Despite attrition, Vincentian once again a WPIAL title contender in basketball

Written by Cara De Carlo on .

Joe Koch's feature on the Vincentian boys' basketball team:

2013 0124 Vinc Wolf"In his five seasons as the boys basketball coach at Vincentian Academy, George Yokitis has often seen his Royals defy expectations.

This year should be no exception.

"A lot of people thought we'd be down this year, but some of the [players] pointed out to me that we've won 63 of our past 71 games," Yokitis said. "We went 27-2 and 22-5 the past two years, and we're 14-1 this year. The kids play hard, and they know how to win. I think we're the best-kept secret around."

If the Royals' accomplishments have been kept under wraps, it's not for long. Vincentian's only loss this season came against District 6 power Bishop Carroll, 83-81, on Jan. 12.

The Royals hope to continue their winning ways with a Class A Section 2 game Friday night at Eden Christian and a non-section game Saturday afternoon against Fairview of District 10 before playing North Catholic next Tuesday."

(Photo: Vincentian's Ryan Wolf is guarded by Berlin Brothersvalley's Ryan Lynch, left, and Zac Cooney during a PIAA playoff game in March. John Heller/Post-Gazette.)