Sian Lewandowski ‘21- Girls Varsity Water Polo
Sian has been a big part of the Wildcat’s success in the pool this season. This past weekend she provided a quiet yet strong presence in the pool. She provided the team a crucial steadying effect in two important wins against a Sacred Heart team that had defeated Williston earlier in the year, and a motivated Loomis squad, on their senior day. Sian’s intelligence in the game allows her to be effective both offensively and defensively and she is a true leader by example. Her consistent play will be looked to as the team heads to NEPSAC play this weekend as the number 2 seed.
Gabe Liu ’20- Boys Varsity Track and Field
Gabe capped off his successful regular season in style, with three wins across three events on Saturday. He began by anchoring the winning 4×100 relay team. The team of Gabe, Cole Drugotch, Insoo Kang, and Henri Bourque ran a quick time and had clean hand-offs to win over strong St. Paul’s and Worcester teams. Gabe finished the day by winning the 200 convincingly in a time of 22.3, his best of the season, which tied him for 2nd on the Williston Top-10 all-time list. However, his strongest performance came in the 100m dash. Gabe blazed in a hand-timed 10.6. Converted +0.24, this is the equivalent of a 10.84, which ties the school record! The team will certainly look to Gabe this week at the NEPSAC championship.
Ava Smith ’23- Girls Track and Field
Ava capped off her season with solid runs in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. A newcomer to track this year, Ava went over hurdles for the first time just six weeks ago. In that short period, she has transformed herself into a capable and dedicated hurdler. At each meet, Ava has gotten smoother and more aggressive over the 100m hurdles and has increased her endurance over the long hurdles. In the 300, she dropped her time by over four seconds. Saturday at Worcester, she ran 21.3 and 64.7 in the two events. Ava went from a novice hurdler to competitive at each meet, and on the verge of qualifying for the NEPSAC championship – a great accomplishment for a new middle school athlete! Ava’s positive attitude and work ethic helped set a tone for her older teammates, and certainly contributed to her success this season.
Mike Toth ’22- Varsity Baseball
Mike has been a critical part of the varsity baseball team’s success this season. Only a freshman, he has established himself as one of the better defensive catchers in the league. He is a very good receiver and excellent at blocking balls in the dirt. He has thrown out .333 of runners attempting to steal this year. Mike’s passion for catching is unparalleled, and he works at the finer points of the position daily. In addition, Mike is a wonderful teammate who does whatever he can to help the team win. Mike brings a positive attitude and a tremendous work ethic to every practice, lift and games. His ability to do so day in and day out is the reason for his success this season.
Nancy Harrington ‘19- Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Nancy has been a defensive stalwart for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team since the first day in March, and that continued through this past week. She helped the Wildcats shut down a determined attack from Pomfret, playing strong positional defense and helping the teams’ transition to offense. She followed that effort by leading the defense against KO on Senior Day on Saturday, allowing just three goals against while scoring one of her own. Nancy’s steady leadership, talented play, competitiveness and willingness to turn the page quickly has been a big boost to the program, and her fun-loving attitude keeps the team laughing no matter the circumstances. The team will look to Nancy’s experience and dedication as they head into the final stretch of the season.
Kenny Wang ‘20-Boys Varsity tennis
Kenny has been steadfast all season for the Wildcats. This past week he was a leader in every way in matches against Suffield and WMA. His opponents in both cases were not up to his playing level, but rather than fritter about it and lower the level of his own game, which is not uncommon in the sport of tennis, he put the pedal to the floor and dominated the court. Kenny showed his opponents the ultimate respect by winning decisively, but with humility and generosity of character. He dropped two games and won 24, winning 6-2, 6-0, then 6-0, & 6-0. Kenny has worked tremendously hard all season to improve on the court and his hard work and determination continue to pay off each week. The team will rely on his strong performances as they head into the final stretch of the season.
Julies Constantinople ‘22-Varsity Softball
Jules has played in important role in the success of the varsity softball team this season as a constant voice of positivity and a role model of hard work. Jules stepped onto the team having not played competitive softball before. Jules has worked every day to improve her skills both at the plate and in the field in just a few short months. Just this past week, Jules went 3/3 against Pomfret and played third base, a position she had never played before. The team and her coaches have been so impressed with Jules’s work ethic and her “team first” mentality. The team will look for her continued contribution as they finish the season.
Conrad Kang ‘20-Boys Varsity Ultimate
Conrad has become an amazing leader for the boys ultimate team this year. He is a positive influence on the field during games, during practice, and outside of Ultimate. He eagerly works with any teammate to help improve their skills or understanding of the game. In games, he is an instrumental part of the offense as both a handler and a cutter. He regularly matches up with strong players from the opposing team on defense, further proving his ability on the field. He also perfectly represents Ultimate’s “spirit of the game” as he easily makes friends on opposing teams and brings the joy of the game to everyone.
Jackson Frechette ’22- Boys JV Tennis
Jackson has had a great season for the Wildcats. He has displayed great enthusiasm, willingness to take on whatever role he is called upon to play, and drive to improve his game. His enthusiasm is evident in how he is typically one of the first players on the practice court, his all-out effort during practice and games, and the joy he displays while striking the ball. He has played both singles and doubles in games through the season and embraces either to put the team in the best position possible. He seeks out ways to challenge himself, displaying concentration and a drive to run through buckets of balls in order to build upon his skill set. He has provided an excellent example for his teammates all season and has lived the Williston way of purpose, passion and integrity.
Minami Ogino ‘22-Girls Varsity Ultimate
Minami has had a great season for the Wildcats. She has consistently pulled down huge catches and has played phenomenal defense during every game this season. At this weekend’s Amherst Invitational, she shut down the middle of the field on defense and caught goals in every game. Additionally, she always brings a positive attitude and is smiling 100% of the time. Her infectious positive attitude helps drive the team and has provided a great example for all of her teammates.
Amy Ren ’22- Girls JV Tennis
Amy has had a great season for the girls’ JV tennis team. She has worked very hard this season to improve her tennis game, spending extra time hitting on the courts, perfecting the finer details of her game. Her hard work has paid off as she has developed a more consistent serve, strengthened her back hand and improved her mobility around the court. Amy is incredibly coachable as she is always willing to push herself and try the most challenging drills knowing it will improve her game. Amy has stepped outside her comfort zone and tried a couple singles matches and her improvement has been noticeable. This past week she won her match providing an excellent example to her teammates that hard work does indeed pay off. Amy has been a valuable addition to the squad this year and the team looks forward to her continued growth.