Athletes of the Week

Connor Hagness ’22- Boys Varsity Golf

Connor is an integral part of the boys varsity golf team. He loves the game and loves to compete, and this year he has become a leader through his positive attitude and his sense of humor. Connor is always ready to play. He enjoys the satisfaction that comes from hitting great shots. He also gets fired up to compete against other players and other teams. Most importantly, Connor now has enough experience to know that some days you play well and some days you don’t. To put it simply, he can laugh off bad shots and not let them ruin his round. His mental growth as a player in this respect has helped Connor to become one of the most consistently high-performing players on the team. His contributions in the final matches and KIT tournament will have a significant impact on the team’s success down the stretch.

Angela Tsai ‘22- Girls Varsity Golf

Angela has demonstrated excellent leadership as captain of the varsity girls golf team this spring. Angela works hard at each practice to not only improve her own game, but she encourages her teammates to push themselves to hone their skills and set achievable goals in a challenging setting. Angela’s motivation and positive spirit helped lead the team to their best performance of the season this past week. The Wildcats will continue to lean on Angela for her leadership as they move through the final stretch of the season.

Tyler Morehouse ’22- Boys Varsity Ultimate

Tyler has been an amazing contributor to the boys ultimate team this season. Despite missing some time at the start of the season, Tyler has turned into an important piece of the Wildcat’s recent success. In the biggest games of the year vs NMH and Hotchkiss, Tyler threw four scores and three scores respectively. Against Four Rivers, Tyler was involved in eight of the team’s fourteen scores. He is a great role model for all types of players and the coaches look forward to a great finish to the season.

Zivia Parikh ’27 – Girls Varsity Ultimate

Zivia has been a huge force on both offense and defense this season, pulling down big goals as well as making many defensive stops for the ultimate team. She has stepped up to play big against much older varsity players, as well as very fast and talented middle school peers, bringing in the first goal against Hilltown Charter last week. She is a consistent deep threat and has also been a key first receiver from the swing. Zivia’s coaches and teammates look forward to her continued growth this season, and for many seasons to come.

Jefu Lee ’23- Boys Varsity Tennis

Despite two unfortunate rainouts this past week, Jefu Lee has set the tone in all the boys varsity tennis team’s practice sessions. A gifted sprinter, he pushes hard in our team warm-ups and slides on the hard courts as though he were Rafael Nadal sliding on clay. Outside of practice, Jefu can regularly be found in the weight room or out on the courts getting some extra reps in. This past week, he added open stance footwork to his backhand and slightly altered the point of contact on his forehand to improve consistency. A poised and steadfast leader, Jefu brings intensity and class to our squad and leads an excellent example of hard work for his teammates.

Hayden Hedstrom ’24- Girls Varsity Water Polo

Hayden has had an enormous impact on the girls water polo team this spring. Over the weekend Hayden was instrumental in the team’s three successful efforts contributing 5 goals and 8 assists on the offensive end. She was just as important on the defensive side of the ball with 5 steals and multiple effective double-team coverages. Hayden, with the rest of the squad, is looking forward to the final two weeks of the season and the Cats will continue to need her to be at her best as they look towards the NEPSAC tournament.

Connor Capshaw ’23- Varsity Baseball

Connor is the consummate teammate; he always puts the needs of the team above his own and cares deeply about his teammates’ success. No one on the team works harder than Connor. His hard work and dedication to improvement is seen by coaches and players, and this leadership by example is one of the reasons the team has been successful on the field and has built strong bonds off it. There is a term in baseball called a “dirt dog,” which is a player who will do anything to help the team, including sacrificing his body. Connor is the ultimate “dirt dog,” and the team is much better for him taking on that role.

Harini Murugan ’22- Girls Varsity Tennis

Harini has been in great form for the girls varsity tennis team over the past few weeks, where she recorded two wins against tough opponents from Pomfret and NMH.  This Wildcat stormed back from 6-1 down to defeat Pomfret’s number 4 singles player in a tiebreaker last Wednesday before partnering with team captain Praghya Athavan Raja to dominate their number 1 doubles opponents from NMH, 8-3 on Senior Day last Saturday.  The team will need Harini to play her best tennis in the closing stages of the season when the team visits Kingswood-Oxford and Berkshire School.

Inigo Sustacha ’23-Boys Varsity Track and Field

Inigo has been a strong presence on the track all season. He won the 110m high hurdles and 300m intermediate hurdles in his first attempts at the events on Saturday in the team’s meet competing with Westminster. He decided to try the hurdles as a new event just this week, thinking the event looks like fun and knowing it is an event where the team needs athletes. He ran with heart in each of these intimidating races. Inigo also competed in the LJ where he placed second, bringing his scoring total for the day to 13 points. Inigo’s coaches are very pleased to see him take on new events, particularly where he can have an impact on the team. The Cats will look to him for his point-scoring ability for the remainder of the season.

Annika Yeung ’23- Girls Varsity Track and Field

Annika has been an impactful member of the girls track and field team all season. Though she didn’t place first in the 1,500, Annika fought a fierce battle at Saturday’s meet and even set a PR, beating her previous time by three seconds. Annika was also a last-minute substitute in the team’s 4×400; though she wasn’t planning on running in the event, she ran a strong leg, doing her part to help her team pull out a win. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Annika as they move through the rest of the season.

Monique Lyons ’24- Varsity Softball

Monique has been a consistent game-changer at the plate and on the corner at third base for the varsity softball team.  Mo was instrumental in the Wildcats big win against Choate as she contributed a 2-run RBI and turned a double play to close out the 6th inning. Monique’s coaches have been impressed by her steadiness, tenacity, and leadership on and off the field and they will rely upon this as they look to wrap up a successful season.

Shea Huntley ‘24 – JV Softball

Shea has been instrumental in the JV softball team’s success this season. She leads the team in warm-ups, drills, and spirit, consistently volunteering to go first and sharing her love for the sport. Shea has reached base in every at-bat so far this season, an outstanding statistic. As a pitcher, Shea is unflappable, staying cool under pressure and shaking off wild pitches. Her teammates and coaches will continue to count on Shea for her positive spirit and leadership.

Jaxon Axelman ‘25- Boys JV Lacrosse

Jaxon has been a key cog offensively for the boys JV lacrosse team, despite this being his first year playing the game. He had his best game of the year with a goal and three assists against Suffield. He has done a great job all season long learning and playing the game at a high level and excelled playing transition offense and defense. He has done all that his coaches have asked him to do and more, which makes him a fine role model for the team. The Cats look forward to his continued growth this season.

Lilian Sacal Cohen ‘23- Girls Thirds Lacrosse

Even though Lilian is new to the sport of lacrosse, she’s proven to be a fast learner and has become an integral member of the team. Lilian brings consistent, focused energy to every practice. What Lilian lacks in experience, she makes up for with her hard work. She frequently takes advantage of her free time to work on her stick and shooting skills. Lilian is a natural leader, and she raises the level of the team with the example she sets for the other players.

Zach Schmidt ’26- Boys JV Ultimate

Zach joined the boys JV ultimate team a few weeks late, but has been a great addition as his impact has been indelible! He brings great energy every day and had 2 great games last week against Four Rivers and Hilltown. He can score, assist, and lock down the best player on any team. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Zach for his excellent attitude, work ethic, and skill as they finish the season.

Erin O’Keefe ’22 – Girls JV Lacrosse

Erin is one of girls JV lacrosse’s returning players, and her teammates and coaches thank their lucky stars she’s back.  When Erin is in the game, the defense just works better and is a more cohesive and successful unit. Her leadership and skill in the defensive unit led her to play the entire game against a tough opponent from Choate. Relentless on defense, and incredibly effective as a leader, Erin helped the Cats to an exceptional 3-3 tie against the talented foe from Choate. Her teammates and coaches will continue to look toward her as they move through the final stretch of the season.