Schools bring home sports titles - Catholic Courier
Above, Mercy's Kelly Smith narrowly avoids being tagged by Pittsford Mendon catcher Anna Merante during the Section 5 Class A championship game May 31. Above, Mercy's Kelly Smith narrowly avoids being tagged by Pittsford Mendon catcher Anna Merante during the Section 5 Class A championship game May 31.

Schools bring home sports titles

Championship performances were well-rounded this spring for Catholic high schools in the diocese, with four schools producing five sectional titles in four different sports. The big winners were Elmira Notre Dame girls’ track, Our Lady of Mercy girls’ softball, Aquinas Institute boys’ track, and McQuaid Jesuit and Notre Dame boys’ golf.

In addition, Notre Dame girls’ track earned a state Division 2 title with a record-breaking performance in the 400-meter relay.

ND girls’ track

The Crusaders earned their state crown June 8 by setting a new school mark. Competing at Middletown High School, Notre Dame’s team of Brittany Schutrum, Mara Skordynski, Victoria Schutrum and Jen Smithers posted a time of 49.65 seconds in the Division 2 400 relay to edge out second-place Amherst (:49.83). The Crusaders placed 13th overall (Divisions 1 and 2 combined) in the event.

Also finishing in the top 10 for ND at states were Brittany Schutrum, who placed sixth in Division 2 in the 100 dash and 15th overall; and the 1,600 relay that finished sixth in Division 2 and 19th overall.

Notre Dame was coming off three first-place finishes at the Section 4 state qualifier May 30. Brittany Schutrum ran on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays, and also placed first in the 100.

At the Section 4 Class D meet May 22, ND finished with 175 points to easily outdistance runner-up Newfield’s 57.33 total. The Crusaders’ 10 event winners were Brittany Schutrum in the 100 and 200; Mary Pelkowski, 1,500 and 3,000; Deborah Diarra, 400; Smithers, 400 hurdles; Skordynski, high jump; and all three relays (400, 1,600 and 3,200).

Mercy softball

The Monarchs, seeded No. 2 in Section 5 Class A, gained a sectional title May 31 with an 8-3 victory over No. 1 Pittsford Mendon. The key blow was Aidan Falk’s three-run home run in the fourth inning, her 12th of the season, that put Mercy up for good at 5-3. Falk, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs, while teammate Maddie Kocoloski went 3-for-3. Megan Ferraioli pitched the complete-game win, allowing five hits.

Earlier in sectionals, Mercy won 10-3 over No. 7 Canandaigua May 23 in quarterfinal play as Emily Graham had three hits and Falk scored three runs. In the semifinal, the Monarchs edged No. 5 Brighton 5-4 May 29 as Ferraioli homered and singled home Kelsey Johnson with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Mercy’s season ended in state Class A quarterfinal play June 4, as the Monarchs lost 4-1 to Hamburg of Section 6. Mercy scored its lone run in the first inning but allowed four in the third, finishing its season with a 17-7 record.

AQ boys’ track

The Little Irish won a thriller in the Section 5 Class B meet May 25, scoring 124 points to edge second-place Batavia’s 121-point total. Josh Hanna led Aquinas with individual victories in the 200- and 400-meter runs while also taking part in the winning 1,600-meter relay. Other event winners were Ben Drexler in the 400 hurdles and Khris Greggs in the triple jump.

At the state-qualifying meet June 1, Aquinas became eligible for states in four events: Hanna, who placed first in Division 2 in the 400 and second in the 200; Drexler, who was first in the 800; and the 1,600 relay. The top AQ finisher at the state meet was the 1,600 relay that finished second in Division 2 and 11th overall.

McQuaid golf

The Knights won the Section 5 Class A team title May 24, totaling 312 strokes among its top four finishers to best second-place Pittsford Sutherland’s 318 total. Colin Dubnik shot 75 to earn comedalist honors, while the Knights’ Peyton Steigerwald had 77 and Michael Lane and Connor Raeman each totaled 80.

At the Section 5 individual championships May 18 and 20, three Knights became eligible for state-tournament play: Dubnik, who tied for sixth place with a two-day total of 158 (77-81); Lane, who finished eighth in 159 (82-77); and Andrew Galvin, who tied for the ninth and final state berth at 160 (80-80) and then advanced out of a three-way playoff.

The state tournament, held June 2-3, saw Dubnik and Galvin lead the Knights by tying for 21st place among 99 finishers at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca. Each shot 159, with Dubnik posting 77-82 and Galvin 76-83.

ND golf

The Crusaders dominated at the Section 4 Class D championship tournament May 23, winning the six-school event with a stroke total of 429. Second-place Marathon finished a full 29 strokes back at 458.

Notre Dame also excelled individually that day, with Crusader teammates Alex Nassar and Zach Brand each shooting 75 to tie as medalists. Also aiding the team victory was ND’s Mike Stearns, who shot 87 to place eighth.

More highlights

* Notre Dame baseball finished as runner-up in the Section 4 Class D playoffs. The top-seeded Crusaders won 12-1 over Worcester in first-round play May 21, 13-0 over Windham-Ashland-Jewett in the quarterfinals May 23 and 12-1 over Marathon in semifinal action May 29. In the title game against second-seeded Hancock May 31, the Crusaders endured a 4-2 loss to end up with a 16-7 record.

* Notre Dame softball, the No. 1 seed in Section 4 Class C, won 16-0 over Sidney May 28 in quarterfinal play and 8-2 over Union Springs May 30 in the semifinal round. The Crusaders’ title bid was ended by third-seeded Seton Catholic, 3-0, in the final June 1 as they finished with a 21-2 record.

* Notre Dame boys’ track placed second in the Section 4 Class D meet May 22 with 63 points, with Cherry Valley-Springfield taking the title with 112 points. The Crusaders were led by second-place finishes from Matt Watkins in the shot put, Tom Watkins in the discus and Carl Shen in the long jump.

* Individual winners at the Section 5 track championships were Our Lady of Mercy’s Maggie Pryslak, in the girls’ Class A 400 meters; Mercy, in the girls’ Class A 1,600 relay; Bishop Kearney’s Nathena Brown, in the girls’ Class C pentathlon; Aquinas Institute’s Amber Thomas, in the girls’ triple jump; and Aquinas, in the girls’ 400 relay. In the state qualifier May 31, first-place finishers were Brown, in the girls’ Division 2 pentathlon (she went on to place sixth in Division 2 and 18th overall at states); and Mercy’s Emem Ikpot, in the girls’ Division 1 200 meters (she placed 14th in Division 1 and 31st overall at states).

* McQuaid boys’ tennis reached the final of the Section 5 Class A team championship. The Knights were the No. 1 seed but fell to No. 3 Brighton, 5-2, in the title match held June 3.


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