Boys Varsity Squash
Depth will be the most impressive component for the Bears this year. Although they will miss the leadership and tenacity of Peter Koenigsbauer '18, who has moved on to compete for the Bates Bobcats, a cadre of up-and-coming players around a core of veterans will position Berkshire to again compete for regional and national accolades.
The squad will be anchored by sixth formers Hussien El Desouky and Karan Dhiman and veteran fifth formers Andrew Patty and Tad Koenigsbauer. The youth movement includes Cooper Pearce '21, Kevin Rhee '21, Steven Garofalo '21 and Hudson Tuckerman '21, with newcomer Burnham Johnston '21 expected to claim a starting role in the midst of the ladder. Senior statesman Henry Kessler, up from a strong JV group last year, is expected to round out the roster and fill in ably in the case of any unforeseen injury or illness.
Coach Perkins plans to set a strong tone early on, with improved fitness at the center of the team's efforts this winter. Early tests against Hotchkiss, Loomis and Westminster, as well as arch-rival Millbrook, will provide the team with great opportunities to show their stuff before the winter break.
Girls Varsity Squash
After losing much of the 2017-8 team to graduation, including numbers 3, 5, 7 & 8, the Bears are looking for a quick rebuild. Fortunately, the core of last year's team returns with sixth formers Kate Whitman and Elise Johnston near the top of the ladder and fifth former Mia Lake holding the number one spot. Third form newcomer Amanda Miller will push the returners for a spot in upper half of the ladder while returning fourth former Rylan Kennedy will likely move up from last year's sixth position.
Things get a bit murky below Kennedy. Sixth former Annie McGill, who played squash for about a week as a third former before switching to ice hockey, looks ready to make her mark. Fifth former Schuyler Coughlin, a "swing" player last year, is making a strong bid for another spot. And a cadre of Mrs Bullock's j.v. squad from last year, including sixth formers Maddie Devost, Elizabeth Bernstein, Betsy Driscoll and Lila Childs, as well as fifth former Maggie Ewert, are also in the mix.
With clear strength at the top and a wide-open field to fill out the ladder, the Bears' prospects are bright for the season ahead. Big tests come early as we will host Nichols for the Clough Cup on December 7 and travel to Miss Porters for a big tri-match on December 8. Looking further ahead, rivals Westminster and Loomis are sure to provide stout opposition while Class A powerhouses Hotchkiss and Sacred Heart will provide a real litmus test for the state of Berkshire squash.