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Sam Geschickter ’16 Commits to Bentley University

Hard work and sacrifice allowed this competitor to reach his life-long dream of playing college basketball

sam-geschickter_22497515694_o (2)Sam Geschickter ’16 has always loved to shoot hoops.  At six years old, he would play in his driveway for hours, then race into his kitchen and scream, “1,000 shots!”

“He liked working on something until he got it just right,” said his mother, Michelle Sommer, during a recent event to celebrate Mr. Geschickter. “He has always been a super-hard worker.”

That hard work paid off on Monday, November 16, when Mr. Geschickter signed a national letter of intent to play with the Bentley University Falcons next year.

Mr. Geschickter’s work-ethic and passion for basketball has been a key to his success since he was a kid.   As soon as he was able, “he used to wake up at 5:00 a.m. and get himself to the YMCA to work out. Then he would come home, shower, and go to school,” Mrs. Sommer said.

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Athletic Awards for Fall 2015

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.

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Girls Field Hockey

fh team champs2Coaches 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!

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Williston’s Athletes In Competition This Weekend

delaneyThis weekend will be an exciting time for many of Williston’s fall athletes.  Girls varsity field hockey will travel to Governors Academy on Saturday to play in the semifinal of the NEPSFHA Class B tournament, and a handful of the school’s decorated competitors will participate in all-star events.

Varsity Field Hockey

The varsity field hockey team won their home playoff opener, 4-2, against a resilient Hopkins School team on Wednesday.  The Wildcats got off to a great start when Izzy Tegtmeyer found Meg Szawlowski just five minutes into the first half to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard.

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Rob Champigny ’18 Sets Boys Cross Country Record

Sophomore runner is first all-time on the team’s Honor Roll

champignyOn October 31, during a beautiful fall afternoon, sophomore Rob Champigny set a blistering pace on the Williston Northampton home course during the Shaler Invitational. He would ultimately break Williston’s Boys Cross Country’s Honor Roll record with a time of 15:42,  crushing the first-place mark of 15:57 set by Evan Jacobson three years ago.

Rob is only in his second year running with the cross country team, and he has already achieved a great deal of success.  With five wins, one second-place finish, and one third-place finish this season, he has helped lead the boys team to a 12-1 record.  As he gears up for the New England Championship this weekend, Rob talked about his record-breaking season.

What did it feel like breaking the honor roll record?

I was so overjoyed when I broke the honor roll record.  I am so happy that I will have my name written in Williston history. I have to thank my coaches and teammates so much for pushing me to be the best I can be.

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Williston’s Cross Country Laces Up for New Englands

After a strong regular season, the team is eager to bring home medals

With a combined record of 26-2, Williston’s boys and girls cross country programs have set a championship pace this season.  Members of both teams say they have achieved this success through of a combination of supportive coaching, a team-first mentality, and a competitive, but healthy, environment.  Despite their impressive results this fall, the teams remain focused on running their best races at the New England Championships at Westminster this Saturday.

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The boys team (14-1) has had a stellar season.  Head Coach Christa Talbot-Syfu, and assistant coaches Peter Gunn and Chris Pelliccia, have pushed the boys to work harder and test their limits, their athletes say.

One of the team’s star runners, Nick Hill ’17 of Northampton—who finished in the top three in six out of the eight races this fall—attributes much of his success to his coaches.

“I started to get more into running as my times got faster, and that was largely in part to Mrs. Talbot-Syfu because she pushed me to work harder,” he said.

Rob Champigny ’18 of East Longmeadow, also speaks very highly of his coaches.

“They know me really well, and they know the strategy I need to use to run well,” he said. “They are some of the best coaches I have ever had, and they know what I need to do to be at my best.”

Although he’s in his sophomore year, Mr. Champigny has finished in the top four in every race this season. He has five wins, one second-place finish, and one third-place finish. Perhaps the most impressive statistic of his brief running career is being ranked first all-time on the Boys Cross Country Honor Roll, a competitive list of all the Williston runners.  He expects to see even more success during his next two years on the team, but for now he is focused on bringing home silverware from New Englands.

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Williston Graduate Nominated for the William V. Campbell Trophy

Danny Rowe ‘12 Named Semifinalist for NCAA’s Most Prestigious Football Scholar-Athlete Award  

rowe3Danny Rowe ’12 has had an outstanding season for the University of New Hampshire’s football team.   His impressive accomplishments this fall include being ranked seventh in the nation in forced fumbles and a career-high, thirteen-tackle game against San Jose State.

In addition to his success on the field, Mr. Rowe is very proud of his focus and drive in the classroom at UNH.   He was recently informed by Williston’s Head Football Coach, Mark Conroy, that he was a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, an honor awarded to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete.

Coach Conroy speaks very highly of Mr. Rowe: “Considering the young man I worked with for four years at Williston, I cannot say that I am surprised! During his time here, he took full advantage of every opportunity, both on the playing field and in the classroom. He is a wonderful role model for young scholar athletes. His nomination recognizes everything we would hope to see in a graduate: leadership, citizenship, and a strong academic record.”

We were fortunate to speak with Mr. Rowe over the past few weeks.  His busy schedule has him booked from 6 a.m. to midnight on most weekdays, but he was able to carve out some time to speak with us about his nomination after reading to at-risk youth who live around UNH’s campus.

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At the Top of Her Game

Morgan Fisher '16 Shares Her Strategies To Achieve Elite Performance

morgan fisherMorgan Fisher ’16, Williston’s girls varsity hockey goalie, achieved a major breakthrough in her sport when she was invited to play with the U-18 National Team in Lake Placid, New York, this past summer.  She competed against some of the best hockey players on the planet in her age group, and she learned a lot of important lessons along the way. In this interview she shares some of her most memorable experiences from the U.S.A. camp, and her strategies to achieve elite performance.

When did you start playing hockey, and when did it become an important part of your life?

My dad taught me to skate when I was five. He would take me to open ice sessions before school. From there I started playing hockey competitively with the boys team in my town, which was really cool because it gave me a competitive feeling.  The boys game was up-tempo so I had to be that much more aware in net. That experience helped me a lot when I transitioned to the girls’ game.

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