The Weather Gets Cooler, but Fall Sports Are Heating Up

Kathryn Ward, Staff Writer


For the majority of students at HMHS, mid-August is a time not only for catching up on summer work, but the beginning of preseason practices and scrimmages. Whether it be early morning or late afternoon practices, the fall teams have been hard at work. With a few weeks into the season, field hockey, soccer, tennis, football, cheer, and cross country have been all working hard to perfect skills, strategies, and routines before game days. 


The football team has had an impressive first few games, with their first regular season win over Pleasantville 23-14, and a classic rival thriller against West Deptford at home, winning 27-23, when the Bulldawgs came from behind to score a 68 yard touchdown by senior Jack Carson! This weekend, the Haddons will travel to Delran High School in hopes for a bounce back win. Come out to support! 


Additionally on the turf, the soccer and field hockey teams have been rather successful as well. The girls varsity team had an outstanding win over Eastern High School, when junior Melissa Verderame came back to score the winning goal in under 6 minutes to play! Junior Allison Baxter also had an outstanding performance in the Dawgs’ win over Haddon Heights, scoring a hat trick to give the girls a 3-1 win! The JV and Freshman teams have also had their share of victories as well, with their current records standing at 3-2 and 5-0-3. 

The boys varsity team has also been working hard too, with a recent win over Haddon Heights 1-0, a shutout against Lindenwold, 6-0, and a recent win 2-1 over Haddon Township! Their current record stands at 3-3-1. 


Following their 20th conference title last season, the field hockey team continues to remain victorious. Recently, allstar goalie Moira Geiger surpassed 300 saves in a game against Moorestown recently, when the girls fought hard to a tie 2-2. They have also had additional victories over Collingswood, Haddon Township, and West Deptford. Not only have the varsity girls drawn some attention, but JV and the freshman teams aren’t too far behind. The JV team and freshman teams have had terrific seasons thus far as well, with the freshman remaining undefeated and the JV victorious in their games, including a variety of goals from Olivia Marthins and Ava Poliafico. 


On the other side of town, the girls tennis team has not disappointed. Following their impressive season winning their 39th sectional title and their 19th consecutive victory, the girls’ tennis team have been working hard every week from the beginning of August until early November. With the current record standing at 11-5, the past several weeks have been rather spectacular. The girls have had impressive victories such as a 3-2 victory over Moorestown Friends, and a blowout 5-0 win against West Deptford! This past weekend at the Camden County Championships, varsity singles star Sammy Sirover placed second at Haddon Township High School, followed by freshman Evie York and junior Lucinda Andrewes, who all placed high in their matches. 


And last but certainly not least, the outstanding season thus far for the cross country teams. Losing seniors last season had not seemed to faze both the boys and the girls. On September 18th, the teams traveled to compete in the Briarwood Invitational. Both the girls and boys came out victorious, each winning the Challengers race, and the individual race as well. The winners of that race were Seth Clevenger and Helene Usher, each running incredible times and coming out on top! At the Bowdoin Classic race up in New York, the boys defeated two nationally ranked teams in the country, finishing 2nd in the varsity 1 race, with Clevenger grabbing 3rd, followed by Tobias Janssen and George Andrus. The girls aided with the Haddons’ all around victory, with Helene Usher finishing 7th, Sabrina Miller finishing 10th, Anne Earp in 12th, Sarah Fetter in 18th, Riley Slootsky in 18th, and Jess Goode in 27th.