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Vincentian basketball hopes to keep up its winning ways

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
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Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal Tony DiNardo is a sharp shooter who the Royals will rely on this season to bolster the offense.
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Louis Raggiunti |Pine Creek Journal George Yokitis will once again lead the Royals into the season.

The Vincentian boys basketball team is hoping to maintain the high level of production that saw the squad boast a combined record of 49-7 over the past two seasons.

“The kids have an unbelievable work ethic, and we don't want to fall off,” coach George Yokitis said. “(Thus far), the kids are competing hard, and I could not be happier.”

The production will begin with third-year starting guard Tony DiNardo, who Yokitis said is stronger and quicker.

“Tony moves great around the hoop,” he said.

The senior leadership Yokitis values so much doesn't end with DiNardo. Matt Rathz is back, and like DiNardo, he's a stronger player who can hit shots from all over. Matt Lang is a feisty guard who plays a key role, according to his coach, and Ryan McCann and Sean Horgan also have important jobs to do this season.

Ryan Wolf is a dynamic scorer, and the left-handed guard is quick and offers up a dynamic opposite DiNardo. Kevin Fischer is a junior guard who will help the team in spots, as will Jimmy Kenna.

“Jimmy started as a sophomore, and he just does everything right,” Yokitis said. “He runs the defense perfectly. He has a nice shot and runs the screens well. He is a coach's dream.”

Sophomore Jay Cortese may be the best athlete on the team, so his versatile skill set along with that of Ian Taylor, a 6-foot-2 player with an exceptional shot.

Evan Fitzgerald is another player who has good upside, and Yokitis added that junior Josh Petrisko and sophomore Connor Kruetzer will add some minutes off the bench.

Greg MacQueen is another guard who plays strong defense, and Yokitis said it's exactly what MacQueen likes to do. Jack Monahan and Jon Batagglia round out the team of 13 main contributors, 11 of whom will be at the forefront of the rotation.

The senior class this season was the freshman class when Yokitis took the reigns.

“It is so inspiring to see them grab the leadership roles and to see a group of kids who just give a darn about it,” Yokitis said. “Physically, we are a faster and quicker team than we have been before, and our ability to run the floor and trap effectively will help us balance the scoring and (utilize) our depth.”

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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