Bronxville High School Boys Squash team with Coach Tunde Ajagbe
Feb. 26, 2020: The Bronxville High School Squash teams traveled this past weekend to Hartford, Connecticut, to compete in the U.S. Squash High School National Team Championship.
A total of 110 boys teams and 85 girls teams competed at the event.
The Bronxville boys team competed in Division 1 with the 16 top squash programs in the nation.
For the second year in a row, Bronxville was the only public school in Division 1, a testament to the strength and depth of its team.
For the first time in its high school history, Bronxville also fielded a Girls Team, which competed in Division 5.
The Bronxville boys team had four seniors, Conner Stoltz, Harry Charlton, Justin Barr, and Robbie Cruikshank, two sophomores, Molly Stoltz and Peter Vorbach, and two freshmen, Charlie Clifford and Brooks Clifford.
Bronxville faced the #6 seed, the Hotchkiss School, in the first round. The Hotchkiss team, which included Harry Charlton's brother, Sam Charlton, won the match 5-2.
Bronxville went on to the consolation draw to defeat both the Poly Prep Day School and Phillips Academy Andover 4-3. Bronxville faced 8th seed St. Ann's School in its final match, falling 5-2, finishing runner-up in the consolation and 10th place overall.
Conner Stoltz and Harry Charlton, playing at the #1 and #2 positions, went undefeated in the tournament. Both boys have had stellar high school careers, having both played in the top two positions on the Bronxville team since the ninth grade. Both were also nominated for All American recognition three times.
In addition to wins by Conner Stoltz and Harry Charlton, wins by Molly Stoltz at #5, Charlie Clifford at #6 and Peter Vorbach at #7 contributed to team match wins.
Lead by the four seniors, Bronxville also repeated as the Fairwest Public School League Champion for the 2019-20 season. The team went undefeated again, winning every individual and team match and every game they played.
Amy Charlton, the Chair of the Boys Division of the League, noted that this is the strongest performance at Nationals that the League has ever had.
Sheila Stoltz, a player parent, added, "So exciting to watch such an accomplished group of athletes come together and be the best public school squash team in the country."
Next fall, Conner Stoltz will be playing for Harvard, Harry Charlton will be playing for Tufts, and Robbie Cruikshank will be playing for Denison.
Sarah Clifford, a player parent said "It will be tough to lose Conner, Harry, Justin and Robbie next year but there's no doubt that the players on next year's team will work hard to be their best and carry on Bronxville's winning tradition."
Bronxville High School Girls Squash Team
For the first time in history, Bronxville fielded a girls squash team at High School Nationals.
The girls' team had one junior, Lainey Neild, two sophomores, Katie Hennessy and Sabrina Latham, and five freshmen, Ellie Clifford, Fiona Denning, Lizzie Langhoff, Susan Xu and Helen O'Neill.
The girls' team got off to a great start defeating Greens Farms Academy 4-3 in the first round and Lancaster Country Day School 4-3 in the second round. They then faced Loomis Chaffee in the semi-finals and narrowly lost 3-4.
The team played Tabor Academy in the 3/4 playoff, and fell in a very close 3-4 match, finishing 4th overall in Division V.
Lainey Neild, Ellie Clifford, and Katie Hennessy all went undefeated in the tournament.
Girls team hundles with coach Julia LeCoq before a match
"This was an excellent first-year performance for the Bronxville Girls Team," said Sarah Clifford.
The Bronxville boys and girls teams train at the Bronxville Field Club under Director of Squash Supreet Singh, and BFC coaches Tunde Ajagbe and Julia LeCoq.
Tunde and Julia attended the tournament with the kids, coaching the players every step of the way.
Amy Charlton noted that the team is lucky to have these outstanding coaches.
She also offered special thanks to the parents and chaperones who attended, as well as high school athletic director Karen Peterson and the Bronxville School, all vital to making the program a success.
Photos courtesy of squash families