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Westminster Brings Home Title from Nationals!

October 2012, by Garrett Donnelly

This past February, for the first time, a southern school – The Westminster Schools – clinched a title at this year’s High School Team Squash Championships. The boys’ team took home the Division VI title and the newly formed girls team displayed their skills by winning their first match at the championship.


Up and back to Baltimore, Chucktown Squash competes against SquashWise

May 2011 by Lynnie Minkowski Candler

On May 18, Chucktown Squash loaded onto a big charter bus and drove 10 hours to Baltimore, Md. to compete in our first dual match against another urban squash program, Baltimore SquashWise. They got us 15-13 but our team demonstrated great excitement, sportsmanship, positive attitudes and competitive spirit!

After matches, we toured the American Visionary Arts Museum, had a great cookout at The Minkowskis and squeezed in some shopping, swimming and pizza partying!

Thank you to our Travel Team Sponsors who made this trip possible: Cokie Berenyi, Hacker Burr, Jason Franks, Matt Jenson, Robbie Kennemur, Worth Ketchem, Taylor and Mike Monen of Taco Mamacita, and the Southeastern Squash and Rackets Association (SESRA).

Assiante signing “Run to the Roar” at PDC

November 2010

Trinity coach Paul Assiante, whose Trinity Bantams have the longest winning streak in college athletics, will be at the Piedmont Driving Club in early December to sign copies of his book, Run To The Roar: Coaching To Overcome Fear, co-authored by Jim Zug.

A synopsis from Flipkart.com:

“The winningest coach in NCAA history shares his lessons on building and coaching teams of champions. For 202 consecutive dual matches over the past eleven years, the Trinity men's squash team has gone unbeaten. No other team in any collegiate sport has achieved the same sustained level of
greatness. "Run to the Roar" is the story of a coach who succeeds in recruiting young men from around the world, getting them to work as a team, managing personalities, calming egos, and encouraging daily effort and focus under pressure. The book's framework is the finals of the 2009 national intercollegiate team championships. As Trinity scrapes out a 5-4 victory over Princeton, Assaiante imparts the insights and experiences that have made him a master coach. In stark contrast to his Trinity dynasty, Assaiante also openly discusses the deep emotional turmoil he faces as the parent of a heroin addict. "Run to the Roar" is not just a book about squash; it is an invaluable and unique reflection on mentoring, leadership, and parenting from one of the most innovative and successful coaches in collegiate athletics.”

If you have an interest in attending, contact Mike Davison.

Saleems Play Well at National Juniors

December, 2009

By any measure, the Saleem family of squash playing juniors has been the standard bearer for Atlanta junior squash over the past several seasons. In mid-December, Danial and Nabil entered the U.S. Junior Open in the U19s and Arhum entered the U15s.

Nabil fell in the first round to Taylor Foehl of Williamstown, Mass in three, then defeated William Hanley in five before dropping to Remington Hall in three.

After a first round default, Danial fell to Adam Engel of Pickering Ontario in four and to Matthew Lewis in the consis in four.

In the 15s, Arhum defeated Pierson Broadwater from New York and Nicolas Valderrama from Bogota, Colombia in a tough five game match before falling to Mason Ripka in the quarterfinals in three. In the consis, Arhum defeated Jonathan Gill in three before falling to Thomas Kingshott in three.
Well played, all Saleems and thanks for representing Southeastern Squash well!

Atlanta’s Lee and Danial Saleem finish 2nd and 5th in Bronze US Nationals

June, 2009

Atlanta’s William Lee finished second in his age group in this year’s Bronze US Nationals in Philadelphia with a narrow loss to Colin Murphy 12-10, 14-12, 11-7 in the final. Danial Saleem entered the Bronze US Nationals in the U17 bracket. His only loss came in the quarter finals to the winner of the event, a hard-fought five set thriller with a tie break in the fifth

William Lee getting his second place trophy at the Bronze US Champs U13

US Squash’s Dent Wilkins and Danial Saleem in Philadelphia

Arhum Saleem nominated to play for Team USA

June, 2009

Arhum Saleem, 13, recently he won the California Junior Open and came in 10th in the US Nationals in Baltimore, has been nominated to play for the US Junior Team in the Can Am Cup against Canada on June 26th in Ontario Canada.

As his coach, Andre Maur says, “This is an absolute fairly tale story when you consider he has only been playing junior tournaments for 17 months. Most of these juniors have been playing 6 to 7 years with 2 to 3 coaches training them. The nomination is unexpected for first year players in the U15 bracket.”

Arhum Saleem wins in California

January, 2009

Arhum Saleem won the Boys U15 Stanford Open in San Francisco in early February, beating James Reiss from Connecticut in a thrilling final 3-2 ( 6-11,11-4,5-11,12-10,11-9) to win his first tournament of the year. While playing in the boys U15 level at 13, he has cracked the top 10 rankings nationals in the latest USSRA ranking. How about a vic pic?

Charleston’s Porter Gaud’s Trip North

January, 2009

In a satisfying day of firsts, the first-ever South Carolina high school squash team played against Poly High school and Park High school of Baltimore on Jan. 23 at the Meadow Mill Athletic club in Baltimore, Maryland.

The team handily won its first-ever match against Poly High School and narrowly lost by 4 matches to 3 against Park High School. Interestingly two members of the Park High School team are hoping to attend the College of Charleston and enthusiastically quizzed the Porter Gaud players about their town.

Standout performance of the day was junior Emma Haley who was unbeaten (3 and 0) on the day, including an unofficial match against Boys Latin Middle. The team of Reynolds Ball, Brendan Keane, Kevin Qualey, Christina Oelsner, Emma Haley, Alexis Ball and Emily Ball all won at least one match each during the school's memorable first day of competition. Against Boys Latin Middle, Porter Gaud Middle schoolers Kevin Qualey, Alexis Ball and Emily Ball won 2 matches to 1. Finally Alexis Ball and Emily Ball both won against the urban youth development program middle schoolers from Squashwise. Both of the Cyclone players displayed sportmanship beyond their years as they perfectly pitched their level of play to both win but to also give an enjoyable game to their less experienced opponents. Today,the inaugural Cyclone squash team distinguished themselves with both athletic and ambassadorial success.

In the words of Richard Millman, “This is an historic moment in Squash in South Carolina. This will be the first South Carolina school team to compete in Squash. As such Porter Gaud, its students, parents and coaches are pioneers. Although these events may seem unimportant to a group of relatively inexperienced junior squash players, many eyes will be watching as these first few faltering steps gather paceToday we have a handful of nationally ranked players. Within a few years we will have dozens. As your coach, I congratulate you on this important step. From little acorns do mighty oaks grow.”

Westminster Wildcats nail 2nd, highest finish ever at Mercersburg

January, 2008

Traveling without returning letterman Jay Lively, (due to a baseball recruitment trip to Dartmouth,) the Westminster School squash varsity made it's annual trip to Mercersburg Academy, in Mercersburg, PA in mid-January.
Counting the traditional prep school 7 position line, Westminster finished 2nd out of 4 teams. On a nine-player basis, Friday the Wildcats defeated Shadyside from Pittsburg, PA. 8-1 with Neel Swami, Harry Whelchel, and Gibbs Cullen each winning their first ever Varsity matches. Saturdamorning the Wildcats lost to Gilman of Baltimore, Md. 3-6. the highlight was Alex Hoffman's grueling 3-2 win as number 3 racquet.
Saturday afternoon, the Cats experienced the ambivalent results of a disappointing 4-5
loss to AND 4-3 win over host Mercersburg. Additional highlights: Kyungsoo Woo went undefeated 3-0. Neel Swami went undefeated3-0. Alex Hoffman went 2-1. Will Redd we2-1. Robby Ostrowski went 2-1. Special note must be taken of (Lara) Gibbs Cullen’s playing on the Westminister’s boy’s varsenty.
Wildcat Squash will be back on the road at thUS High Scool National Feb. 8-10 at Yale University.

Emerging Junior(s)

Januray 2008

Arhume SaleenArhum Saleem, a 13 year-old squash player from Atlanta, has notched several impressive wins over the past two months. First, he won both the 3.0 and 3.5 levels at the Grand Masters in early December. Most recently, he took second place in his first junior tournament at the Massachusetts Open in Boston in mid January. Arhum was unseeded in the 32-person draw and won 4 consecutive matches, including beating the #2 seed in the first round. He beat the # 3 seed in the semi finals before losing to # 1 seed Anders Larson from Brooklyn in a close match.

After one event he is currently # 10 in the country. Coach Andre Maur is sure he willgo higher when playing more events. In the same tournament, Arhum’s brothers Daniaand Nabil Saleem reached the semi-finals of the BU17 consolation draw and Vivek Markandan reached the quarterfinals for the BU19 consolation draw.

Tom Rumpler receives CSA Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Intercollegiates

March, 2007

Tom RumplerTom Rumpler was awarded the College Squash Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Intercollegiates February 25 at Yale. The award cites Tom’s college career as a varsity squash and tennis player at Amherst, his teaching stints in Boston, Toledo, and New York, and his move to Atlanta where he made his “indelible mark on U.S. squash.”

The award continues: “Tom Rumpler is being recognized by the CSA above all for his dedication to teaching, whose outcome has been increased participation at the junior level in the Atlanta area, from zero to a strong and ongoing junior program and resulting in a group of junior championship-level players and college squash players…”

Appropriately enough, Rumpler protégé Michael Gilman played No. 7 for Princeton over the weekend as it made the intercollegiate finals by defeating Harvard 5-4 to face the Trinity juggernaut, which won its ninth straight championship. Other Rumplerites in the contest were Craig McCready, No. 8 at Amherst and Charlie Johnson, No. 9 at Bates.

He says he gave a great acceptance speech because he practiced it 20 times first. As anyone who has taken a lesson from Tom can attest, that sounds very familiar. Tom’s prior recognitions have included the WPSA’s Teaching Professional of the Year award in 1989 and the WPSA Pro Squash’s Hall of Fame. Please give Tom your congratulations and thanks for three decades of commitment to squash in Atlanta.

Now I remember why we do this:

Claudia Espinosa, Aiden Alikhan, and Sam Bridges.

Vandy finishes #32 nationally in Conroy Division

March, 2007


Vanderbuilt Squash 2007Also at the Intercollegiates, the Vanderbilt team that visited Atlanta several weeks ago as a warmup played three tough matches, losing to Conroy division winner Middlebury 9-0, Haverford 6-3, and Virginia 7-2. In the latter contests, Vandy match winners included Henry Manice against Haverford and Max Franklin against Virginia. The Commodores finished nationally at 32, improving on their preseason ranking of 34.

(Left, Vandy’s Henry Manice, David Stringer, Max Franklin, Phil Field and David Kotevski plus a few Atlantans)




Westminister Goes to Yale

March, 2007

Westminister Squash Team Goes to Yale

The Westminster Schools' varsity squash team traveled to a frigid New Haven on the 2nd weekend in February to compete in the 4th annual U.S. National High School Teams' Championships.
The top 16 teams competed in the "A" flight, and the remaining 25 teams competed in the "B" flight. At the end of 5 matches, Westminster finished 29th out of the combined 41 teams competing.

Westminster defeated Blair, 7-0. Hackley School defeated Westminster 5-2. Hotchkiss defeated Westminster 6-1. Westminster defeated Nichols, 7-0. Westminster defeated St. Paul's, 7-0.
The Westminster varsity lineup & records follow: Sawyer Duncan, 1st racquet, 4-1; Sheldon Taylor, 2nd racquet, 3-2; Cooper Veysey, 3rd racquet, 3-2; Alex Hoffman, 4th racquet, 3-2; Kyungsoo Woo, 5th racquet, 3-2; Robby Ostrowski, 6th racquet, 4-1; Jay Lively, 7th racquet, 4-1.

Congratulations to the Wildcats!

Westminster High School Varsity Takes Fourth at Mercersburg Invitational

January, 2007

For the 3rd time in 3 years, and the first time as an official “varsity” team, Atlanta’s Westminster High School traveled to pastoral Mercersburg, PA, to compete in an Invitational Interscholastic Team Tournament against host school Mercersburg, Baltimore’s Shadyside Academy and Gilman School, and Washington’s Potomac School

For the 3rd & final time, senior & captain Sawyer Duncan anchored the ‘Cats at #1 racquet. Sophomores Sheldon Taylor, Alex Hoffman, Mac Stormant, and Will Redd, played 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 9th racquets, respectively. Juniors Cooper Veysey, Jay Lively, Robbie Ostrowski, and Constantin Overlach, rounded out the squad at 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 8th racquets, all coached by Tom Rumpler.
Final results: Westminster lost to Potomac, 0-9; Westminster defeated Shadyside, 7-2;
Westminster lost to Mercersburg, 2-7, Westminster lost to Gilman, 4-5.

Highlights included:

  • Cooper Veysey’s astonishing 4-game win over Mercersburg’s #3 player, a player who played #1 just last season.
  • Sheldon Taylor’s routine 3-game win over a very accomplished Gilman player.
  •  Alex Hoffman’s & Jay Lively’s 2-2 records: both playing well & without reserve.
  •  The comeback and subsequent narrow loss of Will Redd over the Mercersburg #9, missing a match ball boast in the 5th.
  •  Sawyer Duncan’s undefeated streak at #1 being broken by Potomac. Sawyer leaves Westminster with a record of 9-1 at the Mercersburg Invitationals.

Congratulations go to the team & the coaches, and Athletic Director Rusty Hudson, and the “angel” Headmaster Bill Clarkson who have made squash a mission at Westminster.
How about the team pic?

National Juniors

March, 2006

Sawyer Duncan beat 10th ranked Alex Dodge of Southport, Ct. in the first round of the BU17s 3-2, lost to 7th ranked Brian O’Toole and lost to Alex Gross of Washington 3-2 in the consi’s. Sawyer is currently ranked 23rd in the country.

Other Atlanta travelers to the tournament included Adil and Kedira Ismail, who played in the BU17s and GU15s, respectively. Adil, who is currently ranked 18th in the country, was forced to withdraw in the first round. Kedira played two matches and is currently ranked 37th in the country.

Adil Ismail gets 10th spot in Princeton Open

January, 2006

Atlanta junior Adil Ismail and Coach Andre Maur returned from the Princeton Open two weeks ago where 350 of the best junior players from all over the country played in one of the largest national junior events. At 15, Adil is playing his first year in the under 17s and finished 10th in his age group, a very good showing in preparation for the junior nationals in March. Having played four national events this season he has finished 2nd, 12th, 3rd and 10th.

Review of Southeastern Junior Squash 2006

By Bob Burton

I thought it might be of interest to focus on Atlanta’s junior players for a month. They come from across the city, out of Concourse and Windy Hill and Westminster school. It’s easy to underestimate the amount of hard training they put in with Tom and Andre in order to reach their level of proficiency, until you look at the tournament schedules they keep and the quality of players they meet. You probably pass these elite players regularly at the courts, as well as those trying to get to this level and on to the considerably tougher college ranks.

Give them all your encouragement, your time, and your best wishes. They’ve earned it. Oh, and one more thought on juniors. I was once told of a convention called an “indirect” under which, if I beat you, then I get an indirect win oeverybody you beat thereafter. There are a lot of indirects kicking around Atlanta from early wins over the likes of Kevin Orphan, Michelle Quibell,and Michael Gilman on their way up. My own bestis over Tim Wyant, currently national #9, when he was 12 in Cincinnati (it went five). Think of all the folks I have an indirect over! Look for a chance to get another indir junior. They’ll thankyou for it.


Adil Ismail, 16, a sophmore at Riverside, is currently ranked 15th in teh USSRA Boys under 17s. Adil has played 6 gold-rated junior tournaments since last fall, including theDragon Doc in Atlanta (won), the Berwyn Junior Classic (3rd) and the Hunter Lott (12thPhiladelphia, the Vassar Junior Classic (2nd) in New York, the Princeton Juniors, and the DeRoy Junior Invitational (won) in DetroitHe’s also found time to win the recent Concourse Calcutta. His USSRA ratingincreased from 3.9 to 4.6 over the past year.

Sawyer and AdilSawyer Duncan, 16, a junior at Westminster is currently ranked 24th in USSRA Boys under 17s. Sawyer has played three gold-rated tournaments and several Westminster team events since last summer, and lost a total of 3 matches. His tournaments include the Dragon Din Atlanta (2nd),
the Purple Cow Open at Williams (lost to #2 ranked Will Hartigan), and the Philly Junior Championships (lost in the second round to #14 Danny Greenberg andwon 4 successive matches). His team play included Westminster’s annual trip to Mercersburg Academy, in Pa., where for the second year in a row Sawyer won all 3 of his matches at #1. This year he did not lose a game in his wins over Mercersburg, Shadyside, and Woodberry Forest. Sawyer has improved his USSRA rating from 4.2 to4.5 over the past year.

KendiraKedira Ismail, 14, an eighth grade student at Riverside, is currently ranked 33rd in the USSRA Girls under 15s. Kedira has played three gold-rated tournaments since the fall, including the Atlanta Dragon Doc, the Berwyn Junior Classic (lost to #10 Alexandra Sawin), and tHunter Lott (lost to #17 Julie Koenig). Kedira’s USSRA rating is 3.3.




Keenan Fernandez, 16, a junior at the Hill School, outside of Philadelphia, is currenlty ranked 34th in the USSRA Girls under 17s. Keenan has played six gold-rated junior tournaments since last fall, including the Westchester Junior Open (lost to #18 Lauren Gesswine), the Baird Haney (lost to #Katie Bellaine and won two backdraw matches against higher ranked players), the HuLott, the Purple Cow Open at Williams, the Baltimore Junior Open (lost in the finals to #5 Alexis Saunders), and the US Junior Open (lost to #11 Katherine Giovinazzo)Keenan’s USSRA rating is 3.6.

Elizabeth Warner, 15, a sophmore at the International School, is currenlty ranked 43rd in the USSRA Girls under 17s. Lizzie has played in five gold-rated junior events since last summer, including the California Juior Open, the Dragon Doc, the Hunter Lott, the Purple Cow Open, the U.S. Junior Open, and the Massachusets Junior Open. Her USSRA rating is 3.4.

Derek Rowley, 16, a junior at Lovett Academy, is currently ranked 77th in USSRA Boys under 17’s. Derek has played 4 junior tournaments since last fall, including the DragonDoc (3rd), Chicago Juniors, Purple Cow Open at Williams, and the Philly Junior Championships.Derek has improved his USSRA rating to 4.0 this year.

By the bye, see the photo from the Atlanta juniors’ trip to the Williams College tournament in December. (L to R) Players Derek Rowley, Sawyer Duncan, Keenan Fernandez, and played well in what Coach Tom Rumpler described as a terrific weekend.

Windy Hill Junior team hits 17th in the U.S.

February, 2005

The boy’s National High School Team Championships is in its second year. Last year the boy's event had 16 teams and was played at Groton School. This year, with the addition of the girl’s bracket, there were 43 teams in a combined event at Yale on February 11-13 with over 300 players. It is a team vs. team format with 7 player teams. Teams came from the traditional Philadelphia and New England areas but also from Atlanta, GA and Lake Forest, Ill. and the Baltimore/DC area. There were also 2 public school teams and two Street Squash teams.

The Windy Hill Atlanta squad was Clark Brading, John Cook, Sawyer Duncan, Charlie Johnson, and David Stringer from Westminster, Adil Ismail from Pace Academy and Brian Warner from the International School.

While expectations ran high, the team lost two close matches against the nine and ten finishers and finished in the bottom half of the bracket. A very respectable performance for the first time foray from Atlanta!


1. Lawrenceville
2. Brunswick
3. Belmont Hill
4. Haverford
5. Chestnut Hill
6. Penn Charter
7. Taft
8. Groton
9. Poly Prep
10. Milton
11. Episcopal Acad.
12. Phillips Acad. Andover
13-16. Pingry, Lake Forest, Rye Country Day, Tabor
17-18. Choate, Atlanta
19-20. Hackley, Hotchkiss
21-24. Delbarton, Street Squash, Nichols, Lower Merion


January, 2005

In Westminster’s third season of “team” squash, it is the school’s singular challenge that they are the only high school team in all of Georgia and the Southeast, and consequently must travel to the mid-Atlantic or Northeastern regions to find team squash competition. A squad of 5 seniors and 2 sophomores traveled recently to Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, and came home with three wins: 7-0 over Mercersburg; 6-1 over Shadyside Academy; 4-3 over Woodberry Forest.

The team included: George Akers, Clark Brading, John Cook, Sawyer Duncan, Keenan Fernandez, Charlie Johnson, and David Stringer.

Five of the Westminster team members will participate in the 2nd annual U.S. National Team Championships, this year to be held at Yale University on February 11-13. They will be joined by Adil Ismail from Pace Academy and Brian Warner from the International School. This all-Atlanta team has a chance at finishing among the top 4 high school teams in the United States, says Coach Tom Rumpler. Hopefully, SESRA can look forward to adding seniors Charlie Johnson, Clark Brading, George

Atlanta Juniors: USSRA National Junior rankings (as of mid-January)

  •  BU19
    •  Brian Warner 28
    •  Charlie Johnson 40
    •  Clark Brading 98
  •  BU17
    • Sawyer Duncan 73
  •   BU15
    •  Adil Ismail 12
    •  Derek Rowley 78
  •  GU15
    •  Elizabeth Warner 30


May, 2005

Under the guidance of juniors chair Murray Gilman, the SESRA Board has developed the following guidelines for support of and contribution to junior’s programs in Atlanta. As always, we would be grateful for your thoughts and comments:

SESRA Junior Squash

The overall mission is the development of junior squash above and beyond individual club level programs in the region served by SESRA.

Funding proposals for junior squash will be reviewed by the juniors subcommittee of the SESRA board and may include, among other initiatives:

  1.  Providing funding to support introductory junior squash programs that reach beyond individual clubs, their members and families.
  2.  Providing funding for citywide, regional, national or international junior squash tournaments, but not for tournaments open only to the members of one club.
  3.  Providing for partial or full individual player travel expenses for selected national junior events, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  4.  Providing partial or full funding enabling junior coaching clinics and experiences that are beyond individual club level programs, such as visiting professionals.
  5.  Providing need-based assistance for elite U.S. national team members or prospective members as determined by national ranking.

Juniors End of Year Update

December, 2005

In my rundown of Atlanta players making their mark within the intercollegiate ranks, I overlooked those who are newly-arrived, particularly Katie Warner who is currently aimed at third or fourth slot for the Williams’ Ephs (short for Ephraim who founded the place), who are slotted at eighth in the country this season. Bradley Mosier at Cornell is another Atlantean in the intercollegiate ranks.

Juniors Update

November 2004

On the college front, Atlanta’s Michelle Quibell is ranked no. 1 among college women and her Yale team is also expected to take the intercollegiates. Michael Gilman’s second year at Princeton has the Tigers ranked 4th and he is no. 22 among college squash players. Evan Burton’s Franklin and Marshall team is slotted at 16th nationally at the outset.