by Roger Wistar
The boys and girls varsity squash teams spent their Long Winter Weekends in Philadelphia – not at a Superbowl celebration, but competing in the U.S. High School Team Championships.
Each team won multiple matches in the head-to-head tournament format, with the boys ultimately finishing 10th and the girls finishing 13th.
For the boys, it was a weekend of high drama, as three of their four matches came down to a single game. After dropping the opening match 4-3 to McDonough (MD), the team rallied with a convincing 7-0 victory over Shipley (PA) and eked out a 4-3 win over Deerfield.
The two wins put the Bearcats into the 9/10 game against the Brunswick B team, who defeated Hotchkiss 4-3. (Brunswick's A team would ultimately win the championship for the boys draw.)
The #1 seed for the Bearcats, Justin Ghaeli '18, won all four of his matches, and Tyler Mackesy '19 at #2 won three of four matches.
The girls faced a tough draw in their campaign, with three straight matches against teams from the Philadelphia area. After dropping the first match 6-1 to Agnes Irwin and the second 4-3 to Penn Charter, the team rallied back for a 4-3 victory over Germantown Friends.
The final match would have a more familiar feel, as the girls faced off against Sacred Heart. The Bearcats bettered their result from earlier in the regular season, earning a convincing 6-1 win to clinch 13th place overall.
Emily Rose '18 at #1 enjoyed a strong tournament, earning the only point for Hotchkiss in its opening match and going on to win three matches overall. Julia Chai '20 at #2, Ellie Burke '20 at #3, and Claire Jennings '18 at #7 also won three matches.
The city of Greenwich enjoyed the double on the weekend as Greenwich Academy cruised to a 6-1 victory in the championship match – coincidentally, against Agnes Irwin.