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5 Statesmen squash players honored at Block H

Five Hobart College squash student-athletes were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletics Department at the 2008 Block H Awards Banquet on April 28. Senior Graham Gardiner (Woodberry Forest School/Locust Valley, N.Y.) and junior Cale Forgues (Ridley College/Kemptville, Ontario) shared the Dr. Frank P. Smith ’36 Award, while the Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore Alex Khaddar (Canterbury School/Brooklyn, N.Y.). Junior Kenny O’Connor (Trinity-Pawling School/Pawling, N.Y.) was presented with the R. Chapin Siebert ’75 Memorial Squash Trophy Award, and the Rookie Award went to first-year Nadav Tannen (Ostrovsky/Ra’anana, Israel). A veteran leader, Forgues played the first 10 matches of the season at the No. 1 spot, then moved to No. 2 for the last 13 contests. He notched a 9-14 overall record this season, including a 6-7 mark at No. 2, ranking second on the team in wins. Forgues was tabbed the league’s Performer of the Week once, after defeating John Evans from Connecticut College, 3-1. Forgues, a three-time All-Liberty League selection, boasts the most career victories of any active Statesman with 24. Gardiner saw action in 22 matches this winter. A versatile member of the squad, he split his time between four spots, playing 11 matches at No. 7, five at No. 8, three at No. 9, and three at No. 6. Gardiner played in 44 career matches. After bouncing around between spots five, six, and eight during the season, Khaddar finally found a home at the No. 7 spot. Playing No. 7, he closed out the season with three-straight victories, finishing with a 3-11 overall mark. Khaddar steadily improved throughout the winter, and will be an impact player for next year’s squad. A two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection, O’Connor is one of the hardest-working members of the team. This season, he competed in 13 matches, splitting time between No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9. O’Connor played eight matches at the No. 8 spot, posting a 2-6 mark, and earned a 1-3 record at No. 9. So far, he has seen action in 16 career matches. Tannen joined the Statesmen for the second half of the season, and was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week four weeks in a row, from Jan. 20 through Feb. 10. He took on the responsibility of playing No. 1 from Day 1, posting an 11-2 record. Tannen ended the season with a team-best 11-4 overall mark, after becoming the first Statesman to compete in the Potter Cup (the top 32 players in the nation) of the College Squash Association Individual Championships. The 2008 Block H Awards Dinner was held in Bristol Gym on April 28. Over the next two weeks, the individual team awards will be announced on the HWS Web site. To read about the major award winners click here. Check the Web site tomorrow to read about the golf team’s award winners.