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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! Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Jordan Strum ’18, Girls Varsity Softball

Jordan has been an essential catalyst to the Wildcats’ success this season. She had 15 strikeouts in the win over Deerfield on Wednesday. Again on Saturday she showed her dominance by accumulating 5 strikeouts from the mound while offensively she had 3 hits, which included 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s against NMH.  Against Ethel Walker she had 6 strikeouts and 2 hits, 1 double, and the winning RBI. Against Choate, Jordan had strikeouts, a 1 homerun, a double, and 5 RBIs.  Not only does she lead her team through her performance, but her work ethic is second to none and it provides a great example
for her teammates!

Alex Bzdel ’17, Ultimate

As Alex’s first year with the Ultimate team, he has been a quick study to the game of ultimate and has found a great deal of comfort on the field becoming a great target for our throwers. In our most recent game Alex has thrown for 2 scores and has scored 3 points. Alongside his success on the field, he has shown a great desire to learn the game by asking questions and practicing different skills beyond what is asked of him in practice.

Chloe Prouty ’20, Girls Varsity Track

Chloe has been running great all season combining her hurdle experience and strength from XC to put up some good times in the 100H and 300H. She was unhappy with her races on Wednesday and came back Saturday with a new drive. Running into a strong headwind, she flew over the barriers in the 100 hurdles, winning easily and looking smooth in the process. Later in the meet, she was even with the girl from Hopkins after 200m, but kicked into another gear on the home straightaway to win the 300 hurdles by a clear margin.
In addition to being a successful hurdler, Chloe will also look to run the 800 and 3,000 before the season is over.

Oskar Lee ’18, Boys Varsity Track

Oskar has become a critical part of the boys 4×400 team, and that was on full display at the meets at KO and Westminster. Both races were close, and Oskar either held off his opponent or helped to put Williston even a bit further ahead. His 400 split times are steadily coming down, helping the team run some fast overall times. In the long jump on Saturday, Oskar set a personal best of 18’5″.   Also on Saturday, Oskar happily stepped up to the 4×100 “A” team and led off with a great leg, handing off the baton even with eventual winner Westminster.

Madison Fulcher-Melendy ’18, Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Madison plays with such determination and effort every game for the Wildcats. Against Choate she came up huge on both ends of the field.  She led the team in ground balls and assists and scored a huge goal to secure the win. She leads the team in assists and ground balls and is second in goals. She is the first up and down the field and lives the words “we are not tired” every day she plays.  Madison is a huge part of the team’s success this season as she consistently leads through example and provides a positive example for all of her teammates.

Katie Borden ’20, Girls JV Lacrosse

Katie has played well for the Wildcats this season. She had three goals in our game against Choate on Saturday, sparking an incredible come back.  Down 7-1 at the half, her first goal got the team moving, a rally that brought the score back to within 1!  Katie is a hard worker in practice and in games and she can be counted on to bring a positive “team first” mentality with her every day.

Tosh Ayabe ’18, Boys JV Tennis

Tosh broke through with the first dominant win of the season for the team.  Playing at the number three singles position this past Saturday, he earned a straight set 6-3, 6-1 victory.  As one of the tri-captains, Tosh demonstrates a willingness to lead, consistently brings a focus on improvement to practice, and honorably represents Williston with graceful sportsmanship win or lose.  He has been a crucial leader for the wildcats this season.


Athletes of the Week

Elin Blomquist ’18- Girls Varsity Track

At our second home meet of the year, Elin placed second in both the 100 and the 200 with very respectable times. She was also a member of the runner-up 4×100 and 4×400 teams. At a tri meet, that means she was responsible for 12 of the team’s 63 points. Not content with a string of second places, Elin would turn up the intensity at Saturday’s meet at Suffield. There, she won the 100, again took second in the 200, and was a member of the winning 4×400 team. These strong performances helped set the tone for a strong showing against Suffield and Miss Porter’s. A year ago, Elin and the girl’s team beat Suffield by 25 points, but on Saturday, they widened that margin to 55 points! Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Abigail Touhey ’22- Girls Varsity Track

Abigail has started off strong for the Wildcats this season. On Wednesday, Abigail ran the 1500m, running a quick 5:45. She raced side by side with her teammate the entire three and three-quarter laps, and had just enough of a kick to nab the win at the finish line. On Saturday, at the competitive Deerfield Relays, Abigail was the anchor leg of the distance medley relay. She got the baton in a tight three-way race, but after just a lap, it was just her and a girl from Andover. Abigail ran a courageous and tough race, helping the team earn a well-deserved 2nd place in the junior DMR, running a 5:51. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Gabby Jones ’18 –Varsity Softball

Gabby has been on fire during the start the season for the Wildcats. This week alone she accumulated 4 hits, including a homerun and a double, 4 runs scored, and 5 RBIs against Marianapolis Prep. She continued her dominance against Westminster, as she went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, and again against Berkshire where she muscled another 4 hits, 2 of which were doubles, 3 runs, and 4 RBI’s.  An outstanding 3 game week for the junior. Defensively, she played both short stop and 3rd base for the Wildcats, demonstrating her versatility in the field. Gabby has a work ethic that is second to none and always encourages her teammates to give their best effort on and off the field. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Mason Balch ’18- Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Mason had a fantastic week for the Wildcats varsity lacrosse team. On Wednesday, he contributed 4 goals and 3 assists in a narrow loss to Albany Academy. His great play continued on Saturday as he finished the day with 3 goals and 5 assists in a league-opening win against Gunnery. His 7 goals and 8 assists lead the team in both categories. Mason’s team first mentality and tireless effort to perfect his craft provides a great example for everyone on the team! Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Devin DeVerry ’17- Boys Varsity Skiing


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


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

Athletes of the Week

Spencer Danforth ’17 – Boys Varsity Basketball


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

Athletes of the Week

David Fitch ’17 – Boys Varsity Swimming


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