Monday Sports Update

Hopewell Valley Central High School

On Wednesday, the Hopewell Valley/Montgomery Ice Hockey team took on Robbinsville/Allentown at Mercer County Park. The game started with a scoreless first period. In the second period, the teams turned on the scoring switch. Each team scored three goals each. This kind of drama is very common to a Hopewell/Robbinsville rivalry. Colin Rubin opened the scoring for Robbinsville, then Hopewell-Montgomery came back with 2 goals by Liam Yeoman (power play) and Luke Cramer. Colin Rubin and Charlie Pallitto evened the scoring with their own power play goals to tie the game. Lucas Gaissert evened the game again with a goal. Jack Battistelli scored for Robbinsville to close out the scoring for the second period. In the third period, Robbinsville opened a two-goal lead with another goal by Charlie Pallitto. Luke Cramer closed it to one with a goal for Hopewell-Montgomery. JP Sferra potted an empty net to close the scoring.

Note:  Hopewell-Montgomery will be hosting their annual Salute to Service game January 29 at 7 PM, at IceLand in Hamilton vs Hillsborough. The game  will honor the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association and Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee.

Photo by Paul Domboski

On Tuesday, Hopewell Valley’s Boys Basketball team hosted the Redbirds of Allentown. In a game that was close in the first quarter, the Bulldogs stretched out to a 57-42 win. The Bulldogs were propelled by Brendan O’Reilly’s 5 three-pointers, and a total of 19 points. Ryan Kuuskvere provided an inside presence with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Eight players scored for the Bulldogs in a total team effort.   Ray Gooley led Allentown with 15 points.

Friday night, the Bulldogs hosted the Knights of West Windsor Plainsboro North. Hopewell got off to a 16-10 first quarter lead on the back of Aiden Sullivans 10 points. WW-P North came with a strong second quarter to close to a 25-22 halftime Hopewell lead.  The second half was all Hopewell. Ryan Kushkvere was too much inside, leading all scorers with 19 points and 7 rebounds. -Paul Domboski

This week, the Hopewell Valley Girls Swim team had three meets, however their meet on Tuesday against Trenton was co-ed so the win counted for the boys’ team. On Thursday, Hopewell defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro North in a close meet by a final score of 94-76. In individual events, Amelie Bass won the 50 yard freestyle (26.04) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:05.62), Regan Sherman placed first in the 200 yard freestyle (2:11.77) and the 500 yard freestyle (5:47.21), and Emilie Sawicki finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:12.90). Hopewell also had many 2nd place finishes including Anna Wurtz in the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle, Sawicki in the 200 yard individual medley, Ava D’Alessandro in the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle, and May Hartog in the 100-yard backstroke. Hopewell won the 200 yard freestyle relay (Bass, Kelley Dwyer, Sherman, D’Alessandro, 1:48.56) and the 400 yard freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Hartog, Sherman, Bass, 4:05.49). Hopewell also placed 2nd in the 200 yard medley relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Claire Christie, Dwyer, 2:03.78).

On Saturday, the Bulldogs swam against a very tough opponent in Pennington, losing 114-56. For the individual events, Amelie Bass placed second in the 50 yard freestyle (25.61) and won the 100 yard freestyle (56.46), Regan Sherman placed third in the 200 yard freestyle (2:10.26) and second in the 500 yard freestyle (5:51.01), Emilie Sawicki finished third in the 200 yard individual medley (2:29.55) and second in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:14.31). Ava D’Alessandro placed third in the 100 yard freestyle (1:00.39), Anna Wurtz placed third in the 500 yard freestyle (6:14.37), and May Hartog placed third the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.20). Hopewell finished second in the 200 yard freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Kelley Dwyer, Sherman, Bass, 1:48.44) and the 400 yard freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Sherman, Hartog, Bass, 4:07.32). Hopewell also placed third in the 200 yard medley relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Claire Christie, Dwyer, 2:03.14).

The Bulldogs have another busy week coming up, with a meet against Hightstown on Monday and the Mercer County Tournament on Friday and Saturday. -Christopher Sawicki

Alex Botero, Chris Sawicki, Scott Caponi , AJ Yadamiec, and Anir Suren dive off the blocks during the 50 free in the Pennington vs. Hopewell meet.

This week, the Hopewell Valley Boys Swim team competed in three meets, winning two and losing one. On Tuesday, they swam in a coed meet against Trenton, winning 127-43. The meet featured many great swims and wins. In the 200 free, Alex Nicolai placed first, Daphine Newton placed second, and Kelly Dwyer placed third. Similarly, Chris Sawicki, Regan Sherman, and Aaron L’vov placed first, second, and third in the 200 IM, and Tyler Mac, Owen Seibold, and Emilie Sawicki placed first, second, and third in the 100 fly. Additionally, Ava D’Alessandro, AJ Yadamiec, and Sofia Marcus swept the 500 free. 

On Thursday, the boys swam against West Windsor-Plainsboro North, unfortunately losing 124-46. However, the boys swam some great races. Alex Nicolai placed second in the 200 IM and the 100 fly, Alex Helmrich placed second in the 500 free, and Owen Seibold placed second in the 100 breast. 

On Saturday, the Bulldogs beat Pennington 96-73. The meet featured many exciting and close races. In the 200 free, Alex Nicolai placed first and Owen Seibold placed second, while in the 200 IM Alex Helmrich placed first. Christopher Sawicki placed first in the 50 free, and in the 1oo fly Nicolai placed first and Joseph Genovesi came in second. In the 500 free, Helmrich finished first and Jonah Corvelyn placed second. Nicolai, Sawicki, Seibold, and Helmrich placed first in the 200 free relay, and Nicolai, Tyler Mac, Sawicki, and Helmrich placed first in the 400 free relay.

Overall, the Bulldogs swam a great week, with their season record currently at 6-6. This week, the boys will swim against Hightstown on Monday and compete in the Mercer County Tournament meet on Thursday and Saturday. -Emilie Sawicki

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