Hewitt Athletics had a tremendous winter season that saw our squash, indoor track and field, and basketball teams advance to their respective championship games. Our entire community watched with pride as these junior varsity and varsity athletes brought intense skill and determination to each game and meet.
Led by four seniors, varsity squash spent the season playing in the highly competitive Athletic Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) league and also saw success in a number of non-conference games. The Hawks started off their season with an impressive three game winning streak, which earned them a spot in the AAIS playoffs. The fifth-seeded Hawks gave their all but were ultimately defeated by the tough competitors from fourth-seeded Chapin. Thanks to their success this season, Hewitt squash received their first ever invitation to participate in the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) squash championship, where their competitive playing earned them the number five seed.
The athletes on Hewitt’s varsity indoor track and field team showed great improvement this winter, setting–and in many cases beating–a number of personal records. Hewitt took third place in three out of this season’s five AAIS meets, and at the AAIS track championship the Hawks finished third overall and brought home a number of top five finishes, including first place in the shot put, second place in the 600m, and third place in the 300m, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m relay. Thirteen of our athletes qualified for the NYSAIS championship and competed with everything they had to win third place finishes in the shot put, 600m, and 4x800 relay. We can’t wait to see how these competitors build on their winter achievements as members of Hewitt’s spring outdoor track and field team.
Junior varsity basketball had a truly incredible winter, finishing 9-1 in the regular season and receiving the number one seed in the playoffs. The Hawks went on to win the quarter final game 52-18, and in the semifinals they put in an impressive defensive game to pull out a 45-37 victory after being down by four points at halftime. These athletes showed a lot of grit and fight, which helped them advance to the AAIS J.V. championship. The J.V. championship game was a hard fought match between Hewitt and Marymount, and the gymnasium was packed to see these two teams leave their hearts and souls on the basketball court. After being down throughout the third and most of the fourth quarter, the Hewitt Hawks roared back to victory to finish 29-23 and bring home the J.V. Championship win!
Congratulations to the many student athletes who competed, demonstrated leadership, and made Hewitt proud this season. And a hearty thanks to the many Hawks fans who cheered them to victory and who embodied the best of Hewitt Pride.