Athletes of the Week

Catie Spence ’24- Girls Track and field

Catie has put in a strong effort all season in practice for the girls varsity track and field team. On Saturday, she finally got an opportunity to show off her hard work and speed. Catie’s day started with a convincing win in the 100m hurdles – an event she has experience in but has practiced sparingly this season. In fact, the race was her first time this year over a full flight of 10 hurdles, yet she still set a personal best. Later, Catie again won the 300m hurdles, looking smooth and in control the entire race. Catie capped the day by running a strong second leg on the 4×400 relay team. Catie’s teammates and coaches will look for more leadership and quick results from her over the course of the season!

Jeffrey Warner ’24- Boys Track and Field

Jeffrey was new to the boys track and field team this year, and a bit unsure of which distance he would slot into best. While he time trialed the mile at our inter-squad meet, Jeffrey decided to give the notoriously difficult 800m a try against Berkshire. Despite some wild pacing by the group due to excitement and the wind, he pulled out a gutsy sprint finish win in 2:16. Jeffrey came back an hour later to run the second leg of the 4×400 relay. With both these performances, he has cemented himself as a critical piece of the mid-distance squad. As he hones the combination of endurance and speed needed for the 400 and 800, his coaches know they can expect more strong results from this new runner.

Zoe Zhang ’25- Girls Varsity Ultimate

Zoe has been an important piece of the ultimate team so far this season. She reeled in 2 huge goals against Northampton High School this past week, her first goals of the season! She made excellent cuts, especially to the deep position, and maintained her defensive positioning against a strong team. She has been learning fast and will certainly continue to be a big contributor in the season ahead!

Aaron Hammer ‘24- Boys Varsity Ultimate

Aaron has steadily improved during his four years on the ultimate team at Williston. He has big throws, stretching opposing defenses. Against Northampton Varsity this week, Aaron was part of a line that scored five goals in a row to get the Wildcats back into the game. During that run, Aaron contributed great person-to-person defense, forcing his matchup to work hard. He has improved in all facets of the game because he is always one of the first players at practice, ready to work on throws or help others. This leadership through example will be relied upon as they move through the remainder of the season.

Campbell Collins ’23-Girls Varsity Water Polo

Campbell has been an amazing addition to the water polo team this spring. She consistently comes to practice ready to improve both her individual skills and her teams. She motivates her teammates with both intensity and support as the group progresses through the season, The past weekend at Greenwich, Campbell played two outstanding games leading the team at both ends of the pool with 8 goals and 7 steals. Campbell will be an important asset in the continued growth and development of the team through the spring.

Jimmy Dunn ’23- Boys Varsity Golf

Jimmy has had a great start to his first season on the boys varsity golf team. He has consistently demonstrated his talent as one the top golfers. He is dedicated to practicing to improve his game, and equally dedicated to helping his teammates improve as well. In our recent matches, he is always among our top performers. Jimmy’s determination to compete is an inspiration to his peers. Jimmy Dunn will be a big part of the success in the weeks ahead.

Mayphia Zhou ’24- Girls Varsity Golf

Mayphia earned two match points in girls varsity golf’s opening match of the season over Hotchkiss and Ethel Walker School. Playing at number one, Mayphia opened with a birdie on hole number one. Throughout the match, Mayphia relied on her mental toughness which was most evident heading into the final hole. She needed to make par on the ninth to win her Hotchkiss match. Mayphia’s focus and mental toughness allowed her to move past her first match nerves and shoot a solid round of golf at Southampton CC. Mayphia is constantly encouraging her teammates positively and providing inspiration through her actions and words each day at practice. Her team and coaches will continue to look towards her for her leadership through example and inspiring play.

Frannie Cataldo ’22-Boys Varsity Tennis

As a senior co-captain of the boys varsity tennis team, Frannie has consistently demonstrated initiative, responsibility and a deep care for the well-being of his fellow teammates. This Wednesday, against a strong Pomfret squad, Frannie earned the team’s lone singles victory against their number one player. After falling behind 0-4, Frannie shifted to a more defensive game style that surprised his opponent and set the stage for a thrilling 9-7 comeback victory. The Wildcats will continue to look to Frannie for his experienced play and leadership as they move through the rest of the season.

Abby Booth ’22-Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Since her return to play between the pipes for the girls varsity lacrosse team, Abby has been a force to be reckoned with. While in waiting, she continued to keep up with her conditioning and did everything she could to keep her skills sharp. After just a single full day of practice she stepped into the net for the Wildcats against an athletic Hotchkiss team, making several incredible plays. In the team’s recent games she was an absolute wall against Miss Porter’s, and played a fantastic game against Berkshire, aiding us to a 14-9 win. Her coaches and teammates are so excited to have Abby back in the net and will look to her for more inspiring performances as the season progresses.

Will Gaca ’22-Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Will has been an important part of the boys varsity lacrosse team this season. He has shown great leadership on the defensive end of the field, oftentimes limiting the opponents best offensive player. Will brings a positive attitude and a willingness to be coached to every practice and game and by doing so has led by example on and off the field. The Wildcats will rely on Will to bring his best every day this season and look forward to his efforts in improving his own game and the game of those around him.

Sydni Landman ’22- Varsity Softball

Sydni had a great start to her season for the varsity softball program. Against Marianapolis on Wednesday, she did it all for the Cats as she struck out 7, and went 4 for 5 at the plate. Sydni drove in 5 runs including a three-run double. Sydni was solid on the mound against Taft on Saturday and showed outstanding leadership and resilience throughout the game. As a captain, Sydni is an exemplary model of leadership. Her coaches can’t wait to watch her continue to succeed in her senior season.

Dallas Elliott ’22- Varsity Baseball

Dallas has been an integral piece of the puzzle for the varsity baseball team so far this season. This continued this past week as he had a tremendous game against WMA on Friday. From the mound, he pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball, striking out 10. In addition to his stellar performance from the mound, he helped himself in the scorebook as he went 3-4 at the plate with 4 RBI, launching a 3-run HR. In Wednesday’s win over WMA, he had a hit and an RBI. Dallas has been a varsity starter since his 9th grade year and has grown to be a dependable leader and productive player for his team. In his second year as a captain, Dallas brings his excellent, all-around skills and energy to every practice and game. The Wildcats will need Dallas to continue to be at his best as they move through the rest of the spring.

Soph DiTerlizzi ‘25-Girls JV Lacrosse

Soph has been fantastic for girls JV lacrosse this spring.  She started with great energy and a full sense of purpose on day one and hasn’t stopped. She is the only goalie for JV and 3rds, thus playing in every game possible.  Soph has improved every day this spring and is a huge asset to us in goal.  She’s come up big in the team’s last two games against Porters and Berkshire – leading the defense and notching big numbers for saves. Her coaches and teammates appreciate all her efforts!!

Bobby Colenback ‘27- Boys JV Ultimate Frisbee

Bobby has been a leader of the boys JV ultimate team since day 1. He has done a great job as one of the squad’s main handlers as he brings a consistent reliable throwing ability. In the Wildcats season debut this past week, Bobby threw 5 of the team’s goals on the way to a 15-1 win over Hilltown. He even stepped up and made some plays when he was pulled up to compete with the Varsity B Team in their 8-6 win over Andover. Bobby’s teammates and coaches look forward to his continued growth this season.

Cal Hoyt ’25- Boys JV Lacrosse

Cal Hoyt spearheaded the 12-0 victory for boys JV lacrosse this past week, scoring two goals and assisting two others, as well as winning numerous ground balls. Although still relatively new to the sport, Cal has consistently impressed the coaches in terms of his knowledge of the game, instincts, and stick skills. His excellent decision making and growth mindset is a model for other players.