Congratulations to Chengze “Leon” Li ’20 and Bochen “Victor” Zhu ’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
Chengze “Leon” Li ’20 – Wrestling
Leon 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 Franklin Chow ’20, and the two athletes push each other to greater limits with each repetition of a drill. As one of the captains, Leon is often called on to demonstrate a drill. He is a good leader and has the respect of his teammates and coaches. He is patient with the younger, less experienced wrestlers on the team. At meets and competitions, he’s often on the edge of the mat coaching and encouraging his teammates. Leon won his weight class in every tournament this year and completed the season with only two losses–an astounding achievement. He is a fierce competitor in a match, fun to watch, and a valuable asset to the team. He has a bright future ahead of him as a talented athlete, a good leader, and a strong competitor. Great job, Leon!
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Bochen “Victor” Zhu ’20 – Thirds Basketball
Victor has been an excellent team captain, keeping his cool and leading by example in some very difficult games. In practice he has been on time and prepared on a daily basis. Victor is a quiet but strong leader.
Other Varsity Nominations
Jiayu "Kevin" Gu ’20 – Nordic Skiing
Kevin had a great week of skiing. He has been positive and enthusiastic, and has led the team by example. He completed the challenging NEPSAC races at the Green Woodlands on Wednesday. His skiing has improved steadily throughout the season. Well done, Kevin!
Bryce Terry ’20 – Varsity Hockey
In his last week as a Cardigan hockey player, Bryce exemplified what it means to be a strong teammate, leader, and player. He routinely used his size and physicality to control the play on the ice yet also displayed his skill and skating ability at every turn. Bryce scored one of the season's nicest goals against Holderness and, despite the Cougars dropping their final games of the season, his play didn't falter for a second. He spent his ninth-grade hockey season as one of the best examples of what it means to "Be the Best," and to be an effective leader/captain. Bryce has a bright future and is an excellent competitor.
Diego Villarreal Cantu ’21 – Snowboarding
Diego’s snowboarding progression this season has been exceptional. He showed his determination and hard work during the last week of the season, when he competed in his first slopestyle competition without fear and hit each feature in the terrain park. He does everything that is asked of him without complaint and pushes himself outside of his comfort zone to improve his riding. Great job, Diego!
Dohyun “DK” Kim ’23 – Alpine Skiing
After a superb week of training, DK represented Cardigan at the two-day U14 NHARA Finals held at Cranmore. Racing against 60 boys his age, he finished 20th in the GS. He DNF'd the first run of SL on Sunday, but maintained a super attitude and completed his second run to cap a positive weekend. DK banked valuable experience and represented his school admirably!
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Su “Jack” Lin ’22 – Thirds Hockey
Jack has been a hard worker all season long. He is very coachable and helps the team in practices and games. He is also a frequent scorer for the team.
Sanggyu “Jayden” Lee ’22 – JV Hockey
Jayden has had an outstanding week with JV Hockey. He played two amazing games earlier in the week and scored multiple goals in the Rumsey Hall Tournament, helping his team win the championship. Jayden also played great defense and was relentless on the penalty kill.
Limin “Alan” Wei ’21 – Reserve Hockey
Alan started skating this winter and has really enjoyed it. He is now a more proficient skater and plays hockey confidently and enthusiastically. He can manage many of the skating skills needed to compete in game situations and has even scored in our intra-squad scrimmages and in combined games with the thirds team. Alan is a delight to coach and has grown a lot this season.
Kaiyang “Stephen” Chen ’23 – Reserve Basketball
Stephen led his team out of the losers bracket and into the championship during our 3v3 tournament.
Layton Glover ’22 – JV Basketball
Layton finished the season strong, showing attention to detail in practice and providing positive energy in both practices and games. On Wednesday against Indian River, he played tenacious defense, forced turnovers from the opponent, and was also able to settle down his teammates during moments of great pressure. In the game against New Hampton, he hit three big shots down the stretch that would ultimately push the momentum back in the favor of the Cougars and help them secure victory in a close game. Layton’s consistently strong work ethic and coachability allowed him to make great strides with his game all year.