Monday Sports Update

Lawrence defenders watch Kevin Ellis (21) go to the rim. (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Hopewell Valley Central High School

The week started off with the Boys Basketball team taking on the Cardinals of Lawrence. A lackluster first quarter found the Bulldogs down 16-8. While coming back the rest of the game, the deficit was too big, resulting in a 52-48 loss. Ryan Adamsky, of Lawrence led all scorers with 20 points. Hopewell was led by Brendan O’Reilly with 16 points. Kevin Ellis followed closely with 14 points. 

Friday night, the Boys traveled to Trenton to take on the Tornadoes. In a case of close, but not quite good enough, the hosts prevailed with a 49-41 win. With Hopewell leading through the first three quarters, Trenton pulled away in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Kevin Ellis led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Devontay Hudson and Brazil Fields powered Trenton with 18 and 16 points respectively.

Next game will be Tuesday at Hamilton West. -Paul Domboski

Kennedy Havens (15) goes over Trenton (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Tuesday, the Girls Basketball team went to neighboring Lawrence. Short trip, big win, coming away 41-22. Katie Rowe was leading scorer with 12 points.  Andie Cappucci had 8 rebounds.  Ten players saw action for Hopewell. Lawrence was led by Katie Cuiffreda with 8 points.

Friday night brought the Coaches vs Cancer game at Montgomery. The Bulldogs came across a tough defensive effort by Montgomery to be defeated 46-23. Montgomery had as many steals as Hopewell had points. The leading scorer was Montgomery’s Carey Smith with 16 points. Gillian Magner led the Bulldogs with 10 points.

Saturday, Trenton paid a visit to Hopewell Valley. Coming off the frustration from the night before, this was a game that Hopewell led from the outset, finishing it off with a 37-22 win. Andie Cappucci was the leading scorer with 14. Kennedy Havens followed with 8. Trenton was led by Saniya Spencer with 11. Hopewell Girls have won 3 out of their last 4 games. 

Their next game will be hosting Hamilton West on Tuesday – Paul Domboski

This week, the Boys Swim team swam against Lawrence, losing by only 10 points, 79-89. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs had many great swims. The meet featured first places from Alex Helmrich in the 200 free and Owen Seibold in the 100 breast, as well as a first place finish in the 400 free relay by Alex Helmrich, Tyler Mac, AJ Yadamiec, and Chris Sawicki. In addition to these first places, the boys gained points with several second and third place finishes as well. In the 500 free, Jonah Corvelyn placed second, Will DePaolo placed third, and Armaan Desai placed fourth. Similarly, in the 1o0 backstroke, Chris Sawicki placed second, Pavel Sverdlov placed third, and Mateo Piccarillo placed fourth. Overall, the meet included some great swims and close races. The Bulldogs finished the week with a 2-4 record, with meets against Notre Dame, Hamilton West and Nottingham scheduled for the upcoming week. – Emilie Sawicki

Caption: Chris Sawicki and Pavel Sverdlov prepare to swim the 100 backstroke for Hopewell Valley in their meet against Lawrence.

This week, the Girls Swim team had one meet, against Lawrence on Thursday. There had been 3 meets scheduled for this week, but COVID forced two meets to be cancelled and also limited the number of swimmers who could compete. The meet was very tough for Hopewell, with Lawrence coming out on top by a score of 95-75.

For the individual events, Amelie Bass placed first in the 100 meter butterfly (1:16.94), May Hartog won the 100 meter backstroke (1:18.22), and Emilie Sawicki finished first in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:24.13). The Bulldogs also had many second place finishes: Bass in the 200 meter freestyle, Sawicki in the 200 individual medley, Claire Christie in the 100 meter butterfly, Hartog in the 100 meter freestyle, and Anna Wurtz in the 500 yard freestyle. Hopewell finished first in the 200 meter freestyle relay (Bass, Wurtz, Kelley Dwyer, Sawicki, 2:06.58), and second in both the 200 meter freestyle relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Christie, Dwyer, 2:18.96) and the 400 meter freestyle relay (Wurtz, Christie, Hartog, Bass, 4:43.95). 

The Bulldogs’ next meet is on Tuesday, January 11 against Notre Dame. -Christopher Sawicki

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