The fall of 2015 was a great season for Tower Hill athletics. All five teams reached the DIAA State Tournament level of play, and field hockey, football and soccer all won DISC Championships.
Cross country competed strongly this year and Hudson Pepper placed 5th in the DIAA States with his best time of the year.
Volleyball had a 10-5 record and qualified for the state tournament. The team defeated Newark Charter in the first round before falling to Ursuline in the quarterfinals.
Field hockey had an excellent 13-2 regular season and won the DISC Championship. After defeating Sanford at home in the first round of the tournament, the girls knocked off #4-seeded Polytech High School 3-2 to advanced to the semi-finals. Tower Hill started the semi-final game out on top of three-time defending state champions Cape Henlopen, but couldn’t hold on as they fell 2-1.
Soccer continued their winning ways this year with an outstanding 11-1-3 mark and another DISC Conference Championship. An overtime win against St. Georges propelled them into the state semi-finals against the defending state champions Caravel. The Hillers scored first, but not often enough, and fell to the Buccaneers 4-2.
Football had a remarkable 7-2 campaign that ended with an amazing second half comeback (down 14-0) over archrival Friends. The Hillers score with 50 seconds left in the game and went for 2 points after the touchdown to nail down the 15-14 victory. This won the DISC Championship for the team and prevented Friends from having the only unbeaten season in the state. The team fell in the playoffs to Howard High, who went on to win the Division II title.
“I continually marvel at how our small school has been able to maintain its place among the elite programs of Delaware,” Athletic Director Jack Holloway said. “It was an outstanding fall season, and a tribute to our athletes who continue to add to our proud tradition of championship play.”
The following students received recognition for their athleticism and sportsmanship:
All-State 1st Team: Abby Manning, Allie Salter, Gretchen Zungailia
All-Conference 1st Team: Abby Manning, Allie Salter, Gretchen Zungailia, Lexi Butler, Sophie Peipher, Isabelle Pilson
All-Conference 2nd Team: Kiva Walsh, Lange Scanlan
Sportsmanship Award: Natalie Hobbs
All-State 2nd Team: Maddie Sachs
All-Conference 1st Team: Maddie Sachs
All-Conference 2nd Team: Daysha Shamlin, Alex Thomson, Ashleigh Brady
Bussard Award: Rebecca Pettinaro
Sportsmanship Award: Kiera Wendel
Girls’ Cross Country
MVP: Catherine Habgood
Sportsmanship Award: Carly Cushman
Boys’ Cross Country
All-State 1st Team: Hudson Pepper
All County: Hudson Pepper
All-Conference 1st Team: Hudson Pepper
Sportsmanship Award: Hudson Pepper
MVP: Hudson Pepper
All-Conference 1st Team:
Offense: Matt Rovner (O), Charlie Quimby (O), AJ Falco(O), Kevin Turner(O), Chris Miller(O)
Defense: Noah Thomas(D), Brandon Nitsche(D),Harry Quimby(D), Carter Cucuzzella(D)
All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Offense: Brandon Nitsche, Richard Corroon, Myles Lane
Defense: Brandon Nitsche, Richard Corroon, Myles Lane, Michael Gallagher, Tej Vaddi, Taurus Pinkney, Kevin Turner(D)
Buonocore Award: Taurus Pinkney
Sportsmanship Award: Myles Lane
Regional All-American: Steven Siegfried
All-State 1st Team: Steven Siegfried
All-State 2nd Team: Brett Anderson, Malcolm Johnson
All-State 3rd Team: Andrew Cercena
All-Conference 1st Team: Steven Siegfried, Brett Anderson, Malcolm Johnson, Andrew Cercena, Bo Anderson
All-Conference 2nd Team: Adam Fisher, Nic Maloney, Ben Crain
Sportsmanship Award: Spencer Johnson
In addition, Dougie McCoy recently signed a letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse next fall at Furman University.