Athletes of the Week

Trent Merriman ’24- Varsity Football

Trent had an outstanding game for the Wildcats in their 35-8 win over Hotchkiss. The consummate teammate, Trent got it done both receiving and blocking. He had 6 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also had several key blocks to help spring the Wildcat running backs. The wildcats will continue to rely on Trent as they work through the remainder of the season.

Skyler Walker ‘26 -Girls Varsity Soccer

Skyler had an unbelievable week earning a well-deserved shutout in both games that were played. She faced 11 shots on goal on Wednesday vs. Hotchkiss, and 5 shots on goal on Saturday vs. WMA. With her vocal leadership, and confidence of putting her body on the line for the team, she has proved to be a major contributor to the Wildcat’s success this past week. Skyler has been mentally focused on improving, working hard in practices, and stepping up in games. The team is thrilled to have her as our last line of defense and looking forward to seeing her continue the level of play that she has set for herself!

Javier Barrera ’24- Boys Varsity Soccer

Senior co-Captain Javier Barrera has made a great impact on the boys varsity soccer team this fall.  His leadership has helped a young group of new faces get accustomed quickly to our school and to our league. Javi’s versatility in attack and defense has helped the Wildcats to important wins over High Mowing and Pomfret over the past weeks. The team will need the Madrid native to build on his strong start to the season in the coming games as Williston travels to Class B rivals Westminster on Wednesday and to Millbrook on Saturday.

Violet Carroll ’25 – Varsity Field Hockey

Violet has exemplified what it means to work hard and lead by example this season for the varsity field hockey team. She has been tasked with many new roles on the team, always agreeing and asking how she can do this to the best of her ability. Violet’s positive spirit, knack for having fun, and hard work inspire her teammates and directly correlate to outstanding plays during games. Violet worked hard to create an offensive opportunity on Wednesday against Hotchkiss that resulted in a goal. She is involved in many stops defensively and quickly transitions the team to offense. Her coaches are excited to see how Violet continues to grow as a midfield player this season.

Phoebe Maddock ’29- Girls Cross Country

Phoebe, a seventh grader, stands as a beacon of consistency and camaraderie during girls cross country practices. Her steady dedication is evident as she consistently gives her best effort every time the team comes together. Despite being a newcomer to cross country, Phoebe strives for personal excellence and has set and achieved goals for herself at both meets this year. Phoebe knocked off 3 mins and 29 seconds from her original 5k time between the first and second meet of the season. When Phoebe isn’t running, she cheers on her teammates, fostering a positive and encouraging environment. The coaches are excited to see Phoebe grow as a runner on and off the course this year.

Connor Graff ’26- Varsity Water Polo

Connor has stepped up as the goalkeeper for water polo this fall. Over the weekend he made some big saves as the team split a pair of games with Andover and Greenwich CDS. Additionally, his outlet passes have been spot on for fast breaking teammates down the pool. Connor’s significant progress in the cage has correlated with the team’s amazing progress over the past several weeks. The Wildcats will continue to rely on Connor as they move through the rest of the season.

 Thea Hilbink ’27- Girls JV Soccer

Thea is one of the most committed players on the girls JV soccer team. She works hard in every practice and always has nice words of acknowledgement for her coaches. She sets a positive example for her team as she always has encouraging words for her teammates, inspiring them to bring their best. Thea is always invested in getting better. She proves this by consistently asking for coaching and then working hard to put the coaching into action. Her play has improved tremendously as her passing has improved and she is finding herself in the right positions at the right time. Her coaches and teammates appreciate all of her effort and look forward to watching her continued growth this season.

Lukas Machan ‘26- Boys JVB Soccer

Since the beginning of the JV B soccer season, Lukas has shown constant improvement in his skills and agility with the ball.  His ability to anticipate opponents’ moves allows him to intercept passes and initiate counterattacks effectively, which has helped the team tremendously. He scored five goals in the first three games, including a hat trick during last Wednesday’s game against Salisbury. He is also an excellent team player, often seen orchestrating plays and providing crucial assists.  Lukas has already become an important part of this team, and the team looks forward to his continued fine play and leadership in the season ahead.

Sylvia Lynch ‘27- Thirds Volleyball

Sylvia is a force to be reckoned with on the court. She often can be seen acting as a libero, giving her teammates a chance at volleying the ball back over. Sylvia is one of the team’s strongest and most consistent servers.  In the Wildcat’s last contest against KO, Sylvia netted 8 points off serves alone.  While she brings many great qualities to the team, the greatest quality of Sylvia’s game is her calming nature.  She can refocus her competitive spirit so well that it has been contagious for her teammates, changing the trajectory of the outcome!  The Wildcats will continue to lean on Sylvia as they work through the remainder of the season.

Kyle Seltzer ‘27-Boys JV Cross County

Kyle ran a great race last Wednesday against Eaglebrook and Bement, on Eaglebrook’s challenging course.  Kyle was the first Williston runner and finished fifth overall.  He has been making steady improvement since the start of the season and has climbed up the ranks within the team. The coaches appreciate Kyle’s positive attitude and the support that he gives to all his teammates.

Mei Gazama ’25- JV Field Hockey

Mei had a strong outing in JV field hockey’s win against Bement last week. Mei scored one of 3 goals in the game and assisted on another goal. She was constantly making space on the field, offering passing options for her mid-fielders, and was consistently on post when the ball came into the circle. Mei made sure she was in the right place at the right time, ready to tap the ball into the goal during a well-executed corner. Mei’s coaches and teammates look forward to more strong play from Mei during the rest of the season.

Henry Sanders ‘26 -Boys JVA Soccer

Henry has been a delightful addition to the JVA soccer team as an inquisitive team player willing to play in any position, something that has been especially important this year with the spate of injuries the team has been dealing with. He was rewarded this past week with his first goal, a crucial game-tying goal against Pomfret in a recent 4-2 win. All season long, he has shown his willingness to play everywhere on the field. His coaches report that it’s been a pleasure working with him, and he will surely continue to be an important cog in whatever success the team has this season.

Ella Cho ’27- JV Volleyball

Ella stepped up her game this week in many ways despite some lingering adversity. She was a positive presence at practice and a cheerful teammate on the court during both games. At the teams first away game of the season on Saturday, she propelled the Wildcats to a win with seven consecutive aces in the second set. Ella’s humility, determination, and excitement for the sport make the team better every day. Her coaches and teammates are excited to see where this season takes her!