Congratulations to this week’s Doors of the Week!
Girls Varsity Hockey: Callia Ferraris ’23
Callia Ferraris ’23 earns the girls’ hockey Door of the Week for her strong performance in a big three game week for Deerfield hockey. She has been an instrumental part of our strong defensive core and has quickly stood out for moving the puck well and creating offensive chances. Not only is Cal a big part of our team’s success, but more importantly she’s a great teammate. Due to injury and illness we had some forwards out of the lineup this weekend, and Cal stepped up to play center for us, seamlessly transitioning roles. We’re happy to have Cal with us this year and can’t wait to see what she does in the rest of the season!
Girls JV Hockey: Sophie Braddock ’24
Sophie answered the call when our regular goalie Anna came down with the flu and could not play on Saturday. Using her own improvisational style in the net, she limited Williston to 4 goals in a 9-4 victory. Thanks for putting the team first, Sophie!
Sophie Braddock ’24 plays for the GJV hockey team. She put on pads for the first time on Saturday, and played in goal for her team in her game against Williston Northampton. She’s also a great person.
She spent 45 minutes of game time – 1 hr 15 of real time – in the “Butterfly” position… really novel and aggressive move. She defended the net well!
Boys JV Basketball: Prescott Miller
We’d love to nominate Prescott Miller for Door of the Week. “Prescott played outstanding defense and unselfish offense in our hard-fought road game against Westminster. He forced multiple turnovers and had several assists on the fast break. Prescott is a positive and enthusiastic member of the boys JV basketball team!”
Girls Thirds Squash: Evelyn Kunde ‘26
Not only is Evelyn Kunde ‘26 a powerful force of positivity on the Thirds Squash team, but she won in straight sets(11-6, 11-5,11-6) in the first match of her squash career this weekend against Miss Porter’s.
Boys JV Squash: Gus Mallory ’26
Gus Mallory, a ninth grader new to our program, has become a celebrity on the JV squash team. He clawed his way onto the JV team by winning every match in tryouts and hasn’t yet lost a challenge match. Currently at #8 on the ladder, he has his sights set higher. His upperclass teammates cajoled him into doing the introductions in our recent match vs Andover, typically the job of the team captain, and he did a great job!
Girls Varsity Basketball: Meghan Holland ‘23
Girls Varsity Basketball’s Door of the Week is Meghan Holland ‘23. During these opening weeks of practice and games, Meghan has shown up day in and day out ready to give it her all. As one of our senior captains, Megan’s work ethic, positive attitude, and commitment to her teammates have all been commendable and set a high standard for the season. It is always such a pleasure to see her out on the court and we are looking forward to seeing her continue to grow and shine throughout the rest of the season.
Boys Varsity Swimming & Diving: Jerry Huang’23, Totton Heffelfinger ’23 & Alessandro Turchetta ’23
Boys JV Hockey: Nick Gerard ‘25
The Boys JV hockey team has gotten off to a 3-0-1 start to the 2022-2023 season. Lots of new faces have come to this year’s lineup and one of the most impactful members is goaltender Nick Gerard. Having two goalies at practice can add so much to the practice planning and execution. Will Scharfenberger has carried the entire goaltending load for the previous two season and continues to be terrific as he competes again this season. Nick’s first start of the season came against his former school Eaglebrook and Nick earned a 3-0 shutout for his new team.
Nick is a very positive member of the team and will no doubt be a big part of our success all season long.
Varsity Wrestling: Mac Wang ‘25
The Door of the Week for the Varsity Wrestling Team goes to Mac Wang, ‘25. Mac is a new wrestler who has picked up on the sport quickly. Mac has even taken on the challenge of a place on the starting squad when called to do so, being unafraid in the face of adversity. On Wednesday, December 14th, Deerfield traveled to Hardwick, MA to face Eagle Hill School. Mac suited up for an exhibition match and demonstrates remarkable skill, passion, and composure while wrestling a tremendous match. He came out of the gate with energy and spirit, eventually getting the pin with a cross face cradle, a move that can be difficult for many wrestlers. As one teammate said, “This match showed all of the things you’ve been working hard for paying off and out was great to see you grow as a wrestler through hard work.” Mac’s work is an example of the DA Wrestling family’s value of purpose and we look forward to seeing his future growth.
Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving: Alessia Root ’23
Alessia Root was the DOTW for Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving this week. As a captain this season, she leads by example with her consistent hard work in practice and her drive to win in whatever race she is swimming. She acts as a mentor to younger swimmers, encouraging them to approach meets with a healthy combination of positivity and grit. We appreciate all she does for the team in and out of the water and we look forward to a great season ahead!
Girls JV Basketball: Nainika Lebaka
In a game in which the Big Green never led until the final seconds, Nainika showed poise and confidence to give the girls junior varsity basketball team the lead in the come-from-behind victory over St. Paul’s. Nainika, as well as her teammates, maintained a positive attitude and never gave up. Congrats Nainika!
Boys Varsity Hockey: Connor Barrett
The BV hockey athlete of the week is Connor Barrett. Connor scored his first goal in a Deerfield uniform against Avon on Sunday and has been a steady presence for us on the blueline in all four games. He is a young man who wears his heart on his sleeve and works hard to get better each and every day.