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Friday, February 19, 2016
Athletic Team News
DiMartino Getting "On Track"
While senior Michael DiMartino continues to contribute to the Hornets' success, first as an All State soccer player in the fall, and now as clutch contributor to the basketball team, his older brother, Austin, also continues his athletic journey at Connecticut College. This fall, Austin played club soccer at Conn College, but has now replaced basketball in the winter with a developing passion for Track. He is learning and preparing to become a decathalon competitor. Last week, Austin finished 6th in the pole vault in the collegiate category at the Cupid Challenge Invitational hosted by Tufts University. He posted a mark of nine feet, six and one quarters of an inch. Austin has competed in various running events as well, and plans to continue to compete outdoors this spring.
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Girls & Boys Hoops Sweep Hopkins
        The Beckerman Athletic Center was truly buzzing on Tuesday evening, as the girls and then the boys teams defeated Hopkins in two drama filled games.
        The girls have held a decided advantage over the Hilltoppers in the recent years. However, they knew they were facing a much improved program, and the game promised to be an intense struggle. The Hornets challenged Hopkins with their combination of up tempo offense and high pressure defense. The Hilltoppers were able to withstand the early pressure and gradually pulled ahead by seven in the first half as the Hornet point guards, Kai Clemons and Alyssa Vine, got into early foul trouble and watched from the bench while the team committed a string of turnovers. The Hornets scratched their way back to only trail 30-28 at halftime.
       The second half proved to be another story. The Hornets stung the Hilltoppers with a 14-1 run, virtually shutting out the opposition for 11 minutes. Hopkins battled down the stretch and kept it close. They repeatedly sent the Hornets to the foul line, which has been an achilles heel for the relatively young team this season. At first this worked and the lead dwindled alarmingly as Hopkins shot well from the foul line. However senior captain Rachel Menze iced the game with clutch 5-6 shooting from the line herself, giving the girls a well deserved 50-43 victory. Menze led all scorers with 20. Naomi Van Nes added 9 points, 11 rebounds, and a number of blocked shots. Shannon Rhone added 8, Clemons had 6, and Cassi Smith 5.

        The boys game was just as intense and included last second drama before the Hornets emerged with a 66-63 overtime victory. The boys came out eager to avenge their loss at Hopkins last Friday, and they sensed that this was their night to get back in the win column against their crosstown rivals after a number of years at the bottom of the Fairchester League. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half, with the Hornets clinging to a 28-27 lead at the break. Like the earlier game, the boys gained the upper hand in the second frame and edged out to what some might have felt was a comfortable 9 point lead. But in a rivalry that has been recognized by the New Haven Register as one of the very best in the city over the last two decades, everyone knows the ability of each team to mount thrilling comebacks. The Hilltoppers made their move down the stretch and whittled down the Hornet lead. And as time expired, Charlie Zane glanced an improbable shot from the baseline off the glass for a 3 pointer to tie the game at 56-56.
        Though the Hop jumped out to a 61-59 lead, the Hornets responded, first with a tying basket by senior Michael DiMartino; and then, again like the girls' game, they won it at the foul line. TJ Rountree hit 5 clutch free throws, and then cemented the win with a steal on Hopkins' final attempt to go up court. Rountree and DiMartino both finished with 15 points apiece, while Andrew Rice threw in 16. Kyle Williams added 9 and Kyle Smith had 4.

        With the wins, the girls improved to 8-6, while the boys are now in second place in the FAA with an 11-5 record. Congratulations to both programs and thanks to all the terrific fans who packed the BAC.

Swimmers top Cheshire & Walkers but fall to Hopkins
The Hornets hosted a quad meet on Wednesday and defeated Ethel Walker and Cheshire Academy, but were beaten by Hopkins. 
The girls improved to 9-3, while the boys are now 4-4.

Girls Results:
Hopkins  467  Hamden Hall 304  Ethel Walker 287  C.A. 205
200 IM Sona Pinela HH 2:15.71
500 Free Ann-Sophie Neumeister HH 5:37.37

Boys Results:
Hopkins 155, Hamden Hall 103, Cheshire Academy 36
100 Fly Aaron Ang HH 1:03.85
500 Free Matt Lettiero HH 5:23.20

Swimming Edged out by Hopkins and Holy Child
The swim team enjoyed two solid showings, only to come up short in the most recent meets. Last Saturday, the Hornets fell to crosstown rivals, Hopkins, 94.5-86.5. The girls team traveled to New York to face FAA foe, Holy Child, losing 88-80, to take their record to 7-2.

First Place Finishes:
200 Medley Relay  Ann-Sophie Neumeister, Sona Pinela, Olivia
Caldarella, Jing Shi  2:04.97
200 Free   Neumeister 2:09.56
200 IM   Sona Pinea 2:23.32
50 Free  Jing Shi 27.58
100 Fly Sona Pinela 1:03.58
400 Free Relay Neumeister, Caldarella, Shi, Pinela 4:00.38

Girls Sweep and Boys Split at Swim Meet
        The swimmers were back in the pool after the exam period and passed their latest tests with a good degree of success. Having eased past Westover on Saturday by a score of 52-38, the Girls bested Wilbraham & Monson Academy 56-38 and Williams School 63-30 in a home meet on Wednesday.  The Boys squad defeated Williams 54-40, but came up a few strokes short to Wilbraham 52-42. 
        Highlights for the Girls included the relay team of Anne-Sophie Neumeister, Sona Pinela, Jing Shi, and Liv Caldarella winning both the 200 Medley and 400 Free. Sona also won both the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly. Jing and Liv finished 1 and 2 respectively in the 50 Free, while Anne-Sophie was a machine in the 500 Free, winning by a full minute over her closest competitor. With those wins, the Girls improve to 7-1 for the season.
     The Boys benefited from some balanced scoring. Highlights included Tyler Bunton taking 1st in the 50 Free, Jannik Eggermann winning the 100 Breast, and Matt Lettiero finishing 1st in the 500 Free. In the 100 Fly, Lettiero took 2nd, with Aaron Ang finishing 4th. Bunton, Eggermann, Lettiero, and 7th grader Duncan Farqharson took 2nd in the 400 Free relay. Duncan also finished 4th in the 100 Free. Another middle schooler, Demir Uslu, took 3rd in the 100 Backstroke. The boys currently have a 2-2 record.

Post Season Honors for DiMartino and Murchison
        Congratulations to seniors Michael DiMartino and Matt Murchison on their post season honors. On Saturday, Michael, a midfielder for the Hornets, was honored as All State in soccer by the CT Soccer Coaches Assn. at the annual banquet at the Aquaturf Club in Southington. It was Michael's second consecutive year being recognized.
        Murch was cited as "an outstanding student-athlete" at the annual Walter Camp Football Foundation "Breakfast of Champions". Matt plans to attend Division I Bryant University and play football for the Bulldogs.
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Coach B Joins Elite Group with 500th Career Win
Legendary basketball coach David “Coach B” Beckerman earned yet another distinction this week as he amassed his 500th career win and joined an elite group to have garnered such a milestone.

Beckerman’s Varsity roster pulled off the feat Tuesday against King in a Fairchester League game played in Stamford.  The Hornets defeated King 74-44 and Coach B scored his 500th win.

“Winning 500 games is some measure of success, but to me the lifelong relationships with the students are far more important,” said Coach Beckerman, who celebrated with his players and their families after the game.

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Coach B Nets 500th Win
        Coach David Beckerman returned to the Hornet program just in time to celebrate an incredible achievment of recording 500 career wins. The boys varsity presented the coach with the landmark win on Tuesday, defeating the King School of Stamford 74-44. It was Coach B's 257th win at Hamden Hall. He was, of course, equally successful during an 11 season run at Pine Crest School in Florida. After the game, the players signed the game ball and presented it to Coach B in the locker room. As a follow up, at the home game against Storm King yesterday, Mr. Izzo presented Mr. Beckerman with a game jersey and officially retired the #1 number. Congratulations to Coach B, and we wish you all the success for the future!
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Swimmers Top Cheshire & Westover; Split with Canterbury
        Girls and Boys Swim teams defeated Cheshire Academy on Saturday. The Girls, led by upperclass veterans Anne-Sophie Neumeister, Sona Pinela, Maddy Malin, and Jing Shi edged the Cats 81-72. The Hornets also got plenty of points from their talented pool of younger upperclass swimmers and middle schoolers including Shaw Mettler, Liv Caldarella, Eva Boyce, Mariah Brantley, Julia Pandolfi, Kathryn Bazaar, and Riley Kohler.

        The Boys won with a more comfortable 82-58 margin. Matt Lettiero, Janick Eggerman, Tyler Bunton, Tim Bradley, and Michael Luchini led the way, while Sean Morrisey, Sam Applegate, Nick Annatone, Yoni Hirschfield, and Chris Duffy also scored well . Middle schoolers John Bazaar, Demire Usulu, Duncan Farqharson, and the Ostapanko twins, Daniel and Jacob, also contributed to the win.

        On Wednesday the teams traveled to Canterbury School. The Girls defeated the host Saints 65-49, and also dominated Westover School 89-23, improving their record to 4-1. The boys, however, were narrowly edged out 89-85 by Canterbury, and fell to 1-2.

Girls Basketball Has Rollercoaster Week
        The girls basketball team enjoyed a solid win over Rye Country Day last Friday. However, the victory was sandwiched by two losses, leaving the Hornets with a 5 - 5 record going into this week's contests. On Wednesday, the Hornets had no response to the St. Luke's Storm, falling 63-38. Despite the the lopsided score, senior Rachel Menze battled to the last with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naomi Van Nes had 8 points and 11 rebounds.
         On Friday night, the Hornets held off Rye throughout a close first half, but then blitzed the visiting Wildcats in the second frame for an impressive 64-49 victory. Naomi Van Nes, who appeared a bit timid early on, seized total control of the paint and led the attack with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Rachel Menze contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Shannon Rhone, Alyssa Vine and Kai Clemons each dished out 5 assists. 
        Unfortunately, the Hornets then fell short Saturday afternoon to a talented Holderness team from New Hampshire in a non-league contest by the score of 56-54. Kai Clemons led the way with 18 points. Naomi Van Nes added 13 points and 15 rebounds. Rachel Menze contributed 14 points.
        Despite the uneven results, the team is moving in the right direction. The seniors continue to provide solid leadership and steady play down low, while the younger squad members gain valuable experience. 

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Athletic Upcoming Games
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Williams, McDuffie
1:00 PM  
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Basketball-Girls, Varsity
2:00 PM  
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Basketball-Girls, Varsity VS Westover School
at State Tourney ,at Canterbury
9:00 AM  
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Green Team
3:30 PM  @ Beckerman Athletic Center - Court 3 - Court 3
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Basketball-Boys, MS B VS Mooreland Hill School
Basketball-Boys, MS A
4:00 PM  @ Taylor - Gym
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Basketball-Boys, MS A VS Williams School
Basketball-Girls, MS A
4:00 PM  
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Basketball-Girls, MS A VS Williams School
Basketball-Girls, JV
4:30 PM  
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Basketball-Girls, JV VS Marvelwood School
game time changed to 5:30
5:30 PM  
Basketball-Boys, Varsity VS Greens Farms Academy
has been changed to a 5:30 start time
5:30 PM  @ Beckerman Athletic Center - Court 1 - Court 1
Basketball-Girls, Varsity VS Greens Farms Academy
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Basketball-Boys, MS A
3:15 PM  
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Basketball-Boys, MS A VS Hopkins School
at GCDS, Rumsey
3:30 PM  
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CISAC Championship Meet at HH
4:00 PM  @ Beckerman Athletic Center - Natatorium - Natatorium
due to snow
4:30 PM  @ Taylor - Gym
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Basketball-Girls, JV VS Greens Farms Academy
Milford Indians Co-Op
8:00 PM  @ Northford Ice Pavilion
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Team Photos
Field Hockey in Action
2 Images
Published: 11/8/2015
Girls Varsity Lax in Action
15 Images
Published: 4/27/2015
CISAC Swim Meet 2015
10 Images
Published: 2/19/2015
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Athletic Recent Games
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Basketball-Girls, Varsity
4:30 PM  
4:30 PM 
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Basketball-Girls, Varsity VS Kingswood-Oxford School Win 62-30
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Basketball-Boys, Varsity
6:00 PM  @ Beckerman Athletic Center - Court 1 - Court 1
6:00 PM 
Basketball-Boys, Varsity VS Hopkins School Win 66-63
Basketball-Girls, Varsity
4:00 PM  @ Beckerman Athletic Center - Court 1 - Court 1
4:00 PM 
Basketball-Girls, Varsity VS Hopkins School Win 50-43
Friday, January 29, 2016
Basketball-Boys, Varsity
6:30 PM  
6:30 PM 
Basketball-Boys, Varsity VS Hopkins School Loss 56-62
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Basketball-Boys, Varsity
5:00 PM  
5:00 PM 
Basketball-Boys, Varsity VS Brunswick School Win 75-55
Basketball-Girls, Varsity
4:30 PM  
4:30 PM 
Basketball-Girls, Varsity VS Greenwich Academy Loss 48-56
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