Due to the impending storm, all after-school and evening activities have been canceled for Thursday, November 15. Parents should plan to pick up their child at the normal dismissal time (3pm). Commuter runs will leave campus beginning at 3:15pm. There will be no late runs. Parents' Association Pie Pick up will be from noon - 3:30pm today. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s divisional office.
Alum and past parent Lloyd Ayer, Class of 1947, died on November 5, 2018. Lloyd was the father of Holly Ayer Malloy, Class of 1973, Heidi Ayer Yanavich, Class of 1975, and Glenn Ayer, Class of 1978. Lloyd is also survived by his sister, also an alum, Anita Ayer McCoy, Class of 1951.
The Hamden Hall Community extends deep condolences to the Ayer family.
To read Lloyd's obituary and for info on services, please click here.
Past Parent and Past Grandparent Louise Garvey has died. Louise was the mother of alum Leslie Garvey-Schwab, Class of 1980 and grandmother of alum Dennis Hicks, Class of 2012. She is also survived by her daughter, Hamden Hall staff member Lee Anne Hicks.
The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to the Garvey / Hicks family.
Maizy Dolven died on October 28, 2018 in Worthington, Ohio. She was the mother of Hamden Hall alums Peter Dolven, Class of 1979, and Jessica Dolven Ott, Class of 1988. The Hamden Hall Community extends sincere condolences to the Dolven family.
Funeral services will be held in Ohio later this week. A service is being planned for Connecticut in the spring of 2019. We will post details as we get them.
One morning in October, Middle School teacher Beth Richter arrived at school at 7:15 a.m. with a container of fresh strawberries lodged between a pile of New York bagels and a bin of cream cheese. It wasn’t just a healthy breakfast that she was after, however.
Dr. Herbert Kleber died on October 5, 2018. He was the father of alum Elizabeth Kleber, Ph.D., Class of 1975. Son Marc Kleber and daughter Pamela Kleber Shad also attended Hamden Hall circa 1970s. Dr, Kleber also served as Hamden Hall's school psychiatrist for several years.
The Hamden Hall community extends deep sympathy to the Kleber family.
Photo retakes are set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Swain Library between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. There will be no charge if the student was absent, is new, or did not have his or her picture taken on the original photo day. Additionally, there is no charge if there was an issue with lighting or the student blinked in the original photo. If the student just wants to take another photo because he or she did not like the first one, a $10 retake fee is due when the new picture is taken. Original packages must be returned with a new completed form at the time of the retake. If a package selection is not made at this time, the lab will return the form.
Michael "Mike" Ippolito, Class of 1973, died on Oct. 16, 2018. He was the brother of Alphonse "Al" Ippolito, Class of 1975, the late Elizabeth "Betty Anne" Ippolito, Class of 1977, and Judith Carbone, who also attended Hamden Hall circa early 1980s. He was predeceased by his parents Alphonse and Betty Ippolito.
Our school community expresses deepest sympathy to Mike's family. To read full obituary, please click here.
At the recent Honor Roll and Cum Laude dinner, during which more than 170 students were recognized for having made the honor roll last semester, Head of School Bob Izzo noted Hamden Hall as being in the one percentile of high schools throughout the nation who are members of the prestigious Cum Laude Society.
Congratulations to Herbie Epstein, Class of 2005, and his wife, Michelle, who celebrated the birth of their daughter, Elyse Munsey, on Aug. 1. Elyse is pictured with her big brother Levi Zen, who will be 3 in March.
Past Parent Dorothy Malerba, mother of Hamden Hall alums James Malerba, Class of 1995, and Jennifer Malerba, Class of 1998, died on September 27, 2018. Hamden Hall extends deep condolences to the Malerba family.
The “greening” of Hamden Hall’s 10-acre main campus has been an ongoing mission for years, but some recent initiatives have boosted the school community to a new level of environmental awareness and responsibility.
Former Trustee and past parent Joe Tessitore is the new play-by-play voice for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which kicked off its 49th season in the fall of 2018. Tessitore joins the NFL commentator team of Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, and reporter Lisa Salters. Tessitore and Witten are in the booth.
It was great to hear from former history teacher Tom Butler who moved to the Ithaca (N.Y.) area and bought an old house that needed “lots of work both on its exterior and on magnificent gardens and walls and walks that had been let go for 30 years.”
David Allen Moser, father of Hamden Hall alums Max Greger-Moser, Class of 2005, Lucy Greger-Moser, Class of 2011, and Paige Greger-Moser, Class of 2013, died on September 10, 2018. David's wife Marie Greger had been a nurse at Hamden Hall. The Hamden Hall community extends deepest condolences to the Greger / Greger-Moser family.
Hamden Hall loves its traditions. We’ve been cultivating some of them, such as the Valentine’s Bake Sale, since 1942!
A more recent tradition that has taken hold in our Lower School was established by the Vingiano family nearly a decade ago. The Rose Ceremony was a way to thank then-kindergartner Ava Vingiano’s teachers for the “wonderful job they do,” according to mom Laurie Vingiano.
“Beginning in Kindergarten, our family began a tradition with Ava’s class every year on the last day of school. Our secret tradition only became known during Ava’s sixth-grade graduation,” explained Laurie...
Elizabeth Ippolito died on August 23, 2018. She was the mother of Michael Ippolito, Class of 1973, Al Ippolito, Class of 1975, and the late Betty Anne Ippolito, Class of 1977. Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Ippolito Family.
Harold Kasowitz died on August 18, 2018. He was the father of Debra Kasowitz Sachs, Class of 1975, Barbara Kasowitz Allen, Class of 1977, and Lori Kasowitz Kessing, Class of 1980. He was also the father-in-law of Joel Sachs (Debra), Class of 1973.
Ralph O'Connor, father of Brian O'Connor, Hamden Hall Class of 1977, died on August 3, 2018. Ralph was also the Hamden Hall Hockey Coach from 1976 through 1979. Hamden Hall extends condolences to the O'Connor Family.
Third graders recently took a trip to the Eli Whitney Museum to enrich their rainforest study. There they learned about bird beak adaptations, and had the opportunity to create one of four different beaks. Each beak represented either an insect eater, nut eater, fruit eater, or raptor, and correlated to birds of the rainforest. Students had a great time building their beaks, and testing different materials that the beak could pick up.
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.
Third grade has been learning about forces, and designed and constructed parachutes to study gravity and resistance forces (air). They learned how to make a reinforced grommet and to tie their knots. Our testing (though a bit windy) was a success, and fun too!
After studying the Bill of Rights and global human rights issues in their history classes, Grade 8 students embark on a year-end capstone project that culminates with preparing and delivering speeches in front of their peers.
To celebrate the retirement of Hamden Hall's longtime English teacher and debate coach Bill Hunter, some former HH debaters and their friends surprised Bill and his wife, Susan, with a dinner party in June in Hamden.
Serving 3,000 lunches a week for the past 26 years has kept Valerie Bossie running at a good clip. But come this summer (and nearly 2.5 million noontime meals later), Val will take her pace down a notch (or two or three!).
It is with great pleasure that Head of School Bob Izzo announces that Hamden Hall Country Day School has established a scholarship to honor legendary educator Bill Hunter who will retire in June after 35 years of service to our school community.
Alex Acquarulo, Class of 2014, earned a bachelors of science in entrepreneurship and small business management with a minor in human resources from Quinnipiac University in May. She is now starting her 4+1, MBA, accelerated track at QU. In April, during her senior year in QU's School of Business, Alex placed third in the Tri-State SHRM Case Competition at the University of Rhode Island.
Alec Palmer, Hamden Hall Class of 2014, was recognized by the University of San Diego as an outstanding leader of the Class of 2018 and was honored as a member of The Alcala 100, a prestigious alumni group consisting of outstanding leaders from each graduating class.
Three days earlier than their Upper School peers – many of whom over the years have been their Lower School mentors – sixth-graders celebrated their rising status via graduation in the Taylor Performing Arts Center.
Katherine Daily, Class of 2014, graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.
From cooking alongside a professional chef to constructing a pair of skis to working in a local municipal airport, seniors have spent the past month embarking on their May Projects – an annual rite of passage that has been in effect at Hamden Hall since the late 1960s.
As the final days of the 2017-2018 school year come to a close, we asked several administrators and department heads for their Top 5 Highlights – a request, we learned, that daunted even the most seasoned of faculty members because the past 160-or-so days have been chock-full of good stuff!
Samuel “Sam” Genecin, Class of 2010, offered our Upper Schoolers some tips for having a successful run at college during a recent assembly. Sam returned to Hamden Hall at the invitation of Head of School Bob Izzo.
Ramon “Ray” Sous, Hamden Hall Class of 1964, was presented the Gov. John Davis Lodge Award in recognition of his many years of service to the City of Shelton, Conn. He was honored at The Shelton Republican Town Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on May 20.
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.
Elizabeth “Liz” Amy Ohl Rhoades, Hamden Hall Class of 1973, is an award-winning and highly recognized Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. We are delighted to share her reflections on her passion for painting.
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.
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!
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.")
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.
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!
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.
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.
A big thank you to Alexa DellaRocco, Class of 2008, Bob Schroeder, former faculty and ice hockey coach, and Nick O’Brien, Class of 1976, for speaking to our Upper Schoolers during an assembly in April. This trio—all recipients of 2018 Hamden Hall Athletic Hall of Fame Awards—shared stories about the impact of Hamden Hall on their lives. Thanks again for your inspiring words!
Boys Varsity Lacrosse put together one of its best team efforts of the season at just the right time to defeat Rye Country Day 11-7, winning the Fairchester regular season championship. Coming off a thrilling 14-13 overtime victory against King School on Saturday, the Hornets knew they needed their 'A' game against the visiting Wildcats, who were considered a slight favorite. The match-up of the league's two unbeaten teams certainly lived up to expectations, with Rye and HH trading early goals that showcased their offensive talent, while both defenses forced turnovers to leave the game deadlocked till Rye took a 3-2 lead at the end of one quarter.
The Hornets began to assert themselves in the second quarter as junior "FoGo" specialist, Jackson Lalonde, consistently won the faceoffs to jump start the Hornet attack. In fact, Jackson won his 600th career faceoff in the game. It was then on the "Super Sophs" to find the back of the net, and they certainly delivered the goods. Alex DiVincentis led the way with 5 goals, followed by Chase Lilly with 3, Zach Giugno with 2 goals plus an assist, and Jeff Nugent with a goal and 2 assists. Freshman Griffin Elliot added an assist. The teams continued to trade goals into the second half before the Hornets began to pull away. While the attack gave the Hornets the scoring edge, the defense, anchored by another sophomore, goalie Sam Jewett along with the longsticks of Ryan Delfini, Reese Perrone, Jared Morrisey, and Konye Taylor, shut down a previously potent Wildcat offense. Jewett was a force in the net, finishing with 11 saves on the day.
The victory earned the Hornets the #1 seed in the upcoming FAA tournament, and should help them secure a New England bid as well. With the top seed, the Hornets will have a bye before facing off against a team to be determined. Congratulations to Coach Warnock, his coaching staff, and the entire team on a terrific win.
Paul Chyka. father of Hamden Hall faculty member Lisa Collins, died on April 26, 2018. He was the grandfather of Lauren Collins, Class of 2013. The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to the family.
Sue “Spivack” Bennett, Class of 1973, now in her 41st year of teaching art at Hamden Hall, recently spent some frigid hours in Vermont with fellow Hornet Martin Beatty, Class of 1980, on the campus of Middlebury College, where Martin is head track and field coach.
After several setbacks the Varsity baseball team rebounded with a win over Cheshire Academy on Saturday and then topped The Master's School of West Simsbury on Monday at home 6-1. Freshman Danny Carbone pitched well and got his first win, helping the team get a big victory versus an established pitcher in this non-league match up. Carbone also had a hit and a run scored. Mike Gulia scored 2 runs for the Hornets, who notched a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. They extended the lead to 4-0 before the visiting Lions scored their single run. The Hornets added 2 for good measure in the 6th to seal the victory, which ups their record to 5-4. Tuesday the team travels down to Rye, NY for an FAA game.
Boys Lacrosse and Baseball teams stumbled over the last few days, with both dropping games to FAA foe Brunswick. On Friday, Baseball traveled down to Greenwich and faced off against the host Bruins, whose program has improved dramatically over the recent seasons. The Hornets ended up being mercied after 5 innings 15-0. The following day, Boys Lax made the same trek down to Greenwich, and though they battled well, also came away with a loss, 11-10. The team started out slow, going down three early, in large part from being stuck in weekend traffic and having to rush through warm-ups. However, they closed the gap to 3-2 on a couple of great transition goals from Jeff Nugent and some great saves in the goal from Sam Jewett. Jackson Lalonde continued to be dominant at the faceoff, winning 12 draws throughout the game to keep the Hornets within striking distance. The team finally tied the score up at 6-6 early in the third quarter. The host Bruins surged ahead in the fourth quarter and led 11-8 late in the game. Sophomore Alex DiVicentis closed it to one after two excellent offensive possessions, but the Hornets ran out of time before they could tie the game. Despite the setback, the team hopes to rebound quickly, when they host a formidable Gunnery team on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Baseball also was looking for a chance to rebound when they hosted King School from Stamford. Unfortunately, the Vikings were able to muster 4 runs on 5 hits by the fourth inning and then hold the Hornets to 2 runs late in the game to take the 4-2 win. Ryan Doherty took the hill first for HH and suffered the loss to fall to 1-2; freshman Danny Carbone came on in the 6th and finished well. Senior Safi Wazaz had 3 hits, including a triple, and 1 RBI, while fellow seniors Shaun Hillis had the other RBI, and Mike Wajdowicz hit a double. With the loss, the Hornets fall to 3-4 on the season. They will play away and then home against Cheshire Academy this Thursday and Friday.
Gabriel Simerson, Class of 2016, will travel with the choir of St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, New Haven, to Wells Cathedral in the UK for a choral residency this summer, where his Evening Service will receive its European premiere.
The weather might not be ideal, but the spring season is well underway and several Hornet teams are basking in whatever sun appears. Girls Lacrosse boasts an undefeated 3-0 record. They opened up with a spectacular 15-7 win over visiting King School of Stamford this past Saturday. In an all-around team effort, seven different Hornets got on the scoreboard. Senior captain Maisa DellaValle and freshman Claire Shemo led the way with 4 goals apiece. Sophomore Molly Anderson and junior captain Karis Curtis each had 2 tallies, while seniors Justyna Breuler, Cassie Delfini, and Miranda Iannone each chipped in a goal. The strong defensive effort on Saturday was led by senior goalie, Kayleigh Giles, who was stellar in stopping seven Viking shots. Seniors Abby Malin, Nat Pinela and Claire Pancoast, and junior Maddy Malin were all part of a suffocating defensive unit. On Monday, the Hornets staged a thrilling come-from-behind victory, edging FAA rival Holy Child 15-14. Freshman star Claire Shemo again tallied four for the Hornets, as did Karis Curtis and Molly Anderson. Justyna Breuler added two and Maisa DellaValle chipped in one. Kayleigh Giles made 10 saves, and the defense held Holy Child scoreless for the final 14 minutes for the dramatic comeback win. The girls continued their roll with a convincing win over Storm King School 16-4. Curtis again recorded four goals, Shemo scored three, while Alex Johnson, Iannone, and Breuler got on the stat sheet with two goals apiece. Della Valle scored one, as did Abby Malin and Cassie Delfini. The Hornets outshot the Cougars 27-10.
Boys Lacrosse also has earned three wins, including victories over Wooster School and crosstown rival Hopkins. The relatively young team stumbled on the road at Canterbury, but rebounded with a 10-5 victory over FAA foe St. Luke’s on Thursday afternoon. The Hornets’ offense has plenty of potential but has sputtered at times. After a tight first half, the Hornets began to gel and dominate the Storm. Alex DiVincentis scored a hat trick and Kai Bruneau, Matt Stapleton and Griffin Elliott each added two goals to pace the Hornet attack. Bruneau’s brace, coming round from the goalie’s blind side, were both the result of the kind of excellent ball movement that Coach Kevin Warnock has been calling for. The defense, led by standout Sam Jewett between the pipes, and longsticks Ryan Delfini, Reese Perrone, and eighth grader, Konye Taylor, also looked very sharp in the second frame. Jackson Lalond has returned from injury to win faceoffs, while Chase Lilly and Jeff Nugent help direct the offense as the Hornets seek to hit their stride.
Three seems to be the magic number, as Varsity Baseball has a trio of wins offset by two losses. Having opened up with the 3-1 win against Choate, the Hornets bested GFA 11-0 and then St. Luke’s 4-1 on the road. Kal Gonzales gave up only one run in the fourth inning, and Joe Liucci came on in relief to calm the Storm. Brendan Casey hit a double; Mike Gulia, Shaun Hillis, Billy Gioulos, and Liucci each had an RBI, while CJ Kuselias had 2 hits in the FAA league win. Unfortunately, the Hornets were derailed by Rye 3-1 on Saturday and Hopkins 9-0 on Wednesday, but hope to rebound on Friday down at Brunswick.
The Varsity Golf team has looked impressive indeed on the links thus far. In a tight match on Wednesday at Lyman Meadows CC, the Hornets topped Choate and Pomfret 213-217-224. Eighth grader Ben James, a New Haven Register All Area selection last year as a seventh grader, was the medalist in the nine hole match, recording a score of 37. The rest of the team was clutch, with Jackson Roman shooting 39, Max Sinoway 42, Ethan Springhorn 46, and Nolan Richards 49. Then on Thursday, in a dual meet, the Hornets comfortably topped King School 209-237 at the New Haven Country Club. Ben James was again atop the leaderboard with a 35, followed by Max Sinoway with a 40, Jackson Roman 41, Mitchell Swick 46,and Nolan Richards 47. At this rate, Coach Keith Kaliszewski could care less if the sun does not come out on Match Day.
Girls Tennis Won 4-3 over Sacred Heart of Greenwich at home. The three top singles - Lexy McKay, Hannah Flamm, and Christina LoRicco - each won. However, all three doubles lost. So it came down to a very long match at # 4 singles. With everyone from both sides watching and cheering, Junior Shaw Mettler lost her first set, pulled out the second set, then came back in a thrilling 10 point tie breaker, 10-4, to win the match for HH.
There’s a rumor that warm weather lies ahead. Regardless, the Hornets are already buzzing!
Ferne Griswold Embree died on April 11, 2018. Ferne was the mother of Jill Fasano, wife of 1977 alum Len Fasano and grandmother of Hamden Hall alumni Kristen Fasano Sharpe, Class of 2006, Robert Fasano, Class of 2009, and Karla Fasano, Class of 2012.
Varsity Baseball opened up its Fairchester League play with a convincing 11-0 win over Greens Farms Academy. The Hornet bats came alive right from the start, grabbing a 2 run lead in the opening frame. Though they only added a single run in the third, the Hornets pounded away for four runs in the sixth and again in the seventh to ease to the win. Safi Wazaz led the hitting parade with a home run and two RBIs. CJ Kuselias hit a double and a triple for two RBIs. Mike Gulia and Billy Gioulos also had two hits apiece. Shaun Hillis had a double and Kalen Gonzales added two RBIs. Meanwhile there was no home cooking for the host Dragons as they were limited to a single hit, while also committing four errors. Ryan Doherty struck out 9 in a dominating performance, and freshman Danny Carbone relieved in the 5th inning and continued to shut GFA down. The Hornets are now 2-0 on the season and play next on Saturday at home vs. Rye.
As Hamden Hall prepares to stage its second athletic Hall of Fame ceremony honoring the achievements of outstanding alums, one of our own has been recognized and will be inducted to his high school Hall of Fame. Saturday evening, Joe Fontana, our long time baseball coach and Assistant Athletic Director, will be inducted into the Westerly High School (RI) Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Fontana was an outstanding soccer player, a three year starter, earning All Division honors twice. He scored 40 goals in his career, including 19 in his senior year when he was also named to the All State team. He intended to continue to play in college, having been recruited by the University of Rhode Island; however, a knee injury unfortunately brought his playing career to an end. Mr. Fontana also played baseball and was second-team All Division his junior year, providing him with a love and experience for the sport that has helped him create such an outstanding baseball program here at Hamden Hall. Congratulations Coach Fontana!
With the end of March Madness the winter season comes to a conclusion and the Hornet teams each earned a significant degree of success. Under first year coach, Sean Doherty, the Boys Varsity Basketball team won both the Fairchester League regular season and tournament titles before bowing out in the New England quarterfinals. Both the Boys and Girls Swim teams captured CISAC championship trophies and swam well in the States. Wrestling was outstanding at the Derby Invitational and did well in league meets. Girls hoops, despite being riddled by injury, played with remarkable grit and made it all the way to the Fairchester championship game. All in all, another outstanding season for Hornet sports. The team achievements were, in part, the result of numerous outstanding individual efforts. The following list highlights the honors accorded to our student-athletes this winter.At the time of this story, the Farichester All League selections were not available but will be posted as soon as possible. Western New England & New England All Stars:
Girls Basketball: Jenna Berens, HM All New England; Kai Clemons, HM All New England.
Boys Basketball: Byron Breland, All New England; Christian Adams, HM All New England; Andrew Rice, HM All New England.
Swimming: Samuel Lovejoy – 200yd and 500yd Freestyle New England Champion.
New Haven Register All Area:
Byron Breland, Basketball
Christian Adams, Basketball
Samuel Lovejoy, Swimming
Other Athletic Awards:
Byron Breland, New Haven Tap-Off Club All Area Team; 57th Annual Jewish Community Center Schoolgirl/Schoolboy Classic.
Christian Adams, New Haven Tap-Off Club All Area Team; 57th Annual Jewish Community Center Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic.
David Spitz, Casey-O'Brien Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Scholar Athlete.
Congratulations to the teams and coaches, and to all the players who contributed to such a fine season.
As the excitement builds for Hamden Hall’s 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards on April 14, we are reaching out to honorees to share updates. Bill Hadden III, Class of 1977, will be among some 25 players and coaches who will be honored that evening as we recognize the Ice Hockey Teams from 1976 to 1979.
The spring teams are currently battling some near frosty conditions as they begin their season. Several teams took advantage of the warm weather down south to get in some training and scrimmages. Baseball, as well as Girls and Boys Lacrosse, practiced at Disney's ESPN sports complex during the second week of the "Spring" Break. Baseball played two teams from Arkansas and one from Pennsylvania. Coach Joe Fontana said, "It was a good athletic and cultural experience for all. We played everyone and tried to see where the pieces fit best for our team." Boys Lax faced off against two powerhouses in Blair Academy and Brooks School, but Coach Kevin Warnock was very pleased with the constantly improving level of play as the team began to gel. Meanwhile, Coach Kaliszewski and the Golf team flew down to North Carolina, only to find snow down there as well.
Upon returning this week, Boys Lax scrimmaged at Cheshire HS, while Baseball scrimmaged North Branford HS, and then opened up Wednesday with a solid 3-1 non-league win over Choate. The Hornets got on the scoreboard early with two runs in the second and then added an insurance run in the 6th. Mike Gulia had 2 hits, while Billy Gioulos and Mike Coggins each had an RBI. Safi Wazaz and Joe Liucci each scored a run, Jack DiMatteo was virtually untouchable and recorded the win, and Ryan Doherty finished up, allowing the Wild Boars only one run in the last frame. Shaun Hillis provided a solid job as battery mate to both behind the plate.
They’re engineers during the regular work week, but on a recent day, called J in a Day, workers from Medtronic in North Haven transformed into classroom educators to share real stories and concepts from the business community.
Hamden Hall is pleased to announce the lineup of presenters at the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame awards dinner on April 14. We thank our esteemed colleagues -- former coaches and alumni -- for helping to make the event extra special for our honorees.
Itś never easy to beat an opponent three times in a season, and the FAA Tournament final certainly proved that point as the #1 seed Hornets had to deliver a full team effort to defeat the #2 seed Storm of St. Lukeś 68-62 on Saturday at the Beckerman Center.
Despite having already beaten St. Luke’s twice during the regular season by double digits, the boys knew it was still going to be quite a challenge to dethrone the two time defending FAA champs. HH edged out to what looked like a comfortable 11 point lead at the half, only to see the Storm mount a determined comeback and close to within one point midway through the second frame. Both teams made big plays as the game rocked back and forth and St. Lukeś closed to 65-62 with a minute and a half to go. But the Hornets dug down and made big defensive stops, care of Tre Breland and Luke Schoonmaker. Tim Dawson and Breland then cemented the win with clutch free throw shooting. Kudos to senior Andrew Rice, who was the Hornets' offensive leader, throwing down 22 points and posing a threat that the Storm just could not stop. After the game, Rice deflected the credit from himself when told the Register, ¨We played with energy. We were aggressive. We played good defense, and defense wins games.” Coach Sean Doherty added, Ï am very proud of our guys tonight to finish out a hard fought game with a well coached St.Lukes squad. So many big performances. I don’t even want to single just one guy out; great TEAM win .“ The victory gives the Hornets the Double: winning both the regular season as well as tournament trophies. The team now turns its attention to the upcoming New England tournament. With an impressive 20-4 record, the team has been placed in the Class B bracket and seeded 6th. They will play at #3 seed Canterbury School in New Milford on Wednesday at 5:00.
The girls team was not so fortunate Saturday, falling to the #1 seed and regular season champions St. Lukeś by a score of 68-40. The Hornets played their typical feisty game; however, they could not overcome the impressive talent on the floor for the host Storm. When Asha Parker, who is the Hornets'chief force down low, picked up two quick fouls and had to sit out so much of the first half, Lukeś was able to extend their lead to 38-18 at halftime. Coach Borelliś team continued to scratch their way back in the second half, and the team left the floor at the end of the game defeated but proud of their extraordinary effort against a truly formidable opponent. Kai Clemons played fiercely in her last varsity game, scoring 8 points, including a three pointer. Seventh grader, Jayda Johnson led all Hornets with 17 points, including 2 threes - a sign of still more great things to come in the future. At the same time, the team says good-bye to not only Clemons, but also fellow seniors Alex Johnson, Mimi Ramos, and Cassi Smith.
Congratulations to both teams and their coaches on outstanding seasons. Hopefully the boys will enjoy three more games. Go Hornets!
Saturday will see two battles of the Swarm against the Storm, as both boys and girls varsity basketball have reached the Fairchester tournament championship final games where they face off against St. Lukeś of New Canaan. The girls team, despite key injuries, is still peaking at the right time. On Tuesday, they defeated crosstown rival Hopkins 47-31 in a quarterfinal matchup where they asserted their typical smothering defense and balanced offense to topple the Hilltoppers. All nine active players contributed defensively, holding the Hopkins girls to a handful of baskets in the first half. Asha Parker, Kai Clemons, Mimi Ramos, and Jayda Johnson hit timely hoops and made their free throws to see out the win in the second half.
On Thursday, the Hornets faced a much stiffer test, but emerged with a hard fought 49-46 victory over Sacred Heart Greenwich. After trailing 29-15 in the second frame, the visiting Tigers came roaring back with a 19-3 run to grab a 34-32 lead. Coach Borelli called a well placed timeout to settle the team and refocus them on the keys to winning the game, i.e. sound defense, boxing out, breaking the press and using the clock in a positive manner. The girls responded, outscoring Sacred Heart 17-12 over the final 7 minutes to secure the victory and a trip to the championship game. Seventh grade star, Jayda Johnson, was instrumental in the win with her composure and ball handling at point guard. Asha Parker was a force on the boards at both ends, and Kai Clemons was at the heart of the Hornet swarm, tenacious on defense and slashing through the lane on offense. The girls will certainly have their work cut out for them as they attempt to quell the #1 seed Storm of St. Lukeś on Saturday at 12:00 in New Canaan.
The boys' route to the final has been a bit easier. The Hornets, at 13-1 in the league and seeded #1, received a first round bye. On Thursday, they blitzed Brunswick of Greenwich 82-51 behind double digit scoring from Andrew Rice (19), Christian Adams (13), Tim Dawson (11), and Tre Breland (10). The Hornets' up tempo game was just too much for the visiting Bruins as they established a comfortable 43-23 lead by halftime. Eleven players got ionto the scoring book in total. The Hornets scored 12 three pointers in total, including one each by Chris Wright, Corey Walters, and Jahkai Pettway, while Ethan Doherty threw down a pair. The Hornets (19-4) now host No. 2 seed St. Luke’s in the final on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Hornets have beaten the Storm twice this season by more then ten, but they will need to be at their best to defeat the defending FAA champs. Good luck to both HH teams. Go Hornets!
Hudas Schwartz Liff, Hamden Hall Class of 1943 died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Besides being a graduate of Hamden Hall, Hudas was the mother of Hamden Hall alumni Bradford Kirkman-Liff, Ph.D., Class of 1968, Wendy Liff Flynn, Class of 1973, and Janet Liff, Class of 1976.
Hamden Hall extends sincere sympathy to the Liff family.
For services information, click here to read full obituary.
The Boys Varsity Basketball team continued to steamroll the opposition en route to earning the regular season Fairchester Athletic Association title, their first under the guidance of first year coach Sean Doherty. Having come over from the Quinnipiac University program to succeed legendary coach, David Beckerman, Coach Doherty has instilled his own brand of up tempo game that has spelled success for the Hornets this season. On Friday, the team celebrated Senior Day with a solid win over King School 70-58. Seniors Andrew Rice, Chris Wright, Michael Johnson, and Luke and Jack Schoonmaker started together for the first time this season. They got things going in the right direction from the opening tipoff; and as the bench guys came in, they kept the pressure going as well. To start the second half the Hornets picked up the full court pressure with Tim Dawson and Byron Breland joining Rice who threw down 20 to lead all scorers. as the Hornets built a comfortable lead for most of the second frame. Coach Doherty commented, “I thought Tim, Tre, Christian (Adams), and Andrew played a huge second half, and each made great plays at both ends of the court. But today was about our seniors and I was so happy and proud that these guys helped us clinch the regular season championship and get a 1st round bye in the upcoming tournament.” Saturday, the Hornets posted a 72-51 well rounded victory over Rye Country Day. The Hornets used a well balanced attack led by juniors Christian Adams (17 points) and Byron Breland (14) to take an early lead. They sustained the lead throughout the game, with many different players making great contributions off the bench as well. Senior big man, Jack Schoonmaker, tossed in 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while sophomore shooting guard, Chris Cahill, enjoyed some hot shooting in making three deep threes for his 9 points. At the end of the contest, Coach Doherty offered, “This was our last regular season game, and I was impressed how our bench guys came in and kept the lead throughout the game. Corey Walters, Cahill, Jahkai Pettway, AJ Harmon, Ethan Doherty, and Jack (Schoonmaker) all push our starters everyday in practice, and I was happy to see them competing against Rye for more than half the game. Each one of them gave us some nice plays - whether a three, a rebound, or a nice extra pass." The Hornets finished the regular season 18-4 and 13-1 in the Fairchester League, winning the regular season championship outright and receiving the #1 seed for this week's tournament. The Hornets will host the winner of the King vs. Brunswick game this Thursday at 6:00. Congratulations to the team and coaching staff on an outstanding run this season, and good luck in the tournament!
Congratulations to the varsity swim team for sweeping the CISAC league meet at the Beckerman Center last Wednesday. The Boys were dominant throughout and cruised to victory: 1. HH 383 2. Westover 370 3. Williams 297 4. MacDuffie 63. The Girls relied on a total team effort to edge their way to first: 1. HH 383 2. Westover 370 3. Williams 297 4. MacDuffie 63. Both squads relied on their depth to garner plenty of points in each event, even if they did not finish first. Stephen Zhang, Ronnie Khanuja, Sam Lovejoy, and Duncan Farquharson all took home individual gold medals for the boys, as did Julia Pandolfi and Sinead Masterson for the girls. Lovejoy won the 500 Free with a time of 5:14.54 - a full 12 seconds faster than his nearest competitor! Sage Giacomini was part of the first place 200 Free Relay, and scored two silvers and a bronze. Freshman Joe Tenedine was looking strong as the anchor of the second place 200 Medley Relay; however, he jammed and dislocated his shoulder at the finish and had to go to the hospital. Michael Ferneini, Demir Uslu, Liam Kohler, Nate Thomas, John Bazaar, and the Ostapenko twins, Jacob and Dan all enjoyed strong showings. Maddy Malin, Shaw Mettler, Liv Caldarella, Eva Boyce, Maria Mack, and Natalie Pinela all scored key points for the girls. Masterson, only an 8th grader, also won a gold and a silver in relays as well as an individual silver, while 7th grader Bella Ferneini scored bronze in two events.
The Class of 1983 will celebrate its 35th Reunion in October 2018. In 2003, classmates enjoyed their 20th! First row, from left: Jennifer LaVelle, Leslie Hopkins Peters, Dana Birke Montgomery, and Diana Cuomo Orr. Second row: Mike Capetta, Carol Hazen and Bonnie Chepovsky. Third row: Stephanie Stiefel Williams, Matt Garrett, Mike Astrachan, Nancy McGrail Jacobson and Ed Tyler Della Valle.
Boys Varsity Basketball team hit the road to do battle with FAA league rival Greens Farms Academy, and earned a gutty win 63-60. After a slow start offensively for the Hornets and a red hot shooting performance by the host Dragons, who consistently made deep threes throughout, the game became a shootout battle of wills. Byron Breland and Tim Dawson really stepped up big for the Hornets in the second half and took the game over. Dawson finished as leading scorer with 18 points and came up with two huge steals in the last minute of the game. With ice in his veins, his clutch free throws then sealed the game for the Hornets and quenched the Dragons' fire. Breland finished with 17 points, also hitting many clutch shots, while senior Andrew Rice posted another tremendous defensive night and was a warrior on the glass at both ends of the court. Christian Adams ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds. After the game, Coach Sean Doherty commented, “ I was very proud of our guys tonight in the second half, staying focused and making some big plays when needed. Tim Dawson was huge for us and college coaches need to start taking notice because he is playing great.“ The team in now 11-1 in the Fairchester League and 16-4 overall. They return to action on Friday evening at home against King School from Stamford at 4:00.
Hamden Hallers from the Class of 1986 (plus one from 1987!) got together for some informal "reunion" fun! The alumni, from left, are Carl Porto 1986, Kim Gold Porto 1987, Katarina Lujic Curtis 1986, and John Anastasio 1986 (and John and Katarina's spouses).
One of the most endearing and heartfelt traditions that Hamden Hall engages in is its Lifers' Shirting Ceremony due to the intrinsic community-building element. This yearly ritual truly encompasses the entire school community as it celebrates seniors who have spent their entire academic careers under the pines and does so at an all-school assembly as coordinated by the Early Childhood classes.
Girls Varsity Basketball continues to persevere, despite a myriad of injuries and illnesses. Over the weekend, the Hoopsters first traveled to Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Springfield, Mass. where they came up short 58-48. Down 20 points at one point, the girls closed the gap to 6 points with a minute left, but could not catch the host Titans. The coaches still felt that it was the most complete game of the season. On Saturday, the girls returned for a plate of home cooking, defeating Rye Country Day 48-34 at the Beckerman Center. Led by Kai Clemons, the defense was the story in a low scoring affair. Freshman Asha Parker has returned from a concussion to lead the team in rebounds at both ends of the court. Seventh grade phenom, Jayda Johnson, plays the point with a composure far beyond her years. Both players have maintained a double digit scoring average the entire season. Currently the team has a record of 9-10 overall with a 4-4 record in the Fairchester League. The girls would arguably be more successful with a healthy roster; nevertheless they have risen to the occasion, supporting each other through the setbacks. Coach Borelli has done an outstanding job molding the young ladies into a close knit unit that works tirelessly to be their best. The team next plays on Tuesday at home versus Greens Farms Academy.
The Few. The Proud. The HH Varsity Wrestling Team. Despite their lack of numbers, Coach Tugman and the team should be proud indeed of their efforts and performance at the Western New England Tournament, commonly known in the preps as the State Meet. On Saturday at the Taft School, the Hornets stung the competition, with four out of five wrestlers medaling. Senior Reese Perrone took home the bronze in the 182 lb. category. Juniors Dylan McNamara finished 4th at 132 lbs.; Wyn Veiga at 145 lbs. took 5th, and Gabe Vuselic-Frick was 6th at 170 lbs. Junior Ethan Fuoco did not medal, but battled well on the mat all day. It was an awesome display, as HH was the only team to medal 80% of its wrestlers! With this strong showing, the boys qualify for the New England Tournament, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts. Go Hornets!
When things do not go a team's way, coaches are often prone to give various reasons to explain shortcomings, (though we might never hear from Bill Belichick why he did not play Malcolm Butler in SB LII.) Had the Hornets stumbled recently, we might have heard how a number of key players were sidelined by illness. However, Coach Doherty's squad sucked it up and turned in a gritty performance on the road in defeating Brunswick School 63-46 on Friday evening. The team delivered a well balanced attack, overcoming the adversity of having 3 players out with sickness. Leading scorer, Byron Breland, was also ill, but proved to be the bug that the host Bruins just could not shake. The team picked up huge performances from juniors Christian Adams and Tim Dawson, and senior Andrew Rice. The Hornets are now 10-1 in the Fairchester League and 15-4 overall. They remain in first place in the FAA, having also swept rival St. Luke's last weekend. Coach Doherty remarked, “I liked how guys stepped up to get us a nice road win when we were a little short handed." The Hornets will hope to have a full and healthy roster next week when they face off against three FAA foes. They face off against a tough Greens Farms team on the road Tuesday before some home cooking on Friday and Saturday against King and Rye respectively.
Dr. Lou Negri, former Hamden Hall choral director, died on February 1, 2018. Lou spent his entire career as a teacher joining Hamden Hall in 2006. The Hamden Hall family extends deepest condolences to Lou's family.
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When it comes to playing the local rivals, you can often throw out all the stats and records as the adrenaline gets pumping and the fans from the rival schools urge their team on. So often emotions take over and elevate one player's game while rattling another. Meanwhile the coach is trying to keep the team loose and composed, likely repeating a Bill Belichick-like mantra of just "Do Your Job!" On Monday evening at the Beckerman Center, though there was plenty of emotion, both Hornet squads did their jobs with ruthless efficiency, sweeping the doubleheader against crosstown rival Hopkins.
In the opening contest, Coach Megan Borelli's girls team displayed their trademark high press and up tempo game from the first whistle to the last, defeating the Hilltoppers 50-39. Despite a parade of injuries, the team took the game to Hopkins, regardless of who was on the floor. The Hornets were anchored by seventh grade standout, Jayda Johnson, who led the team with 16 points, including three from beyond the three point arc. Freshman Asha Parker dominated the glass at both ends, while chipping in 10 points. Senior Kai Clemons scored 12, while providing leadership and the combativeness to contest every possession. The Hornets rushed out to a 17-5 advantage and then extended their lead to 27-12 before the first half expired.
Hopkins still climbed back in the game and closed the gap to 28-19 early in the second frame. The teams each went on brief scoring runs, and Hopkins was able to to get within seven about midway through the half, but that would be as close as they could get as Clemons and Johnson were clutch down the stretch.
In the nightcap, the Boys team flexed its muscle and cruised to an 83-43 victory. Junior Christian Adams led the team in scoring with 19 points including 3 three pointers. Tre Breland chipped in 14 and Andrew Rice added 11 points as part of a well balanced attack. The Hornets scored 8 three pointers in total, with Chris Cahill and Tim Dawson netting 2 each. Coach Sean Doherty's team also executed a no-nonsense defense to deny the Hilltoppers many second chances, and eased to a 50-11 halftime lead. The second half was a wide open affair and the home crowd cheered their approval as others on the team chipped in. Dawson and senior Jack Schoonmaker each finished with 8 points; Corey Walters had 7; Cahill 6; Michael Johnson 4; Chris Wright and Luke Schoonmaker 3 each. The Hornets remain undefeated in the Fairchester League and enjoy an overall record of 13-3.
Both teams are in action again this week, with the Girls away on Wednesday and the Boys away on Thursday. There is another home doubleheader this Saturday when the Girls host masters School at 12:00 followed by the Boys vs. St. Luke's at 2:00.
The six Ironmen of the varsity wrestling team traveled to Rye Country Day School in NY on Saturday to compete in the annual Fairchester League Meet. Junior Wyn Veiga went 4-0 on the day to capture the gold in the 145 lb. class. Fellow junior, Dylan McNamara, went 3-1 in the 135 lb. category to win the silver. Dylan's only loss was at the hands of a wrestler ranked third in New England. Though no one else medaled, Coach Blair Tugman was quite proud of their efforts. The Hornets host a quad meet on Wednesday, facing off against Taft, Trinity-Pawling, and Forman.
Twelve students recently attended the 2018 Northeast Educational Theatre Festival and increased Hamden Hall’s presence at an upcoming special program of the International Thespian Society that assesses and recognizes significant student achievement in theatre.
Before exams, the Girls Basketball team suffered two close defeats as the clock ticked down. On Wednesday, in a wonderful reversal of fortune, the Hornets enjoyed a sweet away victory, defeating Greenwich Academy 40-39, when seventh grade standout, Jada Johnson went to the foul line and converted a free throw with 1/10th of a second left on the clock. The clutch shooting capped off a dogged performance, in which the Hornets trailed throughout the game, battling foul trouble. The Hornets, also limited by a number of injuries, got great contributions from the bench to mount a consistent defensive effort, as Coach Borelli employed a myriad of defensive sets to frustrate the host Gators. The Hornets got 12 points from junior Jenna Berens and a monster rebounding game from Asha Parker. The Hornets hit the road again Friday to play at Holy Child in New York, before hosting Hopkins next Monday.
The momentum continues for the HH swim team. On Wednesday the Hornets hosted Wilbraham & Monson from the Springfield, Mass. area, and the Williams School from New London. The Boys team won, scoring 144 points, with Wilbraham & Monson taking second with 91, and Williams third at 82. The meet started close, and the Titans had a number of strong swimmers; however the Hornets had the depth in the roster to pull away and cruise to the win. The victory raised the team record to 4-1. The girls team swam hard and finsihed second behind W&M 132-94-82.
Boys Firsts: 200 Medley Relay 1:48.25 Duncan Farquharson, Micheal Fernieni, Steven Zhang, Joe Tenedine 200 Free Sam Lovejoy 1:53.40 50 Free Ronnie Khanuja 24.64 100 Free Joe Tenedine 53.63 500 Free Sam Lovejoy 5:02.01 200 Free Relay 1:40.94 Ronnie Khanuja, Sage Giacomini, Steven Zhang, Sam Lovejoy 100 Breast Steven Zhang 1:06.75 400 Free Relay 3:34.78 Lovejoy, Fernieni, Farquharson, Tenedine
Trustee Kyle Ballou-Johns, who serves as Yale-New Haven Health’s Executive Director of Community and Government Relations, has been recognized for her business acumen and commitment to community with the announcement of two recent awards.
Dorothy Solakian Grave, Class of 1944, died on January 13, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Dorothy Grave (Will) Hoyt, Class of 1979, her son Frederick, Class of 1972 (husband of Sally Guyott Grave, Class of 1973), and her son Ted, Class of 1965 (husband of Sally Grant Grave, Class of 1965.) Hamden Hall extends sincere condolences to the family.
To read Dorothy's full obituary, please click here.
Stocked with massive amounts of ingredients, 25 Middle School students kicked off the annual Life is Delicious community service project, which feeds clients at the Columbus House Overflow Shelter in New Haven.
The fall high school football season might be over, but senior Luke Schoonmaker has one more game to play. Luke has been selected to play in the International Bowl, a game of the USA vs Canada. The US players have been selected from major D1 football programs, and Schoonmaker recently committed to be a Wolverine next year at powerhouse University of Michigan.
The bowl game will be played at the Dallas AT&T stadium on Friday, January 19, and will be broadcast on ESPN 3.
With three of their best players out with concussions and a bad ankle sprain, the Hornets twice tasted defeat at the end of the game this weekend. On Friday, the Hornets hosted Convent of the Sacred Heart from Greenwich. As the tense and exciting contest wound down, the Hornets saw a last second buzzer beater go in for the Tigers to come up short 46-44 in a FAA league game. On Saturday, the girls traveled to West Hartford only to fall to Watkinson 54-51 in the last minute. Despite the setbacks, the team is playing hard and giving a great effort, which paid off on Tuesday when they defeated the Vikings of King School from Stamford 59-23.
Jenna Berens and Asha Parker continue to lead the scoring, averagin 11 points per game, while also providing strong post play. Kai Clemons averages nearly 11 per game herself, while she remains a tireless defender. Shannon Rhone is the gritty floor general, and seventh grade sensation, Jada Johnson, continues to impress, averaging 9 points per game. Hopefully the team will get back to full strength in time for next weekend's home contests vs. St. Andrews and Cheshire Academy.
The HH Varsity Swim team has traditionally been led by a core of experienced juniors and seniors, who have scored well and provided a solid backbone to the program while the underclassmen contribute and mature. This year, though there are a number of strong upperclass swimmers, the team has come to rely quite heavily on the younger classes and they have certainly delivered as evidenced by two convincing wins this week. On Wednesday the team traveled to New Milford to face off against host Canterbury and Westover School. Canterbury has won New Englands four out of the last five years, edging our girls team for the NEPSAC title on several occasions. However, in an impressive show of young muscle, the boys bested the Saints 97-86. The girls battled well, but without enough depth in the squad they came up short 97 - 144 to Westover, and 100 - 135 vs. Canterbury. Swimmers who scored points for HH included one senior, seven juniors, three sophomores, ten freshmen, two eighth graders and two seventh graders. Freshman Sam Lovejoy was a beast, capturing the gold in four events, while fellow frosh, Duncan Farquharson nearly matched him with three firsts and one second. Senior Natalie Pinela continued to demonstrate why she is one of the best off the diving board in taking first. Eighth grader Sinead Masterson took home 1 gold and two silvers while junior Liv Caldarella took a first, second, and fourth.
Event highlights: Boys: 200 Medley Relay: Duncan Farquharson, Michael Ferneini, Sam Lovejoy, Joe Tenedine 1st Liam Kohler, John Bazaar, Steven Zhang, Sage Giacomini 3rd 200 Free: Lovejoy 1st; Demir Uslu 4th; Daniel Ostapenko 6th 200 IM: Ferneini 2nd; Zhang 3rd; Jacob Ostapenko 5th 50 Free: Ronnie Khanuja 3rd; Giacomini 4th; Nate Thomas 6th; Josh Mukherjee 7th 100 Fly: Farquharson 2nd; Tenedine 3rd; Bazaar 5th 100 Free: Khanuja 2nd; Giacomini 4th; Kohler 6th; Dan DeGirolomo 7th 500 Free: Lovejoy 1st; Uslu 4th; Bazaar 5th 200 Free Relay: Zhang, Giacomini, Uslu; Khanuja 2nd; Thomas, Kohler, D & J Ostapenko 4th 100 Back: Farquharson 1st; Tenedine 2nd; Kohler 5th 100 Breast: Zhang 1st; Ferneini 2nd; Thomas 5th 400 Free Relay: Lovejoy, Tenedine, Farquharson, Ferneini 1st; Uslu, Khanuja, J Ostapenko, Bazaar 3rd Diving: D. Ostapenko 2nd; J. Ostapenko 3rd
On Saturday afternoon, the Hornets hosted Christian Heritage and Westover. Though the girls again lost to Westover, they were much improved in falling by only 6 points. 1. Westover 121 2. Hamden Hall 115 3. Christian Heritage 55. The boys defeated the Kingsmen 52-28. Event winners: 200 Medley Relay HH 2:11.83 Maddy Malin, Sinead Masterson, Olivia Caldarella, Natalie Pinela 200 Free Julia Pandolfi HH 2:31.47 200 IM Sinead Masterson HH 2:25.81 100 FlySinead Masterson HH 1:12.30 500 Free Julia Pandolfi HH 6:55.78
Boys: 200 Medley Relay HH 1:50.96 Duncan Farqharson, Micheal Ferneni, Steven Zhang, Joe Tenedine 200 Free Michael Ferneini HH 2:00.69 200 IM Joe Tenedine HH 2:21.75 50 Free Jacob Ostapenko HH 28.37 Diving Jacob Ostapenko HH 114.80 100 Fly Duncan Farqharson HH 1:00.21 100 Free Aidan Armstrong HH 1:14.73 500 Free Demir Uslu HH 5:43.11 200 Free Relay HH 2:00.00 Nate Thomas, Aidan Armstrong, Dan DeGiroloma, John Bazaar 100 Back Tenedine 1:04.90 100 Breast Steven Zhang 1:07.07 400 Free Relay HH 3:51.83 Michael Ferneini, Joe Tenedine, Demir Uslu, Jacob Ostapenko
After reading the 2017 Hamden Hall Magazine, Corinne “Corky” Marino Chase, Class of 1962, shared some fond memories about her time under the pines, adding to her earlier announcement about her retirement in June 2017 after 30 years at Lauralton Hall.
Over the break, the Hamden Hall hockey team defeated Lyman Hall 4-0 to capture its second straight Milford Indians Holiday Tournament championship at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Senior forward Matt Stapleton led all scorers with two goals, while junior forward Charles Manger and 8th grade defenseman Grant Curtis each had one goal and one assist to lead the Hornets to the victory. Eighth grade goaltender Katie DeSa was outstanding between the pipes, posting the shutout with 28 saves.
The Hornets began the tournament with a resounding 7-1 victory over Trumbull, highlighted by goals from sophomores Mitchell Swick and Mateo Coppola, and senior defenseman Joseph Neubauer. The second game of the tournament featured another standout 8th grade goalie, Jacob Tinson, who made 21 saves to lead the Hornets to a 2-0 shutout over McMahon of Norwalk. In the semifinals, 7th grader Max Tomak scored a hat trick to lead the Hornets over Wethersfield in a 9-5 goalfest to secure the team’s spot in the championship game. After hoisting the championship trophy Coach Steve Harris said, “The tournament victory was a total team effort. I am proud of the way the team came together and supported each other.” Coach Harris continues to mold the diverse squad into competitors. Congratulations to Coach Harris and the entire team on their tournamewnt victory. The next regular season game is away at King on Wednesday January 10th, and the Hornets enjoy their first home game next Friday, January 12th, vs. St. Joseph's at the Northford Ice Pavillion at 8:10. Bundle up and come cheer them on.
Ever since she became the Girls Varsity Basketball coach, Megan Borelli has crafted her squads in a distinct image. Whether she has been blessed with dominating height, such as Rachel Menze and Naomi VanNes, or deft ball handlers like Bianca Tomassini and Krystina Reynolds, or a pure three point sharpshooter like Rachel Plotke, Coach Borelli's teams are characterized by an up tempo offense and relentless defense that so often wear away even the most resilient competition. This year looks no different, as the Hornets have posted a very respectable 4-2 record at the holiday break. Recently, after defeating Canterbury and host Ethel Walker, the team advanced to the final game of the Ethel Walker Tournament where they lost to FAA league St. Luke's in the championship.
The team is averaging 58 points per game while defensively only giving up a stingy 46 points per contest. The team enjoys a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double figures and a fifth player at 9 per game. The squad also gets contributions from its diverse roster. Freshman Asha Parker leads the team in scoring with 66 points to date, while averaging 11 per game. Middle Schooler Jada Johnson has been sensational, averaging almost 11 per game while seeing time as point guard and shooting guard. Senior Kai Clemons is the emotional leader and a ferocious competitor at both ends of the court. Fellow senior, Cassi Smith, has hit a number of clutch three pointers and is a vocal leader in practices as well as games. Junior point guard Shannon Rhone truly leads by example both on and off the floor; and junior Jenna Berens is averaging just under 11 points per game and is a force on the offensive and defensive boards.
The season should be quite promising with all players buying in to Coach Borelli's vision. Make a New Year's resolution to come out and catch a game.
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