Hamden Hall Country Day School

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List of 10 news stories.

  • The Boys' Varsity Basketball Team captured the NEPSAC Class B Championship and finished the 2018-2019 season with a 25-2 record.

    Champions!!!

    Bud Kohler
    It was March Madness at its best as the Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Canterbury School 75-66 to win the New England Class B Tournament at Clark University on Sunday evening. 
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  • Boys Hoops Reach Finals!

    Bud Kohler
    The Boys Varsity Basketball team staged a frantic comeback to defeat Brooks School of North Andover, Mass., 65-62 in a New England Tournament Semifinal match up at Beckerman Center on Saturday.
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  • Hornets Dunk Beaver in NEPSAC Quarterfinal

    Bud Kohler
    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. 
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  • Best Finish at Nationals for Wrestlers!

    Bud Kohler
         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.
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  • Boys Hoops Defeats Luke's in Double OT to Win FAA Tournament!

    Bud Kohler
         "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!"



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  • Hamden Hall's Varsity Football program has won two New England championships in the past three years.

    Hamden Hall Football Program Joins Evergreen League

    Hamden Hall’s famed football program has joined the Evergreen Football League beginning with the 2019 season.
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  • Wrestlers Finish 7th; Pearson Hill is NE Champion!

    Bud Kohler
         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.
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  • Hornets Co-Champs with Win Over King

    Bud Kohler
         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.
     
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  • Boys Basketball Blows Out GFA

    Bud Kohler
    "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."
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  • CISAC Swim Results: Boys Take 1st, Girls 3rd

    Bud Kohler
    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.
     
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