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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
CANCELED Baseball-Boys, MS A VS Fairfield Country Day
Athletic Team News
Baseball Enjoys Senior Day
The Hornets are gearing up for the Fairchester Tournament, in which they are the #2 seed with a 10-2 record. However, they still made sure to maintain the tradition of honoring the team's seniors and their parents on Senior Day last week. This year's crop of seven seniors is again a key to the Hornet's success, providing positive leadership, clutch hitting and fielding, as well as strong arms on the mound. The seniors include: Zack Balabon, Austin DeFilippo, Marco Fontana, Ryan Handelman, Andy Natale, Ronnie LoRicco, and Will Rhone. Congratulations to the seniors and their folks, and good luck in the tournament.
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Softball Tops the Hop and Gears up for FAA Tournament
        Many of us (and hopefully that includes our students) are familiar with the Greek mythological creature, the Phoenix, a bird that dies and then is reborn. In a similar vein, the Hamden Hall softball program had gone into decline and disappeared, only to be resurrected over the last four years under the guidance of Coach Monica Lyons, herself a standout player for HH in bygone years. 
        On Thursday, the full turn around in the program was highlighted by a stunning 7-6 win at crosstown rival Hopkins. The host Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead by the bottom of the third before the Hornets began to mount their comeback, scoring 3 in the top of the fourth. But Hopkins got one back and held a 6-3 lead going into the final frame only to see the Hornets explode for four runs in the top of the seventh. Trailing by one, Josie Bentlage tripled, driving in Shannon Rhone and Emily Valin. Valin had two RBIs on the day, with Rhone and Deanna Heine also driving in a run each.
        Though Hopkins had scored six runs in total they got just one hit and two earned runs off of winning pitcher, Priscilla Kozdroy, who walked six and struck out three. 
        With that victory, the Hornets improve to 7-4 on the season. They are the #2 seed in the upcoming Fairchester Tournament, which begins Monday when they face the King School of Stamford at home at 4:00. Hopefully the spirit of the phoenix will keep burning and the Hornets keep buzzing.

Field Hockey Still a Passion for Alum Diana Nunez
        While George Washington University does not presently field an intercollegiate field hockey team, that has not stopped Hornet 2015 alum, Diana Nunez, from continuing her passion for the sport.  Playing with an incredibly active field hockey club squad, Nunez and her teammates won games against club teams from the likes of Georgetown, University of Virginia, and William and Mary.  The squad was invited to compete in the Club Field Hockey Nationals, one of twenty four university level teams invited to the event.  They defeated both the University of Tampa and East Carolina University; however the GW women did not advance due to total goals.  But looking back on her year, Nunez noted: "I have loved being able to continue playing after high school. While the dynamic is very different from my experience at Hamden Hall, I'm lucky that I can choose to be as involved as I want, both in the sport and the social aspect. With this flexibility, I don't have to compromise my schoolwork in order to attend the daily practices. It's a really great group of girls who love to play field hockey as much as we love spending time together off the field."

        Congratulations to Diana and her club, and we hope to hear of further success next year.

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Former Hornet Standout Recognized in Sophomore Year
Christian Montano, Class of 2014, was honored at the Brown University Football banquet with an award.
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Bennett and Millhouse Key Contributors to Cardinal Programs
Sara Bennett and Dylan Millhouse, HH CLass of 2015 may have changed their wings from HH Hornets to Wesleyan University Cardinals, but they are both still flying high. Bennett has established herself as a starter on the women's lacrosse squad. The feisty midfielder has won 23 ground balls and 11 draw controls, and she has scored a goal and an assist thus far this season. Millhouse has made frequent appearances on the mound for Wesleyan this spring. Last weekend, he pitched three strong innings in relief in a 13-6 win over Williams.
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DiMartino Qualifies for Track Championships
        Earlier in the year, Austin DiMartino, HH Class of 2016, was featured on this page for his newly developed interest in track as a freshman at Connecticut College, and had been cited as having plenty of potential. Last week at the Silfen Invitational, hosted by the Camels, Austin finished 3rd in the decathalon with 4841 points, which qualified him for the upcoming ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) Championships. He also qualified for the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) Championships in the 100 yard dash, with a qualifying time was 11.80. 

Click here to view the Conn College track site.
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LoRicco Tosses One Hitter to Blank Rye
Senior standout Ronnie LoRicco threw a monster game on Friday at home, as the Hornets topped FAA foe Rye Country Day 2-0. LoRicco kept the Wildcats off balance and off the bases for 6 innings, throwing a one hitter!. Ian Fagan finished out the game in the seventh. Fagan also hit a clutch double. Anthony Capasso was solid behind the plate and added an RBI with his bat. Mike Gulia also knocked in a run in a game that was short of offense but had plenty of drama. In fact the game was knotted at 0-0 going into the bottom of the fifth when the Hornets finally plated a run and then doubled their lead in the sixth. LoRicco is now 2-0 on the season and the Hornets are 5-1 overall.

Play Ball! Baseball Seeks a New England Fourpeat
        The baseball team returned from a successful trip to sunny Florida over spring break to begin their 2016 season and the quest to capture a fourth straight New England championship. They spent spring training at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports and practiced at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility. They also played 6 games against teams from Chicago, Niagara, NY, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. 

        However, long before spring training, Coach Fontana and the squad knew it would face quite a battle, as they are denied the services of two outstanding senior players. Both pitching ace Zack Balabon and all round standout Andy Natale suffered injuries during football season that will keep them out of the lineup this spring. Both are rehabilitating and hope to be ready for their collegiate careers, but their impact in the field and at the plate will be sorely missed.

        The program did, however, add a very valuable component in the form of Vin Texiera, a standout player from the class of 2011, who has joined the Hornet coaching staff. As a Hornet, Vinny holds the record for career home runs - 14 - and was captain of the team for two years. He and his teammates won the FAA regular season and tournament in 2010 and the New Englands in 2009. Additionally, the team Vinny played on holds the record for the most team wins in a season - 23. Vinny went on to Manhattan College after Hamden Hall and played all four years with the Jaspers as the team's designated hitter and first baseman.

        It's early in the season, but the Hornets are looking like contenders again. They have started 4-0, but fell to Fairchester League favorite Brunswick School of Greenwich 6-2 earlier in the week. There is plenty of experience on the team, including Ronnie LoRicco, Will Rhone, Marco Fontana, Austin DeFilippo, Ian Fagan, and Anthony Capasso, as well as younger talent like Safi Wazaz, CJ Kuselias, and Ryan Doherty.
Expect the Hornets to remain in contention throughout the spring season.

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Swimming Finishes Strong at New Englands
Congratulations to Coaches Ken Pierson and Ann Kohler and the entire swim program for another outstanding season in the pool. Last Saturday, the teams traveled to Canterbury School in New Milford in search of another shot at the New England title. The girls had finished second several times, and hoped to take home the gold. Though they swam well, the competition was intense, and they finished 4th out of 16 schools. The boys also had a good showing and placed 6th out of 12. The meet marked the end of a number of outstanding careers. These include Sona Pinela was New England champion in the 100 butterfly; Anne-Sophie Neumeister, Jannick Eggerman, Matt Lettiero, and Tyler Bunton.
The following swimmers earned post-season recognition.
All CISAC:  Sona Pinela, Ann-Sophie Neumeister, Olivia Caldarella,
Jing Shi, Maddy Malin, Mariah Brantley, Julia Pandolfi, Shaw Mettler.

All FAA:  Sona Pinela; Honorable Mention FAA: Ann-Sophie Neumeister

New England Champion: Sona Pinela 100 Butterfly

All CISAC: Tyler Bunton, Jannik Eggerman, Matt Lettiero, Tim Bradley

All FAA: Matt Lettiero; 
Honorable Mention FAA:  Tyler Bunton
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Basketball Teams Fall in FAA Tournaments but Gear Up for New Englands
Without the home court advantage, the Hornet basketball teams fought to the end, but came up short on the road on Friday evening. The#3 seed boys faced off one more time with #2 seed Hopkins up on the hill. The Hilltoppers took a 10 point 58-48 lead in the second half and looked like they were going to cruise to a comfortable win. However, the Hornets fought back with an 11-2 run that brought them within a point with a minute and a half to go. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers hit the necesary free throws to emerge with a 64-61 win.
        The loss dropped the Hornets to 16-9; nevertheless, their dramatic turnaround and revival this season was rewarded with an invitation to the New England Tournament. Under Coach Beckerman's previous tenure, the Hornets established themselves as one of the most dominant basketball powers in New England and a perennial tournament favorite. They won eight New England championships under Coach B's guidance from 1996-2004. The Hornets will face a very stiff test, right from the start. They have been seeded #8 and pitted against fellow league foe, St. Luke's, who just won the FAA tournament and come in favorites with the #1 seed. Nevertheless, the Hornets have played the Storm tough, and March Madness is always full of upsets. The quarterfinal contest is Wednesday at 6:00 in New Canaan.
        The girls hoops team just returned from a tough battle in New Canaan, where they fell to St. Luke's in the FAA tournament championship final 59-55. It was a rematch of last year's final when the Hornets took the title and then went on to capture the NEPSAC crown as well. Senior forward Rachel Menze was a force, scoring a game high 32 points while grabbing 19 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kai Clemons did everything she could to calm the Storm, scoring 8 points, making 3 steals, and dishing out 11 assists, but it just was not enough.
        The girls still earned a return trip to the New England tournament where they will try to defend their title. The Hornets are seeded #5 and play none other than Proctor Academy of New Hampshire. The game is scheduled to be played at Groton School in Mass. on Wednesday at a time to be determined. This will be the third consecutive year where the teams have met in the NEPSAC quarterfinals; moreover, the two teams share the same school colors and mascot! In 2014, HH prevailed 62-53, and won again last year 53-50. In both years, HH advanced to the finals and faced off against another Lakes Region foe, Kimball Union Academy, which was ranked #1 both years. This year, should HH advance, they will likely be playing...? You guessed it - KUA, again seeded #1.
        So let the March Madness begin, and Go Hornets!!! (The HH Hornets that is)
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Athletic Upcoming Games
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Baseball-Boys, MS A
3:30 PM  
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Baseball-Boys, MS A VS Fairfield Country Day
Lacrosse-Girls, MS
4:30 PM  
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Lacrosse-Girls, MS VS Hopkins School
Tennis-Coed, MS A
4:30 PM  
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Tennis-Coed, MS A VS Hopkins School
Baseball-Boys, JV
4:30 PM  
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Baseball-Boys, JV VS Hopkins School
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
KIT at Oak Ridge , Mass.
10:00 AM  
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NE - Semi-finals
4:30 PM  @ St. Luke's School
Lacrosse-Boys, Varsity VS St. Luke's School
NE Semi-finals
4:30 PM  
Baseball-Boys, Varsity VS Master's School (CT)
Friday, May 27, 2016
NE Finals
NE - Finals
2:00 PM  @ Worcester Academy
Team Photos
2016 Varsity Baseball & Senior Pics
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Published: 5/9/2016
Field Hockey in Action
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Published: 11/8/2015
Girls Varsity Lax in Action
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Athletic Recent Games
Monday, May 23, 2016
NE Quarterfinals
4:30 PM  
4:30 PM 
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Baseball-Boys, Varsity VS Christian Heritage School Win 10-0
NE - Quarterfinals
4:00 PM  
4:00 PM 
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Lacrosse-Boys, Varsity VS Cheshire Academy Win 10-7
Friday, May 20, 2016
Tennis-Girls, Varsity
4:30 PM  
4:30 PM 
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Tennis-Girls, Varsity VS Masters School (NY) Loss 1-8
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
FAA Semi-finals
4:30 PM  
4:30 PM 
Baseball-Boys, Varsity VS Rye Country Day School Win 4-3
Tennis-Girls, Varsity
4:00 PM  
4:00 PM 
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Tennis-Girls, Varsity VS Marianapolis School Win 4-3
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