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Four More Off to Boarding School


Boarding school bound CitySquashers



The admissions season has brought with it exciting news that four more CitySquash team members have been admitted to private high schools! Below is the list of the team members and their school acceptances. Alex Lorenzo will be the first to attend Mercersburg Academy since current staff member and CitySquash alum, Lanique Rhyne, graduated from there in 2012. Leo Lucero and Carmelia Carter will be joining current CitySquash students Dainalee Velez and Tanya Mendoza at Rectory School and Tabor Academy, respectively. Maury Escalona will be the third CitySquasher to attend Eaglebrook School. It total, 67 CitySquash team members have been admitted to selective private high schools. Congratulations to our team members and thank you to all of our supporters for making it possible.

Carmelia Carter - Tabor Academy
Maury Escalona - Eaglebrook School
Alex Lorenzo – Mercersburg Academy
Leo Lucero - Rectory School


Chess Club Launched


CitySquashers learning from George Ughetta in Chess Club



To further our “healthy bodies & healthy minds” philosophy, CitySquash recently launched a Chess Club for our middle school team members. Over 30 CitySquashers were introduced to the basics of the game through a six week workshop this winter. Since then, students who have shown particular interest have been able to learn more advanced strategies through private lessons with experienced chess player and CitySquash volunteer, George Ughetta. It has been wonderful to provide students with a different medium through which they can develop problem solving skills. Some CitySquashers are now even preparing for a City-Wide Chess tournament this spring. Squash and chess have often drawn comparisons as being games for “thinkers.” If that is the case, look for some new CitySquash accolades on the horizon!


CitySquashers Well-Represented at College Nationals

Andrew and Darrius at CSA Nationals



Several CitySquashers were in action at this year’s CSA National Team Championships, which were held over the weekend of February 17th at Harvard University. CitySquash is proud to recognize four seniors who capped off their college squash careers: Andrew Cadienhead (Middlebury College), Kingsley Amoako (St. Lawrence University), Felipe Pantle (Hobart & William Smith), and Darrius Campbell (Bates College). Andrew Cadienhead holds All-NESCAC honors and led the Middlebury team as a top player and captain. Kingsley Amoako spent four years with St. Lawrence, a perennial top-five nationally ranked team. Felipe Pantle played in the #1 or #2 positions in each of his 85 collegiate matches with the Statesmen, and also captained his team his senior year. Darrius Campbell won two-thirds of his collegiate matches for Bates, and capped of his career by being named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Congratulations to all of our college players who competed this season!



Three More Urban National Titles


Tita in action at Urban Team Nationals


Over 500 urban squash players from across the country recently gathered in Philadelphia for the 14th Annual Urban Team National Championships. CitySquash brought a contingent of 70 Bronx and Brooklyn players who spent the weekend giving it their all on the courts at the SquashSmarts Lenfest Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. CitySquash had an impressive run at the tournament by making it into five of the eight division finals. In the end, CitySquash came away with three titles, highlighted by our Brooklyn team members winning their first Urban National Title in the BU13 division. Our GU13 and BU15 teams were also victorious. CitySquash’s tally of Urban National squash titles now stand at a record 89. Congratulations to CitySquash’s winning teams and to all who participated!


2017 CitySquash Urban National Team Champions

U13 Boys Team – Jaiden Sosa, Randy Guzman, Dominik Budny, Jesus Fierro, Pablo Paxtor

U13 Girls Team – Lizbeth Barroso, Brianna Lucero, Madalein Amoako, Mindy Djindjele, Sachary Rodriguez

U15 Boys Team – Jesse Brew, Yoskart Rodriquez, Caleb Boateng, Maury Escalona, Seth Canales


Brooklyn CitySquashers win first-ever Urban National Title



Seventy CitySquash team members from the Bronx and Brooklyn travelled to Philadelphia over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend for the 14th Urban Team Nationals hosted by the National Urban Squash and Education Association. CitySquash’s teams, ranging from the U13 to the U19 divisions, competed at SquashSmart’s  Lenfest Center, the Ringe Squash Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kline & Specter Squash Center at Drexel University.  The NUSEA sponsored tournament brought together 19 NUSEA programs. CitySquash had an impressive run at the tournament by making it into 5 of the 8 division finals. In the end, CitySquash’s Brooklyn BU13, Bronx GU13 and Bronx BU15 teams came away with National Urban Squash Championship titles. This was the first ever Urban National Championship for our Brooklyn CitySquashers. Team members had a fantastic time at the tournament and played excellent squash. Thank you to NUSEA for running an exceptional event and to our amazing hosts for housing our team over the weekend. Congratulations to CitySquash’s winning teams and to all who participated!