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Rams of the Week: October 9-15, 2017

Nolan Smith '20 (Downingtown Pa.) JV Football
Due to injuries, JV football was heading into Week 2 vs. Peddie without a center. When Nolan heard that we were shorthanded, he immediately and unceremoniously volunteered. Keep in mind, Nolan’s offensive position is wide receiver and his defensive position is free safety. Nevertheless, Nolan practiced a few snaps, some footwork, and the job was his. Since Week 2, Nolan has not left the field – he is our center on offense, our free safety on defense, and he plays on all special teams. Nolan is one of the team’s top tacklers and leads the team in interceptions. Nolan has played well, for sure, but more importantly his positive and selfless attitude continues to serve as a model not only for his peers and coaches but also for the entire Hill community.

Elizabeth Moore '20 (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) & Ceylin Sener '19 (Eskisehir, Turkey) JV Girls' Tennis
For our JV tennis match on Wednesday last week, we travelled to Germantown Academy. Elizabeth Moore and Ceylin Sener played in one of the doubles matches on the day. They lost 0-6 in the first set, but came back strongly in the second, through clever play and accurate placement of the ball into the open spaces, to win the second set. They went on to win the Super Tie-breaker (10 points), adding a well-deserved win for the team. I love how they did not give up after the first set, but strategized and did things differently in the second. Well done!

Michael Soland '21 (Wellington Fla.) Boys' Cross Country
Michael had a tremendous performance against Hun this weekend. He ran a 47 second personal best on a very hilly course and finished 8th overall, as well as beating every Hun runner except one. Michael has been working very hard in practice, battled through shin splints, and decided that he would try to stay with the varsity pack on Saturday. That was quite a challenge he gave himself as he had been nowhere near that group beforehand. Nevertheless, he stuck with our lead pack and at the mile mark was only 4 seconds off the lead, and hung on very tough to finish the race in 19:53. Keep up the good work and even better times will follow.

Jae Ahn '19 (Seoul, Korea) Varsity Boys' Golf
Jae had a great day on the golf course in his first varsity match of the season. He handily defeated his opponent 5 and 4 in the 18-hole match play event. Jae has worked hard all season to improve his game.

Alex Zelinske '20 (Pottstown Pa.) Girls' Water Polo
Alex has done an amazing job this season working towards bettering herself every day. Her enthusiasm during practice resonates with her teammates. She applies the skills used in every drill into her game and has increased her ability from hard work put forth. She has learned how aggressive this sport can be; therefore enabling her to adjust during adverse times. Her youthful talent and ambition creates an example for others allowing her to be one step ahead. I am looking forward to seeing her growth throughout these coming years. Nice work Alex!

Michael Schiavone '19 (Mount Joy Pa.) Boys’ Water Polo
Michael led Hill with 21 goals in four games at Waterpolooza to help the team finish 3-1. On Friday, he scored a combined 9 goals as Hill defeated Exeter HS (15-8) and Perkiomen Valley (16-2). On Saturday, Michael scored 7 goals and drew 4 ejections as Hill pulled away from a pesky Reading HS team in the second half for a 14-7 final. He followed that with 5 goals in a tough loss to Lawrenceville (8-11). Michael has come on strong in this mid part of the season. He seems to be reaping the benefits of commuting 45 minutes each way to play club water polo a few days a week this summer.

Tess Gray '21 (Bethlehem Pa.) JV Field Hockey
Tess has been a strong player for us all season. Our top scoring girl, she has tirelessly worked to support her team, improve her own skills, and incorporate feedback. Tess is an incredibly hard worker on the field, hustling to both offend and defend. The team is grateful to Tess for her hard work and dedication this season, and we’re thrilled she’s chosen this new sport to call her own!

William Dollhopf '21 (Pottstown Pa.) Thirds Boys' Soccer
William has been a quiet, steady, offensive leader for the team all season. He leads the team with assists for a reason: he puts the team and his teammates above himself. Our game versus Hun this weekend is a perfect example; Will could have easily taken a breakaway shot on net even though he wasn’t in a great position or have any sort of advantageous angle to do so. Instead, he sent a perfectly touched cross in front of the goal for a teammate to easily redirect into the net. A typical unselfish act by the Thirds’ starting attack midfielder. William does not only assist with goals, he scores them. He had the team’s only goal in a 1 -1 draw versus a very talented George School last week, as well.

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