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Upper School Fall Athletics Teams Enjoyed Banner Season

Rudy Brandl

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School’s fall athletic teams won two division titles and created lots of excitement in the final weeks of the 2023 season.

The girls’ volleyball team led the way with an impressive 13-4 overall record that included a 12-game winning streak to start the season. The Rams rolled through their league matches and won the GMC Blue Division title. After a tough loss in the GMC Tournament, the W+H girls bounced back and won a thrilling first round state playoff match against Roselle Catholic before losing to top-seeded St. Mary’s of Rutherford in the State Non-Public B quarterfinals. Seniors Kayla Martel ’24, Hannah Yin ’24, Naomi Valcourt ’24, Devin Coleman ’24 and Zara Zaidi ’24 led the Rams.

W+H also won a share of the GMC Blue Division title in girls’ tennis this fall. Senior third singles player Joanne Ding won a pivotal match to clinch the banner for the Rams. The team celebrated with its traditional trip to Dairy Queen at the end of the season.

Although the W+H boys’ and girls’ soccer teams finished under .500 for the season, they created some excitement in the state tournament. The W+H boys posted a thrilling 4-3 victory over Roselle Catholic in the first round and the W+H girls prevailed in a dramatic shootout at Gloucester Catholic to advance. Goalkeeper Sophia Riccio ’26 stopped three of the four penalty kicks she faced to give veteran head coach Mike Romeo his 200th career coaching victory at W+H.

The cross country teams finished their season with a flourish in the State Group Championships at Holmdel Park. All Ram runners posted either personal bests or course records. Sophomore Charlotte Szczubelek ’26 also repeated as the GMC Blue Division individual champion earlier in the season.