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Athletes of the Week – Oct. 8th

Evan Jacobson ‘13, Corey Palumbo ‘13

Evan and Corey ran neck and neck to take the top two spots in Saturday’s boys’ cross country victory against Kingswood-Oxford and Westminster. Both runners ran personal bests of 16:28 on the 3.1 mile course, moving up to 3rd and 4th on the Williston Honor Roll of top times on the home course by Williston runners.

Khrystyna Vatseba ‘13

Khrystyna has been an outstanding leader for the varsity volleyball team all season. Khrystyna had a strong serve and played well defensively in the team’s games with Deerfield and Berkshire last week. Khrystyna brings a positive attitude and competitive spirit to every practice and match.

Gabby Brown ‘17

Gabby helped the girls jv soccer team defeat Berkshire 2-0 on Saturday with a great cross into the box for teammate Taylor Cheria to finish. Since the beginning of the season Gabby has spearheaded the attack for the team. She has propelled the team’s offense with her strong ball possession abilities and by making smart runs to the goal.


Community Tailgate Cancelled

To ensure the safety of our friends, families, and fans, we have decided to cancel next weekend’s Community Tailgate. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. The boys varsity and junior varsity football teams will play on Saturday, October 13, at times that have not yet been determined. Please check the school’s website early next week for game times.

Easthampton has recently been labeled a high risk area for mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). EEE is a rare viral infection that is dangerous to humans; it is spread through infected mosquito bites. The Department of Public Health has confirmed three cases of human EEE infection across Massachusetts this year. Officials also have reported 13 cases of another mosquito-transmitted disease, West Nile Virus, in Massachusetts.

Email questions or comments to Liz Cheney, Interim Assistant Director of Alumni Relations  or (413) 529-3074. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Athletes of the Week – October 1st

Taylor Senecal ‘14

In the varsity field hockey’s 6-0 win over Millbrook on Saturday, Taylor notched a goal and an assist. Taylor’s play in transition and on defense was an important factor in keeping the Mustangs off the scoreboard as the team notched their second shutout of the season.


Matt Friere ‘13

Matt has had a notable start to the season for the boys’ varsity water polo team. In Saturday’s doubleheader against Hotchkiss and Andover, Matt scored a total of eight goals, four in each game, to help lead the Wildcats to two victories, each by a single goal. Matt continues to be an outstanding leader every day during practices and games.

Hannah King ‘15

Hannah has played impressive defense for the girls’ jv soccer team, showing great aggressiveness on the ball and in her tackles. She was a key player in the team’s scoreless tie with Hotchkiss on Wednesday. Coach Johnson has been impressed with Hannah’s versatility and ability to play multiple positions on the field.

Will Flynn ‘15

Will had great success on the offensive end scoring three goals in the boys jv a soccer team’s 4-3 win over host Rectory on Saturday. William is the team’s leading scorer having notched 7 goals in the team’s first 3 games.


Athletes of the Week – Sept. 24th

Natalia Ovando ‘15

Sophomore Natalia Ovando made an impressive showing against Kingswood-Oxford on Saturday. In the team’s 6-1 win, Natalia scored four goals and added an assist. Natalia has also showed versatility by playing high-pressure defense in a close match with Worcester Academy the previous weekend.


Will Consavage ‘13

Post-grad Will Consavage had an outstanding game against Westminster on Saturday as the Wildcats rolled to a 65-32 victory. Will’s solid blocking helped the team rush for 485 yards averaging over 11 yards a carry, “Will is a hardnosed, dedicated, and unselfish teammate who gives a great effort every day” states Coach Conroy.



Hannah Lewis ‘13

Senior runner Hannah Lewis has made a big splash so far this year for the girls cross country team. Placing first overall in her first two races, Hannah has moved to 7th place on the Williston honor roll with a personal best time of 20:52. Hannah also placed first for Williston and third overall this past Saturday against NMH.

Pierre DeLiso ‘13

Pierre DeLiso, a senior defender on the boys’ varsity soccer team is a true competitor on the pitch. In addition to contributing a goal on a penalty kick in Wednesday’s match up against Cushing, Pierre has also anchored the team’s defense, helping the Wildcats earn shutout victories in their first two games against Canterbury and Cushing.

On Sportsmanship at Williston

Presented by Director of Athletics Mark Conroy during The Williston Northampton School’s all-school meeting on September 19, 2012.

Good morning, everyone.

In my role as the Director of Athletics here at Williston, I wanted to take just a moment this morning to speak to you briefly about a topic that is very, very important to me and to our entire community. Those of you who know me know well know that I am incredibly proud of my association with Williston—a place that my family and I have called home for the past 13 years. We are all so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school community.

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Varsity Lacrosse Coach Jen Fulcher and her Top-Ranked Wildcats

The “Fulcher Impact”
Over the past six seasons, under the humor and guidance of Coach Jen Fulcher, the Williston Northampton girl’s varsity lacrosse team have  maintained a 65-5-1 record, gone undefeated during both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and rose, according to LaxPower, from #42 to as high as the #2 girl’s prep team in New England.

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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.