Category Archives: Personal Results

Athletic Hall of Fame: Coach Wilmot “Babs” Babcock

Coach Wilmot “Babs” Babcock certainly knew how to win, accumulating an astounding 341-47-2 record over the course of 20 years. After starting the Williston swimming program in 1951, Coach Babcock took the team to 15 New England Championships — 11 of them in a row. This legacy also produced 15 national prep champions.

“This one’s a no-brainer. Just looking at Bab’s record speaks volumes by itself,” wrote Paul Doty ‘64, one of Mr. Babcock’s former swimmers. “But what you may not know is how advanced he was for his time. We were doing pulley weights before Doc Councilman at Indiana was!”

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Athletic Hall of Fame: Patrick Rissmiller ’97

Was there any title that Patrick Rissmiller ’97 didn’t earn? It doesn’t seem likely. During his time at Williston, the ice hockey star (who also the most valuable player and All-League selection for soccer and team captain in lacrosse) led the team to a 23-4 record. For those keeping score, that’s the most wins in school history.

“My parents wanted me to repeat my junior year in high school,” said Mr. Rissmiller of on his two years at Williston Northampton.  “It worked out great.”

In his senior year, Mr. Rissmiller was named both captain and MVP. While cranking out enough points to put him third for all-time single season totals, Mr. Rissmiller was named an All-New England selection, and NEPSAC West Senior All-Star. He was also selected to play for the Team Massachusetts in Chicago Showcase.

“He’s the guy you want out there (on the ice) if you’ve got a penalty shot.  He’ll put it past most goalies,” said Mike Fay, boys varsity ice hockey coach. “He’s just a really creative player who sees the game well and makes things happen.”

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Athletic Hall of Fame: Martha Grinnell ’85

Out on the cross-country course, no one could catch Martha Grinnell ’85. They still can’t — Ms. Grinnell’s course record of 19.40 over 3.3 miles still stands.

Ms. Grinnell, who went undefeated in dual meets over two years and was one of the most decorated runners in the school’s history, held course records at five schools by the time she graduated. As captain of Williston Northampton’s team, Ms. Grinnell set records for both the 1,500 meters (5:01.3) and 3,000 meters (10:32.4).

She was no slouch off the course, either. At graduation, Ms. Grinnell was presented with the White Blazer, as the top senior girl.

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Athletic Hall of Fame: Mark Timm ’76

Whether he was taking to the court or the field, Mark Timm ’76 was simply outstanding — at almost any sport. While earning 12 varsity letters over the course of his time at Williston, Mr. Timm was also named captain for three sports.

To kick off his freshmen year, Mr. Timm was named starting quarterback on the varsity football team. He passed for 609 yards and ran for 192 yards, leading his team in both statistics.

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Athletic Hall of Fame: David “Duff” Tyler ’63

David “Duff” Tyler ’63 was a record-setting swimmer and soccer player. As part of the 1963 swimming team, he set national prep records in three events—50 free, 100 free, and 200 free—and was named All-American for both those events and three others—200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 100 butterfly.

Mr. Tyler continued his domination at Trinity College, where he was named All-American three times, was a national champion in the 500 free, a national runner-up in the 200 free, and set seven Trinity records.

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Starzyk ’13 Sets New Girls Hockey Record

Alexandra Starzyk had no idea why Athletic Director Mark Conroy was calling her name during assembly. The varsity ice hockey player knew that she had done well over the course of her senior season, but had no idea that in the course of the season she’d also set new school records.

So, when Mr. Conroy announced that Ms. Starzyk had reached a career 100 goals—something only three girls had done before—and, at 119 goals, was the new all-time leading scorer, she was amazed.

“I had no idea I was on my way to reaching 100 goals,” Ms. Starzyk explained later via email. “Until they called my name in assembly, I was unaware I held the record for most points by merely one.”

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Williston Fall Athletes Earn Post-Season Honors

The following Williston students have received post-season honors for their play during the fall athletic season.

Girls Cross Country
Devon Greenwood ’13 – All New England

Boys Cross Country
Corey Palumbo ’13 – All New England
Andy Pierce ’13 – All New England

Field Hockey
Catie Laraway ’13 –  Western New England All-Star Team, NEPSAC Class B All-Tournament Team
Taylor Senecal ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team

Dylan Arthurs ’13 – All New England, First Team All Colonial League
Ledell Robinson ’14 – All New England, First Team All Colonial League
Marquis Francois ’14 – First Team All Colonial League
Sebastian Rivera ’13 – Second Team All Colonial League
John Woodside ’13 – Second Team All Colonial League
Frankie Zumbo ’14 – Second Team All Colonial League

Boys Soccer
Pierre DeLiso ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team
Griffin Foley ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team
Mark Richards ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team, All State Team

Girls Soccer
Amanda Cronin ’13 – Western New England All-Star Team
Gia Parker ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team

Girls Volleyball
Elizabeth Calderone ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team
Khyrstyna Vatseba ’13 – Western New England All-Star Team

Boys Water Polo
Ryan Cavanaugh ’13 – All New England Team

Fall Team Highlights and Individual Honors

Before recognizing the nine fall programs and their accomplishments over the past season, Director of Athletics Mark Conroy took a moment to honor Al Lavalle, who worked in the Physical Plant Department for 3 years and in The Cage at the Athletic Center for a decade.

“Al had an incredibly profound impact on everyone who knew him,” said Conroy. “With all due respect to all of us who work with students on a regular basis here, no one in our community impacted more students than Al during those 10 years.”

Conroy then announced the following highlights and individual award winners. The award winners were also recognized during fall sports team night on November 16.

“I wanted to thank all of those of you who wore the blue and green this fall for competing so hard and so well,” Conroy said. “Your sportsmanship was outstanding.”

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Boys Water Polo
Field Hockey
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer
Girls Cross Country
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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.

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.