Athletes of the Week

Hudson Fulcher-Melendy ’24- Varsity Baseball

Hudson has had an excellent all-around season. This past week, he had key hits in both games against Cheshire and pitched three great innings on Saturday, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 4 batters in 3 innings of work. On the season, Hudson is hitting .310 with 6 doubles and 8 RBI. As a pitcher, he is 2-1 with 1 save. He has struck out 29 batters in 15 innings and has an outstanding ERA of 1.67. Hudson is a reliable presence and a great teammate who comes to the park every day ready to work and get better.

Elsa Frankel ’23- Girls Varsity Tennis

The senior captain, Elsa, played an incredible singles match at Miss Hall’s this past Saturday. The first set was so close that it took a tie breaker to determine the outcome. Learning from her tiebreak experience from the previous week, Elsa took an early lead and never looked back winning 7-1. The second set proved to be more of the same and was knotted at 5 games apiece. Elsa took the lead 6-5 with an excellent return of serve game. Hoping to win on her serve, Elsa fell behind 15-40 and was facing yet another tiebreaker if she lost another point. Elsa dug in and battled back to deuce playing fantastic defense on two very challenging returns from her opponent. After winning the next point, Elsa was at match point. With her strong, consistent ground strokes to rely on, Elsa took the point and won the match. Hard work and dedication have helped Elsa grow as a tennis player this season. Always ready to respond to any shot, Elsa is returning shots that she could not touch earlier in the season. Her consistency is noteworthy, and her shot placement has become a weapon. Her whole team appreciates Elsa’s positive leadership and exceptional sportsmanship this season.

Weston Reardon ‘24-Varsity Ultimate

Weston built on his impressive sophomore season with an even more dominant season in the end zone. He has caught an astounding 70 goals this season, over one-fourth of the team’s points for the year. Weston knows his strengths and weaknesses, using timing and positioning to be an excellent receiver, then choosing safe options for passing. He has gotten stronger in the air, jumping over a crowd to pull down a high throw. He scored two critical late goals in the comeback win over Hotchkiss for our second consecutive NEPSUL title. The team will depend on him even more next year!

Kiko Xu ’23- Girls Varsity golf

Kiko played one of her strongest matches of the season on Senior Day at the Southampton CC defeating both her opponents in a 9 hole match play format. Kiko parred the first hole to get off to a strong start with an impressive drive that nearly reached the putting green! Kiko’s hard work at the driving range this season has paid off resulting in great position off the tee with her driver. Kiko also made par on the par five sixth hole to take control of her match versus Miss Porter’s for a 4 & 3 victory. Kiko clinched the win over Miss Hall’s on the eighth hole, 2 & 1. Kiko’s positive energy encourages her teammates at practice. She served as one of the team’s Senior Scramble team captains and led her foursome with solid tee shots to a two over par 37 for a tie after 9 holes. Kiko’s team won the tie breaker with a terrific one putt for par on the sloping ninth green at SCC.

Monique Lyons ’24- Varsity Softball

Throughout this season, Monique has proven herself to be a remarkable player, maintaining the team’s highest batting average and on-base percentage. As our most consistent hitter, she showcases her skills on the field while also exhibiting determination and tenacity as she defends the third base corner. Monique’s impressive leadership shines through, particularly during a season filled with numerous heartbreaks. She remains resilient, uplifting the team’s spirits and keeping their determination unwavering. The Wildcats appreciate the leadership and hard work she has brought with her each day this season!

Hayden Hedstrom ’24- Varsity water Polo

Hayden has been a key contributor for the water polo team this season. Typically assigned to defend the opponent’s offensive center, Hayden has provided stellar defense in front of the goal which has allowed her perimeter teammates to execute a stifling press defense. This past weekend in a double header versus the #4 Choate and #3 Loomis teams Hayden was near perfect on the defensive end while also contributing 3 well placed goals from the perimeter. In practice Hayden has been essential to the development of her younger teammates, showing them the techniques that make her so effective. She will be counted on to continue her amazing season as the team looks to defend their NEPSAC title at Exeter.

Scarlette Graybill ‘26 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Scarlette is a new member of the varsity team this season, and she has proven herself to be a vital piece of the offense, leading the team in scoring through 11 games. Over the course of the teams two games last week, Scarlette led the offense with eight goals en route to a 17-5 victory over Pomfret, and she followed that effort with one goal and one assist in a dominant victory over Kingswood Oxford on Saturday. Her scoring prowess speaks for itself, as Scarlette averages four goals per game, and she does this despite the defense focusing significant attention on her. Her play is equally relentless without the ball in her stick. Tireless in her redefend efforts, Scarlette causes numerous turnovers which help create opportunities for transition offense.  The Wildcats are hopeful she and the offense have a strong finish to the season!

Ruthie Butler ‘26- Girls JV Lacrosse

Ruthie was new to the sport of lacrosse this spring, but hit the ground running, determined to improve quickly.  And that’s exactly what she did!! Ruthie met each practice with a “can do” attitude and each game ready to take on a new challenge.  She was enthusiastic, willing to lead athletically, and excited to celebrate everyone’s successes.  In our final week, Ruthie put an exclamation point on her first season by scoring three goals. Ruthie’s growth this season has been tremendous, and her coaches and teammates look forward to watching her continue to grow in seasons to come.

Henry Estes ‘27 – Thirds Ultimate

Henry had a tremendous week, leaving everything on the field and then some in all of thirds ultimate’s games. He shows a positive attitude on and off the field, and he always helps his teammates and coaches. In Saturday’s tournament, especially against the Amherst Travel team, he provided crucial defense. His athleticism and endurance were on clear display as he persevered through the multiple games all afternoon in Greenfield and pushed himself to find space and get to the disc! His team appreciates all he has contributed this season!

Aiyana Karanja ’26- Thirds Tennis

Since the first day of practices, Aiyana has demonstrated a great desire to learn how to play tennis. She has improved a lot during the season and always has a positive approach to feedback and suggestions. She played very well during her first match of the season against more experienced players from Eaglebrook last Wednesday.  Aiyana played doubles and she not only supported her team member during the match, but she also often complimented her opponent as well. Aiyana’s coaches and teammates appreciate all of her contributions this season!

Shiv Patel ‘25-JV baseball

Shiv has had a great season for JV baseball. He continued his strong contributions last week as he was instrumental in wins against Rectory and Eaglebrook. He was a very consistent pitcher in both games pounding the strike zone with strikes, closing out both games and helping secure both victories. Shiv also provided timely hitting producing valuable RBIs at critical times. Shiv continues to be a low key, but loud, positive presence on the team. Shiv’s coaches and teammates appreciate all he has contributed to the team this season.

Lauren Martinez ‘26- Girls JV Tennis

Lauren had a phenomenal week for girls JV tennis, winning two matches, one singles match against WMA 8-6 and a doubles match with Sasha Gerhard against Stoneleigh Burnham 8-0. Lauren is a determined and resilient player whose powerhouse forehand, consistent serves, and strategic points make her an invaluable member on the squad. She is kind, thoughtful, hard-working, and has steadily improved her skills throughout the season. The Wildcats look forward to watching Lauren continue to grow in seasons to come.

Garrett Ondrick ‘23-Boys JV Lax

Garrett has had an impactful season for boys JV lacrosse. He has been the unquestioned leader of the team’s defense this year. He practices hard and has been a great mentor to the younger defensemen on the team.  He was a key part of the Wildcats win this week against Bement and was stellar against Westminster.  His vocal leadership led to many forced turnovers and groundballs.  The Cats appreciate all the Garrett’s contributions has made to the team this season.

Bella Marinello ‘26-JV Softball

Bella has been a versatile player for JV Softball this season, helping out defensively at second base and pitcher and hitting in the middle of the lineup.  Recently Bella has stepped up her intensity, practicing with purpose, throwing with precision, and infusing our afternoons with positivity. Bella earned the win while pitching against Miss Hall’s, keeping the Cats in the game through accurate pitching and excellent defense.  Her coaches and teammates will count on Bella as they finish out the season this week against a strong Stoneleigh team!