Rams of the Week
The Hill School's RAMS of the Week program seeks to recognize student-athletes from all levels who have set themselves apart by: Outstanding performance, effort, attitude, improvement, and/or leadership in both games and practices; demonstrations of great sportsmanship; and selflessness as a teammate. Nominations for RAMS of the Week are submitted by coaches.
- Week of January 30
- Week of January 23
- Week of January 16
- Week of December 12
- Week of November 7
- Week of October 31
- Week of October 24
- Week of October 17
- Week of September 19
- Week of October 10
- Week of October 3
- Week of September 26
Fife Akinyanmi '25 – JV Boys’ Hockey
Fife has been a catalyst for our team this year, producing points and shutting down our opponents with his high energy play. Fife has been especially outstanding this past week, whether he’s taking on the entire opposition by himself on the rush, or pestering opponents with his relentless backcheck. The team appreciates his passion on the ice and positive attitude in the locker room.
Hannah DeMarco '26 – Swimming and Diving
Hannah has put forth tremendous effort over the past week, improving her time in seven of her eight events in the past two meets. She dropped over 5 seconds in her primary event, the 200 IM, to qualify for Easterns. She is only the second third former to do so this season. Her cheerfulness and positivity are an inspiration. Well done!
Matthew Flynn '25 – Swimming and Diving
With his diving debut this week, Matthew has joined the rare aquatics triple threat club – those who compete at a high level in water polo, swimming, and diving. In only his second year of competitive swimming, he often swims in our fastest lane to push himself even further. His hard work and determination have paid off. Well done!
Evan Luo '25 – Varsity Boys’ Squash
Since Evan joined the team, he has been dedicated to being better, and recently he has been working harder than ever to up his game. He talks with his teammates about how he can get better, is putting a lot into practice, and is a supportive teammate.
Mollie Marcheskie '23 – JV Girls’ Hockey
Mollie stepped into the role having never done it before, fulfilling a program need and performing valiantly. During both games, she faced a barrage of shots from talented opposing skaters, making some spectacular and unlikely saves. She has gained her teammates’ respect with her willingness to try something new, her positive attitude during practice and games, and her fun-loving spirit.
Charlie Rauch '24 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Charlie extended her program record goal scoring streak with 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points. She currently leads all of NEPSAC in scoring during the 2022-2023 season.
Sydney Saracene ’25 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Sydney scored her first career Hill goal against Frederick Gunn, which stood up to be the game-winner after pushing hard and generating chances for many weeks. Saracene is now on a 2-game point streak, having been an important tone-setter for work ethic and intensity.
Joseph Terreri '26 – Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Joseph has been a consistent hard worker from the day he stepped on campus. He is a selfless teammate who constantly strives to improve and in so doing helps elevate practices.
Smeena Gill '24 – JV Girls’ Basketball
Smeena has taken her role as captain seriously in all aspects of Hill life. On the court, she leads with direction and motivating positivity. Off the court, Smeena acts as a mentor and checks in on team members. Smeena's caring nature helps build a great team dynamic and, as coaches, we are grateful to have her.
Dami Odubona '23 - Varsity Girls’ Squash
Dami’s standout performance against Germantown Friends School was amazing. Good work Dami!
Maggie Qi '25 – Varsity Fencing
Maggie has been working so hard at her event and when we went to our match at Lawrenceville this past weekend, their girl's sabre team was really strong and brutal. Maggie didn't let that deter her though, and even after getting beat, she kept trying and giving her best, and with a great attitude. With this perseverance, she eventually won one of her bouts, and brought a win home for her team! We are so proud of her!
Charlie Rauch '24 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Charlie has produced 11 goals and 5 assists in the team’s 7 games in 2023. Charlie has scored goals in each of those seven games, setting a program-record for consecutive goal streak that remains active.
Liam Sheward '25 – Varsity Boys’ Hockey
Shewy demonstrates week in and week out that he is a team guy. Brings a positive and positive energy every day to the rink. His work ethic and fun attitude rubs off on everyone in our lineup.
Yancy Sun '26 – Varsity Boys’ Squash
Yancy had a 3-0-win record over the week, he also reversed a 0-3 loss into a 3-0 win against University School.
Shea Whitney '26 – Varsity Swimming and Diving
Shea brings a great deal of energy to practices and meets. She volunteered to swim one of the most challenging events: the 500 Freestyle, in our meet against Blair. She swam it again willingly the following week in our meet against Perk and dropped an amazing 23 seconds off her time. Shea is a hard worker and a pleasure to coach. Well done!
Nick Karpovich '25 – Varsity Boys’ Hockey
As a new fourth-former, Nick has stepped right in as a younger player on our team and done everything that has been asked of him. He has played in a variety of different roles since the beginning of the season and has showed great selflessness and leadership while doing so. He has developed into a valuable utility player for us and helps us provide depth at both forward and defensive positions.
Emma Li '26 – Swimming and Diving
Emma has worked hard all January, completing every set in practice and swimming whatever is asked in meets. She swam the grueling 200 IM at the Blair meet, finishing ahead of her opponent. She also outswam her opponent in the 100 Backstroke in the same meet, earning valuable points for the team. She is a pleasure to coach and is deserving of the nomination for Ram of the week.
Kiern Lim '25 – Varsity Fencing
Kiern is new to fencing this year and has been nothing but a hard worker, a loyal teammate and friend, and a respectful and eager student. Today at practice while the rest of the team (who was supposed to be doing drills) was watching the players that were sparing, she was hard at work doing target practice.
Jacob Meachem '25 – Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Meach continues to improve, both his own game and steering the team as our point guard. He fights on every possession, is taking command of the Hill offense, and hit four clutch free throws to seal the Blair win.
Nate Whittemore '23 – Swimming and Diving
In his first year on the team, Nate has brought a tremendous amount of energy and positivity. In our recent meet against Perk, not only did he volunteer to swim in the meet (a first for him), but he also competed in a relay event. His 50 Freestyle time is a legitimate varsity-level effort, without even training for it. More importantly, his positive attitude lifts the spirits of the team and provides leadership to the rest of the swimmers and divers. So glad he joined the team this year!
Tucker Brown '25 - Boys’ Swimming and Diving
Not only is Tucker our top diver, when three of our swimmers were unable to participate in our Mercersburg meet, one relay was going to have to scratch. Tucker stepped up and volunteered to swim to prevent that from happening. The coaching team quickly taught him how to dive off the blocks and do a turn, and it was off to the races for Tucker. He even swam an impressive time, especially for a first timer, breaking 30 seconds in the 50 Freestyle. Great attitude and team spirit make him a natural choice for RAM of the Week.
Matthew Field '23 – Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Matthew is leading Hill in charges, the ultimate selfless play in basketball where you give up your body to help your team. He has given us a huge lift with his 3-point shooting, and scrappy work on the glass. Great Teams Have Great Teammates
Giavanna Mancy '23 – Varsity Girls’ Ice Hockey
Gia scored two goals and two assists in three games over the weekend, including a particularly significant goal against Kent. Mancy logged a lot of minutes in the three games and was an important contributor across many areas.
Mallory Rohrbaugh '25 - JV Girls’ Squash
Mallory won her match against Lancaster Country Day 3-1 and played a tough, gritty match.
Angelina Sottosanti '26 - Girls’ Swimming and Diving
Angelina has a terrific attitude and is willing to try anything. She works hard and puts her heart into practice every day. She started out as a swimmer but then decided to try her hand at diving as well. In this single week, she competed in the 500 Freestyle (the longest event in our meets) and 1 meter diving. Her positive attitude and strong work ethic are admirable and make her a clear nomination for RAM of the Week.
Caroline Brandt '26 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Caroline came out on fire in our game vs Lawrenceville managing to draw and beat several defenders with her quick footwork and skillful play. Caroline’s creativity and speed frustrated the Lawrenceville defense throughout the match and helped to create numerous scoring opportunities throughout the match.
Constantine Kontes '25 – JV Boys’ Golf
In our JV match vs. Haverford last week, Constantine shot a 36 (1 over par) on 9 holes, an impressive feat for varsity, let alone JV. Amazing job, Constantine!
Shunji Lewandowski '24 - Boys’ Water Polo
In three games this weekend, Shunji led Hill field players in three statistical categories (assists, steals, and field blocks) to help the team capture the program's sixth Easterns Prep Championship title overall and second in four years.
Judith Manta '25 – Girls’ Tennis
HUGE congratulations are in order for Judith for winning a tough 3-set match against Lawrenceville this past weekend!
Anthony McMullan '23 - Football
Anthony stepped up the last few weeks of the season and was a vocal leader on the sidelines and in the huddles. His competitive nature brought the best out of everyone.
Shreyas Motupalli '25 – 3rds Boys’ Soccer
Shreyas, a second-year player for Thirds Soccer, has improved significantly in both technical skills and during in-game situations over these past two seasons. Shreyas never ceases to set a positive example, especially to his younger, less experienced teammates. It is evident that Shreyas enjoys the beautiful game, along with the camaraderie and fellowship that complements practices and competitions.
Susanna Ponniah '26 – JV Field Hockey
Susanna joined JVFH a little later in the season and had never played before. Everything to Susanna was new: the equipment, the rules, and the language of the game. Susanna is an asset to our team because of her determination to improve and her willingness to ask questions. She listens in earnest and takes feedback well from coaches and more experienced players. As a result, Susanna was our most improved novice player this season! It’s been a joy seeing her grow as a defender. We’ve appreciated her grit and resolve. HFHF!
Jake Sprague '26 – JV Boys’ Soccer
Jake has been a leader among his peers all season and has really stepped up the last weeks, playing by far his best games in league play the final games of the year. He has continued to push his teammates to get better while pushing his game to the next level.
Hala Silverstein '23, Tane King '25, and Addy Collingwood '25 – Varsity Field Hockey
Throughout this season, our goalies have been remarkable. On Saturday, Hill held Lawrenceville scoreless again for the fourth year in a row. These three goalies have worked incredibly well together to both push each other and support each other every single day. They are the definition of selfless and always put the team first. Collectively, the three of them are a force to be reckoned with. We are proud to have three talented, hardworking, and genuine people as a part of our Hill Field Hockey Family.
Rowan Karas '24 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Rowan came off the bench in our game against Mercersburg and brought energy and composure unlike any we had seen before. Rowan found a way to tie all the technical work and tactical concepts that we had been working on throughout the season into every moment of the in which she played. She created several scoring opportunities and beat multiple defenders in 1v1 situations. Her presence amplified the energy of the game, and we can’t wait to see how she’ll take this into our next match.
Rosa Rodriguez '23 – Girls’ Cross Country
Rosa has been a part of the cross-country team since her third form year and stepped up in a big in our dual win over Blair. Down several runners for the race, we needed other girls to fill their spots and help us stay undefeated on the season. Rosa knew she would be our fifth and final scorer and needed to be ahead of as many Blair runners as possible. At the finish she was ahead of Blair's number four girl ensuring the team would win the race. She demonstrated great sixth form leadership and responded when called upon by the team.
Dominique Donaldson '26 – Girls’ Water Polo
Arriving on campus for preseason with a strong background in competitive swimming, 3rd Former Dominique Donaldson began to learn the game of water polo. In the past 3 weeks she has improved to the level where she is earning significant playing time in the varsity games. This past Saturday, versus The Pingry School, Dominique netted her first varsity goal. Congratulations Dominique!
Sasha Goldberg '24 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Sasha came off the bench for both matches versus Blair and Notre Dame and proved herself as an offensive threat during the Notre Dame match, helping to get crosses into the box and in turn playing a role in the three goals we scored in that match. Similarly, Sasha contributed in our game against Blair utilizing her speed. This time around, Sasha was looking for the net, getting two quality shots off in the game. We are grateful to have Sasha’s work ethic, competitive spirit, and willingness to contribute no matter the situation she’s entering.
Maeve Redmond '23 – JV Field Hockey
In addition to being our top goal-scorer this season, which includes a hat trick against Hun last Saturday, Maeve is also a leader on the field and during practices. As a captain, she leads with kindness, humor, generosity, and warmth. Our team is lucky to have her.
Evan Rohrbaugh '26 – Boys’ Water Polo
Evan led the JV in scoring and drawn ejections in two games last week. In a 10-6 loss on the road at Penn Charter, Evan scored two goals, drew two ejections, and stole a ball. A few days later hosting Blair, he scored a season high seven goals, drew four ejections, and provided three assists in the 16-5 victory.
Kayden White '23 – Varsity Football
Although Kayden is our captain and one of the best players on the field at any time, it is Kayden’s dedication to the program. He is always the first one at the field, last one to leave. He goes out of his way to help his teammates and coaches. Kayden will walk the field to ensure every piece of equipment, trash, other players belongings are picked up. Simply put, Kayden has gone above & beyond the duties as a captain.
Grace Carroll '26 and Katie Hicks '24 - JV Girls’ Tennis
Grace and Katie fought through a big win over Baldwin and a tough 3 set match against Germantown Academy. Great job, girls!
Chelsea Kuang '25 – Girls’ Water Polo
In just her second season of water polo, Chelsea has continued to work hard and improve each day. She has leveraged her background in synchronized swimming to become a talented defender and has worked her way up the team ladder to be a contributing varsity player this season. In Hill's recent game against Upper Perkiomen Chelsea earned her first varsity goals, coupled with 2 assists for the Blues. Well done, Chelsea!
Emerson Leger '25 – JV Field Hockey
Emerson always comes to practice with a good attitude, and she has been working hard to improve her field positioning this season. Her hard work paid off during our game against Peddie. Playing midfield, Emerson hustled to get back to support defensively, did a great job carrying the ball up the field, and ran to post on our offensive corners. She also scored her first Hill goal in the 3rd quarter and had an assist in the 4th!
Richard Liu '26 – Boys’ Cross Country
Richard joined cross country at the beginning of the school year and has been attentive, disciplined in his running and is an excellent model for his peers, even as a 3rd former. He has consistently improved and has been a scoring member of varsity multiple times, and finished 3rd on the team against Hun this weekend.
Nina Mckenna '24 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Nina‘s relentless efforts in the midfield helped to stymie a lot of Huns’ and Baldwins‘ offensive advances. When we’re not on the field, Nina helped to keep our bench motivated and energized no matter the result of the match.
Fiona Shen '25 – Girls’ Cross Country
Fiona was a late arrival to school, but she has established herself as a vital part of the team. She has led our deep pack of runners for the last two races. The pack's goal has been to close the gap between them, and our top runners and Fiona has been pushing herself to meet that challenge.
Zoe Brafman '23 - JV Field Hockey
Zoe is an all-around team player. She is tough and dependable. She always brings a positive attitude to practice. When on the field she is fearless. In our game versus EA, Zoe made a beautiful stick save while our goalie was down and because of her efforts the game remained close. Most importantly, she knows how to have fun and can balance being serious about meeting her goals and playing her best and still have a good time.
Hannah DeMarco '26 – Girls’ Water Polo
As a newcomer to the sport, Hannah has worked hard every day to improve her swimming and water polo technique. In practice, she is attentive in drills and has worked to make corrections in order to become a stronger shooter and more defensively minded. In our first JV game against Penn Charter last week, Hannah did a tremendous job of recognizing and executing appropriate defensive position. She swam hard the whole game and gave her all, even though the rams came up short. Tremendous effort, Hannah!
Henry Hu '25 – Boys’ JV Water Polo
In the second game of his water polo career, Henry scored three goals to help Hill Boys JV Water Polo defeat Episcopal Academy. Henry consistently reacted swiftly in transition and utilized his speed to get back to defense and aid the team in holding the Churchmen to six goals. After just few practices, Henry has picked up some key aspects of the sport.
Constantine Kontes '25 – Varsity Boys’ Golf
Constantine’s hard work over the summer was evident in our first match of the season, where he posted the second-best result on the team. His positive attitude and commitment to a rigorous practice routine will ensure more good results in the future.
Will Reger '23 – Varsity Boys’ Soccer
Will played significant minutes off the bench when we needed someone to step up and go on as a forward this weekend after injuries and tired legs against National powerhouses South Kent and Kiski. He also drew the penalty kick that gave us the lead over South Kent.
Angelina Sottosanti '26 – 3rds Girls’ Tennis
Angelina always shows up with a positive attitude and is ready to work and learn, all while cheering her teammates on!
Karly Cabot '23 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Karly demonstrated a positive attitude, composure, and relentless work ethic during our match against Peddie on Friday 10/7. Her leadership and drive have continued to help Hill Girls’ Soccer grow throughout the season.
Cate Jacobs '23 – Varsity Girls’ Water Polo
Cate continues to develop as the number 1 varsity water polo goalkeeper. Cate began her water polo career last season. From the beginning she has worked hard each practice to improve her swimming speed, leg & upper body strength, and positioning; all requirements for a varsity level goalie, and her development in net has been crucial to the success of the entire team. Last Saturday vs Germantown Academy, Cate played her most complete game to date finishing with 10 saves, 5 steals, 1 assist, and 0 turn-overs, allowing Hill to post a 13-10 win. Congratulations Cate!
Johnny Moore '26 – JV Boys’ Golf
Johnny spent extra time after practice working on his game at the range. This paid off by shooting his first sub 50 score on nine holes as part of the team yesterday versus Church Farm School, made even more impressive by the waterlogged state of the course during the match.
Zaara Sahgal '23 – JV Field Hockey
Zaara brought the speed this week! Zaara sprinted to get through, providing swift opportunities to carry the ball up the field. She also zoomed equally as fast to get back and help on a defensive wall. Our tie against GA was very much in part to her efforts.
Marcus Smith '24 – Boys’ Golf
Marcus fired a career best even par 36 to lead the team to victory over previously undefeated Spring Ford High School. His hard work on the practice range has paid off as he is playing his best golf as we approach the peak or our season.
Nicole Kalu '26 – 3rds Girls’ Tennis
Nicole joined the team with little tennis experience but has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. She works hard to respond to feedback and improve her game and has impressed her coaches with how much she's learned and grown over such a short time. She may not be the loudest on the team, but her teammates know they can count on her to be a steady support and to give her best. Great job Nicole!
Anastasia Krafczek '25 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
‘Krafty’ battled back from an ankle injury and pulled out a stellar performance against Princeton Day School helping to completely shut down the offensive players on her defensive side. She carried the composure and tenacity from Wednesday into Saturday where, despite the result, was also able to make her defensive side unattractive for GA’s attacking forces.
Artem Kyselov '24 – Varsity Boys’ Water Polo
Artem anchored the defense and blocked 22 shots to help the team continue an undefeated streak against InterAc opponents with wins over Germantown Academy and Malvern Prep. Artem saved 15 against the Patriots while assisting on 2 goals and recording a steal enroute to a 23-11 final. Two days later, he turned away 7 shots from the Friars, assisted his teammates on 4 goals, and stole 3 balls in a 24-10 victory.
Ellie Moser '26 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Ellie has been incredibly flexible in her contributions to the team playing both center back and holding mid for HGS. She consistently competes and wins balls in the midfield and back line and her high work rate and positive attitude in practice is appreciated by all around her.
Evan Sun '24 – Varsity Boys’ Golf
Evan was instrumental in the win over Holy Ghost Prep on Friday. Despite struggling with his game early in the season, Evan has been unshakable in his commitment to get better. He’s hard work is producing good results for him and for the team.
Anna Tabarrini '23 – JV Field Hockey
Anna is a legend. She shows up every day ready to play hard. This week, during our game against Oak Knoll, Anna started the game playing forward, AND she jumped in goal in the second half. She is versatile and tough. We are lucky to have her on our team. HFHF!
Nick Valoret '23 – Boys’ Cross Country
Nick is one of the hardest working runners on the boys’ cross-country team and has participated all 4 years. Although mostly running at the JV level, Nick has trained at multiple XC preseasons, and this fall earned his way onto the team traveling to the 49th Annual Canterbury Invitational in Connecticut. Defying all odds, Nick placed in the top 5 on the team, scoring for Hill, and helping the team to a 7th place finish against the likes of Loomis-Chafee, Deerfield, and other New England boarding schools. And this is just the beginning.
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Cole White '25 - Varsity Baseball
Cole is a model teammate whose baseball future is bright. He has played several positions this season and has handled his various roles with the grace and maturity of a veteran. Cole is the type of player to set up the field for practice without being asked, warm up a right fielder with enthusiasm, relieve a starting pitcher when needed, and to step up in a critical game situation with confidence and joy. We're lucky to have Cole on our team and look forward to his contributions in the years to come.
Ava Carosella ’22, Anna Carroll ‘23, and Cate Jacobs ‘23 – V Boys’ Tennis Student Managers
They have gone above and beyond for the team this year and we couldn’t have done it all without them!
Karly Cabot ’23 – Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse
Karly did a great job in our final regular season game against Germantown Friends School on Tuesday. She game in and clearly didn't skip a beat! She took on a tough match up and locked her up on defense and in transition. Karly is an outstanding and supportive teammate - and always prepared and engaged when her number is called!
Curran Duff '22 - Varsity Baseball
Curran's performance on the mound this year has been impressive, and he has impressed his peers, his coaches, and his opponents with his command of his pitches and how he controls the tempo of the game when on the rubber. Curran's quiet manner disguises a fierce competition spirit, and we will miss his love of baseball and dry yet good natured humor next season.
Andre Lo ’24 - Boys' 3rds Tennis
Andre stepped up as our de facto captain this season, always helping rally the players during practice and matches. He showed great improvement over the course of the season, starting the season looking like a fish out of water with a racket in his hands to looking like a true tennis player by the end of the season. Andre’s dedication to getting better every day while still managing a “fun first” mentality was an Inspiration to the rest of the team.
Dev Sharma ‘22, Miki Osada ‘23, Will Biggs ‘22, Ginta Harada ‘23, Saagar Sharma ‘22, Jose Montano ‘24 – V Boys’ Tennis
An outstanding team performance at the MAPL Championships.
Boys’ 2nd Varsity 4+ Crew - Benji Wang ‘23, Ariston Goeke ‘24, Max Labaczewski ‘25, Colin McLenaghan ‘24, Richard Liao ‘24
This past weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, the Boys 2nd boat raced hard to a second-place finish in their heat, which qualified them for the finals where they raced hard and finished sixth. This boat was the highest placing Hill boat of the weekend and cemented themselves as a top 6 crew in our region. Well raced!
Janna Ali ’25 – 3rds Girls’ Lacrosse
Janna has worked hard all season to improve her catching, throwing, and defensive moves. Janna puts in the work at every practice and is often the first to cheer on or congratulate a teammate when they do something well. She shows a love for the game and always brings a positive attitude and a growth mindset. Janna joined the JV team to play against our MAPL foe Peddie and did a great job. She was a big part of the strong play of our defense in shutting down their transition game, and she was awarded a game ball for her strong ground ball play. She has made awesome improvements this spring. Janna is not a flashy or loud player; she is a low-key rock star. She puts in the time and does the work. She embodies what it means to be a team player. We are lucky to have her as part of our team.
Colin Brown ’23 - JV Baseball
Colin has been a quiet, steady leader and supportive, enthusiastic member of the JV team all season. He is always willing to teach a less-experienced teammate a challenging skill or assist a coach during a drill or in picking up equipment. On the field, Colin anchors the infield as the team’s starting first baseman, and is an intimidating force with his bat, as well.
Gilbert Saunders '22 – Varsity Baseball
Gilbert has been a leader all season long, encouraging his teammates, challenging them, and cheering them on. As a pitcher and designated hitter, Gilbert has been a key part of all our wins this year. As the kind of hitter who can change a game with one swing, Gilbert's offensive numbers this season are impressive and lead the team. (.469 BA / .567 OBP / .939 SLG). He's also knocked 6 HR's, 2 in our game against Peddie last week. Gilbert's infectious enthusiasm, deep love of baseball, and overall positive energy make him a great leader and an even better teammate.
Aubrey Turner ’25 – Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse
Aubrey has been a great teammate all season working hard to prepare the squad and embrace her role. As she patiently learned and listened, her number was called - and she was ready! Making an immediate impact in the game against Peddie and taking that momentum into the next game vs Shipley. Her consistent training efforts came to light when in the game - that's what is it all about. Aubrey is a great example of patience and preparation that led to success on the field when called upon. Keep up the great work!
Olivia Cimorelli ’23 – Varsity Softball Student Manager
Liv has gone above and beyond in her role of manager of Hill Softball. She’s always one of the first at the field helping out to set up practice for the team and then staying late to break it down. Liv is a tremendous help on game day, she enters the lineup on Game Changer, sets up the camera and many other unnoticed activities. It can be very easy to recognize the players on the field and look past those who set the team up for success. Hill Softball is very fortunate to have her as a manager.
Anthony Grosso '25 – Varsity Baseball
Anthony has been a valuable ballplayer all season and this past weekend at Peddie he shut the door in the bottom of the 7th to close out a hard-fought victory for the Blues. Anthony's line for the game (3.2 IP, 0H, 1R 0ER, 2BB, 5K) looks like a veteran’s line, and this 3rd Former plays with an intelligence and savvy that bodes well for the future. Anthony has also played first base and outfield for us this year, displaying the same athleticism and situational awareness as he does on the mound.
Joseph Mbithi ’25 – Varsity Boys’ Track and Field
Last Saturday Joseph ran a 10 second PR in the 1600 at the Pottsgrove Freshmen/Sophomore Invitational. He has worked incredibly hard this season to be a strong distance runner and to make himself a crucial contributor to the team's success. A week before the Pottsgrove race, Joseph ran the 3200, a race which many runners actively try to avoid. Until that point, he had never raced more than an 800, but Joseph never questioned the decision to put him in the 3200. He is having a great season and has a very bright future on the track team.
Kcaysha Medas-King ’24 – Varsity Girls’ Track and Field
Kcaysha had an incredibly busy and successful week this past week in track. On Thursday she travelled with the team to participate in the historic 126th running of the Penn Relays, at Franklin Field, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. There she ran strong legs in both our 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Then on Saturday, she ran in the Freshman-Sophomore meet, hosted at Pottsgrove High School. She represented The Hill well competing among the best young sprinters in the area, taking home medals in both the 200m and 400m races.
Kat Moore ’22 – Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse
Even though Kat is out for the season with an injury, she remains relentlessly positive and engaged in our team dynamics. As a 4-year impact player for our team, she is a huge loss to the program. That doesn't stop her from cheering on her teammates from the sidelines and helping out the team wherever and whenever she can. Her loyalty to the lacrosse program is unmatched and we are lucky to have her as part of the team.
Anna Cowan '24 – Varsity Softball
Anna has moved recently from the right side of the infield to the left at shortstop. She has made some huge plays laying it all out on the line. Anna has also stepped up huge at the plate. During the Blair game Anna’s two out two RBI triple was huge in our 5-4 victory.
Ellie Macielag ‘25 and Brooke Heck ‘24 – JV Girls’ Lacrosse
Ellie and Brooke stepped into the cage this week in our two games against Hun and Lawrenceville when our goalie was ill. Neither had ever played the position and both did a very good job.
Daniel Palmieri '25 - Varsity Baseball
Daniel has been consistently impressive for our ball club this year, working his way up to the leadoff spot in our lineup and playing 6 different positions since the season began. Daniel's hustle, knowledge of the game, and humble yet tenacious approach to his development makes him a pleasure to coach and a lot of fun to watch.
Harry Whaley '25 — JV Boys’ Lacrosse
Harry's performance on the lacrosse field is just like his performances on the stage of the CFTA --incredible. He is a leader amongst our defensive core and shuts down the best players on the opposing team in big moments. He does everything asked of him and more. Harry is a wonderful teammate with a positive attitude. Harry is only a third former and I am excited to see his game progress even more throughout his time at Hill.
Austin Dunn ’25 – 3rds Boys’ Tennis
Austin got off the bus to Lawrenceville thinking he would be playing a doubles match just like the rest of the team. However, due to a last-minute mismatch in numbers, Austin volunteered to step up and take on the challenge of playing the lone singles match, despite only having practiced doubles play this entire season. Before his match he mentioned that he was nervous, but his play on the court exuded confidence. Using his trademark left-handed forehand, he was able to keep L’Ville’s #1 player at bay. Despite ultimately losing 2 sets to 1 after a tight third set, a smile never left his face. Austin outperformed expectations and set the example of how working hard and having fun go hand-in-hand.
Pierce Hart ‘23 – Varsity Lacrosse
Pierce won 18 out of 19 face-offs in our 9-6 win vs. The Hun School on April 20.
Kenneth Palmieri '22 - Varsity Baseball
A four-year starter for Hill, Kenny has been a leader on the team since his first at-bat. As a co-captain this season, Kenny has anchored the middle of our infield, playing outstanding defense, playing through minor injuries, and leading the team in batting average and hits. Kenny's deep love of baseball is inspiring and his commitment to Hill and Hill Baseball is tough to match.
Jack Rowland ’23 - JV Baseball
Although he has been away from baseball for a few years, Jack jumped right back into it this spring and after two games leads the JV team in batting average (0.500) and hits with two singles and a double. Beyond any individual statistic, Jack has been a positive and enthusiastic leader and never hesitates to support a less-experienced teammate.
Grant Deshishku ’22 – Boys’ Varsity Track and Field
Grant finished 1st (disc), 2nd (javelin), & 3rd (shout) at the Peddie Spring Invite.
Isabelle DiCampello- Varsity Softball
Due to many injuries during this weekend’s Mercersburg double header, Belle was asked to step out of her norm as catcher and pitch. Belle stepped on the mound not because she wanted to but because her team needed her to. Belle stepped out of her comfort zone and put the team needs before her own. The team voted on captains this Tuesday and Belle was recognized by her peers as a leader.
Adele Harris ‘22 – Girls’ Varsity Track and Field
Adele broke the school record in the 400m hurdles, getting first place at the Peddie Spring Invite and 2nd place in the 100m hurdles.
Miki Osada – Varsity Boys’ Tennis
Miki went 4-0 (2-0 doubles, 2-0 singles) as we began MAPL play against Mercersburg and Blair this past week. Miki and Will Biggs had an outstanding doubles performance against Mercersburg, coming from down 4-7 to secure a 9-7 victory. Miki then had a clinical display at #1 singles in the absence of our usual #1, Dev Sharma. Against Blair, Miki and Dev had a dominant performance at #1 doubles. In singles, Miki came back from down a set to win a nail-biting, gritty three setter to clinch a 4-3 victory against defending MAPL champion Blair. Overall, Miki's performance wasn't always pretty, but he was able to play tough, disciplined tennis when it was most needed for the team.
Will Schaller ’22 – Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse
Will covered a Top 50 recruit headed to Cornell for Hill Academy and shut him down. Will hasn’t been scored on yet this season covering the other teams’ best player every game.
Charlie Winston '25 - Varsity Baseball
Charlie has been a great teammate this season and has caught nearly 40 innings of baseball in just 9 games, including two doubleheaders. Charlie's fundamentals, desire to improve, and overall positive attitude have helped our pitching staff and our ball club.
Andrew Albert ’22 – Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse
Andrew had 38 saves to 18 goals and was the biggest reason we beat a really strong Avon Old Farms team and gave us a chance in our 1-goal loss to #25 Belmont Hill. He was the best player on the field both games.
Marykate Barnhart '24 – Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse
Over the weekend we had two big games against Taft and Canterbury. MK was able to travel with us and bring her spirit and energy along for the ride. Her enthusiasm was incredible, leading the sidelines through some cheers, supporting the team, and helping Manager Maeve with stats. She is such a wonderful person to be a part of the program in every way possible.
Thomas Beaudoin ’22 – Varsity Boys’ Golf
Thomas has been a strong team captain this spring and his performance on the course has been outstanding.
Aryanna Bodge ’23 – Varsity Softball
Aryanna had 26 strikeouts in two games. She came up clutch at the plate in a big win against Friends Central. Ary has stepped up as a leader on the team that has many young players on the roster. Being the only pitcher on the team, Ary feels the weight of the team’s success on her back and does it with a smile.
Paige Barnhart ’25 – Swimming and Diving
Paige works hard in practice every day and has earned a spot on the traveling team to Easterns next week as a third former. This is a rare feat and worthy of commendation. Paige had a terrific final dual meet of the season, improving her times in all her events and solidifying the place on the Easterns team. She is very coachable and has tremendous potential.
Aine Farrell ’22 – Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Aine has been challenged with guarding the other team’s best player all season. Along with being tasked with defending the other team’s best player, she has stepped up as a leader of this team, guiding her teammates in games and practices. This past Saturday she played fantastic defense against a very good Peddie player with the help of her teammates, holding her to only 13 points.
Smeena Gill ’24 – JV Girls’ Basketball
Smeena has been a consistent leader on the team this season. She steps up when we need her to most, thinks about the team's best interest, and works hard during practice. Smeena's passion for the sport is contagious. Everyone else on the team feeds off of her energy and pushes themselves harder. Thank you for all of your hard work this season, Smeena.
Noah Macielag ’23 – JV Boys’ Hockey
Noah has been a terrific leader for our team all year. After his return to our team following H Term, he’s anchored our defense and played big minutes in all situations. He’s chipped in offensively and plays a hard, physical brand of defense, especially in our zone. Moreover, Noah is a consummate teammate – cheering his teammates on and supporting them when mistakes occur. He’s done this all season long both in games and in practices and the coaching staff couldn’t be more appreciative.
3rds Basketball Team
Our players conducted themselves with grit and grace during a rather dramatic contest vs. Mercersburg's JV Boys Basketball team, in which Hill's 3rds Hoops Team eventually prevailed by a score of 52-27. All our players have a share in this victory through their ongoing efforts to live into our team pillars of Humility, Integrity, Leadership, and Love amidst the unique challenges of this season. Their joy for the sport and each other is commendable.
Curran Duff ’22, Will Biggs ’22, Aidan Neiswender ’22, Eric Todorow ’22, Nick Rafetto ’22 - Varsity Boys’ Basketball
The “killer bees” have been instrumental to Hill Boys' Basketball success. Selflessly running the other teams’ offenses, the scout team has helped the team prepare throughout a very challenging stretch of games. “Great Teams Have Great Teammates!”
Janna Ali ‘25 – JV Girls’ Basketball
Janna’s hustle and heart alone are enough to earn her this honor, but what truly pushes her over the top is her improvement over the course of the season. She works hard in practice and always makes sure she can get in the gym over weekends and over breaks. I cannot wait to see how Janna progresses over her next 3 years!
Nina McKenna ’24 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Nina scored go-ahead goal against Lawrenceville and was an important contributor in all phases of the game for her best stretch of hockey thus far in the season.
Joy Wang ‘25 – Varsity Girls' Squash
Joy won a very close match in 5 after being 0-2 down vs. Conestoga High School. She is also our only freshman on varsity squash.
Anderson Brndjar ’24 – JV Boys’ Basketball
He has been a strong leader for our team, on and off the court. Always giving 100% and focused during practices and games, Anderson leads by example. His work ethic and talent have earned him varsity minutes as well!
Will Ledyard ’22 – JV Boys’ Hockey
Will has been a mainstay for the Boys JV team roster since the start of the season. He logs big minutes every game and never hesitates to switch positions if called upon. Will has contributed consistently to the offense, but more importantly he leads by example with hard work and a great attitude each and every day.
Avery Reigner ‘22 – Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Avery has been tough for us this entire season. Playing as an undersized post player, she has battled against some very physical players. Avery stepped up in our recent game against Lawrenceville finishing with a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Kelly Dempsey ’23 – JV Girls’ Hockey
Kelly played goalie in our JV hockey game against Upland Country Day without ever playing before and made 27 saves!
Ella Grindle ’24 – Swimming and Diving
Ella comes to practice every day with a smile. She swims every event and has often been called upon to swim the most challenging events. This week, she volunteered to swim the 100 Breaststroke, not her primary event, because we were missing several girls. She not only swam it, but she dropped four seconds from her best time. When asked if she has a preference as to what she wants to swim in a meet, she replies “whatever you need.” Well done, Ella!
Oliver Hutchison ’22 – Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Talks the least; says the most. Oli has led by example with a steadfast commitment to working on his game, excelling in the classroom, and being a great teammate both on and off the court. His hard work paid off as he erupted for a career-high 19 points against nationally ranked St Benedicts, including five three-pointers, giving his team every chance to pull out the win (lost by 2 in final seconds). Look for more highlights down the stretch from Oli.
Jose Montano ’24 - JV Boys Basketball
Jose led the team to a big victory over Lawrenceville with a team-high, game-high, and personal best 16 points
Ryan Sanborn ’23 – Varsity Boys’ Hockey
In our last 5 games, we are 5-0 and have outscored our opponents 18-4. Ryan’s goaltending has been phenomenal during that stretch.
Kaleigh Spatarella ’25 - JV Girls’ Basketball
Kaleigh has been working hard and pushing herself in practice, and it shows! Her fundamentals are getting stronger, she seems more comfortable on the court, and she was our leading scorer this week. As her coach, I could not be more excited to watch her skills develop over the next few years.
Rose Flaherty ’23 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Rose picked up a goal and two assists in the team’s 2-win weekend in her first games back in the lineup in 2022. All the while, she had the initials written on her wrist of the various team members still out of the lineup.
Annie Gaither ‘24 – Swimming and Diving
No stranger to swimming tough events, Annie didn’t bat an eye when she had to swim the 500 Freestyle in two consecutive meets due to the absence of several swimmers. It is not her preferred event, but she knew that it was what the team needed her to do. Whether in practice or in meets, Annie always gives her all without complaint. She has been a terrific addition to the team this year.
Kelvin Griffin ’22 – Wrestling
Kelvin upset two nationally-ranked individuals on his way to become Hill’s first-ever finalist for the prestigious Escape the Rock tournament.
Conrad Hens ’22 – JV Boys’ Hockey
Since rejoining the team after winter vacation, Conrad has been a terrific addition to our defensive group. He brings energy and physicality every day to practice and is always one of the hardest working players on the ice. Even though his name may not show up on the scoresheet often, his teammates appreciate and respect his contributions each and every shift.
Benji Wang ’23 – Swimming and Diving
Unbeknownst to him, Benji was poised to swim in a heat alone against Lawrenceville. The other coach graciously put one of her swimmers in the event so that he would have some competition. It turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the meet. Everyone on both sides of the pool was cheering wildly at the neck-and-neck race. When the dust settled, Benji had touched the wall first by less than a second. To top it off, when I needed someone to substitute in for another swimmer in the final relay, Benji stepped up and volunteered. He is a team player and much appreciated.
Ryan Woolley ’22 – JV Boys’ Squash
After getting into a 0-2 game hole, Ryan fought back against a skilled Lawrenceville player to win his match 3-2 with a 12-10 win in the deciding fifth game. Ryan's win helped to seal a coveted 5-4 match win against the Larrys. Ryan displayed great court presence, shot selection, and superior athleticism to wear down his opponent. A tremendous job!
Finian Bivens ’25 - Varsity Boys Squash
Fin jumped up a spot on the ladder earlier on Monday by winning a challenge match against a higher ranked player, then had a very strong win yesterday against Friends Central School.
Aman Gupta ’23 – JV Boys’ Basketball
Aman has led by example each and every day, working hard in practice and helping the team with his leadership and dedication. Aman gives his all every day on the court and helps make the guys around him better!
Mia Jacobs ’24 – Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Mia has been working extremely hard to continue improving her skills. In practice she is playing hard and is pushing her teammates to get better. She is always listening to her coaches and teammates on ways to improve her game. Mia has come a long way since the beginning of the season, and we are excited to continue to watch her grow!
Michael Kealey ’25 - JV Boys’ Hockey
Michael has been a rock in net for the Boys JV hockey team this season. He's played in every game so far, and has often kept the team in the game facing a high volume of grade A scoring chances. His attitude and work ethic every day in practice have been exemplary and he's earned himself time in varsity practices, as well. Great job, Michael!
Chelsea Kuang ’25 – Diving
Chelsea learned an inward dive on the spot on the day of the Villa Maria Academy meet, did 2 of them in warm up (which didn’t leave time to warm up some of her other dives for the meet), competed in the meet, and broke 100 points - which is fantastic for a new diver. She stepped up majorly for our team and we are super proud of her.
Casey Li ’23 – JV swimming
Casey has worked hard at practice and was rewarded with the granddaddy of all high school swimming events: the 500-yard freestyle, in the meet against Malvern Prep. He didn’t bat an eye but put his head down and just kept swimming. Great attitude and great work ethic – proud to have him on the team!
Charlie Rauch ’24 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Charlie set a new program record, scoring four times in a game in the team’s 5-3 win over Winchendon on Sunday. This was Rauch’s third multi-goal game of the season, and she currently leads all of New England Prep in goals this season with ten.
Olivia Cimorelli ’23 – V Girls’ Hockey
Olivia gave up only two goals in two games, which included a shutout against Kimball Union Academy and two outstanding shootout efforts.
Devin Eisman ’25 – JV Boys’ Hockey
Devin has been an immediate contributor for the Boys JV hockey team. He works hard each day in practice and it’s translating to success on the scoreboard with 4 goals in the first 4 games of the season. Devin’s positive attitude in the dressing room and on the bench have helped get our team off to a terrific start this season!
RJ Jordan ’24 – JV Boys’ Basketball
He has really stepped up and always gives 100% on and off the court for us, setting a great example for his teammates.
Lauren Kuppinen ’23 – V Girls’ Basketball
Lauren played extremely well in practice this week and especially in Saturday’s game against the Perkiomen School. Her hustle and determination were evident in keeping a very good player in front of her. As a 3rd former she stepped into a very important starting role and showed poise as a young athlete on the team.
Anna Schlegel ’22 - V Girls’ Swimming and Diving
Anna has approached every day cheerfully and with a positive attitude. In our intrasquad meet and our meet against Perk, she swam two of the hardest races: the 500 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. When the music starts at practice, she is practically dancing in the water. Her positive energy makes practices and meets better for coaches and her teammates alike.
Eddie Proffitt ’22 and & Andres Arevalo ’22 – V Boys’ Squash
Eddie and Andres have gone undefeated in their opening 5 matches.
Maya Brigandi ’22 - Varsity Swimming and Diving
Maya has rejoined the aquatics world after two years away. This time she is trying her hand at diving and is already making substantial progress. In our first meet, which did not include diving, she volunteered to help the team by swimming the lead leg of the 4x50 Butterfly Relay. Her energy and enthusiasm have made a positive impact on the team.
Luke Cawley ‘22 – Wrestling
Luke kicked off his 6F season by making the finals of the Battle at Germantown Academy. Luke showed a lot of resilience by winning a very tough opening round matchup and, as one of our captains, really helped to set the tone for our team in our season-opening event.
Ivy Dietrich ’24 – Varsity Girls’ Hockey
Ivy scored the first goal of our season and the first goal of her Hill career in a 1-1 tie with Westminster. She has worked hard since the start of the season and been a great, positive teammate.
Kate O’Brien ’25 - JV Girls' Basketball
Kate has improved so much already over the past few weeks. She is a rebounding machine! In our most recent game, Kate's rebounds were in the double digits, greatly contributing to our win. Kate gives 110% every time she steps on the court. Can't wait to see what she is capable of as the season moves forward.
Nick Rafetto ’22 - Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Nick brings energy to every practice, literally bouncing into the gym each day. His hard work has paid off, as he went from just trying to make the team to jumping in to play some valuable minutes in our season-opening tourney.
Andres Villarreal ’22 - Varsity Swimming and Diving
Andres is putting in a solid effort in his first year on the team. He trains hard at practice and never complains. He filled in during our first meet when two swimmers were unable to compete. In his debut, he swam a grueling event, the 200 Freestyle. He did so cheerfully, making it a pleasure to coach him.
Jaelynn Bucinell ‘25, Reet Tharwani ’24 - Thirds Girls’ Tennis
Jaelynn Bucinell and Reet Tharwani playing First Doubles, combined grit, determination, and a competitive drive to win for the Thirds Tennis team in a tie breaker against a JV B Lawrenceville Team. It was a classic David vs Goliath match, with Jaelynn and Reet demonstrating that a daily positive attitude and consistent effort can lead to victory in competition!
Chloe Moser ’24 - Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Chloe put everything on the line in our games against Germantown Academy and Lawrenceville last week. She was a strong force in helping to clear balls out of the back and helped up to keep our composure despite the rowdy opposition fan sections against GA. Additionally, Chloe displayed her flexibility by seamlessly transition to the midfield when her team needed her during our game against Lawrenceville. This move ultimately forced L'ville to change their lineup to accommodate the threat that Chloe posed. We are fortunate to have young, committed players like her in our soccer family.
Ariana Pearson ’24 - JV Field Hockey
Ariana always gives her all on the field, but during Saturday’s game against L’ville she was a dominant presence both defensively and offensively. Ariana played with more confidence than she has all year, and our victory would not have been possible without her. We’ve been working with her to be more aggressive and intentional with her play, and on Saturday it paid off. When there was a turnover, she fought to get the ball back. Her dominance at the midfield created the opportunity for us to score as a team. Ariana is not a flashy or loud player. She puts in the time and does the work. She embodies what it means to be a team player. We are lucky to have her as part of our team.
Kerr Redner ’24 - Boys’ Water Polo
Kerr scored 2 goals in a 9-8 victory over Malvern Prep on Sunday, Nov 7 to help the team finish second at the Easterns Prep "B" Division tournament and bookend the season with wins over the Friars. Kerr played great defense and made some stellar passes over the course of the three-game tournament. Of the field players on the team, Kerr finished the season in the top 3 in goals, steals, and ejections drawn.
Mia Jacobs ’24 and Carrington Bernabei '24 - V Girls’ Tennis
I'd like to nominate Mia Jacobs and Carrington Bernabei for their performance at the MAPL championships. Despite being a new doubles team, Mia and Carrington rebounded from a first round loss to have a strong consolation bracket victory. More importantly, they competed intensely all day and stepped out of their comfort zone as tennis players.
Andre Lo ’24 - Thirds Soccer
Andre is not a natural or experienced soccer player, but what he lacks from limited past experiences, he makes up for in the present with grit, drive, and passion for the game. Andre’s goals are not personal: he would rather focus on the success of the team and his teammates. Andre is the heart of the Thirds backfield and has played a major role in the team’s recent success: winning 4 of the last 5 matches.
Cate Jacobs ’23 - Girls’ Water Polo
5th former Cate Jacobs is in her first season playing water polo. Her strong work ethic and competitive spirit have allowed her to progress rapidly as a goalkeeper. In addition to being the starting goalie on the JV team, Cate has been invaluable to the varsity team as a practice player and vocal supporter of every girl in the program. Congratulations Cate and thank you for all you do for HGWP and The Hill School Family! #HillPride
Tasha Feldman ’25 - Girls’ Cross Country
Tasha has been an extremely hard worker all season. She is the first to show up at practice each day and gives everything she has to each practice and race. She has been working to steadily improve her racing and last week at the State Championship she placed 2nd among all freshmen girls, the only team award for the day! She is a terrific teammate and a great example for Hill Athletics.
JiHwan Sung ’22 - V Boys’ Water Polo
As the only 6th former and captain suited up for the game, JiHwan helped lead one of the youngest teams in program history to a thrilling overtime victory over Lawrenceville. JiHwan made key adjustments on the offensive end and helped stop the potent Lawrenceville counterattack. Statistically, he contributed to one steal, one assist, and one field block in the one of biggest upsets in the history of the water polo rivalry.
Charlie Hewitt ‘25 – Football
Charlie Hewitt stepped into the starting role for a passing focused game against a tough Blair team. Charlie completed 19 passes on 22 attempts, throwing two touchdowns. His continued growth was on display when Charlie started again as Quarterback, vs. a talented Kiski team. Charlie is also our long snapper with a great arm and has the hand-eye coordination to consistently catch the ball. Charlie is a young man of many talents that has grown, and will continue to grow, through his determination and competitive nature.
Jacob Faulkingham ’25 - Boys’ Water Polo
In JV games, Jacob Faulkingham scored two goals at Lawrenceville on Oct 23 and another two against Blair on Oct 27. He also served up three assists in the Blair game. Jacob’s defense has significantly improved in his first season of water polo; most notably when he is tasked with challenging and defending more experienced teammates in practice.
Ella Grindle ’24 - Girls’ Water Polo
Fourth form student-athlete Ella Grindle is in her second season of playing water polo at Hill. Ella’s combination of speed and selfless play has made her a major contributor to the JV program this year, and with a teammate injury, she found herself playing impactful minutes in the varsity games over the past two weeks. This past Saturday Ella played almost half the varsity game vs rival Lawrenceville. She played excellent defense and scored a goal late in the game, helping Hill’s Varsity Girls’ Team defeat L’ville 18-8. Congratulations Ella!
Anthony Grosso ’25 - 3rds Boys Soccer
Anthony is having a great season for the Thirds squad. He leads the team in scoring - including an astonishing 10 goals in the last three games including a double hat-trick (6 goals!) versus Church Farm School, and a single hat-trick versus Peddie. In addition to his scoring prowess, Anthony is a team leader and positive role-model during practices and games; his character and good sportsmanship set an example for both teammates and opponents.
Luke Rasmussen ’25 - Football
Luke Rasmussen played an all-around good game this past weekend. Luke led the charge with our offensive scout during the week of practice. Luke defines the phrase “always ready!”. He played quarterback, defensive back, and helped on special teams.
Kaleigh Spatarella ’25 - Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Kaleigh has battled back after various injuries and come back stronger each time. She is a supportive teammate and brings focus and enthusiasm to each practice. Not to mention, her tireless work ethic and an upbeat attitude enhances the environment for everyone. Finally, she demonstrates flexibility and commitment to the team with her willingness to step into whatever position we need her to play. Kaleigh makes our team a welcoming yet competitive space helping us to get better each day.
Chloe Willman ’25 - JV Girls’ Soccer
Chloe Willman has consistently been an impact player for the JV girls’ soccer team all season. She has played nearly every minute of every game and has played a key role in strengthening the defensive line as one of our center defenders. Chloe played a key role in helping the team shift out of the defensive end against a strong Blair team this past weekend and never backs down when up against challenging and physical opponents. Outside of games, Chloe can consistently be relied on to show up to practice ready and hard working. She’s never one to cut corners and puts her all into every drill and every moment on the field. We’re grateful to have such a talented and hardworking player on our team!
Julia Saraniti ’25 – Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Julia has been a significant offensive contributor for Hill girls’ soccer. Julia has battled injuries throughout the season but seems to come back stronger each time. In our MAPL home opener against Hun, Hill went down early 1-0. With Julia’s determination, work ethic, and the help of the team she played a pivotal role in Hill’s rally by assisting the game-leveling goal less than a minute later.
Ella Lee ’24 – Girls’ Cross Country
Ella has been working exceptionally hard this season and has seen her 5K time drop substantially. She is beginning to understand how to be a distance runner and just how good she can be. As we head into the final stretch of races the coaches are eager to see just how much improvement she can show this fall.
Harry Whaley ’25 – Boys’ Cross Country
Harry began his distance training this summer and was the only third former to join boys’ cross country preseason. His enthusiasm and work ethic were terrific, and he is a positive glue that has connected our experienced varsity members with the new, younger teammates. Harry graciously gave up a spot on the first varsity trip to lead and encourage the JV team at another meet. Over the next races he has improved steadily, finishing 8th on the team twice, and then 5th on the team Saturday vs Hun. He has shown great leadership potential and a positivity that energizes our team. Keep it up, Harry!
Pat Patterson ’22 and Zachary Zindle ’25 - Football
Both Pat and Zak stepped up and played positions that were unfamiliar to them against a very competitive Hun School of Princeton. Their ability to be flexible and put the team first was on full display!
Mark McKeon '22 - Football
Mark is a post-graduate captain and has gone above and beyond the duty of the captain. Given MAPL rules, only certain number of PGs can participate in league games. With that said, despite Mark not being able to play in those games, he has been a tremendous leader for scout for the last two weeks. He is making himself better, as well as those football players around him. Keep up the good work, Mark!
Mallory Horner '22 - Girls' Water Polo
When sixth form tri-captain, Mallory Horner arrived at Hill as a third former, she had never played water polo. Over the next three seasons she trained and competed as a field player. When the team returned for preseason practice this fall, Mallory was asked if she would consider becoming the team’s goalkeeper. Her response, “Coach I will play whatever position you think will best help the team.” In the past four weeks Mallory’s development as a goalkeeper has been nothing short of remarkable. She is widely regarded by Hill’s opponents as the best goalkeeper Hill has had in recent memory. Her ability to defend Hill’s net and serve as a team leader, has truly elevated this year’s GWP team. Congratulations, Mallory, and thank you for all you do in and out of the pool for all of us in The Hill School Family!
Matthew Flynn '25 - Boys' Water Polo
Matthew has played more varsity minutes than any third former in the last 15 years of Hill boys’ water polo. In the team’s victory at St. Benedict’s Prep, he scored a goal and stole two balls to bring his season totals to six goals and eight steals. Beyond the stats, Matthew brings valuable experience, determination, and versatility to the 2021 Hill team.
Paige Hartshorn '23 and Helena Van Gheem '23 - Varsity Field Hockey
Paige and Helena have been incredible additions to the Hill Field Hockey Program this fall. As two new fifth formers in their first season for The Hill, Paige and Helena have made an immediate impact both on the field and amongst their teammates. Their love for field hockey and commitment to being great teammates makes them an integral part of the Hill Field Hockey varsity team. Not only do their push themselves past their own personal limits, but they are also constantly encouraging and supporting their teammates to do the same. We are proud of all the hard work Paige and Helena have put in so far this season. They are incredibly deserving of being Rams of the Week. Keep up the great work Paige and Helena! We love you! GO HILL!
Ross Bussilo '24- JV Boys' Soccer
Ross had a stellar game in goal against Pennington. He was aggressive and confident off his goal line and made several point-blank saves to help us maintain our one goal lead. Ross stepped up big in a game where the team needed him.
Mary Kathryn Barnhart '24 – Girls' Cross Country:
MK has come a long way in just the start of our season. Her hard work has paid off for her and the team. She brings a relentless positivity to practice every day and follows it up with a determined work ethic. The coaches can’t wait to see how she finishes the season.
Thomas Beaudoin '22- Boys' Golf
Thomas made a rare hole-in-one in our match versus Malvern Prep. A great accomplishment for a great guy.
Zoe Brafman '23– JV Field Hockey
JV FH nominates Zoe Brafman for RAM of the Week. Zoe has come into this season with not much field hockey experience. Zoe has picked up the game and is growing in her skills each week. She accepts feedback from coaches and works hard in each part of practice always giving her full effort. She is a positive influence on the team by always cheering on and supporting her teammates.
Maya Brigandi '22 - JV Girls' Soccer
Maya has stepped up this year in a big way by filling in as the JV girls' soccer team goalie, a position she has never played before this season. So far, she's been averaging over 10 saves a game and has played a huge role in keeping the team competitive in tough situations. In addition to her stellar performance on the field, Maya has emerged as leader off the field and was unanimously by her teammates to be team captain. She can always be counted on to lead the team through warmups, pick the team up during halftime and has helped develop a culture of respect, hard work, and fun on the team. We wouldn't be where we are this year without her!
Rowan Karas '24 – Girls' Varsity Soccer
I’d like to nominate Rowan Kara for girls' varsity soccer RAM of the Week. Rowan has brought a high work ethic to every practice and game since preseason and it was rewarding to see her efforts pay off on the game winning goal against Westtown this week.
Piper Schmidt '23 – Field Hockey
Every day Piper comes to practice willing and ready to give her all to hear teammates and coaches. Piper’s love for HFHF is second to none and she is dedicated to being the best version of herself that she can be. Piper consistently answers the call whenever she is needed. Whether it’s comforting a teammate or stepping onto the field in big moments, Piper epitomizes what it means to be a great teammate and member of the Hill Field Hockey Family. It is clear that big things lie ahead for Piper this season and beyond! Keep up the great work Piper. We love you!
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Aryanna Bodge ’23 (Pottstown, Pa.) and Belle DiCampello ’24 (Pottstown, Pa.) Varsity Softball
Ary pitched and Belle caught all 3 games we played last week, totaling 20 innings in 4 days of work. Their partnership has been the backbone of our squad and they were tough as nails to the end.
Ella Grindle ’24 (Collegeville, Pa.) Girls’ Swimming and Diving
Ella has demonstrated dedication and flexibility throughout this entire season. She stepped up to swim the 100 Fly in our first virtual meet against Stony Brook School, despite swimming alone. She then agreed to swim the 200 IM, one of the most challenging events in swimming, against Lawrenceville. Every time I ask her what she wants to swim, she replies that she will swim whatever the team needs. Her cheerfulness and team spirit have been an inspiration to her peers and to her coaches.
John Imperato ’21 (Kingwood, Texas) Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse
John had a 5-point week scoring 3 goals vs Peddie and 2 goals vs Lawrenceville. A PG who will continue his playing career at Bellarmine University, John was the winner of the Rip Davy Award as the Hill Most Valuable Player of the L’Ville v Hill lacrosse game. In 9 games this year John has totaled 13 goals and 3 assists.
Terry Shao ’24 (Shanghai, China) Boys’ Golf
Terry stepped up in a big way against Lawrenceville, shooting his career low score at home, and then defeating his opponent on a L’Ville course that was greatly impacted by campus construction. Terry's good play was instrumental to the team retaining the Crooked Stick.
Deven Vennera ’24 (Pottstown, Pa.) Boys’ Swimming and Diving
Deven is a quiet, consistent contributor both in practices and in meets. He has shown steady improvement over the season, and even ended up swimming the 500 Freestyle (the longest event in high school swimming) against Lawrenceville, thereby contributing to our victory over our rival. He is agreeable and eager to learn.
Tyler Chenevert '22 (Shrewsbury, Mass.) Varsity Baseball
Co-captain Tyler Chenevert has helped lead the Baseball team all season long. He's vocal in the dugout, in centerfield, and he models hustle and effort in every drill during practice. Tyler has contributed on the mound, too, relieving starting pitchers in some tough spots. Opposing coaches have taken the time to compliment Tyler's talent and attitude. This past week against Peddie and Blair, Tyler had several hits, scored many runs, and earned a save.
Anna Cowan ’24 (Arlington, Va.) Varsity Softball
Anna has been ready and willing to play multiple positions over the course of the season and has been a consistent and solid contributor throughout. In both games this week she recorded multiple hits and made key outs in the field.
Brett Reynolds ’21 (Chapel Hill, NC), Joey Asterino ’23 (Reading, Pa.), Anthony McMullan ’23 (Easton, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse
All three players contributed greatly in our game at Kiski on Saturday. Brett had another great day at the faceoff X, winning 21 of 26 draws on the day and scooping up 11 ground balls which allowed us to claw back into the game. Joey was a spark off the bench scoring 3 goals and dishing out an assist while playing both attack and midfield. Anthony also registered a hat trick. He was very good the week before at Hun and carried that into Saturday’s game vs. Kiski.
Emily Rakos ’21 (Lehighton, Pa.) JV Girls’ Lacrosse
Emily received the game ball in our win against Hun as she played every minute in the midfield. She had two draw controls, four ground balls, and a caused turnover. She was steadying on attack and strong in our re-defend. She certainly was the energy that the rest of the team could feed off of against Hun.
Kenny Palmieri '22 (Royersford, Pa.) Varsity Baseball
The 5th Form second baseman has done a great job all season at the top of the lineup, generating offense for the club when we need it most, and providing relief for our starting pitchers if required. In this past Saturday's win against Kiski, Kenny went 3-5 with 4 RBI, while also pitching 2 innings with 5 strikeouts. Kenny's passion for the game and positive attitude help to make him a great teammate and leader on the diamond and in the dugout.
Will Schaller ’22 (Bel Air, Md.) Varsity Boys Lacrosse
Will was instrumental in the team’s victory at Blair Academy last weekend, marking Blair’s leading scorer throughout the game and limiting him to just one assist. Additionally, he scooped up three ground balls, had one pass knockdown, and had one goal and one assist.
Piper Schmidt ’23 (Wilmington, Del.) Varsity Girls Lacrosse
Piper has done an outstanding job steadily growing each day on our team. Many people say, "grow one percent better every day," - that's much easier in theory than in practice. Piper has done just that, if not more, this season. Working her way into being a stronghold on a strong midfield unit, we are excited to see her continue to step into her role on this team in the coming weeks!
Colette Zidek ’23 (Anchorage, Alaska) Girls Track and Field
In the meet against Blair last Wednesday, Colette won the javelin throw – her first time ever competing in the event after the coaches approached her to see if she’d be interested in trying it – and then moments later she stepped onto the track and won her 1600m race, out-kicking her Blair opponent in what became a sprint over the final 100 meters to win the most exciting race of the day by one-tenth of a second. The team-first mentality Colette exhibited in learning a new event and the competitive spirit and mettle she displayed in fighting through fatigue (and shin splints) to hold off her opponent at the end of the mile are just some of the attributes that make her a valuable team member and teammate.
JV Girls Lacrosse Starting Defense
Claire Hartemink, Ava Gawronski, Rosa Rodriguez and Camille Beeding are our starting defense and have held our opponents to 9 goals in 3 games. Camille and Rosa had never even picked up a stick before this year and all four have worked hard together to provide great stability in our defensive end. Going into our last three games, we will count on them to continue to lead the team.
Maya Brigandi ’22 (Pottstown, Pa.) JV Girls Lacrosse
In the game last week against Mercersburg, Maya had 7 draw controls, 4 ground balls, and 3 goals, and followed that up with another strong performance against Blair with 5 draw controls, 7 ground balls, and 3 goals. Her hard work and positive attitude bring the whole team to a better level of play, we are lucky to have her.
Brendan Grable '21 (Phoenixville, Pa.) Varsity Baseball
Brendan, the team's backstop this spring, caught 14 innings of baseball this past weekend and worked with 6 different Hill pitchers to keep the Blues in both games till the end. Brendan works hard each day to improve in all aspects of his game and responds positively to feedback from coaches and peers alike.
Girls Crew: 1V Boat
The 1V girls boat of Raina Shah ’21, Amber Cao ’21, Melody Chen ’22, Avery Reigner ’22, and Audrey Lehneis ’21 went into their competition this past weekend at Manny Flicks in Philadelphia with accustomed zeal for racing. They are always at their best when next to other crews and that showed itself in spades in their flight. Cox Raina Shah commented “The girls’ race was full of solid power and high spirits, with our ‘fiery’ start that allowed us to get ahead and stay ahead from the very beginning of the race as we like to do. Our focus became to increase the distance between us and the other crews, and we then raced against the clock.” The girls thus had a full sprint and ended 20 seconds ahead of 2nd-place Haddonfield and the rest of the 5-boat field. It is a joy for their teammates and coaches to see these girls zipping around the river looking to “crush souls” at every opportunity!
Girls Track and Field: 4x100-Meter Relay
In Thursday’s win at Lawrenceville, the girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Kiki Lange ’21, Sarah Kenvin ’23, Susanna Soderman ’21, Sydney Floyd ’21 set a new school record of 50.52 seconds in the event. Success in the 4x100m relay depends on a collection of four talented sprinters, and on the timing of the handoffs. For our girls to have put together both essential pieces of the 4x100m relay—talent and chemistry—already in the first meet of the year, when we are not even at peak fitness, is extraordinary. Such an accomplishment is a testament to their incredible talent, their experience in the sport, and the work they put in with Coach Dollhopf at practice to put together quality exchanges.
Brandon Bastian '21 (Barto, Pa.) Varsity Baseball
Brandon's performance on the mound in Saturday's MAPL opener gave the Blues plenty of confidence on their way to a 10-5 victory over Peddie. Brandon pitched 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and only 2 earned runs while striking out 5. In three innings of work last week, the co-captain also picked up 5 K's. A Varsity contributor since he arrived at Hill, it's great to see Brandon handle his leadership role this year with such enthusiasm and pride.
Faisal Choudhri '24 (Alpine, NJ) JV Baseball
Faisal has embraced Hill Baseball fully and this year and he's performed many tasks for the squad, including operating the scoreboard, and none more thrilling than singing the National Anthem prior to Saturday's MAPL opener. Even the umpires noted Faisal's courage and talent for his singing such a demanding piece.
Louis Gimbert ’21 (College Station, Texas) Boys Track and Field
New to track this year, we asked Louis to try one of the sport’s most physically demanding events, the intermediate hurdles. His performance in the 300-meter hurdles in our time trial was impressive, so we placed him in the event for our opening meet at Lawrenceville. Only, in New Jersey, they run the 400-meter hurdles; so, in his second time ever running the event, we added another 100-meters to the distance. Not only did Louis willingly do this, he ended up winning the race by four seconds. He then came back to run a leg on our 4x400-meter relay team. Louis has exhibited a selflessness and toughness that have allowed him to quickly become a valuable contributor to the team, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the spring brings for him.
Anna Lignelli ’22 (Pottstown, Pa.) JV Girls Lacrosse
Anna was incredible in the goal in our 7-1 opening win against Peddie. She had 8 saves and two ground balls and definitely inspired the team with how well she played. She is very skilled in her position but at the same time an amazing teammate who is always supporting and cheering others on. We are so lucky to have her in the cage and on our team.
Nikheel Madhoo ’23 (Perkasie, Pa.) Varsity Boys Tennis
Nikheel went 2-0 in our match at Peddie on Saturday and battled through an injured arm, after almost withdrawing from the match, to pull out an important singles win which was crucial in helping our team win the match 4-3.
Mandy McCarrick ’22 (Elmira, NY) Varsity Girls Lacrosse
Mandy has been a force on the field from day one. In addition to her relentless drive on the field, she brings the energy and enthusiasm to the team each and every day. Leave it to Mandy to lead the team in song or start the dance party. We would be a different team without her vibes and love her for it! #cellygamestrong
Katie Newkirk ’22 (Montclair, NJ) Varsity Softball
Last week we asked Katie to adjust positions, moving from the outfield to 3rd base, and she took the challenge in stride. Her willingness to jump in wherever the team needed her was paramount to our victory on Saturday as she accounted for 2 key outs at 3rd base when Peddie tried to rally late in the game.
Boys’ Crew Novice 8+
This past Saturday, the Boys Novice 8+, consisting of Benji Wang ’23, Michael Rapp ’24, Ben Sullivan ’24, Carver Fulmer ’23, Ariston Goeke ’24, Colin McLenaghan ’24, Isaac Ramon ’24, Nate Whittemore ’23, and Patrick Dunn ’23 raced to a convincing 27 second win over intraleague rival, Blair Academy. Led by some skilled and motivating coxing from Benji Wang, the boat settled into a nice rhythm and got to an early lead. They never took their foot off the gas and continued to increase their lead throughout the entire race. Special shoutout to Nate Whittemore, who was racing in his second race of the day, a truly impressive athletic feat.
Girls Crew: Novice 4+
This Saturday, the Girls Novice 4+, consisting of stroke Ella Lee, 3 Isabelle DiLiberti, 2 Smeena Gill, bow Mia Jacobs, and coxswain Nicholas Won, won their 1500m race against a Blair Academy Novice 8+ rowing in 6s. This was an unusual arrangement, but it highlights how many things that novices need to learn in order to row and then to race successfully—the stroke and physical training sufficient to sustain maximum effort for a full race, boat handling skills, and the melding of the crew into a unit that can work together. The 4+ is a challenging boat—unstable, heavy compared to other boat classes, bow-coxed which is tough for cox and crew alike. These girls and their coxswain Nicholas—in rowing, boys can cox girls and vice-versa—performed splendidly in fast water and heavy winds in the runup to Saturday and then executed flawlessly both their race and the innovative “practice pieces” after. These rowers and their coxswain have shown an unusual level of athleticism, enthusiasm, and stick-to-it-ness. Bravo!
Colin Brown '23 (Boyertown, Pa.) JV Baseball
Colin has improved in all aspects of his game since the Autumn 2 session, especially hitting. Colin works hard during every drill, listens to instruction, and applies it as best he can. He is also the first player every practice to put the bases in when we start and drag the infield when we're done. Colin has been a tremendous model of selflessness and dedication.
Will Lesko ’22 (Villanova, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse
In the team’s game at US Military Academy Prep School, Will contributed on four of the team’s 10 goals with one goal and three assists, bringing his totals on the season to seven goals and four assists. He also collected four ground balls and sparked our Extra Man Opportunity unit that converted on 5 of 8 opportunities.
Lulu Nakagawa ’23 (Las Vegas, NV) Varsity Girls’ Golf
In the first match of her Hill career, 4th former Lulu Nakagawa maintained her quiet yet confident demeanor and managed to figure out a tricky Blair Academy golf course which usually rewards local knowledge. Having never seen the layout, Lulu led Hill in scoring with one of the lowest rounds of the day from both teams, carding a 47. Look for even lower scores in Lulu’s future.
Amelia Nordhoy ’22 (Reading, Pa.) Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse
Right out of the gates, Mimi has found her voice on and off the field and shown to be a reliable and consistent force on our attacking unit. Over the last three years she has worked hard at her craft of lacrosse and it has paid off. We are excited to see Mimi's impact on the field as this season unfolds.
Gilbert Saunders '22 (Gilbertsville, Pa.) Varsity Baseball
In the Blues' first game since May 2019, Gilbert did it all by going 4-4 at the plate with two doubles, 3 runs scored, and two RBI last Saturday against Pennington en-route to a 12-2 victory. On the mound, Gilbert pitched four scoreless innings with five strikeouts, giving the squad plenty of breathing room to play sound, relaxed baseball. Gilbert's leadership in the dugout and on the field has helped keep our younger players focused and contributed to a strong sense of ownership among this year's team.
Romil Shah ’23 (Collegeville, Pa.) JV Boys’ Tennis
Romil is very open to learn new techniques, and he loves to compete and leaves it all on the court every day. The other day, he got hit in the nose with the ball and had a bloody nose. While he was being attended to, his primary focus was finishing his match. That is the kind of player I love to work with. Whomever I pair him up with, he just gets on the court and tries his best.
Andres Villarreal ’22 (Victoria Tamaulipas, Mexico) Varsity Boys’ Golf
Andres has made tremendous improvement as a golfer this year. He works hard and he is a great teammate.