Among the Elite: Boys Squash
by Tucker Hamlin on Friday, February 10th, 2012
This past weekend, while juniors began their college process, and seniors began their last semester at Milton, the 8-0 Boys Squash team headed to Yale to participate in the U.S. High School National Championships. The tournament comprised of over 95 boys’ teams in 8 divisions coming from all over the United States with one goal in mind: to win a National Championship.
Over the course of the season, the Mustangs have proved themselves as an elite team in New England, and they sought out to prove that throughout the weekend. Playing in Division I, the boys squash team was playing among the best teams from across the country. In the opening round, Milton faced what proved to be the 2nd best team in the country, Brunswick. Although having to face such a tough opponent, it did not faze the boys as they went out and fought for all they had, but Brunswick proved to be just too strong. Milton did not hang their heads for very long, as they knew that they fought hard as the youngest team to compete in Division I.
After suffering a tough loss in the opening round, Milton looked to bounce back against a strong St. Ann’s team from New York. Will Shadek (IV), Tucker Hamlin (II), and Charlie Blasberg (III) all dominated play and pulled out wins for the team, but tough early play led to a 4-3 defeat to St. Ann’s. “It was a tough defeat,” Charlie Blasberg confessed, “looking back later in the weekend it was one we really wish we could have won, but it is a learning experience, and something we will take with us throughout the rest of the season.” The early morning loss hurt, but Milton squash was resilient and looked ahead to their afternoon match against the Collegiate School.
Rewinding all the way to last year, Collegiate defeated Milton in the finals of the Division II championship, 4-3. Milton went into the match with the goal of revenge against their old enemies. It looked great for the mustangs early as they went up 3-0. Will McBrian (II) pulled out an incredible win in 5 games as he more than anyone wanted revenge from the defeat suffered a year before. Tucker Hamlin (II) and Ty Billman (II) both looked strong as they defeated their opponents easily in 3 games apiece. However, the mustangs saw their lead slip away and the taste of revenge in their mouths dry up as Collegiate stuck a dagger in the team and defeated them 4-3.
It was a disappointing loss for the team, as their goals were not met in the first three matches. However, the team had one last chance to prove they belonged. Waking up Super Bowl Sunday, the Mustangs had one goal on their mind: winning. Facing a tough Hotchkiss team, the Milton Academy Boys squash team looked their strongest yet. Will Shadek (IV), Tucker Hamlin (II), and Charlie Blasberg (II) dominantly won their matches 3-0. However, the highlight of the morning match was the performance of Cody Cortes (III) and Ty Billman (II), who both pulled out wins in five games. Playing in the #1 spot on the team, Carson Spahr (IV) played great squash against not only against Hotchkiss, but also throughout the weekend and has proven to be one of the top players in the country. The Mustangs showed their true colors in their 5-2 win over Hotchkiss as the team suffered tough losses early in the weekend, but their determination led them to end the weekend on a high note.
The team still headed back to Milton with an 8-0 record and their pride of playing great squash among the elites. Ranked 15th in the country, the Milton Boys Squash team already looks to improve, as they will continue to grow stronger as a team. Although a young team, the Mustangs are already focused on becoming better, for not only this year, but also for seasons to come.
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