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Monday Sports Round-Up

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The Hopewell Valley Girls’ varsity volleyball team played four games last week, winning two and losing two. They started out the week against Stuart, winning in two sets, 25-18 and 25-21. The Bulldogs played well overall and emerged with a nice win for their senior night. On Tuesday, Hopewell played West Windsor Plainsboro South in a tough game, losing in two sets 21-25 and 23-25. Despite coming so close, they were unable to take a set from the Pirates.

On Thursday, the girls played West Windsor Plainsboro North, pulling out a win against the Northern Knights. They won in two sets, 25-23 and 25-18, with multiple good kills by Hae Wan Han. On Friday, the Bulldogs finished out the week against Hunterdon Central with a very tough game. Despite losing 15-25 and 18-25, the girls fought hard with good digs by Michaela Kwak and serving runs by Jacquelene Wulf and Corrina Weyhrich. -Emilie Sawicki

Hopewell Valley Boys’ Soccer went 1-1, winning an exciting game against Princeton and losing to Robbinsville. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs prevailed in the second half of overtime against Princeton with a fantastic penalty shot by Zach Crow, winning 1-0.

On Thursday, Hopewell lost a very competitive game to Robbinsville 2-0. Hopewell’s record is now 10-5, with their record in the CVC standing at 10-3. Junior Varsity also had two competitive games this week, losing to Princeton 1-0, and beating Robbinsville 3-1. With a win on Monday against Steinert, they could qualify for the county JV tournament. -Christopher Sawicki

Hopewell Valley’s Ryan Milano heads the ball in the match against Robbinsville

Hopewell Valley Girls’ field hockey has had a strong season.  On October 6, they had a well-fought game against PDS ending 1-1 in overtime. On Robbinsville’s senior day, Hopewell Valley prevailed, winning in an upset 4-3. Bella DiNardo had three goals and Greta McGregor had one.

The regular season game was Thursday against Steinert with a final score of 5-1. DiNardo had three with Gabriela Franco and Caroline Colavita each tallying one. The team began the Mercer County Tournament on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame.  -Bella DiNardo

HVCHS Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team. Photo by Cris Maloney

The HV Girls’ tennis team started out the week strong with a 4-1 win against Nottingham on Monday. They continued to play well on Tuesday, but lost their States match against Holmdale, which is seed 3.

The Bulldogs played one of their best matches to date on Thursday against Lawrence High School, their toughest competition for Division Champions. The singles courts finished fairly quickly; Hopewell lost first and second singles but won third singles. Both doubles teams split sets and had to play a third. Nerissa Lundquist and Hope Zheng, who play first doubles, had an incredible comeback in their match and won 1-6 6-3 7-5.

Paz Baum and Pauline Brillouet, who play second doubles, started their first set 0-4, but turned it around and won 6-4 4-6 6-6 with a 7-5 tiebreaker in the third set. Because of this, Hopewell remains undefeated in their division. They play the two remaining teams in their division, Allentown and Steinert, this week and are favored to win both matches. –Paz Baum

On Friday, the Hopewell Valley football team played Hamilton West in the annual Pink Out game.  Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they lost 35-0, their first loss of the season, giving them a 4-1 record.  Three more games remain in the regular season.

Although the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs lost Friday night’s game, they won in their efforts to bring attention to Breast Cancer Research and Support.  

HVCHS Varsity Football team donates proceeds from pink-out game for breast cancer awareness.

Every year the Hopewell Valley Gridiron Club (HVGIC), the booster club for the high school football team, donates proceeds from the annual pinkout t-shirt sales directly back to their local community.  For the first time, elementary school students were able to order shirts, as well as high school and middle school students. This year’s t-shirt design included the initials D.P. in memory of Darleen Profetto. Darleen was the mother of one of their former players, Steve Profetto, a 2013 HV graduate.  Darleen lost her battle with cancer during Steve’s football season.

This year, the Bulldogs partnered with Capital Health Hopewell and have already donated $1,500 to their breast cancer awareness and patient support programs. “We always try to call attention to the fight against breast cancer, but this year we wanted to bring the community into it even more,” Coach Caldwell said. “We’ve always said the football program is a family; now we want to show that it is.” –Liz Vannozi/football booster club

Hopewell Valley Soccer Association – Recreational Division 2 – Girls. On Saturday, Team Hopewell Express battled HVSA Team Red, prevailing 1-0.  Reagan Silvestri scored the lone goal of the game and Grace Haag, Abby Gola, Miriam Wood, Natalie Frush and Sloane Ritter played outstanding defense and goal keeping in the win. Meanwhile, Team m3 prevailed 4-0 over team Jacks Nursery.  Ava Berg put in a great effort and displayed a lot of skill for Jacks Nursery. -HVSA

For this week’s upcoming HVRSD games, see the schedule here: https://www.colonialvalleyconference.org/public/genie/348/school/7/

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