Athletes of the Week

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.

Brandyn Jones ’18 – Varsity Football

Brandyn has been a big part of the Wildcats success this season. He continued his great play on Saturday night against Salisbury. He played great defensively, as he was second on the team with seven tackles. In addition to his great play on defense, he provided a solid performance as a special teams return man. Most importantly, he showed great leadership throughout the game and continues to be a great role model for the younger guys on the team.

Fuka Iwama ’18 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

Fuka has been the ultimate team player this year for the Wildcats. She was asked to switch positions this year after 3 years of being primarily a setter demonstrating the type of “team first” mentality she possesses. Additionally, she leads through example both in her new position and by competing at her highest level every day. No matter the circumstance, Fuka has always given her best. Fuka has been consistent in her performance throughout the year and has shown that hard work and dedication allow you to always play your best.

Josh Calianos ’18 – Boys Varsity Water Polo

Josh has had a great year for the Wildcats this season. This week, he played two complete games, without substitution, a feat for any athlete. Josh was a consistent and reliable presence at both ends of the pool. His accurate shooting provided timely goals against both Suffield and Wilbraham & Monson, and his sturdy defensive skills were valuable against the faster swimmers in the Loomis and Suffield games. Josh’s steady leadership throughout the season has been valuable to the progress of the younger players in the pool. His leadership will truly be missed.

Marielle McEnaney ’18 – Girls Varsity Soccer

Marielle has been an outstanding addition to the Wildcats this season.  She is a great athlete and player that brings so much to the team. Coming off an injury that kept her sidelined for weeks, Marielle came back ready to play and contribute.  Always dangerous on the offensive end, she provided a great spark against Loomis that gave the team great chances to score.  A tireless worker and a complete team player, who always puts the team first, Marielle has been a big part of the team’s success.

Kate Holmes ’18- Girls Varsity Field Hockey

Kate has had a great season for the Wildcats. She is one of two midfielders on the squad, which is one of the most demanding roles on the field.  Despite this she never takes a play off. She works extremely hard, day in and day out to improve her skills both on and off the field. This has paid off this season as her skills have exploded. She is an important part of the team’s success because she is always a part of setting up big plays by distributing the ball from the middle. Kate quietly has a tremendous work ethic and is a great example for the rest of the squad!

Andrew Pelligrini ’19 – JV Football

Andrew was a force on both the offensive and defensive lines in a 26-0 win over Eaglebrook for the Wildcats this week. Andrew was consistent snapping the football from his center position and set many blocks that opened up big holes for Williston running backs or provided time for Williston’s quarterback to throw the ball.  On defense, Andrew shut down Eaglebrook’s running game from his defensive end position and also had a number of sacks. Andrew works hard everyday to make himself and his teammates better.

Will Jordan ’18 – Boys JVB Soccer

Will has been a consistent and effective defender for the Wildcats this season.  In the team’s away game at Berkshire on Saturday, he repeatedly cleared balls well up the field. He is a calm defender who capitalizes with an accurate and powerful foot.  Will also played offense in the Berkshire game, scoring the lone goal on a beautifully placed low penalty shot.  There was no chance of the goalie even moving on the ball.  Will’s consistently positive attitude has provided a great example for the younger kids on the team and it has become contagious.

Connor Touhey ‘20 – Boys JV Cross Country

Connor had an amazing race on Saturday, finishing in a time of 20:52, which put him in 12th   place for the team for the day.  This time was a personal record by over a minute and a half.  He worked tremendously hard over the summer and he has continued to do so this season. This hard work is paying off as he has improved by over 3 minutes from the beginning of the season. Connor comes to practice each day ready and willing to give his best effort to improve his skill.  His work ethic has inspired many of his teammates to do the same every day.

Reilly Gluz ’19 – Boys JV Water Polo

Reilly began his water polo career just this fall but has become an important contributor to the Wildcats this season. This past week he played key roles in three games by playing strong defense and supporting the offense. His swimming speed allows him to cover all of the pool throughout the game.  Reilly has made great progress this fall!   He will continue to grow due to his determination and fantastic attitude in the pool.

Emily Warren ‘19 – Girls JV Soccer 

Emily has had a tremendously productive season for the Wildcats playing on both the varsity and JV squads.  When playing on the JV team her impact is felt immediately. Emily is a consistently positive force on the soccer field and has had many shining moments.  Against Pomfret over the Family Weekend she scored three goals for the Wildcats leading them to victory. She always puts the team first and is willing to play anywhere on the field, wherever the team needs her most. She is a great leader who consistently does her best and always demonstrates good sportsmanship.

Ciara Tapanes ‘20 – Girls JV Volleyball

As team captain, Ciara has been a big part of the Wildcats success this season. She is a very consistent play maker as a setter and is a wonderful court general. With her recent strides in her serving game she has become an important all-around player for the Cats. She is, however, most effective in the front row, setting with precision and often sending unexpected tips to the opposing team.  She is one of a few players this week that was on the court for nearly every single play during our games against NMH and Ethel Walker. Named a team captain, Ciara is always working to improve both as an individual and in support of her teammates.


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