Athletes of the Week

 Zivia Parikh ’27- Skiing

Zivia worked hard to make the varsity ski team and has had a great attitude at dry-land training. She has been open minded in learning new techniques and done well in her first varsity lift sessions. The Wildcats will rely on her positive, go get ‘em, attitude this season as they look towards their first competitions after returning from break.

Teppei Morita ’26- Boys Swimming

Teppei has quickly emerged as a top breaststroker on the varsity swim team after a few short weeks of the season.  On Saturday at the KO invite, he won the event while dropping 3 seconds off his best time and helped hold off a charging Milton team to secure the win for the Wildcats. Teppei works tremendously hard each day to better himself and it has provided a positive example for his teammates. The future is bright for Teppei as the Wildcats will rely on him for his leadership and point scoring ability as they work through their competitive season!

Betsy Gaudreau ‘24- Girls Varsity Squash

Betsy had a great opening week of squash for the girls varsity team. On Wednesday she was the only member of our squad to push her opponent to four games against a tough Loomis Chaffee squad. Betsy is a fierce competitor who always plays hard and gives every game her all. On Saturday she also demonstrated her toughness by earning more points in each game against St. Marks. In practice Betsy is dedicated to improving her squash every day. As one of the more experienced members on the squad she can often be found mentoring newer members. Betsy’s team first attitude also comes out in how she pushes everyone around her to be their best. This is the start of what is sure to be another great season for Betsy.

Eddie Howell ’24- Boys Varsity Squash

Eddie has had a solid start to the season for boys varsity squash. Despite facing adversity early in the week keeping him out of practice, Eddie worked hard to be able to compete in Saturday’s match against Kingswood Oxford. He played an integral role in practice helping maintain team spirit, setting goals for his own improvement, and leading in team huddles. Eddie’s “Cats on Three” is the stuff of legend. On Saturday, he rose to the occasion playing his best squash yet, winning in a nail-biting 5-set match which tested his fitness and mental fortitude. In addition to this being an exciting win for Eddie, it felt like a moral victory for the whole team, especially given the week he had. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Eddie for his leadership and strong play as they work through the rest of the season.

Mel McCullough ‘26-Girls Swimming and Diving

Mel has proven to be a great addition to the varsity swimming and diving team this season. She dove in her first ever meet last week and was terrific! In an incredible debut for the team she scored 153 points and qualified for the season ending New England Championships after never diving before! She is a great teammate and has set herself up for an exciting season. The Wildcats will rely on her growth and point scoring ability as they move through the rest of the season.

TJ Sullivan ’23- Boys Varsity Hockey

TJ has made an immediate impact on the boys varsity hockey team this winter leading the team in goals. Last week TJ tallied 3 goals and 1 assist and had 2 goals in the 4-4 tie at Cushing. TJ uses his size and speed to create opportunities for the team offense and has been a welcome addition to the locker room. The Wildcats will continue to lean on TJ for his physical and leadership abilities as they move through the rest of the season.

Morgan Dulude ’26- Girls Varsity Basketball

9th grader Morgan Dulude has stepped up in a big way over the season’s first three games. Thrust into the starting lineup in her first NEPSAC action, Morgan made her defensive presence known right away. In addition to her stellar defense, Morgan’s clutch 4th quarter three-pointers helped seal the deal over a tough St. Mark’s squad, helping to give the team their first win of the season. Morgan will continue to be an important part of the team’s success as they work through the rest of the season.

Reece Berrien ’27- Boys Fourths Basketball

Reece has had an excellent start to the boys 4ths basketball season. He is a great leader who creates valuable opportunities for his teammates to score. On Saturday, against Eaglebrook, Reece led the way with 17 points. The Wildcats will lean on Reece for his ability and leadership through example this season.

Julian Barthels Thiel ‘24-Boys JV Squash

Julian has had a great start to the season for boys JV squash as he played a great match last Saturday against Deerfield. Julian worked hard during the five sets that it took to win the match, proving his never quit attitude. He controlled the T well by combining drop shots with hitting towards the back of the court. His forehands and backhands had more depth, and they became very effective on Saturday. Despite losing 2-1 after the third set, Julian came back to win the last two sets. This speaks to his constant efforts to get better during practice time. His coach and teammate are proud of his work every day in practice.

Bella Marinello ‘26- Girls JV Basketball

As a returning JV basketball team member, Bella’s sportsmanship and team spirit have once again been on display this season. She continuously challenges her teammates during practice, helping them if they are confused in a drill and being a vocal leader on the court. In the team’s recent away game against rival squad Suffield, Bella’s offensive game was on full display, scoring 10 out of the Wildcats’ 16 points, with two exciting 3-pointers that had the crowd on their feet. This offensive clinic helped lead the Wildcats to their second win of the season, beating Suffield 16-10. The Cats will continue to look toward Bella for her inspiring play and excellent attitude as they move through the season.

Daniel Zhang ’23- Boys JV Basketball

Daniel was a key part of two victories for the Wildcats this past week. His presence around the basket made the difference against both Eaglebrook and Loomis Chaffee. Daniel made it very difficult for his opponents to score inside by altering or blocking numerous shots. On offense, he played with a lot of intensity, grabbing 7 offensive rebounds against Loomis Chaffee and scoring a total of 14 points in the two games last week. He also kept several possessions alive by diving on the floor for loose balls or tapping rebounds out to his teammates. The coaches are excited to see how the season progresses with Daniel’s intensity and all-around play.

Catharine Ballard ’25- Girls JV Hockey

This week Catharine was a force defensively and offensively in games against NMH and Deerfield. During the team’s season opener, Catharine tallied several goals while also stopping some key offensive chances by NMH. The same held true against Deerfield. Catharine has the ability to strike the right balance between offensive power while also being in the right defensive position to stop an offensive rush with a swipe of the stick! Her coaches and teammates look for Catharine to continue to lead by example throughout the season.