Athletes of the Week

Gavin Kim’25- Girls Varsity Golf

Playing at #3 for girls varsity golf this spring, Gavin has steadily improved her ball striking and short game. Gavin parred the challenging seventh and eighth holes in last Wednesday’s away match at Tumble Brook CC in Bloomfield, CT to earn a 3, and 1 point for Williston in her team’s 4-1 win over Miss Porter’s School. Gavin’s perseverance at the driving range has made a huge impact on her greens in regulation and fairways hit per round. Gavin continues to support her teammates and is always gracious in complimenting her competitor’s success on the course, providing a great example of sportsmanship for her team.

Perry Gaudreau ’23- Varsity Ultimate

Perry has been a huge part of the varsity ultimate’s success this year. He has taken on added roles and responsibilities on the field, often covering the best player on the opposing team on defense, while helping run the offense smoothly. He is always ready to run and work hard. His work ethic has been evident as he has improved his throws, becoming a more reliable handler. Perry is the energy leader of the team, encouraging others and bringing the passion each day to practice and competition. The Wildcats appreciate all his efforts and will look for more inspiring play and leadership as they move through the rest of the season.

Maisie Mattock ’24- Varsity Water Polo

Maisie has proven to be a versatile member of the water polo team this spring. She has worked to complement her strong shot with intelligent defending and thoughtful game sense. This past week against Hopkins and Andover, Maisie played great at both ends of the pool. On defense she was able to sit in passing lanes making 4 steals. On the offense end she drew 3 penalty shots with smart body positioning and added to her stat sheet by netting 6 goals and 2 assists. As the team moves toward the championships Maisie’s all-around contributions will be heavily relied on.

Jack Ballinger ’24- Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Jack has made a ton of growth this season competing for the boys varsity lacrosse team and, with his work ethic and positive attitude, he will continue to do so. In the recent game on Saturday at Pomfret, Jack had 2 goals and an assist. The assist came as the horn sounded at the end of the 3rd quarter as he found Joseph Killcommons to get the game to 7-6. His two goals were examples of how his confidence and coachability have helped develop his game this season, playing fast and dodging to score. His teammates and coaches look forward to his continued growth this season.

Mia Townsend ’26- Girls Varsity Tennis

Mia, a freshman, has proven to be a reliable and versatile tennis player this season. Always willing to play singles or doubles with a variety of partners, Mia is ready to play each day either in practice or during a match. She is never intimidated by the strong competition she faces. Her game is based on great athleticism, her determination to get balls back and her ability to end a point with clever shot placement. Mia used these skills to win her number 1 doubles match against Miss Hall’s this past Friday. Our team appreciates Mia’s positive attitude and her desire to improve her game. Her coaches and teammates are looking forward to watching Mia compete during the final weeks of the season.

Connor Capshaw ’24- Varsity Baseball

Connor has been a steady presence for varsity baseball as a player and captain all season. This past week, he played outstanding defense in left field and was an on-base machine at the plate, getting multiple hits and key walks in wins over Pomfret and losses to Canterbury and Salisbury. Connor has been the heart and soul of the team and approaches every practice and game with focus and competitiveness. Coaches and teammates alike appreciate his consistency of effort and selfless play.

Hazel Jacobs ‘25- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Hazel has stepped into the starting goalie role seamlessly this season, and she had her best week as a Wildcat during the team’s toughest stretch of games. Taking on a powerful Deerfield squad, Hazel set the tone for the defense, making numerous big saves while finishing with 11 for the game. Following that tough overtime loss, Hazel once again led the defense against a very talented Loomis Chaffee team, and again she stood tall by making key saves at big moments of the game. She remained poised in the clearing game and helps bring a sense of calm to the defensive side of the field. Her competitiveness and toughness are also apparent to all her teammates, as she embraces every practice and game opportunity to improve, often putting her body in harm’s way to do so. The Cats will continue to rely on Hazel as they move through the back half of the season.

Jefu Lee ’23- Boys Varsity Tennis

Jefu, a senior co-captain, has been instrumental for the boys varsity tennis team this season. It is not easy being #1 on the team in a highly competitive league but Jefu has faced the challenge head on. This past week, Williston faced off against its toughest opponents, and Jefu played some of the highest-level tennis ever witnessed at Williston. He is the kind of athlete that makes hard things look easy as he is graceful on the court with the light footwork of a featherweight boxer. Despite being naturally quiet, he has found his voice on this team, helping lead team huddles and make decisions behind the scenes. Everyone, including his coach, wishes they could harness just a bit of Jefu’s fluidity and creativity on the court.  The Wildcats appreciate all Jefu has contributed this season and will continue to rely on his leadership and steady play as they work through the remainder of the season.

Violet Carroll ‘25-Varsity Softball

Violet has been an exceptional player and leader for the varsity softball team this season. Her versatility as a player has been crucial to the team’s success. She has shifted positions several times throughout the season and has excelled in every role. Her two clutch hits against Worcester this past week were instrumental against the top team in our league. In addition to her on-field performance, Violet has been an outstanding leader and role model for her teammates. She consistently demonstrates sportsmanship, hard work, and dedication, and inspires her teammates to do the same. Violet’s positive attitude and unwavering commitment to the team have been invaluable all season.

Connor Graff ’26- JV Baseball

Connor has had a great season for JV baseball. He continued his strong performances as he had a great week, contributing both offensively and defensively. He has had several key hits in recent weeks including a homerun in the team’s most recent game on Carpenter Field. His defensive play at 3rd base has become more consistent and he is now very reliable at the hot corner. Connor has worked hard to improve this season and his efforts have provided a positive example for his teammates as to what hard work can accomplish.

Elise Ollman-Kahle ‘25 -Girls JV Tennis

Elise has been a positive force for the girls JV tennis team since the beginning of the season. Her love for the game, drive for improvement, and community spirit make her an invaluable member of the squad. She is always the first person to help pick up tennis balls or lend another player some heartfelt encouragement during a match. Her skills have improved as a doubles player and each game her serves gain consistency and power. Her teammates and coaches are so lucky to have Elise on the team.

Milo Hoyt ‘27 – Boys JV Lacrosse

Milo had a great week of practice for the boys JV lacrosse team. He is quickly becoming a leader on the team and always sets a positive example. He has been thrown into new situations this season, taking face offs and being on the man up and man down teams, and he has risen to the challenge exceptionally well. Additionally, he scored the tying goal in the final minutes in the Cat’s game at Pomfret this weekend. His coaches appreciate all Milo has given to the team this season and they look forward to his continued growth as the season progresses.

Mina Sugiyama ’25 – Girls JV Golf

Mina has steadily improved all season competing for the girls JV golf team.  She played well in the team’s first match, easily beating her opponent from Miss Hall’s and playing a close match, but ultimately falling, to her opponent from Taft. Mina works hard every day, whether we’re on the range or on the course, and, as a result, her tee shot has improved significantly. Additionally, Mina is always positive, cheering on her teammates and staying optimistic about her own play.  The team is looking forward to more great golf from Mina this spring.

Jackson Choo ‘27- Thirds Ultimate

Jackson has been a team leader this week and the season thus far. He consistently shows a positive attitude on and off the field, and he reliably helps his teammates. In Thursday’s game against Hilltown Charter, he showed remarkable endurance, making smart, fast cuts even in the last ten minutes of the game when he and all the players were clearly exhausted. Jackson’s gritty attitude will be an important part of the team’s success this season.

Kat Martini  ‘26– JV Softball

Kat has been an important piece of the puzzle for the JV softball team this season. She has played great defense all year at first base, and in last week’s win over Miss Hall’s, Kat hit a two RBI double that proved to be a game changing offensive play. Kat brings a positive attitude to practice every day, and her team will look forward to her important contributions in the weeks ahead.