2016-17 MIAA SQUASH CHAMPIONS
The MIAA has sanctioned squash as a varsity sport since 2007 and in that time the Association has only known one champion – the Gilman Greyhounds.
That is still the fact today, as Gilman collected its 10th consecutive league title, Wednesday at Meadowmill Athletic Club, with a 5-2 victory over McDonogh.
The fact is, Gilman has never lost a single match as it has established its dynasty, but McDonogh certainly provided a challenge for the Greyhounds over the course of three meetings this winter.
Senior Braxton Antill gave Gilman its first victory at the No. 7 slot with a 3-0 win over Samira Chatrathi. Ned Gildea (No. 6) extended that lead with another straight sets victory over Emily Schuster.
Ben Korn got McDonogh on the board with a 3-0 win over Will Dewire in the No. 2 slot, but senior Brad Levin stretched Gilman’s lead to 3-1 with a 3-0 win over Rohan Korn at the No. 4 slot.
Gilman senior Matt Katz (No. 5), recovering from illness, had the honor of cementing the match and the championship for the Greyhounds with a 3-0 victory over Jeremy Waldman. The large and enthusiastic crowd was treated to some of the best squash ever played at Meadow Mill at the high school level in the final two matches.
McDonogh’s Cullen Little, avenging an earlier loss, outlasted Gilman’s Charlie East in an extremely close, 3-2, see-saw battle. But Gilman’s senior Wiatt Hinton would win the final match of the night, with a hard-fought 12-10 victory in the 5th game over Alastair Cho. This match that featured extensive rallies, amazing digs, and some special shots.