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.
- January 14-21, 2020
- January 6-13, 2020
- December 9-16, 2019
- October 28 - November 3, 2019
- October 14 - 27, 2019
- October 7 - 13, 2019
- September 30 - October 6, 2019
- September 16-22, 2019
- September 9-15, 2019
Michael Eze ’20 (Downingtown, Pa.), Payton Reid ’20 (Pottstown, Pa.), & Tim Wamakima ’20 (Green Brook, NJ) Varsity Boys’ Basketball
“Great teams have great teammates.” Mike Eze, Payton Reid, and Tim Wamakima, three four-year 6th formers, epitomize what it means to be great teammates. At one point we were not optimistic that any of them would be able to play this season, but as all three have gotten healthy, they have made an incredible impact and been a huge reason for our team’s continued improvement. They exhibit great leadership by example, bringing selfless and tireless play in practice each day, and enthusiastic support at all times. We look forward to their 6th form recognition day game on Wed Feb 5th at 5pm.
Sarah Jiang ’22 (Epsom, New Zealand) JV Girls’ Basketball
Sarah always brings positive energy and lifts up the team. Her ability to be vocal and encourage her teammates inspires others to do the same. In our game on Wednesday, Sarah was a strong force on offense. She drove to the basket which resulted in made shots and foul shots. Keep up the great work Sarah!
Ty Keller ’21 (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.) Varsity Girls’ Hockey
In his role as team manager, Ty has put forth tremendous effort and dedicated extensive time. His responsibilities are vast, but he has taken legitimate ownership of them, serving with great responsibility and pride. The players and coaches alike enjoy working with Ty and find his efforts and contributions to be invaluable.
Miki Osada ’23 (Tokyo, Japan) JV Boys’ Squash
Miki routinely plays in the #1 spot on the JV ladder, just one spot away from a place on the varsity ladder. He is a tenacious, passionate player who knows nothing less than 100% on the court. Miki lost a tough match against a hostile crowd at Shipley, but came back to beat a very strong opponent from Princeton Day. He did so with a hand injury that required constant re-taping—no small feat when the hand is one of the most important elements to the game. Miki is a real leader on the court and as he is only a third former, his growth potential is astounding.
Will Dollhopf ’21 (Pottstown, Pa.) JV Boys’ Basketball
Will has been an integral member of our team since day one. He had one of his best games this past Saturday against Peddie. He was essential in our rebounding and offensive efforts and was he played great defense down the stretch. His rebounding was most crucial toward the end of the game in helping us preserve a two-point victory.
Claire Hartemink ’21 (Katy, Texas) JV Girls’ Basketball
In Saturday’s game against Peddie, Claire’s speed and control contributed to Hills improvement on offense. Claire was able to beat the press quickly while also showing great ball control, which resulted in her scoring 6 points. On defense, she pressured Peddie‘s point guards causing them to have turnovers in the back court. All season, Claire has had a positive attitude and is always encouraging her teammates. Keep up the great work Claire!
Nathan Hoang ’21 (Hanoi, Vietnam) Varsity Boys’ Squash
Nathan set the tone for our match against Blair on Saturday. He’s been working really hard in practice and it showed on court on Saturday. He played clinical, accurate squash and got our team on the score board first. Not only is Nathan a great athlete, but a wonderful teammate. He knows how to encourage and motivate his teammates on and off the court, he gives sound advice in between games and brings great energy to matches and practices. We are so lucky to have Nathan on our team.
Anna Schlegel ’22 (Douglassville, Pa.) Girls’ Swimming and Diving
Anna competed in her first meet Saturday and swam her first 500 Free (20 lengths of the pool) without being able to dive in or complete flip turns. Diving and flipping make swimmers significantly faster. Despite not being able to do those things, Anna still took third place and helped to put the team in a strong position to win our meet on Saturday against Ursuline Academy.
Graham Eilberg ’22 (Pottstown, Pa.) JV Boys’ Basketball
Graham has been an impact player in the first two games of the season. In just two games he has taken a total of four charges. Those charges are a testament to the intensity and grit that Graham plays with on a daily basis.
Aine Farrell ’22 (Schwenksville, Pa.) Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Aine has been a standout player for us this season. Her toughness on the court not only elevates her play, but also helps her teammates be at their best. She has taken on a leadership role this season for us as our point guard which comes with a lot of responsibility. Aine is consistently up for any challenge and always competes at a high level, and this past weekend she earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Bullis Tournament. We will need Aine every single day to help set the tone for our team. Keep up the great work Aine! You are a phenomenal teammate and your potential is unlimited!
Eric Galante ’20 (Skippack, Pa.) Indoor Track and Field
Eric is a quiet, unassuming, hard-working runner who has developed into an elite sprinter at all distances between 55-meters and 400-meters. This past Saturday, he was rewarded for his hard work when he broke the school record in the indoor 200-meter dash, running a time of 23.15. It is unusual to see a record fall this early in the season, so we are excited to see Eric’s progress in the event throughout the remainder of the season.
Adele Harris ’22 (Harrisburg, Pa.) Indoor Track and Field
Last spring, Adele established herself as a talented 300/400 IM hurdler on the outdoor track team. Running the intermediate hurdles is equated to being as physically demanding as running the 800 (half mile). So, to maintain her fitness, Adele joined the cross country team in the fall and this winter she is training as a mid-distance runner in addition to doing the hurdles. She ran a personal-best time of 2:47 in the 800 in the team’s meet against Germantown Academy and Abington Friends this past weekend.
Paul Henson ’21 (Royersford, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Paul’s work ethic and team-first attitude are great leadership by example. He is the leader for the team’s charge award after standing in and taking a charge from Andover’s 300-pound center in our second game of the Scholar Roundball Classic.
Ella Scott ’22 (Glenmoore, Pa.) Girls’ Swimming and Diving
Ella provided the crowd with the most exciting relay finish of the day as she anchored the butterfly relay of Maddie Green, Kamilia Barkasi, and Kiersten Dagg and fought hard to beat her closest opponent for the first place finish.
Robert Twombly ’20 (Libertyville, Ill.) Boys’ Swimming and Diving
Robert came out of swim retirement (he normally competes as a diver) to anchor two of our first place relays at the Hill Relays last Saturday. His anchor leg on the breaststroke relay of Matt Kenvin, Parker Miles, and Ric Guan was particularly impressive as he had to catch and pass the other team's swimmer, which he did easily.
Brock Weimer ’20 (West Chester, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Ice Hockey
Brock’s play has been impressive in the season’s early weeks. He is tied for the team lead in points and leads the team in goals, finding a variety of ways to score; moreover, though, his work ethic and intensity in practice helps elevate the team’s daily performance.
Jace White ’22 (Collegeville, Pa.) Wrestling
Jace recently competed in the JV division of the Battle at Germantown Academy and dominated his way to his first career title by going 4-0 with 4 pins. Jace is just beginning his second year of wrestling, yet through consistent hard work, he has improved tremendously and it really showed this past weekend.
Oliver Hutchison ’22 (Scarsdale, NY) Boys’ Water Polo
In the latter half of the season, Oliver provided a big spark off the bench. He scored several key goals, including the game-winner on the road at Lawrenceville, and he was a big part of the team winning nine of the final ten games of the season and finishing 3rd at the Eastern Prep Championship Tournament. His overall improvement throughout the season is an impressive testament to all the hard work he put in on a daily basis.
Michael Jamerson '20 (Flint, Mich.) Football
Michael had an outstanding four quarters of football for the Blues in their 49-19 defeat of Lawrenceville this past Saturday. A vital contributor all season long, Michael saved his best game for last, a game which included two touchdowns - including a spectacular pick-six - and two interceptions.
Marah Krick ’21 (Glenmoore, Pa.) Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Marah has been a great leader on and off the field this season, but last Saturday she was exceptional. Her play and communication were very impressive and she made several key point-blank saves for us. She is a dedicated and talented goalkeeper who has played a huge role this season on our team.
Owen Manganiello ’22 (Collegeville, Pa.) Boys’ Cross Country
Owen has been a key member of this year’s boys’ cross country team all season and finished the year strong. His consistent running over the summer, hard work during preseason, and great attitude all season has been terrific. For most of the season Owen held down the 4th spot on the team, but down the championship stretch he was the 3rd Hill runner, behind only co-captains Olson and Umer. He ran his fastest race of the season at Lawrenceville, a 19:07, and looks to be one of Hill’s key distance runners over the next 2.7 years. A great work ethic and steady improvement is what it is all about.
Sloan White ’20 (Collegeville, Pa.) JV Girls’ Soccer
Sloan is the heart and soul of the JV Girls’ Soccer team. Her positive energy is infectious. She leads by example both on and off the field, and she may be her teammates biggest cheerleader. We thank her for staying with the team for her sixth form year and reminding us that soccer is fun. We will miss her next season but hope she will swing by campus to see how the team continues to grow next fall.
Varsity Girls’ Tennis Managers
Coach Miller writes: I’m really proud of the varsity tennis managers (Philippe Jin, Russell Marinari, Dev Sharma, and Amanda Sprague, in particular) for helping us end the season on a high. Russell and Dev came through big time with their spirit and support. Many thanks to all for their work - and overall increase in efficiency - this season.
Kamilia Barkasi '21 (Pottstown, Pa.) Varsity Girls' Water Polo
During the week of October 14, HGWP played an intense turnaround of back-to-back games against powerhouse Episcopal Academy followed by a competitive Penn Charter team. When injuries and foul trouble left Hill in a tough position in both games, Kamilia answered the call with grit and passion for the game. She has been a tremendous defensive asset to the program this year, and did an incredible job remaining patient in a tense game, holding her position and playing tough. Although she has been battling several injuries all season, Kamilia gives 100% to her team and to the game each day. Awesome job, Kamilia!
Jake Barrett ’20 (Phoenixville, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Soccer
Jake had two goals in his final regular season home match vs. George School. A spirited practice player, Jake has made the most of his opportunities in matches.
Sarah Kenvin ’23 (New York, NY) JV Girls’ Soccer
Sarah has become our greatest presence in the middle of the field over the last two weeks. Adjusting from being center back on defense to center mid, Sarah has taken control over protecting the middle of the field. We can rely on her to break up an opposing team’s offense, setup her teammates with the best pass possible, and filter into the defense when the extra support is needed. In practice, she always has a smile on her face and gets along with everyone. She has become a team leader over the last few weeks.
Henry Komosa '22 (Ossing, NY) Football
Henry displayed great leadership and toughness in JV Football's 14-0 win vs. Lawrenceville this past Monday. At quarterback, Henry took charge of the huddle, ran for many hard-fought yards, and completed a several passes, including two touchdowns. At linebacker and on special teams, Henry made more than few tackles in the team's shutout effort.
Elena Mendez ’21 (Burgos, Spain) Girls’ Cross Country
Elena has been a hard worker from day one and quickly established herself as one of the top runners on the team. At our State Championship over the weekend, Elena covered the challenging course in 21:26, the 4th fastest time in school history. As we look next to the MAPL Championships, she will be crucial to our team’s success. Her ever-present smile and work ethic have been a great boost to the team this year.
Stuart Sopko ’20 (Mountainhome, Pa.) Boys’ Golf
A four-year member of the golf program, Stuart had a critical victory in his match versus Mercersburg, allowing the team to claim victory in a match-play event. Stuart was paired against his childhood friend and the two boys modeled the sportsmanship and companionship that make golf unique among sports. Stuart won his match in the first pair and set the tone for other very competitive matches to follow. It’s wonderful that Stuart is having success this year after working so hard throughout his career at The Hill.
Courtney Bodolus ’23 (Pottstown, Pa.) Girls’ Cross Country
As the only third former at preseason, Courtney has worked incredibly hard all season. Things got off to a great start for because she was able to compete in several shorter races before stepping up to the full 5K distance and she has taken advantage of the easier transition to high school running. She diligently trained all summer and it now beginning to see her hard work pay off. Last week, with our top-seven runners competing in Manhattan, Courtney traveled to Hun for a dual. She led the team at that meet and showed tremendous potential for the future and the rest of this season.
Patrick Dunn ’23 (Hillsborough, NJ) Boys’ Cross Country
Patrick was the only third former at cross country preseason, and he worked hard from day one to prove that he earned the invite. He was able to start the season off with three shorter races and showed excellent improvement, running 21:06 in his first 5K two weeks ago. Then last week he knocked nearly a minute off of that to run 20:12 at the Paul Short Invitational. This week at the Manhattan Invitational, one of the biggest races in the country, Patrick finished strong to place fifth for Hill, helping the team to a 10th place finish. There was only one other freshman ahead of him in this race. Patrick has a great work ethic and is improving every week.
Aman Gupta ’23 (Chester Springs, Pa.) Thirds Boys’ Soccer
A player of all trades, Aman has played practically all field positions – striker, midfielder, and back – for the Thirds team this fall. However, Aman is most impactful in the center of the field leading the offense and supporting the defense. His skills, soccer-knowledge, and ability to see the entire field make him an ideal player to lead the team’s transitions from defense to offense. Finally, Aman is the consummate teammate: hard-working, supportive, and committed to improvement.
Mallory Horner ’22 (Pottstown, Pa.) Varsity Girls’ Water Polo
Mallory made her debut as goalie this past weekend during our day-long tournament at Hazleton. Although originally reluctant to step into the goal, Mallory agreed to help out the team and came up big, quickly finding her footing! Her positive attitude and newfound passion carried over to the rest of the team and brought energy to a three-game series over the course of the day. Mal was eager to learn as much as she could in a short amount of time, and made vital adjustments throughout each game, resulting in 23 saves, 14 steals, and five assists on the day. Great work Mallory!
Arwen Lutwyche ’22 (Reistertown, Md.) JV Girls’ Soccer
Arwen has become our rock on defense. Whether it’s chasing down a striker, clearing the ball to our offense, or directing our defense, we know we can count on her to put her best effort out on the field. She did an excellent job in our game against Hun to keep their offense to only two goals in the first half, which is great for the team since we played on a turf field, 8v8, without any subs. She brings a great attitude to practice and knows how to get a laugh out of her teammates. Keep it up Arwen!
Pat Patterson '22 (Bechtelsville, PA) JV Football
Like most of our JV football players, Pat rarely leaves the field. On offense he's in the backfield, on defense he anchors our inside linebacker crew, and he is on all special teams. This past Monday versus Hun, Pat made several tackles at middle linebacker and rushed for plenty of hard-fought yards. Pat is a tough, reliable, and humble Hill football player. We are lucky to have him in our program.
Maddie Green '20 (Gilbertsville, Pa.) Varsity Girls' Water Polo
Girls’ water polo recently traveled to Central York for the Beast of the East tournament. It was a long weekend with one game on Friday against a tough North Allegheny team followed by 3 games on Saturday with Hill advancing to the championship game. Maddie proved herself to be a pivotal contributor to the team’s success in the tournament through her intensity of play and strong shooting arm. She drew a total of 6 ejections and tallied 3 goals along with 7 assists over the course of the weekend all the while maintaining a positive attitude for the team throughout a tough couple of quarters. Great work, Maddie!
Pierce Hart ’23 (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) JV Boys’ Soccer
Pierce played a strong role in the center midfield to help the JV boys win both matches last week, and he also tallied his first goal of the season against Peddie.
Charlie Kennedy ’20 (Haddonfield, NJ) Boys’ Cross Country
Charlie has been Hill’s #4 man this season so far, but on Saturday he was NOT having a good day, and had to drop out at the 2 mile mark with severe stomach pains. However, soon after that, a Peddie runner collapsed right there, at the 2 mile mark, with heat stroke. Charlie, who as a lifeguard over the summer has significant emergency training under his belt, took over the situation and gave assistance to the downed runner until an ambulance drove out to the middle of the golf course and picked up the runner, bringing them to the hospital. Right place at the right time.
Audrey Lehneis ’21 (Hackettstown, NJ) Girls’ Cross Country
Audrey has been working hard this season and it paid off on Saturday at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. Running in the JV race, Audrey ran a Varsity time of 22:36, her best time by two and a half minutes! As we head toward the Championship portion of our schedule, she will be an incredibly valuable member of the team.
Eli Willman '23 (Gilbertsville, PA) JV Football
Eli, whose unassuming personality belies an intense competitive spirit, has been an invaluable part of our team this season. In a tough loss to Germantown Academy this past Monday, Eli wreaked havoc on the defensive line. He frequently forced GA's running back to seek alternate running lanes and on more than one occasion Eli tackled the ball carrier in the backfield. Eli's positive attitude and uncommon work ethic make him a model Hill student-athlete.
Thirds Girls’ Tennis Team
Every day, Coach Neiswender and her Thirds Team go out to the Chapel courts and practice quietly and intensely by themselves. Several of these players started the season without ever having held a racquet before (can you imagine trying out for a sport you’ve never before played?). Because of their steadfast desire to improve, as well as Coach N’s infectious enthusiasm and dedication, the whole team has improved greatly. Many of the JV and Varsity Players were so proud of them last week when we had the opportunity to watch them compete against powerhouse Episcopal Academy. They held their own and their positive attitudes and improvement was impressive! So proud of ALL OF THESE RAMS for working like a true herd!
Quintin Craig '23 (Chester Springs, PA) - JV Football
In our game at Peddie this past Monday, Quintin - whose regular positions are wide receiver and defensive back - found himself under center. Quintin has impressed coaches since camp with sound technique and lightning quick feet. He put those tools to good use in his first time as QB, using his natural athleticism and high football IQ to lead the JV offense to three touchdowns and a 20-6 victory over our MAPL foe.
Ric Guan ’23 (Beijing, China) JV Boys’ Water Polo
Ric arrived at preseason with no previous water polo experience, and in a short amount of time he has picked up the sport remarkably well. He has played every minute of the first two JV games and has been a tremendous asset to the team defensively while helping to keep the offense flowing.
Ty Keller ’21 (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.) Varsity Boys’ Soccer
Ty is a great teammate who trains hard each and every day to make himself and our team better. Within two minutes of entering our match vs EA last week, Ty scored a great goal to help lead us to a 3-0 win.
Annika Nordhoy ’22 (Reading, Pa.) JV Girls’ Soccer
Annika has emerged as a major contributor to the team early in the season. She is always one of the first players to step up for a drill and works tirelessly throughout practices, which resulted in her being game day captain for our first game. She received the Game Ball for her performance in our first game of the year, and she is the team’s leading goal scorer. A great start to the year for Annika!
Beau Staff ’22 (Old Saybrook, Conn.) Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Beau has been a strong and steady presence for us in the midfield so far this season. She arrived to preseason ready to go, having done a lot of hard work to prepare over the summer. She continues to be an extremely coachable and hardworking player and had a particularly strong game in our most recent game against George School.
Madison Timbrook ’23 (Linwood, NJ) JV Field Hockey
Maddy has been a solid defender for the JV field hockey team, but in Friday’s game against EA her skills shined. She helped slow a relentless EA attack and made a few goal line stick saves to help keep Hill in the game. Maddy works hard in practice each day and it has been great to see her skills and confidence on the field improve.
Adele Harris ’22 (Harrisburg, Pa.) Girls’ Cross Country
In her first ever 5K race Adele attacked the challenging course at the Briarwood Invitational. In the JV race she finished 9th overall out of over 200 runners. Her time of 23:36 would have made her the team’s 5th Varsity runner on the day. In just one short week of practice, Adele has quickly demonstrated her potential in this sport and as she develops, she will quickly become a vital member of the team.
Jamie Olson ’21 (Gilbertsville, Pa.) Boys’ Cross Country
Jamie had a solid summer of training, running almost every day regardless of the conditions. He aggressively took the lead in our preseason race before being nipped at the tape by Owen J. Roberts’ top runner. His performance in our first two invitationals, very large meets with some of the most competitive teams in the state, was extremely impressive. He finished 4th in both races in excellent times, only trailing a few runners from large public schools. At the Briarwood Invitational this past weekend, he beat every runner from Peddie and Lawrenceville, the top MAPL teams this year. Along with co-captain Shahzaib Umer ’20, he has also been a great leader for a very large and young team.
Jheanelle Robinson ’23 (Pottstown, Pa.) JV Field Hockey
Jheanelle has played field hockey for a few years, but when the team did not have a goalie, she volunteered to try goalie for the team. With only a week of training, she played her first game in goal against Germantown Academy. She made 7 saves, including some tough saves when she was one on one with the attacker from the other team. We are proud of the progress she has made in such a short time and her willingness to step up and help the team by taking on such an important position.
Michael Wong ’20 (Hong Kong) Varsity Boys’ Soccer
Not having played a minute during our opening five matches, Michael was called on to play the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 win over pre-season #2 ranked Northwood School. Michael recorded four saves, intercepted a few crosses, and distributed well behind a very strong team effort.