On Wednesday, December 2, Director of Athletics Mark Conroy held the annual fall athletic assembly to recognize the outstanding athletic achievements from this past season. Williston’s athletic teams had a very successful fall that included setting new records, winning multiple championships, and having a great deal of fun in the process.
Girls Field Hockey
Coaches Klumpp and Anderson’s JV field hockey team played a competitive 13-game schedule this fall and enjoyed a building season. The girls earned a great deal of game experience and posted impressive victories over Kingswood and Renbrook.
MVP: Emma Prouty ’18
MIP: Becky Lin ’17
Sportsmanship Award: Ellie Wolfe ’19
The varsity field hockey team, led by Coaches Garrity and Tancrell-Fontaine, had a historic season, winning the NEPSAC Class B New England Championship, recording their sixth-straight Western New England Class B title, and finishing the season with the most wins in team history (14).
Led by captains Delaney Belinskas and Lauren Helm, and senior goalie Morgan Fogelman, the girls won several thrilling games during this fall, including a 3-1 victory of Loomis Chaffee and overtime victories over Deerfield and NMH. The team’s outstanding season propelled them into the playoffs, where they won three tight games against Hopkins, Governors, and Middlesex to lift the Class B trophy!
Boys Cross Country
Numerous highlights this season included wins over Kent, Roxbury Latin, and Taft; during the final meet of the season at Salisbury, the boys swept eight of the top 10 spots.
The boys continued their success at the Shaler Invitational and at the New England Championships, earning a third-place finish in both meets. Individual awards and achievements this season included All-New England honors for Rob Champigny ’18 and Nick Hill ’17.
Six runners earned course honor roll recognition, including Champigny, who broke the honor roll record by 15 seconds with a time of 15:42 at the Shaler Invitational.
Alan Shaler MVP: Rob Champigny ’18
MIP: Rio Oshima ’19
Sportsmanship Award: Nate Gordon ’16, Nick Hill ’17
Next year’s captains will be Tyler Greenwood ’17 and Nick Hill ’17.
Girls Cross Country
The girls’ strong team spirit and supportive coaching helped them achieve great highlights this season, which included wins over all three of their Division I opponents: Miss Porters, Taft, and NMH. The team finished second at the Westminster Invitational, and six current runners hold a top 10 spot on the course honor roll.
MVP: Caroline Borden ’16
MIP: Isabelle Cheney ’20, Pinky King ’16
Sportsmanship Award: Maddy Scott ’17, Emily Yeager ’17
Next year’s captains will be Natalie Aquardo ’17, Anabelle Farnham ’18, and Emily Yeager ’17.
Girls JV soccer enjoyed a exciting building season this fall as they competed in 14 games with only 11 players on their roster. Under the guidance of Coaches Johnson and Eberle, the girls finished with a record of 7-6-1, including great victories over Suffield, Taft, and Berkshire.
MVP: Emily Warren ’19
MIP: Vy Tran ’17
Sportsmanship: Kira Wilson ’16
Under the enthusiastic leadership of coaches Fulcher and Conroy, the girls varsity soccer team enjoyed a breakout season, culminating in a Western New England Class B Championship and a NEPSAC tournament appearance.
In a season full of highlights, the most notable ones include a 3-0 victory of Wilbraham and Monson at home, a pair of 1-0 victories over Deerfield and Westminster, and a comprehensive 5-1 win over Taft. Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment from this past season was the 1-0 win over Class A powerhouse Loomis Chaffee.
The girls also set a record for shutouts, 10, and had the fewest goals conceded by a Williston team in a season, eight, which shattered the previous record of 12 set in 1997.
MVP: Caroline Wysocki ’16
MIP: Fiona Bundy ’18, Sophia Schaefer ’18
Sportsmanship: Ray Stein ’16
Alumnae Award: Haley McCreary ’16
Next year’s captains will be Madison Fulcher-Melendy ’18, Kylie Tracanna ’17, and Molly Zawacki ’17.
There were 79 boys who came out for Williston’s four soccer teams this fall. Coach Garcia and Kay’s junior team, comprised entirely of seventh and eighth graders, earned hard-fought victories over Renbrook and Rectory.
MVP: Jessup Goldberg Cook ’20, Matt Seltzer ’20
MIP: Adam Johnsrud ’20
Sportsmanship: Luke Po ’20
The highlights for the JV B team, under the leadership of Coaches Niedz and Rivenburgh, included a narrow win over Vermont Academy and decisive win over Cheshire. Coaches Whipple and Harper’s JV A team gained a lot of experience playing a very challenging 15-game schedule and were able to persevere against Cushing and Bement.
JV A JV B
MVP: Cam Ziomek ’18 MVP: Joey Ford ’19
MIP: Ethan DeMaio ’20 MIP: Insoo Kang ’19
Sportsmanship: Sebi Herrera ’17 Sportsmanship: Aidan McCreary ’19
Coach Chiavaroli and Syfu’s varsity boys soccer team battled through a difficult schedule this season, where they competed against many of the top teams in New England. A young team, which will return 14 players next season, gained valuable experience as the season progressed. Eight games were decided by one goal, and the team is eager to build upon their successes this year.
Highlights include a shutout win over Class B tournament team Pomfret, shutting out Salisbury 3-0, and a comprehensive win over Cheshire Academy 5-1.
MVP: Davis Smith ’17
MIP: Jacob Zaranek ’17
Sportsmanship: Saul Blain ’17
12th Player Award: Daisuke Sasakawa ’16
Next year’s captains will be Davis Smith ’17 and Saul Blain ’17.
JV football, led by Coaches Doubleday and Rivers, gained valuable experience during their six-game season. The team finished with a four-game winning streak to end the fall 4-2. A shutout victory at Suffield was particularly satisfying highlight.
MVP: Justin Newman ’18
MIP: John Kim ’18
Sportsmanship: Ben Normandin ’19
Coach Conroy’s varsity football team had an outstanding season, finishing with a record of 6-2. Led by a potent offense, the Wildcats averaged over 37 points per game.
Junior quarterback Ian Ostberg threw for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdown passes, many of them to the dynamic receiving duo of Michael Dereus and Jake Ross. Senior captain Nick Garofano finished his football career as the school’s all-time leading rusher and scorer.
Jim Purce Memorial Award for Overall Excellence: Ian Ostberg ’17
Edward Stimets Jr. Memorial Defense Excellence Award: Mark Wilson ’16, Derek Zewinski ’17
Lindy Hanson Memorial Offensive Excellence Award: Michael Dereus ’16, Jake Ross ’16
Richard R. Francis MIP: Matt Channell ’17, Julien Nicolas ’17
Mills Kicking Game Award: R.J. Guardia ’16
Sportsmanship Award: Cody Cavanaugh ’17
Next year’s captains will be Ian Ostberg ’17 and Derek Zewinski ’17.
Boys Water Polo
The most impressive highlight of the season took place at our home pool, when the Wildcats swept Hotchkiss and Andover. Senior Calvin Frye capped off his impressive career with a total of 166 goals, and junior goalkeeper Noah DeVos had an outstanding season in goal with 199 saves.
MVP: Noah DeVos ’17
MIP: Chris Barrett ’16
Sportsmanship: David Fitch ’17
Next year’s captains will be Noah DeVos ’17 and David Fitch ’17.
Six Williston students rode this fall at Fuller Horse Farm in Westhampton under the guidance of Laura Etzel. The six riders brought a range of experience to the program, from beginner to advanced. The team was led by captain Lacey Gillis ’16, who competes on the Williston-Fuller Inter Scholastic Equestrian team. In the last three shows, Lacey placed first and third in equitation on the flat and third and fourth over fences.
MVP: Lacey Gillis ’16
Most Improved Beginner: Momoka Oda ’18
Most Improve Novice: Villard Xu ’18
Sportsmanship: Aidenne Alden ’18, Amanda Shen ’19
MVP: Kai McCalla ’17
MIP: Alexis Parker ’19
Sportsmanship: Caitlyn Reid ’19
The varsity volleyball team, led by Coaches Schneider and Moyer, steadily improved as the season progressed. Despite the challenging schedule the team faced, its members worked through adversity in games and continued to push themselves in practices for the entire season.
This fall’s highlights include an exciting 3-2 victory over Stoneleigh Burnham and a shutout victory over Cushing. With eight returning players, the team will have a strong nucleus of players for next year.
MVP: Fuka Iwama ’18
MIP: Sarah Sullivan ’19
Sportsmanship: Jada Goodrich ’16
Next year’s captain will be Lizzie Cuevas ’18.