Several teams enjoy fall sports success - Catholic Courier

Several teams enjoy fall sports success

Championships were in abundance at Aquinas Institute this fall. In addition to sectional and state titles won in boys’ and girls’ soccer, the Little Irish football team claimed the Section 5 Class A crown.

Aquinas came into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, but rolled 35-7 over No. 5 Eastridge and 21-0 over top-seeded Victor to earn a title-game appearance. The Little Irish then scored a 21-16 win over No. 3 Wilson Magnet in the final on Nov. 3, shooting out to a 14-0 first-half lead and holding on from there.

AQ went on to score a 7-0 victory over previously unbeaten Iroquois of Section 6 in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 11, as Anthony Fitts’ 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made the difference. The bubble finally burst when AQ lost 23-0 to eventual state champion Corning East of Section 4 on Nov. 17. Aquinas’ final record was 9-3.

Other football teams turned in fine seasons as well: Bishop Kearney (8-1) had an 8-0 regular-season record and earned the No. 1 seed in Section 5 Class C before being upset, 36-18, by No. 4 Letchworth in a semifinal game Oct. 29; McQuaid Jesuit posted a final record of 6-3 and reached the Section 5 Class A semifinals; and Elmira Notre Dame also finished at 6-3 while making the Section 4 Class B semifinals.

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Several more teams and individuals from Catholic high schools in the diocese went deep into the 2006 post-season. They include:

* McQuaid boys’ soccer (17-2-1), which reached the Section 5 Class AA final as the No. 2 seed, thanks to a 2-1 semifinal win over No. 3 Brighton on Oct. 30. Stephen Baker and Conor O’Leary were the Knights’ goal-scorers. McQuaid was stopped in the title game by top-seeded Webster Thomas, 6-2, on Nov. 3.

* Nazareth Academy girls’ soccer (14-6-1), which advanced to the Section 5 Class B final with a 2-0 win over top-seeded Byron-Bergen on Oct. 31. Evelyn Santiago scored both goals, and goaltender Amanda Taylor notched the shutout. The fifth-seeded Lasers were halted by third-seeded Le Roy, 1-0, in the title game on Nov. 3.

* Elmira Notre Dame boys’ soccer (12-5-1), seeded second in Section 4 Class C, which reached the championship game with a 3-2 win over No. 6 Southern Cayuga on Oct. 31. Tom Castle led the way by scoring the tying goal late in regulation as well as the winner in overtime. The Crusaders then lost 4-1 to top-seeded Marathon in the final played Nov. 4.

* Notre Dame girls’ soccer (16-6), which also made the Section 4 final. Margie McKinery’s scored the deciding goal as the eighth-seeded Crusaders won 2-1 over No. 5 Oneonta in a Class B semifinal on Nov. 1. ND was stopped in the title game by sixth-seeded Lansing, 5-0, on Nov. 4.

* Nazareth girls’ volleyball (12-7), which advanced to the Section 5 Class CC championship round. The fourth-seeded Lasers won 25-15, 25-7, 25-12 over top-seeded Monroe in semifinal play on Nov. 2 before falling 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 to No. 2 Byron-Bergen in the title match on Nov. 4.

* McQuaid Jesuit boys’ volleyball (22-1), which had a perfect 19-0 regular-season record to earn the No. 1 seed in the Section 5 Class A playoffs. The two-time defending champion Knights then won three sectional rounds before losing 25-23, 25-12, 25-23 to No. 3 Penfield in the final on Nov. 8.

* Bishop Kearney’s Jenelle Mitchell, who earned her third consecutive Section 5 Class C girls’ tennis singles championship. She defeated Jen Wlodarczyk of Avoca, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, in the title match held Oct. 21.

* Elmira Notre Dame’s Taryn Lindquist and Andrea Remec, who won the Section 4 Class B doubles crown on Oct. 14. They posted a 7-6, 6-3 win over Meagan Shager and Becah Wiggins of Susquehanna Valley in the final.

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