A state Final Four showing from McQuaid Jesuit baseball, along with a first-place state finish by McQuaid track standout Noah Williams, highlighted a superb spring sports campaign among Catholic high schools in the diocese.
McQuaid notched several come-from-behind wins — including one in the Section 5 title game — to reach the state Class AA baseball semifinals. Williams, meanwhile, recorded four top-three finishes at the state track meet, winning one event, after leading his Knights to the Section 5 Class AA title earlier in the spring.
Other recent highlights came from Elmira Notre Dame softball, which earned the Section 4 Class C crown; and Our Lady of Mercy softball, which captured the Section 5 Class A1 title.
The Knights, seeded No. 5 in Section 5 Class AA, turned in four straight comeback victories in the post-season.
After a 13-3 win over No. 12 Gates Chili May 19 in sectional first-round action, they won 3-2 over No. 4 Webster Thomas May 22 in quarterfinal play by scoring in the sixth and seventh innings to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Next was a 12-8 decision over No. 8 Victor May 24 in the semifinals as a seven-run fourth inning erased an 8-3 hole.
In the final May 27 against No. 6 Rush-Henrietta, the Knights trailed 2-0 entering the seventh and were one strike from elimination, but won 3-2 in eight innings to claim the sectional crown. Then in state Class AA quarterfinal play June 3, McQuaid defeated Clarence of Section 6, 5-4 in eight innings, after trailing 4-2 entering the fifth.
McQuaid’s season ended June 9 with a 7-1 loss in the state semifinals to Massapequa of Section 8. Its final record was 17-6.
Williams earned the state Division 1 title in the 200-meter dash at states June 9-10, recording a time of 21.31 seconds. He also nearly won the overall 200, going :21.56 and placing second. In addition, Williams was second in Division 1 (:10.90) and third overall (:10.87) in the 100 dash.
Another top Knight performer at states was Daniel Rooney, who took second in Division 1 in the 400 hurdles (:54.50) and fifth in the overall race (:54.74). Also of note, the Knights’ 1,600 relay ended up 14th in Division 1.
At the Section 5 state qualifier June 2, Williams captured the 100 and 200, Rooney won the 400 hurdles and the 1,600 relay took first as well.
Those victories came on the heels of McQuaid’s first-place team finish at the Section 5 Class AA meet May 27. Williams was a triple winner, taking the 100, 200 and 400; and Rooney prevailed in the 400 hurdles.
The top-seeded Crusaders cruised to the Section 4 title, winning 11-1 over No. 2 Union Springs in the Class C final May 27 as Jordyn Fargo hit a first-inning grand slam home run and Izzy Milazzo tossed a four-hitter.
Notre Dame had reached the final by winning 7-1 over No. 8 Sidney in quarterfinal play May 23 and 9-0 over No. 4 Bainbridge-Guilford May 26 in the semifinals behind a no-hitter from Milazzo.
The team’s undefeated season was thwarted by Sandy Creek of Section 3, 6-3 in 10 innings, in state quarterfinal action June 2. Notre Dame had a final record of 21-1 and was the defending state Class C champion.
The Monarchs, seeded No. 6 in Section 5 Class A1, won the sectional title over No. 5 Pittsford Mendon, 19-9, May 27 as Gabrielle Schlehr smacked a three-run homer.
Earlier in sectionals, Mercy won 13-0 over No. 11 Eastridge May 19 in first-round play, 8-5 in eight innings over No. 3 Irondequoit May 23 in the quarterfinals, and 8-4 over No. 10 Spencerport May 26 in the semifinals.
Following its sectional title triumph over Mendon, Mercy won 15-2 over Pittsford Sutherland in a state qualifier May 30. The Monarchs (14-9) then fell to Williamsville East of Section 6, 8-3, in the state Class A quarterfinals June 2.
‚Ä¢ Aquinas Institute baseball, seeded No. 8 in Section 5 Class A2, won 21-3 over No. 9 Wayne in first-round play May 18, 21-8 over No. 1 School of the Arts in the quarterfinals May 19, and 10-0 over No. 4 Monroe in the semifinals May 23. In the title game May 27 against No. 3 Pittsford Sutherland, AQ was edged 2-1 to finish with a 10-13 record.
‚Ä¢ Elmira Notre Dame baseball, seeded fifth in Section 4 Class C, won 14-7 over No. 12 Walton in a first-round game May 19, 3-2 over No. 4 Unatego in the quarterfinals May 22, and 13-2 over Lansing, the top seed, in the semifinals May 22. In the final held May 26, the Crusaders fell 5-4 to No. 2 Thomas A. Edison to end up with a 12-11 mark.
‚Ä¢ Mercy girls’ lacrosse, the No. 1 seed in Section 5 Class C, reached the title game with an 18-5 win over No. 4 Wayne May 26 behind four goals each from Izzy Stockman and Sami Carey. The Monarchs fell in the final, 19-7 to No. 2 Honeoye Falls-Lima, May 31 to finish with a 10-8 record.
‚Ä¢ In girls’ track, Aquinas’ Travasia Singletary netted two second-place finishes in Division 2 at states, in the 100 dash (:12.61) and long jump (17 feet, 6.25 inches); and was fifth overall in the 100 (:12.60). At the Section 5 Class B meet May 26, Singletary won the 100, long jump and triple jump.
‚Ä¢ In boys’ track, Elmira Notre Dame’s Gavin Harrington placed first in the 1,600 run at the Section 4 Class C meet May 25. At the state qualifier May 31-June 1, ND’s Matt Karee won the 3,200 and took second in the 1,600. Karee went on to finish 16th overall in the 3,200 and 21st overall in the 1,600 at the state meet.
‚Ä¢ McQuaid’s Craig Eichas placed sixth at the Section 5 boys’ golf tournament May 20 and 22. By finishing in the top nine with his two-round total of 156, Eichas qualified for the state tourney June 4-5 where he tied for 59th place among 99 golfers.