Monday Sports Update

The Hopewell Valley Swim team celebrates seniors Chris Sawicki, Sofia Marcus, Owen Seibold, Emilie Sawicki, and Daphine Newton on senior night against Hamilton West.

Hopewell Valley Central High School

Last week, the Hopewell Valley Girls Swim Team had three exciting and successful meets. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Notre Dame by a score of 107-63.  For the individual events, Amelie Bass placed first in the 50 yard freestyle (26.06) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:04.28), May Hartog won the 100 yard freestyle (1:03.25) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:13.47), Claire Christie finished first in the 200 yard freestyle (2:18.44) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:11.04), and Emilie Sawicki won the 100 yard breaststroke (1:14.85). Hopewell finished first in the 200 yard medley relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Bass, Kelley Dwyer, 2:03.01), the 200 yard freestyle relay (Hartog, Anna Wurtz, Dwyer, Christie, 1:57.17) and the 400 yard freestyle relay (Bass, Wurtz, Christie, Sawicki, 4:16.52). 

On Thursday, Hopewell defeated Hamilton West 134-36 on the Bulldogs’ Senior Night. In individual events, Amelie Bass won the 100 yard backstroke (1:13.98) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:06.94), May Hartog finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:22.09), Charlotte Kavanaugh placed first in the 50 yard freestyle (30.56), Emilie Sawicki finished first in the 200 yard individual medley (2:32.33) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.33), and Claire Christie won the 100 yard freestyle (2:18.44). Hopewell won the 200 yard medley relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Sofia Marcus, Kelley Dwyer, 2:12.84), the 200 yard freestyle relay (Christie, Kavanaugh, Dwyer, Regan Sherman, 1:57.18) and the 400 yard freestyle relay (Daphine Newton, Dwyer, Bass, Christie, 4:28.03). 

On Saturday, the Bulldogs swam against Nottingham, winning 129-40. Individually, Anna Wurtz placed first in the 200 meter freestyle (2:36.10), Ava D’Alessandro won the 200 meter individual medley (2:56.40) and the 100 meter freestyle (1:08.96), May Hartog finished first in the 50 meter freestyle (31.99) and the 500 meter freestyle (5:31.16), Regan Sherman won the 100 meter breaststroke (1:36.84) and Emilie Sawicki finished first in the 100 meter butterfly (1:19.80). Hopewell finished first in the 200 meter medley relay (Hartog, Wurtz, Claire Christie, Charlotte Kavanaugh, 2:27.71), the 200 meter freestyle relay (Hartog, Sherman, Kavanaugh, Olivia Doherty, 2:15.31) and the 400 meter freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Lilly Henderson, Sofia Marcus, Wurtz, 4:59.36). 

The Bulldogs have another busy week coming up, with meets against Trenton, West Windsor-Plainsboro North, and Pennington. -Christopher Sawicki

The Boys Swim Team also swam in three meets last week, losing one and winning two. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs faced Notre Dame, losing 60-110. Despite the loss, the boys swam many great races, including a first place by Alex Helmrich in the 100 butterfly. Additionally, Owen Seibold took second in the 200 free, Chris Sawicki placed second in the 50 free and 100 backstroke, and Tyler Mac placed second in the 100 free. 

On Thursday, the Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night during their meet against Hamilton West, winning 126-32. Sawicki, Seibold, Helmrich, and Mac placed first in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.  In the 200 free, Mac, AJ Yadamiec, and Jonah Corveleyn placed first, second, and third, as did Seibold, Pavel Sverdlov, and Will DePaolo in the 200 IM. Additionally, Helmrich, Alex Nicolai, and Sawicki swept the 50 free, and Seibold, Sawicki, and Armaan Desai placed first, second, and third in the 1oo breaststroke. Also, Yadamiec, Joseph Genovesi, Sverdlov, and Desai placed first in the 400 free relay. 

On Saturday morning, the Bulldogs competed against Nottingham, winning 118-47. The meet featured many wins, and the boys swam some great races. Helmrich and Seibold placed first and second in the 200 IM, Helmrich, Sawicki, and Corveleyn placed first, second, and third in the 400 free, and Seibold and Mateo Piccarillo placed first and second in the 100 back. In addition, Mac and Corvelyn placed first and second in the 200 free, Nicolai and Sawicki placed first and second in the 50 free, and Mac and Piccarillo placed first and second in the 100 free. Sawicki, Seibold, Nicolai, and Helmrich placed first in the 2o0 medley relay, Mac, Yadamiec, Seibold, and Corvelyn placed first in the 200 free relay, and Corvelyn, Nicolai, Genovesi, and Mac placed first in the 400 free relay. – Emilie Sawicki

Kevin Ellis (21) shoots over Princeton Day School. Photo by Paul Domboski

The Bulldogs’ Girls Basketball Team finished the week with a 4-5 record and will compete against Trenton, West Windsor Plainsboro North, and Pennington later this week. Tuesday, the Hornets of Hamilton West came to Hopewell Valley.  For a team that has won only two games so far this year, Hamilton gave Hopewell all it could handle.  When the dust settled, the Bulldogs prevailed 42-38.  Gillian Magner, of Hopewell and Martina Fedor of Hamilton each scored 13 points to lead their respective teams.  Andie Cappucci followed Hopewell scoring with 10 points.
  
Friday night brought Princeton visiting Hopewell. In a game of two completely different halves. Princeton in the first half played a complete game building an 18-9 lead.  In the second half, Hopewell scratched and clawed and outplayed Princeton 13-2 in the third quarter and 6-0 in fourth quarter.  While not the highest scoring game Hopewell Valley won 26-20. Kennedy Havens led all scorers with 9 points, but was supported with 7 other scorers.
  
Saturday closed out a perfect week for the Bulldogs, beating Princeton Day School, 31-21. While close at the half with Hopewell leading 12-10, Hopewell outscored PDS in the third 10-1 to provide the cushion for victory. Mia Hartman lead all scorers with 15 for PDS in loss while Gillian Magner and Andie Cappucci scored 11 and 9 for Hopewell Valley. Hopewell Valley has now won 5 of its last 6 games, winning 4 in a row. Next game is Tuesday at Allentown. – Paul Domboski

The week started off with the Boys Basketball Team visiting Hamilton West. The Bulldogs played tough, taking the game to OT, only to fall 44-41. Maurice Williams led all scorers with 19 points. Ryan Kuuskvere scored 14 and Aiden Sullivan scored 9 to lead the Bulldogs.  

Friday night, Hopewell Valley traveled to Princeton to take on the Little Tigers.  Hopewell Valley built a 42-32 lead through 3 quarters, to cruise to a 55-51 win.  Ryan Kuuskvere propelled the Bulldogs with 15 and Kevin Ellis had 11 points.
  
Saturday, Princeton Day School came to Hopewell Valley.  From the initial tip to the final whistle Hopewell led all the way to a 54-42 win.  Kevin Ellis led all scorers with 22 points and Brendan O’Reilly had 18 (5 three pointers).  -Paul Domboski


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