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The US High School Squash Team Championships were held February 21-23 at several colleges and boarding schools in the Hartford area. NCHS Girls Squash competed in Division III (out of 5 total divisions) at Wesleyan. Despite a tough first round loss to Hopkins 5-2 with Tara Chugh and Sophie Havens notching the only wins for NC, the girls bounced back and beat Friends Central 4-3, with wins from Chugh, Havens, Charlotte Sigg and Serena Platt. Having only 6 players for the next round would result in another tight match, but again the girls pulled it out with a 4-3 victory over Roland Park Country Day. Exciting wins from Chugh, Lili Beecher, Sigg and Delaney Smith put the team into the consolation finals against Middlesex. Chugh won her last match for NCHS handily 3-0, and although there were fantastic performances by her teammates, especially Sigg and senior Charlie Gardner who each lost 3-2, the team fell to Middlesex 6-1. The girls had a great season and they are already looking forward to next season. Congratulations to seniors Tara Chugh and Charlie Gardner, who will both be missed for their talent and enthusiasm.
NCHS Boys played in Division V (out of 7 divisions) at Loomis Chaffee and played tough all weekend and were without one of their regular players. In the first round, wins from Robbie Hellmann, Nick Lambrinos and Chris Richardson kept it close but the boys lost 4-3 to The Masters School. In the next round, the boys faced BBN and although Hellmann and Richardson again came up with wins, the boys fell again 4-3. Next up was Staples and although NC hadn’t beaten them earlier in the year, they were outmatched this time around and lost 6-1, with the lone win coming from Hellmann who was down 2-0 and fought back to win 3-2 (11-8 in the fifth). Playing in their last match for NCHS, seniors Bradley Hennessy and Chris Richardson each provided exciting wins against Latin School of Chicago, with Hennessy overpowering his opponent 3-1 and Richardson outlasting his opponent 3-2. Hellmann won his match going 4-0 on the weekend, but the team lost 4-3 overall. It was a tough weekend but the boys tried hard. Congratulation to seniors Bradley Hennessy and Chris Richardson who will be greatly missed by the NCHS team.
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.