Athletes of the Week

Olivia Lawry ’25 – Varsity Softball

Olivia has been instrumental in the Wildcats success this year. As a utility player, Liv has played and started in a range of positions. As one of our most reliable players, Liv has stepped up in positions where her talent and poise are needed most, including catcher in a tough battle against KO with many starters away for family commitments. At the plate last week, Liv opened the flood gates for Williston with a two run double against Loomis, propelling the team to a big 8-3 win at home. Liv’s leadership plays an integral role in the improvement of the squad and her coaches and teammates are so fortunate to have had her for four awesome years.

Avi Falk ’22- Boys Varsity Ultimate

Avi joined Ultimate as a senior and immediately made an impact on the team. He has turned into a defensive stopper, often covering opponents’ best cutter to shut them down. He dedicated himself to improving his throws and learning the offense. This week, he caused the turnover on “double game point” which led to our winning score over Northampton. In the weekend tournament, he scored a rare “Callahan goal”, intercepting a pass in the endzone for an immediate goal. Avi has been a great team member for the entire season and his team appreciates all of his contributions this season.

Gavin Kim ’25- Girls Varsity Golf

Gavin has made significant improvements over the final weeks of the golf season. Her hard work on the range and putting green resulted in her lowest round of the season against Miss Porter’s and Miss Hall’s. Gavin’s distance, accuracy, and short game focus were in-sync as she helped her team finish the season with three solid performances. Her perseverance, determination, and resilience were a huge part of the team’s improvement. Gavin was a gracious opponent all season often facing more experienced competitors in her matches. The team looks forward to Gavin’s continued success and improvement in the coming years.

Max Fujimori ’23- Boys Varsity Track and Field

Max had a full day at the NEPSAC Championship meet, competing in three events spread across the day. He began with the high jump, where he cleared a personal best of 5’10”. That leap earned him a 6th place finish at the meet, and moved him into a tie for 5th place in Williston history. Just moments after clearing 5’10”, Max was on the track, running the third leg of the 4×100 relay. The guys all ran admirably and passed the baton cleanly, running 44.77 for 5th place. Max’s next challenge was to stay cool and hydrated in the heat while he waited for his final event of the day – the 4×400 relay. Here, Max and his teammates were in a very competitive heat and ran quickly and with heart. Max got the baton and flew to a 52.9 split on the anchor leg. All season, Max’s competitive attitude, athleticism, and consistent focus during practice have combined to bring him success and to make the team better.

Quinn Pollack ’24- Girls Varsity Track and Field

Quinn had the busiest day of all Williston athletes at the NEPSAC Championship meet, being entered in the maximum of four events. She began her day in the prelims of the 100m dash, running 13.55, a time just off her personal best. Just moments later, Quinn was back at the start line for the 100m hurdles, where she ran 16.95 to place 5th in a very competitive field. After two hard races, she had a bit of a rest, where she tried to stay cool, hydrated, and out of the sun. Then, Quinn was on to the 200m dash, running in the fast heat against very quick competition. The very next event was the 4×400 relay – always competitive and exciting. Quinn, running second, received the baton and passed ALL FIVE runners ahead of her in the first 200m. Rather than slowing up, Quinn kept up the pace and pulled away from the field, passing off with a 10-15m lead after a blistering 60.7s split, a time which would have placed second in the open 400 event. Quinn’s teammates would maintain her lead, giving the girls a smashing victory in a school-record time of 4:10.48. Quinn’s tenacity, competitive drive, effort during practice, and results on the track all combined to give her personal success and to make the team better.

Willie Landman ’22- Varsity Baseball

Willie played two excellent playoff games this past weekend for varsity baseball. He had three hits in both games, including a home run against Millbrook and a double against Salisbury. He also made several nice plays at third base in the playoffs as well. He ended up hitting .400 on the year with an excellent second half of the season. His contributions were a huge part of the team’s fantastic season, and post season run. He is well loved by his teammates and brings both competitiveness and humor to practices and games. Wille will be missed tremendously next year!

Juno Aselton ’25- Girls Varsity Water Polo

Juno was new to goalkeeping this spring in water polo but has quickly learned the skills essential for success. Her attention to the play of the game (spending time as a field player may have aided her) and a strong arm for passing, led her to earn more and more playing time as the season progressed. She was a key piece to the team’s success in the NEPSAC tournament, making 17 saves, including a penalty shot against 7 goals as the team won its first NEPSAC championship. The Wildcats will look to her continued growth next season.

Anna Jofre ’22- Girls Varsity Tennis

Anna, the senior co-captain, has done a wonderful job of leading the girls varsity tennis team this spring! Always willing to help the team by playing both singles and doubles, the New York-native has contributed to big wins over Wilbraham and Monson and Suffield this season. Anna’s leadership in warm-ups and in huddles gave her teammates confidence to compete to the best of their ability against strong teams like NMH, Pomfret, and Kingswood Oxford to finish up the year. Some of Anna’s most memorable performances this season include a very tough win at #3 singles against a stingy Suffield player in a tiebreak and helping her #1 doubles team mount a great comeback against talented opponents from Berkshire, just falling short at the end. Anna gave everything she had to make this season a memorable one for the Wildcats.

Isabel Baxter-Paris ’25- Girls Ultimate

Throughout the entire season Isabel has helped lead the team with her unwavering hard work and unparalleled spirit. She has contributed on both sides of the disc, bringing down excellent receptions and helping to anchor our zone defense. Additionally, she has been our cheer captain, using her magnificent creativity to help us celebrate each of our opponents. She is a truly exceptional ultimate player and human and the Wildcats will look forward to her contributions in seasons to come.

Vivian Walker ‘25 -JV Softball

Vivian has been a leader on the JV softball team from the day she arrived.  She is an experienced player, a hard worker, and a kind teammate. It is Vivian who keeps the team warmups on track, providing vocal leadership and leadership through example with her attention to detail.  In the team’s victory over Ethel Walker, Vivian reached base in every bat with three hits and a walk, scoring twice.  She also provided strong defense at shortstop. Vivian has been an integral part of the team’s development and success and her coaches and teammates look forward to her continued contributions in seasons to come.

Jack Choo ’27 – Boys JV Ultimate

Jack has had an outstanding season for the boys JV ultimate squad! He started out as just an athlete who could make great catches and play lock down defense, but he has emerged into an excellent handler as well! In the last 2 weeks of the season Jack helped lead the team to 2 wins. In the 10-4 win over Pioneer Valley Middle School Jack played just about a perfect game by making unbelievable catches and throws all game. His team looks forward to his continued growth for many seasons to come.

Mei Gazama ‘25- Girls JV Golf

Mei has been a strong contributor for the girls JV golf team this season. She worked hard throughout the season and has shown marked improvement in her game. This improvement has provided a positive example to her teammates as to what hard work and determination can do for an individual, and her efforts have helped to raise the bar for the team this season. The Wildcats look forward to Mei’s continued growth and contributions next season.

Rowan Lonergan ’27- Boys JV Lacrosse

Rowan has been perhaps the boys JV lacrosse team’s steadiest performer at attack all season long, and he led the way in the final game of the season with three goals and two assists. His excellent off-ball movement was a key to his offense this game and all season long. He has been a pleasure to work with and a big part of the team’s considerable success this spring. His coaches and teammates look forward to his continued growth and contributions for many seasons to come.

Ellie Parsons for JV Girls Lacrosse ‘25

Ellie had a fantastic season with JV lacrosse this spring. She was the top goal scorer, including 3 in our final game loss to Deerfield.  Ellie consistently worked to get better and lead the team by example, always trying to learn from each day’s play.  She was a key midfielder for the Wildcats, which means that she’s one of the few players to play both offense and defense – a tiring position, to say the least – but she handled it with poise and determination every game. The Cats appreciate her dedication to the team and look forward to her continued success in the future.