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Prioritize, Analyze, Attack: 3 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Players Receive Honors

Bridget Instrum '12

At the end of the spring 2012 season, three members of the Williston Northampton girls varsity lacrosse team—Bridget Instrum ’12 of Granby, MA; Katie Cavanaugh ’12 of South Hadley, MA; and Karly Simpson ’13 of South Hadley, MA—were honored by US Lacrosse.

The title ‘All-American’ is a designation used to honor high-school lacrosse players, both on and off the field, by US Lacrosse, a national sports organization.  US Lacrosse annually awards the title of All-American or Academic All-American to a group of athletes who have been nominated by their coaches.

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Spring Athletic Awards Announced

The spring season athletic awards assembly was held on Monday, May 28, 2012. The Athletic Department presented the Blanket Award for participation—followed by the George Denman Award and the Alumnae Award, which are presented to a senior boy and girl. In addition, the award winners for individual sports were announced.

The Blanket Award is given in recognition of those students who have participated on a team in every season they have been in the upper school at Williston. The following students were presented Blanket Awards at the awards assembly.

One-year students
Keegan Dunlop, Sam Fallon, Dan Graham, Michael Grassi, Tommy Jenkins, Caitlin Lynch, Steve Metayer, Andrew Spruck, James Ward

Two-year students
Katie Cavanaugh, Valerie Moon, Jay Sylvia

Three-year students
Hunter Snyder, Kathryn Tomaselli, Noelle Messner, Alex Paolo

Four-year students
Maura Abbott, Connor Adams, Kevin Conroy, Jill Dahrooge, Brandon Diaz, Alex Doudnikoff, Lexie Duseau, Alex Garcia, Sam Goldsmith, Bridget Instrum, Walter McLaughlin, Addison Morse, Alex Nunnelly, Daniel Rowe, Connor Sheehan, Sam Slezek, Sarah Wilkie, Simon Wool, Katie Yochim

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Athletes of the Week – May 14th

Jack Shumway ‘13

A co-captain of the boys’ varsity lacrosse team, Jack led the team in points with 30 goals and 19 assists. Highlighted by a 5 goal 2 assist to help lead the team over Loomis Chaffee, Jack has been a key component to the team’s offensive productivity and has been a positive leader both on and off the field.


Karly Simpson ‘13

Karly has played critical role on the girls’ varsity lacrosse team this year. Coming up big in recent wins against Deerfield, Pomfret and KO Karly’s play has been outstanding. At the Central New England Tournament last Saturday, Karly was named tournament MVP with 10 goals in 3 games to help Williston earn the championship.

Matt Cavanaugh ‘14

Matt pitched an outstanding game against Easthampton last Saturday for the jv baseball team. Matt struck out 15 and allowed only one hit in the game. Matt has been a solid team contributor all season with a positive attitude and superb work ethic.

Holleran, Rowe and Thomas Win NE Championships

Three Williston athletes emerged as New England Champions at the NEPSAC Division II Championships held this past Saturday at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.

Senior Daniel Rowe won the 100 meter dash in a photo finish with a time of 11.20 sec. Rowe also finished second in the 200 meter dash in 22.70 sec., which ties the school record set in 2005 by Sidney Baptista ’05.

Senior Joey Holleran finished first in the javelin with a toss of 157′ 2″ to claim a New England title.

In the girls’ meet, freshman Gabby Thomas successfully defended her New England title in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.43 sec. Thomas also won the long jump with a leap of 17′ 7.25″, which is also a new school record. The previous record, set in 2007, was held by Annie Huyler ’08.

Athletes of the Week – May 7th

Caitlin Berube ‘13

Caitlin has been playing outstanding golf this season. She was Williston’s medalist in the team’s recent victories over Choate, and Westover shooting a 42 on the nine hole course. Caitlin has played an instrumental part in helping the team to a 9-1-1 record thus far.



James Porricelli ‘12

Senior, James Porricelli has played consistent tennis over the course of the season. He always displays a positive attitude and a competitive spirit. Playing in the #6 spot on the ladder, James has been the team’s lone winner in recent tough matches against tough Avon and Westminster opponents.


Abby Walker ‘14

Abby has been outstanding in goal for the girls JV lacrosse team this spring. In recent games with strong NMH and Choate opponents Abby made many key saves to help the team earn ties in both games. Abby’s leadership on and off the field has allowed her to maintain a positive attitude and a poised presence in net.

Athletes of the Week – Apr. 23rd

Brandon Diaz ’12 and Jay Sylvia ‘12

Against Millbrook on Saturday, seniors Brandon Diaz and Jay Sylvia were outstanding at the plate. Diaz went 3-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and two walks, while Sylvia went 4-5 including three home runs and seven RBI. Sylvia currently has a .350 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage and five home runs so far this season. Diaz, with four home runs, has a .474 batting average. Diaz and Sylvia have both hit home runs in three of the team’s seven games thus far.

Gabby Thomas ‘15

A week ago in the girls’ track team’s season opening meet against Vermont and Cheshire, Gabby set a school record in the triple jump with a leap of 35’6″ surpassing the old record by almost two feet. Last weekend, at the Deerfield Relays Gabby cleared 5’0″ which is a personal best by 4″ and is only 3” from the school record.

Jay Brennan ‘15

JV Baseball standout, Jay Brennan, went 3-3 with two doubles, a single and a stolen base in last Wednesday’s match-up against Eaglebrook. In Saturday’s seventh-inning comeback win over Rectory, Jay was 2-4 with one run, one RBI, two stolen bases and a number of great defensive plays in the field. On the week Jay was 5-7 with two doubles, three stolen bases, a run and a RBI.

Gabby Thomas ’15 Shatters Triple Jump Record

describe the imageFreshman Gabby Thomas set a new school record in the triple jump on Wednesday with a leap of 35′ 6″. The previous record of 33′ 10″ was held by Annie Huyler ’08. Thomas, who is the defending NEPSAC Div. II 100 meter champion, also won the high jump and 100 meter dash and was a member of the winning 4×100 relay team in the team’s win over Cheshire Academy.

Athletes of the Week – Apr. 16th

DSC 0186reimundKerri Reimund ‘13
Kerri is off to a great start to the season for the varsity softball team. Playing the catcher position this year her defensive play has been outstanding and a large factor in the team’s success. She also leads the team in batting average (.600) and runs scored.


Watt Iamsuri ‘12
In matches against Millbrook and Gunnery, Watt hung tough to win both of his singles matches in third set tiebreakers. Over the course of these two matches, Watt played five tiebreakers and came away with 3 wins. During every match and practice, Watt displays impeccable sportsmanship and is always positive as he helps lead his team by example.

Jenny Hall ‘12
In JV Softball’s opening game against Berkshire, Jenny was outstanding on the mound pitching a complete game and recording 8 strikeouts along the way. In addition, she went 5 for 5 from the plate, including a double and a grand slam home run. Jenny’s hard work and leadership have set a positive and competitive tone for the team.

Athletes of the Week – Apr. 9th

DSC 0021instrumBridget Instrum ‘12
A tri-captain of the girls’ varsity lacrosse team, Bridget has started the season fast scoring nine goals in the team’s season opening 20-8 win over a strong Hotchkiss team. Bridget followed this up by scoring five goals in the team’s 9-3 win over Wilbraham & Monson.



DSC 0296grassiMichael Grassi ‘12
Mike is off to a great start to the baseball season. In the team’s opener against Wilbraham & Monson he had three hits and five RBI including a walk-off grand slam to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Mike is a consistent hard worker in practice and leads by example.

Kevin Conroy ’12 Recipient of the 2012 Dr. Frank L. Boyden Award

Kevin Conroy PictureSenior Kevin Conroy is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Frank L. Boyden Award, an honor presented by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Conroy was honored at an award and dinner ceremony at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on April 1. Continue reading