Our Lady of Mercy’s state girls’ skiing championship, McQuaid Jesuit’s state runner-up finish in boys’ hockey and Aquinas Institute’s sectional boys’ indoor track crown highlighted a successful winter sports season for Catholic high schools in the diocese.
Led by individual state champ Gibson Donnan, Mercy captured the state Alpine title Feb. 25-26 at Bristol Mountain. She had runs of :42.56 and :44.16 in the slalom Feb. 25 for a combined time of 1 minute, 26.72 seconds. Her sister, Ingrid, finished fifth in 1:32.83. The next day Gibson Donnan was victorious in the giant slalom, logging times of 55.83 and 56.63 for a first-place finish of 1:52.46. Her sister took seventh in 1:58.22.
Mercy had earned its way into the state event by winning the Section 5 Class A title on Feb. 13, also at Bristol. Gibson Donnan won the giant slalom that day in 1:25.40 and the slalom in 1:11.55. Ingrid Donnan took third in both the GS (1:29.47) and slalom (1:15.53). Mercy teammate Megan Curley placed 22nd in the slalom and 24th in the GS to advance to states as well.
The Knights reached the state final in Utica March 9 with a 5-1 win over Massena of Section 10, as Ryan Talty totaled two goals and Ben Korpiel, Jack Dugan and Nate Pennington scored the others.
McQuaid’s bid for its second state title — the other came in 2005 — ended March 10 with a 5-0 loss to Saratoga Springs of Section 2 in the final. The Knights were outshot 33-20 in that game.
The team had scored a 3-2 win over West Genesee in quarterfinal play March 2 as Jack Hildenbrand scored the game-winner in the third overtime and Michael Capicotto and Jared Tallo also scored. Earlier, in the Section 5 Class A final Feb. 24, the fourth-seeded Knights won 4-0 over No. 7 Penfield as Brian Kick made 12 saves. Also in sectionals, McQuaid won 10-0 over No. 5 Brighton/East Rochester/Honeoye Falls-Lima Feb. 16 and 3-2 over top-seeded Fairport in the Feb. 21 semifinal with Michael Campbell netting the deciding goal in overtime.
The Knights’ final record was 19-6-1.
AQ boys’ track
The Little Irish won the Section 5 Class C championship Feb. 16, scoring 139.66 team points to easily outdistance second-place Batavia’s 80.33 total. Josh Hanna won both the 300- and 600-meter runs, and other AQ event winners were Ben Drexler in the 1,000 meters, Alonzo Turney in the long jump and the 800 relay.
In the Section 5 state qualifier, held Feb. 22, Hanna (first place, 600 meters), the 1,600 relay (first) and Drexler (third, 600) became eligible for states. Top Aquinas finishes at the state meet, held March 2, were the 1,600 relay (fourth) and Hanna in the 600 (12th).
* Aquinas hockey, seeded No. 6 in Section 5 Class B, won 6-2 in the first round over No. 11 Batavia Notre Dame Feb. 12 as Jimmy DiLiberto had three goals and Anthony DePetres added two. The Little Irish added a 2-1 win over No. 3 Brockport in a Feb. 16 quarterfinal as DiLiberto and DePetres assisted on each other’s goals, but then lost 2-1 to No. 2 Churchville-Chili Feb. 20 in the semis. AQ finished with a 15-8 record.
* Elmira Notre Dame track featured Brittany Schutrum winning the girls’ Division II 55-meter title and the 800 relay placing first at the Section 4 championships Feb. 1, as the Crusaders placed fourth in team scoring. Schutrum and the girls’ 800 relay repeated their first-place showings at the state qualifier Feb. 23, while for the boys, Carl Shen made states by placing third in the long jump.
* Mercy girls’ track took second place in the Section 5 Class B meet Feb. 16. Event winners were Maggie Pryslak in the 300- and 600-meter runs, Sarah Bronk, pole vault; Kierra Carter, shot put; Monica LaBorde, race walk; and the 1,600 relay. Pryslak (third, 600 meters), Carter (second, shot put) and LaBorde (third, race walk) then advanced to states with high finishes at the qualifier meet Feb. 22, and at states the Monarchs’ top finish was LaBorde’s 12th place in the race walk.
* McQuaid boys’ track placed third at the Section 5 Class A meet Feb. 16, as Austin Peters won the 600 and the 3,200 relay also placed first. In the state qualifier Feb. 22, the 3,200 relay won again and David Ingraham (third, 300) and Peters (fourth, 600) reached states as well. McQuaid’s leading finish at the March 2 state meet was the 3,200 relay, which took eighth.
* McQuaid boys’ skiing took third in the Section 5 Class A Alpine meet Feb. 12 as Nick Sertl placed fourth in the giant slalom.
* Bishop Kearney girls’ bowling placed second in the Section 5 Class D tournament Feb. 16 with a total pinfall of 4,763.