If a team wants to find out just how well things are going, it's a good idea to schedule a game with an opponent that is considered one of the top teams in Pennsylvania -- regardless of class.
That's the task facing Vincentian Academy when the Royals travel to the South Hills to play Seton-LaSalle in a nonsection game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Rebels' gym.
Seton-LaSalle won the WPIAL and Class AA state championships in 2012 and finished second in the WPIAL a year ago to section rival Bishop Canevin, which went on to win the PIAA Class AA state championship. The Royals and the Crusaders met on Friday in the Butler Tournament, which Vincentian won by a score of 57-50.
Vincentian also made the trip to the state final a season ago, losing in the PIAA Class A championship game to Tri-Valley, 59-42, at Hershey's Giant Center.
Both teams are playing well this season. Following its game with Bishop Canevin and a 49-48 loss to Butler in the championship of the Butler Tournament , Vincentian was 7-1 heading into Thursday's game at section rival Trinity Christian. Seton-LaSalle is 6-3, but all of the Rebels' losses came against out-of-state competition. Seton-LaSalle had a huge win last week when the Rebels went on the road and defeated defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champion South Park, 55-46.
This game is a meaningful one for Spencer Stefko, Seton-LaSalle's first-year coach. The Brighton Heights native is a Vincentian graduate.