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 (ussquash.com), 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.