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This weekend, Wilmington’s Tower Hill School participated for the first time in its history in the high school national squash championships in Connecticut.
The 2017 HEAD US High School Team Squash Championships featured teams from all over the country in both boys (seven flights of approximately 15 teams) and girls (five flights of approximately 15 teams) divisions, with the total number of participants estimated around 1,700 students.
Tower Hill has a co-ed program, and like several other co-ed programs in the tournament, participated in the boys’ division, at flight 5 (of 7). Led by senior Julia Ward (court 1), who will play squash for Williams College in the Fall, and coached by local professionals Ray Chan-a-sue and Ed Chilton, the young Tower Hill squad acquitted itself very well, winning its first round match on Friday, February 10, against St. Luke’s school of New Caanan, CT by a score of four matches to three.
On Saturday, the Hillers lost narrowly in their second round match, against a deep New Caanan school team, with a score of 4-3. Later on Saturday, THS lost to another fledgling program in the Brookline (Mass) School, 5-2.
Local powerhouse St. Andrew’s School, also playing in flight 5, reached the finals, and then won the tournament flight by default on Sunday over the Taft School. Details of the default were not readily available, but congratulations are definitely in order for the Saints, led by coach Will Speers.
The young Tower Hill squad has a bright future and is already looking forward to next year’s tournament, with Junior Bo Anderson leading the charge and six freshmen, including Ben Schiltz, Jennifer Cleary, Aidan Donoho, Sean Beberman, Alex Racapé, and Sander Saridakis.