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Athletes of the Week for February 7, 2021

Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to Tedy O’Keefe ’21 and Zoumana Ouattara ’22 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

Tedy O’Keefe ’21 - Green Hockey 

Tedy has been a strong leader this season and was recently selected to be one of our team captains. He works extremely hard on and off the ice and treats all of his teammates with respect. Teddy is playing some great hockey and scored a couple goals in our game this past weekend.

Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week

Zoumana Ouattara ’22 - White Basketball
Zoumana has shown outstanding growth in both his effort and his play this past week. He has been a vocal leader, demonstrated good sportsmanship, and worked hard to improve his ball handling and passing. I hope to see this continued improvement and leadership in the coming weeks.

Other Varsity Nominations

Zhefu “Jeff” Lei ’22 - Nordic Skiing

Jeff has had a great week of skiing; he has been very enthusiastic and positive. He has been very coachable this season and has shown tremendous growth in his skills. Well done, Jeff!

Ho Seok “Ryan” Ham ’22 - Alpine Skiing
Recently elected tri-captain Ryan has been giving his all during training. At two separate SL races held at Proctor he showcased his potential. In race #1 he finished 15th overall, but flashed his speed in the second of the two runs finishing 4th. In race #2 he was 18th overall, but again finished 3rd in the second of his two runs. It is clear to the coaches that Ryan is on the verge of a breakthrough and capable of earning a spot on the podium. 

Preston Merrick ’22 - Green Basketball 

Preston has been dialed in these past few practices. Delivering a 34-point performance on Saturday, he’s been bringing his best effort and attitude day in and out on the court. He definitely deserves to be Student-Athlete of the Week this week.

Spencer Hutchinson ’22 - Snowboarding

Being a positive contributor to a team isn’t just important on the mountain, field, or court. Often, it is what one contributes beyond these environments that demonstrates hard work, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. Spencer’s exceptional attitude on the mountain encourages a positive team dynamic, but it is his efforts after practice–volunteering to clean the AV, bringing boards to the Shed–that set the example for what a team player should be. He has been the quiet motor on the snowboarding team this winter. He also continues to step outside of his comfort zone and is gaining confidence in riding more challenging terrain. Great work, Spencer!

Other Sub-Varsity Nominations

Yuheng “Oliver” Yuan ’22 - Gray Hockey

Oliver has been a quiet leader throughout our season with his work ethic and attitude. He has set a great example for his teammates by taking every drill seriously and pushing himself to get better every day. When others coast around a cone, he is skating at 100%. Additionally, he sets the tone in our skating drills with his excellent footwork, and his skating ability has helped his teammates improve their skating technique as well! 

John Murphy ’22 - White Hockey 

John Murphy’s excellent work ethic and willingness to improve in all aspects of the game has earned him Athlete of the Week for the white hockey group. Every practice, he wants to know what skills he can improve, and he takes the time to work on them both on and off the ice. He has a very high hockey I.Q., and his ability to think about the game will allow him to continue to play at the next level. John is a leader and pleasure to have on our team.

Will Ruffa ’23 - Gray Basketball 

Will played well during our scrimmage on Friday. He tirelessly tracked down rebounds and worked hard to help his teammates. While he is still developing his skills, he has come a long way this year and continues to help set the tone for the team this season. 

Junsoo “Jack” Kim ’22 - Black Basketball 

Jack had an excellent performance in our scrimmage on Friday and has demonstrated heart and hustle in each and every practice, drill, and exercise. He is making great progress in his skills and consistently demonstrates excellent fitness in keeping a fast pace on the floor, even when he is tired. He models a high level of sportsmanship on the court and, despite losing by a significant margin in the scrimmage, he kept his team positive with his great attitude and strong effort. 

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