Postseason Summary: Defeated Doniphan-Trumbull 38-14, in the first round of the playoffs and lost to Sutton in the quarterfinals 46-21.
Season Highlight: Defeating Doniphan-Trumbull in the playoffs.
How it ended: The Sutton offense gashed Aquinas Catholic for four plays of 50 yards or more, scored on its first three possessions and advanced to the semifinals of the Class C-2 playoffs with a 46-21 win Nov. 2 in David City. The Mustangs, who entered the night averaging 42 points per game, were four better than that thanks to huge performances by running back Brett Simonsen and quarterback Jackson Perrien.
Standout/Star: Tad Naiberk
Future Outlook: The Monarchs returns plenty of experience and will look to make the playoffs once again. Players like Zach Pandorf, Nolan Schultz, Cade Kozisek and Konner Adamy will be the leaders of this year’s senior class.
Postseason Summary: Lost to Wahoo Neumann in the first round of the sub-district playoffs, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20.
Season Highlight: Defeating Columbus Scotus for the first time in 30 years on Sept. 11. The Monarchs won 28-30, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17 and 15-4.
How it ended: Aquinas Catholic volleyball closed its season in a first-round loss in the sub-district playoffs to Wahoo Neumann in three sets, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20 on Oct. 29. Neumann came into the game ranked No. 4 in the class.
Standout/Star: Larissa Sellers
Future Outlook: The Monarchs lose a big senior class, but had some juniors on last year’s squad that they will count on to fill big shoes.
Postseason Summary: The Aquinas boys cross country team and Allie Frasher qualified for the state tournament after doing well enough at districts.
Season Highlight: Frasher placing ninth in the state meet.
How it ended: The boys placed 11th as a team at state, led by Luke Frasher who ran a 18:46.98. Allie Frasher finished with a time of 20:56.1
Standout/Star: Allie Frasher
Future Outlook: Allie Frasher graduated, but the boys return the four fastest times from the state team with Luke Frasher, Wiliam Eller, Peter Sisco and Xavier Fiala all returning.
Postseason Summary: Aquinas lost its first game of the sub-district playoffs to Malcolm 9-6, defeated Wahoo Public 9-5 in the consolation bracket and ended the season losing to Raymond Central 15-8.
Season Highlight: Winning 22 games, the most in program history.
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How it ended: Aquinas led 7-2 after the third inning, but Raymond Central scored 11 unanswered runs and never looked back.
Standout/Star: Vanessa Bohuslavsky
Future Outlook: With a large graduating class, next year is full of questions and could possibly be a rebuilding year for the Monarchs.
Postseason Summary: Defeated Wahoo Neumann 63-45 in the sub-district semifinal before losing to Wahoo 70-62 in the sub-district championship.
Season Highlight: Upsetting No. 5 Neumann in the sub-district tournament to keep its season alive.
How it ended: Aquinas boys basketball saw the season come to an end after losing to Wahoo 70-62 in the C1-4 sub-district final on Feb. 21 in Schuyler.
Standout/Star: Zach Zavodny
Future Outlook: Seniors made up the majority of the playing time, which will open up opportunities for new players to prove themselves. Next year’s squad will have to fill new roles if the Monarchs want to keep improving.
Postseason Summary: Lost to Wahoo Neumann 65-46 in the first round of the sub-district playoffs, 65-46. The Monarchs were one spot short in the wildcard standings of going to the sub-state round.
Season Highlight: On Jan. 12 Aquinas defeated Lakeview on the road, 47-33. Lakeview qualified for the Class C-1 State Tournament.
How it ended: The Monarchs took on Neumann in the first round on Feb. 12, but lost 65-46. What was unknown at the time was that the loss, due to sub-district upsets, effectively ended the season. Aquinas was sitting at 11th in the C-1 wildcard standings, and if top seeds would have won, the Monarchs would have most likely clinched the third wildcard spot.
Standout/Star: Breanna Stouffer
Future Outlook: Nathan Wall takes over as head coach of a team that will look almost entirely different after the graduation of a large senior group.
TRACK & FIELD
Postseason Summary: The Aquinas boys finished 15th at state and the girls placed fourth as a team.
Season Highlight: Gabrielle Oborny won a second straight state medal, this time finishing as the pole vault runner-up.
How it ended: Kyle Napier, Matthew Duke, Keegan Lavicky, Brian Cech, Braden Smith, Payton Davis, Kyle Napier, Andrew Lyons, Travis Roh, John Prochaska, Gabrielle Oborny, Bridget Sisco, Kloe Ruth, Allie Frasher, Emma Seller, Vanessa Bohuslavsky, Jadyn Siroky, Dulcie Archuleta, Sierra Meysenburg, Ella Hilger and Larissa Sellers finished the season with a trip to state.
Standout/Star: Gabrielle Oborny
Future Outlook: The Monarchs lose a large and successful senior class but return many state qualifiers that should again challenge for state hardware.