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Round up of SIVL Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League – by Connie Barnes

After a grueling winter of 36 matches at four Sport & Health Clubs, the SIVL Divisional Finals were held on February 26th.  The Finals were one week after the SIVL tournament which attracted more than 100 juniors. 

Here are the Winners and Finalists of Division 1:

BU20:  Winner - Peter Fredman (Whitman).  Finalist - Clive Chang (Landon)

BU17 (to be played):  Sam Patterson (BCC) vs. Jacq Barnes (Whitman) 

BU15:  Winner - Theo Mendez (Sidwell).  Finalist - Jeremy Barnes (Whitman)

GU20:  Winner - Viveka Mishra (Sidwell).  Finalist - Meg Armstrong (Madeira)

GU17:  Winner - Jacq Barnes (Whitman).  Finalist - Rachel Brown (Sidwell)

 GU15:  Winner  - Anna Armstrong (Madeira).  Finalist - Maddie Klaff (Madeira) 

It was an outstanding finish to a great season! 

The Division 2 SIVL Championship Team was decided by the seventh and [...Read More...]

Junior Participation in Fisher Cup

There were many impressive Junior performances in this year's Fisher Cup. Geoffrey Keating (div.5) won division five over Jeff Bede 3-1. Another title winner this year was Jacqueline Barnes of Bethesda who beat Donna Sharpe in the Women's C/D division. Merrit Moore also participated in Division 3, but lost in the first round. Kira Keating participated as well, but lost in the first round. Bryan Keating, playing Premier League, clawed his way to the finals after a victory over Results player Terry Hindermann. Bryan lost to Jake Gross in five in a grueling one hour twenty minute match, a rare sight at these events. The Fisher Cup is a great tournament Juniors can enter if they qualify, so get on court and join the league!

Potomac School Varsity #14 in Nation!

Potomac School Varsity #14 in Nation!

Concluding this year's undefeated season in regular play, The Potomac School squash team siezed the he ranking of 14th in the nation. Headed by Coach Steve Hufford and Captains Bryan Keating and Zander Nassikas, the team competed in the National High School Squash Championships February 6-8, 2009 in New Haven, Connecticut on the grounds of Yale University and Choate Rosemary Hall prep school. The largest single squash tournament in the world, it drew over 800 players from 93 teams and 16 states. For the second time in three years, Potomac boys team qualified to compete in Division 1, the top level of play in the nation. The team also dominated the Mid-Atlantic Confrence Championships this year, winning their second title in three years. The team came out victorious against their arch rival, Gilman 6-3.

Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League

The inaugural season of the Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League finished Friday Feb 29, 2008 with a presentation which saw Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School victorious. Caroline Sieber (B-CC Captain) was presented with the beautiful SIVL Cup which will be held in the Trophy Case at the school for the year. Connie Barnes, Director of Squash for Sport & Health, was magnanimous in her praise of Ms Sieber who also received a $200 Gift Certificate as the SIVL Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 season.

Coach Barnes said that the SIVL has already become one of the largest High School squash leagues in the US . This season players from Landon, Whitman, St Albans, Holton Arms, Langley , Stone Ridge, Madeira , St Stephens and St Agnes, and GDS participated in 30 matches over the winter season. The B-CC team with its captain’s excellent promotion and organization skills included 17 players. Coach Barnes said that 3 other local school had already requested inclusion for [...Read More...]

Sport & Health Middle School Tourney

To participate is to WIN!

Thank-you to those parents who visited with us last Tuesday to watch a stunning display of squash matches at the Sport & Health Middle School League SML at Bethesda S&H.

I was impressed by the wonderful sportsmanlike behavior and impressive squash (especially by newcomers Copper). The Pyle team are in their third year and their enthusiasm for the sport is terrific! Westland and Holton Arms are in their second year. The format for the competition included participants divided into 3 groups including players from different schools. Those players then played 1 game against each other. 103 games were played by 25 participants!

Outstanding performances were recorded by: Jacqueline (Pyle), Jeremy (Pyle), with special commendation for Nathalie (Holton Arms), Alex (Westland) and Phil (Cooper) in Group 1. Thomas (Westland) was outstanding with special commendation Tyler (Pyle) and Robby (Cooper) in Group 2. Win (Holton [...Read More...]

Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League

Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League

The Sport & Health Interclub Varsity League will start with a record number of school teams participating this year. The SIVL welcomes emerging teams from Holton Arms, St Albans , Langley and StoneRidge high schools. The teams will play in 27 matches over winter and also in the SIVL tournament Feb 8 – 10. The schedule can be found here. This year the teams are playing for the beautiful SIVL perpetual cup (pictured right) which will be engraved with the winning team’s name and be held at that school for the year. Director of Sport and Health Squash, Connie Barnes, also announced the commencement of the SIML Sport & Health Interclub Middle School league – this winter that competition will welcome emerging team Cooper Middle School . Middle school matches will be held at Bethesda Sport & Health on the new showcase courts on the following dates – Dec 11, January 15 and February 12 [...Read More...]

Ben Rind doing hard yards in Brisbane, Australia

Ben Rind doing hard yards in Brisbane, Australia

Bethesda S&H regular, Ben Rind, is spending 6 weeks in an intensive training program under the tutelage of Australian coach Marc Forster. Marc is currently coach to several Brisbane based PSA and WISPA players and has taken students of Ben's age on a temporary basis from around the world. His program is based at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Ben will train daily with the squad and compete in several local tournaments. Of course a little time is also planned for exploring some of the culture of sub-tropical Brisbane and South-East Queensland including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Australia Zoo etc.

In the 1980's Brisbane was arguably the hot spot of world squash. It was the home of the Australian Institute of Sport's squash program which churned out players of the caliber of Chris Robertson, the Martin family, Rodney Eyles and other top [...Read More...]

Princeton Coach at The Potomac School

Princeton Coach at The Potomac School

Bob Callahan, Men's Varsity Squash Coach at Princeton addressed over 50 junior squash players from the DC area and their parents at a forum called, The Path to Playing College Squash.

Coach Callahan spoke at the invitation of the DC Squash Academy, the DC non-profit urban youth squash program headed by Potomac School Squash Coach, Wendy Lawrence, former Princeton varsity player, Elizabeth Dupree and University Club pro, Howard Day.

Topics discussed included how to contact a college squash coach, how to evaluate a college squash program and the NCAA recruiting rules for college squash players and coaches.

Juniors in attendance included Results junior David Canner (pictured with Bob), who will play squash for Princeton this coming fall.

NCS Top Juniors Excel at US Nationals

It was a great showing for the ten Washington area juniors from the Results and The Potomac School programs who qualified (only the top ranked 32 players in each age group are selected) for the prestigious US Junior Nationals held in March at Yale. Their outstanding performances was the culmination of a long seven month season of training, league play and tournaments.

The DC National’s squad was coached by Brian O’Hora, Natalie Grainger and Wendy Lawrence and Patrick Chifunda.

U-19 Division

David Canner (Results) Semi-finalist
(David will play for Princeton in the Fall)
Peter Sopher (Results) – Top 12
Phillip Sopher (Results) - Top 24
Tribbie Nassikas (Potomac School /Results)
Allison McDonough ( Potomac School/ Results)

U-17 Division

Mike Maruca (Results/Exeter) Finalist
Nick Echeverria (Potomac School/Results) Quarterfinalist
Alex Gross ( Potomac [...Read More...]

Potomac School Teams Top 20 High School Ranking

Potomac School Teams Top 20 High School Ranking

The Potomac School (McLean, Va) Boys and Girls Squash Teams traveled to Yale University on Feb 10-12, to play at the US High School National Squash Championships. There were over 50 teams entered in the most prestigious high school team tournament in the country, played over three days at Yale and the nearby Choate/Rosemary Hall School.

The Potomac School Boys and Girls Varsity Teams had a strong showing, finishing in the top 13 in the Girls division and the top 18 in the Boys division.

The teams included nationally ranked players Nick Echeverria, Alex Gross, James Beddow, Aaron Kur, Phinney McIntire, Tyler Smith, Charlie Drake, Brian Donovan, Tribbie Nassikas, Allison McDonough, Sara Nawaz, and Yasmin Atefi, Liz Teter, Heidi Fisher, Marissa Potter and Samee Gharogozloo.

Potomac School Squash Coach, Wendy Lawrence, said that the teams "had a great opportunity to play schools out of their Mid-Atlantic district such as Lawrenceville, [...Read More...]

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