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Monday Sports Update*

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Hopewell Valley Central High School

Sunday night, the Hopewell Valley/Montgomery Hockey team hosted its annual Salute to Service hockey game at Pro Skate in South Brunswick. Honored Veterans US Army Captain Dimitra Bairaktaris and US Army Specialist Four Mark Marotta did ceremonial puck drops. Members of the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association were present as well. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association and Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee. Members of the Hopewell Valley Central High Choir sang the National Anthem and colors were present by Boy Scout troop 44 from Pennington.   

Hopewell/Montgomery’s opponent for the night was the Panthers from Bridgewater/Raritan. H/M found themselves short handed due to penalties and got down 2-0 early in the first period. The Panthers added another goal in the second period.  n the third period, the Bulldogs broke up the shutout with 6 minutes remaining. Bridgwater/Raritan potted an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

A thank you to all Veterans! – Paul Domoboski

It was a busy, up and down week for the CHS Boys Basketball team with two wins and two losses.

Tuesday, Nottingham came visiting as one of the top teams in the Colonial Valley Conference and the proved why with a complete game victory,  55-43.  Nottingham had 4 scorers with double digit scoring, while Aiden Sullivan’s 13 and Ryan Kuuskvere’s 12 led the Bulldogs. 

Wednesday,  Hopewell Valley went to Steinert and bounced back to win 58-46
Friday night was in Senior Night at Hopewell, honoring Boys Basketball and the Cheerleaders. Those honored were Brendan and Brian O’Reilly, Ryan Kuuskvere, Aiden Sullivan, and Caroline Domboski. Hightstown Rams were visiting and spoiled the party, handling the Bulldogs 68-53. Ryan Kuuskvere was dominant inside, leading all scorers with 27 points and 7 blocks. Ayden Hogan bombed 7 three pointers, for 21 points to lead the Rams.
Saturday afternoon,  Hopewell Valley crossed the river to travel to Bristol and came away with a 55-45 win. A balanced attack led by Kevin Ellis’s 15 point and followed by Brendan O’Reilly with 13 and Austin Warren with 11. -Paul Domboski
Like the Boy’s team, the Girls Basketball team had four games this week with the similar record of 2-2.
Tuesday, the girls went to Nottingham. Unlike the boys, they came out on the winning end 32-19.  A big, 17-5, 3rd quarter propelled the victory.  Gillian Magner led all scorers with 15. 
Wednesday was Senior Night hosting Steinert.  Eight Varsity and Junior Varsity players were honored for dedication and talent and best wishes to their future.  Hailey Rowe led the way with 10 points.  Scrappy Steinert was led by Adriana Ryder with seven points. 
Friday night, the girls took on Conference leading Hightstown. No upsets, as Hightstown came out on top 49-25.  The Bulldogs were led by Gillian Magner with 10.
Saturday Hopewell Valley traveled to Immaculata and came out on the short end of the 38-25 score.  Kennedy Havens and Gillian Magner each scored 6.  -Paul Domboski

This week, the Hopewell Valley Boys Swim team competed in the Mercer County Tournament finals, placing 7th overall as a team. The meet featured many great individual and relay swims. In the individual events, Alex Nicolai placed 7th in both the 200 freestyle (1:59.72) and the 100 fly (59.93), and Alex Helmrich placed 11th in the 200 freestyle (2:06.05) and 9th in the 400 freestyle (4:32.99). In addition, Chris Sawicki placed 12th in the 50 free (26.66) and 11th in the 100 backstroke (1:10.17), while Owen Seibold placed 8th in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.14).

In the relays, Tyler Mac, Armaan Desai, Owen Seibold, and AJ Yadamiec placed 8th in the 200 medley relay (2:08.43), while Nicolai, Sawicki, Seibold, and Helmrich placed 4th in the 200 free relay. In addition, Nicolai, Sawicki, Mac, and Helmrich placed 6th in the 400 free relay.

This week, the boys will swim in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Group B tournament on Tuesday night against Colts Neck. -Emilie Sawicki

Girls medley relay team that placed 3rd in the Mercer County Tournament and qualified for the meet of champions. From left to right: Ava D’Alessandro, Regan Sherman, Kelly Dwyer, and Amelie Bass.

This week the Hopewell Valley Girls Swim team competed in the finals of the Mercer County Swim Tournament. The girls swam amazingly well, placing 4th overall with 130 points, the highest place for the team in several years.

Individually, Regan Sherman placed 5th in the 200 meter freestyle (2:18.53) and 4th in the 400 meter freestyle (4:52.95), while Anna Wurtz placed 10th in the 200 meter freestyle (2:28.90) and 11th in the 400 meter freestyle (5:14.49). Ava D’Alessandro finished 7th in the 50 meter freestyle (29.02) and 11th in the 100 meter freestyle (1:05.37), and Emilie Sawicki finished 11th in the 200 meter individual medley (2:40.91) and 5th in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:19.93). A highlight of the night was Amelie Bass’ 3rd place finish in the 50 meter freestyle (27.80), where she broke the Hopewell Valley school record and qualified for the Meet of Champions. Amelie also finished 2nd in the 100 meter freestyle (1:00.95).

In the relay events, Hopewell placed 7th in the 200 meter medley relay (Hartog, Sawicki, Christie, Dwyer, 2:15.98) and 5th in the 400 meter freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Sherman, Sawicki, Bass, 4:20.64). The 200 meter freestyle relay team (D’Alessandro, Sherman, Dwyer, Bass, 1:55.83) finished 3rd, with their time of 1:55.83 qualifying them for the Meet of Champions.

The girls begin competing in the NJSIAA Central Group C state tournament on Friday, against the winner of Bernards and Shore. -Christopher Sawicki

*Editor’s note: Apologies for our sports fans – this article inexplicably did not publish on Monday as scheduled.

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