Catholic high-school teams in Rochester Diocese earn titles - Catholic Courier
Hockey players vie for the puck.

McQuaid Jesuit’s Eoghan Maier fends off Ithaca’s Mason Gabriel with McQuaid’s Matt Hill coming in from behind during the state Division I boys’ hockey quarterfinal March 2 at Rochester Institute of Technology. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

Catholic high-school teams in Rochester Diocese earn titles

The diversity and excellence of McQuaid Jesuit’s athletic program were on full display during recent high-school playoff action.

Section 5 boys’ titles were brought home by the Knights in hockey, track and swimming. Meanwhile, Aquinas Institute earned a Section 5 girls’ basketball crown to highlight a strong winter season for Catholic schools in the Rochester Diocese.

Knights hockey squad reaches state Final Four

The second-seeded Knights won the Section 5 Class A championship with a 4-2 triumph over the fifth-seeded Portside Royals in the final played Feb. 26. Chase Brock scored two goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie as the Knights erased an early 2-0 deficit. Jack Callery got McQuaid on the board with a second-period goal, and Lou Zaari netted the tying score early in the third period.

Prior to the sectional title victory, McQuaid won 5-2 over the No. 7 Greece Storm in quarterfinal play Feb. 15, and 3-2 in overtime over No. 3 Penfield with Brock getting the deciding goal in semifinal action Feb. 22.

McQuaid went on to win 2-1 over Ithaca of Section 4 in state Division I quarterfinal play March 2 as Liam Palmer and Zaari scored third-period goals. The Knights’ season ended with a 3-2 loss to Orchard Park of Section 6 in the semifinals March 9. McQuaid’s final record was 19-6.

Underdog Aquinas girls’ basketball earns sectional crown

Entering sectionals as a No. 6 seed, the Little Irish surged to the title by topping No. 1 Pittsford Sutherland, 43-41, in the Section 5 Class A final March 2.Aquinas shook off an early 7-0 deficit, taking the lead for good in the second quarter and going up by as many as 12 before withstanding a late rally by the Knights. Loren Green led AQ with 11 points and AJ Orr added 10.

Before the title-game victory, Aquinas won 90-28 over No. 11 Young Women in first-round action Feb. 21, 54-42 over No. 14 Our Lady of Mercy in the quarterfinals Feb. 24, and 59-33 over No. 2 Palmyra-Macedon in semifinal play Feb. 27.

Following the sectional-final win, the Little Irish prevailed 64-53 over Lewiston-Porter of Section 6 in the state Class A quarterfinals March 9 as Green poured in 24 points. Molly O’Toole and Jade Harvey each scored 13 points and Orr added 12.

Aquinas’ season was ended by Catholic Central of Section 2, 63-46, in state semifinal play March 15. The Irish only trailed 27-25 at halftime, but were outscored 16-7 in the third quarter and 20-14 in the fourth. Green had 15 points and O’Toole scored 12. The team’s final record was 20-6.

High finishes carry Knights to sectional indoor track title

McQuaid won the Section 5 Class A1 title Feb. 17, totaling 101 points to easily outdistance second-place Penfield’s 56 total. First-place Knight finishers were Rhoan Kaulder in the 55-meter dash and long jump, along with the Knights’ 1,600 relay. The Knights also produced six second places: Alex Morey, 1,000; Logan Canfield, 3,200; A.J. Nesmith, 55 hurdles; the 800 and 3,200 relays; and Brenton Paladino, high jump.

At the Section 5 state qualifier Feb. 23, Tyler Pagano placed first in the 55, and McQuaid’s 1,600 and 3,200 relays were also victorious.

At the state meet March 2, top McQuaid finishes were produced by Kaulder, second in the long jump; Pagano and Kaulder, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 55; the 1,600 relay, fourth; Paladino, eighth in the high jump; and the 3,200 relay, ninth.

McQuaid swimmers capture eight events en route to team title

The Knights earned their first-ever Section 5 title Feb. 9, capturing Class B with 323 points while second-place Canandaigua had 272. McQuaid amassed first places in eight events: Luke McCormack in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, Ben Hinds in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Ian Miller in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. McCormack, Hinds and Miller were on both winning relays, as was the Knights’ Xavier Joseph.

At the state championships March 1-2, Miller was McQuaid’s top finisher by placing eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Skiing, track, wrestling, bowling, basketball, cheerleading athletes shine

In boys’ skiing, McQuaid’s Hudson Proia placed first in the giant slalom and second in the slalom at the Section 5 Class A meet Feb. 13, leading the Knights to a second-place finish. Proia went on to place second in the slalom at the state meet Feb. 26-27, and McQuaid teammate Ronan Turkovich finished fourth in the giant slalom while Proia took seventh, helping the Section 5 boys’ team to a first-place finish.

Aquinas’ Celvin Kirkland won the high jump, and AQ’s 1,600 relay also placed first, at the Section 5 Class A3 boys’ track meet Feb. 18, helping the Little Irish to a fourth-place team finish.

Jack Valentine of Bishop Kearney/Chesterton/Archangel won the high jump at the Section 5 Class A4 boys’ track meet Feb. 17.

Aquinas’ Dallis Jones won the 55 dash at the Section 5 Class A3 girls’ track championships Feb. 18.

Elmira Notre Dame’s Makenna Keough placed second in the triple jump at the Section 4 state track qualifier March 2.

In wrestling, McQuaid featured two individual champions at the Section 5 Class A2 meet Feb. 3: Casey Liess at 160 pounds and Harrison Aguirre at 215. Liess went on to win the state qualifier Feb. 10 and place fourth at the state meet Feb. 24.

In girls’ bowling, Our Lady of Mercy’s Miley Bohrer placed second at the Section 5 Class B tournament Feb. 14, throwing a six-game series of 1160.

Aquinas was the top seed in Section 5 Class AAA boys’ basketball before being eliminated in semifinal play.

Notre Dame boys’ basketball earned the No. 2 seed in the Section 4 Class C tournament, reaching the semifinals.

In cheerleading, Aquinas placed second at the Section 5 Class C1 championships Feb. 17.

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