Nikhil Sierros ’21- Boys Varsity Tennis
Nikhil has combined strong play on the court with dependable leadership of the boys varsity tennis team as the season has opened. After two matches, Nikhil is undefeated and yet to drop a single set through two doubles and two singles matches. He is unflappable in the mental aspect of tennis, and his experience and confidence has shown up in the way that he strategizes and keeps to his game plan. As a captain, Nikhil has seamlessly taken to a role of speaking to the whole team as well as encouraging his teammates on a more individual level. The even-keeled nature of the team is in no small part due to his leadership. As this challenging season unfolds, Nikhil will continue to play a central role in shaping and guiding Williston tennis forward.
Annika von Schoeler-Ames ’22- Girls Varsity Ultimate
In her first ever varsity ultimate game, Annika started off strong scoring the team’s first goal of the season! She followed up by playing excellent defense, notching 2 interceptions, putting up a very tough mark, and not giving an inch to NMH anywhere on the field! Annika has led by example all season as she brings a positive attitude and stellar work ethic to each practice. This has certainly paid dividends early on this season. The team will continue to rely on Annika as they move throughout the rest of this unprecedented season.
Emile Savoie ‘21- Boys Varsity Ultimate
In his first week of ultimate after his return to campus, Emile has already made a tremendous impact for the boys ultimate team. His positive attitude affects everyone and he brings great energy at all times. Despite only playing for one week, he has picked up strategies quickly. In the game against Northfield Mount Hermon, Emile was involved in all three of the final goals, catching the game-winning score to cap the 11-10 comeback victory. The team will continue to look to Emile for his great attitude and inspiring play as they move through the rest of the season.
Praghya Athavan Raja ’22- Girls Varsity Tennis
Praghya had a great start to the season for the girls tennis team last week going 3-0 for the Wildcats! Her opponents could not manage to return her powerful first serve and forehand, nor could they cope with her use of the entire court. She ran her opponents around, not allowing them any rhythm or consistency, before finishing the point with winners. She is off to a great start, and her game will only get stronger in the coming weeks! In addition to her fantastic play on the court, she leads by example as she brings a tenacious work ethic to each practice and off court training session. Praghya’s leadership and inspiring play will be an important part of the girls varsity tennis team’s success this spring.
Tucker Motyka ‘22 -Boys Varsity Golf
Tucker comes to practice every day with a great attitude and a focus on getting better as a golfer. He plays each shot with a keen awareness of what he can execute. His smart approach to golf has made him a consistent player whose scores have helped the team compete in our first two matches. Tucker’s positive attitude and short memory have provided his teammates with an example to follow and the team looks forward to his continued growth out on the links.
Emily Crovo ‘23 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse
In her first year with the Williston lacrosse program, Emily demonstrates a gritty attitude in which she gives 110% effort in everything she does. Additionally, her coachability is unmatched. Despite practicing mostly on offense throughout preseason, she played defense in the team’s first game of the year on Saturday against NMH. Demonstrating her intense team first mentality. Emily created numerous turnovers with her energy and relentless play, and she gave the team a big spark. Emily will be an important piece of the team’s success this year and her teammates and coaches look forward to her growth on the field.
Willie Landman ’22- Varsity Baseball
Willie has had a great start to the season for the varsity baseball team. In Williston’s exciting win over Suffield on Saturday full of great individual plays, none were bigger than Willie’s bases clearing, two-out double to the gap that tied the game 4-4 and sent it into extra innings. Willie hit the ball hard all weekend and has been a strong leader throughout the season, starting with his work with the younger players during the team’s informal spring break workouts. Coaches and players have much respect for Willie’s work ethic and team-first mentality. His coaches and teammates will continue to look towards Willie in big moments as they move through the rest of the spring.
Quinn Pollack ‘24 – Girls Track and Field
Quinn started off her season, and her Williston track career, with a win in the 100 hurdles on Saturday. Quinn’s time of 16.7 seconds catapults her into fourth place on the all-time list of recorded Williston performances! Quinn followed that up with a strong race in the 200m (27.0 seconds) and the fastest split of her 4×400 team, a blistering 61.9 seconds. On the track, she is dialed in and focused, but between races and at practice, we can count on Quinn to be cheering on her teammates and helping them get better, too. The team thanks her and will continue to look towards her to bring this great attitude and stellar work ethic as they move through the season!
Daniel Power ‘22- Boys Track and Field
Daniel jumped an impressive 6’0″ in his first track meet since freshman year. This was an improvement of six inches from two years ago and was enough to easily win him the high jump event on Saturday. In fact, the jump launches him into fourth place on the all-time list of recorded Williston performances. As he gets in more practice, Daniel’s approach and technique will continue to improve, and we look forward to him clearing even higher heights in the coming meets. Daniel’s enthusiasm and focus while training provide an excellent example for his peers. His teammates and coaches are excited to watch his continued growth out on the track this season!
Ava Richardson ‘26- Girls JV Lacrosse
Ava has had a great start to the season for the girls JV lacrosse team. Despite being relatively new to the sport, she has been working tremendously hard and as a result has been steadily improving every day. Her hard work has allowed her to develop into a tenacious defender. Her work ethic and focus on the field has inspired her teammates to bring the same passion and energy and her continued efforts will be an important piece of the whole team’s development. Ava’s coaches look forward to seeing Ava in game play soon!
Eddie Howell ‘24 – JV Baseball
With the team’s first game still a week away, JV baseball has been diligently preparing and improving their individual skills each day at practice. Eddie has embraced this and brings a positive approach and good humor to each practice. He is ready, willing, and eager to play any position on the field. He has been working on his batting, fielding, and pitching technique and has been enjoying every minute outside playing baseball during this beautiful start to the spring. He embodies what it means to say “it’s a great day to be a Wildcat!” The team will continue to look towards Eddie to bring a positive attitude and keep the spirit of Wildcat athletics alive as they move through the season.