Athletes of the Week

Dannielle Lu ‘27 -Girls Varsity Golf

Dannielle’s steady play over the past week contributed to her team’s success in two away quad matches in Connecticut. Dannielle stepped up to play number one for Williston at Hop Meadow CC earning a tie and a half point for Williston against host Westminster. She also earned two match points for Williston on Saturday at Wallingford CC with narrow victories over Loomis, 1 up, and Kingswood, 2 & 1. Dannielle’s focus at the driving range is sharp. She will work through the mechanics of a swing adjustment with patience and determination. Dannielle’s short game practice is equally focused while her putting has shown solid gains. Dannielle rallies her teammates with enthusiasm and praise. Dannielle’s work ethic and composure are ideal traits for success on the golf course. The team looks forward to continued improvement for Dannielle.

Jack Choo ‘27-Varsity A Ultimate

Jack has become a critical player for varsity A ultimate. He puts in effort every day, running hard on offense and defense, in every situation. He works hard in drills to improve his throws, direction change, and catching. During games, he runs and runs and runs, even at the end of a grueling four-game-day. Jack is a great combination of athleticism, skills, knowledge, and heart. The team will look to him heavily this week as we head towards championship weekend!

Andie Kinstle ’24- Varsity Water Polo

Andie has been a reliable member of girls water polo this spring, leading by example on both ends of the pool. Defensively she is always in the proper position to guard her opponent, and her quickness has led to crucial steals. Offensively, Andie has improved her awareness of open space in a defense, finding the gaps and converting goals. This past weekend versus Greenwich Academy Andie converted for 4 goals. As the team heads into championship season, they will continue to rely on Andie’s steady and encouraging leadership!

Kei Imai  ‘25 -Boys Varsity Tennis

Kei has made exceptional progress as a tennis player this season, moving from the back of the lineup last year all the way up to the #2 Singles spot this year. Kei is a prime example of someone who does not take feedback personally; he regularly asks for feedback on his game, how he can improve, and where his weaknesses are. This has been the key to his growth over the last two years. Kei is also the kind of person that comes out to train outside of practice, regardless of who is on the other side of the net. We often arrive at varsity practice and see Kei on the courts playing in the JV practice. He also volunteers to stay late and uses the ball machine on off days. He is the embodiment of passion, one of our three key mottos as a school. His coaches and teammates appreciate all he has contributed and look forward to watching his continued growth between the lines.

Katya Krasnovskaya ’24- Girls Varsity Tennis

Katya has played excellent tennis this season as she leads the Williston girls varsity tennis team at number 1 singles. Always matched against our opponent’s top player, Katya has played against exceptionally strong opponents. Katya never backs down and competes for every point. Paired with Annika Song as her doubles partner, Katya helped defeat NMH’s strong and consistent number 1 doubles team in a very tight match this week. In response to the deep, powerful return of serves from the Williston team, NMH was forced to retreat to baseline giving up control of the net during the match. Katya’s signature one handed backhand remains both an effective and beautiful shot to watch. Katya’s coach and teammates appreciate her for her positive leadership as team captain this season.

Teppei Morita ‘26-Boys Varsity Golf Team

Teppei is a talented golfer with an excellent swing. He has become increasingly consistent in his performance on the course. In recent matches, Teppei has contributed positive rounds which have helped his team win and/or compete in several matches. As a young player with limited varsity match experience, Teppei is maturing as a player and competitor. His performance thus far demonstrates his improvement and increasing self-confidence. Teppei always respects his opponents and does his best to be a positive and friendly host to competitors. As his game matures, his coach and teammates look forward to Teppei making more consistent and successful contributions as a match player in varsity contests.

Violet Carroll ’25- Varsity Softball

Violet has been an absolute staple for the Wildcats out in centerfield and in the 3 spot offensively. On Saturday against Choate, she hit the game winning sacrifice fly to help varsity softball win 5-4. On Wednesday against NMH, she hit a solo homerun that propelled a 5-run inning which sparked the team to win 9-2. She constantly strives to be better at practice and make all around her better. She’s a vocal leader as a captain and always has great words to say in between innings to her teammates. Her teammates appreciate her leadership, and they will continue to look to her for her impactful play as the final weeks of the season approach.

Luke Lockbaum ’24- Boys Track and Field

Luke had a great meet at Westminster on Saturday. He won a quick and tightly contested 110m hurdles over his teammate, with both athletes pushing each other to the line. Later, he doubled back to also win the 300m hurdles. In both events, his form has continued to improve over the course of the season, helping him bring down his times dramatically. Luke ended his day by running a strong leg on the winning 4x400m relay team – it was his first-time racing in the event. Luke’s effort and focus in practice are commendable and benefit the entire team. The Wildcats look forward to Luke’s continued contributions as they finish up the season.

Elle Ash ’25- Girls Track and Field

Elle switched up her events a bit for Saturday’s meet at Westminster. She began her day by winning the 400m dash in a quick time. Shortly afterward, she needed just one attempt to win the triple jump with an admirable distance. Later in the meet, she came back to run a strong 200m, a new race for her. Elle ended her day by running another strong 400m as third leg of the winning 4x400m relay. Elle’s positive attitude and effort in practice, plus her willingness to jump into other events as needed, make her a valuable member of the team.

Scarlette Graybill ‘26-Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Scarlette has been a cog in the wheel of success for girls varsity lacrosse. In two big wins last week over NMH and Choate, Scarlette once again proved herself to be a dominant offensive force, finishing with a combined nine goals and nine assists. Against NMH, Scarlette assisted on two of the first four goals before getting her first goal of the game, factoring in on three of Williston’s first five goals, pacing herself to four goals and three assists in the 14-9 win. She followed that effort up with five goals and six assists in a big 19-10 win over Choate on Friday under the lights. Scarlette is instrumental in the Wildcats overall offensive success, and she works very hard at winning the ball back after an offensive turnover, creating numerous turnovers to regain possession and control the tempo. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Scarlette as they work through the final weeks of the season.

Bradley Boyko ‘28- Boys JV Lacrosse

Bradley has been an integral part of the boys JV lacrosse strong defensive unit all season long, including the team’s most recent win against Amherst. From the start, he showed great catching and throwing ability and he’s been particularly adept at outlet passes from the back. His attitude has been top notch from day one, and his improvement has been as well. He sets a great tone in practice by always playing at a high energy level. The team looks forward to his continued growth and contributions as they head into the final stretch of the season.

Niamh Cleary ‘25- Girls JV Lacrosse

Niamh has really stepped it up this year and proved herself to be an important leader for the girls JV lacrosse team. Though she prefers to play defense, she’s volunteered to be the team’s only goalie this season and has been playing great in that role!  Her coaches are so appreciative of her willingness to play where needed as well as her work ethic and sense of humor as she shows up to work hard every day.

Cole Cavanagh ‘26-JV Baseball

Cole had a very good week for boys JV baseball. In the Cats two games, he went 4 for 8 (.500) at the plate, with 3 walks, 3 runs scored, and 1 run batted in. He also had a walk off hit to win one of the games for his team. Cole has been a positive force on the team and has continued to work hard and improve both offensively and defensively this spring.

Sarah Lucas ‘27-JV Softball

Sarah has been a productive member of the JV Softball team all season, and this week she was an invaluable contributor in wins over Westminster and Stoneleigh. Hitting third in the order, Sarah went 4 for 5 and scored 4 runs.  She also played stellar defense at first base, including two unassisted put outs.  Her coaches look forward to her hard work and positive example for the remainder of the season.

Shane Sexton ‘26-Boys JV Tennis

Stepping up to play number 4 singles this past week at Avon, Shane employed a rapidly improving serve and groundstrokes in the competitive match. In victory or defeat, he has displayed a positive, upbeat demeanor, taking joy in the multi-stroke rallies that come about during higher level competition. Shane relishes challenges and embraces opportunities to play quality opponents, and his positive mindset has played a crucial role in his ascension.

Eliza DeCaro ’29- Girls JV Tennis

Eliza is a force on the court who plays well at doubles or singles and regularly surprises her competition with her stamina and the power of her shots.  She is also an eager teammate, willing to fill in wherever needed and to learn from more seasoned players.  Against a strong NMH team this week, Eliza readily played and won an exhibition doubles match which ended in a tie breaker.  Immediately after, Eliza, #6 on the ladder, played up for an injured teammate, narrowly losing to NMH’s #2 player, once again going to a tie breaker.  All in all, Eliza played over 40 individual games of tennis!  She is a certainly a player to watch.