Kaitlyn Williams ’23- Varsity Volleyball
Taking the mantle of captain for varsity volleyball, Kaitlyn leads the team with her calm but focused demeanor, serving as a conduit by which the coaching staff extends the skills and rotations the team needs. Under her direction, the team is beginning to coalesce into the cohesive unit crucial to the beginning of the season. On the court, Kaitlyn has continued to display the defensive skills that will anchor the team. Starting as our middle blocker, her coverage at the point of attack, athletic skill in keeping the ball in play, and unflappable approach fronts our defensive coverage. As an added benefit, her consistent serving allows us to manage the momentum of games. The season is off to a positive start with Kaitlyn as the team leader and they will rely on her as they move through the competitive season.
Junior Poyser ’23- Varsity Football
Junior had an outstanding start to the season for varsity football on Saturday. Going against a very strong Cheshire offensive line, he finished the night with 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks! Junior’s impressive stat line was a big factor in holding the tough team from Cheshire to only 14 points helping the Cats pick up the win on Sawyer Field. The Wildcats will continue to look to Junior for his leadership and strong play during the challenging season ahead.
Catie Putt ‘26 –Girls Varsity Soccer
Catie proved herself to be a key member of the girls varsity soccer squad in both of their games this past week. She is a versatile player who played striker, outside midfield as well as defense all effectively in this past week’s games. Catie was willing to put the needs of the team first, staying positive and playing the ball with confidence. She consistently shut down strong Miss Porter’s attackers stepping in with perfect timing. She brings a strong second effort, composure on the ball and a competitive attitude to the team!
Jackson Ayers ‘25- Boys Varsity Cross Country
Jackson had a great first meet of the season for boys varsity cross country on the road at Kent. All the training he put in over the summer was evident as he posted a personal best time on a very challenging course. Jackson brings a great attitude to practice every day and sets a positive example for other runners on the team with his determination and enthusiasm. The Wildcats will rely on Jackson for his positive attitude and leadership through example as they move through this season.
Zola Piekarski ’26- Varsity Field Hockey
Zola joined the varsity field hockey team this fall and has instantly had an impact both on and off the field. Her positive spirit has been embraced by both coaches and players. She is always smiling, even during games. Her coaches and teammates have watched her tenacity in practice translate to games where she assisted on a goal against St. Mark’s. Zola’s speed led to countless other chances, even sneaking behind all defenders to go in one on one versus the goalie. She never stops working and inspiring her teammates to do the same. Her teammates and coaches are so happy to have her as a member of the team and are looking forward to her future contributions.
Jake St. Marie ‘23- Boys JV Cross Country
Jake made his debut in cross country in fine fashion at Kent this past weekend. He ran extremely well on a very difficult course. Jake works hard every practice and is a fantastic teammate as he supports every runner in the program. The coaches are confident Jake will continue to improve as the season progresses and look forward to his growth as an athlete.
Soph DiTerlizzi -Riding
Sophia is captain of our dressage team and over this past weekend we held our very first home show at Infinity Equestrian. Sophia stood out as a positive and supportive role model for her teammates and is always in the ribbons, taking 2nd in equitation and 5th in her test class. Sophia’s dedication to her team and to her own riding education shows. The Wildcats will continue to look towards Soph for her leadership and ability as they move through the season.
Adam Shatz ’23- Varsity Water Polo
Adam was an influential presence over the first week of the season for a team comprised of largely inexperienced water polo players. Over the weekend Adam scored three goals for the team while playing the majority of each game. In practice Adam has focused on leading the team by example as they build the foundation for another successful season. His leadership, along with his fellow seniors, will be relied on in the next weeks as the team develops and comes together.
Hannah Roche ’23 – Girls Cross Country
Hannah, a senior in her 4th year on the team, had a big race for the girls cross country team at Kent School on Saturday. On the very hilly Kent course, Hannah battled hard for her position leading the team. She has steadily improved each year on the team and is embracing her leadership position as a senior. Hannah came back to school ready to compete and showed her conditioning and focus with her effort on Saturday. Her coaches look forward to Hannah’s continued contribution to the team throughout the season.
Hakim Karamoko ’23- Boys Varsity Soccer
Hakim has made a big impact on the boys varsity soccer team in the first few weeks of the fall season. Hakim’s attacking play has helped Williston to big wins over both Hoosac and Berkshire in a memorable, come-from-behind win! Hakim’s speed and dribbling ability makes him a dangerous attacker anytime he touches the ball. He combines well with his teammates, and he has emerged as a leader of his peers. The Wildcats will need Hakim to continue his strong play against upcoming opponents Cushing and Pomfret in the coming weeks.