Congratulations to this week’s Doors of the Week!
Girls Varsity Water Polo: Coach Cook and Coach Evans
Coaches Jason Cook and Ari Evans earn this week’s recognition for their cheerful and supportive efforts in guiding their teams through four thrilling Green vs. White contests. Those games have been down-to-the-wire affairs, and both coaches kept players believing the next play might be the key one. In addition to coaching, Mr. Cook and Ms. Evans also helped the instructional swimmers (Chloe Ramirez ‘24, Fahad Shahbaz ’22, and Chamari Williams ’24) muster more confidence in the water and master a variety of strokes.
Boys Varsity Tennis: Yongjin Park ’22
For his clutch performance on Saturday against Loomis, Yongjin Park has earned the boys tennis DOTW nomination. Yongjin was unable to play in our match on Tuesday due to an AP exam and illness, but he stepped up on Saturday and won both his doubles and singles matches against tough opponents. With partner Max Peh, Yongjin squeaked out a 9-7 victory to secure the doubles point for Deerfield; he then went on to win his #6 singles match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, a slot which the team had lost without him in their previous match a few days prior.
Varsity Baseball: PJ Hamill ’21 and Tommy Leimkuhler ’21
The varsity boys baseball program is happy to name two senior pitchers, PJ Hamill and captain Tommy Leimkuhler, as our Doors of the Week. PJ, a PG, had two very effective pitching appearances this past week at Loomis and at home against Cushing. PJ’s effort, growth, and enthusiasm has sparked the baseball program’s success this spring. Tommy, a leader, a mentor, and a player with a high baseball IQ, picked up his second pitching victory of the year this weekend to go along with one save and an outstanding 1.31 ERA.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Talbot von Stade ’21
The girls varsity lacrosse team’s Door of the week is awarded to Talbot von Stade. Talbot has been a four-year member of the varsity program and has served as an invaluable member of our midfield. Talbot is resilient, steadfast, and skilled on both ends of the field. She has led with positivity and consistently through her actions, and we’re going to miss her in the years ahead.
Girls JV Tennis: Sophia Hamlen ’22
For girls JV Tennis, our DOTW is Sophia Hamlen who is our manager. On top of being a fantastic manager, she stepped in last week to play in Lauren Mitchell’s absence to join Summer Zhou in a doubles match. She and Summer won! The team recognized her support yesterday in our last practice too. She has absolutely been core to this team’s success.
Boys Varsity Track & Field: Elic Ayomanor ’22 and Quinn Hampson ’22
Doors of the Week for Track & Field are Elic Ayomanor and Quinn Hampson. After narrowly missing a school record in the 100 Meters, Elic rebounded thirty minutes later and ran a personal best and school record 22.106 in the 200 Meters, breaking a record set by Randall Williams 25 years ago. The effort was the culmination of a season of focused training and dominant racing that saw Elic lose only one race, to teammate Donnie Gray. In the next event, the 3000 Meter run, Quinn ran an extremely impressive sub-9:00 time (only 4 Deerfield runners have previously done so) in spite of finishing a full 2 minutes and 15 seconds ahead of the next competitor. This run concludes an undefeated season for Quinn, in which he ran and won a total of 6 events.
Girls Varsity Track & Field: Grace Russell ’21 and Ismay Anderson ’22
For Girls Track and Field, these two have led the way since the beginning. With positive spirits and endless energy, they were voted captains for the 2021 season and have been model athletes for their peers. In the past race, Ismay ran some her best times of the season with a 13.644 in the 100-meter race and 28.123 in the 200-meter race. She was also an all-star in an almost record breaking time for the 4x100m race. Grace PRed in both of her events. She ran the 800m race in a quick 2:37 and reach 4’2” on the high jump. Grace picked up the high jump just this season. In addition to being wonderful athletes, they are also leaders off the track. Grace can often be seen organizing a team dinner or having a one-on-one chat with a younger member of the team. Ismay led the way in organizing the senior farewell that for our almost 20 senior athletes that brought tears to many eyes. We have been so fortunate to have these caring and inspirational leaders on the team. For those reasons and many mores, our Doors of the week are Grace Russell and Ismay Anderson.
Ultimate: Alex Yuk ’21
Alex has been described by his teammates as a “quiet leader”. An experienced Ultimate player, he is always willing to help explain or give pointers to new team members. His athleticism is an asset on both offense and defense – in fact, in our most recent game against Williston, he made a defensive grab in Williston’s endzone, causing a turnover and scoring in the same play! Alex makes sure everyone on the team feels included, keeping an eye on who tends to get the disc more or less frequently and working to ensure everyone gets equal opportunities to get better. We will miss having him on the team next year!
Theater: Carson Belaire ’23, Ally Atwell ’22 and Cam Howe ‘22
There are a number of ensemble members who went above and beyond in the Spring production, Cabaret Al Fresco. Our music directors, Vasu ‘23 and Blair ‘22, have been mentioned before because of their exceptional dedication to the show. Others, such as Ally Atwell ‘22, and newcomer Carson Belaire ‘23 continue to astonish us with their professionalism and positivity. Both are outstanding performers and selfless ensemble members. However, when it comes to sheer joy, there is no-one who captures the spirit of musical theater more than Cam Howe ‘22 who has choreographed a number of pieces for the show. Unrelentingly supportive, cheerful and committed, Cam demonstrates what it means to capture the optimism of this all-American genre, and the production sparkles because of her devotion to it. Don’t miss their work next week!
Girls Varsity Rowing: Georgia Sackrey ’23 and Alice Xiao ’23
Georgia has come to practice every day with a smile on her face. She always encourages others and always has a positive attitude, and she has worked really hard all season.
Alice X is new to rowing–like most of the team—and she has improved so much in these past weeks. She has made the team so much better, always had a positive attitude, and is always there to cheer us on when we most need it.
Varsity Softball: Julia Hioe ’22
Julia has had some great games recently and her bat has been hot! She doesn’t make errors in the field and she’s a tremendous teammate. Great job, Julia!