A Championship Season at HMHS


Helene Usher, Staff Writer

After a span of three months, HMHS managed to finish off the fall sports season with one state championship, one state finalist, five sectional championships, six conference titles, and one Mayor’s Trophy. Every girls’ team won sectionals, therefore advancing to states, and the boys’ teams all had successful seasons as well. Here is a brief summary of the seasons of HMHS’ fall teams who advanced to championship seasons:


Boys’ Cross Country: On November 16, they won states at Holmdel Park. Martin Riddell, who just announced that he will be running for Yale University next year, finished in second place, and he was closely followed by Andrew Gostovich (3rd), Stephen Kasko (6th), Seth Clevenger (11th), Caleb Clevenger (17th), Grayson Fasolo (22nd), John Hurly (86th). A week later, they raced again at Meet of Champs, with Tobi Janssen running for John Hurly, and finished as the 3rd best team in New Jersey. They concluded their season with a 9th place finish at Nike Cross Regionals on November 30th. Also, they were voted as SJTCA’s Team of the Year.

Girls’ Cross Country: Sarah Naticchia’s third-place finish led the Dawgs to a 2nd place finish at states. Payton Weiner (11th), Allison Colflesh (21st), Lilly Sirover (32nd), Lindsay Colflesh (37th), Evie Andrewes (56th), and Olivia Stoner (91st) finished closely behind her. Though this was not the result they wanted, the following week at Meet of Champs, this talented team (plus Kat Rice for Olivia Stoner) made history by finishing in fourth, the highest any Haddonfield girls’ team has ever finished in Meet of Champs. They also were the top Group II team and South Jersey team in the race. Along with the boys’ team, they were selected as SJTCA’s Team of the Year.


Field Hockey: These girls had a fantastic season, with a final record of 19-4. They won their semifinal game against Egg Harbor Township 1-0. Then, in the Group 1 Finals, they lost a close game to Bordentown Regional 1-3. However, this powerhouse team still played very well the entire season. Seniors Abby Marthins and Bridget McCormick will continue their field hockey careers at Dickinson and Virginia Commonwealth University. 


Football: After a tough 0-35 loss to Hillside at sectionals, the football team showed up on Thanksgiving Day ready to play. For the 112th time, the Dawgs played against Haddon Heights for this annual game. They won 21-14. This was their 62nd time winning this particular game. They finished off their season on a good note with an impressive final record of 8-3. Seniors Aidan Barr, Michael Carey, Brandon Collins, Nicholas DiNoia, Kyle Garstkiewicz, Alex Kadar, John Maynes, Steven McClane, Jack McNamara, Robert Minor, Jack Narducci, and Jack Peterman have certainly left their mark on HMHS football and will be greatly missed.


Girls’ Soccer: In the Group 2 semifinals, these girls won 5-0 against Pinelands High School. They then played the state Group 2 final against Wall High School. There was a lot of confusion going into this game. First, it was postponed a day, and then the location changed. The field was not an equal distance between the two schools anymore, so Haddonfield had to travel longer to get there. Though they lost 1-2, these girls had a fantastic season. Senior Rachel Bonnet recently committed to Cornell University, where she will play soccer in the fall and run track and field in the winter and spring.


Girls’ Tennis: This stellar team won their 18th consecutive sectional title this year. Then, seniors Stella DeMarco and Anna Swartley advanced to the state semifinals. Though they lost, they are still among the top doubles players in the state. Their final record of 22-4 this season was a huge accomplishment.