Boys Varsity Basketball (12-1) got a huge road victory over Marianapolis 68-67. The first half was a back and forth affair as the teams traded three pointers. and the Hornets went into the lockerroom with a 41-35 lead. They extended their lead to 13 at one point before the Knights made a final charge. The game came down to a last second shot that was blocked by the Hornets to seal the win. Junior Jackson Benigni led all scorers with 26 points. Tre Breland and Christian Adams each contributed 16 points and were extremely active at both ends of the court. Tim Dawson was the floor general and defended the Knights' best player all game. From Coach Doherty -“I thought we played a solid game against a very well coached team that played hard. We came up with big plays when we needed to all game all the way down to the last second defensive stop to seal the win.”
The Hornets take a break for semester exams, and then return to action on the 22nd at home vs St. Luke’s.
The Boys and Girls Swim teams enjoyed a solid week in their first action since the return from break. On Wednesday at the Beckerman Center, they defeated Canterbury School and Westover 182-177-86 in an exciting meet. The Boys battled to a 90-90 tie with the New England champs. The Saints took their share of first place finishes, but the Hornets' depth enabled them to match Canterbury throughout the meet. The Girls squad edged Westover 97-96, with Canterbury coming in 3rd with 67 points. Middle Schoolers Bella Ferneini and Ila Suindstrom earned key points for the Hornets.
Boys Scoring Highlights: 200 Medley Relay: 1st - Duncan Farquharson, Michael Ferneini, Steven Zhang, Joe Tenedine 200 Free: 1st Sam Lovejoy; 4th Demir Uslu 200 IM - 2nd Ferneini, 4th John Bazaar; 5th Josh Tenedine 50 Free: 2nd Joe T.; 3rd Ronnie Khanuja; 4th Spencer McCleery 100 Fly: 2nd Farquharson; 3rd Zhang; 4th Liam Kohler 100 Free: 2nd Joe T.; 4th McCleery; 5th Khanuja 500 Free: 1st Lovejoy; 3rd Uslu; 5th Bazaar 200 Free Relay 2nd Khanuja, Zhang, Lovejoy, Joe T. 4th Nathan Thomas, McCleery, Josh T., Uslu 5th Connor Blackwood, Leon Huang, Josh Mukherjee, Dan DeGirolomo 100 Back: 1st Farquharson, 3rd Evan Huang, 5th Kohler 100 Breast: 1st Ferneini, 2nd Zhang, 5th Josh T. 400 Free Relay: 2nd Lovejoy, Uslu, Farquharson, Ferneini 4th Khanuja, Bazaar, McCleery, Josh T.
On Saturday, the Hornets hosted another overall victory, with the Boys defeating Christian Heritage 82-46, while Westover won the Girls meet 128.5-61-47.5. First Place Finishers: Boys 200 Medley Relay; Girls 200 Medley Relay 200 Free: Michael Ferneini 200 IM Sam Lovejoy 50 Free Duncan Farquharson 100 Fly Ferneini 100 Free Lovejoy 500 Free Bella Ferneini; Farquharson
Congrats to Coach Ken Pierson and all the swimmers.
The Varsity Wrestling team has been sweeping the mat with the competition. On Saturday, the Hornets shoveled the competition away when they participated in the Snow Brawl Tournament hosted by Williston-Northampton School. The tournament boasted serious programs including Canterbury, Wilbraham & Monson, St. Paul's from New Hampshire, and Worcester Academy. Not only did the Hornets take home the creative trophies, senior Dylan McNamara, the champion at 132 lbs., also earned the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award. Six of the eight Hornet wrestlers made it to the final round. Other individual winners were 8th graders Roman Minotti at 106 lbs., Aiden Hebert at 126, Connor Massey at 145, and Wyn Veiga at 152. Klyde Auba took home the silver at 182; Ethan Fuoco earned Bronze at 138, and Gabe Vucelic-Frick took 4th at 160. After semester exams, the Hornets will take on further competition when they compete in the Brunswick Invitational. Congrats to Coach Blair Tugman and the team on another outstanding performance.
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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