Monday Sports Roundup

Monday Sports Roundup

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Aiden Schaefer defending the goal against Brick (photo by Michael Ruger)

Last week, the Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) boys’ swim team competed in two meets, winning one and losing the other.

On Tuesday, the boys swam against Hamilton West, winning 125-38. Freshman Alex Helmrich and sophomore Christopher Sawicki both placed first in two individual events, Helmrich in the 100 free (1:01.76) and the 100 back (1:17.12) and Sawicki in the 200 individual medley (2:38.14) and the 100 breast (1:27.31).

AJ Wilson, Alessio Paoloni, and Santiago Soto prepare to swim the 50 meter freestyle during Thursday’s meet against West Windsor-Plainsboro North.  (Photo by Emile Sawicki)

Other first-place winners include Hayden Geurds (200 free, 2:21.99), Matthew Immordino (50 free, 29.82), and Owen Seibold (500 free, 5:27.55). The Bulldogs also took first place in all three relays: Alessio Paoloni, Immordino, Helmrich, and Geurds in the 200 medley relay (2:07.74), Geurds, Immordino, Sawicki, and Paoloni in the 200 free relay (1:52.74), and Helmrich, Santiago Soto, Paoloni, and Geurds in the 400 free relay (4:14.07). 

On Thursday, the boys swam in a tough meet against West Windsor Plainsboro North, taking their first loss of the season 71-97. Alessio Paoloni took the only first place for Hopewell in the 50 free with a time of 25.38. Despite the tough meet, many Hopewell swimmers had some great times and fast swims. Emilie Sawicki 

Coach Dennis Atkinson addresses the HVCHS boys and girls swim teams in a huddle before the WWPN meet. (Photo by Christopher Sawicki)

HVCHS girls’ swim went 1-1, winning against Hamilton West and losing to West Windsor-Plainsboro North. The Bulldogs beat Hamilton West 109-58 on Tuesday for their second win of the season. Many swimmers did well and swam to first place finishes. Emilie Sawicki got first place in the 200 freestyle (2:38.45) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.78); Ava D’Alessandro in the 200 individual medley (2:57.01); Regan Sherman in the 50 freestyle (31.37) and 100 freestyle (1:08.56); Shriya Karthikvatsan in the 100 butterfly (1:22.08) and 100 backstroke (1:25.78); and Sion Shambora in the 500 freestyle (6:14.08).

The Bulldogs also got first place in the 200 medley relay (Lilly Wurtz, Sawicki, D’Alessandro, Karthikvatsan, 2:22.54), the 200 freestyle relay (Jade Gamelin Kao, D’Alessandro, Sawicki, Sherman, 2:04.79), and the 400 freestyle relay (Shambora, Natalie Hayward, Alyssa Liu, and Gamelin Kao, 5:20.28). On Thursday Hopewell Valley fell to WWPN 60-96. Emilie Sawicki won first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:25.10). – Christopher Sawicki

The Hopewell Valley-Montgomery (HVM) varsity ice hockey team had a full week of games. On Wednesday, they played Robbinsville in a tough loss. Robinsville’s Charlie Pallittto started it off with a goal in the first period. His brother, Jack Pallitto, scored in the second, before Mike Boyer scored the HVM team’s only goal of the game. Two more Robbinsville goals were logged before an empty net goal by HVM’s Tyler Guttormsen ended the game with a 5-1 loss for the Bulldogs.

Friday’s game against West Windsor-Plainsboro was very different. The Bulldog’s Aidan Schaefer had his first outing in goal for the season. Lucas Gaissert scored a hat trick, Michael Pastor and Cal Fleming scored twice, and Michael Boyer scored one goal, ending with an 8-3 victory.

HVM’s Cal Fleming (12) scores on WWP  (Photo by Paul Domboski)

The varsity team continued strong on Sunday, playing Brick at the Howell Ice Arena. Aidan Schaefer again defended the goal. The teams appeared very well matched and it was a fast and exciting game. Lucas Gaissert scored in the first period and Brick evened things up in the second.  In the third, Cal Fleming scored the go ahead goal. Michael Boyer wrapped things up with an empty net goal, ending the game with a 3-1 win. -Tracy Vogler

The HVM junior varsity ice hockey team played its first game of the season on Thursday against Toms River. The team won decisively, ending the game with a 7-3 victory. Billy Ruger scored five goals, his brother Bobby Ruger scored one goal and Joe Greenspoon also scored one goal. The jv team’s next game is today against Howell. -Tracy Vogler

Michael Boyer(19) scores on WWP (Photo by Paul Domboski)

The Timberlane Middle School (TMS) girls’ A team basketball had a great defensive game on December 10 against Fisher. Priyaika Ponnan lead the game with 11 points, followed by Gillian Magner, Madelyn Patterson, Carina Estrada, Adroana Garzio, and Sydney Brown with points as well. Teá Linthorst and Oliva Chila played an aggressive game assisting all the girls. -Timberlane staff

The TMS wrestling team won its first match of the season on December 11 with a 52-30 victory over Fisher. Youti Wan, Dylan Hirsh, and Wendi Zheng all had big decision wins. Luke Caldwell, Luc Havens, Chase Overman, and Owen Shehab won their matches by pin. -Timberlane staff

The Hopewell Basketball Association week two  of Winter Hoops saw Teams Weiner, Meccage and Fornal remain undefeated in Division 1.  Jaxson DeRossett scored an impressive 17 points of the 28 scored by Team Weiner. Cayden Meccage and Patrick Crotty  of Team Meccage each scored 14 points in their game. Representing Team Fornal, Ryan Fornal (9), Luke Lebson (6), Luke Cortina (4), Michael Fornal (w) and Conor McLarnon (2) combined for 25 points. 

In Division 2,  Teams Shin, Becker, Luciano, HBA and Yadamiec all continue unbeaten.  Dean Mantuano (15) and Eshaan Doshi (14) were the leading scorers in Shin’s 55 points.  Chad Cenicola contributed 13 of Team Becker’s 33 points.  Richie Keifer (19) and Joseph Troiano (14) were the top scorers in Team Luciano’s 51 point.  John Michael Vlasac scored an impressive 32 of Team HBA’s 40 points.  Kyle Yadamiec scored 10 of Team Yadamiec’s 34 points. -Bob Alton

For this week’s upcoming HVRSD games, see the schedule here: https://www.colonialvalleyconference.org/public/genie/348/school/7/

If you would like to contribute sports reporting or game photographs to MercerMe, please send an email to tracy@mercerme.com.

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