Spring Sports Shorts


1. Max Willman ’14: Max Willman continues his climb toward the NHL, signing a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers starting in the 2021–2022 season. Willman recently earned AHL Player of the Week honors for his five-goal outburst in three games.

2. Couper Gunn ’18: Couper Gunn’s road to signing with the National Premier Soccer League began on a podcast. Gunn was interviewed by the Atlantic City Football Club’s social media director, who then encouraged him to send his highlight tape to the club’s general manager. Gunn will now join the team for their summer season before returning to Colby-Sawyer College for his senior year.

3. Mackenzie Possee ’15: File under “Dream Jobs”: In December, Mackenzie Possee took the field as an NFL Editor at CBS Sports, after two seasons on the editing staff of the NFL and Front Office Sports. A former editor and photographer for The Willistonian, Possee now edits all the online coverage of the NFL and major league events. “I love being paid to watch and read about football,” she writes. “I think I have the best job in the world!”

4. Gabby Thomas ’15: There’s no stopping the fantastically fast Gabby Thomas, who won the 300-meter at the 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in March and the 200 at the USATF Golden Games in May, with new PRs in both races. Thomas is currently pursuing the goal of making the 2021 Olympic team, and if there’s one thing we know about her, what she pursues, she catches!

5. Erik Ostberg ’14: Erik Ostberg has been hitting it out of the park since being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. After crushing it in his first week of the season with the High-A affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods, catcher Ostberg was called up to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits in May.

6. John Aylward ’15: Following a stint with the NFL’s Houston Texans—first as intern, then offensive assistant—John Aylward is now an offensive assistant coach for the illustrious Notre Dame football team. We’ll be following this former standout Williston quarterback as he prepares the Fighting Irish for the gridiron next year.