Led by sectional team championships from Aquinas Institute softball and McQuaid Jesuit boys’ golf, as well as numerous individual titles, sports success was in ample supply this spring for Catholic high schools in the diocese.
Proving themselves worthy of their No. 1 seed, the Little Irish won the Section 5 Class B1 crown with a 3-1 victory over second-seeded Penn Yan in the final on June 2. Aquinas scored twice in the third inning and once in the fifth, with Caileen Sennett driving in a run in each of those innings. Pitcher Lexi Haley threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts, with only an unearned run in the seventh preventing a shutout.
Aquinas’ road to the title game was paved by a 5-2 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Attica on May 29 as Paige Monachino doubled twice and drove in two runs. The Little Irish then won 2-0 over No. 4 Waterloo on May 31 as Haley tossed a two-hitter.
AQ saw its season come to an end in Class B state-qualifier play on June 5. The Irish lost to Class B2 champion Mynderse, 5-4, in eight innings to finish their year with an 18-4 record.
The Knights wrapped up the Section 5 Class A team title with a stalwart performance on May 21 at the Country Club of Mendon. McQuaid totaled 312 strokes, a full 12 shots better than runner-up Pittsford Mendon.
McQuaid was led by Trevor Sluman’s third-place individual finish. He shot a 3-over-par round of 74, while Knight teammate Alex Bourdelais tied for fourth at 77. Other top Knight finishers were Andrew Galvin, who tied for ninth place with an 80; and Michael Caruso, who tied for 15th at 81.
Sluman then went on to further post-season success. He shot 157 (74-83) in the state-qualifying tournament on May 23 at Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course, good enough for a sixth-place tie and a spot on Section 5’s state tournament team. Sluman shot 154 (74-80) in the state event, held June 5-6 at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. By tying for 13th place, Sluman helped Section 5 win its fourth consecutive team title.
- Our Lady of Mercy golfers Christine Schmitt and Danielle Fuss played key roles as the Section 5 girls’ team, as well, won a state crown. Schmitt was the top Section 5 finisher with a third-place total of 152 (80-72) in the state tourney, which took place June 11-12 at The College Golf Course at SUNY Delhi. Mercy teammate Danielle Fuss tied for eighth place at 157 (80-77). Both Monarch golfers had become eligible for states last fall, when Schmitt won the Section 5 tournament and Fuss placed third.
- Mercy softball finished as Section 5 Class A1 runner-up. The Monarchs, seeded third, won 15-0 over No. 6 Honeoye Falls-Lima in a quarterfinal game on May 28 by scoring nine runs in the first inning. Another offensive eruption occurred in a 15-2 semifinal win over No. 2 Brighton on May 31 as Emma Falk knocked in four runs and Emily Graham drove in three. However, Mercy was stopped in the sectional final by No. 1 Pittsford Mendon, 10-0, on June 3. The Monarchs posted a final record of 14-8.
- Aquinas boys’ track had several event winners in finishing second as a team at the Section 5 Class B meet on May 28. First places went to Matt Denk in the 400- and 800-meter runs; Matt Apple in the 100; Garrett Boehmer, pole vault; Lawrence Frazier, long jump; and the 400 relay. Denk then won the 800 and Boehmer the pole vault at the sectional Meet of Champions Division 2 state qualifier on June 4. Denk led the Irish at the state Division 2 meet by finishing fourth in the 800 on June 10.
- Mercy girls’ track settled for second place in the Section 5 Class A meet on May 28. Event winners for the Monarchs were Elsie Ikpot in the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump; Mijoi Powell, 100 dash and 400 hurdles; Emem Ikpot, 200 dash; and the 400 relay.
- Aquinas girls’ track produced a sectional Class B champion on May 28 as Kathryn Perry won the discus. She also won that event at the Division 2 Meet of Champions and took fifth at the state Division 2 meet on June 10.
- Elmira Notre Dame boys’ track was led at the Section 4 Class D meet by Joe DiFabio, who placed first in the 1,600-meter run on May 25. He added a second-place finish in the 3,200.
- Notre Dame girls’ track got a first-place showing from its 1,600-meter relay at the Section 4 Class D championships on May 25. The Crusader quartet of Brittany Schutrum, Mary Pelkowski, Rachel Lamoreaux and Hannah Brackley helped ND place third among 19 schools in team scoring.
- Luke DeLuccia of Notre Dame won the Section 4 Class C/D singles title on May 24. He posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Keenan Hughes of Lansing after having advanced to the championship match with a 7-5, 6-4 semifinal win over Eric Reed of Andes.