We know how busy the school year is and we know the difficulty in staying up to date with your favorite Hawken sports teams – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For the remainder of the year, every Monday The Affirmative No will post sports scores, highlights, and accomplishments to our online paper. Even better, these updates will be written by members of the athletic teams themselves, thus you will get the inside scoop from all of Hawken’s Varsity Teams. Go Hawks!
Boys Soccer by Bjoern Kluwe. The Hawken Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team had fantastic showings during the first two games of the week. The first came against Painesville Harvey where the Hawks stunned the Red Raiders 5-0. Highlights of the game included a bar down strike by senior captain James Swingos and Eric Oyen chipping the keeper off of a volley for his first varsity goal. On September 3rd, the Hawks continued their hot streak by getting revenge against Kirtland by whom they were beaten by in the playoffs last year. After an hour long rain delay, the team finished the game with a 3-1 win. The final game of the week on September 5 came against rivals University School. The Hawks took an early lead as Anderson Clyde rose up to head in a corner from Charlie Ross in the first half. Unfortunately, the team came up short in the end with a 2-1 loss. The next game will be September 8th against Chagrin Falls in the Tigers’ Stadium.
Girls Soccer by Hannah Aliazzi. Girls soccer has started with a well-deserved 3-2 record, including key victories over Kirtland (2-0) and Kenston (3-1). We lost a heartbreaker to Lake Catholic, which we hope to bounce back from this upcoming week. The highlight of the week was Daysha Randelson’s 2 goals against Kirtland. Go Hawks!
Football by Logan Lair. Following our huge victory over Lutheran West last Friday night, the Hawken Football Varsity Squad is 2-0. The team is gelling really well together and that’s a big reason for our early success. Offensively, we have a versatile run game with a lot of playmakers in our backfield and a lot of experience on the offensive line. Defensively, we don’t have a lot of size, but we do have a lot of speed so our linebackers and secondary players have been making a lot of key plays for us. We have a big game this upcoming Saturday, September 12th, at 2:00 at Gilmour. We are looking forward to a great season and hopefully making a run at the playoffs.
Field Hockey by Julia Hilenbrand. Field hockey has had a strong start this year with a 2-1 record and a very promising team. Highlights from the first three games include Fiona Lightbody’s game-winning goal in overtime against Ottawa Hills, and Elisabeth Blossom’s hat trick in the game again Orange. We are looking forward to a great season!
Boys Golf by Devesh Modi. The Hawken Golf Team is off to a great start in the 2015 season. After winning the CVC-preseason and Berkshire Invitational tournaments, the team has gone on to be the only undefeated team in the CVC. With our 6-0 record, we are looking forward to our next 2 CVC matches as well as our post-season CVC. Wish us luck next week!
Girls Golf by Isabella Joseph. The Girls Golf Team has had an amazing start to our season. We currently hold a 9-2 overall record, as well as a 6-1 record in our conference. Our lowest team score thus far was 171 against Geneva; but we know we can better. The highlight of our season was coming in second place at the conference preseason tournament. We cannot wait to continue with our 2015 season!
Girls Tennis by Nayana Ravishankar. Almost all of our team is new to Varsity A this year, but everyone has really stepped up allowing us to have a pretty successful season thus far. Our singles have been really strong with Stephanie Shulman playing first. She has won a large majority of her matches by beating quality opponents, such as Walsh and Magnificat. Charlotte Doody is at third singles and she’s had a lot of tough, three set matches – but she’s been able to emerge victorious in all of them! Our doubles switches around very frequently, but Emily McBride, Natalie Cohen, Dylan Goldberg, Pheby Liu, Mica Donohoe, and Hannah Amin have all improved their doubles games tremendously. This showed in the WRA doubles tournament last weekend. We won by one point against WRA, whom we lost to earlier in the season. We are currently in the second round of the OTCA team state tournament, and we play Lakeview next Wednesday, September 9th, so we are currently preparing for that match.
Girls Volleyball by Alex Blake. Girls volleyball has had a strong start to the season with a 3-4 record. The team plays exceptionally well together and demonstrates good sportsmanship on and off the court. The highlight of the season so far has been the game against Kirtland where the girls surprised their opponents with strong hits and consistent digs, garnering a win for the Hawks.
We didn’t forget about you runners! Boys and girls cross country updates will begin next Monday!