Congratulations to these student athletes for being named Pelicans of the Week by their coaches. The honor is given to students who stand out on the playing field as well as those who act as excellent teammates.
Boys III Basketball
Freshman Ethan Shternfeld
Ethan was our high scorer both on Wednesday in our win over Deerfield and on Saturday in our loss to Williston. Against Deerfield Ethan contributed 18 points, and he followed that up with 12 points on Saturday. Typical of Ethan, he was disappointed that he had not done better in both games. Ethan is a smooth player, moving effortlessly in the court and finishing well around the basket. He is one of our better outside shooters as well and is a capable ball-handler whom we have asked to play four of the five spots on the floor at various times.
Girls JV Squash
Sophomores M.K. Briglio and Stefanie Stoj and freshman Fiona Murphy
After a busy week with three matches, girls JV squash recognizes three players for their excellent work in mental toughness. M.K. exhibited wonderful patience out on court during her match against Kingswood-Oxford. The match was truly back-and-forth and went to five games. The fifth game was incredibly close and required grit and focus. M.K. overcame her opponent 12-10 in game five, securing the 3-2 win and showing that patience and careful shot placement can pay off. Fiona played a fantastic match against her Hotchkiss counterpart later in the week. After a slow start in game one, Fiona was fired up and eager to win, and she held on to win game two. After dropping game three, Fiona again fought back to secure game four. It was a physical match with both players vying for control of the T, but Fiona was able to win the intense battle to win her match 3-2! Stefanie also secured a great 3-2 win against her Hotchkiss opponent. After winning game one, Stefanie went down 1-2 against a strong and determined opponent. She remained calm and focused on minimizing her errors to even out the match and then take game five for a 3-2 win. Bravo, girls, on a great job in mental fortitude and patience!
Boys Varsity Ice Hockey
Sophomore Ethan Roberts
In a bounce-back win over Andover for the boys varsity ice hockey team, Ethan played lights out in goal, making 20 saves in the 4-1 win. He played with poise and looked confident in goal although it was only his third start for the Pelicans. His rebound control was fantastic, and he turned aside several quality goal-scoring opportunities from Andover, making it look easy. We look forward to seeing this more often of Ethan and are proud of him for all the work he has done as a new member of the team this year. Keep it up, Ethan!
Boys Swimming and Diving
Senior co-captain Gus Hawley and senior McIntyre Pahl
Gus and Mac are two stalwarts who have helped lead us in our very successful season that is under way. Mac joins us this winter and brings along a great deal of skill, speed, and experience as a sprint freestyler. Cheerful, attentive, and hard-working, Mac has quietly served as the mentor of our stable of sprinters this winter, and we are excited to see how well he performs come rest, taper, and our championship meets. Gus, meanwhile, a three-year veteran, has also led his teammates in subtle but meaningful ways. Gus has been grinding out a lot of distance freestyle practices of late, and his endurance served him well against Hotchkiss last Saturday, especially, in an important 500-yard freestyle race. Several weeks before, Gus inspired his intra-squad team in our College Events meet, leading from the front by sacrificing himself in the two toughest events: 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley. These two young men have helped generate the work ethic and commitment that have characterized the 2019–20 boys team — for which we feel extremely grateful!