In a competitive sport, there can be only one winner, and in Brockport today, only one team would get to make history.
That team turned out to be Aquinas, which became the only the third school (that we know of) in modern Section V history to win the boys team-sport Triple Crown -- championships in football, basketball and baseball -- in a single school year.
It's the second time Aquinas has achieved the feat, first doing it in 2011-12.
Batavia has never done it, and with a 2-1 loss will have to wait for another opportunity somewhere down the road.
The records are incomplete, but John Moriello of the New York Sportswriters Association, researched the question today, and as near as he can tell, the Triple Crown has only been achieved three times in Section V, though it's possible some smaller schools archived it.
"I suspect it's happened a few times over the years in the section, but there's not a database that would allow for pinning down specifics," Moriello said. "It's more likely in the smaller classifications with schools like Notre Dame, Clyde-Savannah, Hornell and Cal-Mum."
While Batavia notched Section V titles in football and basketball this year, Aquinas could go on to win the trifecta at the state level this year.
There were no Section V football championships before 1977.
Pittsford Mendon was the first Section V school to secure the Triple Crown with titles in 1982-83.
This year, 31 teams in the state had a chance at the Triple Crown when baseball season started, according John Moriello, of the New York Sportswriters Association, and only Aquinas got that third critical win.
Batavia won its first baseball title in 1953, but hasn't taken a Section V crown since 1998 (it also has titles in 1980, 81 and 94).
The football program had great teams prior to 1977, but didn't get a Section V title until 1991 and then waited until the Brennan Briggs era to win again, getting titles in 2014 and this year.
Batavia became a powerhouse in basketball under Buddy Brasky, winning its first Section V title in 1998, and then in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
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