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Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Brenna Wise

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Brenna Wise
School: Vincentian Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Forward/Guard

Background Info: Brenna enters her senior season coming off a year where she led the Vincentian Academy Royals to the 2014 WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships. She averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game. In the Blackhawk tournament where the Royals earned victories over Class AA defending state champion Seton-LaSalle and Class AAA defending state champion Blackhawk, Brenna scored 30 points against Seton-LaSalle and 23 points against Blackhawk. Brenna signed a letter-of-intent last month to play basketball for the University of Pittsburgh where she will study business.

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Boys Basketball: Vincentian ready to rev it up once again

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Marky Billson profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team.

"One of the best stories in high school basketball in recent years has come from Vincentian Academy, where coach George Yokitis has built a Class A powerhouse.

The Royals have won two of the past four WPIAL championships, which would be impressive enough unto itself, but the way Vincentian has won is as notable as the final results.

Many schools of Vincentian's size would opt for a traditional, half-court style of play. With only 195 students enrolled, 97 boys, in the school last season, that style would be fundamentally sound — theoretically eliminate mistakes, protect leads and keep players from getting fatigued.

Not Vincentian. The Royals averaged a WPIAL-high 90.5 points per game en route to a 24-4 record last season, eclipsing the 100 point threshold five times and scoring at least 90 points in 17 games. Though Vincentian was defeated in the WPIAL semifinals, the Royals set the tempo of the game in a 110-99 loss to Monessen, the highest-scoring game in WPIAL playoff history."

 

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Girls Basketball: Vincentian's Wise signs with Pitt

Written by Joe Koch on .

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.