Congratulations to Franklin Chow ’20 and Edward “Tedy” O’keefe ’21 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
Franklin Chow ’20 – Varsity Football
Franklin was pivotal in the team’s growth this past week. He has anchored the offensive line at the center, kept his snaps on target and picked up difficult blocks along the way. He has also been a force in our defensive interior, repeatedly gutting out tackles and fighting through tough offensive linemen. He has done all of this quietly with a sense of duty and commitment to his team. He typifies an “all guts, no glory” mentality, doing his job to make sure others can do theirs. Win or lose, he is there working his hardest and encouraging others to do the same.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Edward “Tedy” O’keefe ’21 – Fourths Soccer
Teddy has been crushing soccer! Having never played soccer before, he is picking the game up quickly and has been a stable, positive, fighting force on defense. He keeps the team together and is a huge help to the coaches. His teammates listen to him, and he uses this to help everyone around him improve.
Other Varsity Nominations
Jenson Smock ’21– Varsity Soccer
Jenson is a talented back for the varsity side. He is confident on the ball, composed in defending and capable of getting forward and causing trouble for the opposition offensively. Jenson's ability to play equally with both feet makes him a dynamic player in many positions. His ability to see plays developing two and three passes ahead allowed him to anticipate the opposition's efforts and put himself in a strong position to stifle attacking efforts on our goal. Jenson has played both outside back, marking man-to-man and center back organizing the defensive foursome. Jenson's efforts are a significant reason for our early success and 5-2-0 record.
Gabriel Brondel ’20 - Mountain Biking
Gabriel earned a podium (third place) at the NNEHSMTB C race held at Mt. Peg, and in the A race vs. Eaglebrook he finished in front of all the EBS riders. A determined and focused cyclist at practice, he provides a wonderful role model for the younger team members.
Junkai “Tiger” Yang ’22– Varsity Cross Country
Tiger joined cross country with the right blend of talent, fitness, and positivity, and we are so lucky to have him. He has embraced his team and worked hard at his training, making tremendous gains in the past week. His 5K time improved by three minutes from our KUA meet to our home course! Then, three days later, he ran 30 seconds faster on the same course against Eaglebrook. He is consistently in our top four scoring runners and has helped bring our team some recent victories. His kind and humble demeanor are just icing on the cake. Way to go, Tiger!
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Yixuan “Kyle” Jia ’21- JV Cross Country
Kyle came in first for Cardigan against Eaglebrook on Saturday. This was his first time finishing first this year in a race. He provided his signature enthusiasm to all our practices this week. He is always willing to help the coaches and his teammates in practice. He is always punctual, and his effort never flags. Kyle is a tremendous asset to Cardigan cross country!
Owen Reilly ’20- Rock Climbing
Owen has been motivated to improve in every aspect of rock climbing this week. He had a great general fitness workout and made many ascents at the Evo climbing gym in Concord. He has been challenging himself with difficult projects in the Cougar Cave and improving his skills every week. Good climbing, Owen!
Wilson Knapp ’21 – JV Mountain Biking
Wilson has been a leader on the JV squad on and off the single track course. He led the Cardigan JV team at Woodstock with a finish that only rivals the Tour de France. During the Cardigan home race against Eaglebrook, he took the top spot on the podium. The podium was only overshadowed by the way he supported the rest of the Cardigan boys as they finished their race.
Owen Tatro ’20 – JV Soccer
Owen scored two goals and had an assist in the Cougars dominant 4-0 win on Eaglebrook Day. He missed the first game against Eaglebrook with an injury, and his addition to the lineup made a huge difference in the rematch. His speed and strength were unrivaled all day.
Domineaq “Dom” Taylor ’22 – JV Football
Dom played both ways in the last game, registering several big running plays at fullback and he recorded three sacks on defense as a defensive end. Great work, keep playing hard Dom.
Stuart Windsor ’22 – Thirds Mountain Biking
Stuart has shown significant progress as a mountain biker. This past weekend he demonstrated grit and perseverance in his first mountain bike race against Eaglebrook. Keep up the great work, Stuart!
Keonha “Sam” Bae ’22- Reserve Mountain Biking
Four weeks ago, Sam could barely ride a bike, and this past Saturday, he completed a full C-class race, finishing with a smile on his face. His dedication and commitment to the sport have truly impressed the coaches and his teammates.
Haohui “Josh” Hou ’21– Sailing
Josh has been a rock star on the sailing team. He has had some of the best starts in our races we have seen in a long time, which is no easy feat. It is a balance between time and wind, and Josh has learned how to excel in both. He continually works hard every day to learn new tactics and is a sponge with what we are teaching in practice. For his daring nature, ability to take instruction and learn from it, and being a great team player, that is why Josh is our nomination for athlete of the week.
Avan Pyle ’20 – Thirds Soccer
The thirds soccer defensive group played three games in four days, including a game against Eaglebrook and won all three games with shutouts. It was truly a collective team effort, and each member of the defensive unit deserves the credit. Avan was especially valuable as his hustle on several key defensive stops and prevented scores by opposing offensive forwards. His speed and ability to close in on a challenger is awesome to witness, and he had so many impressive stops during all three games this week. He works hard in practice and sets a high standard for his teammates to aspire to. He’s also very coachable and fun to have on the team. We look forward to watching him grow as a soccer player for the rest of the season.
Zimo “Madison” Tian ’22 – Reserve Soccer
Madison was a rock for our defense in our home opener against Eaglebrook this weekend. We eventually won the game 2-0, but those goals came at the very end. Madison had great clears, used subtle but effective moves to get around the opposition, and got us out of several scary situations. His defense allowed us to stay scoreless and also to have the opportunities to score those goals later in the game.