Athletes of the Week

Bryn Saarela ’20- Girls Varsity Softball

Bryn has worked to become an outstanding member of the squad this season. This week against Loomis she had a great line drive to right field scoring a teammate. Against a tough Cheshire squad she made three huge catches in center field that set the tone early. Offensively she had a hit and scored 3 runs. Against KO, while the game was tied up at 1-1, KO hit a deep shot to center field and Bryn fielded it beautifully, making a great throw to hold the runners.  Offensively she had a solid hit to right field as well. Overall, Bryn has worked tirelessly to learn the game, become a great hitter, and a competitive fielder!

Kai McCalla ’17- Girls Varsity Track

Kai ended the regular season with personal best throws in both the discus and the shot put. She extended her best shot put result to 27’9′, good enough for a convincing second place finish behind teammate Alexis Ryan. Earlier in the meet, Kai also recorded her best discus throw of her career, with a 79’11”, just inches behind a competitor from Hopkins.  Kai has been working hard this season on her form and the results show! Furthermore, she brings a certain amount of levity and camaraderie to the throwing group that adds to everyone’s positive experience.

Eni Ikuku ’17- Boys Varsity Track  

In his first meet back this season, Eni was able to record marks in the 100, 200, and long jump, qualifying for the New England’s in all three. Eni’s jump of 20’5″ easily won the long jump, while his run of 11.6 placed him second in the 100m dash. It was great to see Eni competing again, and he looks forward to his contributions at New England’s next week! Not only will his added athletic ability be helpful, but his leadership of the younger kids on the squad will be helpful as well.

Sophie Weed ’18- Girls Varsity Golf 

Sophie had her career low round of 41 at SCC last Wednesday in a tri-match with Miss Porter’s and Miss Hall’s. Sophie won both her matches and made an eagle on the par four third hole. Sophie has been an asset to the team all season and has been a big part of their successes. She works hard on and off the course to perfect her skill level. She is a sets a very positive example for the younger kids on the squad.

Jaden Tanguay ’18- Ultimate

Jaden has taken to Ultimate with great gusto and success. In our most recent tournament at NMH he pulled in 15 catches, 8 of which were scores. He has become a dominant and reliable offensive weapon for our team. Additionally, Jaden was asked to help shutdown another team’s top player. He was exceptional in that role and was able to limit the impact that player had on the game. Finally, and of  most importance, Jaden has helped create an atmosphere of levity and hard work on our team. He comes to every practice ready to work hard. While he is doing this, he always has a smile on his face and is pulling the rest of the team along with him.

Luke Po ’20- Boys Varsity Tennis

On Saturday the varsity tennis team had a great win over WMA, and Luke Po fought an incredible mental battle to earn his first singles win of the season! In the first set, he narrowly edged his opponent in extra game action, 7-5, but in the second set his opponent fought back and had a commanding lead at 4-1.  At that point Luke made some adjustments, staying mentally fearless, and turned the tables, winning the second set 7-5 and giving Williston our 6th point of the match toward an eventual 7-0 sweep.

Caitlin Keefe ‘18- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Catlin had a terrific week for the Wildcats.  Against Pomfret, she scored 4 goals and then turned around and scored a season high 7 goals against Kingswood Oxford.  Caitlin is one of the most dangerous scorers on the squad and is a huge reason for the team’s success this season.  She has also been an outstanding leader and a friend to all on the team.

Neha Nascimento ‘17 -Girls Varsity Water Polo

Neha has been instrumental to the success of this year’s water polo season. Her absolute commitment to the team has been evident at every practice as she works to improve. This past week she shut down the top scorers for both Hotchkiss and Loomis at her position at 2 meter defense. The icing on the cake for Neha was scoring her first career goal with a perfect high corner shot on a power play to guarantee a Williston playoff berth.

Karen Janocha ’19- Girls JV lacrosse. 

In addition to her stellar season of play, Karen is one of the most consistent and dedicated members.  As a proud leader of the defensive squad, she works hard every day to help others understand the game and enjoy the fun of playing defense!

Steven Wang ‘20 – Boys JV Tennis

Steven has exhibited improvement, a competitive mindset, and team spirit throughout the spring. This has resulted in his steady climb up the ladder, and on Wednesday, culminated in a decisive 8-6 match win versus his NMH opponent. He provides a positive example for everyone on the squad.


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