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Catholic Courier. (Rochester, N.Y.) 1989-current, February 16, 1989, Image 9

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H sports McQuaid vying to defend large-school title By Richard A. Kiley Staff writer The seedings are out. Now let the games begin. The bpys' basketball tournaments in Sec- tion 5 and Section 4 began this week, and several diocesan! teams appear to have the right stuff to win! sectional patches. The race for the Section 5 Class A title is wide open after some surprising turn of events late in the regular season. A month ago it looked like Franklin was the clear favorite J but a resounding 89-74 loss to East last week has fueled the hopes of the top eigty seeds in Class A. For die second consecutive year, Web- ster (18-2) was named the top seed at die 18th annual seeding luncheon on Friday, Feb. 101 Following Bill O'Rourke's War- riors is Rush-Henrietta (16-3), Faifport (17-3), feast (16-3) and Franklin (15-4). The Quakers' only loss on the court tins season was to East; off the court, Trent Jackson s club forfeited three wins for us- ing an in eligible player. The sixth seed in Class A is McQuaid (12-6), which has won the, large-school championship two consecutive years. Joe Marches e and his Knights have to be smil- ing a li tie bit this time around with the pressure and the attention on higher-seeded Monroe County schools such as Webster, R-H and Fairport and City-Catholic League teams like East and Franklin. The Knights can't be counted out. Since losing to Edison (without dominating 6-8 center DrewJIenderson) back on Jan. 13, McQuaid has won six consecutive games— including a convincing 64-54 win over No. 2 East two , weeks ago. Henderson and guard Reggie Wade have big-game experi- ence, and Marchese is as clever as they come oh the sidelines. The task awaiting McQuaid is tough, but it could be worse. If they get by cross-town, rival and llth-seeded Brighton (10-10) on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Knights would do battle wfith No. 3 Fairport this Saturday, Feb. 18, in a rematch of the 1987 Class AAAfhkl. s Second-seeded Rush looms as a possible semifinal opponent if McQuaid makes it that far, but that is getting way ahead of ourselves. The other bracket — consisting of Web- ster, Rush, East and Franklin — would have been a lot rougher on the Knights. That's the reason why 13th-seeded Car- dinal Mooney (8-11) probably won't last long in this year's Class A tourney. Ed Nietopski's Cards opened up at East on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Mooney was able to pull off an upset over Franklin in the tour- nament last year, but it appears very un- likely tiiat the Cards will be able to do the same against the stacked Orientals. Newark (19-1) appears the prohibitive favorite! to take the crown in Class BB, but a number of excellent teams in this classifi- cation might have something to say about that. The Reds are followed by Pittsford Mendon (17-3),. Greece Arcadia (16-4) and Aquinas (13-7). The fourth-seeded Little Irish have en- dured yet another season battling the larger A schools in the City-Catholic League, and have some of the tools needed to pull off some big sectional wins. AQ opened up against 13th-seeded Churchville-Chili (1-19) on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and should have advanced to play the winner of the game between No. 5 Pitts- ford Sutherland (12-8) and No. 12 Eastri- dge (4-16). Aquinas handled Sutherland easily in a tournament-win earlier this season, but die Knights are surely im- proved. If the Little Irish get by Churchville- Chili and Sutherland, they would have to play the top-seeded Reds in the semis. , Bishop Kearney (6-12) drew the ninth seed in Class BB. Mike Ruffs Kings played No. 8 Victor (8-1,2) on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and would have to play Newark this Friday, Feb. 17, if they got by the Blue Devils. Over in Class D, Rusliford (15-3) ear- ned the top seed with Rrattsburg (16-4) second. Geneva DeSales (13-7) is the tfiird seed and played No. 14 Cphocton (3-17) at Naples on Wednesday, Feb. 15. If die Saints, who closed out die regular season with two resounding wins over Ro- mulus and Dundee, beat Cohocton they would play the winner of the game between No. 6 Northstar (11-7) and No. 11 Bel- mont (8-10) at a site to be determined on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tony Alvaro's club is a strong dark horse, if a team can be considered one as a No. 3 seed. The Saints may take their ag- gressions of not winning the Finger Lakes ,West ,^tle, — like many pickaNhem to do — \out on some of their, sectional oppo- nents, j In Section 4 Class C, Elmira Notre Dame (8-12) has earned the No. 6 seed, behind No. 1 Whitney Pojnt (19-0), No. 2 Trumansburg (16-3), No. 3 Walton (16-4), No. 4 Candor (15-4) and No. 5 Lansing (14-5. Mike Johnston's Crusaders are coming off a 62-61 win over Horseheads — a team they lost to earlier in the season — and have been playing well me second half of the season. ND opened up against No. 11 Moravia (10-9) at home on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and with a win would advance to the quarter- finals against the winner of No. 3 Walton and No. 14 Newark Valley. The Crusaders were 3-0 this season against Class C competition, including two wins over second-seeded Trumansburg. ft LOCKER ROOM SPORTS v*\\1 i (716)663-3119 Hrs. Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-5pm TEAM UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT . Soccer •Baseball • Hockey • Lacross We received 8correct entries ______ __».«».. indejrtifiying George Blanda SPORTS TRIVIA as the kicker that retired with 335 field goals to his credit. ?'- The winner was Jeff Falzoi of St. Ann's. • This week's question: 1 Name the only Ivy League team that has ever reached the finals of the NCAA Basketball championship. A* Aa 1 ; I Name: Address:. City: State: Zip Code:. School: • j Rules: ! Each week, the Courier-Journal, in conjunction with Locker Room ISports will feature a Sports Trivia contest. All you have to do to enter is I answer the question, fill in your name and address and the school you attend (ft applicable), cut out the coupon and send it in to the Courier- J Journal. If more than one correct entry is received, a drawing will be held ana one winning entry will be drawn. I If yours is the winning entry, you will be mailed a certificate redeemable for $10.00 OFF any purchase of $25.00 or more at Locker •Room Sports, 560 W. Ridge Rd. Z AH entries must be received within seven days of this paper's issue |date winning names and answers will be printed the week following •each drawing. & •eacn or Thursday, February 16,1989 I The Courier-Journal I Sports Trivia a 1150 BafiEalo Rd. NY 146! H I J I I Linda Dow Hayes/Catholic Courier McQuaid\s Reggie Wade (20) brings big-game experience to the Section 5 Class A Boys Basketball] Tournament. Monarchs gain top seed By Richard A. Kiley Staff writer j Our Lady of Mercy has been tabbed the top seed in Class A of die 17tii annual Sec- tion 5 girls' basketball tournament. Kathy Boughton's Monarchs earned the honor by means of a tie-breaker (higher winning percentage) over No. 2 Brockport. The Blue Devils (18-2) jwere the'only team to beat Mercy (19-1) during the regu- lar season, but they had to go to overtime to do it. Brockport won the championship game of its host tourney, 68-64, over Mercy last Saturday, Feb. ill. That game may have provided a preview of the Class A championship. j Mercy began tournament play, against No. 16 Gates-Chili (2-17) sjtt Greece Ath- ena on Tuesday, Feb. 14. ^ wm over the Spartans would put the Monarchs in the quarterfinals against the winner of the game between No. 8 Canandaigua (12-7) and No. 9 Edison (10-9). The highest seed in Mercy's bracket is No. 4 Fairport (14-4), which the Monarchs beat easily, 58-42, last Wednesday, Feb. 8. Mercy led 40-17 at the half, although Fairport was without leading-scorer Sarah Bouley. Boughton was also honored as Class A Coach of the Year during tie seeding lun- cheon on Monday, Feb. 13.. t r Three diocesan teams are seeded among 11 teams in Class BB. Cardinal Mooney (17-3) is the second seed ttehind No. 1 Pittsford Mendon (20-0). Other diocesan teams com] >eting in Class BB are No. 4 Bishop Kearney (12-8) and No. 7 Aquinas (11-9). Nazareth was among three teams — Wilson and Pittsford Sutherland were the others -i- to turn down an invitation as the No. 12 se «l. I Mooney, which draws a first-round bye, will play the winner of the showdown be- tween seventh-seeded Aquinas and lOth-seeded Eastridge. The game between Mooney and AQ/Eastridge will be played at Mooney Saturday, Fetr. 18. The game is scheduled far 7 p.m. Dan Bates' Little Irish are coming off a strong showing in the Webster Tourna- ment. After beating die host Warriors, 53-49, in die first game of the tourney, Aquinas took Mendon to die limit before losing 51-37. AQ trailed 25-21 at the half, and led throughout much of the second half. Bishop Kearney draws a first-round bye and will play No. 5 Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 18. Wayne drew a bye after no team accepted me No. 12 seed. IN CLASS D, Geneva DeSales (9-11) is seeded sixtii behind No. 1 Whitesville (18-1), No 4 . 2 Houghton (11-4), No. 3 Greenwood (14-5), No. 4 Prattsburg (13-7) and No. 5 Friendship (11-8). i Steve Muzzi's Saints opened up tourna- ment play at DeSales on Wednesday, Feb. 15, against No. 11 Northstar (2-16). A win .over Northstar would put DeSales in the quarterfinals against third-seeded Green- wood on Saturday, Feb. 18. IN SECTION 4 CLASS C, Elmira No- tre (10-10) is die seventh seed behind No. 1 Odessa-Montour (19-0), No. 2 Walton (15-3), No. 3 Whitney Point (li-5), No. 4 Candor (14-4), No. 5 Sydney (13-6) and No. 6 Delhi (16-3). Jeff Sobkowski's Crusaders, who began tournament play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 14, against No. 10 Lansing (12-7), suf- fered a serious loss before the tournament even began. Junior point guard Kathy Lynch, ND's playmaker and leading scorer, broke her bind following the Cru- saders' 43-30 loss to Horseheaiis on Tues- . day, Feb. 7. She will miss me entire post- season, g

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