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Athletes of the Week

Duncan LeXander ’18- Varsity Boys Basketball  

Despite two tough team losses, Duncan continued his fine play as one of the team’s veteran leaders.  On Wednesday against Suffield, he scored 18 points and helped keep the team within striking distance. On Saturday he followed up with another 14 points against MacDuffie, including 3 three pointers. As the team’s best free throw shooter, he was 9 of 10 in both games.  Duncan’s positive competitive spirit and commitment to being the best teammate he can be is a big part of his terrific contribution to this year’s team. The team will continue to look to Duncan’s leadership to help them through the rest of their challenging season.

Gabby Jones ’18- Girls Varsity Hockey

Gabby has had a tremendous stretch and had some big goals for the Wildcats this season. At the Winchendon Tournament right after the new year, she was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts. In the past week, she continues to be a leader and offensive force for the team as she contributed three goals and an assist in the 5-0 over Berkshire. Many of her goals and line-mates’ goals have come from her outstanding efforts on the defensive side of the puck.  Additionally, Gabby continued her contributions on Friday night as she tallied a big goal and assist in the 5-4 win vs. St. Marks. Gabby’s play and leadership have been crucial to the team’s success this season.

Henry Poehlein ’18 – Boys Varsity Squash

Henry has been a crucial part of the Wildcat’s success this season. On Saturday, it proved to be no different. He was under tremendous pressure to get the win, as St. Mark’s fought from behind to take a 3-2 advantage and only needed one more match to seal the overall win. Falling down 2 sets to 1 early on, he turned on the “afterburners” in the 4th set and shocked his opponent with blinding speed and accuracy. Henry dug deep and won the match for himself and for Williston!

Nico Gomes-Rapozza ’22- Co-ed 3rds Squash

Since the start of the season, Nico has demonstrated a continuous and contagious love for the game of squash. Nico regularly arrives early to practice and he is often the last one to leave the court. He frequently assists novice players to improve their serving and return technique while fostering their confidence in the sport. This past Saturday, Nico led the thirds squash team to an exciting and challenging match against Bement, encouraging his teammates to keep an eye on their opponent throughout the match and maintain control of the court. Nico embodies a can-do mindset to learning new skills by watching the homework videos and then putting them to practice the following day.

Jade Chan ’20 – Girls JV Hockey

Jade has been a force in net for the Wildcats this season.  In the squad’s recent come from behind 5-3 win over Berkshire, Jade recorded 22 saves and helped keep her team in the game. On Saturday against Westminster, Jade managed to again produce another 22 saves in the eventual loss for the Wildcats. Jade has slid into the squad’s starting goalie spot this season and has been vital to the team’s success so far.

Mateo Bratt ’23- Boys 4ths Basketball

Mateo has had a great season so far for the Wildcats. On Wednesday, against Kingswood-Oxford, he played a key role in getting the squad started by knocking down two big 3’s early in the game. On Saturday against Bement, he continued his fantastic play, as he led the team with 8 points. Not only was he stellar on the offensive end of the floor, but he was disruptive on the defensive end, forcing turnovers which created opportunities for his teammates. Mateo has been a great leader this season for the Mighty Fourths.


Athletes of the Week

Filip Rebraca ‘18 – Boys Varsity Basketball

Filip has been a key cog in the early season success for varsity boys basketball.  As the anchor of the team’s defense, he sets the tone with his great determination and energy.  An uncanny shot blocker, Filip’s ability to defend 4 to 5 positions on the court are unique.  In an exciting three point win over Deerfield, Filip rebounded from a challenging Friday evening to have a terrific game.  He provided great interior defense and timely scoring with 11 points including a three pointer and a halftime tip at the buzzer to give Williston its first lead.

Sarah Sullivan ‘19- Girls Varsity Basketball 

Sarah has been a relentless force offensively and defensively this season for the Wildcats. Before the break, at the teams annual Ray Brown Holiday tournament she put up an impressive 30 points, 4 blocks, and 11 boards to help the Wildcats beat BB&N in the championship game of the tournament. This week against Berkshire, she tallied 20 points, went 6/6 from the foul line, and finished with 10 boards, accumulating her sixth double-double on the season. The Wildcats will continue to look to Sarah to be a consistent play maker and leader for the remainder of this competitive season.

Molly Kinstle ‘21- Girls Varsity Swimming

Molly has been a force in the water for the Wildcats this season. On Saturday at the KO Invitational, she continued her streak as she won both her races, making her 8 for 8 on the season in her individual swims. In addition to her wildly successful individual performances she has been a vital part of the relay team, as her performance helped the squad nab 6 relay victories. Molly’s work ethic, team first mentality and performance in the pool has greatly helped the team achieve an early undefeated season.

Vishnu Sekar ‘19- Boys Varsity Squash

Vishnu has been playing very well for the boys varsity squash team so far this season. On Saturday, he won a tough match for the team against a talented Trinity Pawling squad. The win for the Wildcats did not come easy, as lengthy points and lengthy games, made it that much more difficult. Fighting through numerous momentum shifts, Vishnu went the distance to take the win in the fifth set. In addition to his stellar play, Vishnu’s work ethic on and off the court provide a positive example for the whole squad. Vishnu’s positive attitude is contagious, helping to create a great environment during practice and matches.

Atah Okaisabor ‘18– Girls JV Squash

As senior co-captain for the Wildcats, Atah has been a big part of the teams’ success this season. On Saturday, she won her match against Berkshire. Playing against a competitive team and player, she played every point. Fighting through fatigue, she ended up playing all 5 of her games and refused to give up. She makes tremendous progress day in and day out, and it clearly shows. Atah’s work ethic provides a great example for the whole squad and has developed into a great leader for the team.

Jackson Frechette ‘22- Coed Thirds Squash

Since day one of the squash season, Jackson has demonstrated purpose, passion, and integrity on and off the court. He always works with purpose to perfect his skills on the court and has demonstrated passion for the team by volunteering to instruct novice players as they practice the basics of serving and returning the ball. His integrity to the Thirds team is evident in how he fosters team spirit by rallying everyone to be and play their best regardless of the points in the match and the size of their opponent. Jackson is quickly developing into a fantastic leader and the team will continue to look to him to lead them in the best direction.


Athletes of the Week

Abood Abuissa ’18- Boys Varsity Basketball

Abood’s inspired play has been instrumental in leading varsity boys basketball to a 3-0 start this season.   In consecutive wins over AA schools Gould Academy and Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Abood made a number of “winning plays” on both ends of the court to spark his team.  His infectious positive energy and leadership have made a tremendous difference in helping the team get off to a great start. Continue reading

Athletes of the Week

Mike Manley ’18- Boys Varsity Basketball

Mike had a terrific game on Saturday, leading varsity boys’ basketball to a gritty 64-59 season opening victory at Noble and Greenough. Mike demonstrated great poise and competitiveness in making a number of big plays at critical junctures of the game.   He led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points while also doing a terrific job of defending Noble’s high scoring point guard. Varsity boys basketball will continue to look to Mike as one of its team leaders this winter. Continue reading

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Emma Gould ’18 – Girls Cross Country

Emma has had a great season for the Wildcats. This week, she again placed in the top seven, as she has almost every race this season. Emma had a strong race in the 6 school meet, helping the Wildcats go 6-0 on the day. Her displacement of Westover’s 5th runner accomplished the tie-break in a 28-28 contest, giving Williston the win over Westover, and securing a sweep on the day and an 11-2 record for the season. Emma continues to be a hard worker in practice, a great teammate, and a fierce competitor every Saturday. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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