Congratulations to Jack Diemar ’21 and Andrew “Boo” Pilaro ’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
Jack Diemar ’21 – Varsity Mountain Biking
Jack was superb in practice this week, where he consistently led with speed and enthusiasm. His effort translated perfectly on Wednesday at our NNEHSMTB race at Vermont Academy, where he earned a podium spot, finishing third in the B class. This result was his second top-five finish in a week!
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Andrew “Boo” Pilaro ’20 – Thirds Mountain Biking
Boo has shown compassion and leadership for his teammates as captain. He has been working hard on his bike skills, and has made great improvements. Keep up the great work!
Other Varsity Nominations
Xuanyu “Tommy” Li ’20 – Varsity Cross Country
Tommy has been an absolute team player for the Varsity Cross Country Team. He has significantly improved since last year, and has embarked on a mission to significantly impact his team for the better. At KUA, he had an unbelievable race and ran to a personal best on one of the hardest courses in the Lakes Region. He displaced runners on other teams and helped Cardigan to its first victory in at least six years. We look forward to watching Tommy further impact our team as we progress through the season!
Campbell Hendee ’21 – Varsity Football
In an extremely physical game, Campbell set himself out as one of the team's best defensive players. He was involved in most of the defensive stops and contributed in the return. The team will continue to look to him for defense and to step up and make big plays.
Bryce Terry ’20– Varsity Soccer
Bryce is a first-year player on the Varsity Team looking for a regular spot. This week, he seems to have found it. Bryce has taken the chance to run up front in our 4-5-1 formation as the lone attacking striker. With some coaching, he has adapted nicely to this role, putting high pressure on the opposition, and creating valuable counter strike opportunities for the team. As a result of his effort and applying direction this week, he scored both game-winning goals in our matches. One goal was against Deerfield Academy and the other against Fessenden School, marking only the second time Cardigan has beaten Fessenden in the last twelve years.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Landon Beattie ’22– JV Mountain Biking
Landon has come to practice with a positive attitude every day. He was injured last week but was back on his bike the next day. He has put his best foot forward to get better each and every day.
Asher Frankel ’23 – Fourths Soccer
Asher is our nominee for student athlete of the week. He repeatedly sweeps in and steals the ball from opponents, works hard, never complains, and is always trying to improve.
Bernardo Ortega Franco ’21 – Thirds Soccer
Bernardo set a high standard of excellence during practice throughout the week leading up to Saturday’s game against Hanover. His positive attitude and skill are an inspiration to his teammates. He scored two goals in the most recent contest including a high arching free kick that went in over the outstretched glove of Hanover’s keeper. Bernardo is consistently an offensive threat and just as impressive on defense. He is a valuable member of the Thirds Soccer Team.
Jake Marcum ’22 – Sailing
Jake, a two-year sailor on our team, has been at the top of his game. He fared well against Brewster and isn't afraid to push the boat to its fastest. He is picking up many tactics for starts and strategies for edging out the competition. He also has been helpful with the other sailors who are just learning by teaching them how to rig the boats.
Diego Villarreal Cantu ’21 – Reserve Soccer
Diego worked incredibly hard last week, overcoming a minor injury and playing a key role in a win. His attention to detail and focus in practice has improved his dribble moves, which he executed during a recent intra-squad scrimmage. He is always encouraging his teammates and is a catalyst for positivity on and off of the field. His willingness to accept feedback from his coaches is greatly appreciated, and he made great strides in developing his shot during a number of drills in practice. We hope Diego will continue to excel and be a vocal leader for our team as one of the elected captains.
Kam Wun “Sky” Wong ’20 – JV Cross Country
Sky has risen to the challenge of co-captain quickly and with enthusiastically. He continues to improve his results on speed and efficiency in running. We are delighted to have him as a captain!
Joaquin Vargas Deander ’21 – JV Football
Joaquin played solidly on both sides of the football in our game this past week. In addition, he was a leader on the field in practice as well.
Jeffrey Kang ’21 – JV Soccer
Jeffrey has been outstanding in his role as center back for the team. He played a critical role in the victory over Woodstock. He routinely runs down players who look like they have broken through the defense, and often starts the offensive attack after winning a tackle. His attitude and effort have set the tone for this group.
Jaeseong “Nathan” Kim ’23 – Rock Climbing
Nathan has had a great week on the team. On Wednesday at the cliffs in Rumney, he was determined and persistent in his efforts to reach the top of all four climbs. On campus he has been diligently working on boulder problems and finding success with his positive attitude and good effort. Way to go, Nathan!