Athletes of the Week

Parker Brown ’25- Girls Ultimate

Parker has had a great season for the girls ultimate team this spring. Over the weekend in the Wildcat’s 2-2 showing at their home tournament, Parker was a crucial element to the defense, setting up first on almost every defensive point. Additionally, she contributed her first assist of the season, as well as stepped up to handle in the later games. She also earned her first hand-block. Parker’s hard work is paying off and she’ll continue to do great things for the Wildcats!

Jack Wise ‘23 -Boys Varsity Tennis

Jack has been instrumental to the boys varsity tennis team this season. The squad encountered two very strong opponents this week in Loomis Chaffee and Westminster, but a highlight through it all was the tenacity of Jack’s play, competing in the #3 singles slot. Jack and his doubles’ partner Vasu Jain have set the tone all season at #2 doubles, demonstrating veteran poise, vocal camaraderie, and a keen eye for strategy. On Saturday, though, it was Jack’s singles performance spot that cemented him as Player of the Week. After losing the first set against a creative and unpredictable opponent, Jack sprinted ahead in the second set. Since his was the last unfinished match of the day, the whole team gathered around his court to cheer him on as he pulled out a nail-biting victory: 2-6, 6-4, (10-7). Despite losing the overall team match, Jack’s toughness made his teammates all feel like champions on the day. The Wildcats will continue to look toward Jack as they move through the rest of their challenging season.

Ella Mattocks ‘22 -Girls Varsity Water Polo

Ella has been instrumental to the success of the girls water polo season both in and out of the pool. Most recently in a 19-7 win over Exeter, Ella led the team with 7 goals offensively while spearheading the pressure defense which resulted in several steals and many forced turnovers. Ella’s determination and motivation will be instrumental as the team heads into the final games of the season leading up to the NEPSAC tournament. Her coaches and teammates are proud of all she has contributed this year, and throughout her career.

Perry Gaudreau ’23 – Boys Varsity Ultimate

Perry has had a great first season on the ultimate field. He has jumped into the sport with intense passion and fire, providing an excellent example for his teammates. He is motivated to succeed and pushes himself and his teammates to improve every day. As a rookie, he has learned quickly how to fit within the flow of the game on offense and works hard on defense to shut down opponents. His coaches and teammates appreciate all of his efforts, and they will continue to rely on him as they work through the rest of the season.

Praghya Athavan Raja ’22- Girls Varsity Tennis

Team co-captain Praghya Athavan Raja has helped the girls varsity tennis team remain undefeated this spring by winning both of her matches against tough opponents from local rivals, Wilbraham and Monson and Suffield Academy. Williston’s four-year number 1 singles player has been executing some of the best tennis of her career over the past weeks.  The powerful groundstrokes she used to dominate opponents in past years have now developed into more of an all-court game, where she is finishing points at the net and selecting good shots to hit. Moreover, she is defending extremely well, allowing herself to get back to neutral in the point before constructing combinations for winners. Praghya is in top form as she leads her team in matches against Pomfret and NMH later this week.

Lorenzo Redaelli ’22- Boys Track and Field

Lorenzo continued an excellent season with three strong performances on the day in track and field’s meet at Avon. He began the day running a very quick lead-off leg of the 4×100, keeping pace with the eventual winners Avon and handing off cleanly to his teammate. The combination of patience in the blocks, fast running, and precision in the hand-off requires practice to get just right, and he has been relentless in the pursuit pf improvement. Next, he sprinted to a strong finish in a very tightly contested 100m dash in 11.9s, running straight into a headwind. Lorenzo capped off his day by winning the 200m dash by powering down the home straight. Strength and endurance, as much as raw speed, were critical in his running a 24.2s time on a windy day. Lorenzo’s leadership and excellence on the track make the entire team better and his teammates and coaches will continue to rely on his leadership as they move through the back half of the season.

Abigail Touhey ’22- Girls Track and Field

Abigail has had a tremendous senior season so far for the girls track and field team, with dominating performances in the 800s, 1500s, DMRs, and 4x400s. But none were quite like her 1500m run at Avon this past weekend. The NMH runner started out incredibly fast and quickly gapped the field. Rather than settling for second, Abigail patiently stalked 10-15m behind for the first three laps. By the bell and the start of the fourth lap, she began to close. The NMH runner was not slowing – Abigail was speeding up. Both girls were flying down the backstretch and around the final curve where Abigail pulled ahead, continuing her burst down the home stretch and across the finish line in a school-record time of 4:55.8! This broke the previous record by nearly 5 seconds which had stood since 1985! Her day wasn’t done, and she shortly doubled back for an impressive open 400, before closing out the meet in a very quick anchor leg on the 4×400. Abigail’s leadership and performances set an example of sportsmanship and excellence for her teammates to emulate.

Colin Larson ’24- Varsity Baseball

Colin has had an excellent season for varsity baseball in his sophomore campaign. In the team’s three wins over Canterbury and Pomfret (twice), Colin went 7-14 with 3 home runs, 8 RBI, and 7 runs. He also earned the win over Canterbury on the mound as he pitched 3 innings of relief, giving up no runs and striking out 5 Saints. Colin has been outstanding all season at the plate, on the mound, and in the field. His consistent work ethic is notable as he has worked hard to develop his all-around skill set. In addition to playing so well, Colin recently committed to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Boston College after Williston. The Wildcats appreciate all of his dedication to the team and will continue to look toward him for the remainder of this season and in seasons to come.

Louisa Coughlin ’22- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Louisa has been an important part of the success of the girls varsity lacrosse team this season. She shows up ready to work and pushes herself every time she steps foot on the field to make herself and those around her better. Louisa has been a true asset to the team as her teammates rely on her to play hard-nosed defense on the top of the 8-meter, battle in the midfield, and play strong offense for the Wildcats. Wherever position her coaches put her, she always gets the job done. Her team is proud of Louisa’s work ethic and will continue to look to her leadership on the field!

Jimmy Dunn ’23- Boys Varsity golf

Jimmy has been a great addition to the boys varsity golf team this season. He has consistently been one of the top-performing golfers on the team, allowing his teammates to count on his low scores. His confidence in his own game keeps him focused and determined to practice and get even better. Through his dedication and determination, Jimmy is an excellent role model for his teammates. As a consummate team player, Jimmy is eager to provide feedback or advice to other golfers. Undoubtedly, Jimmy will play a large role in the success of the team down the final stretch of the season.

Natalie Stott ’22- Varsity softball

Natalie’s consistency at shortstop and at the plate have played significant roles in the varsity softball’s early-season success. A walk-off home run secured a 5-3 win over long-time rival Ethel Walker. Since then, Natalie has averaged a home run a game, helping her team defeat Cheshire and Worcester at home. Natalie’s “brick wall” style of play at shortstop is poised and reliable and gives her pitcher and other teammates a sense of security and dependability at this important position. She leads the team by example as she provides a team-first mentality and brings with her a willingness to be coached that is second to none. Her coaches and teammates are looking forward to witnessing her continued success this season and will rely upon her for her contributions as they move through the rest of the season.

Durgin Shields ‘24 – Boys JV Golf

Durgin has been a great member of the boys JV golf team this season. He has come to practice every day to improve himself as he brings a relentless work ethic and coachability to the course. He has a great attitude on and off the course which has allowed him to stay focused on the next shot, providing an excellent example for his teammates. On Wednesday, he led the Wildcats to their first victory this season shooting a 42, winning match medalists. The Wildcats look forward to Durgin’s continued growth and contributions as they move through the rest of the season.

Evie Paasch ’27 – JV Softball

Evie has brought a team-first mentality and dedicated approach all season to the JV softball team. She stepped up and volunteered to play catcher when her team needed someone to fill that important role, and she had a spectacular debut in her first game against Stoneleigh Burnham, recording two putouts.  On offense, she got on base twice and scored two runs for the Wildcats. In the team’s win over Ethel Walker, Evie caught well for two different pitchers and scored two more runs. Evie’s enthusiasm for softball is contagious, and her coaches appreciate her leadership through example.

Cannon Carr ‘25 – Coed Instructional Tennis

Cannon has demonstrated exceptional progress this season in instructional tennis. He consistently aims to challenge himself and support his growth in each area of tennis skills. He has developed a calculated technique on serving and he focuses on the strategy of different strokes and how this will affect his game. He is adept with both his backhand and forehand, and he pushes his opponent’s boundaries, aiming near the sidelines and serving extraordinary aces. He asks great questions, and his inquisitive mindset will surely promote his progress in this sport. His coach and teammates are excited to see his continued progress this season.

Audrey Capshaw ‘27-Girls 3rds Lacrosse

Audrey gives every practice and game 100 hundred percent of her effort for the girls 3rds lacrosse team. She works hard in every drill and consistently supports and cheers on her teammates, providing a great example. She is willing to put in the time to improve her skills and become the best player she can be. Audrey also did a great job stepping up and playing in the JV game a few weeks ago. Her coaches and teammates appreciate her enthusiasm and work ethic and look forward to her continued contributions as the season moves forward.

Yahya Wilson ‘26– Boys JV Ultimate Frisbee

Yahya has had a great season for the boys JV ultimate team. As the team’s most experienced player, he provides a humble example for his teammates to emulate. His skill set has helped to improve each of his teammate’s abilities daily as he brings a consistent level of effort and determination to each practice and game. His precision passes in the scoring area helped lead the Wildcats to a 12-4 victory over Eaglebrook last week! He was also stellar on the defensive end of the field as well, proving his all-around capabilities. Yahya continues to be a great leader for the team, and the Wildcats will continue to rely on him as they work through the rest of the season.

Niamh Cleary ‘25- Girls JV Lacrosse

Niamh has been working incredibly hard all season for the girls JV lacrosse team, and it’s paying off! She has been competing in both JV and 3rds games, and despite being busy, she takes every opportunity to better her game and does so with a smile. Niamh prefers defense, and she’s quickly becoming a key part of the defensive unit, a vital part of a lacrosse team.  That said, she played some midfield in the 3rds game last Wednesday and scored her first goal of the season.  Niamh earns respect on the field by providing a great work ethic and a positive attitude. Her coaches are excited to watch her continue to improve!

Bennett Bartlett ‘25– Boys JV Lacrosse

Bennett has been perhaps the key contributor all year long on offense for the boys JV lacrosse team, in large part because of his excellent shot power and accuracy. He scored two goals in each game this past week, and he leads the team in goals for the season. In the Wildcats’ lone loss, he was perhaps the the biggest bright spot offensively. Bennett also played a game in goal when his team was shorthanded, which is exactly the kind of selflessness every team needs to succeed. His efforts and team-first mentality have provided an excellent example for all his teammates to follow.

Hadyeh Saborouh  – Girls JV Golf

Hadyeh has grown a tremendous amount this season on the course for the girls JV golf team. She performed well in her first-ever match against tough opponents in Miss Hall’s and Taft. Against Miss Hall’s she beat her opponent and tied against Taft, providing much-needed points for the Wildcats. She always brings a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and hone her skills on the course. Hadyeh’s teammates and coaches look forward to her continued growth on the links as they move through the rest of the season.

Eddie Howell ‘24–JV Baseball

Eddie has been instrumental in the success of the JV baseball team this season. He had an incredible showing as he led the Wildcats during a 3-game week. He was 8 for 9 (.889), scored 7 runs, had 12 RBIs, and 3 walks. Eddie has been stellar during a great week for JV baseball where the team beat all 3 opponents by mercy rule. Eddie has been instrumental to the team’s defense by anchoring first base and pitching an inning during this torrid run by the team. Eddie’s teammates and coaches will continue to rely on him as they move through the second half of the season.