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List of 10 news stories.

  • Homecoming Update

    Bud Kohler
    “Let’s Get Wild!” was the motto for this year’s Homecoming, which the Hornet teams clearly embraced this weekend as they experienced a safari full of adventure in their athletic contests.
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  • Former college coach Amanda Russo appointed the Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach.

    Former College Coach Appointed to Lead Girls' Varsity Basketball Team

    Hamden Hall Country Day School is pleased to announce that Amanda Shannon Russo has been appointed the Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach. Russo formerly served as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University and brings nearly a decade of collegiate coaching experience to the Hornets’ court. 
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  • Boys Lax Tops King to Reach New England Final; Warnock Named FAA Coach of the Year!

    Bud Kohler
    The beat goes on for the Boys Varsity lacrosse team, as they defeated King School 12-7 to advance to the New England Tournament Final for the second straight year. The Hornets, seeded #1 in the Western bracket, produced one of their best all round performances of the season when it counted most, in defeating #2 seed King in the semifinal. 
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  • Boys Lax Captures FAA Tournament Crown!

    Bud Kohler
    History was made Friday afternoon at the Ernie Russ Field on Skiff St. when the Boys Lacrosse team captured their first ever Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament crown, defeating Rye Country Day 9-7. The top seeded Hornets had already won the regular season title and were undefeated in league play. 
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  • Girls Lax Advances to Tournament Final!

    Bud Kohler
    While yesterday's downpours seemed suitable only for ducks, the Girls Lacrosse team showed how Hornets can still swarm under the conditions, as they defeated the Harvey School 16-11 in a semifinal match up in the inaugural Western New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse Association (WNEPSWLA) Class C Tournament played at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. The two teams battled each other and the weather to earn a 9-9 deadlock at halftime. However, the Hornets turned on the jets in the second frame to outscore the Hudson Valley Conference champions 7-2. The Hornet defense also held the Cavaliers' attack scoreless for the final 18 minutes and 25 seconds of the second half to nail down the victory. Senior Maisa DellaValle led all scorers with 7 goals, while Justyna Breuler had 4 goals, Karis Curtis had 3, and freshman Claire Shemo added 2. Karis Curtis also dominated the draw circle and collected a game high 13 draw controls. 
    The Hornets will face Ethel Walker in the championship game on Sunday, May 20th, at 3 PM at the Ethel Walker. More inclement weather is expected, so hopefully the Hornets will continue to rain down goals this afternoon. Go Hornets!
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  • Ben James Medals, Golf Finishes 2nd at FAA Tournament

    Bud Kohler
    Augusta might be far off on the horizon, but 8th grade sensation, Ben James, has already proven that he can consistently top the leaderboard at the high school level. On Monday, Ben shot a 72 to capture the individual 1st place medal at the Fairchester Golf Tournament, played at the New Canaan Country Club. Already a New Haven Register All Area selection as a 7th grader, Ben has emerged as the most dominant Hornet golfer since local legend Evan Beirne. In fact he maintains an undefeated record against opposing schools for this season, having only finished second on one occasion to fellow teammate Jackson Roman. Golf legend Ben Hogan once said, "Of all the hazards, fear is the worse." If that is true, then Ben should continue to tear up the courses, as he displays great composure and golf maturity at such a young age.

    But Ben was not the only story on the day. Overall, the Hornets finished second out of seven teams, runners-up to host St. Luke's. According to Coach Keith Kaliszewski, the team total of 413 is the lowest Hamden Hall 18 hole score in well over 20 years, bettering the mark of 421 that had been reached during Mr. Izzo's tenure as golf coach! Also contributing to the excellent finish, and joining Ben as FAA All League, was freshman Roman Jackson who came in second with a 75, and senior Max Sinoway, who shot an 85 to earn an All League Honorable Mention.
      In addition, senior Chris Izzo blew away his previous personal best score with an 88.  

    The Kingswood Invitational still awaits next Wednesday, to be played at Oak Ridge Country Club in Agawam, MA. This annual tournament is considered the New England championship for the region's prep schools. Good luck to Ben, Coach K, and the entire team, and congratulations for a great run this season. (And Ben, next Wednesday, "Be the ball.")
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  • Baseball and Boys Lax Earn Split with Hopkins in FAA Tournaments; Boys Lax to Host Rye in Final

    Bud Kohler
    The top prep rivalry in the New Haven area - Hamden Hall vs. Hopkins, the Hornets against the Hilltoppers - renewed the battle this week in the Fairchester baseball and lacrosse tournaments. When the dust had settled, each school came away with a win, allowing students, fans, and alums of both schools to claim bragging rights.

    On Monday, the baseball team traveled crosstown to face the Hop for the third time this spring. A strong Hopkins squad had won the first game handily, and then bounced back from a 5 run early deficit in the rematch to sweep the series. However, the Hornets were still optimistic about their chances if they could play their 'A' game for an entire 7 innings. Unfortunately, after 6 1/2 near perfect innings, they fell short. Over six frames the teams were deadlocked and scoreless. In the top of the seventh, Hamden Hall broke the 0-0 tie on an RBI single by junior Billy Gioulos to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Doherty threw a gem of a game and had shut out the Hop over six, but the team ran out of luck. Where the wind had blown in all game, a sudden shift helped Hopkins to a lead off double in the bottom of the 7th. Doherty walked the next batter and Hopkins pulled off a double steal. After an intentional walk to load the bases and create a force play situation, Jack DiMatteo, who had come on in relief, caught the runner off third base to force a run down. But the Hornets could not make the put out at the plate and the score was tied. A bloop single followed, plating the winning run and sending the Hornets home heartbroken. The team will now wait to hear if they receive a bid to next week’s New England tournament. High fives, nevertheless, to Coach Fontana and the team for such a great effort.

    The Hornets Lacrosse team was able to exact revenge on Wednesday afternoon at home, emerging with a solid 16-10 victory. Having won the regular season crown, the Hornets were seeded #1 for the FAA tournament. They expected to face off against King School; however the Hilltoppers recorded an upset to earn the spot in the semifinal. The Hornets had topped the Hop earlier in the season, but just like the baseball game, past performances can get thrown out the window. Indeed, it was the Hilltoppers who dominated much of the first half, as the Hornets’ offense sputtered a bit, while Hopkins built an early lead. The Hornets finished the half well to knot the score at 7-7. The third quarter, however, was a completely different story as the Hornets came alive at both ends of the field. With brilliant combinations, slick passing, and deft shooting, HH outscored the Hop 7-1 in the period to take a 14-8 lead into the final frame. Arguably the turning point in the contest, however, was a superb individual effort by senior defenseman Ryan Delfini, who, while HH was a man down, knocked the ball loose in an open field check, scooped up the loose ball, and then passed off to the attack for a short handed goal! To their credit, Hopkins never caved in to the pressure and the final quarter became an edgy, defensive affair. After minimum damage from a double penalty, the Hornets worked the possession game and wore down the clock, as well as the opposition, to finish with the hard earned victory. Sophomores Alex DiVincentis and Jeff Nugent both scored five goals and Chase “Chilly” Lilly added four, while freshmen Sam Tomak and Griffin Elliott, as well as Matt Stapleton and Zach Giugno, provided plenty of support. Jackson Lalonde once again helped win many key face offs. And the defensive unit of Delfini, Reese Perrone, Jared Morrissey, and especially the 8th grade ball of fury with the flaming red locks, Konye Taylor, along with Sam Jewett between the pipes, improved over the second half to effectively limit the Hilltoppers’ chances for any comeback. The Hornets will host #2 seed Rye (N.Y.) in the Final on Friday at 4:00. Congrats to the team and coaches, and thanks to the many fans who cheered the Hornets to victory through the dreary weather.
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  • Girls Tennis Enjoys Grand Slam Week

    Bud Kohler
    Last week was a very successful one for Girl Varsity Tennis. On Monday at home, the Hornets defeated MacDuffie School 7-0, marking the first shut out of another team in many years. Of special note, 7th grader Evelyn Morrow won at #4 singles while losing only 2 games. Sophomore Lara Sprinz also earned her first win, along with teammate Abbey Catalano, who continues her winning ways, at #3 doubles (W 8-4).
    On Wednesday, the squad traveled to Westover School, a team that has usually had the Hornets' number for quite awhile. Lexi McKay won 8-0 at #1 singles, and Hannah Flamm won 8-3, at #3 singles, as both improved their team-best season records to 9 wins and just 3 losses. Kat Baering pulled out a tough, close match to etch her first win at #4 singles (8-5). At # 2 doubles, Abbey Catalano and 8th grader Sandra Apfelroth enjoyed a great win (8-6), clinching the close 4-3 victory for HH! Christina LoRicco, at # 2 singles, gave her best effort, but came up short against a girl who could be described as a human backboard (L 5-8).  Senior Alexa Smoko and junior Shaw Mettler put up a great fight, but fell short in a close match at #1 doubles (5-8), as did Olivia Calderella and Anisha Moran (3-8). Congratulations to Coach Peter Flamm and the entire team on a grand slam week!
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  • Baseball Takes 2 of 3; At the Hop in FAA 1st Round

    The Varsity Baseball team enjoyed a successful week, sandwiching wins over Greens Farms and St. Luke’s with a setback against league leader King in between. On Monday, the Hornets spotted the visiting Dragons a run in the top of the 1st inning before responding with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. The game remained tight till HH tallied three more in the bottom of the 6th with numerous extra base hits. Juniors Billy Gioulos and Joe Liucci both did damage by legging out a triple and knocking in a run each. Fellow junior, CJ Kuselias ripped a double and a triple, while senior catcher, Shaun Hillis, added 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Senior hurler, Jack DiMatteo limited GFA to a single hit and improved his record to 2-2 on the season.

    Unfortunately, the Hornets had to turn right around on Tuesday and travel to Stamford to face off against first place King School. Though the Hornets battled stubbornly, the host Vikings came out on top 5-2. Ryan Doherty still impressed, striking out 9 in the losing effort, while senior Mike Wajdowicz hammered a double and knocked in the two Hornet runs.

    On Thursday, the Hornets returned the favor with a 5-2 win of their own over visiting St. Luke’s. Freshman gunslinger, Dan Carbone, pitched a complete game 3 hitter, while striking out 8! Billy Gioulos had 2 hits and 1 RBI. Additional RBI hits by CJ Kuselias, Safi Wazaz, and Mike Wajdowicz rounded out the scoring. With the victory, the Hornets qualified for the FAA tournament and will travel crosstown to play Hopkins on Monday at 4:30. The last time the two teams met, the Hornets jumped out to an impressive 5-0 lead in the 1st inning before eventually succumbing to the Hilltoppers, so Coach Fontana’s squad will hope to start strong and also finish strong this time around.
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  • Girls Lax Update

    Bud Kohler
    On Friday afternoon Girls Varsity Lacrosse faced off against Greens Farms Academy and lost 18-12 but never gave up, and played great in a hard fought game. Maisa DellaValle led the Hornets with 5 goals, with Karis Curtis scoring 4, Claire Shemo 2, and Justyna Breuler 1. DellaValle and Maddy Malin added an assist each. Goalkeeper Kayleigh Giles turned away 6 shots from the visiting Dragons.

    As it was their last home game of the season, the team paid tribute to their 12 graduating seniors for their contributions to the program. Though none are going on to play lax at the next level, their college destinations still represent great achievements by an impressive group of scholar-athletes: Justyna Breuler (University of Michigan), Amanda Carroll (Fairfield University), Marissa Consiglio (Fairfield University), Cassie Delfini (Quinnipiac University), Maisa DellaValle (Wake Forest University), Kayleigh Giles (Villanova University), Miranda Iannone (Cornell University), Alex Johnson (Villanova University), Abby Malin (University of California Berkeley), Hunyee McCollum (UConn), Claire Pancoast (Muhlenberg College), and Natalie Pinela (Yale University).

    The Hornets finished the regular season with a record of 4-7 (3-4 in Fairchester play), with two of the losses coming to Hopkins and Rye in sudden death overtime. They have been seeded 6th for the FAA tournament and they will play away at Holy Child (Rye, NY) at 3:00 on Monday. The team will find out at the end of the week if they earn a bid to the inaugural WNEPSWLA girls lacrosse tournament to be held next weekend at Ethel Walker School.
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2018 Seniors Playing College Sports
Helen “Tait” Brencher Skidmore College Alpine Skiing
Padraic Cooper Gettysburg College Football
Alexa Cornacchia Union College Soccer
Jack DiMatteo UCONN-Avery Point Baseball
Michael Gulia Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Football
Shaun Hillis Iona College Baseball
Miranda Iannone Cornell University Soccer
Michael Polansky Union College Football
Anthony Repollet UCONN Football
Andrew Rice Albertus Magnus College Basketball
Salvatore Rosa Union College Lacrosse
Luke Schoonmaker Michigan University Football
David Spitz Harvard University Football
Christopher Wright Keene State College Basketball
Michael Wajdowicz Curry College Football

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