Silver and Bronze Championships 2012

Over 280 players traveled to Williamstown (MA) to decide the 2012 U.S Junior Silver Squash Championships, hosted for a third straight year by Williams College. The tournament was held in conjunction with the Berkshire Open, a $35,000 PSA event. After a long weekend of competitive play, champions were crowned in ten age divisions.

Silver Boys U13 finalist Andrew Braff (L) with winner Ayush Menon.
Silver Boys U13 finalist Andrew Braff (L) with winner Ayush Menon.

Gordon Michas (New York, New York) defeated John Rohrbach (Greenwich, CT) in an intense four game final, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 to take the BU19 crown. Jillian Davey (West Hartford, CT) did not drop a single game on her path to becoming the GU19 champion.

Brian Giegerich (Wyndmoor, PA) came out on top against Cameron Bahadori (Great Falls, PA) in five highly contested games, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 to capture the BU17 title. Ginger Sands (New York, NY) came out on top of a back and forth affair with Lauren Leizman (Pepper Pike, OH) to win the GU17 draw in five games, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8.

In the BU15 division, Justin Restivo (Phoenixville,PA) outlasted Colin O’Dowd (New Vernon, NJ) in a five game marathon, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, to take first place in his draw. Sawyer Chilton (Wilmington, DE) took down Melissa Swann (Williamstown, MA) in three games to capture the GU15 title.

Ayush Menon (Edison, NJ) dropped just one game on his road to the BU13 championship. In the GU13 division, Char- lotte Murray (Rydal, PA) defeated Bunny Fox (Wellesley, MA) in four games, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, to take first place.

Adam Lichtmacher (San Francisco, CA) needed just three games to top William Aube (Rye, NY) in the BU11 Final. Finally, Katie Keller (Rye, NY) came out victorious against Ellie Burke (Rye, NY) to take the GU11 championship in four games.

Bronze Girls U17 winner Hannah Scherl (L) with runner-up Ananya Mahalingham.
Bronze Girls U17 winner Hannah Scherl (L) with runner-up Ananya Mahalingham.

Another 280 players navigated to New Haven (CT) to compete in the 2012 U.S. Junior Bronze Squash Championships, hosted at the Brady Squash Center, located on the campus of Yale University. This was the final singles event for the 2011-2012 Junior Championship Series. After an exhausting weekend filled with match play, first place hardware was given out to ten individuals in their respective age groups. In the BU19 division, Beau Orchard (Simsbury, CT) recovered after losing the first game against Spencer Burt (Portland, OR) to win the final, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-4. Samira Somany (Short Hills, NJ) finished first through the round robin format to be crowned champion of the GU19 division.

Michael Berrios (New Haven, CT) sur- vived a five game battle versus Aadit Somany (Short Hills, NJ), 11-5, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, to win the BU17 final. Hannah Scherl (Tenafly, NJ) surrendered only one game on her way to the GU17 title.

Matthew Bernstein (Portland, OR) was able to separate himself and defeat Osuman Imoro (New Haven, CT) in four games to claim the BU15 crown. Julia Song (Greenwich, CT) defeated Natalie Nagorski (Brooklyn, NY) in three games to become the GU15 champion.

In the BU13 division, Joe Kacergis (Melvern, PA) took control of the match versus Edward Eill (Melvern, PA) after dropping the first game to come out victorious in four games, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9. In the GU13 division, Lily Soroko (Philadelphia, PA) salvaged a victory against Cuffia Reitler (Lawrence, NY) in five games after giving up a two game lead to take home the first place trophy, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8.

Alec Spiro (Portland, OR) took home the BU11 title after defeating Thomas Fournaris (Philadelphia, PA) in three games, and Emma Suttapone (Hanover, NH) was in control of her competition, dropping just one game en route to her GU11 championship.