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Athletes of the Week

Sophie Carellas ’18- Girls Varsity Skiing

Sophie had a fantastic year for the Wildcats as the team’s captain. Last week she placed 1st overall in the NEPSAC Class B Championships at Berkshire East. In addition, she also sits in 5th place overall in our MISL races. She has been an amazing captain this year, always leading through example. She is consistently the hardest working athlete both on and off the mountain.

Aidan Burke ‘19–Boys Varsity Basketball

Aidan has been a tremendous teammate throughout the season for the Wildcats. He is incredibly coachable, and he brings a unique consistency to each and every practice.   His “team first” selfless approach has stood out throughout the season. He has improved in all areas thanks to his relentless work ethic.  Last Saturday against Kingswood Oxford, he contributed some valuable minutes and scored his first bucket of the season on a terrific play.  His teammates’ reaction typified the tremendous respect he has earned amongst his peers.

Mika Sovjani ’18- Girls Varsity Squash

As team captain, Mika’s leadership of the team was instrumental in their success this season. She was a big part of the team’s seventh place finish at the NEPSAC tournament.  More importantly, her leadership was critical to the team winning the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award – a wonderful testament to how well the team represented Williston!  Mika is a prime example of what Williston squash is about, always exemplifying sportsmanship and competing with a passion to win and improve.

Henry Poehlein ’18 – Boys Varsity Squash

Henry ended his 6-year squash career at Williston this weekend with two hard earned wins over Loomis and Green Farms Academy.  After being down to a talented Loomis player 2 games to 0, Henry found the extra measure of stamina and strategy to get back into the match and win in the fifth. On Sunday, he went down a game to the Green Farms player before dropping into low gear, and with incredible poise and patience, mentally and physically began the domination, winning the next three to take that satisfying final win for Williston. Henry is always the hardest worker on the courts, and his work clearly paid off for him in his final season with the team!

Madison Fulcher-Melendy ’18 – Girls Varsity Basketball

Madison has been a great captain for the Wildcats all season, consistently bringing a work ethic that is second to none. This past week she had a career high of 16 points in the game against Miss Porters. On Saturday, she continued her impressive play against Kent, adding another 9 points to her stat sheet. Madison brings a positive, competitive spirit to each game and practice. Madison sets high standards for herself that creates a ripple effect on how her teammates play.  She has had a huge impact on the team’s success this season!

Andikan Nita- James ’18- Varsity Wrestling

Andikan has had a great season for the Wildcats. In fact, it was his best season on the mat in his years at Williston. Last weekend the team traveled to the Independent School National Wrestling tournament at Lehigh University. He wrestled very skilled opponents, but he fought through and earned 2 pins on the weekend in the heavyweight division. His wins put him in the top 16 heavyweight wrestlers in the country! Andikan brings his best to every practice and meet and his positive attitude makes him a joy to coach.

Tori Palumbo ’18- Girls Varsity Hockey

Tori has had an outstanding senior season, capping a 4-year career for the Wildcats as a defenseman.  This past week, she scored a great goal against Winchendon, contributing to the team’s 9-1 victory.  She also had a big assist on the team’s first goal against BB&N on Saturday, helping to keep the playoff hopes alive for the Wildcats. She is able to play in all types of situations, and often does double shifts when called upon proving her “team first” mentality. Her speed, stamina, composure and consistently strong decision making make her a threat every time she is on the ice.  She’s been a tremendous competitor throughout her career, and is always leading her teammates by example.

Connor Touhey ‘20 – Boys JV Squash

Connor won both of his matches last week, in straight games, to help the JV Boys Squash team enjoy a winning end to their season. He outran and out-thought his opponents from Kingswood and Albany on the court. His speed and agility are exceptional and these skills will serve him well as he continues to develop as a squash player. He consistently challenged his teammates for the top seed on the team and his work ethic not only helped himself, but his teammates as well.  In practice, Connor constantly pushed himself to improve his skills and have fun, which provided an excellent example for the rest of the kids on the squad.

Tucker Motyka ’22- Boys 4ths Basketball

At the start of every game, you can find Tucker surrounded by his teammates. Tucker gets the team motivated by reciting the Miracle speech. In Saturday’s finale against Bement, Tucker scored a season high 11 points, knocking down multiple 3’s. Tucker’s positive attitude, infectious laugh and work ethic have provided a great example for his teammates throughout the season.


Athletes of the Week

Solomon Neuhaus ’19 – Boys Varsity Basketball

Solomon has been a valuable contributor to the success of boys varsity basketball all season.  Coming off the bench, he consistently provides the team with strong play on both offense and defense.  In Saturday’s big win over Suffield, he played a critical role in getting the team off to a great first half by scoring 8 points, including two three pointers.  Solomon’s continued development and contribution will be one of the keys to the team’s stretch run.

Natalie Romain ‘18– Girls Varsity Basketball

Natalie has been a big part to the Wildcats success this season. She has worked tirelessly, on and off the court, to improve her game. On defense she puts forth significant effort to gain control of each rebound and consistently provides a spark that gets fire in her teammates burning. On offense, she continues to be a force with outstanding offensive rebounding. She’s strong, and isn’t afraid to make contact! Natalie’s energy was contagious this week against Loomis, Taft, and Cheshire. Natalie is always willing to use her strength to gain possession and plays with tremendous heart.

Kevin O’Sullivan ’18- Varsity Wrestling

Kevin is an outstanding captain who leads the team every day with an incredibly upbeat attitude.  His sense of humor makes even the hardest workout more bearable. Kevin has wrestled at 170# and 195# this year.  He was highly ranked at both of those weight classes. Choosing to wrestle at 182#, though, conceding weight classes to his teammates, clearly showing Kevin’s team first mentality. At the NEPSAC championship, Kevin was seeded tenth, but defeated the 7th, 6th, and then 4th seeded wrestlers, two of which by pinfall on his way to a fourth place finish.  This earns him a trip to the National Prep Wrestling championships this coming weekend at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Kevin has been a positive role model all season and a key to the team’s success.

Maddy Cardaci ‘20- Girls Varsity Hockey

Maddy has had a great season for the Wildcats and has been a big part of the team’s success. On Wednesday, she had a goal in the 4-0 win over NMH. Again on Saturday, she continued her inspired play as she had another goal against Loomis in the 3-4 loss.  She plays with passion, always giving great effort every shift, practice and game.  She causes a lot of problems for opponents because of her aggressive forecheck.  In addition to her stellar play, Maddy is an excellent teammate, one that is always positive regardless of the situation.

Thomas Motyka ‘21 – Boys JV Hockey

Thomas’s dedication to the hockey program, as well as his own personal development as a goalie is illustrated through his hard work at both varsity and JV practices. In the JV game against Deerfield last Saturday, Thomas’s excellent play in goal kept the contest close all the way to the end. His strong performance was highlighted when he faced a 5 on 3 disadvantage without giving up a goal. Thomas is constantly trying to perfect his skills on the ice, and his work ethic provides a great example for the rest of his teammates.

Connor Capshaw ‘23- Boys 4ths Basketball

On Wednesday, in a come from behind OT thriller against Eaglebrook,  Connor led the way with 14 points. Connor came up big with several crucial baskets and big time rebounds down the stretch helping to erase a 16 point Eaglebrook lead. In Saturday’s game vs. MacDuffie, Connor finished with 10 points. Connor has risen to the occasion guarding the other team’s most skilled players and continues to leave his heart on the court during every practice and game.

Megan Ward ’21- Girls JV Hockey

Megan has been a strong presence for the Wildcats all season.  In the last week, she scored two goals in a gritty 6-3 team loss to Deerfield. On Saturday, she had four points, including a hat trick in a come from behind 5-2 win over Loomis Chaffee. Megan has helped the team as both a forward and a defenseman when needed and currently leads the team with 23 goals and 9 assists in 12 games.  In our 9-3 win over Choate, Megan had a record 7 points, with five goals and two assists.  Megan is a competitor, always striving to take her game to the next level. She inspires her teammates to work hard, have fun, and get better every day.

Kai Paik ’22- Coed 3rds Squash

At the Thirds Squash match last Saturday, Kai played an impressive five-game match against his Eaglebrook rival. Kai dominated games three and four with a blend of boasts and cross-court shots. Game five was one of the most exciting games of the Thirds Squash season, as a back and forth battle ensued. At the close of the match, he showed excellent sportsmanship and poise, as he has done all season long. Throughout the Thirds squash season, Kai’s commitment to the sport and to his team has exemplified the core values of Wildcat sportsmanship and how valuable team spirit is to all players.

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Athletes of the Week

Fiona Bundy ‘18- Girls Varsity Basketball

Fiona has been a crucial part of the girls varsity basketball team’s success this season, as she has led the defensive efforts all year. She leads her team positively as she has taken numerous charges, has forced several turnovers and, in addition, is a fierce rebounder. She consistently matches up with the opponent’s best players, often holding them to ten points or less. Not only has she been key on defense, but she always chips in by scoring timely points and clutch offensive rebounds. Her gutsy, “team first” play has been key down the stretch for the squad against tough teams from WMA and Pomfret. Fiona has been a tremendous captain for the team on and off the court, and always brings a positive attitude which is contagious for the rest of her teammates.

Caleb Cost ’18– Boys Varsity Basketball

Caleb has played a vital role in varsity boys basketball’s successful season.  His consistency of effort, positive spirit, and “team first” mentality have been crucial. As has been the case all winter, Caleb came off the bench in wins over St. Paul’s and Andover this past weekend to make a number of winning plays whether it was a big rebound, great defense or a timely three pointer. Caleb is a great teammate and a tremendous young man to coach because of all the intangibles he brings to the team each day.

Sydney Joyce ’19- Girls Varsity Swimming

Sydney has performed unbelievably well in the pool this season for the Wildcats, and is, without a doubt, one of the biggest reasons for the team’s success. On Saturday, she broke her second school record of the year. The first being a record set by Sydney last season in the 500 free at the Westminster dual meet earlier this year. The second was a record that had been held for 21 years, the oldest standing female record at Williston. She has lost only one race all season leading the team to an undefeated season so far. Sydney is always working to improve herself in and out of the pool. Her work ethic is contagious for the rest of the girls on the squad.

Andikan Ntia-James ’18- Varsity Wrestling

Andikan has had a very successful season for the varsity wrestling team. This past weekend, he won his league championship tournament. He did so while wrestling up a weight class in the heavy weight division, defeating a 280 lbs. opponent, despite only weighing in at 205 lbs. He has worked hard to better his technique, always soaking up as much information as he can, and to improve his fitness. It is clearly paying off, as he consistently beats his opponents by outlasting and technically picking them apart. He exemplifies true sportsmanship as he routinely befriends his opponents after pinning them. Andikan is a great teammate, as he is always inspiring and encouraging all those around him to achieve all they can.

Bix Von Goeler ’23 – Boys Fourths Basketball

Bix has had a great season for the Wildcats 4ths basketball team. In the game against WMA on Saturday, he had his best showing yet, setting the tone on the defensive end against a talented WMA team. Bix led the way in the hustle stats, including grabbing crucial rebounds, making smart passes and getting his teammates involved in the game. Bix will continue to grow due to his determination and fantastic attitude on the court.

Sonia Whitman ’21- Girls JV Squash

On Saturday, in the Wildcats second bout with Suffield this season, Sonia was determined to play hard and bring her best to the match. In her last match against Suffield, she came up short, but that would not be the case the second time around, as she took home the victory in 5 games. She played a strong match and took in advice in between games to adjust some of her strategies. In addition to her stellar play, she always expresses great sportsmanship on and off the courts and always brings a positive, ready to learn attitude during practice and games. Sonia leads by example as her teammates appreciate her humility and the skills she brings to the team. 

Bruton Strange ‘22- Coed Squash

Bruton played an amazing five-game match on Saturday against rival Bement School. He played tirelessly throughout the first game with a series of drop-shots to win with a 16-14 score, the longest thirds game in many years. Throughout the remaining four games, he used a variety of serves, t-shots, and drives to challenge his opponent and keep her guessing about where he would be next on the court. Saturday’s match served as an example of Bruton’s commitment and talent that he regularly brings to the team’s practices, which provides a fantastic example to the rest of his teammates.

Irina Malladi ‘21 –Girls JV Basketball

Irina has been one of the Wildctas most consistent defensive players this season, but this past week against MacDuffie and Pomfret, she upped her defensive intensity to a new level, harassing those teams’ guards into many turnovers. In addition to her tenacious defense, she is also a great teammate who gives 100% at every practice.  Though she is not one of our offensive leaders, she did score 6 points in our exciting, double-overtime loss to Hotchkiss. Irina will continue to be a vital piece to the team’s success this season.


Athletes of the Week

Max Livingston ’18- Varsity Wrestling

Max has had a quiet, but successful season for the Wildcats this year. As team captain, he has provided a great example for the younger guys on the squad, by bringing a hardworking and positive attitude every day. This past week he beat three highly ranked opponents.  On Wednesday, he beat his opponent from Choate, winning a close match in the final seconds. On Saturday, at the Northern New England Tournament in Bath, ME he beat two opponents who were ranked ahead of him. The first opponent on the day was defeated by pin, despite Max not being in control of the match or position, a true example of his character on and off the mat. The last victory was another thrilling last second win during his final match of the day, qualifying Max for the New England championships this weekend. Max has proven to himself and his teammates, that through hard work and dedication anything is possible!

Tim Fay ’18- Boys JV Hockey

Tim has had a very productive season for the Wildcats. In the team’s last three competitions, he has managed to score 6 goals and has been crucial to the team’s successes. Tim helps the team compete against strong competition, and serves as a role model through his hard work, sportsmanship, and positive attitude. He has been a great fit in his role as co-captain, and his teammates respond to his leadership very well!

Poojaa Prakash-Babu ’21- Girls JV Squash

Poojaa has had a great season for the JV squash team. She always jumps to the challenge of a squash match and is constantly trying to perfect her craft. She always expresses such exuberant energy on and off the court. Her positive attitude helps encourage her teammates and she is extremely coachable. She makes the necessary adjustments in between games, which often result in success. This past Saturday, against Choate, she won her match in 3 games, never backing down during a point. Poojaa is a dedicated squash player, who enjoys working hard to improve her game.

Erin Daley ’19- Girls JV Basketball

Erin has had a great season for the Wildcats. She is a team leader who is always hustling in practices and games and it shows by way of her tenacious defense and rebounding.  Erin has scored 43 points on the season but had her best offensive game during a double overtime loss at Hotchkiss.  In that game Erin scored 15 points, which included going 7 for 8 from the free throw line.  She hit two clutch free throws with less than a minute to go to help send the game into the first overtime.  Erin has elevated her game this year and her work ethic and attitude have provided great examples for the rest of the girls on the squad.

Dylan Robinson ‘22- Boys 4ths Basketball

On Wednesday against Eaglebrook, Dylan sparked the Wildcats offense which dug the fourths out of a 9-point deficit. Dylan finished with 8 points while creating many opportunities for his teammates to score. Defensively, he has risen to the challenge to guard the opponents strongest ball handlers. Dylan’s leadership and positive attitude throughout the season creates a great example for the rest of his teammates and continues to create success for his team.

Rachel Burke ’19- Girls JV Hockey

Rachel, new to the sport of hockey, has made tremendous progress as a skater and overall as a player.  Bringing her field hockey experience to the rink, she has proven to be a focused and coachable athlete who plays with desire and heart and has achieved great success this season. In the team’s recent game with Vermont Academy, Rachel scored a hat trick and helped the team to an 8-0 victory.  Most of all, Rachel’s work ethic and positive attitude have shown her team that, if you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved!

Athletes of the Week

Josh McGettigan ’18 – Boys Varsity Basketball

Josh has been a strong contributor to the success of the Wildcats all season.  This past week, his strong play on both ends of the court helped the team earn a 2-1 record including road wins at Deerfield and Hotchkiss.  Possessing a strong inside/outside skill set, Josh’s strong play was critical to our success in both games.   Against Deerfield, he made a number of plays down the stretch that proved to be critical to our win.  In the Hotchkiss game, he added 10 points including clutch free throw shooting late in the game.   Josh is a great team player who brings an exceptional consistency of effort to his commitment to the team.

Amanda Shen ‘19– Girls Varsity Squash

A top returning player, Amanda earned the #2 spot this season on the team’s ladder.  She plays beautiful squash by setting high standards and pushing herself to excel.  This weekend she played an exceptional five-game match versus Porter’s losing 12-14 in the fourth before going on to a strong victory over Canterbury in three straight games. Amanda is dedicated to being her best and inspires all around her to raise their game with her positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Jordyn Meunier ‘21– Girls Varsity Basketball 

Jordyn has been an asset for the Wildcats all season long. This weekend, her great play continued as she had a terrific afternoon against Westminster. She controlled the offense and was great on the defensive end as she managed to score 13 points and grab 2 steals. On Friday, against a tough squad from WMA, she helped keep her team in the game by putting up 17 pts including 5 three pointers.  In addition to her stellar play on offense she was also superb defensively. Jordyn played with excellent composure and led her team by example with a gritty and confident mentality.

Oskar Lee ’18- Boys Varsity Squash

Oskar has been a strong competitor for the Wildcats all season. On Saturday, he put his teams needs first, as he played up a position on the ladder. Nevertheless, he was able to overcome a very determined opponent in a 5 set, back and forth, battle, including a fourth set tie-break win at 16-14! Oskar’s win sealed the overall victory for his team. Oskar comes to each practice and match with a positive, hardworking attitude and is consistently putting his team first. He proved to his teammates that hard work pays off!

Zoe Okaisabor ’19- Girls JV Squash

Zoe rose to the challenge this Saturday, playing higher on the ladder for the Wildcats. She was able to win her match against Choate after three games, proving to herself that she has the skill and the stamina to play a successful match. She integrated the shots she has been working on the past couple of weeks, which resulted in strong plays and winning shots. Zoe expresses sportsmanship with every opponent and encourages her teammates with great enthusiasm day in and day out.

Nate Kerr ’23- Coed 3rds Squash

Nate has had a remarkable last two weeks for the Wildcats. He has invested consistent effort and unwavering focus to every practice and match. He has exemplified emerging confidence with a firm grasp on his racket coupled with his honed agility on the squash court. Nate’s most recent signature move has been the drop-shot which has bolstered his confidence, left his opponents wondering what happened, and has helped him move up six spots on the ladder. Nate embodies the model of a great player and has risen on the ladder due to persistence and resolve. Nate will continue to be a positive part of the program for many years to come.

Sophia Schaefer ‘18– Girls JV Hockey

Sophia has had a great season for the Wildcats.  Not only is she the anchor of the defense but she is always looking to set up her teammates and exemplifies team first play.  She has been a member of the squad for six years and always leads by her example of hard work and positive attitude.  Sophia earned the role of co-captain this year and has helped lead the team to a current 5-2-1 record.  She scored two goals in our recent tie to Hotchkiss in an exciting come from behind effort. Sophia is a vital part of the squad and the team will continue to look towards her for her leadership.


Athletes of the Week

Kate Holmes ’19 – Girls Varsity Hockey

Kate, a forward, has had a terrific junior season as a strong two-way player for the Wildcats.  Last week, she scored a goal and assisted on a second goal in the teams’ 2-2 tie vs. St. Paul’s. Kate plays in all types of situations and has recently started playing defense on the penalty kill, a position that is new to her.  She’s embraced this challenge like a true team player with determination, competitive fire and confidence.  Kate continues to be a go-to player for the squad and has become a leader on and off the ice. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Duncan LeXander ’18- Varsity Boys Basketball  

Despite two tough team losses, Duncan continued his fine play as one of the team’s veteran leaders.  On Wednesday against Suffield, he scored 18 points and helped keep the team within striking distance. On Saturday he followed up with another 14 points against MacDuffie, including 3 three pointers. As the team’s best free throw shooter, he was 9 of 10 in both games.  Duncan’s positive competitive spirit and commitment to being the best teammate he can be is a big part of his terrific contribution to this year’s team. The team will continue to look to Duncan’s leadership to help them through the rest of their challenging season. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Filip Rebraca ‘18 – Boys Varsity Basketball

Filip has been a key cog in the early season success for varsity boys basketball.  As the anchor of the team’s defense, he sets the tone with his great determination and energy.  An uncanny shot blocker, Filip’s ability to defend 4 to 5 positions on the court are unique.  In an exciting three point win over Deerfield, Filip rebounded from a challenging Friday evening to have a terrific game.  He provided great interior defense and timely scoring with 11 points including a three pointer and a halftime tip at the buzzer to give Williston its first lead. Continue reading

Athletic Director Conroy Named to Coaches’ Hall of Fame

Coach Mark Conroy

You could make the case that Mark Conroy’s career began in second grade when he started playing organized football. Throughout his school days, he played the game, captaining his team at Middlebury College, where he earned All East honors and a nod as Honorable Mention All American.

Conroy has spent 33 years coaching (mostly football but also basketball and baseball) at boarding schools, 30 of those serving in the Athletic Director role, as he has at Williston for the last 18 years. He stepped down as football coach at the end of the 2015-16 school year, continuing on as AD. As a fitting tribute to a career devoted to inspiring excellence and modeling leadership for young people, Conroy has been elected to the NEPSFCA Coaches’ Hall of Fame. Continue reading