Congratulations to Samuel Harris ’19 and Ben King ’19 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
Samuel Harris ’19 – Varsity Basketball
In what can be the most challenging weekend of the season, with back to back jamborees, Samuel asserted himself with resilience, composure, and integrity. He has picked up where he left off last season, exemplifying our core values both on and off the floor in his interactions with his teammates, opposing coaches, and officials. His confidence has grown tremendously, along with his basketball IQ; it is evident that he has developed a true feel for the game, with (almost) flawless execution of our offensive and defensive philosophies. Keep of the great work, Samuel!
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Ben King ’19 – Thirds Hockey
Ben has been a solid member of this hockey team by working hard, using his head to make smart hockey plays, and encouraging his teammates to do their best. Ben led the way for the Thirds Team on Saturday to help them earn their first win of the season in their first game versus Hanover Bantam 2. Ben scored and played a complete game for the Cougars at both ends of the ice.
Otto Pitkanen ’19 – Varsity Hockey
Otto has played solid hockey at both ends of the ice and has been a key part of the offensive production to begin the season. He has maintained a great attitude and been a positive influence on and off the ice. Varsity Hockey has high hopes for Otto this season and is looking forward to him being a strong team contributor.
Leon Li ’20 – Varsity Wrestling
Leon is a bright star on the wrestling team. He arrives at practice and immediately launches into his preparations and conditioning. He’s ready to roll on the coaches’ first whistle. Leon listens carefully to his coaches’ instructions and executes drills precisely and with great determination. He works hard to perfect his moves accurately and effectively. Leon was sidelined with an injury for much of last year’s wrestling season, so he is raring to get out on the mat and see what he is capable of. This will be a great opportunity for Leon, and his coaches are very excited to see what he can do.
Anders Silitch ’21 – Varsity Alpine Skiing
Anders has had a great start to the season. He was one of the hardest working athletes during the Colorado camp both on and off the hill. Traveling with large ski bags and all the necessary gear can be a daunting task, and Anders was helping his teammates every step of the way. He volunteered to help clean after meals and worked very hard during drill instruction on the hill. Anders suffered a badly bruised nose after a crash at Vail but railed to finish the day strong. He often took extra runs with coaches to get more instruction.
Hung Phan ’19 – Nordic Skiing
Hung has had a great first few practices on snow this fall. He has been a positive, enthusiastic member of the team. He was skiing up and down the hills at the leach field on Saturday even though it was only his second time ever nordic skiing. Great start to the season!
Gerardo De Rueda Renero ’19 – Snowboarding
Gerardo has been an outstanding presence on the Snowboarding Team over the first few weeks. Even though he has limited riding experience, he has come to practice every day with a commitment and enthusiasm for the sport that is unmatched. He has listened well to coaches and is working hard on skill development, and in his first week, he started linking turns, rode a black diamond run, and slid a box in our mini park.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Cole Beck ’19 – JV Hockey
Cole has had an amazing start to his first year on JV Hockey. Not only has he worked hard in practice and games, but he has scored the majority of our team's goals this year--he has scored six times in four games. Cole's determination around the net has taught his teammates how to score. This is the best start the JV Hockey coaches have seen in years, and we know Cole will keep it up.
Bill Ke ’20 – Thirds Basketball
Bill was our leading scorer coming off the bench in our first game, helping lead us to a win over Indian River. Bill also had several steals and rebounds in the game and was always looking to pass to an open teammate.
Everardo Lujan Lalieu ’20 – Reserve Hockey
Everardo has done a great job for the Reserve Hockey Team this year. His attitude on the ice and in the locker room has been excellent. Since the start of the hockey season, Everardo has improved his skating skills tremendously. He puts forth a great effort each practice, and he is an extremely coachable young man.
Jihwan Sung ’19 – JV Basketball
Jihwan has worked incredibly hard this past week and has shown great hustle and determination throughout the week. Additionally, Jihwan has responded very well to feedback from his coaches, attempting to improve all aspects of his game. Jihwan played a big role in both of our wins this week, making great passes to get his teammates involved, and also by scoring both in the paint and from beyond the arc. Jihwan has played a crucial role in our team’s success so far.
Mateo Escalante ’22 – Reserve Basketball
Mateo has been nominated for his persevering effort in our first weeks of practice despite feeling sick. During this time he never complained or asked to sit out. He was always ready to go and improved each day.