Fall season athletic awards were announced in assembly on Tuesday, November 29th. Below are the award winners for each team.
Girls Varsity Cross Country
Most Valuable Runner Award – Devon Greenwood ‘13
Most Improved Runner Award – Rachel Pierce ’12
Sportsmanship Award – Lexie Duseau ’12
Christie Valine ‘12
Christie stepped into a starting role on defense in games against Deerfield and NMH last week for the varsity field hockey team. Her solid play was a key to the team’s 2-0 win at Deerfield. Against NMH Christie contained their leading scorer and helped the Wildcats finish the regular season on a high note.
John Woodside ‘13
Jon played a tremendous game both offensively and defensively in the varsity football team’ win over St. Thomas More. John’s solid blocking helped the team average 10 yards per carry. On defense he had six tackles and two quarterback sacks. John has been a consistent, hard-nosed player all season long.
Taylor Cheria ‘15
Taylor had a goal and an assist for the girls jv soccer team in their season ending 2-1 win against Northfield Mt. Hermon, to help the team finish on a positive note.
Taylor’s tenacious play has contributed to her success as one of the team’s most consistent offensive threats all season long.
On Saturday at the NEPSTA Cross Country All-Star Meet both Williston runners had outstanding races. In the girls race Devon Greenwood ’13 finished 10th of 51 runners with a time of 19:54 on the 5K course. On the boys side Andy Pierce ’13 ran a time of 17:18, which placed him 12th in the field of 42 runners. Continue reading
Williston’s field hockey and boys soccer teams advanced to the semi-finals in NEPSAC tournaments, while the girls soccer lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision to the Groton School in a quarterfinal game.
Field hockey scored a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over visiting Miss Porter’s School. Porters took a 1-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game and held Williston scoreless until the Wildcats broke through with 17 minutes remaining on a goal by senior Jill Dahrooge (assist to Bridget Instrum ’12). Williston had a host of chances late in regulation but could not beat Christen Safko, the Porter’s keeper. Just two minutes into overtime, Bridget Instrum scored the game winner on a hard shot from the left side of the goal. Williston will play 2nd seeded Middlesex, who beat BB&N 4-1. The game will be played at Phillips Andover at 2:00pm on Saturday.
Three Williston teams have qualified for post-season play in NEPSAC tournaments. Quarterfinal round games will be played on Wednesday afternoon. Field Hockey (12-3) is seeded third and will host Miss Porter’s (9-4-1) at 2:15pm. Boys Soccer (8-3-3) is seeded seventh and will travel to Dedham, MA to play second seeded Noble & Greenough (13-2-1) at 2:00pm. Girls Soccer (6-4-4) is seeded sixth and will travel to Groton, MA to play the Groton School (9-5-1) at 2:00pm.
In addition, two Williston cross country runners will be competing at the NEPSTA Cross Country All-Star Meet on Saturday at St. Mark’s School. The race includes the top twenty finishers from each division of the New England’s held this past Saturday. Representing Williston will be Devon Greenwood, who finished 10th in the girls race and Andy Pierce, who finished 15th in the boys race on Saturday. Continue reading
Mark Richards ‘13
Mark scored the game’s only goal on Saturday as the boys’ varsity soccer team defeated Deerfield 1-0 on the road. Mark deftly created room for himself against two defenders and placed the ball into the far corner of the net giving Williston the win. Mark leads the team with 14 goals on the season, but none was timelier than the goal on Saturday.
Amanda Cronin ‘13
Amanda has been a consistent contributor for the girls varsity soccer team holding down the defensive line as sweeper. Amanda comes to every game and every practice with a positive attitude, competitive drive, and will to win. Her tenacity and relentless play has helped the Wildcats in their 2-0 victories over Hotchkiss, Westminster, and Suffield.
Mike Lloyd ‘16
Mike has been playing in different positions during the season, but has excelled while playing forward. Mike has scored three goals in both of the team’s recent wins over Bement and Wilbraham & Monson. Mike brings a positive attitude to practice each day and provides strong leadership to the team.
Laura Aptowitz ‘13
In her first year of playing goalie, Laura has played a key role in many close games this season including an overtime win over Westminster and a 5-1 victory over Pomfret last weekend. Laura brings a positive attitude and energetic spirit to practice every day setting a good example for her teammates.
Adam Curtis ‘12
A captain of the boys Cross Country team, Adam finished in first place at the team’s dual meet with Taft on Saturday. Adam ran a personal best by 47 seconds as he won the first race of his career. His time moved him up to 8th place on the Williston Honor Roll. Adam has been an outstanding leader for the team all year.
Calvin Frye ‘16
Calvin Frye has made quite the splash in his first year of playing water polo for the boys jv team. He has been a primary contributor for the boys JV water polo team in both the offensive and defensive ends of the pool. Coach Feinstein looks forward to watching Calvin excel as he gains experience as a water polo player.
Andy Pierce ‘13
In Saturday’s meet against Avon Andy finished first for Williston and second overall with a time of 17:26. That time moves him up to 8th place on the honor roll of best Williston times on our course. Andy is a fierce competitor and has been a team leader all season.
Caitlin Riley ‘12
A captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team, Caitlin as led the defense effort for the Wildcats as they have jumped out to a 5-1-3 early season record. Last week with Caitlin at stopper the team recorded shutout wins over both Cushing and Westminster. Caitlin has been an excellent leader both on and off the field for this young team.
Matt Cullen ‘15
Matt has been a steady player from his sweeper position for the boys third soccer team. He is always well positioned and reads the game very well. In the team’s most recent game he scored the game-tying goal with just five minutes left in the contest.
Bridget Instrum ‘12
A captain of the varsity field hockey team, Bridget continues to provide strong leadership both on and off the field. Her offensive play has helped the team get off to an impressive 5-1 start to the season. Last week Bridget scored six goals and one assist in the team’s victories over Kent and Berkshire.
Pierre DeLiso ‘12
Pierre has anchored the boys’ varsity soccer team’s back line leading to four shutouts in their first six games as they have posted a 5-1 record. On Saturday Pierre also converted a penalty kick to give the team a 1-0 lead in the Wildcat’s eventual 2-0 win over visiting Millbrook.
Jenna Phelan ‘15
Jenna helped lead the girls’ jv soccer team to their first shutout victory of the season on Saturday as the team edged Berkshire 1-0. Playing half the game in net and half the game at forward, Jenna was a force on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. She helped create much of the offensive pressure that led to the game-winning goal late in the match against the Bears.
Devon Greenwood ’13
Devon is enjoying an excellent season for the girls cross country team. She has finished either first or second in each of her races this season, including invitationals. Last week she finished second of 126 runners at the Richard Miller Invitational at Westminster School. Her time of 20:46 was 50 seconds faster than her race on the same course last year. Coach Tuleja has been extremely impressed with Devon’s efforts and looks forward to the continuation of her success.
Chris Norberg ’12
Chris is off to a great start to the season for the varsity football team. Last week he led team in tackles in their 19-0 win over Canterbury. During that game he also had third interception in two games and scored a decisive touchdown late in the game on a terrific catch. Coach Conroy says that Chris brings a great work ethic and toughness to the team on a consistent basis.
Maggie Dewey ’13
Maggie has shown exemplary leadership as captain of the jv volleyball team in practices and games. She is pacing the offense this year hitting over 95% of her serves in, and scoring over 30 points on her serve alone the past two games . Her strong game and steady influence is allowing the young jv squad time to mature while experiencing success at the same time.