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.
As the first half unfolded, the Hornets seemed to score at will and cruised into halftime with a 12-7 lead, thanks in large part to junior Chase "Chili" Lilly who had 2 goals and 2 assists, and sophomore Kai Bruneau with a goal and assist. Rye, however, made sure that the contest was far from over, and dominated the third quarter, outscoring HH 5-1 to end the period with the Hall clinging to a slim 13-12 lead. Things got no better early in the final quarter when Rye tied it up. The offense sputtered a bit, but made the clutch plays when it counted to regain the lead and stifle any final Wildcat comback. Alex DiVincentis was the go-to guy down the stretch and came up big with 6 goals, while also putting in key minutes at midfield on the counter. Fellow juinor Jeff Nugent added two goals and 5 assists, while Sam Tomak found the back of the net twice. Faceoff specialist Jackson Lalonde, despite hindered by a foot injury, won over 50% of the faceoffs, while the defense bent, but refused to break. Goalie Sam Jewett overcame a few setbacks, but still came up big when it counted to help cement the win.
With the victory, the Hornets earned a Championship repeat title. But there is little time to savor the win as they now prepare for the New England Prep Tournament. The Hornets host Rocky Hill School of Rhode Island on Monday in the quarterfinals.
Congratulations to the team, Coach Warnock, and all the coaching staff, as well as the faithful fans and parents for a terrific season!
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.
Boys Lax might have been looking in the rearview mirror at their previous trouncing of Hopkins, as they found themselves struggling throughout its matchup against the crosstown rival. But they emerged 14-9 winners with a solid 4th quarter that finally saw the Hornets display their talents. After an early 2-0 lead, Hamden went flat and the Hilltoppers dug in at the defensive end and countered with a balanced and patient attack. By halftime, the teams had continued to exchange goals with the Hop clinging to a slim 6-5 lead. A major challenge for the Hornets developed because FoGo specialist, Jackson Lalonde, who had previously dominated the Hilltoppers, was saddled with a foot injury, and this made every faceoff look like a rugby scrum. Both Lalonde and the Hornets made the necessary adjustments, however, and finally regained the lead, yet still could not edge out ahead by more than two goals throughout the 3rd quarter. The Hornets finally put it all together in the last frame to put the game away and reassert their dominance over the Hop. Jeff Nugent came up big and led the Hornets with 6 goals overall, including a number of cannon blasts. Zach Giugno, Chase Lilly, and Alex DeVincentis all found the back of the net as well. The defense leaked a few goals to give Hilltopper fans false hopes, but Sam Jewett was stellar between the pipes, and a total team effort made the difference down the stretch. With the win, the team advances to their third consecutive final appearance. They will host the Wildcats of Rye Country Day on Friday at 4:30 in an attempt to achieve the "Repeat".
Just across the way from the lax field, #2 seeded Varsity Baseball squared off against #3 seed Brunswick, and the drama was no less intense as they emerged with a thrilling 2-1 victory. The Hornets yielded a soft early run, but senior ace, Ryan Doherty, did his best Chris Sale imitation as he dazzled the visiting Bruins with a 7 strikeout gem with no walks. Doherty gave up 7 hits in total, but kept battling back each inning to stifle some very potent Bruin bats. Fellow senior Billy Gioulos provided the key hit, lacing a run scoring triple, and Doherty's batterymate, Dennis Gamester, had the other RBI. Joe Liucci and Cam Maldanato scored the two Hornet runs. With the victory the Hornets advance to the FAA Final against #1 seed Hopkins on Friday at 4:30 up on the hill.
Regardless of final results, both programs are virtually assured of bids to the upcoming New England tournaments next week.
Kudos to Coach Emily Anderson and the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team for their excellent run of victories this season. Having defeated St. Luke's in a Fairchester quarterfinal matchup, the #4 seed Hornets lost 20-4 on Wednesday in a semifinal match-up against a formidable #1 seed Sacred Heart down in Greenwich. The Hornets never quit while battling a team with a 16-1 record and a roster full of college bound players.
So winning two out of three certainly was not bad in the semifinals. Here's hoping that Friday's games produce some gold for the boys in green.
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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