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Stan Yukica

Basketball ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

When Geneva College enjoyed it glory years in basketball from 1953 to 1956, Stan Yukica was the only player to be a starter on each of the four Class B state championship teams and in the NAIA national title tournament. Stan had already had established himself as an outstanding cage talent on powerful Midland High School basketball teams, and he was one of the first Beaver County cagers to dunk a basketball (although he was no giant at 6'-5"). After graduating from Midland in 1952, Stan enrolled at Geneva College and immediately stepped into Coach Cliff Aultmanís starting lineup as a freshman and, before he was through, set several Geneva records and one national mark. He scored 1927 career points and was best in that category at the time of his graduation in 1956. On February 15 of that year, he set a school and national record by swishing all 17 foul shots in a game against St Francis College. Stan was team captain of Geneva as a junior in 1955 and co-captain as a senior. In two games against St Francis in his junior season, Stan outscored the legendary Maurice Stokes, 58 points to 52. As a senior he helped Geneva to a 24-3 record, including an opening round NAIA win over Arkansas Tech, 74-69, in which he whipped in 25 points. Following graduation in 1956, Stan entered the Army and was named to the Fort Knox All Star team in 1957. Stan was named to Midland High Schoolís All Time Basketball Team in 1958. After his basketball career, he resided in Hopewell Township and worked as a school administrator.