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List of 10 news stories.

  • Hornets Launch a Homecoming Success!

    Bud Kohler
         It was a near perfect Saturday afternoon at the Skiff Street athletic fields with a strong turnout of alums, families, and friends enjoying beautiful weather while cheering on the Hornets to numerous victories.  
         Girls Varsity Soccer got the ball rolling with a 2-0 win over Watkinson School of Hartford, while one of the closest contests of the day was the see-saw Varsity Volleyball match between the Hornets and EF Academy. HH looked strong from the start and claimed the first set only to see the visitors finally come out on top after five sets. A dominant performance by Cross Country then set the tone for the remainder of the day. The first four runners to reach the finish line in the boys race wore the Green & White, as the team cruised to a win over Greenwich Country Day and Capital Prep. Senior John Bazaar led the field, finishing the 5K trail with a time of 18:22. Steven Zhang, John Golioto, and Marlon Ward were close behind. Captain Michael Lee came in 9th and freshman Adam Shi finished 10th. Though the girls do not have enough for an official team race, Rosa Wang took home the gold and Lucy Xu earned the bronze in a field of 16. It was a somewhat bittersweet event for the seniors, Michael Lee, John Bazaar, Zean Wu, Kieran Johnson, Nikhil Samuel, and Rosa Wang, as it marks their last home meet after four solid years of pounding the Skiff St. running trail.
     
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  • Midseason Update & Homecoming Preview

    Bud Kohler
         Columbus Day weekend is upon us and that usually signals the onset of cool autumn days, vibrant foliage, and of course Homecoming! The Hornet teams have competed well thus far, and some are making quite a bit of noise. Everyone is certainly gearing up for some high octane competition this Saturday.
         Varsity Field Hockey is much improved and boasts the best team record going into the weekend at 6-2, coming off a convincing 4-0 win over Marianapolis Prep. They have already matched the number of wins from the past two seasons respectively. However, they will certainly have their hands full when they host Greenwich Academy on Saturday. The visiting Gators are a perennial New England powerhouse, loaded with talent. 
         Boys Varsity Soccer also continues to improve and impress and have a record of 5-2-1. Led by the skillful Alex Horvath-Diano, the Hornets recently topped Chase Collegiate 3-2 and then came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie FAA league leaders St. Luke’s at New Canaan on Thursday. Junior Liam Kohler, has already amassed 13 assists, many off of free kicks to the meaty head of Cam Maldonado. Despite having to constantly change line-ups and formations because of injuries, Coach Dan Pinkerton certainly has the boys believing that they have what it takes to come out on top each game and make a deep run into the playoffs in November. The EF Academy squad they face on Saturday will likely prove a stiff test.
     
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  • Equestrians Mount Up for Second Season

    Bud Kohler
         So if you cannot leap high enough to spike, or run like the wind, then let your horse help! The HH Equestrian team is back and better than ever for year two at Blackhorse Equestrian Center in Bethany! 
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  • More Fall Sports Updates: Cross Country Off and Running; Volleyball Young but Learning

    Bud Kohler
         At Hamden Hall, we have always stated that we have a team for every kid, and a kid for every team. In offering a wide variety of athletic choices, students can discover opportunities to develop new skills while enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Here is a quick look at two athletic programs beyond the traditional playing fields.

         
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  • Early Fall Update: Varsity Football Joins Evergreen League. Boys Soccer on the Right Foot.

    Bud Kohler
         The 2019 fall sports season is underway, and the early results suggest that the Hornet teams will be extremely competitive, with plenty of talent on display. Two teams that have  featured are Varsity Football and Boys Varsity Soccer. Coverage of other Hornet teams to follow soon.

         
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  • New England Tournaments: Boys Lax Shipwrecks Mariners to Advance; Baseball Starts Wednesdayto Advance

    Bud Kohler
    It did not take long on Monday to see that the quarterfinal match-up between the Hornets and the Mariners of  Rocky Hill School from Rhode Island was indeed a mismatch, and the Hornets quickly pulled away for a 17-4 victory that was actually much more one sided than the score might suggest. The Hornets are again the #1 seed from the West bracket, and they looked very comfortable throughout the game against a Rocky Hill team which was making its first New England appearance. 
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  • Sweet Repeat! Boys Lax Win 16-15 to Win FAA!

    Bud Kohler
    It was a tale of two halves. The #1 seed Hornets dominated the first frame against Rye Country Day in the FAA Final played on Friday at Skiff St. However, the visiting Wildcats hung in and capitalized on a number of Hornet errors to remain within reach throughout the second half to create a fitting nailbiter final. 


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  • On to the Finals! Baseball & Boys Lax Advance to Title Games

    Bud Kohler
    Meatloaf likely did not have sports in mind as he crafted his songs, but to sing "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" hits the target when assessing the performance of the Hornet teams in Wednesday's Fairchester League tournament semifinal contests, as Boys Baseball and Lax advanced, while Girls Lax fought bravely but came up short.

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  • "The Game is Afoot!" - FAA Playoffs

    Bud Kohler
    It’s the middle of May (already), and you do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the league playoffs have begun. Girls varsity lacrosse team has posted an impressive regular season record of 8-6. This included a 6 game win streak in the middle of the season, where they beat crosstown rival Hopkins and powerhouse Suffield Academy. The team earned the #4 seed in the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament and on Monday hosted a quarterfinal contest for the first time in quite awhile. The Hornets defeated #5 seed St. Luke’s 16-10, despite the inclement weather that the Storm brought with them. The team next faces off against #1 seed Sacred Heart of Greenwich on Wednesday.

    Baseball earned a #2 seed in the FAA tournament and is riding high after finishing the regular season on an up note with two solid wins last week. On Monday, the Hornets stung the Vikings from King School 12-2. Senior ace, Ryan Doherty, improved his record to 5-3 on the season. Eight runs in the bottom of the 5th inning was enough to invoke the “mercy rule”. Doherty helped his own cause with a triple, while his battery mate, catcher Dennis Gamester, struck for two doubles. Jamie Walker and Mike Coggins registered hits and Justin Lucibello knocked in two RBIs. On Thursday, the torrid combination of dominant pitching and timely hitting continued when the Hornets quelled the Storm of St. Luke’s 6-0 in New Canaan. Hard throwing sophomore Danny Carbone went the distance and limited Luke’s to only 2 hits while striking out 8 to improve his pitching record to 3-1. Three baggers was the daily special on the menu as Cam Maldonato, CJ Kuselias, and Carbone each hit triples. Joe Liucci combined with CJ Kuselias for 2 RBIs apiece. The Hornets plated runs in five of the seven innings played.

    With the wins, the Hornets finished in second place in the league and will host the winner of the Brunswick vs. Greens Farms on Wednesday at 4:30. The team is also fairly certain of earning a spot in the New England tournament next week.

    Congratulations to the Boys Lax team in repeating as FAA regular season champs. The Hornets finished tied with Rye Country Day, but earned the #1 seed in the upcoming tournament because of their 15-11 head-to-head win over the Wildcats last week. The team also cruised past St. Luke’s 16-6 to close out the regular season. The Hornets have been strong at both ends of the field. Alex DiVincentis and Jeff Nugent lead the balanced attack with support from the likes of Zach Giugno, Chili Lilly, Kai Bruneau, and Sam Tomak. Sam Jewett is a rock in goal, supported by Jared Morrissey, Paul Gregory, Aiden Hebert, and Konye Taylor. Senior Jackson LaLonde is the faceoff specialist, and even though midfield standout LJ Pezzolesi sustained a season ending knee injury, others like Liam Kohler and Connor Massey have stepped up to fill the void.The team enjoys a first round bye and will host the winner of King vs. Hopkins on Wednesday afternoon.

    So it’s pretty elementary, my dear Watson; come on out to cheer on the Hornets !!!
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  • Baseball Earns Another Split

    Bud Kohler
    As the season heats up, even if the weather doesn't, every FAA league game is hotly contested. With a split of their last two games, the Hornet Baseball team finds itself smack in the middle of the race for the Fairchester League title. On Saturday, Billy Gioulos took the mound against Greens Farms down ay Westport. The Hornets had handled the Dragons fairly easily in the previous match up; however, this time hits were tough to come by. Danny Carbone had 2 hits including a double, and CXJ Kuselias had two hits as the Hornets carved out a slim 2-1 lead, thanks, as well, to Gioulos striking out 8. But the Dragons put one across in the bottom of the 6th to tie it. The Hornets responded by bringing in Ryan Doherty to shut down GFA, and the game went into extra frames. The Hornets finally managed to punch one home in the top of the 8th to go home with the 3-2 win.

    Earlier in the season, the Hornets recorded their best win, downing FAA power Brunswick 5-0 at Skiff St. Unfortunately on Tuesday, the host Bruins returned the favor and topped the Hornets 5-1 down in Greenwich. The Green & White clung to a 1-0 lead through great innings thrown by ace Ryan Doherty. But the Bruins roared back with 3 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to seal the victory. Doherty pitched a complete game but took the loss, and now holds a 4-2 record. Cam Maldonato had a pair of hits, and catcher Dennis Gamester had the only RBI. With the loss, the Hornets fall to 7-2 in the league and tied with the Wick for 2nd place. Wednesday, the Hornets will host the Hopkins Hilltoppers, who currently sit atop the league with a single loss.

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Archive
2019 Seniors Playing College Sports
Cara Samson Washington College Sailing
Ryan Doherty Manhattan College Baseball
Christopher Kuselias Babson College Baseball
Jackson Lalonde St. Lawrence University Lacrosse
Jared Morrissey Western New England College Lacrosse
Jenna Berens Bates College Basketball
Christian Adams Pace University Basketball
Byron Breland New Jersey Institute of Technology Basketball
II Timothy Dawson New York Institute of Technology Basketball
William Porto Amherst College Football
James Sansone Ithaca College Football
Karis Curtis Lehigh University Field Hockey/Lacrosse

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