A thrilling athletic highlight for the fall was the inaugural Hornet Invitational Middle School Cross Country Race that took place recently at the Skiff St. athletic complex. On a beautifully sunny 65 degree day, over 100 runners from six schools gathered to test their endurance and running skill on the 2.0 mile course, which features two sections in the woods along the Mill River. By the end of the day, the HH boys had earned their first ever invitational victory! The final point tally was: HH 49; Country School 66; Foote 69; Watkinson 82; Renbrook 88; IDS 139.
The fall is always an exciting and sometimes tense time for seniors because of college applications. But a number of Hornet student-athletes are already breathing a sigh of relief and beaming proudly as they have declared to attend and play at their college choice. Last Wednesday, five Hornets signed National Letters of Intent in the Swain Library. Alex DiVincentis, a Fairchester All League star, will be playing lacrosse at Division I Marist College in Poughkeesie, NY, as will LJ Pezzolesi at DI University of Hartford. Molly Anderson, a standout in both Field Hockey and Lacrosse, will play women's lax at DI Bryant University in Rhode Island next year. Last year’s New Haven Register Player of the Year, Jackson Benigni, signed to play basketball at Division II Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Chase Lilly, another strong, multi-sport player, has signed to attend and play at DII St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH.
Three other Hornets have made college commitments. On Wednesday, May Cervone was playing in a New England Soccer Tournament quarterfinal, and obviously unable to attend. May will be signing her NLI soon and joining LJ at DI University of Hartford, where she will play soccer for the Hawks. Division III schools do not use NLIs; however, both Alex Horvath-Diano and Zach Giugno will be seeing action at nearby Connecticut College in New London. Alex H-D helped lead the much improved Hornet soccer team, and will be playing for the Camels next fall; while Zach, who was a steady goalkeeper for soccer, will be on the attack instead for the Conn laxmen.
Congratulations to all these fine scholar-athletes and their families and coaches. We look forward to hearing about their collegiate successes in the near future.
The basketballs are already bouncing around the Beckerman Athletic Center, but the fall season still enters its last week of competition, including playing in the New England tournaments for several Hornet teams.
Varsity Field Hockey has been seeded #6 in the Class C tournament, and they will square off against #3 seed Ethel Walker School in Simsbury on Wednesday afternoon at 2:15. The team earned a bid as a result of a consistently solid performance throughout the season, though they came up just short in their last two regular season contests. Last week the team fell to Kingswood-Oxford 4-3 in West Hartford. The Hornets found themselves trailing 2-0 halfway through the second half before freshman Kaci Benoit got the Hornets on the board with a beautiful breakaway goal. Benoit scored again to tie the game off an assist from senior captain Molly Anderson. The game swung back and forth throughout the second frame, as KO regained the lead 3-2, only to see Benoit register a hattrick and tie the game with 3 minutes remaining. However, with just 14 seconds left, the Wyverns scored off a penalty corner to escape with the win. The team then suffered a second setback, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to Choate 2-1. The Hornets battled to a 0-0 halftime draw, and then saw Benoit again find the back of the net off a Molly Anderson assist early in the second half. The Hornets held the lead for most of the second half, only to see the Judges scored with a little over a minute left to send the game into overtime when the hosts eventually scored the game winner. Though they had come up short in the scorebook, the Hornets had proven themselves the virtual equals of two larger opponents. The team goes into the New England tournament with a 10-6 record and in high spirits.
Dr. Lori Agulian, Class of 2005, graduated from Tufts University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology-psychology and went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Justice Robert I. Berdon, Hamden Hall past parent, died on October 31, 2019. He was the father of alumnus Peter Berdon, Class of 1984. The Hamden Hall Community extends condolences to the Berdon family.
November has arrived and that signals the home stretch of the fall season. Teams are making their push to finish strong, many hoping to secure a tournament bid with some final clutch wins. Seniors are realizing that what had seemed like an endless fall sports career is soon drawing to a close.
Varsity Field Hockey currently boasts a record of 10-4, and have gone 3-2 since Homecoming. Though they fell to rival Hopkins 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way, the team quickly rebounded with a stellar team performance to beat St. Luke’s 3-1 down in New Canaan. It was neck and neck for the first 20 minutes and then the Hornets struck first when sophomore Siena Kyriakides found the back of the net off a double assist from senior Molly Anderson and freshman Kaci Benoit. Kyriakides struck again 3 minutes later off another Anderson assist, but the Storm scored 2 minutes later to make it 2-1. The Hornets kept the pressure on and were rewarded when Anderson sent a rocket from Benoit to the back of the cage halfway through the second half. Destinee Gabriel made 4 saves in net and the defense remained strong and held off the hosts as time expired. The Hornets hosted and then toasted The Gunnery to the tune of 4-1, only to fall the next day on the road by the same score to Holy Child of Rye, NY.
Hamden Hall past parent Jane Hollman, mother of Hamden Hall alumna Suzanne Hollmann-Kite, Class of 1995, died on October 15, 2019. The Hamden Hall community extends sincere condolences to Jane's family.
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.
Patrick Winston, Class of 1969, celebrated his 50th Reunion in October. Coming “back home” to Hamden Hall offered Patrick an opportunity to reflect on his fulfilling career and the impact that Hamden Hall had on his life.
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.
A new partnership with nearby Edgerton Park has the school’s youngest learners interacting with the outdoors and honing their “animal senses” as yet another initiative in support of the Early Childhood Program’s nature-based curriculum.
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.
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.
Joe Stein, Class of 2007, and his wife, Leah Serenity Stone, recently decked their daughter out in Hamden Hall attire. Lillian Oceana Stein (better known as Lily!) celebrated her first birthday in July and fit right into the Hornet toddler onesie.
It’s been six decades since Betty Hofmann O’Connor, Class of 1959, has been back to Hamden Hall. But she’s making the trip from her home in New Orleans to attend her 60th class reunion luncheon on Oct. 11.
The Parents' Association cordially invites all Hamden Hall community members to an evening of "Garland and Glam" on Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. Boutique shopping, a fashion show, dinner, and more will be featured at the event, which takes place at Cascade Fine Catering in Hamden. Click below to learn more.
Extended ordering deadline! Just in time for Thanksgiving, the annual pie sale will take place from October 1 - 25 with distribution on Nov. 21. Both Lyman Orchards pies and Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough will be available. Click below to learn more.
Chris Candido (foreground), Class of 1992, is one of the new co-owners of "The Stand" in the Indian Neck section of Branford. The Stand is much more than a restaurant with fruit and vegetable gardens, a tranquil reading area, and more.
Hamden Hall history teacher and coach Bud Kohler (third from left) and Class of 1984 alumnus and past parent, John Vigliotti (third from right,) recently played together on the North Branford Legends over ‘50s soccer team in the Shoreline Adult Soccer League.
Henry Hastings, Class of 1941, died on April 16, 2019. He was the brother of Barbara Hastings Young, Class of 1941, and the late Patricia Falk Howd, Class of 1941, The Hamden Hall Community extends condolences to the family.
Maya Harlan, Class of 2015, graduated from Wesleyan University in the Class of 2019. Maya earned a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology, minoring in data analytics. She was awarded with departmental honors in economics. Maya is in The International Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, and The International Economics Honor Society. Omicron Delta Epsilon.
When Tom Iampietro—better known as the one and only “Mr. I”—retired this June from Hamden Hall after 17 years of service, he got some unexpected news in front of several hundred guests at 2019 Prize Day.
The school’s 107th Commencement Exercises featured blue skies, standing room only, and 86 graduates, all of whom have contributed to the well-being of the school community via their academic pursuits and overall participation.
The 31 members of the sixth-grade class are “bonded by music,” according to Lower School Director Lorri Carroll. As such, it seems appropriate that their sixth-grade graduation ceremony last week included a performance that concluded with all of them splaying their jazz hands!
The Hamden Hall Country Day School Community extends sincere condolences to the family of William General III who died June 6, 2019. Mr. General was the father of Sheryl-Leigh General, Class of 2016, His two other children, William General IV, and Allison General, also attended Hamden Hall, The General family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Visiting hours will take place at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, TODAY, Monday, June 10th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. There will be a short memorial service beginning at 6:30 PM.
To read Mr. General's obituary, please click here.
Josh Zeid, Class of 2005, has taken a new position as a rehab pitching coordinator and player development pitching analyst for the Chicago Cubs at the Under Armour Player Performance Center in Mesa, Ariz.
The Hamden Hall Country Day School Community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. John M. Aversa Sr., who died June 4, 2019. Two of Dr. Aversa's children are graduates of Hamden Hall: Dr. John M. Aversa Jr., Class of 1987, and Dr. Kristen Aversa, Class of 1990. His two other children, Dr. David Aversa and Monica Aversa Raucci, also attended Hamden Hall, One of Dr. Aversa's grandchildren currently attends Hamden Hall, granddaughter Siena Kyriakides, Class of 2022. The entire Aversa family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob Caldarella, Class of 1985, and Denisa Lujic Millhouse, Class of 1987, celebrated the graduations of their Hamden Hall sixth-graders at a special Class of 2025 commencement on June 4. Denise is with her daughter, Mila, and Bob is with his son, Michael.
There were sea chanties sung and whale tales spun, all during a festival infused with learning. The biennial Mystic Festival was a crowd pleaser as fourth- and fifth-graders showed off their prowess of all things maritime via games, activities, and artwork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Game of Thrones fans know all about the idea that “Winter is coming.” Well the winter sports season for Hamden Hall has come and gone, and clearly the good guys won. This week junior basketball sharpshooter, Jackson Benigni, was named MVP All Area by the New Haven Register, capping off a slew of individual and team achievements.
In case you were out “beyond the Wall” and unaware, Benigni helped lead the Hornets to the Fairchester League Tournament title with 34 points in the 88-85 double OT win over St. Luke’s in the final. A week later he dropped another 32 points to lead the team to the New England Class B title.
Benigni was part of an incredibly talented hoops squad. Senior Tre Breland was named the New England Prep Player of the Year. Christian Adams and Benigni were also named All New England Prep, and Tim Dawson and Jahkai Pettway received Honorable Mention. Breland, Adams, and Benigni were also accorded Fairchester All League honors, and Dawson also received an Honorable Mention.
The winter also saw a superb effort from the Swim team, who finished Runners-up in New Englands, and the Boys were CISAC champs. Duncan Farquharson was named to the Register All Area squad.
The Wrestling team was just as impressive. The team finished as Runners-Up at the Oxford Invitational and won the Williston-Northampton “Snow Brawl.” They also finished 7th in the State Tournament. Senior Klyde Auba was Fairchester Champion at 182 lbs., as was 8th grader Pierson Hill at 152. Hill was also the CT Prep State Champion in his class. Wyn Veiga and Connor Massey recieved FAA All League Honorable Mention.
Girls Varsity Basketball finished with an 11-10 record, a very respectable achievement given the parade of unfortunate injuries that they had to battle. Jayda Johnson, another outstanding 8th grade athlete, earned a spot on the Fairchester All League team.
Who knows the outcome for the characters in Game of Thrones, but the Hornets certainly were fearless and resilient this winter. Congrats to all the team members and coaches.
Though Varsity Baseball took one on the chin yesterday in a frustrating 6-4 non-league loss to MacDuffie School that went into extra innings, they have battled their way to the top of the Fairchester League with three straight wins over King, St. Luke’s, and Rye.
Last Tuesday, the Hornets blanked King 13-0 in Stamford. Senior ace, Ryan Doherty, went the distance, allowing only two hits in a dominating performance. The Hornet 15 hit barrage was led by Joe Liucci who had 4 hits and 3 RBIs. Both CJ Kuselias and Cam Maldonato went yard and hit a double and finished with 3 hits and 3 RBIs apiece.
The next day, Maldonato, a freshman, took the mound at home and pitched 5 strong innings to defeat the St. Luke’s Storm 5-2. He also helped his own caused with a pair of RBIs. Danny Carbone came on in the 6th inning to seal the victory.
On Tuesday, the team traveled to Rye in NY where Doherty returned to the hill and threw another shutout, blanking the Wildcats 4-0, while striking out 8.
The Hornets currently sit atop the FAA with a 6-1 league record and are 6-4 overall.
Richard LoRicco Sr. died on April 17, 2019. Richard was the grandfather of Richard LoRicco, Class of 2011, Jacqueline LoRicco, Class of 2012, Alexandra LoRicco, Class of 2013, Ronald LoRicco, Class of 2016, Gabriella LoRicco, Class of 2017, and Juliana LoRicco, Class of 2020. The Hamden Hall Community extends condolences to the Loricco Family.
Only the older readers can fully appreciate the phrase "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." This was uttered by sportscaster Jim McKay in his introduction to the weekly sports wrap show Wide World of Sports, which dates back to 1961. Though neither the Varsity Baseball nor Boys Lax team wiped out like that downhill skier, by the end of last week both teams could have related to McKay's classic line as they split their games against some stiff competition.
On Monday, fresh off their 21-10 demolition of Hopkins, Boys Lax hosted the Canterbury School of New Milford and emerged with a 16-9 victory. The Hornets were eager to atone for one of their poorer performances last season, and came out firing to take a respectable 6-3 lead after just one quarter of play, led by sharpshooting Alex DiVincentis’s early hat trick. In the second quarter, the game was more even as the Saints grew stubborn on defense and climbed back to trail 7-5 at half. However, the Hornets reasserted their dominance in the 3rd, outscoring the visitors 5-2, and added 3 more in the final frame to seal the well-deserved W. On offense, the Hornets spread the wealth around: DiVincentis finished with 4 goals and assist; Jeff Nugent also netted 4 while dealing out 2 assists; both Chili Lilly and LJ Pezzolesi had 2 and 2, while Zach Guigno had a goal and 3 assists. Kai Bruneau and Sam Tomak also got into the scorebook with a goal apiece. Jackson Lalonde did not win every faceoff (see Hopkins game); however he was still a force, besting his counterpart 16-10. Sam Jewett was rock steady in the goal, and the defense provided him with plenty of good support. Middie LJ Pezzolesi is on a record setting pace for ground ball pick ups and he helps decisively at both ends of the field.
On Friday, the team had the opportunity to square off against Marblehead HS, a public school located north of Boston, which makes an annual trip during their spring break to take in college games and play local schools. The Hornets eventually fell 14-13 in triple overtime, but the thrilling comeback to force the overtime will be what most fans remember about the contest.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter of what quickly shaped up to be a cagey affair, with HH taking a 3-2 lead. The Magicians then won the second quarter 3-1 to edge out to a slim 5-4 lead at half. Marblehead’s zone defense and standout goalkeeping continued to frustrate the Hornets attack in the 3rd quarter, and the visitors seemed to be on the verge of putting the game out of reach with an 11-7 lead with only 2 minutes remaining in the game, when it finally all came together for the Hornets. Jackson Lalonde provided the spark, winning each faceoff to enable the Hall to mount their fierce comeback. Chase Lilly scored to make it 11-8 with 1:41 left on the clock; seven seconds later it was 11-9 from a strike by Alex DiVincentis; and then he scored again with a minute to go. Marblehead called timeout to stem the tide but to no avail as LJ Pezzolesi completed the comeback with only 17 seconds remaining. After the defense held strong, both teams geared up for overtime. By this time, the momentum was clearly with the Hornets and they almost grabbed the winner early in OT. But neither offense could find a way through the opponent’s wall of defense as the first OT gave way to a second, and then a third OT. HH longsticks Jared Morrissey, Aiden Hebert, and Konye Taylor, in particular, were outstanding. The play of the game, however, was a phenomenal double save by Sam Jewett on what looked to be a certain goal. But the Marblehead defense wove their own magic to deny the Hornets until their attack finally slipped in the winner.
After the game Coach Kevin Warnock assessed the game by saying, ”The coaches have been stressing to the players what each one needs to do to achieve the total team effort. It was not a perfect game, but that comeback and overtime was the best we have played as a team thus far, and the guys got a glimpse of what we coaches have been talking about. Hopefully, the players will do their best to replicate that effort in our upcoming games.”
Varsity baseball’s fortunes worked out in reverse order as they first fell 7-5 against Hopkins up on the Hill on Thursday. Senior ace Ryan Doherty was solid in the early innings and the Hornets hung tough, trailing only 2-1 after the top of the 4th. But in the bottom of the frame, the Hilltoppers put up 5 runs and seemed to be on their way to a win. However, the Hornets responded with 4 of their own in the 5th, only to see a potential game tying rally fall short in the 6th. Doherty, Cam Maldonado, CJ Kuselias, and Justin Lucibello all hit doubles, and Maldonado drove in two runs, with Doherty and catcher Dennis Gamester getting an RBI apiece. Though he took the loss, Doherty finished with 9 strikeouts and gave up only one walk.
Undeterred, the team rebounded on Friday by stunning previously undefeated FAA foe, Brunswick School of Greenwich, 5-0! Sophomore Danny Carbone threw a three hit gem and got help from outfielder, Mike Coggins, who gunned down the only Bruin baserunner to reach beyond first. Carbone helped his own cause by stroking two hits, including a double, and scoring twice. Freshman Cam Maldonato’s bat again came alive as he drove in 2 runs, matched by senior Joe Liucci. CJ Kuselias also scored twice. With the win, the Hornets improve to 3-3 on the season. The team returns to action this week with back-to-back games again, first traveling to King School in Stamford on Tuesday, and then hosting St. Luke’s on Wednesday.
Jim McKay and Wide World of Sports have passed on, but his words should always live on as a reminder to our athletes of the dual nature of sports competition and how both results can bring out the best in those who compete.
Congratulations to alumnus Len Fasano, Class of 1977, who was honored along with Hamden Hall senior Billy Porto (soon to be alumnus Class of 2019!) at the 59th anniversary of the Casey-O'Brien chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete awards on March 29.
Stop by the Library to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter! Check out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; the first book in the magical and mysterious series by J.K. Rowling. Check out the newly published paperbacks with awe-inspiring book covers by Brian Selznick.
As Jeff Goldman, Class of 1964, celebrates his 55th Hamden Hall reunion this year, he also looks forward to his 50th wedding anniversary, and continues to enjoy a fulfilling life of retirement and community service in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Many fans would say that ideally a game against the crosstown foe should take place at the end of the season when the hype and intensity are at an all time high. However, an early showdown gives the winner bragging rights for the season with an anticipation of a potential match-up in the playoffs later on. On Saturday, with two non-league wins under their belts, the Hornets opened the defense of their Fairchester League crown with a convincing 21-10 victory over rival Hopkins on their home turf.
The Hornets were brilliant for all of 40 seconds, seizing a quick 2-0 lead. However, some inconsistent play at both ends of the field enabled the Hilltoppers to edge out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter. Two difference makers emerged in the game: the Hopkins goalie kept coming up big against the Hornet swarm, but senior captain Jackson Lalonde countered by winning almost every faceoff (32/35!!!), enabling the Hornets to reassert their dominance and take an 11-8 lead at the break. No matter what the Hopkins FoGo tried, Lalonde had a response, and gave the Hornets an immeasurable advantage. A potential game changing incident occurred, though, when freshman defensive standout Konye Taylor went out with a game ending injury. However, fellow frosh Aiden Cheney came up big, as did fellow longsticks Jared Morrissey, Aiden Hebert, and Paul Gregory, in patrolling the defensive perimeter.
The third frame was all HH, as the offense came alive, in large part from starting much of the attack from behind the Hopkins net, thanks to the likes of Chase Lilly, who had 3 assists and a goal, and Zach Giugno, who finished with a slick goal and 5 assists. Junior Alex DiVincentis was an absolute beast, with a game high 8 goals, some from power, but others from some nifty finesse moves that faked the Hopkins defense right off of their hilltop. Jeff Nugent notched 4 goals and a pair of assists and fellow middie LJ Pezzolesi had 2 and 2. Sophomore Sam Tomak was one of a number of unsung heroes, providing a steady performance and a goal and an assist. Senior Charles Manger also got in the scorebook with a goal. Junior goalkeeper, Sam Jewett, rebounded with an excellent second half, making 13 saves in all. Freshman Grant Curtis also made 3 key stops to stuff the Hopkins attack in the fourth quarter as the Hornets turned what had been early drama into a very comfortable victory, essentially going from down 7-3, and responding with an 18 goal barrage.
Despite the impressive final score, the Hornets certainly have their work cut out for them. On Monday they host a very tough foe in the Canterbury School of New Milford, and they will need to up their game with better movement, with and without the ball, if they wish to maintain their winning ways. Congratulations to the team and coaching staff on a terrific win. Hopefully the Hornets will see the Hop again later in the season.
Varsity Baseball got off to a solid start in league competition, defeating FAA foes Greens Farms Academy 10-3 on Tuesday and Rye Country Day 15-1 on Wednesday. The team rebounded with complete efforts after struggling in their non-league season openers the week before. Sophomore Danny Carbone went the distance against the Dragons on Tuesday and looked sharp while recording 12 strikeouts. The game was tight throughout the early frames, with the Hornets holding a 4-3 edge through four innings. But in the bottom of the fifth, the Hornets exploded for 6 more runs to which the Dragons had no response. Ryan Doherty had a two hits including a double. CJ Kuselias, Joe Liucci, Dennis Gamester and Billy Gioulis had 2 RBIs and scored two runs apiece, while Carbone added two hits to help his own cause.
The team figured to have a tougher time on Wednesday against a Rye program that has had the Hornets' number in recent seasons. However, senior ace Ryan Doherty tamed the Wildcats, giving up four hits and only the single run. Meanwhile, the offense did not waste any time getting at the visitors' pitching. The Hornets scored four in the 1st, added another in the 2nd, and then ran away with it with eight more in the 3rd before tacking on rwo more for good measure in the 4th. The offensive barrage came on fifteen hits, including three by Doherty. CJ Kuselias, Joe Liucci, Cameron Maldonato, and Billy Gioulos each stroked a double. Liucci, Gioulis, and Danny Carbone all had two RBIs, and Mike Coggins, Dennis Gamester, and Justin Lucibello scored 2 runs each.
Week #2 ended with a rainout on Friday when they were scheduled to play a non-league game at Suffield Academy, so the Hornets' record now stands ar 2-2. The Hornets host Harvey School on Monday before traveling across town to face off against the Hop.
Hamden Hall alumna Rolan Joni Young, Class of 1978, right, is with fellow alumna Lindy Lee Gold, Class of 1962, at the New Haven Biz WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS luncheon on April 2 held at Anthony’s Ocean View.
A group of Middle School students created a podcast debating the hot-button topic of technology and social media in our classrooms and entered the audio broadcast into the first-ever National Public Radio Student Podcast Challenge.
Is it spring yet? The temperature and field conditions aren't ideal but the spring season has officially begun for the Hornets. Varsity Softball drew a tough opener, facing off against a powerful Choate squad and losing 24-2 in 3 innings. Pitcher Callie Silvey took the loss. Kelly Thomas walked and hit a solid triple to score one and drive in the other Hornet run.
Mario Dottori Sr. died on March 22, 2019. Mario was the father of alumni siblings, Mario Dottori Jr., Class of 1980, Maria Dottori, Class of 1987, and the late Jodi Dottori, Class of 1983. The Hamden Hall Community extends condolences to the Dottori Family.
Hamden Hall expresses sympathy to the family of Trustee Emeritus Richard Epstein and his wife, Debbie, and their three Hamden Hall alumni children, on the passing of Debbie's father, Lester E. Margolis.
Mr. Margolis died on March 5, 2019. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden. The period of mourning will be held following the service at 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden until 5 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday at 18 Woodstock Rd., Hamden, 1 - 3 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1 - 3 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m.
Mr. Margolis was grandfather to Rick and Debbie's children, Kate Fierman, Class of 2000, Emily Epstein, Class of 2002, and Herbert "Herbie" Epstein 2005.
Fresh from their thrilling double overtime victory to capture the Fairchester League title, Boys Varsity Basketball swarmed into action on Wednesday evening and stung Beaver Country Day from Chestnut Hill, Mass. 81-71 in a New England Tournament Quarterfinal.
Over the years, Hamden Hall has seen a good number of wrestlers travel down to Lehigh University to compete in the annual National Prep Tourmament. However, this is arguably the best finish the Hornets have ever recorded at the event. Ranked #12, senior Klyde Auba won 3 and lost 2 matches, falling to the #5 seed in the round of 16. Likewise, 8th grader Pearson Hill, seeded #10, won 3 and lost 2, including a win over the #7 seed, before falling to the #5 seed in the round of 16. Unseeded Connor Massey had 3 matches and eventually lost to the #11 seed, while Aiden Hebert bowed out after two rounds. Congratulations to all four wrtestlers and their coaches for a fantastic season and strong showing at the national level.
"We will, we will Rock You!" The St. Luke's crowd did not want to hear that tune, but that's exactly what they got on Saturday evening when the Boys Varsity basketball team defeated the host Storm 88-82 in double overtime in front of a rowdy and hostile crowd to repeat as Fairchester League champions. The Hornets and Storm finished at 13-1 apiece, earning a share of the FAA regular season crown. The Hornets lost the ensuing coin toss and had to battle a tough #3 seed Greens Farms squad 65-56 on Thursday, to earn a trip to the tournament final. In traveling down to New Canaan, the Hornets felt good about their chances, after quelling the Storm on their home court not long ago. Sure enough, the Hornets came out with their patented high tempo offense and smothering defense to establish a 38-31 lead at the break. However, to no one's surprise, the hosts stormed back to tie the game at 69-69 at the end of regulation. But the first OT resolved nothing, as the Hornets kept it tied at 79-79. In the second OT, Tre Breland made a pair of free throws and Jackson Benigni threw up a reverse layup, while Jakhai Pettway hit two clutch free throws to give HH an 85-79 lead to finally pull away and secure the victory, while holding Luke's to just 3 points in the final frame. Benigni scored a game high 34 points and Breland tossed in 24 to lead the Hornets, while seniors Tim Dawson and Christian Adames each added 13. Hamden Hall coach Sean Doherty said. “I was worried about us keeping our composure and our guys did a great job of doing just that. Jackson was phenomenal, he is such a workhorse. He is such a well-rounded kid and leader." Breland added, “Jackson scoring so much opened the floor for me. Thanks to my teammates for passing the ball to me.” While the Hornets will savor this repeat of capturing the FAA crown, the team has to quickly get back to business and focus on the upcoming New England prep tournament. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff. Can't you just hear that Bohemian Rhapsody and Freddie Mercury and Queen singing "We Are the Champions!"
Dr. Charles Garner died February 2019. He was the father of Darchelle Garner, Class of 1979, and Kevin Garner, Class of 1979. The Hamden Hall Community extends sincere condolences to the Garner family,
So often we hear the phrase, "Get a grip on it!" without considering just how tough that challenge is. Over the weekeknd, the Varsity Wrestling team indeed proved just how resilient they were in finishing 7th at the New England Prep Wrestling Tournment held at Greens Farms Academy on Saturday. Not limited or defined by size of enrollment, the wrestlers did an outstanding job against much bigger schools. The highlight was, of course, the electrifying effort of 8th grader Pearson Hill at 152 lbs. He quickly dispatched of his opponent from Chauncey Hill, and then ran the gamut against foes from Portsmouth Abbey, Nobles, and Philips Andover before dominating his opponent 16-4 from Northfield-Mt. Hermon to take home the gold! In addition, junior Connor Massey of Branford took home the bronze, edged out by the eventual winner from Pomfret, as did senior Klyde Aube who rebounded to decision his opponent from Trinity-Pawling 8-2. Aiden Hebert finished 4th, and together the four qualified for the National Tournament that will take place next week at Lehigh University. Wyn Veiga and Dylan McNamara also wrestled strong for the Hornets. Congratulations to the coaches and team on their accomplishments and go luck on the final tournament.
Having dispatched FAA rival Greens Farms on Wednesday, the Boys Varsity Basketball team turned right around on Thursday and defeated King School 77-55 down in Stamford. In doing so, the team finished 13-1 in the league and earned a share of the regular season Fairchester Athletic Association title. The Hornets came out strong and remained that way throughout the game. Picking up where they had left off the night before, the Hornets torched the host Vikings from three point country in the first half. Junior Jackson Benigni had the hot hand, sinking six deep treys to break the game wide open, and led all scorers with 26, Chrstian Adams added 18, including two more threes, and Tre Breland had 11. Coming off the bench, senior Brendan Palmer got in the scorebook with 5 points, Chris Cahill had 6, and Ethan Doherty and Tony Zhou added a bucket each. “ We got off to a great start in our last regular season game today'," said Benigni. "So now with conference and NEPSAC tournaments coming up in next few weeks, it is vital we play with the same type energy and heart that we showed tonight! “ Coach Doherty added, “So proud of the way our guys played tonight; we talked about treating it as a business trip and needing to be focused all game and that’s what we did. Great to win the regular season Fairchester League championship for the 2nd year in a row! Now onto the playoffs, and we hope to get some great fan support for those games." The Hornets and co-champs St. Luke's will now await a coin toss to determine top seeding for the FAA tournament that begins next week.
"Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war!" On Wednesday night, Coach Sean Doherty might just as well have used Shakespeare's classic line in his pregame pep talk, as the Hornets blitzed Greens Farms Academy 81-50, and it really could have been by an even greater margin. This game was billed to be a close one, with the talented Dragon squad just behind the first place Hornets in the Fairchester League standings. Sure enough, the early game was a seesaw battle till the Hornets kicked it up a notch and went on a 26-6 tear midway through the first frame to take a 41-21 advantage into the lockerroom at halftime. The break provided no respite for the visitors as Coach Doherty released the hounds again for a 35-10 rampage to put the game away early in the second frame. In all, the Hornets recorded 14 three pointers; and the constant deep threat helped open up the paint for successful drives to the hoop.The Hornets not only dominated through their run and gun up tempo offense; they also smothered the Dragons' ability to stage any comeback with high press defense throughout.
What made the victory even sweeter was that it was Senior Night, with Coach Doherty honoring seniors Tre Breland, Christian Adams, Tim Dawson, and Brendan Palmer, along with manager Cara Samson, and their families, before the game. And it was the senior trio of Dawson, Breland, and Adams that did most of the second half damage. Inside threat Christian Adams led all scorers with 26 points, but threw down an amazing 6 treys from beyond the arc, (reminiscent of a big man playing out in Los Angeles?) Dawson slashed through the Dragons for 20, Breland and junior Jackson Benigni each hit for 12, Ethan Doherty added 5, and Jakhai Pettway and Chris Cahill added 3 each.
The Hornets can claim a share of the FAA regular season title with a win down in Stamford against King School. If they win, there will be a coin toss with co-champ St. Luke's for top seeding in the upcoming league tournament. In eagerness for the post season tournaments, we might again look to the Bard, who reflected, "Well could I curse away a winter's night...and think it but a minute spent in sport."
Call it a tidal wave, a tsunami, or even as the surfers might say " gnarly barrels, bro", the boys varsity swim team rolled over the competition yesterday at the annual CISAC Swim Meet at the Beckerman Center. The final tally was Hamden Hall 702.50 2. Williams 444.50 3. Christian Heritage 183 4. MacDuffie 175 The boys squad is led by a core of outstanding swimmers in Sam Lovejoy, Duncan Farquharson, Michael Ferneini, Steven Zhang, Ronnie Khanuja, and Joe Tenedine. But the Hornets also have the depth to not only win today, but to go deep at the Fairchester League Meet and New Englands. Demir Uslu, Spencer McCleery, Liam Kohler, John Bazaar, Connor Blackwood, and Nathan Thomas are just some of the swimmers who also pick up points on a regular basis.
200 Medley Relay HH 1:45.51 Duncan Farquharson, Michael Fernieni, Sam Lovejoy, Joe Tenedine 200 Free Frenieni HH 1:54.49 200 IM Lovejoy HH 2:08.13 50 Free Spencer McClerry HH 24.37 100 Fly Farquharson HH 56.61 100 Free Tenendine HH 53.04 500 Free Fernieni HH 5:09.97 200 Free Relay HH 1:39.09 Ronnie Khanuja, Steven Zhang, McCleery, Lovejoy 100 Back Farquharson HH 54.90 100 Breast Zhang HH 1:04.17 400 Free Relay HH 3:32.93 Farquharson, Fernieni, Tenedine, Zhang
The girls squad also battled hard yesterday and finished a very respectabkle third place, barely edged out from taking the silver. 1. Williams 530 2, Westover 417 3. Hamden Hall 405 4. MacDuffie 154 5. Christian Heritage 112
200 Medley Relay Wil 2:00.80 200 Free Bella Fernieni HH 2:17.89 200 IM Mason MCD 2:27.27 50 Free Pernerewski WO 25.72 100 Fly Pino WO 1:03.40 100 Free Perneresski WO 56.52 500 Free Cassineri Wil 5:35.95 200 Free Relay HH 2:01.16 Ila Sundstrom, Gaileen Andal, Bella Fernieni, Julia Pandolfi 100 Back D'Arcy Wil 1:05.56 100 Breast Sinead Masterson 1:17.74 400 Free Relay 4:02.30 WO
At the break, Coaches Ken Pierson and Ann Kohler honored the seniors, Liv Caldarella, Abby Malin, Julia Moore-Aiello, Autumn Boyce, Sage Giacomini, Ronnie Khanuja, and Gemyla Huang, and thanked them for their dedication to the program over the years. The program will miss these seniors; however, the majority of both squads returns next year, so the future should continue to look bright.
Congratulations to the entire co-ed program and coaches, as they now prepare for the FAA and New England meets on the upcoming weekends.
While much of the country was focused on the Superbowl and all the Haters having to come to grips with the GOAT earning yet another ring, the HH Boys Varsity Basketball team cruised through a week of proving why they are, at present, the power of the Fairchester Athletic Association.
On Tuesday, the Hornets earned a scrappy home win over Rye 79-69. It was a back and forth affair throughout the first half, culminating in a narrow 39-37 lead at the break for the Green & White. However, the second frame was a totally different game, as the Hornets' full court pressure proved too much for the Wildcats to handle. “I thought we stayed solid on defense, stopping their quick ball movement and we scored at will with our unselfish play," said senior Tim Dawson who quarterbacked the team to a 10 point lead that they never relinquished the rest of the way. Coach Sean Doherty added, “I thought we played well tonight and had balanced scoring from our main scorers. Tre Breland took over at times in the game and showed why he is a D1 player.” Breland finished with a game high 30 points. Dawson added 17 from the point, including 4 buckets from beyond the 3 point arc. Christian Adams added 17, mostly from inside, while Jackson Benigni added 17 from the perimeter.
On Friday evening, the Hornets entertained the Brunswich School, who had put up a sizeable fight down in Greenwich a few weeks ago. However, the Hornets' balanced attack plus their high pressure defense claimed another victim with a 77-58 win. At one point, the visiting Bruins led 27-20; however the Hornets closed out the half with a decisive 27-4 run to take a 47-31 lead heading into the break. In the second half, HH again shifted into another gear, forcing numerous turnovers, and the Bruins could not significantly close the gap, as Hamden Hall cruised to a 77-58 win.
The Hornets face two stiff league challenges this week to close out the regular season when they host Greens Farms on Tuesday, and then travel down to Stamford on Thursday to square off against King School. Hopefully, the Patriots' motto will continue to ring true for the Hornets down the stretch - "STILL HERE!"
While Hamden Hall celebrates its diversity every day, the month of February is especially enhanced with experiences for students to learn about different cultures, traditions, and observances. From the Chinese New Year to Black History Month, students will engage in programming designed to increase their global awareness.
We have seen some crazy weather lately, and unfortunately, the Boys Varsity Basketball team went cold and lost their first Fairchester League game to The Storm of St. Luke's School last Tuesday 72-68. However, just like typical changing New England weather, they rebounded quickly to record three straight FAA wins. The following Thursday, the Hornets traveled down to Greenwich and ground out a solid road win against Brunswick 83-74.
Past Parent Copeland MacClintock died on Jan. 20, 2019. Copeland was the father of Hamden Hall alumni Margaret, Class of 1978, and Pamela, Class of 1979. The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to the MacClintock family.
Surrounded by rows of students in folding chairs on all four sides – sort of a theater in the square configuration – Upper School actors took to the gymnasium to perform the provocative play Six Degrees of Separation for their peers in Middle and Upper School.
Jordan Webber, Class of 1974, died on Jan. 14, 2019. Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Webber family.
A memorial gathering has been organized by Jordan's family for Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 5-8pm at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. All are welcome to attend and reflect on their friendship with Jordan.
Broadway has nothing on Hamden Hall in terms of original theater productions as Lower School faculty – led by theater teacher-extraordinaire Lisa Daly – have created six in-house performances, one more innovative and inspired than the next.
TJ Linta, HH Class of 2014, continues to extend his football playing career. After graduating from Brown University, where he was a two year starter at quarterback, Linta began his graduate studies at Wagner this fall. At Wagner, Linta started 8 games and threw for 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. This success has led to him being named to play in the 2019 Tropical Bowl on Sunday at Daytona Beach in Florida. Last night, Linta was featured on the local news where it was reported that virtually every NFL team has taken a look at TJ in advance of the upcoming draft. Who knows what the future will bring, but TJ is optimistic that his football days are far from over. Congratulations to both TJ and Coach Joe Linta, his dad; and good luck on Sunday!
Congratulations to junior football standout Jordan Benoit, who was just recognized as Max Prep's "Semper Fidelis" Athlete of the Month! Jordan was presented with his award at school by both former NY Giants star, Brandon Jacobs, as well as Sgt. Rory O'Connor of the U.S. Marines, who sponsor the award. Jordan was recognized not only for his football excellence, but for his fine character, as well as his outstanding achievements as a national competitor in Tae Kwon Do.
Congratulations to senior Elise Parnoff for being named to the 2018 New Haven Register All Area team. Parnoff was an outstanding goalie for Field Hockey. She anchored a stingy Hornet defense and helped the team earn a record of 7-5-1. Parnoff had already been named to the Western New England All Star squad as well. In her three seasons between the pipes, Elise made an impressive 275 saves.
As the Boys team squared off against the King School at the Beckerman Center, the Girls varsity tapped off against KIng down in Stamford. Both teams enjoyed convincing victories, with the Boys winning 87-60 and the Girls topping the hosts 65-45. In both match-ups, the ball was tapped off at center court, and before you could shout, "Hail Ragnar" (from the Kirk Douglas classic The Vikings, for those of you too young), the Hornets buzzed out to early leads against King's Vikings and never looked back. In the Girls game, the Hornets' press and their drive and dish offense helped earn them a 32-24 lead at halftime. They extended the lead to 54-34 with still six minutes left, thanks to a 16-5 blitz. Senior Jenna Behrens and Kelly Thomas dominated the inside game with 11 and 8 points respctively. Eight grade standout, Jayda Johnson, led the Hornets with 19 points, while Shannon Rhone added another 10, including two baskets from the 3 point arc. First year coach Amanda Russo was very pleased with the effort and the chance to get all 11 players into the game, with Kendra Hill scoring 6, Destinee Gabriel 4, Madiyn D'Errico 3, and Alex Blaise and Ellie Moffat 2. Despite injuries to several key starters, the Hornets have posted a 6-5 record thus far. They are back in action at home on Saturday against Watkinson. Back in Hamden, the Boys got back on track, recovering from their only setback of the season, while squelching any thoughts the visitors had of keeping the battle close. Like the Girls, the Boys also applied heavy pressure from one end of the court to the other to build their 41-28 halftime lead. Jackson Benigni had the hot hand all game and led all scorers with 30 points, draining 7 trifectas! Ignoring his individual stats, Jackson commented, “It was great to get a win tonight after a tough loss Sunday. Everyone played their role tonight, and we saw what we can do when everyone plays together. Can’t wait to play again." Coach Sean Doherty added, “I thought our top group came into tonight’s game extremely focused on the task at hand. They built a huge lead from defense and some hot shooting!” Seniors Tre Breland and Christian Adams added 15 apiece. Junior Chris Cahill had 12, including 3 threes; Tony Zhou added 6, and Tim Dawson and Jahkai Pettway had 3 each. The Hornets are right back at it Wednesday vs Gunnery 4:30, whom they had already beaten earlier in the year.
After going undefeated heading into the winter break, the high flying Hornets finally came back down to earth when they were defeated by Canterbury School 75-65 on Sunday. After a three week hiatus, the Hornets were understandably a bit inconsistent, though they managed to go into the lockerroom at halftime with a three point lead. However, the Hornets came out flat in the second half, and the three point shots, normally a strength in the team arsenal, just didn’t find the net throughout the rest of the game. The Hornets were led by Bryon Breland's 21 points. “We played a tough team today who took advantage of our poor shooting, and our defense which is usually there for us, just didn’t show up in the second half," said Coach Doherty in his post-game analysis. Though it was a non-league setback, the loss was still frustrating as it had been the visiting Saints who eliminated HH in the New England Tournament last year.
The Hornets ( 9-1) are back in action at home, first on Tuesday vs. King, and then again Wednesday when they face off against Gunnery; both games are at 4:30. The team would love to get some great student support for these home games !
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