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Charlotte Hare takes a tough shot versus Hunterdon Central (Photo by Paul Damboski)

It was a tough week for week for Hopewell Valley Central High School (CHS) boys and girls basketball teams. On Tuesday, the girls started out strong and beat Hightstown 42-27. Franki Gomez scored 12 points and Molly Martin scored10 points. Maddie Schrader had 11 rebounds. Hightstown was paced by Kyla Glasser-Hyman’s game high 16 points.   

Friday night, the Allentown Redbirds, defended homecourt and came away with a 52-39 win. A strong trio of Brianna Schweitzer (18 pts), Maddie McCrea (13 pts) and Sophia Conti (12 pts) lead the scoring. For the Bulldos, Ally Oldfield (12 pts) and Franki Gomez (10 pts) lead the scoring but it was not enough.

Abby Danieluk battles for the ball against Hunterdon Central (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Saturday afternoon brought Hunterdon Central Red Devils to Hopewell Valley. A hard, tough, defensive battle ensued. The Red Devils came away with a 28-19 victory. Lily Testa of Hunterdon Central lead all scorers with 10 points. Addy Danieluk lead the Bulldogs with 9 points.  

On the boys side, Hightstown visited Hopewell Valley on Tuesday.  Ryan Hogan (22  pts) and his 3 point barrage sent the Rams to a 62-50 win. Nicky Desmond supported the visitors with 16 points. Hopewell Valley was lead by Jackson Whitlock (18 pts) and Jake Loughery (15 pts) in the defeat.  

Mike Randazzo drives to the basket vs Allentown (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Friday night the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs held home-court against Allentown. Allentown came away with a buzzer beating 49-47 victory.  Tim Mastromarino and RJ Weise each had 12 points to power Allentown.  Jake Loughery of Hopewell Valley lead all scores with 14 points. Kevin O’Reilly and Beckett Harrison (12 and 10 points respectively) chipped in for the Bulldogs. -Paul Domboski

The CHS boys and girls winter track teams participated in the Mercer County Winter Track Championships on Friday and Saturday. Both Estelle Coret (55 meter dash) and Madeline Castadot (high jump) finished 3rd overall. Grant Sherman (pole vault) and Amaury Griffin (triple jump) were 4th overall and Elliot Bangarter finished 5th in the 800 meter at the Mercer County Meet. The next track meet is Thursday night against Princeton High School at Jadwin Gym. Aaron Oldfield

The CHS girls swim team won one of their two meets last week, falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro South, but defeating Notre Dame. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs lost to WWPS 100-70. Regan Sherman came in first in 500 freestyle (5:43.88) and the 200 freestyle (2:05.92), while Emilie Sawicki, Shriya Karthikvatsan and Ava D’Alessandro recorded several second place finishes. The Bulldogs also came first in the 200 medley relay (Regan Sherman, Emilie Ava D’Alessandro, Shriya Karthikvatsan, 2:02.82) and the 400 freestyle relay (Shriya Ava D’Alessandro, Emilie Sawicki, Regan Sherman, 4:06.83).

The Bulldogs dive in against Notre Dame (Photo by Christopher Sawicki)

On Friday, the Bulldogs beat Notre Dame in a close meet by a score of 89-80. Regan Sherman took first place in the 500 freestyle (5:41.47) and the 200 IM (2:24.62), Shriya Karthikvatsan won the 200 freestyle (2:14.88) and the 100 butterfly (1:10.15), Lilly Wurtz came in first in both the 100 backstroke (1:08.91) and the 50 freestyle (27.72), and Emilie Sawicki won the 100 breaststroke (1:14.08). The Bulldogs also took 1st place in the 200 medley relay (Lilly Wurtz, Emilie Sawicki, Shriya Karthikvatsan, Jade Gamelin-Kao, 2:04.52), and 1st in the 400 freestyle relay (Sion Shambora, Regan Sherman, Emilie Sawicki, Shriya Karthikvatsan, 4:07.99). 

Next week the Hopewell Valley girls will swim in the Mercer County Tournament starting on Thursday at West Windsor-Plainsboro North high school. – Christopher Sawicki

Chris Sawicki, Owen Seibold, Alex Helmrich, and John Raskin warm-up before their meet against Notre Dame. (Photo by Emilie Sawicki)

The CHS boys swim team lost both of their meets and finished the regular season with a record of 7 wins against 6 losses. On Tuesday, the boys swam against West Windsor-Plainsboro South, falling 106-64. In the 400 free relay, Alex Helmrich, Christopher Sawicki, Hayden Geurds and Alessio Paoloni placed first with a time of 3:39.36. Alessio Paoloni claimed the only individual first place of the night for Hopewell in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.68. The boys did claimed several second places including Alessio Paoloni (100 fly, 54.58), Alex Helmrich (200 IM, 2:21.19), Christopher Sawicki (50 free, 24.96) and Hayden Geurds (100 free, 56.28). The boys also placed second in the 200 medley relay (Christopher Sawicki, Matt Immordino, Thomas Montanari, Hayden Geurds, 1:56.09) and the 200 free relay (Alessio Paoloni, Owen Seibold, John Raskin, Alex Helmrich, 1:41.22).

On Thursday, the Bulldogs lost to Notre Dame 101-69. Alessio Paoloni claimed two first place finishes for Hopewell in the 200 free (1:52.35) and the 100 back (1:00.36). Several boys finished with some close second place finishes, including Alex Helmrich (200 IM, 2:19.55), Matt Immordino (100 breaststroke, 1:11.02) and Hayden Geurds (50 free, 24.36 and 100 free, 54.55). The boys also placed second in the 200 medley relay (Alessio Paoloni, Matt Immordino, Alex Helmrich, Christopher Sawicki, 1:51.41) and the 400 free relay (Christopher Sawicki, Alex Helmrich, Hayden Geurds, Alessio Paoloni, 3:38.28). In the upcoming week, the Hopewell Valley boys will also be competing in the Mercer County Tournament starting on Friday at West Windsor-Plainsboro North high school. -Emilie Sawicki

The Hopewell Valley – Montgomery Bulldogs ice hockey team played its only game last week against Woodbridge.  Woodbridge’s Hubert Polchlopek, assisted by Logan Ponik, was the first to score.  But it was all Bulldogs from there on.  Lucas Gaissert, assisted by Ethan Block and Dan Seamon scored next followed by an unassisted goal by Michael Boyer.  Michael went on to make it a hat trick, both times assisted by Lucas Gaissert and Roman Vitolo.  The final score was 4-1.  The team is 10-5-1 overall, and hopes to continue to strengthen its record at the next game Tuesday evening against Lacey. -Tracy Vogler

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

If you would like to contribute sports reporting or game photographs to MercerMe, please send an email to tracy@mercerme.com.

PHOTO CAPTIONS

Abby Danieluk battles for the ball against Hunterdon Central (Paul Domboski)

Charlotte Hare takes a tough shot versus Hunterdon Central (Paul Damboski)

Mike Randazzo drives to the basket vs Allentown (Paul Domboski)

Jake Loughery launches a three pointer vs Allentown (Paul Domboski)

Emilie Sawicki and Alyssa Liu swim breaststroke against West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Christopher Sawicki)

The Bulldogs dive in against Notre Dame (Christopher Sawicki)

Hayden Geurds swim freestyle in a meet against West Windsor Plainsboro South. (Emilie Sawicki)

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