St. Mary’s Wins First Georgetown Cup in 39 Years

In quite the historic season for the Lancers Baseball Team, we defeated St. Joe’s 5-3 in the decisive game 3 of the series to win our first Georgetown Cup in 39 years! What a team. What a season.

Check out more of the story from Rachel Lenzi of The Buffalo News:

The St. Joe’s baseball team had just cut St. Mary’s of Lancaster’s lead from four runs to two, and St. Mary’s pitcher Brady O’Brien needed a minute to gain his composure in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Two runs weren’t going to force O’Brien, the Lancers’ starting pitcher, to leave the game Thursday at Canisius College. He and the Lancers weren’t going to let the Marauders back into the game, either. That had already happened a day earlier, in the second game of the best-of-three series for the Georgetown Cup.

“We’re up four and I thought, ‘Don’t get too comfortable,’ ” O’Brien said. “But I knew that if I could control my pitches on the mound, there was no way they were beating us.”

After giving up two runs on two hits to St. Joe’s, O’Brien and the Lancers settled down and Jack Gilbert grounded out to end the sixth. An inning later, the Lancers closed out a 5-3 win for their second Georgetown Cup in program history and first since 1980.

“It brought back some memories from (Wednesday) and we knew what happened,” said O’Brien, who struck out four batters and allowed six hits in a complete game. “We were up 10-6, but you always have to stay confident when you’re on the mound. That’s how I am up there, and when I’m confident, I know I can get the job done, and the job today was to get a win. That was our job.”

The final two innings, however, became a test for the Lancers (19-7), as St. Joe’s batters found their rhythm. Vince Capolupo’s two-out double in the bottom of the sixth for the Marauders (17-12) drove in Sam Murphy and Mitchell Floccare, and cut St. Mary’s lead to 5-3.

“It was insane, just the intensity of it all,” said Tyler Kerl, who had two hits and drove in two runs for St. Mary’s. “They tried to chirp us and get us fired up, but we just kept composed. It’s a mental game.”

The Lancers also shut down St. Joe’s second attempt at a rally in as many days; the Marauders rallied to score four runs and tie the game in the seventh inning Wednesday, en route to a 12-10 win that forced a decisive third game in the series.

“They played hard, this was a tremendous series, and they went and grabbed it,” St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca said. “It was nip-and-tuck, all the way through, every game, and we came out on the back end. But I’m extremely proud of the effort of our kids. They showed a lot of resiliency throughout.”

Will Carlone’s RB triple drove in Tino Turello to give the Marauders a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but St. Joe’s left three runners on base in the next four innings and St. Mary’s limited the Marauders to three hits in the first five innings.

Luke Stablewski tied the game at 1-1 for St. Mary’s in the top of the second, when he scored from third on an error. O’Brien’s triple in the top of the third drove in Chris Nieno and gave the Lancers a 2-1 lead.

Pitching in relief of St. Joe’s starter Patrick McCann, Sam Calcaterra walked in a run with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth. Luke Stablewski scored from third to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead, and a batter later, Kerl’s single with the bases loaded drove in Cole Laskowski and Trent Rumley to open the Lancers’ lead to 5-1.

“Yesterday was not what we wanted to happen, but we came in, we scratched it, had a great practice before the game and everything just happened, right there and then,” O’Brien said. “It feels good.”

Students Enjoy Hooky for a Day

Ashley ‘19 and Tyler ‘20 Cruz recently cashed in on Hooky for a Day with the SMH Marketing Team of Mr. Weiss and Miss Kawa that their parents bid on and won at the Lancer Gala this past February.

A day spent with good food thanks to Nick’s Place Express (and SMH alum Nick Ananiadis ‘04) and Lake Effect Ice Cream and fun at The Buffalo Zoo! Looks like some serious fun was had!  Make sure you join us for the Lancer Gala this year for your chance to bid on this and many more amazing experiences within the St. Mary’s community and the Western New York community at large!

St. Mary’s Retains Spot as Top 10 High School in WNY

In this year’s Buffalo Business First’s rankings of 131 high schools in Western New York, St. Mary’s retains its #7 ranking and cements its place as one of the top 10 high schools in Western New York. The hard work and dedication of our administration, faculty, staff, and students is so inspiring. A special shout out goes to our Social Studies Department, which ranks second out of the 131 schools. Here’s to another great year!

Seniors Honored at Spring Sports Banquet

At St. Mary’s annual Spring Sports Banquet, some very special seniors were honored with awards for their overall skill and dedication to St. Mary’s athletics.
Congratulations, thank you, and all the best to Cole Laskowski, Hannah Mulhern, Caroline Zanghi, Anya Achtyl, Austin Walsh, Caitlin Bish, and Brady O’Brien.

Art Alive Team Shines

‪Congratulations to the St. Mary’s Art Club and art teacher Mr. Christian for winning the Art Alive Judges’ Award for Best Craftsmanship! Art Alive is a celebration of living pictures held each Spring at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Local grammar and high schools put together pieces for all to enjoy. What a wonderful day had by all at the Art Gallery!

Lancers Grab SEVEN Kenny Award Nominations and Two Wins

At the annual Kenny Awards nomination ceremony, the St. Mary’s High School Performing Arts Department finished the night with SEVEN total nominations for their performance of The Addams Family! What an impressive accomplishment for director and choreographer Heather Ruhland and musical director Ryan Kaminski. And the nominees are:
St. Mary’s High School – Best Musical
Dylan Gurnari ‘22 – Actor in a Lead Role
The Ancestors – Best Ensemble Performance
Isaac Stearns ‘20 – Blossom Cohan Award
Marten Linnan ‘21 – Actor in a Supporting Role
St. Mary’s High School – Outstanding Dance Performance
St. Mary’s High School – Outstanding Costume Design

We then took home two trophies (the first of many for St. Mary’s) for Best Costuming, and Marten Linnan ‘21 won for his supporting actor role as Lucas.

Lancers Induct Five Into Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame

This year, five Lancers were inducted into the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame. Sending our sincerest congratulations to Anya Achtyl ’19, Caitlin Bish ’19, Lauren Nawojski ’20, Brianna Propis ’19, and Jillian Szeluga ’20! Such a well-deserved honor.

Junior Jillian Szeluga also honored Russell Salvatore from Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More as one of the unsung heroes of the Lancaster community with an essay she wrote.

These Lancers join the ranks of other St. Mary’s alumni who have come before them and are also in the Hall of Fame: Andrew John Adolf, Stephanie Baran, Katie Bookmiller, Eric Brown, Mike Fattey, Jake Fay, Joe Falding, Alexandra Casillo, Lori Ceppaglia, Joelle Cianciosa, Kendra Ciezki, Daniel Cress, Chelsea Goldyn, Chris Horvatits, Susannah Kaye, Elizabeth Knittel, Megan Koscielniak, Eric Miller, Andre’a Muccigrosso, Chelsea Okon, Katie Bookmiller, Kristen Stoczynski, Erica Swannie, Emily Trepacz, Tom Trzepacz, Joe Trzepacz, Kaitlyn Tytka, Matthew J Walter, Andrew Wargo, Kristen Warner, Madeline Wnuk, and Mr. Pete Herr.

Pre-Prom Assembly Leaves Lasting Impression

The Lancer First Responders (LFR) brought their program called “Every 15 Minutes” to St. Mary’s High School for the third consecutive year.  The program was the centerpiece of St. Mary’s PreProm Assembly, which demonstrated the true dangers of drunk driving in the hopes to get students to think twice before getting into a similar situation on prom night.

Several St. Mary’s students participated in the drill and acted as the drunk driver, passengers in said car, passengers and the driver in another car involved in the accident, and friends/bystanders of the accident.

Local fire stations and EMT personnel were also on-hand to create the scene. Twin District Fire Company, South Line Fire District, Lancaster Police, and Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps helped really set the tone for the drill and brought a sense of realness to the scene. Mercy Flight also landed on the St. Mary’s football field to complete the scene, with one of the injured passengers being loaded into the helicopter.

The PreProm Assembly has been a staple at St. Mary’s High School, but has grown in scope and scale as the Lancer First Responders club took over the assembly at the school three years ago.

Spring Training In Full Swing

Both the baseball and softball teams headed south for a week of spring training while on Spring Break.  The week offered some much-need sunshine and dry fields for the teams to really get some game action in before heading back home for the start of league play.

The softball team took on Walt Disney World and played their games at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The team had quite the showing and went 7-0 and had two freshmen pitchers throw perfect games!

National Honor Society Completes Service Project

The Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society completed their year-long service project, which included organizing a school-wide clothing drive for the Response to Love Center. Members of NHS dropped off the clothes and spent the day volunteering in the center’s clothing storage room. Students were also fortunate enough to be taken on a tour of the center with Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF, the head of the facility. The Response to Love Center focuses on the holistic treatment of poverty: loving care of the economically deprived, the spiritually poor, the emotionally battered, the isolated, the wounded and the broken.