Athletes of the Week

Joey Pallotta ’23- Varsity Football

Joey has been instrumental to the success of the varsity football team this season. He did it all for the Wildcats Saturday night in their 35-14 win over rival Suffield. The Wildcats rushed for 244 yards and 7.6 yards per carry and Joey was a huge reason why. He has been a steady presence on the Williston OL all year and a phenomenal leader. His ability to lead the offensive line has been critical for the team’s explosive rushing attack this year. Furthermore, Joey stepped up on the defensive line as well always doing his job and making plays. His coaches and teammates appreciate his dedicated efforts to the team this season and they will continue to rely on his leadership and strong play as they finish out the season with a bowl game appearance.

Emily Hamann ‘24 – Girls Varsity Soccer

After undergoing early season adversity, Emily’s coaches and teammates are thrilled to have her back in the lineup! Her leadership, work ethic and athleticism make her a huge asset to the team. She proves to be an offensive threat to opponents even when she is playing in the defensive line. As a wing back this past Wednesday, she notched the first goal and set up the second in a 2-0 win against Kent. In the team’s 3-2 win against Suffield on Saturday, she played solid defense by beating her opponents to the ball and making smart decisions. Emily consistently gives 110% at every practice and game and is a great leader on and off the field! Emily will continue to be an important piece to the success of girls varsity soccer for the rest of this season and next.

Noah Kooistra ’23- Boys Varsity Soccer

Noah, a senior midfielder, had excellent performances against local rival Wilbraham and Monson and Suffield last week. The New Jersey native fought off adversity to quarterback the attack in both games. Noah’s distribution of the ball to dangerous attacking players helped the Wildcats score a total of 9 goals last week, while his play on defense contributed to only 1 goal being conceded in 180 minutes of play.  Noah has also made his mark on the team with his communication in huddles, where he is consistently encouraging his teammates to give their best. The Wildcats will continue to lean on Noah for his reliable play and leadership as they finish off the regular season in action at Salisbury on Wednesday before hosting Deerfield on Saturday.

Jenna Guglielmi ’23- Varsity Field Hockey

Jenna has been a brick wall for the varsity field hockey team all year long. This week Jenna was able to overcome adversity to help her team earn a shutout against rival opponent Suffield. Jenna has been a mentor in her goalie position to younger players on the team. She is an extremely hard worker who will do whatever it takes to win, all with a smile on her face. Her team feels lucky to have her infectious energy this year and know she will continue to inspire her teammates and coaches for the rest of the season!

Andrew Yu-Hwang ’23- Varsity Water Polo

Andrew has been a steady presence for the varsity water polo team this fall. Always reliable to be in the correct position defensively, Andrew has used his practice time to also improve his offense this season. Over the past week Andrew was able to contribute timely goals and assists in big games against Choate and Suffield. Even though Andrew tends to avoid flashy plays, his consistent strong contributions under the radar are integral to the team’s successful season so far. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Andrew to be in the right place at the right time and to contribute strong play as they work through the final weeks of the season.

Sarah Martini ’26- Girls Varsity Cross Country

Sarah ran a strong and noteworthy race at this weekend’s Shaler Invitational. Not surprisingly because of her dedication to the sport and to the team, Sarah ran her personal best time of 25:10! She also placed 3rd for Williston’s team in the race. It was a perfect day for cross country and for Sarah to prove how well she’s been doing on the team. Sarah will have two more meets this season to show just how much she has to give in the sport and to herself as a runner!

Will Chalfant ’23- Boys Varsity Cross Country

Will ran his last home race on the Williston course on Saturday at the Shaler Invitational and ran the best race of his career, setting a new PR and moving up the Honor Roll to the second fastest time on the course. Will helped lead the team to a second-place finish, beating eight other schools, including DI Hotchkiss and Kent. The Wildcats will need Will to continue to be at his best as they look ahead to the Cross-Country championships next week.

Daliah Elvin ’24- Varsity Volleyball

As a starting outside hitter for the second year in a row, Daliah’s quiet nature on the court belies the ferociousness with which she attacks passes sent her way. Beyond her offensive capabilities, she is capable in all facets of the game, providing the team with serve receive in the face of heavy hitters, feathery passing from all parts of the court, and stinging serves. Her ability from the service line played an important factor in the team’s most recent win over Suffield. As a leader, Daliah demonstrates the effectiveness of leading by example. She rarely gets too high or too low, but her willingness to put the team first and stay positive is as loud as the most vociferous voices. The team will rely more than ever on Daliah’s multiple talents as they enter the homestretch of the season.

Riley McDonald ’25 – JV Football

Riley has been a key contributor to the JV football program all season. Against rival Suffield on Wednesday, Riley turned nothing into something, breaking off a 60-yard run to set the Wildcats’ up in great field position. This led to the game winning field goal by Joseph Killcommons. The team will continue to look to Riley’s leadership and strong play as they wrap up the season in the coming weeks.

Isabel Sorkin-Camacho ‘26- JV Volleyball

Isabel has been tireless in her drive to improve her volleyball skills all season. She has developed a powerful serve and scored six aces this past week in the match against Miss Hall’s and also went on a seven-point serving run, a vital component of victory in that match. Isabel has also done a wonderful job making her teammates look good by setting up countless kills, often turning around a less than ideal pass into a scoring opportunity for the team. In addition, she has become an offensive threat in her own right; scoring two impressive tips in quick succession this past Saturday in a valiant five set effort against Suffield. Isabel is one of the team’s most reliable passers. Her consistency, hustle, and anticipation skills were in full evidence this past week when she rotated into the back row and transitioned from setting passes to delivering them. Her team first attitude is evident not only in how focused she is both during team practice as well as extra setter practice but also in how her infectious love of volleyball makes everyone on the team enjoy the game more. She has been a vital part of the team this season and is sure to continue to contribute in the final matches of the season.

Rowan Lonergan ’27- JVB Football

Rowan continues to be a consistent contributor in JV B football. In Friday’s game against Eaglebrook, he had two touchdowns providing a major offensive threat for the team. His play helped the Wildcats come back from a major deficit, leading to an eventual tie. His hard work and determination during practices and games is paying off and the Cats look forward to continued growth for many seasons to come.

Gavin Kim ‘25-Riding

Gavin has pushed through some fear in her riding and is now independent with most of the riding and horsemanship work. Horsemanship and riding horses takes so much strength and balance along with determination and grit! Gavin has shown huge improvement and growth and her coaches couldn’t be prouder of her efforts this season.

Olin Rose-Bardawil ‘25-Boys JV Cross Country

Olin had a fantastic race at the Shaler Invitational, coming in second place only a few seconds behind the first-place runner. Olin ran a new PR on the course and helped lead the Williston team to a first-place finish in the JV meet. Olin’s coaches and teammates look forward to his continued growth and strong performances as the finish the season.

MaryEllen Choo ’27- Thirds Volleyball

Mary has had a great season for the thirds volleyball team and her coaches consider her their “Athlete of the Year”. Week in and week out she has been a steady contributor during games and in practice. She is an incredibly positive and supportive teammate proving her team first mentality. Her effort in every drill and every game is 100%. She is the very definition of hustle on the floor, providing an excellent example for her team. She is every coach’s dream. Mary would stand out even more if she weren’t so busy making everyone around her look and play even better! In a team sport, there is no higher compliment!

Jack McIntyre ’24- Boys JVA Soccer

Jack has had a great season for boys JVA soccer. He has spearheaded the increasingly potent attack with strong midfield play in recent games, helping lead the team to wins against WMA (5-2) and Suffield. He had a goal and assist in the first game and set the tone early in the game against Suffield, dictating a lot of our successful interplay. He is a focused player and has been a big part of whatever success the Wildcats have had at the midfield position because of his unselfish play and ability to find the right pass. He is an extremely coachable player and is a pleasure to work with. His demeanor and coachability have helped to set a positive example for all his teammates.

Zora Elkin ‘27-JV Field Hockey

New to field hockey, Zora has become a key member of the team playing both back and mid-field.  Zora happily fills whatever role her team needs, hustling up and down the field on both defense and offense.  She works hard in practice each day to improve her skills, and this has been evident in our recent games where she’s made terrific dodges and passes in the midfield. Her positive attitude both on and off the field make her a pleasure to coach and a fun teammate. Her coaches and teammates are looking forward to more terrific play from Zora in the final weeks of the season.

Jay Ro ’26- JV Water Polo

Jay has quickly developed into a force within the JV water polo program. New to the sport this fall, Jay has worked tirelessly to learn the fundamental skills and improve his understanding of the game, and this past week it all came together for Jay in two games against Choate and Suffield. He has begun to take on the important role of center forward and was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 8 total goals from this position. Jay is one of several young players that will be looked to as the program transitions from a core of graduating seniors.

Taline Lichocki ’26- Girls JV Cross Country

Taline had an excellent race at this weekend’s Shaler Invitational, an excellent day all around as she also celebrated her birthday! She ran her personal best time of 25:35! It was a beautiful fall day, and the course was in great shape. Taline took 2nd place for Williston’s JV team, and her coaches and teammates are proud of her for moving up in the ranks. With only two more meets left in the season, Taline has every opportunity to continue this upward move to represent the Wildcats proudly!