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Garnet Girls and Boys Finish in Top 10 of their Divisions at National Tourney

February 17, 2011

The Rye girls’ squash program sent 18 players in two teams to the U.S. High School Nationals, the largest junior tournament in the world with 137 teams competing over the February 11-13 weekend.

Team 1, which moved up to Division III this year, was coached by Art teacher Tony Campbell. They defeated Nardin Academy of Buffalo 6-1 in February 11’s opening match on the blue glass courts of Hartford’s Trinity College,  “the new epicenter of collegiate squash,” as Campbell put it. The Garnets fell to Boston-area Winsor School, eventual division champs, 5-2 in their next match, February 12 at Wesleyan College in Middletown.


Rye Squash Team Celebrates Success at Yale

January 28, 2011

Back row, left to right: Garrett Esler, Karim Amir, Connor Usry, Thornton Ellis, and Spencer Smith; bottom row: Henry Pearson, Thomas Henderson, Colby Ellis, James Reid, and Grant DeBease; not pictured: Forrest Henderson and Geoffrey Douglas

The Rye boys’ squash team won the Fairwest Public School Squash jamboree January 16 at Yale, with the A, B, and C squads securing 50 total victories in 58 matches. The event drew high school teams from Darien, Fairfield, New Canaan and Madison.

In its inaugural varsity season, Rye squash has competed against a variety of teams from public and private schools and inner-city programs, such as Street Squash in Harlem. Next up is the highly competitive U.S. High School Team Championships beginning February 11 at four venues – Yale, Rosemary Hall, Wesleyan, and Trinity College. The Garnets reached the finals of the A Division the last two seasons.

Garnets Make Their Mark at Squash Championships

February 24, 2010

Earlier this month, the Rye boys’ squash team made a valiant run to the Division 4 Finals of the 2010 U.S. High School Team Squash Championships in New Haven. The Garnets fell to St. Mark’s School 6-1 in the finale. Senior co-captain Erik Morque secured Rye’s lone victory against St. Mark’s, a school that competed among the elite in Division 1 last year. They moved down after graduating many seniors.

Coach Tommy Wolfe, Thomas Henderson, Chris Murphy, Erik Morque, Karim Amir, Forrest Henderson, Thornton Ellis, Taylor Love and Colby Ellis. Not pictured: Pete DeBartolo.

On the road to the final, the Garnets bested schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Brooklyn. According to the US Squash website (, Rye’s Morque, Forrest Henderson, Thornton Ellis, Colby Ellis and Pete DeBartolo were all Top 15 performers in Division 4. Morque, the only player to finish the tournament undefeated, was ranked No. 1. He’ll graduate this June along with fellow co-captain Chris Murphy.

Rye’s second boys’ team, which competed in Division 5, placed fourth and was led by Henry Pearson in the No. 1 spot. The other performers included Josh Dodd, Grant DeBease, Brian Amedeo, Spencer Smith, Connor Usry, Geoff Douglas, Hunter Baldwin and Jack Durkee. Smith and Amedeo were among the Top 15 in Division 5.

Rye’s top girls’ team finished third in Division 4 by winning three of their four matches. They defeated Convent of the Sacred Heart, Holy Child and Poly Prep, and Caroline Whelan earned the No. 1 ranking for going undefeated. Whelan gave up the fewest points of any player in Division 4.

A Squashing Good Time

December 18, 2009

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