAL behind Western Beaver's Nick Miller (31), Cornell's Dane Jackson (29.9) and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's Cameron Johnson (28).


Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Brenna Wise, Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Brenna Wise
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Brenna is a three-year starter for the Royals, and played on teams that won the WPIAL Girls Class A championship the past two years and competed for the PIAA Class A championship in 2013. Brenna was selected to the WPIAL Class A All-Star team and also has been on the all-section team for the past two seasons. This season, she is averaging 24.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 2.3 assists per game. She is one of the Royals' three captains this season.


Boys Basketball: Vincentian's Wolf scores 1000th point

Written by Brad Everett on .

Less than a month into his junior season, Vincentian's Ryan Wolf has already hit a milestone usually reserved for talented seniors.

Wolf, a 5-foot-9 guard, scored his 1000th career point in leading Vincentian to a 101-81 win against Serra Catholic in the St. Joseph tournament last Friday. Wolf scored 27 points in the game and then 17 the following night against Propel Andrew Street, giving him 1,025 in his career.

It's been an outstanding season for Wolf and Vincentian. The defending WPIAL Class A champion Royals head into the new year with a 9-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in their class behind Lincoln Park. The Royals have been dominant in just about all of their games and boast a prolific offense that is scoring a WPIAL-best 91.7 points per game.