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In the press - New Canaanite - February 13th, 2020

Updated: May 11, 2020

New Canaan A team

New Canaan B team

From the "Did You Hear...?" section in the New Canaanite

Finally, here’s an update from Lisa Platt on two Saxe Middle School squash teams that competed at the US Middle School Team Championships at Yale recently:

Saxe Squash A Team plays in US Middle School Championships at Yale. Contributed

“The tournament saw a record number of 96 teams participate across all boys and girls divisions. After a great season, the Saxe A team, consisting of Eddie Li, Sahil Teredesai, Alex Benevento, Jack Sheffield, Owen Lydon, Augusto Baldini and Andrew Reed, was seeded 16th in Division 1, which is the first time a Saxe team has made a Division 1 appearance. The team faced the defending champion and #1 seed Haverford. Although Saxe put up a strong fight, they fell 5-0 to the eventual tournament winner. In the first round of the consolation, Saxe beat #11 seed Shipley 4-1, which marks the first time a Saxe squash team has won a Division 1 match, which is quite an accomplishment. Saxe fell 4-1 to #9 seed Rye Country Day in the consolation semifinals, with Sheffield’s exciting 3-2 win the round’s bright spot. In their last match, the team beat #12 seed The University School of Ohio 3-2, with wins from Benevento, Sheffield and Lydon. Ohio was actually the team that beat Saxe A last year in the first round of the tournament so it was great to play them again and come out on top this time. Based on the team’s incredible performance this weekend, Saxe A ended their season 11th overall in the tournament and finished as the 2nd best public middle school team in the nation.

Saxe Squash B Team plays in US Middle School Championships at Yale. Contributed

“The Saxe B team of Lucas Alvarez, Ike Morales, William Hanover, Ashton Baker, Luke Zinczenko and Jake Donohue, was seeded 12th in Division 3. They lost their first match 5-0 to a strong Hackley squad, who was seeded #6 and was the eventual winner of Division 3. The team turned it around in the first round of the consolation by blanking #14 seed SquashSmarts Boys of PA 5-0, which included an exciting 3-2 victory for Baker. Saxe B continued their run with a 3-2 win over New Haven B in the consolation semifinals with victories from Morales, Hanover and Zinczenko. The consolation finals pitted Saxe against local rival St. Luke’s. The individual matches were incredibly close and although Alvarez came up with a great 3-2 win and Hanover and Baker both stretched to 5 games, Saxe fell 4-1 in the end. In the end, Saxe B placed 10th in Division 3, two spots better than their #12 seeding.” (need to scroll down towards the bottom)

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