Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week!
Girls Varsity Tennis: Catalina Llorente ‘19
Catalina played smart, efficient, and steady tennis versus Hotchkiss on Saturday. She was under immense pressure as hers was the final match and Deerfield’s win depended on the outcome. Cat shifted her strategy to hold onto a two game lead throughout her set. Ultimately she pulled away to secure the win 8-5 and clinched the match for Deerfield 5-4. Catalina has found herself in this position twice during the past two seasons and both times she has come through for her team!
Varsity Softball: Kailen Coelho ‘21
Softball’s AOTW this week is Kailen Coelho. K has been a consistent presence on the team, working hard every day to make herself and her teammates better. In our game against Williston on Saturday we put her into a new position at short-stop, and she played it with confidence. We were impressed by her lateral movement and her determination to stop every ball that came her way.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Meredith Heaney ’19
The girls varsity lacrosse athlete of the week is Meredith Heaney. Meredith has played an instrumental role in our defensive unit and performed particularly well against Williston Northampton and Westminster. Meredith’s confidence, athleticism, and aggressive style of play have made her a cornerstone of our defense.
JV Golf: Stuart Grow ’20
Medalist at the team’s golf match against Bement and NMH last week. Shot a 38!
Varsity Baseball: Javy Irizarry ‘19
AOTW for Varsity baseball is Javier Irizarry. The senior captain collected four hits, two RBI’s and one run scored in the doubleheader vs Exeter this past Saturday. Javy also played a flawless third base, highlighted by solid defensive plays. Javy has been a leader on and off the field for the Big Green this spring. Keep up the great work Javy!
Track & Field Athletes of the Week:
Quinton Quirrenbach ’19: Q won the 100m and 200m dashes in dominant fashion on Saturday against Loomis and Hotchkiss. To add to his impressive day, he also finished 3rd in the High Jump. Q’s love for competition and his drive to be the best in every event is a daily inspiration for his teammates.
Jaxon Palmer ’22: After missing two weeks with a nasty pulled muscle, Jaxon was cleared to practice on Friday, the day before our meet against Hotchkiss and Loomis. She wasn’t able to sprint yet, so she ran over to the javelin vector. On Saturday, Jaxon won the javelin with a throw of more than 89 feet! Her toughness and eagerness to contribute no matter her injury status set a great example for all.
Girls JV Lacrosse: Anna Zusi ’22
Anna brings focus and good spirit to practice every day. She asks questions to improve her play and actively works on the little things. Her speed and scrappiness on defense has helped cause numerous turnovers and move the ball to our offensive third. Anna fights for ground balls and is learning how to move her opponent to their weak side near the goal. Her endurance also makes her a great addition to our midfield and we look forward to seeing her contributions here in the future. Keep it up, Anna!
Boys JV Lacrosse: Max Wuchenich ‘21
Max Wuchenich has paced the JV lacrosse team in many ways this spring. His gritty play has stood out since the beginning of the season and has only continued to develop. His consistency and effort in all phases of the game make those players around him better. Max is a true Deerfield competitor who we expect big things from in the future.
Girls Varsity Water Polo: Morgan Clough ‘20
A poised and determined player, Morgan Clough ‘20 has developed an accurate shot from the offside of the goal. Her ability to make the cross-cage goal has helped us vary the attack in the offensive end. Morgan also remains alert to the opportunities to double team opponents at key moments on defense.
Girls Varsity Rowing: Valerie Hetherington ’19
Valerie always brings so much positivity to the boathouse! She contributes to the lively atmosphere of the team through her amazing sense of humor and lighthearted attitude. On the water, Valerie shows her resilient character and grit by pushing herself and her teammates to do their best; she is someone who can always be counted on to be encouraging and uplifting. Valerie is a role model on the team, not only for her exemplary skill, but for her admirable dedication to the sport and her teammates.
Boys JV Tennis: Yongjin Park ’22 & Connor Flannery ’21
The Boys JV Tennis athletes of the week are Yongjin Park ’22 and Connor Flannery ‘21. In the team’s match again Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday, April 24, Yongjin and Connor paired up as #2 doubles partners and soundly defeated their opponent 8-2. In singles, Yongjin at #3 won 8-1 and Connor at #4 won 8-3. They each play with a different style, but both experienced success in Wednesday’s match, proving that there is more than one way to win in tennis!
Ultimate: Alex Yuk ’21
Alex has great field awareness. He is super-active on defense, and he has an awesome hand block. He is additionally quick in finding open space on the field.
JV Baseball: Nyle Kamil ’22
Our AOTW is Nyle Kamil who pitched a great game last Wednesday and has been a steady presence for us at shortstop. He comes to practice every day ready to have fun and work hard. Nyle is a big reason for the success of the JV baseball team this year!