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New Canaan High School squash team in the midst of first season as varsity sport

Updated 2:28 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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The 2012-2013 season marks the sixth year of squash, but the first as a varsity sport for the players on the New Canaan High School squash team.

Founded in 2006 as a club by student Hillary Schmidt and parent Liz Schmidt, the squash program has grown from a co-ed squad of nine to 30 varsity and sub-varsity team members. The squash season, which began in mid-November, runs through March. The Rams have won competitions against local teams including Rye High School, Bronxville High School, Greenwich High School, Greens Farms Academy, and most recently, St. Luke's School.

For the third year in a row, the team will travel to Hartford, CT during the weekend of Feb. 8-10 to compete in the 2013 U. S. High School Team Squash Championships, the largest junior tournament in the world. More than 150 teams totaling over 1,200 players from all over the United States come to Connecticut each year to participate in this national competition. Last year, New Canaan High School placed first and third in the Classic Plate Finals of its division.

The Rams train at Chelsea Piers and Squash Alley in Stamford. In addition to the high school team, Mrs. Schmidt also coordinates two squash programs for middle school players at Saxe.

There is a program for developing players in fifth and sixth grade, as well as a seventh/eighth grade team which compete locally.

To date, squash team expenses are covered by participants and they continue to search for support through the Board of Education. For further information on any of the teams, contact Liz Schmidt at ebschmidt@optonline.net.