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Athletes of the Week for May 5, 2022

Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to Jaeson Cabrera ’22 and Gonzalo Armida Alatorre ’23 for receiving Cardigan’s Student-Athlete of the Week Awards. Read what their coaches have to say about them below, and meet all the students who were nominated. Learn more about Athletics at Cardigan Mountain School.

Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week 

Jaeson Cabrera ’22 - Baseball 

With his consistent effort and drive to improve and earn more playing time, Jaeson has continued to be a leader on the Varsity Baseball Team. He is the first player to practice and the last one out of the locker room. You can find him taking extra practice in the batting cage or shagging flyballs during his free time. His internal drive to improve as a player is a pleasure to watch, and his support for his teammates is palpable. Jaeson is a pleasure to coach!

Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week 

Gonzalo Armida Alatorre ’23 - Thirds Lacrosse 

Gonzalo set the speedometer on high the first day of practice, and his teammates have been chasing him ever since. Everyone loves to watch him play; he is a menace to all opponents and an example of excellence to underclassmen. Keep on running, Gonzalo!

Cardigan's Rock Climbing Team

Cardigan's Rock Climbing Team in action. See more photos

Other Varsity Nominations 

Jackson Davies ’22 - Varsity Lacrosse 

Jackson has been an outstanding leader all season​ long.​ This week, during our first Belmont Hill game, he was a strong vocal leader and led by example with his great plays and several key saves. He has worked hard all year to be the best goalie he can be, improving his clearing and his play with the ball out of the net. Jackson has continued to help the defense improve and play better as a team.
Marcelo Galan Valladares ’24 - Varsity Tennis 

Marcelo is one of the youngest players on the team, but this has not kept him from challenging his opponents and teammates during practice. He is a “big hitter” and enjoys playing from the back of the court. His opponents see that he has no weaknesses and is all about competing and helping his teammates to score team points. We enjoy working with such a passionate and dynamic player every day and are grateful we get to work with him for three years.

Cardigan's Varsity Baseball Team

Cardigan's Varsity Baseball Team vs. New Hampton. See more photos

Other Sub-Varsity Nominations 

Hyun Jun “Jason” Ko ’23 - Thirds Tennis 

After a superb week, both mentally and physically, Jason has earned the Athlete of the Week nomination. He won three intrasquad singles matches and was alert and positive during drills. His self-deprecating humor and positive spirit make him a popular teammate. At meetings, he demonstrates kindness toward others and great self-awareness.

Patrick Kim ’23 - Reserve Tennis 

Just four weeks into the season, Patrick has grown from being a kind-hearted member of the team to one of the most proactive members of the team. He helps others whenever needed, and is developing his own skills as a player. His seemingly sudden growth culminated in his ousting of Mr. Nowak as “King of the Court” this past Saturday.

Yutong “Jacob” Zhao ’22 - JV Tennis

Jacob has really turned the corner, performing both exceptionally well in class and even better on the courts. He is beloved by his teammates for his sense of humor, his self-discipline, and his work ethic. He comes to practice mentally prepared with his competitiveness and high intensity. This past Saturday, he played flawlessly against Kimball Union Academy. Normally a singles player, he jumped in and played in the doubles circuit, where he baffled his opponents with his stellar top spin and ball placement, bringing home a win against KUA’s top doubles team. His drive and positivity have been a huge catalyst in making our team successful this season. Our "Cougar of the Court" is most deserving of the opportunity to represent his Cardigan brothers as Student Athlete of the Week. 

Binxiu “Sean” Qin ’22 - JV Lacrosse 

Sean scored one of our goals in our 6-4 loss to KUA, and he was also part of the man-down team that killed one of the penalties on us.

Magnum Hudkins ’24 - JV Baseball 

Magnum has been one of the most improved players on the JV team thus far. His improvement has been demonstrated both in the field and at the plate. Most noticeable have been several excellent defense plays, including ground balls and line drives. In one game, he took a hard grounder off his leg and stayed with the play, throwing out the runner at first. Magnum’s bat has also come alive with several hard hit balls and line drives. 
Stuart Windsor ’22 - Rock Climbing 

Stuart has impressed us on multiple occasions and in many ways this season. He has committed to the sport of rock climbing, consistently challenging himself to take on more difficult bouldering problems and top-rope routes, which has resulted in tremendous progress.  Additionally, he has demonstrated his understanding of the essential nature of the climber/belayer dynamic and is equally diligent in both regards. 
Junsoo “Jack” Kim ’23 - Fourths Tennis 

Jack jumped up to second seed in our second bracket of the season, from way back in the pack. He is a hard worker, and tireless competitor. He has also been ramping up the consistency of his ground strokes since he joined the team.
Simon Manners ’24 - Fourths Lacrosse 

Simon has been a goal-scoring machine this season, netting a hat trick in multiple games. He has also helped to manage the offense during game situations and practice. As we move into some more challenging games, the team will be hoping Simon can continue to find the back of the net. 

Thirds Lacrosse vs. Plymouth

Cardigan's Thirds Lacrosse Team vs. Plymouth. See more photos


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