Archive for the ‘Squash’ Category

Squash and More at Rye Middle School Club

February 10, 2011

With a record number of 22 students – boys and girls – the Rye Middle School Squash Club has nearly doubled since last year. Organized by enthusiastic parents, the group consists of two squads and a steady schedule of practices and matches from November through February.

Back row, left to right: Nabil Azim, Salvy Cavicchio, Jon Singer, Kerry Lavelle, Jack Maresca, Peter Muldowney, Mason Baldwin, John Urban, Reid Bradt, and Judson Ellis; front row: Will Colwell, Campbell Schulz, Dylan Lubeck, Ally Murphy, Tatum Kelly, Mallory Lynch, Andrew Rochat, CJ Sculti, Charlie Flynn, Chris Julian, Will Bennett, and Jon DiPalma.

This year, the club has made Westchester Squash in Mamaroneck a home base, where Dean Young and occasionally Bryan Patterson, coach at Fordham University, work with the players. Some are new to the sport and others more experienced, yet they bond together, have fun, and strive for improvement. Practice has paid off, and Rye has won matches against Hackley, Eastern and Western Middle schools in Greenwich, City Squash, and Bronxville. Earlier in the season, the team was successful in a jamboree at Yale against other public school teams and tied with New Canaan and Darien. Their only losses in regular matches were to the very seasoned Brunswick and Stanwich schools.

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Bernardo Samper Takes Third Place in Westchester Open

February 10, 2011

Bernardo Samper, a favorite Rye squash pro, claimed third place in the Pro Squash Tour’s Westchester Open, which was recently held at four Westchester clubs and involved 15 players representing nine countries.

Bernardo Samper, left, finished third in the Westchester Open, defeating Ahmed Hamza, right, at Pyramid Squash Club in Tuckahoe.

In the first round at the New York Sports Club in White Plains, Samper, a three-time Colombian Champion, breezed past 14-year-old Mason Ripka, a top junior in his first pro match. Samper went on to sweep by Kush Mahan from Kenya, pro at Pyramid Squash Club, yet in the quarterfinals against Raj Nanda from Australia, the squash coach at Hackley School, he faced more of a battle. Samper nevertheless pulled out the win after four close and exciting games.

In the semifinals, after bowing to No. 1 seed Bradley Ball from England, who went on to win the tournament, Samper earned third place with a 3-1 heart-pumping victory over Ahmed Hamza from Egypt, head pro at the Greenwich Field Club. Ball, who also won the Connecticut Open, beat John Rooney, Irish National Champion, in the finals. Ball is now the top player on the U.S.-based Pro Squash Tour, which was founded in 2009 and has tour stops across the country from September through April.

– Georgetta L. Morque