Hopewell Valley Central High School

Girls Basketball
This week the Hopewell Valley girls basketball team entered the Mercer County Tournament as the #7 seed. On Tuesday, seed #10 Princeton Day School came to Hopewell and left with a 45-31 loss. Hopewell’s Kennedy Havens dominated the inside play with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals. Gillian Magner scored 16 points for the Bulldogs. PDS had a 9-6 first quarter lead, but Hopewell took over in the second quarter and never looked back. The win allowed Hopewell to continue onto #2 seed Hightstown.

Friday night, Hopewell traveled to Hightstown. Hightstown, who was on an 11 game win streak, proved to be too much, prevailing with a 43-16 win. Hightstown’s Kyla Glasser-Hyman led all scorers with 26 points. Kennedy Havens led the Bulldogs with 7. Hightstown will meet Notre Dame Tuesday in the Semi-Finals. Hopewell Valley will continue onto the State Tournament.  

Boy Basketball
The Boys team entered the Mercer County Tournament as an #11 seed with a date at #6 seed Trenton on Wednesday.  The Bulldogs hung in for as long as they could before Trenton pulled away with a 54 – 43 win. Trenton’s Antwan Bridgett lead all scorers with15.  Ryan Kuuskvere led Hopewell with 14 and Brian OReilly followed with 10.  

Photo and article by Paul Domboski
Caption for feature photo: #15 Kennedy Havens muscles her way underneath the basket versus Princeton Day School

Edited February 23 at 7:41 to add the following, which was not included in the original story due to technical difficulties:

On Monday, the Hopewell Valley girls swim team competed in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Group C tournament against Governor Livingston. The Bulldogs gave a great effort but fell by a score of 104-66. The girls tallied a few first place finishes, including Amelie Bass in the 50 yard freestyle (25.72), Regan Sherman in the 500 yard freestyle (5:35.36), and Emilie Sawicki in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:11.81). Hopewell also recorded second place finishes by Reagan Sherman in the 200 yard freestyle and Ava D’Alessandro in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle. The girls placed second in the 200 yard medley relay (May Hartog, Sawicki, Claire Christie, Kelley Dwyer), the 200 yard freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Sherman, Dwyer, Bass), and the 400 yard freestyle relay (D’Alessandro, Sherman, Sawicki, Bass).

Overall, the Hopewell Valley girls had amazing season, making it to the semifinals in the Central Group C state tournament, taking fourth place in the Mercer County tournament, and finishing the season with an 8-5 record. -Christopher Sawicki

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