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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