Congratulations to Jack Armstrong '19 and Brian Kim ’20 for receiving Cardigan’s Athlete of the Week Award. Read what their coaches have to say about them below, and meet all the students who were nominated.
Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Jack Armstrong '19 – Varsity Mountain Biking
Jack has had a great end to the season despite having a cast on his broken hand. It has been impressive to watch Jack persevere through his injury and continue to be a contributing member of the team. He has ridden everything from mega long XC rides to trying to find his limits on the downhill tracks. He has not once complained about his injury, but instead has embraced it and pushed forward. If you want an example of courage, toughness, and perseverance look no further than Jack Armstrong over these last couple of weeks.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Brian Kim ’20 – Reserve Soccer
Brian has been a leader in the middle of the field. Defensively, Brian has stopped many counter-attacks from other teams and denied them the opportunity to get shots off in the box. Additionally, Brian is a catalyst for our offense. Brian's accurate passes and crafty dribble moves allow him to create opportunities for other players. Brian has a powerful shot and the ability to loft a cross into the box from anywhere in the offensive half. Brian had a fantastic game against Eaglebrook this week, scoring on a dipping shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Throughout the game, Brian was a commanding presence in the midfield, offering suggestions and directions to his teammates. Brian works incredibly hard on a daily basis to improve his game and uplift his teammates.
Other Varsity Nominations
Samuel Harris ’19 – Varsity Cross Country
Sam Harris brought his best in the New England Championship race at St. Paul's School this past Wednesday. His time of 22:39 marked a new personal record, along with the 71st finish of 120 of the most elite runners in the realm of New England Prep Schools. It is fitting that Samuel receives this nomination, as he has been the "Glue Guy" of the Cross Country Team. Samuel, in his role as co-captain, has been assertive, resilient, and a positive role model; continually putting his peers before himself, while always willing to run the extra mile (literally). Thank you, Samuel!
Rocco Pace ’19 – Varsity Football
Rocco concluded his Cardigan football career with two of his best all-around games. He brought the energy on defense in both a close loss to Williston JV and a great final win against Avon. In both games, as well as consistently all season long, Rocco has produced immensely at the tight end position with several touchdown catches on the year. It was not until the second half of the year though that his impact was felt at the defensive end position. Rocco is a strong leader and captain this year. I am proud of how hard Rocco has worked this year and his willingness to push his teammates.
Gannon Peters ’19 – Varsity Soccer
Gannon has been an exceptional leader for the team this season. He is one of the most talented players the varsity soccer coaches have worked with in the last 10 years. He is wonderfully skilled, has an incredible drive to win, and a passionate knowledge of the game. This year Gannon has taken on two important roles for the squad. He is team captain and has done a fantastic job of representing the coaches and players in each practice and game with sportsmanship, pride, and effort. He has also taken on the #10 role, which in soccer, is the most essential player on the field, running the midfield, attacking goal, organizing the flow of play and being the heart of our defense in the middle of the pitch. He has handled these roles wonderfully, without concern for himself; always placing the team as the number one priority. Much of the success of our 12-1-1 season goes to his selfless approach to his play and his desire to improve all facets of his and his teammates' play.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Owen Reilly ’20 – Rock Climbing
Owen has made tremendous improvement throughout the fall season. Owen struggled in many areas of rock climbing in September, but his positive attitude, good work ethic, and friendly demeanor have allowed him to become a solid beginner climber. Owen has taken the elements of safety very seriously this year, and he has become a trustworthy belayer and spotter. Furthermore, Owen has been respectful to his teammates and the coaches throughout the fall. For these reasons, Owen Reilly is the final nomination for student-athlete of the week for the Rock Climbing Team.
Joshua Kim ’21 – Thirds Mountain Biking
Joshua hit a goal this week to complete the field loop without putting his foot down. He has shown enjoyment in the sport and a new level of perseverance to reach his goal. He finished the season with much progress from day one. Well done!
Caden Perkins ’19 – Thirds Soccer
All season, Caden has been a tremendous captain and a constant force on defense. He makes practices better and serves the team selflessly at every turn. The final week was no exception, and we are grateful for all he has done for the team.
Dylan Gorman ’20 – Sailing
Over the course of the fall, Dylan has grown into a great sailor and teammate. With very minimal sailing experience, he was constantly asking questions and trying new ways to skipper and be a first mate. In the time that we have been off the water, Dylan has been a leader getting the team to work out and keep the enthusiasm up. Dylan went completely out of his comfort zone this season and ended up becoming a great sailor!
Damian Zhu ’21 – JV Football
In his first year of football, Damian set himself apart as the biggest hitter and one of the leading tacklers of the team. In our final game, Damian provided several key tackles that prevented touchdowns along with having an interception on the goal line, to stop Mascoma's final drive.
Hector Benavides De Alba ’20 – JV Soccer
Hector did everything the coaches asked of him this season including moving back and forth between midfield and defense. He did so with a smile and a positive attitude, never once complaining. He was a "team first" player who never shied away from taking on bigger, stronger high school players and often came away from those battles with the ball.
Cao Hung Phan ’19 – JV Mountain Biking
Hung has been selected as the final student-athlete of the week. After what could have been a season-ending injury, Hung was able to recover and race well at New England championships. After the first two laps he was the leader for the JV Mountain Biking Team. On his final lap, he encountered a mechanical problem that almost took him out, but he was able to fix his bike and finish in the top 25 for the New England Championships.