Congratulations to Hudson Deck ’22, Layton Glover ’22, and Santiago Laresgoiti ’23 for receiving Cardigan’s Student-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
Hudson Deck ’22 - Varsity Football
The Varsity Football Team saw a lot of action this week. We played a game on Wednesday and on Saturday. In both games, Hudson was a standout on the defensive end and made running the ball to his side virtually impossible. In Saturday's game against Exeter, he was asked to play offensive tackle on top of his duties as defensive end. He did so willingly and was a key contributor to our run game. He is not a vocal leader on the field, but his play is inspiring and his hits are mean. He is always willing to help the team in any way he can and has established himself as one of our best two-way players. Great work, Hudson!
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Layton Glover ’22 and Santiago Laresgoiti ’23 - JV Soccer
The JV Soccer Team won two games this week, recording shutouts in both wins. Goalkeepers Layton and Santi were a flawless team, as they shared the goal in victories against New Hampton High School and Hebron Academy. Both Layton and Santi made several critical saves, directed their defenders into position, and distributed the ball to start the Cardigan attack. Shutouts do not come easily, and these guys chalked up two in one week!
Other Varsity Nominations
Alex Kernisant ’24 - Varsity Cross Country
Alex makes everyone’s experience better. Although he is a seventh grader who is new to running, he walked onto our varsity team ready for action! His athleticism has been showcased in our last two meets during which he crushed his own personal record and placed in the top half of high school competitors. He is a great teammate who supports all his fellow Cougars and exemplifies sportsmanship towards other teams. Somehow, he has figured out how to push himself to the brink of suffering AND smile at the same time! Thanks for the smiles, Alex!
Danny Commerford ’22 - Varsity Mountain Biking
Danny maintains an outstanding attitude and effort at practice, at our races, and most importantly, in and around the bike shed and locker room. These mature and enthusiastic qualities helped him to earn our Athlete of the Week nomination. He was fiercely competitive in a recent "A Lap" time trial, pushing himself to his limit; but then immediately following his finish, Danny rooted for and encouraged his teammates. In addition, he showed grit and determination after an early wipeout during the most recent off-campus ride. He finished the ride with style and added energy to the entire squad in the process.
Antonio Gandara Salazar ’23 - Varsity Soccer
Antonio is a talented goalkeeper, who uses his excellent skills and athleticism to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard. Against Fessenden School, he completed 13 saves and even intercepted a penalty kick in the first half. Against Deerfield Academy, he had nine saves and confidently dismissed a breakaway attempt by the opponent. He is wonderfully acrobatic in his work, has excellent footwork and footspeed, and confidently faces down shooters from any part of the field. Antonio works very hard at improving each day and often trains with the two JV goalkeepers to help them improve their skills and game intelligence.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Michael Tansey ’23 - Rock Climbing
Michael had a great week of climbing last week. He has led by example and has been enthusiastic during all practices. His positive attitude helped him reach the top of both climbs at Rumney on Wednesday. Well done, Michael!
Injun “Andrew” Yu ’25 - JV Cross Country
Taking to the lanes of Canaan Street with gusto this past week was Andrew Yu, a member of the JV Cross Country Team. Besting his prior pacing and working to improve on a daily basis are the names of the game for Andrew. The soft winds off of Canaan Street Lake were at his back as he manufactured his success in last Wednesday's pyramid drill, where the fruits of his labors were on full display. His success thus far in the season resonates with the story of Sir Edmund Hillary when he mounted Everest: every inch that he moves forward, he gains strength and improvement, and he makes every stride better than his last. He has exacting attention to detail, which is appreciated by his coaches and teammates, and, most importantly, he is an upstanding young man and consummate teammate.
Patrick Kim ’23 - Sailing
Patrick is one of our few returners this year. Because of this, we rely on him heavily to teach new sailors how to maneuver/skipper the boats, rig and de-rig the boats, and work on improving his ability as a skipper. Last year he was timid and unsure of his ability; this year, he has harnessed his confidence and has taken to the high waves of Canaan Street Lake! We have been impressed with his leadership skills and growth over the past three years!
Conor Fox ’24 - JV Football
Conor has been working hard all season. This past week he ran the ball really tough at fullback. His hard work, determination, and strong running helped set up an eventual touchdown.
Rio Burnett ’25 - Thirds Soccer
As a sixth grader, Rio is often matched against larger players, but he does not let that intimidate him. He hustles every day on the pitch and is always looking to improve his game. In our first match of the year, we called upon him to take a penalty kick. Though he struck the ball well, he was denied by the post. In our second game, the coaches once again assigned him to a penalty. Despite the earlier miss that must have still been fresh in his memory, he buried the shot. That takes some real courage as a sixth grader, and we are excited to see him continue to find his confidence on the field.
Ethan Ellis ’24 - Fourths Soccer
During his time with Fourths Soccer, Ethan has been fearless as a goalkeeper, relentless as a competitor, and supportive as a teammate. Although he has never played goalie before in his life, he stepped up and took the challenge head-on. Despite losing 8-0 in our first game, he made some absolutely incredible saves, kept his head high, and demonstrated for the rest of the team how to carry yourself in the face of adversity.
Guillermo Zaragoza ’24 - Thirds Mountain Biking
Guillermo comes to practice with a positive attitude and a smile on his face. Not only does he work hard and bring his best every day, but he also inspires and encourages others to do the same. He embodies the Cardigan Way in all that he does; he lifts while he climbs and helps us all rise up as a team!
Keano Gianini ’24 - Fourths Mountain Biking
Keano has demonstrated great effort and perseverance as he learns new skills and builds fitness in preparation for his first race. He has been incredibly positive and approached all challenges with a "can-do" attitude.
Aidan Doyle ’22 - JV Mountain Biking
Aidan has been a leader on the team all year. He was selected captain by every athlete on the team. He leads the team up to the trails and supports his peers. He is going to have a great week of races.