BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- For the first time in eight years, the STAC title belongs to Seton Catholic. The Saints topped Ithaca, 64-49, in the championship game on Valentine's day.
"It was our first STAC championship since 2009-2010," said junior Tommy Dempsey. "It was one of our goals before the season, and it felt great to finally reach it."
"We always come to the games as a kid looking forward to [the STAC title game], knowing that your senior year that's the last time you get a chance," added senior Jonathon Williams. "And to fulfill that, it's a dream, dream come true."
"We've been playing with each other since fifth, sixth grade, so we wanted this for a long time now, and it was nice to finally get it," senior Peter Hartrick said.
"To see it all come together and achieve their goal, again, very rewarding for me, very rewarding for them," head coach Chris Sinicki added.
So Seton Catholic won its fourth STAC title in school history, but get this, the Saints are actually the No. 2 seed in the upcoming sectional tournament.
"I would like to hope since we won every single game we played that we could be the one-seed, but it just gives us more motivation," Hartrick said.
"I don't really look much into that," explained Williams. "I don't make the seeds, I just play the next game."
"We're not too focused on it," Dempsey added.
"It's just a number to the left of your name," said Sinicki. "You have to go out and beat everybody anyway, and you have to play well to win a sectional title regardless of who you are playing."
Seton Catholic begins sectional tournament play Friday, February 23 at home against Whitney Point. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.