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South Orange Teen Named Nation's Best Under 15 Squash Player

Sam Scherl of South Orange was ranked in the top 50 U.S. Squash national rankings.

South Orange teen Sam Scherl, was recently ranked the number one squash player in the country for boys under 15.

As the top player on the Middle School squash club team last season, Sam led Big Blue to the United States Middle School Boys Squash Team National Championships in January of 2013. He won the final match in five games to secure the 3-2 win for Pingry over the top seed and four-time defending national champions from the Brunswick School.

Under the guidance of Head Coach Ramsay Vehslage, the Pingry varsity squash team has developed into one of the nation’s top high school programs. Derek Hsue ’14 is the reigning U.S. Squash Junior National Champion (BU17), and Jonathan Zeitels ’15 is the reigning New Jersey State High School Champion. Nine members of the current team recently received the US Squash Scholar Athlete Award, and our alumni are currently serving as squash team captains at Amherst, Hamilton, Middlebury, and Penn—with even more Pingry alumni playing on other top college teams.

The national reputation of Pingry squash is heading to a whole new level of success with the plans now underway to build squash courts on the Basking Ridge Campus. Stay tuned for an even longer list of Top 50 national rankings for Pingry squash players in the future once these new courts lead to brand new junior varsity and Middle School squash teams, more practice time, more full team practices, increased fan attendance and support at matches, and even broader exposure for the success of Pingry squash.

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