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Fight and Flight: Mercier’s Record-Shattering Diving Success

By Matt Liebowitz

Gabby Mercier '17 and teammate Natalie Aquadro '17
Gabriella Mercier ’17 and teammate Natalie Aquadro ’17

Gabby Mercier made an indelible mark on Williston’s diving program this year. She broke the school record for the six-dive and the 11-dive events; she broke the pool record for the 11-dive event; she broke her own NEPSAC Division II 11-dive record; and she set the 11-dive New England Open record, landing the highest score of all time in NEPSAC history.

If the stats seem overwhelming, how about a more succinct encapsulation of Gabby’s four years of outstanding accomplishments from Williston’s Athletic Director, Mark Conroy: “She’s arguably the greatest diver in the school’s history.” Continue reading

Winter Sports Awards 2017

Winter sports were remarkable this year!
Winter sports were remarkable this year!

Athletic Director Mark Conroy reflected on Williston’s winter athletic program by sharing a few highlights of each team and recognizing award winners. “Knowing that numbers can tell a story,” he said during an assembly March 22, “I wanted to start by sharing just a few numbers relevant to our winter season.”

  • This winter, Williston was represented by 345 students coached by 39 coaches on 23 different teams.
  • All told, our winter teams represented Williston in 340 contests with 58 different schools in six states this winter.

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Wildcat Swimmers and Divers Dominate Championships

swim team champsThe girls swimming and diving team traveled to Bristol, Rhode Island, this weekend and won their second straight NEPSAC Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championship with a meet-record 451 points, well ahead of second-place Dana Hall, which finished with 325.5 points.

The Wildcats dominated the meet from start to finish and set a number of meet and school records along the way. The 200 Medley Relay team of Sally Alrutz ’19 (Springfield), Natalie Aquadro ’17 (Northampton), Maya Soley ’18 (South Hadley), and Anabelle Farnham ’18 (Amherst) led off the meet with a victory, paced by the fastest 50 breaststroke split of the meet by Aquadro, to set a new school and meet record with a time of 1:52.09. Continue reading

Speed and Humility a Winning Combination for Skier Devin DeVerry

Photo of Devin DeVerry '17 by Ray and Harriet DeVerry
Photo of Devin DeVerry ’17 by Ray and Harriet DeVerry

By Matt Liebowitz

There are cars that shake and rattle at the speeds Devin DeVerry can reach on skis. At that velocity, upwards of 50 mph, the slightest misstep, the tiniest caught edge, can lose a race, and knock even the most experienced athlete off balance.

But that’s where Devin shines.

On Wednesday Feb. 15, Devin, 17, dominated the New England Class B Championships, held at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. He won both the Slalom and Giant Slalom races, an incredible feat for the Williston Northampton senior from Southwick, Massachusetts. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Devin DeVerry ’17- Boys Varsity Skiing

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Devin has had a great season for the Wildcats. On Wednesday, he finished the season with dual first place finishes at NEPSAC’s. He was first in both the Giant Slalom as well as in the Slalom. Despite a slower first attempt, Devin refused to back down as he fired back in the second run of the slalom to erase a .62 second deficit and win the overall Slalom with a combined time of 120.32. This placed him 2.26 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Devin’s work ethic on and off the mountain has provided a great example for his teammates. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week


Duncan LeXander ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Duncan has been a consistent force for the varsity boys basketball team. Last week he averaged 16 points per game and continued to display a well-rounded offensive game that includes a dependable three-point game, including 7 three point buckets last week, and some terrific passes to teammates. Defensively, his versatility and length allow him to guard a number of different positions. He has been a team leader through his consistent work ethic and positive attitude. Duncan is a tireless competitor who always plays with great energy. Continue reading

Nate Balthazard to Bring Passion, Perseverance to Sacred Heart Football

Nate Balthazard, photo by Dennis Crommett
Nate Balthazard, photo by Dennis Crommett

Blog Post by Matthew Liebowitz

It takes three words for Coach Jacob Rivers to sum up Nate Balthazard, to accurately encapsulate the Williston Northampton football player’s guts, grit, and gridiron glory.

“He’s a warrior.”

However, for those who attended Nate’s February 6 signing ceremony, during which he formally committed to play football for Sacred Heart University in the fall, three words don’t tell the entire story.

“You’ll find people faster, or stronger, but you won’t find anyone who wants it more,” Rivers said. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Spencer Danforth ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Spencer continues his excellent play this season for varsity basketball.   This past week, he averaged 20 points a game in three wins over Canterbury, Deerfield and Hotchkiss.  While his consistent play on offense has been critical to the team’s success, it has been his efforts on the defensive end of the court that has been truly exceptional.   In Saturday’s win over Hotchkiss, he held their high scorer who came in averaging well over 20 points to 3 points.  Spencer’s tenacity, work ethic and commitment to being a complete player has been a huge part of the team’s recent success. Continue reading

Hunter Adams Marches Forth with 100th Wrestling Win

Guest Blog Post by Matthew Liebowitz

“March Forth.” It’s the Williston Wrestling team’s motto, a cheer shouted after practice, a pre-match rallying cry. It’s a simple phrase, a two-word shout that has characterized senior Hunter Adams’ illustrious six-year career on the mat.

Adams, 18, recently racked up his 100th win, a feat he began tackling when he showed up at Williston in 7thgrade with no prior wrestling experience. However, he had spent enough time around his brother, Connor, and his fellow team members to know it was a sport he wanted to pursue. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

David Fitch ’17 – Boys Varsity Swimming

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David has been a great leader for the boys varsity swim team for the past 2 seasons.   This season he has continued to provide great times for the team all season. On Saturday he broke a 17 year old school record in the 200 free and a 32 year old school record in the 500 free.  He is undefeated in individual races this year and has won many points for the Wildcats. In addition, he also set 2 new Kent pool records in those events.  David has worked tremendously hard in the weight room and in the pool during the offseason and it has clearly paid off.  His efforts have sparked a fire in his teammates as it is a great example of what it takes to be successful come meet day. Continue reading