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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.

Molly Zawacki ’17 – Girls JV Hockey

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As a senior co-captain, Molly has been a great role model and leader for the younger girls on the team.  She is a versatile player, playing at forward or stepping in at defense, exemplifying her team first mentality.  Molly gives 100% effort in practice and games and shows support and encouragement to all of her teammates. She sets a positive example on and off the ice for the Wildcats by working hard and consistently perfecting her skills. Molly is one of the squads’ top scorers, and in addition, is a playmaker as she is eager to see her teammates score.

Oskar Lee ’18 – Boys JV Squash

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Oskar was 2-0 this week for the Wildcats, beating tough opponents from Westminster and Deerfield.  He hit some incredible shots against a talented opponent from Deerfield to seal a 3-0 win on Wednesday.  Again on Saturday, he was outstanding as he used his speed and agility to defeat his opponent from Westminster 3-0.  Oskar has been on a roll as the Wildcats enter the last two weeks of the season. Oskar always comes to practice and matches with a positive attitude and excellent sportsmanship.   

Marielle McHale ’18 – Girls Varsity Hockey

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Marielle has had a productive season for the Wildcats this year. She scored the first two goals in the team’s competition against Andover helping the Wildcats surge to a decisive 4-2 victory. Marielle has continued to be a big part of the team’s dominant offense this season, often being the catalyst. She also leads the team with 15 goals and 13 assists in 20 games. Marielle’s grit and determination has been a big part of the team’s success.

Sam Foley ’21 – Boys Fourths Basketball

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Sam has been a force on the floor for the Wildcats this season. On Saturday, he led the scoring with a team-high 10 points.  Sam’s relentless defense helped to cause turnovers leading to fast break points. His effort allowed the team to come back from an 11 point defect at half-time to win 35-34 over a talented Wilbraham and Monson team. He is a selfless player and always does his best to set his teammates up for success. Sam leads his team by example through his team first mentality and consistent hustle.

Jersey Strum ’20 – Girls JV Squash

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Jersey has made tremendous progress this season and has made a name for herself with her strong and powerful serves. This past Saturday at Suffield, she filled a team need by playing two spots up the ladder and winning the match!   She plays with great sportsmanship and lifts up her teammates during practices and matches. She provides a positive example as she is up for any challenge and is often one that plays all five games during a match, further displaying her perseverance and endurance.  Jersey has a great attitude and always enjoys competing and practicing which is contagious to the rest of the girls on the team.

Alan Martin ’20    Boys JV Swimming   

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Alan had a great performance in the JV swim meet against Rectory School and Eagle Hill School on Wednesday.  Alan swam both individual and relay events and set a number of personal records during the meet. Alan’s swimming has consistently improved during the season and he has been called up to the varsity to swim in numerous meets this year. This is a testament to his hard work and can-do attitude which sets a positive example for his teammates every day at practice.   

Fin MacDonald ’20 – Coed Thirds Squash

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Fin possesses a unique ability and willingness to better himself and his teammates. His work ethic has paid dividends for him this season. He typically shows up to practice 30 minutes early to warm up and hit, not only with his own teammates but also with members of the JV squash team. Fin always encourages his teammates helping them improve their play. He loves the game and studies the physical and psychological approach by watching the upper-level match play intently. Fin’s focus and leadership on and off the court make him one of the Wildcats most valuable players.

Zuri Campbell ’19- Boys Thirds Basketball

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Zuri has had a great season for the Wildcats and his play culminated in a fantastic performance on Wednesday. He played his best game of the year in the team’s victory over Deerfield. He had several key steals and rebounds to help the team seize control of the game.  In addition, Zuri was the squad’s best defensive player in a game where single digit points were scored on the Wildcats in the first half.  Zuri’s hustle and hard work provided an excellent example for the rest of the players on the team.

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.

Nate played slot receiver for the Wildcats this season; prior to coming to Williston for his post-graduate year, he played for the Red Raiders of Barnstable High School on Cape Cod.

Rivers continued with his praise of Nate’s mental acuity, a skill that will serve him well when he joins the Division I Sacred Heart Pioneers under the tutelage of Head Coach Mark Nofri.

“He diagnoses things quickly,” said Rivers, who speaks from experience; he played slot receiver at Trinity from 2011 to 2015. “In the middle of the play you need to take in a lot of information and be able to know what to do in a split second. He’s very good at that. It’s instinctual.”

Accolades are nothing new for Nate. He received the 2015 Michael A. Houston Memorial Award from Barnstable High School, and was a 2014 and 2015 Old Colony League All Star at wide receiver. At Williston he was an All-Erikson League selection for football.

Tommy Beaton, Williston’s head coach, doubled down on the praise, citing Nate’s impressive work ethic coupled with his natural talent.

“We never had a doubt he’d play [in college],” said Beaton. “He made an impact on day one.” Beaton said an imperative this season was simply to “try to find a way to give him the ball.”

Aside from his coaches, there are three role models—a cheering section, more appropriately—with whom Nate is delighted to share this moment.

Speaking of his father, Roy, and his mother, Karen, Nate said, “They are the first people I share the good times with. They are all extremely hard working and I model my behavior after them.” He thanked them as well for the “plethora of time and money” they put into his athletic career and for the continued encouragement through tough times.

The appreciation goes both ways. Nate’s father, Roy, traveled from Barnstable to wherever the Wildcats played this season. “I didn’t miss a game,” he said. “I saw every one.” He is planning a similar attendance schedule when Nate suits up for Sacred Heart.

Roy noted and appreciated the camaraderie and leadership skills his son took on at Williston this year, and again spoke highly of Nate’s perseverance and tenacity.

“He set his goals and did whatever it took to get there,” Roy said.

Though the ink is dry and the recruitment process is over, Nate is not taking it easy. He’s currently in Athletic Performance “to get bigger, faster, and stronger,” and in the spring will hit the track—again with Coach Rivers—to improve his sprinting form. From there it’s a summer of Sacred Heart-planned workouts until training camp officially starts.

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.

Insoo Kang ‘18 – Boys JV Basketball

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Insoo has had a great season thus far for the Wildcats. On Saturday he had 15 points and scored the first 8 points in overtime in the team’s 61 – 58 win at Deerfield. He has shot the ball very well recently and made four 3 pointers in Saturday’s win. He is a consistently hard worker and leads by example both on and off the floor for the Wildcats!

Maura Holden ’19 – Girls Varsity Hockey

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Maura has been a big part of the team’s success this season. She scored the game winner on Saturday and chipped in another beautiful goal in the team’s 4-0 win against Hotchkiss.  In addition to being a great teammate, Maura has a tireless work ethic and is one of the best forecheckers on the squad due to her tremendous speed.  Maura has been a strong contributor in all three zones and has been an offensive threat all season.

Cam Ward ’17 – Boys JV Hockey

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As a co-captain, Cam leads by example. His focus and determination in both practices and games make him an excellent role model for his teammates. As a player, Cam consistently puts forth his best effort, and always treats his teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials with the utmost respect. His dedication and leadership is valued and respected by all.

Sophia Schaefer ’18 – Girls JV Hockey

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Sophia currently leads the Wildcats with 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists).  Sophia is a team player and a playmaker who is always looking for opportunities to involve her teammates in scoring opportunities.  When requested, she will step up and play any position her team needs her to play, and sets an example with her positive attitude and work ethic.  In a recent 4-1 win over NMH, Sophia assisted on three of the four goals that were scored. Sophia will continue to be a big part of the team’s success for the remainder of the season.

Maxwell Edwards ‘22- Boys Fourths Basketball

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After a slow first half against MacDuffie Wednesday, Maxwell led the way with his defensive efforts and intensity. He forced several key turnovers which led to easy fast break points for his teammates. In addition to his defensive play, Max scored six crucial points during a comeback. Max always plays with a big heart and provides a positive example for the rest of the athletes on the team.

Matthew Weinstein ’22 – Boys Varsity Skiing

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Matthew finished 16th out of 44 in Wednesday’s MISL Giant Slalom at Berkshire East. This is a phenomenal showing for a 7th grader as the competition is mostly against top Class A high school skiers. Matthew is currently in 15th overall in the league and it looks like he could be headed to the NEPSAC Championships with the team in a few weeks. Matthew’s work ethic is very strong and he works hard to better himself and his team.

Xander Rogers ’18 – Boys Varsity Hockey

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Xander was instrumental in securing two huge victories in goal for the Wildcats last week. On Wednesday, in the teams’ 2-1 overtime win against Millbrook he made 18 of 19 save attempts. Again on Saturday, Xander showed up in a big way as he secured a shutout in a 1-0 blanking of Brunswick.  These were the 4th and 5th wins for Rogers on the season.

Sarah Marion ‘17 – Girls Varsity Basketball

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Sarah had two great games this past week for the Wildcats. On Wednesday she put up 11 assists against Westminster, fueling some excellent team play, along with 5 rebounds. Again on Friday, against WMA, she put up 13 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, and showed strong leadership on the court. Sarah has been a leader on and off the court for the Wildcats this season. Her work ethic and gutty play provide excellent examples to everyone on the team.

Ruby McElhone-Yates ’21 – Girls JV Squash

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Ruby has made tremendous progress over the season and is ready for every challenge. She rallies hard in all matches. She learns from each game, listens to feedback, and then applies it, with successful results. She won her match against Suffield, helping the team score rise to 3-4. Ruby consistently plays her best and doesn’t give up, which means she often plays 4 games or pushes each game past the 11 point norm. This past Saturday against Choate, she played a total of seven games, playing two different girls and winning one of her matches. Ruby consistently displays great sportsmanship with her teammates and opponents.

Zack Robbins ’17 – Boys Varsity Squash

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Zach has been a strong leader for the Wildcats all season. In his fifth five set match of the year, he took a very determined opponent the distance and got the victory in the final set. He was the player of the match for the fourth time this season! The team will continue to look to Zach for his competitiveness and his determination for the rest of the season.\

Chelsea Clark ‘19 – Girls JV Basketball

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Chelsea is having an outstanding season for the Lady Wildcats.  She is an offensive weapon as she leads the team in scoring with 66 points on the season. In addition to her outstanding offensive play, she plays tenacious defense and is one of the squad’s best rebounders.  Against Cushing, Chelsea scored 7 points in an 11-6 win over the Penguins. More recently, she scored 16 of the team’s 18 points in a loss to Wilbraham and Monson. Chelsea is a fantastic role model for the younger girls on the squad as she consistently exemplifies fair play and a positive attitude.

Oscar DeFrancis ‘20 – Boys Thirds Basketball

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Oscar gets better every single day for the Wildcats. He has been consistently one of the hardest working players on the team and is always a great teammate. He has been very productive for the team in all aspects of play on both ends of the floor. Not only has his play been stellar but he always demonstrates fantastic sportsmanship in every game and practice.

 

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.

“I liked the guys on the team,” Adams said. “And my brother said it’d be good for me. That’s the big thing about wrestling, it helps you with every other sport.” Adams, from Palmer, Mass., also plays football and is on the track team. He heeded his brother’s advice that “the only way to get better at wrestling is to wrestle.”

And that’s exactly what he did, from his 7th grade year, when, as wrestling coach Matt KaneLong put it, he was “a slightly smaller version of what he is now.”

Originally competing in the 113-lb. weight class, Adams and his team piled on a string of solid winning seasons. The personal wins for Adams, now in the 145lb. weight class, kept coming as well.

“In other sports, size is the biggest thing,” Adams said. “In wrestling it’s all even, no excuses. It’s on you if you win, if you lose it’s on you.”

KaneLong, Williston’s wrestling coach for the past 17 years, called Adams a “warrior,” and spoke highly of his commitment to the sport and to his own personal improvement.

“He’s a great kid, he’s in there working hard every day,” KaneLong said. “My guys in general, we’re probably the hardest working team on campus, and he’s right there in the mix. He has a sense of pride in working hard and it pays off.”

As the team continued putting up winning seasons, so did Adams. But despite the goal of reaching his 100th win, Adams said receiving that specific recognition wasn’t his top priority.

“When you’re younger [100 wins] seems so far away,” he said. “In sophomore year I was at 50, and coach KaneLong said, ‘you know, you’re on the path.’ That’s when I started kind of counting.”

Hunter Adams reached 100 wins.
Hunter Adams reached 100 wins.

Now with the 100th win under his belt, Adams has his sights set on the future, including an upcoming Class A tournament at Williston, and next year, when he’ll hit the mat as a member of the Sacred Heart University wrestling team. While he continues to confidently march forth, Adams holds a place in his heart for one particular inspiration.

His biggest influence, he said, was Brian Crockett, a former Williston history teacher who also coached football and wrestling Adams’ freshman year. Tragically, Crockett died at 22, before the end of the school year, from a heart problem.

Adams recalled when, as a freshman, he got knocked out during the first day of the New England Wrestling Championships. “He came over and said, ‘You can do this, you belong here. You can’t give up now, you’re only halfway there.’ I think he’s had one of the biggest impacts on me and a lot of people at this school.”

Visibly choked up, Adams displayed the school newspaper’s announcement of Crockett’s passing, which he keeps in his wallet. Crockett, Adams pointed out, went to the hospital on March 2, 2014. Two days later, March 4th, he was gone. March forth. The team motto, the chant to keep going.

It holds special significance for Adams.

“He’s always a reminder to me to keep you head up and keep pushing forward,” Adams said, recalling that Crockett’s funeral in New Jersey, which he attended, was not a dark, dire day but a celebration of his former coach’s power and positivity.

His influence is as strong now as it was three years ago. Before Adams heads to college, he plans to honor Crockett’s memory by getting a tattoo of Crockett’s initials over his heart.

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.

Danielle Marquez ’18 – Girls Varsity Hockey

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Danielle has played very well in net for the girls varsity hockey team this season. Her outstanding play continued on Wednesday where she played a perfect period against Winchendon and got the win for the Wildcats with a score of 6-1.  On Saturday in the team’s 2-2 tie against Kent, she made 37 outstanding saves including a breakaway with just minutes to go in the second period.  Danielle leads by example as she comes to practice every day with a keen focus and strong work ethic determined to make improvements in her play. Danielle has been a big part of the team’s ability to only allow only 19 goals in 14 games thus far this season.

Sarah Sullivan ’19 – Girls Varsity Basketball

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Sarah has been an asset to the girls varsity basketball all season. On Wednesday, Sarah continued her strong play as she had 5 points and 8 rebounds in a close game against Deerfield. On Saturday, Sarah had one of her best performances thus far as she tallied 17 points, 2 assists, and 6 rebounds in a decisive victory over Hotchkiss. Sarah is a force on the floor and can be counted on in tough situations. She has a great work ethic and always exemplifies a positive attitude and great sportsmanship.

Bane Terzic ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Bane has played a key role in the varsity boys basketball’s recent winning streak.  Bane’s exceptional athleticism and skill level are a huge asset to the team on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. In this past Saturday’s big win over a talented Avon Old Farms team, Bane had an outstanding game particularly in the second half.  Defensively, his commitment to being a great defender makes him a disruptive force.  Time and time again his length and tenacity made it difficult for Avon to score.   Offensively, Bane’s 10 point second half included two timely threes helped secure the win for the Wildcats!

Sydney Joyce ’19 – Girls Varsity Swimming

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Sydney has been a force in the pool for the girls varsity swim team this season. On Saturday she continued her dominance as she set a school record in the 200 IM and broke a Kent Pool Record that has stood for 12 years.  Sydney has only lost one individual race this year and has helped pace the team to an incredible start to the season! Her hard work in and out of the pool provides a fantastic example for everyone on the team.

Jackson Frechette ’22- Coed Thirds Squash

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Although it is Jackson’s first season on the squash court, he has exhibited both exemplary drive and sportsmanship during the team’s matches. Jackson takes advantage of each practice to hone his serves and returns, and he is eager to develop advanced techniques that will help him outthink and outplay his opponent.  Jackson dominated his first match against Bement with a scores of 11-5, 11-2, and 11-8.  It is clear that Jackson will continue to be a valuable part of the Wildcats squash team for years to come.

Chloe Lee ’17- Girls JV Squash

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Chloe has had a great season for the JV squash team. As one of the JV squash captains, Chloe has taken on a great leadership role for the squad.  This last week, we played Suffield and Chloe demonstrated great determination and sportsmanship in her 5 games to win her match to add to the 3-4 final score.  Between each game she listened to her teammates and coach for feedback and applied it to her game. She’s a great example to her teammates of how to play strong mentally and physically without giving up.

Andrew Andrew ’18 – JV Wrestling

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Andrew has been a committed member of the JV wrestling team for the last two seasons. Last year, knowing that he would most likely not see the mat in real competition, he was one of the team’s hardest workers. Andrew has continued that effort and determination in his pursuit of getting on the mat this year. This weekend Andrew did just that. He stepped on the mat at Loomis and won his first two contests by pin and had a long and hard match in his championship round.  Andrew always encourages his teammates to be their best in both attitude and performance. His energy at practice is infectious and is a valuable part of the team.

Nick Barber ’19 – Boys Thirds Basketball

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Nick continues to get it done on both ends of the court for the thirds basketball team. He is not only one of the team’s leading scorers, but he also is one of the best defenders on the squad. Nick provides a positive example as he is a very hard worker and, more importantly, he demonstrates sportsmanship in all of his actions.

 

Athletes of the Week

Abbie Coscia ‘19- Girls Varsity Basketball

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Abbie has had a great season for the varsity basketball team. Against Suffield on Wednesday, Abby came off the bench and was the team’s second leading scorer with 9 points. She also had 5 strong rebounds, and was the competitive fire the Wildcats needed to keep momentum going during the game. Against Cushing on Saturday, Abbie again continued to battle and showed tremendous tenacity. She pulled down several key rebounds, made two key steals, and made strong efforts to get to the net. Abbie leads by example through her hard work and intense play and will continue to be an asset to the team.

 

Matt Channell ’17 – Varsity Wrestling

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Matt has been a strong presence for the varsity wrestling team this season. On Saturday he went 4-0 with 2 pins and 2 forfeits on the day.  His come from behind pin victory against his WMA opponent was the inspirational match of the day and put an exclamation point on a dominant team victory. Matt is a consistently hard worker who has bounced between 160 and 170 pounds as the team has needed him.  He is always positive and cheerful no matter how hard he is worked, and he always demonstrates the absolute best sportsmanship.

 

Jonathan Toth ’20 – Boys Thirds Basketball

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Jonathan has played great for the thirds basketball team throughout the season. Not only has he been the leading scorer in almost every game, but he has been a fantastic teammate as well. He does a great job of getting us into our sets on offense and works very hard on defense. He provides a positive example for his teammates by always hustling and working hard regardless of the score.

 

Jade Chan ’20 – Girls JV Hockey

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Jade is playing hockey for the first time this season and took on the position of goaltender for the JV hockey team.  She bravely stepped up, found her mental toughness, and did a great job in both the Wildcats 4-1 win against Berkshire on Wednesday and in the 3-0 loss against a strong Westminster team on Saturday.  Her strong desire to learn the position, perfect drills, and step out of her comfort zone has served her and her team well!

 

Alex Bzdel ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Alex has been a major contributor to the varsity basketball team thus far this season. He has been both a spark plug off the bench and a senior leader for the Wildcats. In last week’s wins over Gunnery and Loomis Chaffee, Alex impacted the game by making a number of “winning” plays with his hustle and extra effort.  He made a game changing play in the second half against Loomis corralling an offensive rebound and scoring a huge basket. Alex’s selfless, team oriented approach has been a huge asset to the team’s success all season.   His consistent effort in practices and games makes him a great role model for his peers.

 

Nat Markey ’20 – Thirds Squash

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Nat has started his second season with the thirds squash team very well. Last week he won his first two matches against Eaglebrook and Bement respectfully, winning each of the matches by more than five points for each of the three sets against his opponent.  Nat demonstrates sportsmanship during practices when he often helps lead warm-up exercises and provides leadership through his work ethic and fair play.

 

Hoang Dang ’19 – Boys Fourths Basketball

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Hoang has been a consistent asset to the fourths basketball team all season long. He led the team in points during the first two games leading the way to a 2-0 record. Beyond his ability to score, Hoang has a positive attitude and leads by example. He rebounds consistently and has a “never surrender” mindset. Hoang is always in the right place at the right time and knows how to get his teammates equally involved in the play.

 

 

Athletes of the Week

Marielle McHale ’18 – Varsity girls hockey

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Marielle has had a terrific season thus far for the girls varsity hockey team. Last week she had 7 goals and 2 assists in the team’s 3 tournament victories at the Winchendon Holiday tournament.  Marielle led the team with three goals in their 4-0 win over Lawrence. She had two goals in wins against both Winchendon and in the championship game against NMH.  Marielle’s goals came from tremendous puck movement with her line mates and some strong individual efforts. Marielle leads by example through her “team first” mentality and her “can do” attitude.

 

Duncan LeXander ‘17 – Varsity boys basketball

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Duncan has been a team leader throughout the season for the boys varsity basketball team.   This past Saturday he played a strong two way game in a big team win over Deerfield.   Offensively, he scored 8 points including a 3.  Defensively, he was one of the catalysts that led the team’s excellent defensive effort.   Duncan is a terrific team player always supporting his teammates both on and off the floor.

 

Mike Slate ’20 – Thirds boys basketball

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Mike has had a strong start for the boys thirds basketball team this season. On Saturday he played a tremendous game against Berkshire. He dominated on the defensive side of the ball and shut down their better offensive players. In addition, he had countless steals and rebounds for the Wildcats in the overtime loss. His work ethic is second to none and he sets a great example for the rest of his team mates.

 

Athletes of the Week

Ben Normandin ’19 – Varsity Wrestling

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Ben has had a great start to the season for the varsity wrestling team. He has wrestled with great control and poise in the two opening weeks of the season.  Ben managed two pins on Saturday including an incredible 9 second fall.  This ties the fastest pin on record in at least 17 years of at wrestling Williston.  Ben is an extremely dedicated athlete who always demonstrates sportsmanship on and off the mat.

Tori Palumbo ’18 – Girls Varsity Hockey

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Tori has had a tremendous start this season playing a key role on the blue line for the girls varsity hockey team. In addition to notching three assists thus far this season, Tori scored a goal in our game against Pomfret on Saturday. Tori has a tireless work ethic, always makes the right decision to get the puck out of our zone and has been jumping in the offense as well.  Tori consistently plays like she’s six feet tall and is a fierce competitor.

Kyle Henseler ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Kyle Henseler has led varsity boys basketball since day 1 as our floor general.  His leadership on both ends of the floor has been critical to our team’s success thus far.   He played particularly well during our competitive loss to AA MacDuffie on Friday and our big win over rival WMA on Sunday orchestrating our offense while chipping in timely buckets and numerous assists.   Kyle sets the tone for the team both on and off the floor with his “team first” attitude and gritty take charge style.

Fiona Bundy ‘18 – Girls Varsity Basketball

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Fiona had a huge defensive performance this week against both St. Mark’s and Suffield for the girls varsity basketball team. Fiona chipped in a 3 pointer late in the game to increase our lead against St. Marks finishing the game with 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Against Suffield, she had an outstanding defensive game, holding their leading scorer to 9 points while corralling 9 rebounds off the boards. Fiona leads by example through her work ethic and never surrender attitude.

Will Lane ’18 – Boys JV Squash

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Will is 3-0 on the season for the boys jv squash team, picking up wins against Berkshire, Eagle Hill, and powerhouse Deerfield. He came from 1 game down to defeat his talented opponent from Deerfield 3-1 on Saturday. In addition to his great performances on the court, Will has been an important leader for the team off the court.

 

 

Athletes of the Week

Bina Sweet ’17 – Varsity Wrestling

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Bina has had an exemplary start to the season for the boys varsity wrestling team.  On Saturday, he managed a come from behind pin over a very talented Loomis opponent to ensure a Williston team victory.  It was the final match of the day, and it was by far the day’s most exciting match. As a team captain, Bina is a role model of discipline and hard work and provides a positive example for everyone on the team on how to be a great teammate.

Julia MacLean ’18 – Girls Varsity Hockey

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Julia led the Wildcats on Saturday in the team’s 8-2 victory with her first Williston goal and 2 assists during the game.  Her play was exceptional as she won her battles, moved the puck up the ice well and contributed to the offense. Julia’s efforts were notable in all three zones and she will be counted on for continued strong play this season. Her hard work on and off the ice leads a positive example for the younger kids on the team.

Nithish Raja ’18 – Boys Varsity Squash

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Nithish had a great first week for the boys varsity squash team. As a newcomer to the varsity ladder Nithish assisted the squad to victory on Saturday, after going down 2-0 in games, he faced a match point in game three before going into tie breaks in games four and five, and in the process, defending 3 more match points by his opponent.  He prevailed in the fifth game 15-13! Nithish’s hard work and “can do” attitude gave the team what it needed to earn its second victory of the season.

Olivia Bonavita ’17 – Girls Varsity Basketball

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Olivia has had a strong start to the season for the girls varsity basketball team. On Saturday, she had 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists in a hard fought game against Kingswood Oxford. Olivia maintained solid energy and composure throughout the whole game. She chipped in 6 points late in the second half to help close the margin to 35-30. Olivia leads by example through her work ethic and is a role model athlete for her teammates.

Spencer Danforth ‘17 – Boys Varsity Basketball

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Spencer played a terrific two-way game in varsity boys basketball’s season opening win over Berkshire on Saturday.   Offensively, he found numerous ways to score leading the team with 20 points.  Defensively, he was also a catalyst for the team with his ball hawking play.   Spencer leads by example each time he steps on the court by playing the game with passion and grit.

 

Williston Recognizes Fall Athletic Award Winners

Nick Hill '17 who won the NEPSAC All-Star meet and received the “Alan Shaler” Most Valuable Runner award
Nick Hill ’17 who won the NEPSAC All-Star meet and received the “Alan Shaler” Most Valuable Runner award

Athletic Director Mark Conroy took the podium on November 29 to congratulate Williston’s outstanding athletics programs, and to give special recognition to a handful of award winners who excelled during the fall season.

In his opening remarks, Conroy noted that this was the first time in 30 years that he hasn’t coached a team. Citing the athletes’ sportsmanship, spirit, and class on and off the field, Conroy said, “It was a real treat every Wednesday and Saturday to watch you compete.”

Horseback Riding

Conroy recognized four students, Aidenne Alden, Alex Foster, Momoka Oda, and Villard Xu, participants in the school’s horseback riding program, which trains at Fuller Horse Farm in Westhampton under the direction of Laura Etzel.

“Coach Laura Etzel says that the group was a great pleasure to work with, improved tremendously this fall, and are getting close to being able to compete in the spring season,” Conroy said.

Football

Moving on to football, Conroy praised “the boys’ ability to remain positive and resilient” while competing in the Erickson League, “arguably the most competitive prep football league in New England.” Despite a challenging season, the team “enjoyed terrific team comaraderie.”

Conroy took special note of two students. PG Austin Ryan, the team’s wide receiver, racked up 58 receptions for 1,032 yards, both school records. “Incredibly,” Conroy said, “he accomplished this in about six-and-a-half games!”

Conroy then called starting quarterback, senior Ian Ostberg, “a huge contributor to Williston football the past four years. He has rewritten the school record book, now owning both season and career records for passing yards and touchdown passes.”

These career totals, Conroy noted, include 45 touchdown passes and throwing for 4,310 yards.

Several players earned postseason recognition for their outstanding play during the season. Austin Ryan, was named to the prestigious All New England team by the NEPSAC football coaches association. Additionally, three boys were named Erickson League all-stars: Austin Ryan, Nate Balthazard, and Brandyn Jones.

On the Junior Varsity football team, the Most Valuable Player award was given to Ben Normandin ’19; the Most Improved Player award was given to Tad Daley ’20; and Josh Holmberg ’18 earned the Sportsmanship award.

A crop of awards was given to several varsity football players:

“Jim Purce Memorial” Award for Overall Excellence – Ian Ostberg ’17 (2nd year in a row); “Edward Stimets Jr. Memorial” Defensive Excellence Award – Derek Zewinski ’17 (2nd year in a row); “Lindy Hanson Memorial” Offensive Excellence Award – Nate Balthazard ’17, Austin Ryan ’17; “Richard R. Francis” Most Improved Player Award – GB Osuntogun ’18; Mills Kicking Game Award – Elijah Hutchinson ’18; Sportsmanship Award – Hunter Adams ’17, and Dome Klonggumrai ’17.

Next year’s captains will be Mason Balch ’18, Noah Clack ’18, Brandyn Jones ’18, and Xavier Thibault ’18.

Volleyball

“Led by Coaches Rivenburgh and Berlanga, the JV volleyball team had one of their finest seasons in recent memory with seven wins, including two thrilling 2-1 victories over Suffield and Miss Porters,” Conroy said.

The varsity team, led by Coaches Schneider and Moyer, “improved significantly and played competitive volleyball all season,” Conroy said. He noted several highlights, including a 3-1 road victory at Berkshire, a great team effort shutting out Stoneleigh Burnham 3-0, and a comeback victory over Worcester 3-1 late in the season.

The Most Valuable Player award went to Karen Janocha ’19; Most Improved Player went to Alexis Parker ’19 and Hana Tsukamoto ’20; the Sportsmanship Award went to Zoe Okaisabor ’19.

On the Varsity team, awards were given to Sarah Marion ’17 for Most Valuable Player; Most Improved Player went to Danielle Marquez ’18; the Sportsmanship Award was given to Julia Cavanaugh ’19 and Kai McCalla ’17. Next year’s captains will be Lizzie Cuevas ’18 and Dani Marquez ’18.

Water Polo

Led by Coaches Bill Berghoff and Adeleen Brown, the boys’ water polo team played competitive polo all fall, and benefitted from “terrific senior leadership led by captains Noah DeVos and David Fitch, and four year veterans Sitai Chen and Mark Wei.” These players helped the squad sweep Wilbraham & Monson Academy in all three of their matches.

Junior David Janoschek capped off a terrific junior year by being named a Second Team NEPSAC all-star.

Water polo awards went Noah DeVos ’17 for Most Valuable Player (his second year winning the title). Most Improved Player Award went to Sam Haddad ’20; and the Sportsmanship Award went to Sitai Chen ’17.

Captains for next year will be Josh Calianos ’18 and David Janoschek ’18.

Girls Soccer

The JV soccer team, led by Coaches Tom Johnson and Ellie Moore, had an excellent season, finishing with a 9-5 record including six shutouts and exciting victories over Suffield, NMH and Berkshire.

The Varsity squad, under Coaches Fulcher and Conroy, “made great strides this season,” Conroy said.

“Despite the graduation of 13 seniors and some tough early season injuries, the team played their hearts out losing only 7 of the 17 games on their schedule,” Conroy said, adding, that “six of those seven losses were to top seeded NEPSAC tournament teams

Captain Molly Zawacki and junior Sophie Weed both were named to the WNEPSSA all-star team while Sophie also made the NEPSAC Class B all-star team.

Awards for junior varsity went to Emily Warren ’19 for Most Valuable Player (her second year in a row winning the award). Most Improved Player Award went to Kate Quimby ’19 and Amanda Shen ’19; The Sportsmanship Award went to Ella Goodman ’19 and Molly Solan ‘19

On the varsity team, Most Valuable Player went to Fiona Bundy ’18 and Sophie Weed ’18; Most Improved Player Award went to Julia Farnham ’20; Natalie Romain ’18 took the Sportsmanship Award; and the Alumnae Award for outstanding contribution to the program went to Molly Zawacki ’17. Next year’s captains will be Fiona Bundy ’18 and Madison Fulcher-Melendy ’18.

Boys Soccer

Led by coaches Kurt Whipple and Liz Kay, the Junior team swept WMA in both of their matches this fall.   The JV A team, led by coaches Will Eberle and Dan Roe, “competed valiantly against a tough schedule,” Conroy said, finishing with a 7-8 record highlighted by victories over Eaglebrook, Suffield and Deerfield.   The Junior B team led by Coaches Garcia and Niedzwecki “demonstrated great team spirit throughout their season.”

Conroy praised the Varsity Boys’ Soccer team, led by Coaches Chiavaroli and Syfu, for battling “hard all fall against many of the top teams in western New England. As a measure of their competitiveness, they had eight games that were decided by one goal.”

Sophomore Cory Booth and junior Jack Phelan were both named to the Western New England prep all-star team; senior George Lantz was named both a Western NE All Star and a NEPSAC All Star.

Awards went to Kyle Grabowski ’20 for Most Valuable Player; Most Improved Player Award was given to Jacob Schulkind ’21; and the Sportsmanship Award went to Dylan Robinson ’22.

On JV B, the Most Valuable Player award went to Owen Randolph ’19; the Most Improved Player Award went to Ethan Huang ’20; and the Sportsmanship Award went to Finlay MacDonald ’20 and Aidan McCreary ’19.

On JV A, the Most Valuable Player Award went to Jonathan Toth ’20; the Most Improved Player Award was given to Reilly Gluz ’19; and the Sportsmanship Award went to Ryan Dwyer ’19.

The varsity squad gave its Most Valuable Player Award to George Lantz ’17; the Most Improved Player Award went to Zuri Campbell ’19, and John Killcommons ’18; and for the second year in a row, senior Saul Blain took home the Sportsmanship Award. Senior Sebi Herrera earned the 12th Player Award. Next year’s captain will be Jack Phelan ’18.

Field Hockey

Conroy recognized JV team, who, under the guidance of Coaches Klumpp and Ram’s, “played competitive field hockey all season finishing with a 3-4-5 record including exciting victories over Berkshire and Suffield.”

The Varsity Field Hockey team, led by Coaches Kate Garrity, Alex Tancrell-Fontaine and Ellie Massengill, finished with a record of 6-9-1 including a 5-2 Class B record.  Conroy noted team highlights including included an overtime tie with Taft, a “beautifully executed game” against St. Mark’s that the team narrowly lost 2-1, and new varsity goalies Gabby Dicomitis and Kira Bixby combining for four shutouts on the season.

Two juniors, goalie Gabby Dicomitis and forward Tori Palumbo, were named to the Western NE All Star team.

On the JV team, Emma Prouty ’18 took home Most Valuable Player; Most Improved Player Award was given to Casey Feins ’20; and the Sportsmanship Award went to senior Grace Quisenberry.

On the varsity field hockey team, Tori Palumbo was named MVP; Madison Cardaci was named Most Improved, and Hannah Baker took home the Sportsmanship award. Next year’s captains will be Caroline Channell ’18 and Tori Palumbo ’18.

Girls Cross Country:

Led by Coaches Greg Tuleja, Martha McCullagh and Mia Smith, the Girls Cross Country team had “another terrific season finishing with a record of 10-3,” Conroy noted.  As a side note, Conroy said the girls’ cross country team has had a winning record 30 of the last 31 years.

Four current runners made their way onto this course’s Honor Roll, Natalie Aquadro, Maya Soley, Claire Harrison, and Abigail Tuohey.

The Most Valuable Runner award went to Abigail Touhey ’22, the first 7th grader ever to receive the recognition. The Most Improved Runner went to Nikki Foster ’20 and Claire Harrison ’19; and senior Gabby Mercier took home the Sportsmanship Award. Next year’s captains will be Anabelle Farnham ’18 and Maya Soley ’18.

Boys Cross Country

Under the direction of Coaches Talbot Syfu, Loomis and Gunn, the 35 member Boys Cross Country team, the boys’ cross country finished the season with a 12-1 record, its only loss coming from Division I powerhouse NMH.

During the season’s annual meet with KO and Westminster, senior Nick Hill ran the second fastest time ever on our home course with a 15:54. In a “decisive victory at Avon Old Farms,” senior Billy Ashenden won his first ever race.

For the second consecutive year, the team won the Westminster Invitational; senior Nick Hill had a tremendous day by winning the race while setting a new meet record.  Fellow senior teammates Tyler Greenwood and Billy Ashenden finished in 7th and 8th overall.  The JV team, led by Andrew Spiegel’s second place finish, took second place.

In a meet held at St. Mark’s, Nick Hill made school history by becoming the first Williston runner ever to win this meet with a time of 16:43. “

This finished a tremendous career for Nick as he won numerous meets, won the Westminster Invitational in a meet record, and in the words of Coach Talbot Syfu ‘was a tremendous leader for us.  His passion for running and leadership had a tremendous impact on the entire team,’” Conroy said.

The “Alan Shaler” Most Valuable Runner award went to Nick Hill ’17; the Most Improved Runner award went to Oscar DeFrancis ’20 and Caleb Stern ’19; the Sportsmanship award went to Tyler Greenwood ’17 and Nat Markey ’20. Next year’s captains will be Rob Champigny ’18, Oliver Lawrence ’18, and Bryan Soder ’17.