Athletes of the Week

Anna Sawyer ’24- Varsity Field Hockey

Anna has been an outstanding leader and supporter to her teammates so far this season. She has worked hard to step into a new role and position on the team, proving her team first mentality. During the Wildcats home opener, Anna was the anchor for the defense, allowing minimal transition from St. Mark’s up the field. She also helped to jump-start the team’s offense with consistent free hits and passes. There is no doubt Anna will continue to lead the girls varsity field hockey team by example all season!

Jeffrey Warner ‘24-Boys Varsity Cross Country

Jeffery had a great start to the 2023 season for boys cross country by winning the first race of the season against Kent School. Jeffrey trained hard during the summer and came into the season in great condition, proving his passion for the sport. Jeffrey works hard in practice and sets a positive example for his teammates. The Wildcats will look to Jeffery this season for his strong efforts and leadership ability.

Alina Sorkin-Camacho ’24- Varsity Volleyball

As a new member of the varsity volleyball team, this week Alina demonstrated what it truly means to be a leader amongst her peers. Throughout the tryout process, Alina helped to uphold everyone’s emotional safety with natural ease, all the while encouraging supportive competitiveness and athletic effort. Alina brought the same energy and spirit to the Wildcats scrimmage against Suffield Academy on Saturday, as she helped the team to win all 5 sets with her strong defensive blocks. Alina will set the standard for teammate support on and off the court this season and her strong play will be critical to the team’s success!

Luke Lockbaum ’24- Varsity Football

In front of a packed house Luke Lockbaum had a big night for the Wildcats. Luke, a new addition to the squat, finished the game with a team leading 9 tackles including a tackle for a loss. Against a strong offense, Luke was all over the field and made a huge impact on the game for the Wildcats. Luke’s coaches and teammates will rely on Luke each week as one of the team’s defensive anchors.

Monique Lyons ‘24– Girls Varsity Soccer

Monique has been a leader for the girls varsity soccer team on and off the field this season. She provides an excellent example for her young team through her work ethic as well as her encouraging attitude. She is a force on offense and has an intensity that is unmatched! Her coaches are proud of the determination and drive she showed in the game against Miss Porter’s on Saturday, providing an example of her never quit attitude. Her efforts resulted in the first goal of the season against the talented, class A powerhouse, Miss Porter’s. A true athlete, Monique competed in every play of each game this past week and was chosen by her coaches as Player of the Match on Saturday. The team looks forward to her intensity spreading throughout the team, and many more goals this season created by her perseverance.

Beckett Collins ’25- Boys Varsity Water Polo

Beckett had a great start to the boys water polo season this past weekend against Deerfield and Brunswick! In the two contests Beckett was the spark plug for the team, scoring 8 goals, making 9 steals, and drawing two penalty shots. Playing most of both games, he even persevered through some physical adversity proving his toughness and willingness to sacrifice his body for the betterment of the team! Beckett has proven to be a pivotal leader to this very young team as they start the water polo season and his team will rely on Beckett for his impact play and leadership.

Francesca Gionfriddo ’26 – Girls Cross Country

In a spectacular debut for the girls cross country team, Francesca showcased her talent by securing a remarkable 3rd-place finish in her first-ever race last Saturday against Kent. Beyond her impressive athletic abilities, Francesca has emerged as a true leader both on and off the course, embodying dedication, work ethic, and sportsmanship. She continues to show up, ready to take on the day, all the while cheering on her teammates. The Wildcats will rely on Francesca for her leadership and point scoring ability this season.

Ryan Wood ‘28- Boys JV Cross Country

Ryan came back for his second year of cross country as a completely different runner. He did a significant amount of training over the summer and started the season fit and healthy.  He ran a great race against Kent, setting a PR in the process and scoring for the boys’ JV team. The coaches and his teammates are very excited to watch Ryan as he continues to progress throughout the season.

Livia Locke ‘26- JV Volleyball

Livia is a new member of the JV volleyball team who went above and beyond to help practices run smoothly this week. She was always ready to help set up the net at the beginning of practice and set an example for her teammates by bringing excitement and energy to every drill. She was a loud, positive presence and encouraged others on the team to bring their best energy as well. Livia’s coaches and teammates are excited to see her bring the same great attitude, positive energy, and excitement to their first game coming up this week.

Lateef Aiyeyemi ’26- Boys JVA Soccer

Lateef showed some toughness and excellent speed during the boys JVA soccer team’s 0-2 loss to Berkshire, one of the Wildcats perennially tough opponents. He won numerous one on ones and did well to come back on defense from his wing position to help stifle Berkshire’s offense. His coaches are impressed with his significant improvement since last year and they will look to Lateef to be an impact player this season.