Kate McDermott ‘21 – Varsity Field Hockey
Kate has had strong performances early on this season for the Wildcats. She is a big part of the squads fast, forward line and can be linked to the team’s early success. This week, in the team’s only game of the week against Miss Porters, she managed to net two goals. Her offensive prowess helped the varsity field hockey team earn their first win of the season. In addition to her skills, she shows a “team first” mentality. She is always willing to jump into any role, be it on the forward line or on corner plays and through this provides a great example for the rest of the girls on the team. The Wildcats will continue to look to Kate for her leadership and athleticism for the remainder of the season.
Henri Bourque ’20 – Varsity Football
As the Wildcats quarterback, Henri has been a huge part of the team’s success early this season. On Saturday against Kent, Henri’s leadership and talent were on full display as he led the team to a 44-21 victory. He racked up some staggering stats on the ground as he rushed for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 7 carries. In addition to his strong presence in the run game, he also threw for another touchdown. Henri leads by example every day through his high football IQ and his will to better himself and his teammates at every practice and training session. The team will continue to lean on Henri to help them get the job done this season.
Gates MacPherson ’19- Varsity Volleyball
Gates has led the varsity volleyball team in a plethora of ways this week. She has been spectacular on the court as she has been asked to play all the way around and has met every position with a high degree of success. Her major accomplishments have been dominating the net during our first two games collecting an average 4 blocks a game and adding a multitude of kills. At practice she has been a fantastic captain, leading the way in showing the girls the right way to play the game through her dedication and attitude. On the court you can hear Gates in full roar leading the team through success and defeat. The Wildcats will continue to draw strength from Gates for the remainder of the season.
Oscar DeFrancis ‘20- Boys Varsity Cross Country
Oscar ran a terrific race on Saturday in cross country’s quad meet vs. NMH, Suffield and Worcester. He made a gutsy and confident surge with about 300 meters to go in the race to pass NMH’s 3rd runner. He was the top finisher for the Wildcats and was the first to also circle back to cheer on his teammates as they finish. Oscar is determined, dedicated and has a wonderful passion for running that he shares with his teammates. Oscar’s time on Saturday was 19 seconds faster than his time last year at the Shaler Invitational, showing proof of his hard work over the summer and during the first few weeks of practice. The team looks forward to seeing Oscar accomplish great things this season!
Anna Richardson ’21- Girls Cross Country
Anna has been an important contributor for the Wildcats early this season. She competed hard in the team’s first home race against Northfield Mount Hermon and Worcester, placing second for the team with a time of 23:17. It is unusual at this early stage in the season to get a personal record, but her time on Saturday cut seven seconds off her best time last year on the home course. She has trained hard all season and is one of the leaders of the team in practice and on race days. She is now third place on the Williston Honor Roll, which lists the best times for Williston’s cross country’s course of all time. The team will continue to need Anna and her powerful endurance to help lead the team this season.
Liam Coughlin ‘21- Boys Varsity Water Polo
Liam has played excellent in net early this season for the Wildcats. He is a large part of the team’s early success as he has been difficult to score on in both ends of the pool, a challenging feat that the sophomore has made look easy. This past weekend the team faced two excellent opponents in Exeter and Hopkins and Liam helped keep the Wildcats in the game. He was able to make 18 and 19 saves respectively, adding to his already impressive save stats. In addition to his fantastic play in net, Liam consistently works hard during practice and in the weight room and proves to his teammates that hard work does indeed pay off.
Christina Vote ’21- Girls Varsity Soccer
Christina has been an outstanding competitor for the girls’ varsity soccer team so far this season. Playing both outside mid and center mid, she consistently gives 110% while creating endless scoring chances and playing unstoppable defense. Her work ethic on the field has become noticeable by her teammates, coaches, and opposing coaches. Christina’s drive, willingness to give it her all, and tenacious play has helped lead the team to success and her teammates and coaches will look to her as a positive example this season.
Tyler Varin ’21- Boys JVB Soccer
Tyler has had a great start to the season for the boys JV B soccer team. He has shown great skills on the soccer field and he has been the leader of both the defense as well as the offense. He works hard during practices and games and he is always ready to help his teammates. He is a big part of the Wildcats winning streak since the season began. Tyler consistently comes to each practice and game with a positive attitude that is infectious to the rest of the players on the team.
Carrie St. Marie ‘21 – Girls JV Soccer
Carrie has shown leadership during the first weeks of the season. Her calming and insightful analysis of where the team could improve and her constant composure on and around the ball has allowed the Wildcats to improve over a two week time. She has been the foundation of the midfield this year, helping both the defense stop our opponent and by building our attack to move the ball forward. She has played every minute so far making herself available all over the field. The team will look forward to her consistency and experience throughout the year!
Michael Zhang ’19 – Boys JV Cross country
Michael returned to school with a solid base of training and it has shown in his workouts and first race. He finished 14th for the team in a time of 22:49 on Saturday. This is a huge personal record by 2 minutes and 20 seconds in just his first race back! Those that watched the race could see his face clearly indicated he was leaving every ounce of energy on the course. Michael has been a great role model for the younger runners on the team and the Wildcats look forward to seeing him continue to progress throughout the season.