National Capital Squash sent five teams in four divisions to the 2015 Howe Cup, held at the Murr Center courts of Harvard University in Boston, MA. This was the largest ever Howe Cup, with more than 250 women from all over the country and Canada participating in the three-day event November 7-9.
Left to right: Leslie Cameron, Chanel Erasmus, Maria Porras, Lindsay Wong, Casey Wong
The NCS A team featured Baltimore high school senior Casey Wong at #1, the only woman returning from the 2014 Howe Cup championship A team. Howe Cup newcomer Chanel Erasmus, a recent Trinity graduate, was recruited to play #2. Recent George Washington University graduate and Colombia native Maria Porras played in her first Howe Cup at #3. Casey’s older sister and new NCS member Lindsay Wong played #4, and rounding out the team at #5 and serving as captain was [...Read More...]
National Capital Squash (NCS) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to encourage high school varsity or club teams to participate in the US SQUASH 2016 National High School Championships.
The High School Championships offers divisions for teams at all skill levels. Even if your team has never played in a team tournament, you will be placed in a division that should provide good competition.
There are up to two scholarships for up to two teams. Each scholarship would be for $1500 to pay for entry fees and a portion of other expenses.
Here are the eligibility requirements:
The school has not sent any team to any prior US SQUASH High School Championship.
At least two players on the team must have a US SQUASH junior ranking, which requires participation in at least three sanctioned tournaments in the prior 11 months.
A team must have at least seven players. The players do not all have to be of high [...Read More...]
Gonzaga High School, an all boys private school in Washington DC, is in search of a Varsity Squash Coach. The program is going into its 12th year as a Varsity Sport. The team practices and plays at The Results Gym on Capital Hill. Interested candidates can send resume and cover letter to Gonzaga Athletic Director, Joe Reyda, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Potomac School, a K-12 coed day school located on a 90-acre campus in McLean, VA (three miles from Washington DC) is seeking qualified candidates with prior successful coaching experience at the high school level or above to serve as head squash coach. Required characteristics and skills include effective communication with students, parents, administrators, faculty, and the community; ability to educate and motivate students and help them build character; willingness to lead by example through a high level of organization and effort; and experience in building an athletic program that is successful and respected in the community.
A minimum of three years of related experience and a bachelor’s degree are required. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Cas Blanchard, Director of Girls Athletics, at [...Read More...]
The 81stannual U.S. Women’s Team Championship, also known as the Howe Cup, was held the weekend of November 14-16 at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA. Over 150 women competing in 5-woman teams in the singles divisions A, B, C, and D. The A team, organized by NCS member AJ Copeland, included former Results pro Larissa Stephenson (who now lives in Houston), NCS junior Isabel Young, Baltimore junior Casey Wong, and two “orphan” recruits, Alli Rubin from Boston and Mei Lin Ong from California. The team was dubbed the “Four Corners”, reflecting the geographic diversity of its members. The Four Corners team beat out three other strong A teams in a round robin format to win the Howe Cup for NCS. The team’s first match against Boston was split 2-2 and came down to a nail-biter contest between captain and #1 player Larissa and her Boston opponent and close friend Fernanda Rocha; Larissa won in 5 games. With Larissa nursing a groin [...Read More...]
Report by Tefft Smith
The US Squash Hardball Singles season got off to a GREAT start at the 12th Annual Cardinal in D.C. the weekend of November 8. There was a significant new hardball entry -- Sabrina Sobhy -- the reigning US Squash Women’s National Champion! So now, hardballers can count both the US Squash Men’s and Women’s National Champions as hardball enthusiasts and promoters of hardball singles play, as both GREAT fun and an enhancement to soft ball performance.
Sabrina rapidly and progressively evolved as a hardballer. She defeated several hardball veterans before falling to her brother, 23 year old Omar Sobhy, the Pro at the Metropolitan Club, a highly ranked 6.0 softballer.
This year’s opening hardball singles tournament was played on the Met’s magnificent glass back walled, traditional hardball court. Omar’s and Sabrina’s match came in the semi-finals. Not surprisingly, it attracted quite a crowd. 18 year [...Read More...]
The third annual national Women's Squash Week event was celebrated in style in the National Capital region! More than 35 women attended the event at McLean Health and Racquet Club on Tuesday night, September 23. Skill levels of the participants ranged from rank beginners to rusty old ex-varsity hardball players, some of whom have not been seen on a singles court in this area for more than 20 years! Players new to the area and new to the game were able to meet up with other players of similar skill level. Play started with queen-of-the-court to accommodate the large number of players, which segued into rotating 5-point PAR "games". The first 30 attendees got a charcoal gray commemorative T-shirt, courtesy of US Squash. Many thanks to McLean Health and Racquet Club, to National Capital Squash, and to US Squash for supporting this popular event!
In the Premiere Division, Northern Aggression dropped just one individual match in the 2014 playoffs, and beat the finalist Shamrock Rovers (Results, The Gym) 3-1 to win the title. The starting four players of the winning team in the finals were: Syed Kukhari, Dan Petri, Lekgotla Mosope and Cameron Bahadori.
In Division 2, a combined team from Sports Club/LA and Regency Sport & Health edged Chevy Chase Athletic Club by a 2-1 score in the playoff finals. Ben Smith, Fabien Sarrran and Cameron Bahadori started for the champions.
Another combined team from Sports Club/LA and Regency Sport & Health won Division 3, defeating the University of Maryland team 4-0 in the final of the playoffs. Tim Bandel, Tyler Stilwell, Peter Gallagher and Abir Ray started for the division winners. Abir served as captain for the winning teams in the top three divisions and also serves as VP for League for National [...Read More...]
US Squash began naming All-Americans this season to recognize the top junior players who compete in high school leagues or tournament play.
Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating were selected as the top players in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization, a regional high school varsity league that just completed its fifth season. Kira finished the season ranked #5 in the nation among all high school girls, while Cameron was ranked #42 among boys. Jeremy Barnes was selected by the coaches in the Washington Area Squash Association league, a local high school club team league that played its inaugural season as a US Squash sanctioned league. Jeremy finished the season ranked #102 among high school boys.
A strong field of National Capital Squash juniors competed at the US Squash National Championships and Silver National Championships. It is an honor to gain entry into either event -- congratulations to all NCS juniors who competed in these championship events!
Kira Keating was the sole NCS junior to compete in the National Championship, open to the top 32 players in the nation. This year's championship was held at Princeton University. Kira won 5 matches in GU19 to win the consolations, good for ninth place. She trounced two players she had never beaten before. Her only loss was a round of 16 match that had two tie breakers and her opponent went on take to fifth place.
Silver National Championships (Philadelphia)
Nghi Nguyen won the GU19 Silver Championship over her Potomac School teammate Isabel Young in a thrilling five game match. Both players had rankings high enough for qualification in the National [...Read More...]