The five boys played and defeated two Connecticut schools during the two initial rounds, first overtaking Saxe Middle School and then advancing to the quarter-finals to beat Greenwich Central Middle School. Their next victory was against The Meadowbrook School in the semi-finals. The boys ended in first place by defeating the prestigious Rye Country Day School in the finals with a score of 3-2. Mrs. Lears shares enthusiastically, “Every single boy played his heart out!”
Calvert School’s athletic program stresses sportsmanship above all, and the tournament provides a terrific opportunity to put this skill into practice. Each player is required to take a referee exam prior to competing. After they play each other, the two previous opponents have the unique opportunity to collaborate by serving as co-referees for the following match.
During the season, the squash team is composed of 37 players, all of whom (along with their parents!) show dedication to the sport by practicing at 7:00 a.m. three times weekly. The players are grouped into three levels which are co-ed, and these teams play the majority of other local schools. There is also a Girls’ A Team which competes against the local girls’ schools. The teams consist of seventh and eighth graders, with the exception of Cyrus Ballo ’20, who is not only the solitary sixth grader, but also the top seed among the boys at Calvert.
Interest in squash at the School over the past decade is being nurtured by last year’s introduction of a fifth grade Intramural Team which prepares students for competitive play the following year. Well over fifty percent of the grade has taken part both this year and last, and fifth grade squash will be an ongoing after-school offering to families.