Athletes of the Week

Avi Falk ’22- Boys Alpine

Avi is a talented, respectful, and hardworking boys varsity alpine teammate. Avi has dedicated himself to refining his racing technique in many ways, such as adjusting his turns and building the core strength necessary to rely on obtaining a higher edge angle. His commitment to the sport has allowed him to attain exceptional speed and stability. During Wednesday’s race, Avi placed 11th in the 5th race of the season amongst 55 varsity boys. He had a best time of 46.87 seconds in the grand slalom course. His coaches look forward to seeing his continued progress and his first experience at the NEPSAC alpine championship in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire later this week.

Natalie Stott ’22- Girls Varsity Hockey

Natalie has had yet another fantastic season between the pipes for the girls varsity hockey team. Her strong performances carried over to last week as she had 11 saves against Choate on Wednesday, in the team’s 5-1 win. Not to be outdone, she racked up 24 saves on Saturday against Andover in the Wildcats 4-1 win. This included stopping four Andover breakaways, key plays that helped keep the momentum on the Cats’ side. She is the backbone of team’s defense, and her consistent reliability gives the team confidence on the ice. Natalie is the consummate teammate and is an incredible leader on and off the ice. Her efforts and contributions have been critical to the team’s success this season and her teammates will continue to lean on her as they head through the rest of the season.

Peter Wang ’23- Boys Varsity Squash

Peter has had a great season for the boys varsity squash team. He continued his strong contributions as he played remarkably at last week’s NEPSAC tournament winning two matches for Williston. Peter’s first match against his Trinity-Pawling rival was a quick rally with Peter winning 3-0. Peter’s myriad of return shots to Trinity-Pawling’s player were quick, unpredictable, and technical, securing a first win of the day for the Wildcats. Peter’s second match against his Dexter-Southfield opponent lasted a nail-biting 35 minutes. After five full games, Peter secured the win for the Wildcats with a 3-2 score. His coaches and teammates look forward to his continued growth and strong play as this finish up the season.

Charlotte McDowell ‘27– Girls JV Squash

Charlotte has been a great member of the girls JV squash team this season.  She is enthusiastic about the sport and is always looking for chances to improve.  She always arrives to practice on time and ready to play. She has shown tremendous improvement in her ability to serve and with her returns.   This commitment to her improvement has provided an excellent example for her teammates that hard work does in fact pay dividends. During our last match against Suffield Academy, Charlotte won her first game of the season. As one of the youngest players on the team this is no small feat, and her teammates and coaches are all proud of her accomplishments this season. Charlotte’s positive attitude and love of squash are infectious and the Wildcats look forward to many great seasons of squash from her!

Jack Ballinger ‘24- Boys JV Squash

Jack has taken his love of tennis and transferred those skills to squash with remarkable effect, competing for the boys JV squash program. He was the only non-exhibition player to win a game when the Wildcats faced a very strong Westminster squad this past week. He did this by pouncing on his opponents serve and utilizing his read of his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses to play smart squash. Jack is well known on the team for his monster serves and for giving his all to every moment of practice including turning our end of practice laps into a race. His leadership through example, team first mentality, and enthusiasm have helped the whole team to get better every day. His coaches appreciate all he has give to the squash program this season.

Victoria Hop ’22- Girls JV Hockey

This season Victoria has emerged as a fierce defender, confident leader, and positive role model for the girls JV hockey team. In the second season of her hockey career, Victoria’s skills and knowledge of the game have grown immensely due to her strong work ethic and love of the sport. She leads the team by example with her enthusiasm and competitiveness. Her ability to step up and make a strong defensive play always gets the team “pumped up!” Victoria has also stepped-up as a respected leader providing the team with stability and strength. Her coaches look forward to Victoria’s continued leadership and strong work ethic as they head into the final weeks of the season.

Milo Hoyt Dawson ‘27 – Boys Fourths Basketball

Milo has been very consistent this year with his contributions to the Mighty Fourths basketball team. During Saturday’s game against rival WMA, Milo led the team with 7 points, knocking down big shots to change the momentum of the game. His efforts and key rebounds also played significant roles in the team’s big win. The team will continue to look to Milo to provide steady dependable play as they finish out the season.
Joey O’Donald ‘25- Boys JV Hockey

Joey’s dedication to the boys JV hockey team has been steadfast since the beginning of the season. Due to personal adversity in December he was not able to return to play until only recently. Despite this, Joey attended practices and games and helped his team by running the clock, filling water bottles, and doing anything else needed. When Joey was able to suit up and fully participate on the ice, he immediately elevated the strength our team through his skill and hockey smarts. Joey started the season as a defenseman, but he was asked to play forward, and he has done so enthusiastically. In the teams’ most recent game against Pomfret, Joey proved his versatility and effectiveness, and helped the Cats be highly competitive against a strong opponent. His coaches report that it has been a pleasure to coach Joey and they look forward to watching him compete as they finish the final stretch of the season.

Zivia Parikh ‘27 –Girls Alpine

Zivia is a swift and calculated skier on the junior varsity girls alpine racing team. She is not afraid to push herself and to try things outside of her comfort zone. This has allowed her to excel during practice and during the races. During Wednesday’s race, Zivia placed 3rd out of 10 junior varsity girls. She had a best time of 54.31 seconds on the slalom course for the 5th race of the season. She is a kind and supportive teammate and her work ethic and concern for others make her a role model for other teammates. Her coaches are very proud of her progress and look forward to seeing her continued contributions as they head into the final weeks of the season.

Connor Graff ‘26– Boys Thirds Squash

Connor has had a great season for the thirds squash team. On Saturday, he held his own on the courts against Eagle Hill’s strongest player and took the win in a four game match 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9. The closeness of his games provided an example to his teammates of what a “never quit mentality” can do for an athlete. His match win was the only Williston win of the day. Connor remains high on the ladder and continues to improve with each competition. His speed and ball control helped make his match a highlight of the day for all who were watching!

Dilan Jose ‘25 – Boys Thirds Basketball

As a player on the boys thirds basketball team, Dilan has been incredibly coachable taking instruction and applying it with consistency. Because of this, he has demonstrated steady notable improvement throughout the season.  As a teammate, Dilan epitomizes what it means to be selfless and a team player.  Whether he is on the floor, on the bench or in the stands, he always supports his teammates.  His positive spirit is appreciated by all those who work with him. This past Saturday, Dilan’s improvement was on full display as he scored 5 points, including a deep three, to help his team defeat the Rectory Wolves. The team looks forward to Dilan’s continued contributions as it winds down its season.