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Athletes of the Week

Poojaa Prakash Babu ’21- Girls Varsity Cross Country

Poojaa was a major factor in the Wildcats win over Miss Porter’s School on Saturday. She continues to improve as an important member of our top varsity group.  Against Miss Porter’s, she broke into Williston’s top five for the first time this season, achieving a personal 5K record of 24:31 on our very challenging home course.  She started the season as the teams 14th finisher against Kent, and since then she has placed 9th, 6th, 6th, and now 5th for the team.  She chopped an incredible 5:03 from the first home race to the second, the most dramatic improvement on the team.  Poojaa trains hard every day and she can be counted on every Saturday to compete with intensity and determination.

Henri Bourque ’20- Varsity Football

Henri has been a pivotal player for the Wildcat’s both offensively and defensively so far this season. On Saturday, against Trinity Pawling his offensive ability was clear as he contributed from many different positions. On the day he had 102 yards receiving, a touchdown, led the team with 34 rushing yards, and also completed a pass. Henri’s ability is only part of his contributions to the team. He is a quiet, led by example type, who is always striving to better himself and his teammates on and off the field. The Wildcats will continue to look to Henri’s solid play for the rest of the season.

Dani Marquez ’18- Girls Varsity Volleyball

Dani Marquez has been a tremendous leader this year for the Wildcats. She has let her actions and her play show her teammates the right way to do things. She gives 100% effort in everything she does. Whether that is practice, a game, or picking up a teammate with quick look that says “you got this”. She demonstrates her dedication and effort by continuously working on her skills. When she finds a few moments of free time during practice she takes that time to work on her craft. In games, she is a fighter. No matter what she is working to make sure the ball does not hit the floor. She does all of this at a high level all the while playing in nearly every point of every game. Dani will continue to be an extremely valuable asset to the squad this season.

Nat Markey ’20- Boys Varsity Cross Country

Nat has had a great start this year for the Wildcats as he has made a huge jump in his performance and running since last season.  He has consistently been running in the team’s third spot this season.  His performance on Saturday was outstanding as he held off Avon’s top runner in the opening mile and through half of the race.  He made a great move in the second half to create a big gap between him and the Avon runner.  Nat finished third and this guaranteed a win for the Cats.  Nat did a lot of terrific training this past summer and has continued to push himself every day in practice while finishing all of his runs with a big smile. Nat is a great role model to all of the runners this fall and his leadership will continue to be a fire setting spark.

Sophie Weed ’18- Girls Varsity Soccer

Sophie has been a big part of the Wildcats success this season. Playing in the midfield she often provides the spark the team needs to be successful.  This week she scored a beautiful goal to lift the Wildcats over Westminster on the road.  Sophie works hard to be her best for her teammates and she consistently leads by example. Sophie’s competitive nature is contagious, and she is always exemplifying what it means to be a team first type player.

Kate McDermott ‘21- Varsity Field Hockey

Kate has had an outstanding start to her Williston career.  She’s been consistently playing on the forward line for the Wildcats and scored the lone goal in the team’s game against Ethel Walker. Kate leads by example as she is an extremely hard worker on and off the field, continuously striving to better not only herself but also her teammates. Her field hockey skills are strong to begin with but it is clear that she strives for perfection daily. She also has a great attitude day in and day out that seems to be contagious for the rest of the team. Kate will continue to be an instrumental part of the Wildcats this fall.

Will Strout ‘20- JV Football

Will was a force from his middle linebacker position on defense side against a much larger squad from Deerfield Academy.  Will led the team in tackles, forced a fumble, and had an interception.  Not only did he perform on the defensive side of the ball, but offensively he was responsible for numerous rushing yards.  Will is the spiritual leader of the team, as he brings passionate play and solid sportsmanship in addition to his superb football skill.

 Emily O’Brien ‘21 -Girls JV Soccer

Emily is a player who has displayed discipline and consistency all season for the Wildcats.  As the squads last defender, she has been both strong and smart in playing her position. She communicates well to her teammates and is a great role model of hard work. This past week she had to contain and run against many fast opponents, she stepped hard to each ball and gave every play her best. She is always playing to improve her abilities as well as her teammates.

Aidan McCreary ’19- Boys JVB Soccer

Aidan is having a strong season on defense for the Wildcats.  During the last two games he has had two very impressive performances. On Saturday, against Pomfret, his outstanding play continued as he was a pivotal performer for the Wildcats. As a leader of the defense he communicates with his teammates well and he is always ready to help other players hone their skill during games and practices.  Aidan has great instinct playing sweeper and he has proven to always be reliable in this position.


Athletes of the Week

Fiona Bundy ’18 – Girls Varsity Soccer

Fiona has been a key to the Wildcats success this season. This week alone, she was responsible for making key plays and stepping in to win many 50-50 balls on the defensive side.  She was a big reason the Wildcats earned two shutouts. Fiona leads by example as she is a tireless worker on and off the field and constantly trying to make herself and her teammates better.

Xavier Thibault ’18 – Varsity Football

Xavier has been a great leader on and off the field for the Wildcats this season as one of the team captains. On Saturday he had an outstanding game against Avon with a team high 7 tackles, 6.5 of those were for a loss of yardage. His day also included 4.5 sacks.  Not only did he get it done on the defensive end but he also had a very strong day on offense. Xavier now has 7.5 sacks in just 3 games this year. The Wildcats will continue to look to Xavier for his great play on the field and his leadership ability off the field.

Anna Richardson ’21- Girls Varsity Cross Country

Anna has been a very solid and reliable runner in the Wildcats top varsity group this season. She has placed 3rd for the team in each of the four races. On Saturday, against Westminster and Kingswood-Oxford, Anna battled the number two Westminster girl for most of the second half of the race, including a long uphill and a final sprint around the track.  Both girls were neck and neck for almost a mile, and Anna was able to win by a stride to take 4th place overall, helping the team beat Westminster 22-36.  Anna trains at practice each day with serious commitment and full energy, and she sets a strong tone for her teammates with maximum effort at every practice and race.

Dylan Agbarha ’18 – Boys Varsity Soccer

Dylan has had a tremendous week for the Wildcats.  He made an immediate impact versus Westminster on Wednesday. Westminster’s defense had a difficult time dealing with Dylan’s physical play up top. His presence in the game allowed his teammates to create more dangerous chances on the offensive end. He was instrumental in the Wildcats’ goal, providing the assist for Jake Goodman’s game tier.  On Saturday, Dylan changed positions to center back for the betterment of the team, showcasing his team-first mentality. He neutralized Millbrook’s dynamic forward for much of the game.  He was one of Williston’s best players on the day, and he helped secure a tie against a talented Millbrook team.

Gabby Dicomitis ’18 – Varsity Field Hockey

Gabby has been an immovable force in net this season for the Wildcats.  Her fantastic play continued this week against a physical Kent team on Wednesday, and in an even more important game on Saturday against Berkshire. She was able to keep a cool head for both games and was a difference maker. She logged 11 saves on Wednesday and 9 saves on Saturday, including one right at the buzzer.  As a senior leader of a very strong defense she has provided great communication and leadership skills, and her play has undoubtedly been a big part of the Wildcats success this season.

Maxwell Edwards ’22 – Boys Junior Soccer

Max has been a consistently hard working member of the Wildcats team this season. He shows up to every practice with a positive attitude and ready to lead the team. On Wednesday, the Wildcats were losing 1-3 at half time. Max scored a goal 8 seconds into the second half to help start the comeback. He also had an assist on the final goal to help the Wildcats win the game 4-3. Max is continuously working to perfect his craft and this hard work has shown early this season.

Taryn Queenin ‘21 – Girls JV Volleyball

Taryn has had a great season so far for the Wildcats. She showed great athleticism in this week’s games vs Deerfield and Berkshire. She took full control of her position on the court, providing excellent coverage on the defensive side while developing some power as an outside hitter. Taryn always makes an effort to get to the ball in order to keep the play alive. Her footwork and athleticism allowed for several saves that were key in the win over Berkshire. The Wildcats will continue to look to Taryn for her expertise and “team first” play for the remainder of the season.

Jaden Tanguay ’18 – Boys Varsity Water Polo

Jaden was a jack of all trades this week for the Wildcats. On Wednesday against Loomis Jaden led the team in scoring with 4 goals. On Saturday, his great play continued, as Jaden stepped into the emergency goalkeeper role against Suffield and made 9 saves including a penalty shot. Even though Jaden has only played water polo for two years, he has stepped into the role of co-captain, and he has been instrumental in the improved play of this gritty young team. The Wildcats will look to his leadership for the remainder of this season.

Lydia Ji ‘20 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

Lydia was a big part of the Wildcats success this week as she has brought new meaning to the words “quiet confidence”. She has quietly worked hard in practice taking every coaching tip and internalizing it and working at it. This hard work was put on display this week when Lydia took control of the middle blocker position. Against Berkshire and Pomfret on Saturday she got her hands on tough hits frequently. This gave her teammates the opportunity to make a better play on the ball. In addition to her strong play at the net, Lydia has proven herself to be one of the hardest servers on the team. Other teams have struggled to return her serves in a clean manner. Lydia has shown grit and determination in getting better at volleyball and has made huge strides to find her best self both on and off the court.

Chris Barber ’21 – JV Football

Chris was a standout on both offense and defense in the Wildcats game against Kingswood-Oxford last Wednesday.  He made numerous tackles on defense, but made his most significant contributions on offense where he made up the majority of Williston’s offensive production.  Chris had a number of long receptions, frequently breaking numerous tackles for long gains. Chris leads by example, as his hard work and determination, provide a great framework for the Wildcats to build upon.

Annika Jensen ‘23 – Girls JV Soccer

Annika has quickly become a critical player for the Wildcats, playing both midfield and forward.  She comes with a lot of soccer experience and shows incredible passion for the game.  She works hard to improve her skills during practices and she is a fearless competitor during games.  Annika is the team’s leading scorer, and she solidified a huge win against Deerfield last week with two stunning goals. Annika’s work ethic is second to none and she is always encouraging her teammates to perform to the best of their ability.

Alex Gutierrez ’21- Boys JVB Soccer

Alex has had a great start of the season for the Wildcats. Playing offense as a mid-fielder and forward, Alex has been a consistent shot taker.  This week, he scored two goals against Salisbury on Wednesday, and on Saturday continued his stellar play by scoring 2 more times against Vermont Academy.  Alex is recognized for his aggressive attack, dribbling, close ball control, and shots on goal. His team relies on Alex to take any shot he can on goal, and he will continue to be a big part of the team’s success this season.


Athletes of the Week

Elijah Hutchinson ‘18 – Varsity Football

Elijah has been a big part of the Wildcats’ successes so far this season. He had a great game Saturday night at Taft as he contributed in all three phases of the game. Defensively he was a responsible for only allowing Taft to pass for 47 yards, basically shutting down their passing game. Offensively he had a catch at wide receiver and also had two rushes for 15 yards at running back. On special teams he continued to be a contributor on kickoff, kickoff return, punt, and punt return. Elijah has stepped up huge this season and helps lead his team through his hard work off the field and his determined play on the field.

Claire Harrison ‘19 – Girls Cross Country

Claire has had a great start to the season for the Wildcats. On Saturday, she again placed second for Williston, placing her 15th out of 60 runners at the Richard Miller Invitational. She ran a 5K time of 22:42 on a tough Westminster course, over a minute faster than her time on the same course last year. With a completely reliable and impressive effort and attitude, Claire continues to serve as an exemplary role model in practice and in races. Claire provides unswerving and enthusiastic support of her teammates and she remains a crucial runner on the team.

Wyatt Wegrzyn ‘19 – Boys Varsity Soccer

Wyatt has proven to be a great leader for the Wildcats’ midfield this season. The Wildcats remain undefeated, largely because of his efforts, as he has been instrumental in both attack and defense in every game. Recently, he scored a game-tying goal against powerhouse Cushing, and he scored and assisted in a 6-1 defeat of Pomfret. Wyatt will continue to play a crucial role for the team as they head into a challenging October schedule.

Dylan Fulcher- Melendy ‘20 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

Dylan has been a rock of consistency and support for the Wildcats this season. She possesses a tireless work ethic, always trying to better herself and her teammates. Recently, she has answered the call of her team by moving positions to setter, showing her “team first” mentality. Against Stoneleigh Burnham her tireless effort showed as she was able to set up her teammates for some excellent hits.  Dylan is always prepared and encourages her teammates to keep working and keep smiling!

Nick Sinofsky ‘20- Boys Cross country

Nick has been a great addition to the Wildcats this fall.  His performance on Saturday at the Richard Miller Invitational was exceptional.  He ran a smart race starting in the top five and moved his way up to third in the middle mile of the race.  In the final stretch on the track, he passed a runner from Westminster to earn 2nd place out of 63 runners. Nick ran 17:30, which is a minute improvement over his personal best. Nick has been our number 1 runner in all three races this season.  He arrives ready to work hard, pushes himself and teammates and is eager to do well in practice and races.

Campbell Nyarady ‘19– Girls Varsity Soccer

Campbell has come up big on many occasions for the Wildcats this season.  She is a constant offensive threat, and this week she proved it even more. On Wednesday she had a goal and an assist against a strong Hotchkiss team. On Saturday, she wasn’t done, as she added another goal against nearby rival Wilbraham Monson.  Campbell is a hard worker and a tremendous competitor who always does whatever her team asks of her to help the team be successful. Her “team first” mentality provides a great example for everyone on the team.

Shogo Kamei ’20 –  Boys Varsity Water Polo

Shogo has made impressive strides so far this season. Only playing water polo for the past several weeks, he was thrust into a starting role in the game against Hotchkiss. His amazing effort on both the defensive and offensive ends of the pool were instrumental in the team’s 11-8 victory. He managed to score 3 of the teams goals, which was the difference in the game. Shogo’s intense effort and vast improvement so far this season are indicative of the team’s progress thus far this season.

Julia MacLean ‘18 – Varsity Field Hockey

Julia has really hit her stride this year for the Wildcats. As a senior, she has emerged as a skilled leader on our forward line and is one of our top scorers. She added to her stats by scoring 3 goals this week alone against tough squads from Hotchkiss and Millbrook. She is a versatile and athletic player and she has been such an important part of the team’s success, as she can be moved to any position on the field when needed.  This alone proves that she has a “team first” mentality, which provides a great example for her teammates.

George Goodhead ‘18 – Boys JVB Soccer

As a new goalie, George has strived to stop every shot that comes his way for the Wildcats. In a hard fought battle with Salisbury last week, he was instrumental in keeping the final score manageable and he gave his team a shot at a comeback. He played excellent as he stopped every ground shot and even stretched to the bar, tipping hard shots away. The Wildcats will continue to look to him in their times of need this season.

Ella Goodman ’19 – Girls JV Soccer

Ella has been a force for the Wildcats so far this season. She has been working extremely hard on and off the field. This paid off on Saturday as she was recognized by her opponents as player of the match! She leads by example everyday showing her teammates the meaning of sportsmanship and hard work!

Jade Chan ‘20- Girls JV Volleyball

Jade has played great for the Wildcats all year. This week, she showed great athleticism and skill against Pomfret and Stoneleigh Burnham. In both games she had several consecutive aces helping lead her team to victory. She has also shown great leadership as a secondary captain for the team in her enthusiastic support for her teammates. She is consistent as both a setter and an attacker, and can play with anyone on the court. The Wildcats will continue to look to Jade when the team needs her most.


Athletes of the Week

Madison Fulcher-Melendy ’18 – Girls Varsity Soccer

Madison has had a fantastic start to the season for the Wildcats. She scored 2 goals and had one assist against Williams College JV on Wednesday, and continued her great play in the big win over Kingswood-Oxford on Saturday. She created many dangerous opportunities on offense and played outstanding defense helping to stop a dangerous KO team. Madison has been a great leader on and off the field for the Wildcats this season leading by example.  She consistently works to make her teammates as well as herself better in every aspect of the game. Continue reading

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! Continue reading

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