Congratulations to Jack Roberts ’21 and Danny Commeford ’22 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
Jack Roberts ’21 - Advanced Soccer
Jack, who has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic during training sessions, has translated this positive approach into stellar play as goalkeeper during scrimmages. In addition to standing out as one of the best players on the pitch, he manages to involve and motivate players of all levels during the Cardigan Cup League Games and keeps the games fun and competitive.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Danny Commeford ’22 - JV Mountain Biking
In his first year in the mountain biking program, Danny has been one of the team's strongest competitors. Danny has worked to improve his technical skills and speed, earning a podium spot in our last two races. He brings optimism and energy to each practice, motivating others to have the same enthusiasm. Danny comes to practice ready to ride and his progression this season has been exceptional. Great job, Danny!
Other Varsity Nominations
John Murphy ’22 - Varsity Cross Country
John joined cross country with the right blend of talent, fitness, and positivity, and we are so lucky to have him. Whether we’re running sprints around Canaan Street Lake, playing ultimate frisbee, or torturing ourselves in the fitness room, John is up for it! He has embraced his team and has worked hard at his training, making tremendous gains in speed and distance running in the past month. John demands excellence from himself and elevates everyone on the team through encouragement and friendship. Way to go John!
Charlie Wilson ’21 - Sailing
Charlie is exactly what a coach needs. This weekend during the Salamone Sailabout, we had two boats turtle in the water (go completely upside down). The turtles happened during the B class race, and Charlie was scheduled to race next in the A class race. He was with the coaches on the start boat and immediately jumped into action, embracing our mantra of “See a need, lend a hand.” He rescued one boat while the coaches worked on the other boat. Once he got the boys to shore, he came back out to help with the second boat with its mast still stuck in the bottom of the lake. He worked for 30 minutes pulling, tugging, and climbing on and off the centerboard to re-right the boat with Ms. Joslin. He then went above and beyond, sailing the second boat to shore by himself and still wanting to skipper in the A race. For safety reasons, he was held back, so instead he continued to work hard at getting the dirty sails cleaned and hung to dry. He truly deserves this award for his dedication, perseverance, and leadership skills.
Wilson Knapp ’21 - Varsity Mountain Biking
Wilson has been steadily improving this year. With unusually warm weather this past Saturday at the race, many racers struggled. Wilson, however, rallied to his first podium finish of the year. This, paired with his 5th-place finish at the Team Enduro race, has earned him the honor of being our team's varsity athlete of the week. Wilson is a great teammate and one of the hardest working guys out there.
Alexis Santini ’24 - Football
Alexis is quietly becoming an excellent football player. He is focused during drills and is reacting to situations and plays at a very high level. Alexis puts forth his best effort in all areas of the football team. Great job, Alexis!
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Ian McDonnell ’22 - JV Cross Country
Ian had a great week running on the JV Cross Country Team. He had a positive attitude, gave full effort in all practices, and supported his teammates. Ian also had a remarkable CHaD Hero 5km race on Saturday. He completed the full distance on the challenging CMS race course–which is twice as far as he has ever run on the course before. Well done, Ian!
Adrian Moon ’23 - Intermediate Soccer
Adrian is the fastest player on the field, but he is also one of the hardest workers. He fights every play, and he consistently gives his best in drills and fitness exercises. Most impressively, he looks to lift up his teammates and embodies Coach Marrion’s motto: “Knock ‘em down, and give them a hand to help them up.”
Nathan “Jaeseong” Kim ’23 - Developmental Soccer
Nathan’s exemplary leadership and competitive drive motivates his teammates, bringing the team’s entire playing level up. The team’s attitude and effort have been outstanding in large part due to Nathan’s excitement, encouragement, and work ethic. This week, Nathan showed great leadership through the rain and sunshine, helping the team to play with a proper formation and work through its deficiencies. Thank you, Nathan, for your outstanding play and captainship.
Alejandro Rojas Velasco ’22 - Thirds Mountain Biking
Alejandro had an incredible performance in our most recent race. He placed 4th, passing many of the JV riders and showing much determination and grit. Well done, Ale!
Michael “Huijing” Zhang ’22 - Reserve Mountain Biking
Michael has been showing true grit and perseverance during practices. It really paid off this past weekend when he had a fantastic showing in the race.