Athletes of the Week

Sierra Grandonico ’26- Skiing

Sierra, a captain of the ski team, has demonstrated remarkable leadership in dryland training and on the mountain over the first few weeks of the season. She consistently brings a positive attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to improve as both an athlete and a leader. Sierra has done justice to her position by giving generously (at times even selflessly) of her time and effort, and she has demonstrated a steady willingness to go above and beyond to support her teammates. Her coaches and teammates are very excited to see what this season has in store for Sierra and are proud to name her Athlete of the Week!

Zack Tremblay ’25- Boys Varsity Hockey

Zack has had a strong start to the season in net for the boys varsity hockey team. He had a big game against Academie Saint-Louis turning aside 17 of 18 shots in the opening win for the Wildcats. Not to be outdone he followed it up with a 41-save effort against a strong Cushing Academy team. Zack pushes himself every day in practice, making him and his teammates better with each shot. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Zack for his strong play and leadership through example as they work through the rest of their highly competitive season.

Zoe Zhang ’25- Girls Varsity Squash

Zoe has been working tremendously hard in games and practices during the first few weeks of the squash season. Her determination and drive to improve has been felt by the entire team. Additionally, Zoe exhibited great sportsmanship and a high squash IQ during the St. Mark’s match, providing inspiring feedback and support between games for her teammates.  Zoe’s team and coaches appreciate all that she has given to her team and look forward to her continued growth this season.

Aidan Joyce ‘24- Boys JV Hockey

Aidan is a seasoned veteran of boys JV hockey. He comes to every practice and game with a positive attitude and a desire to compete. Aidan has the maturity to recognize how he can most effectively contribute to the team’s success. His understanding of position play and our team systems makes him a valuable resource to have on the ice in critical situations. Aidan is off to a great start this season as he contributed to the team’s 4-2 win over Loomis by scoring a goal and an assist. In addition to his strong play, he is a leader and an excellent role model for his teammates on and off the ice. Aidan will undoubtedly play a significant role in the success of the team as they resume play in the new year.

Sarah Martini ‘26- Girls JVA Basketball

Sarah has shown immense improvement on the court since last season. Day in and day out, Sarah brings enthusiasm, energy, and a positive attitude to help herself individually, but more importantly her teammates. She has become someone the team has quickly relied upon to take important shots and rebounds. During a tough loss against Suffield, Sarah netted six points and eight rebounds, while making important defensive plays which helped the Cats fight back from a ten point deficit and cut the game to two points. Her teammates and coaches look forward to Sarah’s continued growth and contributions this season!

Jack Mettey ‘25- Boys JV Basketball 

Jack was a big factor for the boys JV basketball team this week. On Wednesday, in a close loss to Eaglebrook, he scored 10 points. Not to be outdone, his strong offensive efforts continued Saturday as he finished with 17 points in the Cats’ win over Loomis. Jack was instrumental in both the zone offense and defensive press that led to a big team win on Saturday. He showed great composure and toughness while being asked to do whatever it was needed for the team. Jack’s strong play and leadership will be counted on this season and the coaches look forward to his continued contributions and growth.

Catharine Ballard ‘25 -Girls JV Hockey

To open the season, Catharine has been an offensive and defensive force. In the team’s first two games, she netted 4 goals helping her teammates to a 7-2 win against NMH as well as supporting a respectable 6-4 loss vs rival Deerfield. Catherine can also be seen shutting down the opponent’s offense with her solid positional play, stick work, and overall consistent effort. She has emerged as a leader on the team through her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and genuine joy for the game! Her coaches look forward to Ballard’s continued leadership, offensive power, and exceptional defensive play throughout the season.

Max Hodge ‘28- Boys 4ths Basketball

Max has been a great role model and leader in practice these first few weeks of the season for the Fourths boys basketball team. He brought the same attention, sportsmanship and will-to-win to the Cats’ first game on Saturday. Although the Mighty Fourths didn’t earn a win against Eaglebrook, they have a lot to be proud of —and Max’s fierce defense, assertive offensive play, and leadership keeps the team going as they look to resume play after the break.

Riko Tanizawa ’27 – Girls Thirds Basketball

Riko brings an uplifting attitude to girls thirds basketball as she is always ready to play and have fun! She had an awesome game against SBS with some very crucial defensive plays and was a great motivator during warmups and throughout the game. During practice, she actively listens and takes in as much information as possible. She asks questions on different techniques and then puts that feedback into action during the drills that follow. Riko’s demeanor and efforts at practice provide a strong example for her teammates as she has helped others bring their best each day!

Shane Sexton ‘26- Boys JV Squash

Shane had a great start to the season this week for the boys JV squash team. He did an outstanding job playing as the number 3 against Deerfield on Saturday. Shane who usually competes in the 6th spot on ladder, filled in for the number 3 spot proving his team-first mentality. He won two sets and ended up losing the match in the fifth set. Shane worked hard by moving quickly trying to return every ball and he kept good position by returning to the “T”, keeping control of the match. His forehands and backhands looked terrific!  The passion and effort he put into the match was palpable and set a strong example for his teammates!