Athletes of the Week

Dallas Elliott ’22- Varsity Baseball

Dallas has been an important part of the varsity baseball team for the past few seasons and his impact has continued so far this season. This past weekend in games against Deerfield and WMA, Dallas went 6-9 at the plate including two doubles. His biggest hit of the weekend was during Saturday’s Game 2 against WMA when he singled in a runner in scoring position with two outs in the 5th inning to break a 3-3 tie. This run would turn out to be the game winning run as the Cats would go on to earn a 4-3 win. Dallas also played stellar defense this past weekend from his center field position including a diving catch to end the 6-3 Game 1 win over WMA. Dallas is a veteran varsity baseball player who brings effort and enthusiasm to the field each day. His teammates will continue to rely on him for his steadfast leadership and strong play as they move through the rest of the season.

Ella Mattocks ’22- Girls Varsity Water Polo

Ella has been instrumental to the restart of the girls’ water polo program in 2021. She has led by example in practice, putting in remarkable focus and energy into every practice and dry land strength and conditioning session. In the team’s first game of the season, a 17-7 win versus Deerfield, she was a force in the two-meter position, scoring 7 goals while drawing 4 exclusions. Her dedication to water polo and the team set the standard for the young team to follow. She has grown tremendously over the past few years as both a player and a leader and her teammates and coaches will continue to rely on her as they move through the rest of the season.

Jefu Lee ‘23- Boys Varsity Tennis

Jefu has been a pivotal piece of the puzzle for boys varsity tennis team this season. He displays an understated demeanor on the court at practice and in matches. Yet his actions speak louder than his words- attentively listening, willingly taking on any task presented to him, and playing his best tennis when it counts. He demonstrates that being quieter than his peers does not correlate with a lack of courage or steadiness when the stakes are the highest. This was quickly established when Jefu unleashed a between-the-legs shot in his first singles match of the season. It also shows the creativeness and fun that Jefu brings to the court- that the privilege and joy of participating in a team sport can and should be enjoyed. Jefu’s paring with Frannie Cataldo in number two doubles has paid big dividends for the team. Running their season match record to 3-1, Jefu has begun to build the camaraderie and teamwork that the team will need to continue to build as the season progresses.

Grace Bean ’22- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Grace has been a great leader through example all season for the girls varsity lacrosse team. She works tremendously hard every day to improve his skills on the field, and by doing so has helped to increase the levels of competitiveness at practice and during off field training, raising the bar and effectively giving her teammates something to push for. She added to her impact this weekend as she had a great two games, scoring three goals and two assists in a close 10-8 loss to Deerfield on Friday, and then following that effort with four goals and three assists in the teams win over WMA on Saturday. Grace helped to steady the offense in each game, and she was strong on the ride, working well with her teammates to help the Wildcats regain possession of the ball. Grace will be needed for her continued strong play, positive attitude and gritty work ethic as the team moves through the remainder of the spring.

Abigail Touhey ‘22-Girls Track and Field

Abigail had a fantastic day on Saturday with three event wins. She began with a tune-up race in the 1500, winning comfortably with a time 5:25. This set her up nicely for a very fast 800, which she won in a personal best of 2:28.2, good enough for third on the Williston Top-10 list. Abigail capped off her day with an impressive anchor leg in the 4×400 relay. Not only did she preserve the team’s lead, but she extended it. By pushing through to the end, Abigail helped her team cross in a new school record time of 4:19.2, bettering the old school record from 2009 by 0.4 seconds. Abigail leads by example on the track in both races and workouts. Her coaches and teammates appreciate her dedication!

Maleek McNeil ’22- Boys Track and Field

Since 9th grade, Maleek has had his sights set on Fred Gilman’s throw of 50’2″ in the shot put, set back in 1956. With his first throw of the day, Maleek TIED that record. He wasn’t done, and with his next toss, Maleek threw a tremendous 50’11” to smash the record by nine inches. With his technique just coming into form, Maleek has more distance in him. A bit later in the afternoon, Maleek had another tremendous throw. This time, a 149’3″ to win the discus and move into second on the Williston Top-10 list. Maleek has grown as an athlete this year, and as a leader. He is quick to help his teammates who are new to the throws, which has helped the entire team learn and progress as athletes. His teammates and his coaches appreciate his efforts this season and they will continue to look towards him as the spring moves forward.

Linnea Rhodes ’25- Girls Varsity Ultimate

In the girls varsity ultimate shutout win over Deerfield, Linnea played excellent defense and notched her first ever goal on an upwind catch! Linnea’s deliberate throws and long reach made her a challenge for Deerfield to play against all game. Linnea has brought a positive attitude and a team first mentality with her every day and because of this she has grown tremendously as a player so far this season. The Wildcats appreciate all of her work and dedication to the team, and they look forward to watching her skills continue to develop.

Andrew Yu-Hwang ‘23 – Boys Varsity Ultimate

Andrew has had a fantastic start to the season for the Wildcats. His strong contributions continued this past weekend as he had a great game against Deerfield, catching four of the last six goals as the team pulled away to a 10-5 victory. His work ethic at practice and his team first mentality has allowed him to learn how to use his athleticism in open spaces. Andrew puts in great effort during practice, running hard in scrimmages and constantly working to improve his throws. He is a great teammate with a positive attitude whose leadership through example and strong performances will be leaned on as the team moves throughout the rest of the spring season.

Sydni Landman ’22- Varsity Softball

Sydni, a junior pitcher, has had a fantastic season for the varsity softball team. She has been the backbone of the team and played a major role in the back-to-back wins this past weekend. Allowing under 10 hits in two games, Sydni is reliable and fierce in the circle. She has worked hard every day this season at practice and in off-field training to be the best individual she can be and, by doing so, has provided a great example that hard work pays dividends. Her teammates and coaches are so excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for Sydni and they recognize that her leadership and poise have been critical to the team’s early season success.

Daniel Ciejek ’23- Boys JV Lacrosse

Daniel has had a great start to the season for the Wildcats. He stood strong in net for the boys JV lacrosse team in their first game of the season against a strong opponent from Eaglebrook. In addition to his many saves he made many fantastic outlet passes, helping to initiate the Wildcats offense and contributing to a number of fast breaks. His attitude has been great all season and he has helped to keep his teammates working hard and enjoying their time on the field. The team looks forward to watching Daniel’s continued growth between the pipes this season.

Soph DiTerlizzi ’25 Girls JV Lacrosse

Soph has brought an incredibly valuable team first mentality to this season for the girls JV lacrosse team. Soph recognized a need for a goalie within the team and dove into the new role headfirst. She’s been working hard to get used to the new equipment and details of the position and she’s doing awesome! Her attitude has been incredibly positive and she’s improving every day. She has proven to her teammates that by putting the team first and by bringing a strong work ethic that great things can happen.  Soph’s coaches and teammates appreciate her selfless act and admit that her actions are making the season better for the whole team! Her team looks forward to watching her continue to grow in her new position!

Hudson Fulcher-Melendy ’24- JV Baseball

Hudson had a monster 2 games offensively to open the 2021 JV baseball campaign for the Wildcats. In the first 2 JV games played in two years, Hudson is 6 for 7 at the plate for an unheard of .887 BA. He also has 4 runs scored and 4 RBI, leading the team in those categories as well. This success, combined with that of his teammates, has the JV squad at an undefeated 2-0 to open the season. Hudson brings an upbeat and positive attitude to each practice and game and has helped to improve the atmosphere by doing so. He has worked tremendously hard this past off-season to improve his skills on the diamond and it has paid dividends. Hudson is the consummate teammate, and his coaches will continue to look towards him for his inspiring attitude, work ethic and play for the remainder of the spring.