Athetes of the Week

Ava Larkin ’22- Girls Cross Country

Ava, a senior, had another big race for the girls cross country team on Saturday against Taft.  For the second time this season, Ava placed in the top five for the team, running a time of 25:00, only 10 seconds off her personal best on her home course. Ava cut off 48 seconds from her previous best this season, when she placed 4th for the team helping the Wildcats beat Northfield Mount Hermon and Worcester four weeks ago. Although Ava continues to battle through adversity, she remains eager to compete and to help the team as best she can every Saturday. Ava has a true athlete mentality and the competitive spirit that goes with that. When she is at her best, the team benefits as it did against Taft. Ava shows up every Saturday, and she is on her way to receiving the coveted “Plank Award,” given to runners who start and finish every scheduled race throughout the entire season.

Adam Shatz ’23- Boys Varsity Water Polo

Adam has had a great season for the Wildcats water polo team. He has made great strides this fall in both his mental approach to the game and his conditioning, and it paid off handsomely in two big wins against Deerfield and Hopkins this past week. Over the two games, Adam scored 5 goals and added 2 assists while making 5 steals on defense. Adam’s development this fall has been a key ingredient to the remarkable success of the team and will be counted on over these final games as the team works to secure a seeding position for the NEPSAC tournament.

Natalie Stott ’22- Varsity Field Hockey

Natalie, a four-year senior and captain, has had a phenomenal year for the varsity field hockey team.  She is so committed to making this a great season for all and has been working hard every day to make this a welcoming, hard-working, competitive, and humor-filled experience for the group.  In addition to her leadership abilities, she has also become exceptionally effective in her right-wing role for the Wildcats. Her field sense and strong hit, serve her well in games and she’s towards the top of the leader board with goals and assists. She has been crucial in the team’s success this season and her teammates and coaches will continue to rely on her as they move through the remainder of the season.

Marcus Crawford ’22- Varsity Football

Marcus has been a key component in the success of the varsity football team this season. On Saturday, he had a breakout game for the Wildcats in their 35-16 win over Wyoming Seminary. Marcus had 3 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion on the day! On the ground, he ran for 101 yards and he also caught two passes for 56 yards. Marcus leads his teammates through example as he is quietly one of the hardest workers on the field. He consistently brings his all to each practice and game and has pushed his teammates to do the same, raising the level of play for the whole offense. Marcus’ coaches and teammates will rely on his toughness and contributions as they move through the remainder of the season.

Cristina Negron ‘22 – Girls Varsity Soccer

Cristina has been a leader and a strong player for the girls varsity soccer team all season. She is a talented player with a very high soccer I.Q. She is dangerous with the ball on the flank and has an incredible ability to score big goals, which has been a big part of the team’s success this fall. Cristina showed up in a big way this week as she netted 2 goals against a strong Taft squad, helping to secure the win for the Wildcats. She works incredibly hard every day which has rubbed off on her teammates and has helped improve the team as a whole. The team will continue to rely on her leadership and abilities to help them finish the season strong.

Alessandro Sternini ’22- Boys Varsity Soccer

Alessandro, the senior goalkeeper, has anchored the boys varsity soccer team’s defense throughout the fall season. Ale has come up with big saves in important games to help the Wildcats compete against some of the best opposition in New England. The Roman keeper’s performances against South Kent and Taft were outstanding, and his attitude in training has helped set a high standard of performance for his fellow keepers. Ale’s leadership will be extremely important in the coming weeks, as the team looks to secure a playoff berth for the third straight season.

Juno Aselton  ’25- JV Volleyball

Juno has been a hard-working positive contributor all season for the JV volleyball team.  This week she was able to control her serve while maintaining her power, and the results were amazing. She racked up an astonishing 14 aces on the week, the best streak of the season. Her performance helped to bring back the Wildcats from a 5-point deficit to a 3 point lead against Cushing on Wednesday. In addition to her prowess from the service line, she performed well at the net blocking and hitting to secure the victory. On Friday night she again dominated from the service line and at the net to help lead her team against Worcester in a 4-game victory. Juno’s infectious smile and positivity make everyone around her better and raise the positivity of the whole team.

Luke Green ’26- Boys Cross Country

Luke has been steadily progressing throughout the season for the boys cross country team. He moved up well during the race on Saturday against Taft, as he passed nearly a dozen people in the second half of the race to finish as Williston’s #8 runner. The commitment his coaches and teammates have seen from Luke has been phenomenal in the past couple of weeks, and they look forward to seeing him stay consistent and run well at the upcoming Shaler Invitational.

Mayphia Zhou ’24- Riding

Mayphia has had a great season with the riding team. She has been willing and able to ride the barn’s newest horse who is not an easy horse to ride. Mayphia’s team spirit is showing through this week in a big way as she has consistently brought a great attitude and willingness to try new and difficult things. Her teammates will continue to look to her for her leadership through example as they move through the final stretch of the season.

Jake St. Marie ’23- Boys JVA Soccer

Jake has been a steady rock in the midfield defense all year for the Wildcats. However, he had an especially good week last week, helping contribute to consecutive shutouts against Loomis (0-0) and Taft (3-0). Answering his team’s call when they needed him the most, he filled in for the first time this season in center defense. This proved his team-first-type mentality. His efforts helped close out the win versus a strong Taft squad on Family Weekend. Jake always brings a positive attitude with him to both practices and games and he has led his team by example all season long.

Minami Ogino ‘22 – JV Field Hockey

Minami has been a critical piece of the JV field hockey team all season. She continued her crucial contributions as she played with grit and determination leading the team to victory at the center back position on Saturday against Pomfret. Minami took free hits quickly and dodged her way up the field as she fed the ball to the midfielders. She also encouraged her teammates throughout the game with her positive and supportive sportsmanship. Minami’s a terrific leader and her teammates and coaches look forward to seeing more great field hockey from her in the remaining weeks of the season.