Athletes of the Week

Louisa Coughlin ’23- Girls Varsity Field Hockey

Louisa has been a vital part of the girls varsity field hockey team so far this season. She has a phenomenal amount of field hockey skill, but what makes her such a great player is her effort level, as she is seen giving 100% of her effort, all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short drill in practice or a huge game, she’s going to beat you to the ball and likely start a nice transition up the field from there.  From her role as a defender, Louisa’s presence on the field is immediately noticeable and appreciated by her teammates.  Additionally, her work ethic this off season is evident as she doesn’t get tired, helping to raise the level of play on both ends of the field.  Her work ethic, endurance and mental toughness have been an integral part in plays on both sides of the field.  The Wildcats will continue to lean on Louisa as they move through their season.

Ryan Brooks ’25- Boys Cross Country

Ryan has had a fantastic start to the season for the boys varsity cross country team as he had a terrific race this past weekend against Kent. On a less than ideal day, he ran 22:30 on our home course. This was nearly two minutes faster than his previous all-time best time! Although a great result, Ryan’s success is not a surprise. He has been logging the miles since last March and worked hard this past summer. His efforts have helped to inspire each of his teammates to bring their best to each practice and meet. His coaches and teammates are looking forward to watching Ryan progress this season and will continue to rely upon his competitive spirt to lead the Cats.

Elle Ash ’25- Girls Cross Country

Elle made a spectacular debut in a Williston uniform on Saturday in a dual meet against Kent, taking the lead at the opening gun and never giving it up. Her 5K time of 23:17, on a very hot and sunny afternoon, was excellent for this early in the season, and she finished over two minutes ahead of the top Kent runner.  Elle’s hard training over the last two weeks paid off for her and for the team in what was a dominant performance.  Her time places her #8 all time on the Williston Honor Roll, a notable accomplishment for a 9th grader. Elle continues to act as a strong and supportive teammate, and a role model for full engagement and commitment to training and competing.  New to the school, Elle has made an immediate and crucial impact on the varsity team, and there is no doubt that her times will continue to improve as the season progresses.

MJ Charles ’23- Varsity Football

MJ did everything for the Wildcats on Sunday, on both sides of the ball. He filled in at running back tallying 8 carries for 47 yards. On defense he recorded 4 tackles, 1 of which was a sack. Additionally, he recorded a pass break up. Most importantly, MJ is the ultimate teammate as he embodies a “team first” attitude and a relentless work ethic. He consistently pushes himself to improve and this mentality has helped to elevate the contribution and work ethic of each of his teammates. The Wildcats will need MJ for his inspiring play as the traverse through a very competitive season this fall.

Selena Negron ‘22 – Girls Varsity Soccer

Selena has continued her record of being an important cog in the wheel of girls varsity soccer’s successes so far this season. She helped the Cats earn a win last week on Wednesday as she recorded a shutout at Cheshire. She again showed up to compete on Saturday as she had an amazing game against Class A power Miss Porters, recording a whopping 10 saves. Selena came up with huge saves which helped her team go into the final 15 minutes of the game tied 1-1. She saw tough shot after tough shot from a very talented team and she was always ready for the challenge. Her leadership and ability to come up with amazing saves helps make the team better every day. Selena’s coaches and teammates feel lucky to her on their side of the field and will be looking to her all season for her work ethic, leadership, and ability to lead from the net.

Jack Haddad ’22- Boys Varsity Water Polo

Jack, a senior co-captain, has helped to lead the water polo team to a successful start this season, through preseason and into the first weekend of games against Brunswick and Choate. Jack’s energy and team first approach were key motivators for his teammates and his efforts are a direct reflection of the improvement the team has had thus far. Over the weekend, Jack combined for 6 goals and an assist with 4 steals and 2 field blocks, asserting himself on both ends of the pool. The wildcats will look to continue to rely on Jack’s leadership as they prepare to take on three opponents at home this week!

Grace Bean ’22- Girls Varsity Volleyball

Grace is and will continue to be a vital piece to the varsity volleyball program’s success.  Throughout preseason, practice, and the team’s playday, her energy, passion, strong play, and voice has prodded, encouraged, and set an example for the team. As a team captain and outside hitter, Grace has left everything on the floor through the past two weeks; diving for balls, covering the court and directing traffic. She demands much from the players and herself and this “team first” mentality will be relied upon for the continued growth of the squad. The team looks forward to the start of the season on Wednesday with Grace as one of the standard bearers.

Max Fujimori ’23- Boys Varsity Soccer

Max helped Williston’s boys varsity soccer team get off to a strong start this fall with a crucial goal and an assist against Kiski and Berkshire this past week. The Wildcats are playing very strong opposition this season, and Max’s contributions on offense have given the team the confidence they need to compete with the best programs in New England. Max has worked hard to be an integral part of the team’s success and his work ethic has set a positive example for the rest of his teammates. Max will need to continue his good form in the coming weeks as the boys ready to play Northwood and South Kent.

Abigail Vassallo ’22- Riding

Abby has been stellar so far this season for the Williston Riding team.  After a short season last year, she has come out strong and brave. She has been very helpful showing new riders the ropes and being a team player. Although Abby has chosen not to compete this year, her team spirit is shining through! Abby’s “team first” mentality will help each of her teammates develop into great riders and competitors.

Chase Livingston ’24- Boys JVA Soccer

Chase had a brilliant start to the boys JVA soccer season this week. He was a decisive force in the Wildcats 2-1 loss to Berkshire. He won nearly all his duels, stepping out aggressively to shut down numerous attacks from the opposition, and was the team’s primary threat on set pieces. He always comes to practice ready to compete and helps raise the bar for everyone on the team. His teammates and coaches notice Chase’s efforts and will rely on them this season.