Squash - Boys Varsity
2017 - 2018
Head Coach: Chris Pentz
2016-17 Record: 6-9
2015-16 Record: 14-4
2014-15 Record: 8-9
2013-13 Record: 9-3
2012-13 Record: 10-6 (6th-New England Class "B" Tournament)
2011-12 Record: 6-11 (New England Class "C" Champions)
2010-11 Record: 1-15 (4th-New England Class "C" Tournament)
2009-10 Record: 1-14 (4th-New England Class "C" Tournament)
The goal of the program is to be as competitive as possible while supporting anyone who wants to play across all ability levels. Students who play varsity upon entering Suffield usually have prior squash experience, though talented tennis players have been able to successfully transition to the game at the varsity level. The team strives for the best record against the best competition while upholding the highest standards of sportsmanship and respectful competition.
The JV team stresses the fundamental skills of the game as well as the lifelong nature and lessons of the sport such as sportsmanship, fitness and competitive camaraderie. The most experienced and seasoned JV players often make the jump to the varsity squad after a few seasons of training.
Team History: A New Tradition
The Suffield boys squash program has built a strong tradition in a short amount of time. The Tigers have fielded a varsity squash team for just under two decades (2000-2017). During this brief history, the team has qualified for the "A" tournament twice (2006 & 2015-16), finished second in the "B" tournament twice (2007 & 2008), and won the "C" tournament (2012).
The Suffield boys’ varsity squash team competes against many of the strongest programs in western New England, including Loomis Chaffee, Westminster, Avon Old Farms, and Salisbury. The Tigers are always looking for the most challenging opponents they can find. Though the Tigers are among the newest members of the New England Prep squash landscape, they have performed admirably since arriving and have notched team victories over perennial powers Deerfield, Loomis Chaffee, Hotchkiss, Avon, Salisbury and Westminster among others, in recent years.
Some recent Suffield squash alumni have played competitively at the college level. Suffield players have competed for Cornell, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, George Washington and F & M as well as other college programs, and a few have gone on to coach at the college and club levels after their playing days concluded.
The 2016-17 team finished near the middle of the pack in the New England B Tournament. Though the program graduated four seniors, much of the 2017-18 lineup returns.
Junior Jonathan Walker, who competed for Jamaica in the Pan Am games this past August, will once again anchor the top of the ladder for the tigers. Senior Sasha Derby and juniors Ric Yamamoto, Deke Kemper and Ben Bonavire are expected to fill the middle of the ladder. If the team can either identity a few new players or continue to develop the growing talent from last year's JV to provide needed depth, they have a chance to repeat last year's success. Expect an exciting season with a number of close matches.