Congratulations to A.J. Lesburt ’19 and Leopold Dorilas ’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
A.J. Lesburt ’19 – Varsity Basketball
A.J. erupted for 56 points in a strong team win at Hillside last Wednesday. This scoring performance broke the Cardigan scoring record, previously held by NBA Orlando Magic rookie, Mohamed Bamba '14. A.J. has been a key cog in the Cougar offense this season, demonstrating a strong ability to score from all levels, while being a tremendous threat from beyond the arc. We are proud of AJ for this individual accomplishment. We will, however, look for A.J. to assert himself on the defensive side of the ball down the stretch.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Leopold Dorilas ’19 – Reserve Hockey
Leopold, one of the three captains for the Reserve Hockey Team, had a great week of practices and games. Though the team went 0-2-1 in games during the week, Leopold scored his first-ever goal and represented the Cougars extremely well with his hard work and sportsmanship. Leopold continues to improve as a player and is a role model for his teammates.
Other Varsity Nominations
Justin Kim ’22 – Varsity Alpine Skiing
Justin has been working tremendously hard all season. He is calm and quiet in his demeanor and allows his actions to show his work ethic. He had a great first race on the team, especially since he is the youngest member. He will participate in his first USSA race this weekend against some of the fastest skiers in the state. Justin has great skill and the potential to do some big things during his time at Cardigan.
Leon Li ’20 – Varsity Wrestling
Leon is a returning wrestler on the Cardigan team. His previous experience has provided him with a fertile training ground to develop his skills on the mat and he has been coming on strong since the very first practice. Leon is patient, firm, and tough with his practice partner and with the younger wrestlers on the team. He draws on his knowledge of the sport to set the bar high and encourage his fellow teammates to be their best. He has also been studying wrestling moves on his own time and it shows. He is a strong competitor at meets and a good leader in the practice room. This past Saturday, Leon took third place at the Rundlett meet. He’s been crushing it! Keep it up, Leon.
Isaac Abbott ’19 – Varsity Hockey
Isaac returned to the lineup after an extensive injury that prevented him from playing six games. He made a comeback against Eaglebrook, and it proved to be one of the reasons why CMS was able to secure the win. Isaac is a true athlete taking care of himself on and off the ice, as well as being a reassuring force on the back end. He led through strong defensive play and his quiet, yet strong, leadership lead us to the first win at Eaglebrook in three years. For these reasons Isaac deserves to be our student-athlete of the week!
Jerry Wang ’19 – Varsity Nordic Skiing
Jerry had a great week of skiing. He set the pace for the team in our first race of the season at Strafford Nordic Center on Wednesday by skiing the challenging 5km loop in 29 minutes, 42 seconds. His ski technique has been improving. Jerry is enthusiastic whether we are skating or classic skiing, or going downhill or uphill. Keep skiing fast, Jerry!
Ale Elek ’20 – Varsity Snowboarding
Ale was the highest placed Cardigan rider in this past week's Lakes Region Snowboard GS race. Ali put together two super fast runs in what was his first snowboarding competition. Ale placed 22nd out of 60+ riders from other independent high school snowboard programs across New England. Congrats Ale!
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Jacob Abdeen ’19 – Reserve Basketball
Jacob is an excellent team player and captain. He has been an MVP in multiple games, playing with enthusiasm and helping make his teammates look good.
Zach Hawthorne ’20 – JV Hockey
Zach has worked hard all year for the JV Hockey Team and it’s paying off in many ways. His teammates are following his lead by putting in the extra effort during practice, thus making our team better. Zach has scored in his last few games including two goals in the recent match versus Hanover High. Zach is expanding his skills and is becoming one of our best penalty killers. Keep up the excellent effort Zach!
Deegan Blasko ’20 – JV Basketball
Deegan has put together his best week of practice and his best games of the season. He is working extremely hard in drills and our games. You can see Deegan is giving all he has, and it seems to be a great spark for our team. He had a breakout game against Kearsarge Middle School with six points and three rebounds. Keep up the great work Deegan!
Bill Ke ’20 – Thirds Basketball
Bill was unstoppable in our overtime win against Cornish on Wednesday. He scored a season-high 16 points, and also had double-digit rebounds. Bill is an excellent teammate and one of the hardest workers on the team. Great job!
Cayden Van Dolah ’21 – Thirds Hockey
Cayden has been a solid member of the team this year because he works hard to be the best defenseman possible. He has been an unsung hero for the team thus far, as he is consistently in the right position, making crisp passes to his teammates and doing the little things to help his squad. Furthermore, Cayden communicates well with his partner to take care of their responsibilities in the defensive zone. Cayden has been a very positive member of the team this year and is our nomination for student-athlete of the week.