Athletes of the Week

Maddox Pemrick ‘27- Boys Varsity Golf

Maddox is a talented young golfer who has worked hard to improve his game. In the team’s contest against Pomfret and NMH at Quinnatisset CC in Thompson, CT, Maddox was selected to compete in his first varsity match. His performance was excellent and illustrated his great potential to score low. Maddox birdied three of nine holes, earned team medalist honors, shooting a one-over-par 37. His score helped the team secure a victory over Pomfret and opened the door for Maddox to compete in his second varsity event as the team travels Wednesday to participate in the Suffield Invitational Tournament. Our ability to succeed against some of the top teams this season will certainly be enhanced if Maddox continues to improve his consistency and shoot low scores.

Rinka Okuno ’25- Girls Varsity Golf

Rinka’s focus and dedication to improving her golf game this spring resulted in a recent match play victory over Walker’s 3 & 1. Rinka has made the most of her short game practice with the goals of eliminating the three putt and getting up and down around the greens with her chipping and pitching. At the range, Rinka’s readiness to embrace swing adjustments has paid huge gains in her distance off the tee and fairway. As a result of her coachability, her scores have continued to drop weekly. She encourages her teammates and inspires them to push through adversity. Rinka enjoys her improvement but is quick to compliment her opponents and learn from her losses. Rinka continues to set achievable personal goals and pushes herself to make steady progress in each practice and match.

Skyler Walker ’26- Varsity Softball

Skyler has had an excellent season for varsity softball. She is batting 560 with 1 home-run, 2 triples, 2 doubles and 9 base hits. Her steady powerful performances at the dish have accumulated 7 RBI to her stat sheet. She stepped up big for the Wildcats this week as she moved from 2nd base to short-stop and did not commit an error. Skyler is willing to do anything to help the team and has been working hard at practice to improve! Her teammates and coaches will continue to rely on Skyler for her impactful performances and leadership through example.

Chris Doubleday ‘25-Varsity A Ultimate

Chris has been a steady workhorse this season for the ultimate program. He is always ready to run hard, whether sprinting deep on offense or in his relentless coverage on defense. He has worked hard on his throwing, and always makes good choices with the disc in his hands. He continues to improve every day! The Wildcats will lean on Chris for his leadership through example and impactful play as they work through the remainder of the season.

Camille Armaganian ’24- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Camille has had a great season as both a player and leader for the girls varsity lacrosse team. Her effort and competitiveness are unmatched, and her team-first mindset played a huge role in Williston’s 11-9 victory over Deerfield on Wednesday. Camille finished with one goal, but her efforts in the redefend and in transition helped spark numerous scoring chances for the Wildcats. She followed that performance with another gritty effort in a 12-7 loss to Loomis Chaffee on Friday. Moving from attack to midfield due to team-need, Camille was tireless across the field, and she stepped up to defend Loomis’s top player in the second half. She also finished the game with two goals and one assist. Camille leads by example on and off the field, raising the level of effort, enthusiasm and play for all her teammates.

Omar Santoyo ’25- Boys Varsity Tennis

In his first season on boys varsity tennis, Omar has shot up the ladder to represent the team at #4 Singles. This week, due to an injury on the roster, Omar played #3 singles against Westminster and pulled out an outstanding victory against an unpredictable opponent, 6-3, 6-3. Despite the score, the match took nearly 2 hours and consisted of long, intense rallies that required patience and creativity to win. Aside from his excellent play, Omar is also a dependable, dedicated, and supportive teammate who takes constructive feedback and immediately implements it into his game. His team is excited to watch his continued growth between the lines as they work through the remainder of the season.

Jayla Peets Butterfield ’27- Girls Track and Field

Jayla, like her teammate and fellow Athlete of the Week Gab Qureshi, anchored a very fast 2nd place 4×1 team, and then proceeded to win both the 100 and 200. The freshman is a tough competitor, yet along with the grit and ferocity she shows on the track, she’s also the first one cheering on her teammates. Jayla’s spirit embodies all that’s wonderful about track and field, and her coaches and teammates can’t wait to see what other surprises she has in store this season.

Jake Smith ’25- Varsity Baseball

Jake has had an outstanding all-around season for varsity baseball. He has stepped into a new role as a starting pitcher and is 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA. As a hitter, he is hitting .318 with 7 RBI. Jake has played first base, right field, and catcher when not pitching proving his versatility and team first mentality. The team appreciates his consistency of effort and passion for the game. Jake is a tremendously hard worker and valued teammate. He has been a big part of the positive and focused atmosphere during both practices and games. The Wildcats will continue to lean on Jake as they work through the remainder of the season.

Maisie Mattock ’24- Girls Varsity Water Polo

Maisie had a great day at Andover this past week, playing nearly the entire game and making significant contributions to both ends of the pool. Leading the defense with 5 steals and good transition coverage, Maisie was a force in keeping Andover’s offensive under control. On offense Maisie was part of 12 of the 15 goals scored in the game with 8 goals and 4 assists leading a strong offensive showing for the undefeated Wildcats. Maisie’s presence in and out of the pool has helped the squad to a current #1 seed as the NEPSAC tournament approaches.

Jack Ballinger ’24- Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Jack has been a mainstay in the boys varsity lacrosse teams offense this season and took a big jump this past week. His confidence on the field and leading the team in the huddles as a captain has been awesome to watch. Jack continued his strong performances this week scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist against Berkshire on Wednesday. Not to be outdone he had a big day on senior night on Saturday, scoring 3 goals against Pomfret. Jack worked hard this offseason to set himself up for a big season and his efforts have paid off!

Annika Song ’25- Girls Varsity Tennis

Annika has provided strong and steady leadership as a team Captain of girls varsity tennis this season. Annika had a particularly exciting week highlighted by an exceptional match at Wilbraham Monson. In a very tight match, where Williston prevailed 5-4, Annika fought from behind to win her match while filling in at number 1 singles. Down 0-5, Annika refused to lose! She refocused her game, eliminated careless errors and kept her opponent deep in the court. When Annika had an opportunity to hit a winner, she took it. Annika’s never give up attitude and leadership will be an important part of the team’s continued success this season.

Gab Qureshi ’25- Boys Track and Field

Gab has been a tremendous addition to the track program this season. He was part of a fast 4×1 team which earned 2nd place at the Suffield meet on Saturday. He then went on to win the 100 and 200. Gab’s work ethic is impeccable, and he’s putting up times that are turning heads. Gab’s commitment on the track and in the weight room is proving itself every day, and – though results are still not in yet from this weekend – he came close to setting a new school record in the 100. The Wildcats look forward to more strong performances from Gab this season.

Eddie Howell ’24- Boys JV Golf

Eddie has had a great season for the boys JV golf team. In a recent match, Eddie was Williston’s team medalist, shooting a 43 to help the Wildcats beat Berkshire 244-224 at home on Saturday. Eddie’s positive presence on the course and at the range is contagious and his teammates are better because of it!  The team looks forward to his continued strong play and positivity as they work through the remainder of the season.

Caroline Webster ’27- Girls JV Lacrosse

Caroline is an absolute work horse for the girls JV lacrosse team.  She is ready to go every day, no matter if it’s practice or a big game.  She’s up to playing any position and does so with a seriousness of purpose, proving her team first mentality.  Her coaches are thrilled to have her as a role model, goal scorer, defender, and leader of the team!  Congratulations Caroline!

Ryan Wood ’28 -Boys JV Lacrosse

Ryan has excelled all season long for boys JV lacrosse. The Cats most recent victory against Pomfret was a typical game for him, as he more than held his own on the face offs, added a goal, and played stellar defense. His effort, energy, and commitment have helped spearhead our winning campaign so far. Any coach would love a team full of Ryan Woods! His coaches and teammates greatly appreciate all of his efforts and positive attitude!

Lauren Martinez ’26- Girls JV Tennis

Lauren is a focused, driven tennis player who has exhibited consistent strong play all season. Facing Suffield before the long weekend, Lauren secured victories in both #3 singles and #1 doubles. Lauren’s play against a formidable Loomis team, which included a tiebreaker in doubles and a total of 27 games played, earned her praise from the opposing coach for her versatility and strong net game. This past Saturday, moments before the bus’s departure, Lauren stepped up to help the varsity team by filling in for a sick player, contributing to the team’s 7-0 win vs Miss Hall’s. Lauren exemplifies both fierce competitiveness and dedication to her team!

Kenta Hayashi ’27- Boys JV Tennis

Kenta’s superior form and rapidly developing game belies his limited tennis experience. This talent carried him to an 8-3 win dismantling his opponent in his most recent match.  Yet, this skill falls in the shadow of Kenta’s attitude, hard work, and joyful nature. He focuses during drills, rallies enthusiastically with any of his teammates, and brings a positive, thoughtful demeanor to the court day in and day out. His coach and teammates appreciate all he has brought to the team this season!

Lateef Aiyeyemi ’26- JV B Ultimate

Outstanding in both offense and defense, Lateef played well and showed strong leadership and sportsmanship in both team’s away games this week. His pull is exceptionally strong and graceful. He had two assists in each game, and his speed and height while defending repeatedly kept the opponents from scoring. Still, above all, he stands out for his generosity toward all players, helping others up, checking to see if everyone is ok, and looking ahead to the next throw or the next point. Lateef’s team greatly appreciates all his efforts so far this season!