With the 2023 Fall Athletics season officially closed, a plethora of our Varsity student-athletes have been recognized with honors and awards for their outstanding performance and commitment to their sport by the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
Happy Hamden Hall-o-ween Homecoming!!! Though this annual tradition usually arrives earlier in the month, before they go out trick-or-treating, the Hornets are ready to put a serious scare into a variety of opponents this weekend. Because the ACT testing was moved, the athletic schedule includes plenty of action on both Friday and Saturday afternoon to enjoy. Here is a bit of a preview of a few of the teams.
Boys Varsity Soccer kicks off the festivities when they face off against Marianapolis Prep. Under the guidance of new head coach, Michael Moore, who has plenty of experience at the club, high school, and college level, the Hornets continue to gel and mature. “Our team has shown great resilience throughout the ups and downs of the season thus far. I love how coachable and respectful all of our players are. From the first day they have welcomed both my assistant and me with open arms.” Moore’s assistant is Rory Mullally who is part of the local premier Rush program.
As the spring sports season has come to a close, a plethora of our Varsity student-athletes have been recognized and honored for their outstanding performance and commitment to their sport throughout the season by the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
The Boys’ Varsity Baseball Team took to the field to play the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Tournament semifinal game against Kings Edgehill School on Wednesday, May 24, winning in a 3-0 shutout.
The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team honored players Ethan Coady, Kai Chometa, and John Golioto as part of the Senior Day celebration before taking to the field against Kings School for an afternoon match on Friday, May 5.
The dream has come true for Hornet alum Luke Schoonmaker, Class of 2018, when he was recently drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the NFL Draft. The overall #58 pick played tight end at the University of Michigan, where he was a major contributor to the #2 nationally ranked Wolverines’ stellar 13-1 season. A two time All Big-Ten selection, Schoonmaker was described by NFL.com as a tight end with “good body control and is fluid in and out of breaks. His ability to find soft zones allows him to get open and earn yards after the catch. Schoonmaker is a solid and willing blocker who can develop in that area given his size.” That combination helped Michigan capture the Big Ten title last fall before being edged by TCU in the national semifinal game.
Spring fever has definitely taken hold, so here is a look at the rest of the Hornet teams. Though many of the programs rely on a core of veterans, a remarkable number of talented underclassmen and middle schoolers are sprouting with talent.
One team in full swing (pardon the pun) is the co-ed Varsity Golf squad. The biggest question everyone had before the season was how much would the Hornets miss one of the best golfers in the nation with the graduation of Ben James, already a standout at the University of Virginia. (For a look at Ben’s incredible start in the collegiate ranks, click on this link:
The winter athletic season certainly was one to remember, and history was made when on the same day the Boys Varsity Swim team achieved the incredible New England Championship Threepeat, while Girls Basketball capped off an outstanding season by also capturing a New England title. Though there is no pressure to match that feat, the spring teams certainly hold high aspirations to be just as competitive. The season has just gotten underway, so here is a look at a few of the teams and perhaps what to expect. (A second post will cover the teams not featured here.)
The Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) awards honor and recognize student-athletes for their outstanding performance and commitment to athletics throughout the season. Honors include All-League, All-League Honorable Mentions, All-NEPSAC, All-NEPSAC Honorable Mentions, and more. The following is a summation of notable achievements and accolades earned by our Varsity athletes throughout the course of the 2022-2023 Winter Season.
The Co-ed Swimming and Diving Team competed in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Championship on Saturday, March 4, at Cornerstone Aquatics Center with the Boys’ Team placing first with 368 points and the Girls’ Team placing fourth with 175 points.
The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team returned to the Beckerman Athletic Center for the first game of the Fairchester Athletic Association League Tournament against Greenwich Academy on Tuesday, February 21, winning 60-17.
The Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team returned to the Beckerman Athletic Center for Senior Night and to play the last home game of the regular season against Masters School on Saturday, February 18, winning 76-49.
A former U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Eric Shanteau, once said, “Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool.” Based on the season thus far, the Hamden Hall swim team is clear proof of that wisdom. The boys team recently finished 3rd in the Fairchester Athletic Association meet, and both they and the girls were thoroughly dominant in capturing another CISAC title last Wednesday at the Beckerman Center. They are also poised to make a run at yet another New England prep title. Yet in speaking with both head coach, Jen Lyman, as well as a number of senior captains, the success of this season is not to be measured by simply the wins and losses, but by how much fun the team has while swimming and in enjoying each other’s company and efforts.
The Co-ed Varsity Swimming and Diving Team captured titles at the Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference (CISAC) Championships on Wednesday, February 15, with the Boys’ Team scoring 229 points and the Girls’ scoring 191.
It’s February 2nd and Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary groundhog came out of his burrow today and saw his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. So how well would Phil do, or any sports analyst for that matter, in attempting to accurately predict the future for the Girls Varsity Basketball team, who have already surpassed all expectations for this season, and have done so without their McDonald’s All American standout?
However they finish this season - and they are currently on track to vie for both the Fairchester League and New England titles again - clearly it’s the ride, and not the final stop, that means the most to the players. Eveani Okwuosa, a senior guard, says the chemistry is even better than last year. “We miss Kendra Hill and Ellie Moffat for sure, but with another year together, we have incredible chemistry. We are not only positive, but everyone can also be very honest with each other; we are all comfortable with offering and accepting feedback that pushes us harder.”
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