Athletes of the Week

Betsy Gaudreau ’24- Girls Varsity Tennis

Betsy had a terrific week for girls varsity tennis. After comfortably winning her match at Stoneleigh Burnham, Betsy faced a very strong opponent at Kingswood Oxford. With all her teammates watching, Betsy frustrated her opponent by running down shot after shot. Betsy used excellent shot placement, short balls, and lobs to tie the match at 6 games all. Though Betsy ended up losing the close match, we all cheered her beautiful athleticism and her outstanding sportsmanship on the court. We also want to thank Betsy for her leadership as team captain for creating our rainy day fitness program of Pilates, yoga and shadow boxing. Her teammates and coaches appreciate all she has given to the team this season.

Bennett Bartlett ’25 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Bennett is a true 2-way midfielder playing offense and defense at an extremely high level not only this week, but through the whole season. Bennett is a pleasure to coach as he gives 100% every single day, he not only makes himself better but his teammates better as well. As the Wildcats head into the Colonial Tournament this week, they will look for all of our guys to give the effort that Bennett does every day.

Keshav Ambadi  ‘26 -Boys Varsity Tennis

Keshav has proven to be an integral part of the boys varsity tennis team this season rising to #5 on the singles ladder and often playing #2 doubles. Keshav’s superpower is his sense of calm. Tennis is an emotional rollercoaster of a sport; you are alone out there against your opponent and every aching muscle and gust of wind is not just a physical experience but an emotional devil on your shoulder. Keshav is the calmest boat in the storm, whether he is winning or losing, playing in 90-degree heat or 40-degree wind chill. His balance is admirable, his confidence unshakeable. His coaches believe this is the biggest reason for his rapid improvement. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Keshav in seasons to come.

Anna Sawyer ’24-Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Anna has been a pivotal member of girls varsity lacrosse’s defensive unit that has allowed just 7.09 goals against over the course of 11 games, leading the team to an overall record of 10-1. Through last week’s slate of competition, Anna helped steady the Wildcats defense on a hot, humid day at Pomfret, allowing just five goals while helping the team clear the ball consistently. She followed that effort by playing stout 1v1 defense in a 14-6 road win over Austin Prep. Carrying an 8-6 lead into the 4th quarter, Anna and the defense withstood Austin Prep’s energy and relentless play, shutting them out for the remainder of the game helping the team to the eight-goal win. Anna’s calming presence and consistent play have laid the foundation for steady defensive growth over the course of the season. Without a doubt Anna’s effort, strong play and leadership will be missed next season.

Michael Saliba ’25- Boys Varsity Golf

Michael has been an excellent leader as captain of the boys varsity golf team. He works hard to improve his skills, he is encouraging and supportive of his teammates, and he always conducts himself with the highest level of sportsmanship. His performance in matches has been reasonably good this season, but he’s had to fight through some struggles with his swing and consistency. Despite these challenges, he never gave up. At the Independent International Invitational Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, MA, Michael exhibited true grit and persistence. On the first 18-hole round, he had a tough day and felt little confidence in his swing. However, on Sunday, Michael shot 15 strokes better than his previous round. His improvement came as a result of his positive outlook, focused preparation, and sheer determination. His coach looks forward to seeing him help his team finish strong in the final regular match of the season on Wednesday and at the Kingswood Invitational Tournament.

Hayden Hedstrom ’24- Varsity Water Polo

Hayden has been a key ingredient in the recipe for success the girls water polo team has made this spring! Always tapped to defend the opponent’s top player, Hayden has proven to be more than up to that assignment including these final weeks of the regular season. A true leader in the pool, Hayden’s teammates count on her steady influence during a game, and this was especially true in a tight contest with Loomis Chaffee this past weekend. The undefeated number one seed will once again rely heavily on Hayden as they will be matched up again with Loomis in the NEPSAC tournament this weekend.

Colin Larson ‘24-Varsity Baseball

Colin has had yet another fantastic season for varsity baseball. He leads the team in hitting with a .500 avg and a .607 OBP. He also leads the team in homeruns with 4. In addition to his hitting prowess, Colin has been outstanding as a relief pitcher this season. This past week, he came in and pitched a scoreless 7th inning in the team’s huge divisional win over Cheshire. On the season, he is 2-0 with 2 saves. He has struck out 24 batters in 14 innings of work. Colin is also an outstanding defensive outfielder as he robbed multiple hits from the Cheshire batters on Saturday to support Shaun McMillan’s effort on the mound. As a four-year starter for the team, Colin has had a phenomenal career. With his HR against Deerfield on Monday, he became the program’s all-time hit leader in the modern era with 78 hits.

Katy Guo ’24- Girls Track and Field

In her last regular season meet, senior Katy Guo took 5th in the 1500 with a time of 6:06, a 12-second improvement from her previous race. In the 800, Katy placed 3rd with a time of 2:54, a 7-second improvement that capped off a season marked by persistence, determination, and consistent improvement both at practice and on race day. Her teammates and coaches appreciate all of the hard work and dedication she has provided this season.

Trent Merriman ’24 – Varsity A Ultimate

Trent became a critical part of the team in his first season playing ultimate. From the very start, he was driven to improve his throws and field sense. Trent fit into his role player status, filling gaps in the offensive flow, playing up top in our defensive zones and making opportunistic plays. He found the end zone consistently over the final week as a thrower and receiver. He also played tough defense against the best opponents at the championship weekend. It has been a great season and his coach hopes he continues to play ultimate in the future!

Reece Berrien ’27 – Boys Track and Field

Finishing off a regular season marked by steady improvement and grit, Reece Berrien placed 5th in both the 100 and the 200. In the 200, Reece ran a 25.37; in the 100, his time of 12:14 shaved off nearly a second from his time at the April 27 Suffield meet. Reece has worked incredibly hard all season and by doing so has set a positive example for all of his teammates.

Sylvia Lynch ‘27- Girls JV Tennis

Sylvia is a dedicated, consistent player who is committed to improving her skills competing with the girls JV tennis team.  She has a team-first, can-do attitude, and is as regularly complimented for her strong play as she is her sportsmanship.  Sylvia is a versatile player, and she is the single most requested doubles player on her team!  Sylvia has won several matches for the team this season, and narrowly lost in a tie-breaker vs. NMH on Friday — against varsity players.  Sylvia’s teammates and coaches appreciate all she has contributed this season and look forward to many strong seasons to come as a Wildcat tennis player.

Richard Yu-Hwang ‘26 – JV ultimate AOW

Richard played well against Hartsbrook School last week and has shown growth lately in how he reacts to various situations. A leader on the team, he’s helping to ensure practices run smoothly and effectively. His coaches look forward to his continued growth for seasons to come.

Maya Green ‘26 -JV Girls Lacrosse

Come to any game and you’ll notice the intense effort of Maya Green.  Maya has been up for anything this year, happy to play offense or in the midfield when her teams needs her.  Fast, smart, and inclusive with her passing, Maya has worked hard to help our younger players to develop.  Her coaches appreciate her ability to both chase down the other team, put in 100% effort on the field, and keep everyone laughing.  Look for many more great seasons on the lacrosse field for Maya!

Clark Evelti ’28- Thirds Tennis

With his consistent service, confident forehand, strategic ball-placement and quick footwork, Clark was the stand-out player during thirds tennis’ first game against Bement last Tuesday. Clark was the only member of the team to take on both a singles and a doubles match. Thanks to his strong playing, Clark emerged on the winning side in both of his matches! Clark has made a terrific start in tennis this spring, and his team looks forward to seeing his progress in the coming seasons.

Melanie Famania ‘27-JV Softball

New to softball this year, Melanie has provided inspiration all season through her desire to improve her own skills. Melanie talks herself and others into keeping a growth mindset, and she enjoys staying after practice to work on all aspects of her game. Her teammates elected her a tri-captain in recognition of her positive example.  Offensively, Melanie has been stranded on base 7 times this season — more than any other person–and scored once; we will keep toying with the batting order to bring Melanie across the plate!

Jack McIntyre ‘24-Boys JV Golf

Jack has had a great season for boys JV golf. He continued his strong play as he shot a 38 at Wyckoff Country Club on Saturday to help Williston beat NMH by 15 strokes. He was the match medalist. Jack’s coaches and teammates have appreciated all of his hard work, attention to detail and the positivity that he has brought to the team this season.

Anderson Deluca ‘27- Boys JV Lacrosse

Anderson has been a shutdown defender all season long and has been a huge threat to score on many fast breaks. The win against Bement this past week was a typical game for him; he scored a goal, had multiple strips, and multiple fast breaks. He’s shown great improvement in terms of playing more disciplined defense and has been one of the key cogs of the Wildcat’s defense-first team. He has had some real leadership moments as well throughout the season! The lacrosse program looks forward to Anderson’s continued growth in seasons to come.

Kenzo Endo ‘26- Boys JV Tennis

Kenzo’s consistent push to find challenges on the court fueled by his competitive fire drives Kenzo to bring out the best in his teammates and opponents. Taking delight at net play, his powerful overhead smashes often send the ball on a trajectory bouncing over the fence and out of play. Thus, often begins the psychological game, within a game, in matches involving Kenzo. This past Saturday, Kenzo teamed up with Gonzalo Perez Nunez to win the decisive match versus Pomfret. Avoiding Kenzo’s net play, the match moved to a chess match of lobs. Yet, pouncing on any short ball, he helped fuel the doubles team into a tie break. After facing three match points in favor of their opponents, with both teams mesmerized, cheering and groaning at every point, Williston completed the comeback with a 8-7(6) victory. The Wildcats appreciate all Kenzo has given to the team this year and look forward to his continued growth between the lines.

Ryan Doll ‘27- JV Baseball

Ryan has had a terrific season behind the plate as catcher this year for the JV Wildcats. He has excelled at blocking balls in the dirt all year, and most recently he made 4 putouts at home plate. These putouts were assisted by great defensive work by his teammates in the field though he was able to successfully complete the play and prevent these runs from scoring. When you win a game by 1 run, these outs matter! The JV baseball team has seen tremendous effort and leadership through example from Ryan and they appreciate all he has contributed to the team this season.