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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Jamison Nee

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Jamison Nee
School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Nee is averaging a team-high 21 points per game for Vincentian, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 team in WPIAL Class A. Nee knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 28 points in Vincentian's loss to Class AA No. 4 Seton-LaSalle on Sunday. The Royals are 11-6 overall and 8-0 in Section 2.

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Boys Basketball: Vincentian still the title favorite in Class A

Written by Brad Everett on .

Vincentian has lost five games this season after suffering a total of 12 the previous four seasons.

But don't let the Royals' 6-5 record fool you. They're still arguably the best team in WPIAL Class A. The Royals are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL and No. 4 in the state.

If the WPIAL had a "strength of schedule" statistic, Vincentian (3-0 in Section 2) would be near the top. The Royals have played a meat grinder of a non-section slate. They've lost four games against WPIAL teams – Class AAAA Butler and Mt. Lebanon, and Class AAA South Fayette and Beaver Falls – squads who boasted a 30-8 record entering the week. The Royals still have non-section games remaining against Class AAAA Upper St. Clair (8-2) and Class AA Seton-LaSalle (8-1).

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Girls Basketball: Vincentian opens title defense with a bang

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team.

"A year after winning a state championship, the expectations are the same for the Vincentian Academy girls basketball team -- to win another one.

What better way to prepare for a pursuit of a state title than to play two defending state champions.

In what might go down as the hardest opening schedule for a WPIAL Class A girls basketball team ever, Vincentian began the season by playing Seton-LaSalle, the reigning PIAA Class AA champion, Blackhawk, the reigning PIAA Class AAA champion, and Seton-LaSalle a second time.

"I thought our girls responded very well to the challenges," Royals coach Ron Moncrief said of the early season schedule. "We looked at it as a great opportunity."

 

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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

Written by Marky Billson on .

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."