A Squashing Good Time

It seems that squash is the new black.

Both teams at Rye High School continue to grow exponentially, and on the girls’ side the roster has jumped from 20 to 40 in just one year. There are now three girls’ teams – two JV and one varsity – that play at three different local clubs with many matches scheduled in the Fairwest Public School Squash Association (FPSSA). The varsity team includes star players Caroline Whelan, Annie VanWagenen, Katie Bouton, Kathryn Lavelle, Katie Geoghegan, Angie Cho, Laura Nicholas, Rebecca Feldman, Nancy Kelleher, G.G. Fitzgerald, Amanda Feldman, and Lily Wells. Recently, the team defeated local private school Hackley.

The RHS Boys' Squash team

This year, 26 players comprise two boys’ Garnet squads, each practicing twice a week. A full calendar of match play is underway with competition against area private schools, and two teams from Rye entered the first jamboree of the FPSSA at Yale December 13. Team 1 defeated Greenwich High School and Bronxville High School, but faced tough competition from elite Darien High School. Although Darien won, most matches went five games. The second Rye team won both its matches against Fairfield Ludlowe. The US Squash National High School Championships take place the first weekend in February and after finishing second in the fourth division last year, the Garnets will most likely move up to a more challenging bracket demanding peak performance from top players Karim Amir, Chris Murphy, Thomas Henderson, Erik Morque, Connor Usry, and Thornton Ellis.

Rye's Caroline Whelan

Meanwhile, at Rye Country Day School, the girls’ and boys’ teams have combined to begin the season 6-1. Senior captains Katie Yates and Nealy Nimocks have continued their leadership of a very talented group with a strong 3-0 start. The ladder has been fiercely contested, as this Wildcat squad is one of the deepest teams in recent memory. Taryn Clary, Hadley Chu, Lindsay Haut, Abby Doud, Nina Stoupnitzky, Sarah Antonacci, Emily Sacher, Samisha Bansal, Clare McClintock, and Liz Judd have all made significant contributions.

Rye Country Day's Nealy Nimocks

The Wildcat boys’ team boasts eight returnees and six of the top seven from last season. Valuable experience gained last year has led to a 3-1 start, and seniors Harry Razook, Grayson Clary, and Dan Judd have been instrumental in leading the Wildcats as captains. Michael Walsh, Matt Stevens, Thomas Galluccio, Harrison Baker, and Ian Baine round out the list of returning players who are working hard in order to peak for the New England Championships and the High School National Championships at Yale.


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