New Canaan High School's boys squash team had double trouble in store for its opponents this season.
Twin brothers Killian and Grayson Bubrosky were a formidable force at the top of the lineup for the Rams, who flourished in their first year as a varsity team.
As sophomores, the Bubrosky brothers helped lead a young New Canaan squad to a share of the FairWest Public School Squash League title last weekend at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. The Rams shared first-place honors with Greenwich High School, going 2-1 in the inaugural, round robin tournament -- a competition that also included Rye (N.Y.) High and Fairfield.
"The team did amazing, we really grew as a team from the beginning of the year," Killian Bubrosky said. "What we did this year shows that our team has a great future. Hopefully, we'll do even better next year."
New Canaan competed as a club team for six years before the school officially made squash a varsity sport this season. It has played in the FairWest Public School Squash League since its inception in 2008.
"We started the FairWest league in 2008 to sort of mimic the league the private school squash teams play in," said New Canaan coach Liz Schmidt, who helped coordinate the FairWest Championships. "We have been working hard to solidify the league."
"When our school tagged us with the varsity title it really motivated us," Killian Bubrosky added. "It made us very proud."
The Bubroskys started playing squash as seventh graders at The Stanwich School in Greenwich, then took lessons before entering New Canaan High.
"This was our first year at New Canaan High School and I really feel like I bonded with the kids on the team," Grayson Bubrosky said. "I gained a lot more friends and our captain was great. He was always there to lead us."
Rivals in all sports, the Rams and Cardinals didn't mind exiting the league tournament with a share of the title.
"Our two best friends are also twins on the Greenwich team, so it was a lot of fun competing against them," Grayson Bubrosky said. "It was pretty rewarding to share the title. We wouldn't have wanted to share it with any other team."
In a rare occurrence, two sets of twins faced each other during the New Canaan-Greenwich match, as the Bubroskys faced Cardinals brothers John and Peter Rohrbach. New Canaan beat Greenwich 4-3 in a match that was highlighted by Killian Bubrosky's matchup against tournament MVP John Rohrbach. In a thriller that saw each player hold five match points, Rohrbach edged Bubrosky, 21-19.
"We both played amazing, it was one of the toughest matches I've ever had," Killian Bubrosky said. "Just to get out there and play in such a great match was so much fun."
Many of the Bubrosky's other tight matches come against each other, as they hone their skills in friendly competition.
"We play each other a lot," Killian said. "It goes back and forth. He wins a match, then I win a match."
New Canaan also defeated Darien, 6-1, in the tournament and dropped a 4-3 decision to Rye. The victory over Darien was especially rewarding.
"Earlier in the year we lost to Darien 6-1, so we pulled off an upset," Greer said. "We had close matches the last time we played them and this time we completely turned it around."
Following a successful regular season, the Rams were set to play in the U.S. High School Team Championships in February and the FairWest Public School Squash Championships, but inclement weather wiped out the national championships, putting more emphasis on the league tourney.
"Normally, our teams really look forward to competing against each other at a national level, so it was extremely disappointing that U.S. Squash was forced to cancel it this year," Schmidt said. "This is why the FairWest tournament had added significance to the kids. They work hard all season on improving their game, so it was great for them to have an opportunity to finish things out."
"I was extremely proud of the team because we really showed how good we were this year at the league championships," said Greer, who played at the No. 7 spot for the Rams. "We showcased our new team and did phenomenal in the tournament. It was very intense. The other three teams -- Rye, Greenwich and Darien were all extremely close to each other."
Sophomores Hal Holappa (No. 3 spot), Christian Megherby (No. 4), Will Gruseke (No. 5) and Kyle Finnican (No. 6) also starred in their respective roles throughout the season for the Rams.
"We showed our growth and improvement as a team all season and I hope we continue that growth next year," Greer said.