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CHA alum Gilly Lane holding clinic for future squash pros

Local racquet ace Gilly Lane, pictured in action on the pro squash tour.

After graduating from Penn in 2007, Chestnut Hill Academy alum Gilly Lane set about the challenging task of establishing himself on the professional squash circuit.

After training in the Netherlands and competing in numerous international tournaments, the Wyndmoor native has risen to the 75th spot in the world rankings, and this week he is passing on some of his hard-earned knowledge to some of the best players in the current U.S. college crop.

From July 27-31, he and fellow American pro Julian Illingworth are working with a select group of younger players whom they’ve invited to train with them at the Chestnut Hill Academy/Springside School Squash Club on the grounds of CHA. Illingworth, who is originally from Portland, Ore. and now lives in New York, is currently ranked 34th by the Professional Squash Association.

Chestnut Hill Seniors win Montco championship

Kneeling left to right: Sean Bastian, David Waller, Jake Yannessa, Anthony Prisco, Matt Fink, Brian Bier. Standing left to right; Coach Dennis Primavera, Coach Mike Primavera, Eric Primavera, Julian Canuso, Frank Primavera, Matt Primavera, Coach Paul Yannessa. Not in Photo:  Anderson Good, Marcus Kelly, David Langlois, Ryan Lightcap, Michael McNally.

The Chestnut Hill Seniors (16’s) won a doubleheader on Sunday to win the Montco Senior Division championship.  Going into the finals, the seniors came out the loser’s bracket and had to win both games against Upper Dublin to win the title. Matt Primavera led the offense going 5 for 7 with two homeruns and two doubles for the day.  In the opener, Eric Primavera hurled a complete game striking out six.  Eric also, smacked a three run homer in the second inning of the first game.  Jake Yannessa pitched the second game going six innings and scattering five hits for the win.  Frankie Primavera closed out the win earning a save for the title. Julian Canuso added a couple of doubles and led the defense at third along with shortstop Jake Yannessa and second baseman Matt Fink.