Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 6:36 PM
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs.
Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the list goes on. Each has brought something unique.
But mention the name Graytok and one trait comes to mind: scoring. With Wildcats senior guard Laura Graytok topping 1,500 career points this season, she and her two brothers have combined to eclipse the 4,000-point mark. There aren't many families that can say that.
Brian Graytok graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic with 1,408 points, while Sean Graytok netted 1,123 while playing at Latrobe.
Brian moved on to play at Washington & Jefferson, where he is a senior, while Sean plays for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy team. He is a sophomore.
“This reminds me of all the times watching my brothers play and me trying to be like them on the court,” Laura Graytok said. “Now it's weird since we're all going our separate ways. They're both in college and I'm about to leave for college.
“It's just crazy to think how it all started and what it has amounted to. I love that we all love the game.”
Laura, who takes 1,549 points into the WPIAL playoffs, has committed to play at American University in Washington D.C.
“(Scoring) 4,000 to me means all the hard work we put into the game, all the extra hours whether it be weight lifting, shooting on the gun, or running on the track,” Brian Graytok said. “All three of us worked extremely hard. It also means great teammates along the way we couldn't have done it without their help.”
The siblings have been playing basketball since they could walk. The small hoop in the basement of their home, worn from years of use, is proof.
“At a young age our parents put me and Sean into a lot of different sports. Mainly baseball and basketball seemed to be the ones that stuck,” Brian said. “When we started taking basketball more serious and started playing on travel teams and what not our dad put up an 8-foot hoop in the basement. So, Sean and I would come home from school and shoot outside until it got dark and then went down in the basement and kept playing after that.
“I think that's where he and I found our love for the game.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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