Monday's: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6
Wednesday's: March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8
Tuesday's: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7
Thursday's: March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9
Two Saxe squash teams competed at the US Middle School Team Championships at Yale this past weekend. The tournament saw a record number of 96 teams participate across all boys and girls divisions. After a great season, the Saxe A team, consisting of Eddie Li, Sahil Teredesai, Alex Benevento, Jack Sheffield, Owen Lydon, Augusto Baldini and Andrew Reed, was seeded 16th in Division 1, which is the first time a Saxe team has made a Division 1 appearance. The team faced the defending champion and #1 seed Haverford. Although Saxe put up a strong fight, they fell 5-0 to the eventual tournament winner. In the first round of the consolation, Saxe beat #11 seed Shipley 4-1, which marks the first time a Saxe squash team has won a Division 1 match, which is quite an accomplishment. Saxe fell 4-1 to #9 seed Rye Country Day in the consolation semifinals, with Sheffield’s exciting 3-2 win the round’s bright spot. In their last match, the team beat #12 seed The University School of Ohio 3-2, with wins from Benevento, Sheffield and Lydon. Ohio was actually the team that beat Saxe A last year in the first round of the tournament so it was great to play them again and come out on top this time. Based on the team’s incredible performance this weekend, Saxe A ended their season 11th overall in the tournament and finished as the 2nd best public middle school team in the nation!
The Saxe B team of Lucas Alvarez, Ike Morales, William Hanover, Ashton Baker, Luke Zinczenko and Jake Donohue, was seeded 12th in Division 3. They lost their first match 5-0 to a strong Hackley squad, who was seeded #6 and was the eventual winner of Division 3. The team turned it around in the first round of the consolation by blanking #14 seed SquashSmarts Boys of PA 5-0, which included an exciting 3-2 victory for Baker. Saxe B continued their run with a 3-2 win over New Haven B in the consolation semifinals with victories from Morales, Hanover and Zinczenko. The consolation finals pitted Saxe against local rival St. Luke’s. The individual matches were incredibly close and although Alvarez came up with a great 3-2 win and Hanover and Baker both stretched to 5 games, Saxe fell 4-1 in the end. In the end, Saxe B placed 10th in Division 3, two spots better than their #12 seeding.
Congratulations to all of the Saxe squash players on a spectacular season!
Thank you to everyone who came out to participate last Saturday for the 2nd Annual New Canaan Opener! We had two 16-people draws in the Junior Division and two 8-people draw for the adults. Pictured at right is SLSC coach Brian Mathias, who won the adult tournament, and SLSC player Holden Prymas, won the Junior B.
Coach Lucia Mathias had this to say about the success of this year's event: "The Junior B division had players ranging from 2nd-8th grade and everyone played at least 3 matches. It was the first tournament for several players, and I am glad that we gave the opportunity to many people to experience their first tournament in a friendly and positive environment. We have started the event gathering all players (juniors and adults) in one court for the "squash pledge" (see below) and I believe that helped keeping the moral and sportsmanship high.
Congratulations NCHS Squash!! Both the NCHS Boys Varsity and NCHS Girls Varsity teams won the Consolation Plate of Division IV, taking 5th place overall. NCHS Boys Varsity played at Avon Old Farms and NCHS Girls played at Loomis Chaffee Feb 1st-3rd. Go Rams!!
Congratulations NC Squash Saxe teams!! Saxe A placed 2nd in the Boys Division II Consolation Finals and Saxe B took 2nd place in Division III finals.
New Canaan Squash, Inc. is a volunteer 501c3 corporation dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting public school student interest and competency in squash by providing an opportunity for professional instruction for boys and girls in elementary school through high school, grades K through 12, as well as interscholastic competition in grades 7 through 12. We are committed to accomplishing this by expanding town-wide visibility and growth of the program through a combination of public outreach, fundraising and increasingly successful interscholastic achievement. Students are encouraged to maximize their potential in squash through instruction, practice, match and tournament play within the context of teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship, all while developing a lifelong appreciation of the game.