Congratulations to Jack Dec ’21 and Ayden Gardner ’21 for receiving Cardigan’s Student-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 Dec ’21 - Green Lacrosse
This week, Jack was nominated by his teammates for his dedication and his great improvement in the goal. He stepped into the goal this spring for the first time, which has been a tremendous help to the team and the entire program as we were short goalies. In his first game, he was still learning and working on his basic goalie skills. In week two, however, he turned his training up a notch and, as the tremendous athlete he is, he made huge improvements. Jack played great, helping his team in a tight back-and-forth game. He helped lead the defense, made several big saves to help his team, and then transitioned those saves into strong clears. Jack’s teammates also noted that he is a great person and leader on and off the field and is a great presence all around campus.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Ayden Gardner ’21 - Gray Baseball
Ayden plays baseball the way Dustin Pedroia played for the Red Sox. He swings hard at every pitch, hits the ball hard, and has the dirtiest uniform because he dives for every ball. He ended an inning in one of our scrimmages by tracking a fly ball that was behind him on a blustery day and caught it while falling down. The catch was so good that ESPN called us for the film so they could put it in their highlights. Finally, he has been a leader on the team, even sitting with the younger players in the locker room to make sure they weren’t fooling around after practice. He shows leadership on the field and off.
Other Varsity Nominations
Indiana Grossbard ’23 - Green Tennis
Indiana has shown tremendous interest in learning more about the game and always looks for feedback and advice from his coaches. Additionally, his competitive nature has helped his teammates to play their best when they have to face him on the court. He has settled in nicely on the team and his athletic experience playing other sports is helping him to cope with the pressure of facing more experienced players. It is a pleasure to have him on the team, and Mr. Ramos and I can’t wait to keep working with him for the two years.
Liam Murphy ’22 - Green Baseball
Liam demonstrates a true love for the game of baseball both on and off the field. He is always early to practice and asks if he can borrow the bucket of baseballs to stay after to do some extra tee work or field some ground balls with his teammates. He is a player who asks questions on how to improve while making sure to give his teammates compliments or pats on the back when needed. His positive attitude and coachability make him a true team player. In our first game, Liam pitched five strong innings and led his team to victory!
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Sechang “Jason” Mah ’22 - White Lacrosse
Jason is the Athlete of the Week for White Lacrosse. The captains and coaches unanimously agreed that he earned the award for his outstanding play during the game on April 24. He also put in superb effort during drills this week and outside of practice working on his shooting and passing skills. The captains noted that his teamwork, sportsmanship, and effort inspired the other players.
Zhefu “Jeff” Lei ’22 - White Baseball
On a team in which we have many young and new baseball players, it is always fun to count on a young man like Jeff. He meets our goals on a daily basis and is quite enthusiastic about the game. His hard-nose play is noticeable as is his desire to get better. Whether it is at bat, on the bases, or in the outfield, Jeff is ready to play. We are glad to have him on our side!
Zeze Probstein ’22 - CORE
Zeze is one of the captains of the CORE team, and this week he was also tasked with leading the group through a difficult challenge. Imagine you have been hiking and it has been pouring rain for two days. Your challenge is to establish a campsite and get a fire going. All you have is a small tarp, a large tarp, some rope, a hatchet, a jack knife, a few matches, and the fixins to make grilled cheese sandwiches. Everything is soaking wet and it’s still pouring rain. Would you know what to do? What tasks would you do first? How would you prioritize the tasks? If you succeed, you’ll be warm and dry and have a full belly. If you do not succeed, you will be cold, wet, hungry, and miserable. Do you think you could pull it off? Really? How? Zeze and the guys in CORE had their work cut out for them, and they made great strides by suspending two tarps––one for the main camp area and one for cutting and splitting firewood. Unfortunately, they were not able to get a fire going, despite the gallant effort by all under excellent guidance from Zeze. He has agreed to assist the group this week when CORE revisits the challenge with the knowledge they gained from the previous attempt, and he is confident that this time they will be successful. Great work, Zeze, and best of luck conquering the challenge.
Jingkun “Alex” Chen ’22 - Gray Tennis
Alex is an inspirational leader who directs warm ups, demonstrates his skills on the court, and advocates for the team’s interests, such as playing outside on the upper courts. He can be relied on to get the boys to pay attention to the coaches.
Donald “Eddie” Andrews ’23 - Gray Lacrosse
Eddie has had an incredibly strong season thus far. His work ethic and determination to be a good teammate are second to no one on the field. Since the start of the spring season, it has been clear that he is more than capable of leading our team’s defensive efforts. His ball knock-down ability on cut passes is tremendous and he usually turns them into strong transitional plays. Great work, Eddie, and keep being a solid teammate.
Dohyun “DK” Kim ’23 - White Tennis
DK is very hungry to learn and get better each day. He is putting in extra hours during the week on the courts to improve his game. He always has a great attitude and isn’t afraid to fail!