Congratulations to Dylan Biggs ’20 and Collin Atwell ’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
Dylan Biggs ’20 – Varsity Mountain Biking
Dylan brought superb effort and skill to the NNEHSMTB Championship race held at Franklin Falls Dam. His determination and smooth riding helped him to earn a top-ten result (10th). Dylan was also a wonderful co-captain this season.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Collin Atwell ’20 – Rock Climbing
Collin had a good week rock climbing. He completed all of the climbs at Armed and Dangerous Cliff in Rumney on Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday, he led his team to victory in the end-of-year Cougar Crushfest. More impressively, he demonstrated great sportsmanship by actually showing another competitor the sequence to completing a difficult problem. Way to go, Collin!
Other Varsity Nominations
Offensive Line – Varsity Football
Football is not a game that is won or lost by an individual player; it is a game requires everyone to work together. This week, the offensive line dominated in practice and during our last game. The linemen spent their whole time in the trenches, fighting for every inch. They rarely get the glory, but this group of athletes imposed their will on Avon and won us the game.
Zachary Hawthorne ’20 – Varsity Soccer
Zach has had a wonderful season as the keeper for our very successful team. This was his first season on varsity, and Zach made an impact from the first game. He has worked very hard all season to improve his technical skills and knowledge of the game, has mentored the two junior varsity keepers, and has been a leader on and off the field. He has a wonderful work rate, often leading the team in conditioning and strength drills. In the final week of the season, Zach turned away 10 shots, allowed none against Tilton School's JV team, and then allowed only two goals in six games at the New England Junior Schools Tournament. Zach has been a wall in our 11-2-0 season.
Kolapat “Pi” Mongkhonvanit ’20 – Varsity Cross Country
Pi is one of our two four-year XC athletes, and his improvement is truly immeasurable. To start with sheer results, he had an outstanding performance at the Lakes Regio Cross Country Championships, placing fifth on the Cardigan team and displacing several opposing runners to swing the points in our favor. Pi is an intelligent runner; he knows how to control his body, stay focused, read and analyze opposing athletes, take advantage of their weaknesses, and capitalize on the opportunities presented to him throughout a race. In addition, he is a culture builder. He works hard at every practice, consistently keeping pace with stronger runners in order to improve, and his attitude reflects someone who wants his team to be an exemplar of Cardigan's core values.
Dohyun “Justin” Kim ’23 – Thirds Soccer
Justin worked tirelessly all season and showed a real passion for the game. In our final jamboree, he scored two goals, and despite being one of the smaller players on the field as a sixth-grader, he made his presence known through his work ethic and tenacity. Justin has a promising soccer career ahead of him, and the thirds team benefited from his skill and attitude all season.
Will Beck ’21 – JV Mountain Biking
As the year progressed, Will was fighting to get faster and better every day. He was the top finisher for the team at the New England Championships. His hard work has paid off.
Jack Roberts ’21 and Teddy Stettinius ’21 – JV Soccer
The JV soccer team won 10 straight games and gave up only eight goals during that stretch. Jack and Teddy each played half of every game in goal and combined for six shutouts. Both players preserved victories with outstanding saves on multiple occasions as the team had one of its best seasons ever.
Joaquin Vargas Deander ’21 – JV Football
Joaquin led the team in our game against Indian River School on both sides of the ball. Offensively he scored two touchdowns, and threw a pass for our third score, the most we had all year. Defensively, he was around the ball constantly and made several tackles preventing touchdowns.
Patrick Kim ’23 – Sailing
Over the course of the season, Patrick has improved immensely as a skipper, teammate, and athlete. He is willing to do anything asked of him and with a smile on his face. He developed his skills as a skipper and was able to skipper in the final regatta. He is the kind of young man you want on your team. For his helpfulness, enthusiasm, respect, and work ethic, we would like to nominate Patrick as our Athlete of the Week.
Jaeson Cabrera ’22 – Thirds Mountain Biking
Jaeson showed tremendous amounts of drive and resolve, as he pedaled his way through our championship race. Though nervous about his ability to race at such a high level, he rose to the challenge and ended up beating most of the riders on our team. He is a strong young man who showed his true grit and courage in rising to the challenge in front of him. It is for this reason we nominate him for Athlete of the Week.
Keonha “Sam” Bae ’22 – Reserve Mountain Biking
Sam was quite possibly our most improved rider this season. Though he had never ridden a mountain bike before the beginning of the year, he competed in and finished strongly in a major mountain biking championship race this past Saturday, all with a smile on his face. He truly demonstrated the heart of the cougar this season in all he accomplished, and for this reason, we nominate Sam for our Athlete of the Week.
Ho Seok “Ryan” Ham ’22 – Fourths Soccer
No matter if he is competing against his teammates or against a true opponent, Ryan competes as hard as he can. He also listens to feedback and tries to improve. He was a great leader at the final jamboree, contributing to the 4th/reserve team's success.
Cillian Clark ’21 – JV Cross Country
Cillian has been a strong leader as a captain of our squad this year. He has been positive in all practices and cross country meets. He has improved as a runner, particularly as a finisher. And he demonstrated leadership during the inaugural Onesie, Funsie, Runsie, this past week.
Evan Mann ’21 - Reserves Soccer
Evan was a critical part of the defense during the two victories at the jamboree that put us in the winner’s bracket for playoffs. His speed is deceptive for his size, and his long clears provided the relief needed in the defensive half as well as provided scoring opportunities. He rarely gets beat by the forwards of the opposition, and in the circumstances where he does, he works doggedly to get the ball back, never giving up or leaving his teammates hanging. Evan’s enthusiasm and willingness to be coached are admirable. He has made lots of improvements over the season.