Thursday, Feb. 13
The St. Paul's Varsity Squash team was represented by 8 players this week in the Individual Championships at Meadow Mill Athletic Club. Sixty four players filled four different sixteen person draws based on the players rankings. The top honor goes to Team Captain, Jake Trone, who finished 5th overall in Division 1. Jake dropped his first match on Monday to the top seed in the tournament and then never looked back playing some brilliant squash! The remainder of the players that competed in Division 1 are as follows...Natty Dunn (8th place), Nicholas Gilman (9th place), Jacob Hobson (12th place), Marco Grados (14th place). In Division 2, Charlie Garliss finished 8th and Mac Shafer finished in 10th place. Patrick McCusker pulled out of the tournament with an injury but he is quickly on the road to recovery thanks to the excellent training staff. Next up for the St. Paul's varsity Squash Team is the US High School National Championships in Connecticut!
Varsity basketball lost to Curley yesterday 55-25
The JV basketball team traveled to Archbishop Curley for our last road game of the regular season today. When we played them at home it was a tight game until the end so we went in there expecting a battle. The Friars came out hot in the first quarter with tons of energy and pushing the pace to get up 8-1 quickly. Halfway through the first we got in a bit of a rhythm getting some looks down low and forcing a couple turnovers from our press. Curley also hit two big 3s which put them up 15-10 to end the first quarter.
We got some of our second line in during the 2nd quarter and they held it down defensively, but our offensive production slowed. Curley only put up 7 to get to 22, and shooters John Padousis and Nate Livingston carried us in the last 4 minutes of the 2nd quarter, Shaun capped it off with a 3 off the dribble from the top of the key to tie it up at 22 just before the buzzer expired.
We had the momentum and carried it through into the 3rd to keep attacking offensively and getting stops on the other end. Sophomore Captains John, Cole, and Curry carried us in the 3rd combining for 18 including a NBA range 3 from John. We were up 40-33 with one quarter left to play, but with some guys in foul trouble we had needed players to step up.
Timmy Wilcox, Josh Stinespring and Cam Nelson were those guys and left it all out on the floor in the 4th to hold it down on both ends of the floor along with the other starters. We stay composed down the stretch even when calls didn't go our way and we continued to move the ball and attack relentlessly on offense. With just over a minute to go we sealed it with a dagger from John beyond the arc and then a block from Cole to give it up to Cam who dribbled it out for the win.
Beating Curley sealed the deal on our 1st place finish in the league, but we have the chance to go undefeated in the league as we take on St. Mary's Friday in Pollack. Then we are home again next week on Wednesday to take on the 4 seed in the semi-finals. This team has come a long a way, but the job isn't finished and we're still hungry.
F/S Basketball lost to BL yesterday 39-38
Blue squash wrapped up the season with a 15-0 win against SquashWise. The SquashWise coach thanked our entire team on playing terrific squash and attacking each and every point. She shared how her team learned so much from playing at SP. As a guest, she couldn’t have said it better. Congratulations to blue and a terrific season.