Congratulations to Gordon Gruber ’21 and Santiago “Santi” Bueno Fernandez ’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
Gordon Gruber ’21 - Varsity Basketball
Gordon played a lot of tough minutes in our game against Exeter on Saturday. His job was to defend their post players who were older and bigger than him, and he exceeded expectations, battling on the boards and anchoring our defense in the paint. He brought down many rebounds and made it difficult for the opposing team to drive and get open looks at the basket. Without his effort I imagine the game would have been much more out of reach. What's most impressive about his performance is that he did it even with the added pressure from two teammates in foul trouble early in the game.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Santiago “Santi” Bueno Fernandez ’20 – JV Basketball
Santi has excelled in recent days, performing well in both practice and in our most recent game against Brewster. He had a great attitude all week and responded well to feedback from his coaches. After an exciting game against KUA on Wednesday, he was a leader on both sides of the court in the Cougars’ game against Brewster. He altered a number of shots that Brewster attempted in the lane and pulled down a couple of big rebounds. On the offensive side of the ball, he capitalized on some solid post moves and provided an offensive spark for the Cougars off the bench. His versatility and willingness to play any position has helped the team in recent days. As his effort and aggressiveness continue to improve, his contributions to our team will continue to increase.
Other Varsity Nominations
Jiahe “Jeffrey” Song ’20 - Nordic Skiing
Jeffrey had a great week in Nordic skiing. He is excited for practice and always gives full effort, regardless of activity or snow conditions. He had a good race on Wednesday at Proctor Academy when he skied two fast loops of the sprint course. Keep up the good work, Jeffrey!
Seunghun “Thomas” Oh ’20 – Wrestling
Thomas brings his infectious enthusiasm to every practice. He listens carefully to the coaches’ instructions and executes drills precisely and with great determination. He often trains with last week’s Student-Athlete of the Week, Eric Hong ’20. Together they study the individual details of a drill and then work hard to execute the drill accurately. Repetition helps to develop and hone his skills. He also works particularly well with the younger wrestlers, patiently taking them through the intricacies of each drill and encouraging them to improve and compete. He did really well at last week’s competitions at St. Paul’s and is looking forward to more opportunities on the mat following the break.
Renzo Martinez Yanez ’22 – Alpine Skiing
Renzo had a bold on-snow tryout and his effort and enthusiasm for all dry-land activities was commendable. He has been working tirelessly to improve his skiing skills.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Conor LeRoy ’23 – Thirds Hockey
Conor consistently works hard to improve and implement the coaching he receives. As the youngest member of our team, he sets a strong example in terms of being where he is supposed to be on and off the ice. He scored his first goal this season tonight, and both he and his teammates were delighted.
Keonha “Sam” Bae ’22 - Thirds Basketball
Sam played some of the most aggressive, persistent, and clean defense we’ve ever seen on the thirds team. During the first game, we knew that whomever he was guarding wasn’t putting a shot up any time soon!
Hyun Joon “Justin” Lee ’20 – JV Hockey
Justin played a great game versus the Hartford Wolfpack and earned his first Cardigan shutout at the JV level. He made some great saves to keep his team in the game, including a breakaway in the third period. His team won 5-0 and he played really well.
Bernardo Lujan Lalieu ’21 – Reserve Hockey
Bernardo’s attitude has been fantastic all year, and this week he stepped up to be our goalie, even though he had never played before. His energy and spirit have made him a great role model for our team.
Yixuan “Kyle” Jia ’21 – Reserve Basketball
Kyle's effort and attitude in practice have led him to being a significant contributor in games. He had a stellar game at Cornish on Wednesday where he was the high scorer and rebounder.