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Jack Faulstick's future will include college football, that's for sure.

But what Jack wanted for the present was something he'd never accomplished as a high school quarterback – a winning record.

With the help of Jack's efforts, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Football team enjoyed its first winning season since 2007, going 5-3 behind a three-game winning streak to close the season.

"It was our first winning record since '07, and also my first winning record as a high school quarterback," said Jack, who earned the team's Coaches Award. "I had five years of high school and I've never been with a team that was so cohesive and together. But overall, the season was a great success. We had an explosive offense, and a fast and tenacious defense. We went out and killed an ant with a sledgehammer every day."

Jack brought a great attitude to practice every day, which made the two-time captain an easy choice for the team's Coaches Award.

"The Coaches Award is a great honor," Jack said. "It's an award on leadership and coach-ability. I pride myself on those two aspects of my game, more than my athletic ability. I was incredibly honored to receive the award."

"He's been a tremendous leader for our team," Coach Jeff Vartabedian added. "Jack was an outstanding captain for us this season. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious. He makes practice fun; he makes games fun. And he had a dynamite senior year. He had some receivers he could throw to. He made us tough to defend. He made plays. He fought through some injuries but had a great year. He made us a fun and exciting team to watch."

Jack and the offense were exciting to watch. He threw for 1,667 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also ran for 135 yards and a pair of scores.

"I'm hard on myself," Jack admitted. "I threw more interceptions than I've thrown in my life, but at the same time I tripled the touchdowns I threw for last year and doubled my yards thrown. But what matters to me are the wins. I would have loved to go to the playoffs but that's the way it goes. Overall, my season went well."

Xuanji "Jack" Chen '16 didn't have too much running experience before he joined the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys' Cross Country team last season as a junior.

"I went to school in California. I ran in physical education class," Jack explained.

When he arrived at the Academy, though, he joined the Cross Country team and grew into a runner, and eventually, a leader, so much so he was named the Coaches Award winner for 2015.

"He came in this year and worked really hard," said Coach Dan Moran of his captain. "He was our number three runner throughout the entire season, but what impressed me was as a second-year runner, his approach and his enthusiasm day in and day out really helped drive the program forward."

"I was just doing what I could do," said Jack, who ran daily in a park during the summer in China. "I was happy to win the award. I'm honored to know Coach Moran thought I was working that hard. I was happy to help lead the team. I felt helpful to lead such a young team."

Jack ran third for the Titans all season after routinely placing eighth or ninth during 2014.

"My season went surprisingly well," said Jack, who plans to join a running club in college. "I broke 20 minutes, and I never did that last year. I did that most of the time. I got my personally best. I hope to do better in the future."

Peter Caine '16 loves water polo.

"It's a great sport and everyone should watch a game," Peter said. "Not a lot of people know about it and I think it deserves more attention."

Peter's efforts during the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Water Polo season merited attention, earning him the Coaches Award for 2015.

"Peter's work ethic has raised the standard for the younger team members to live up to," Coach Steve Gray said. "He brought leadership, experience and dedication to every aspect of the game. He was tireless and relentless in his pursuit of both team and personal success. He was a force on defense, usually taking on the opposition's most skilled player. He'll be missed next year."

A three-year senior captain, Peter was one of the few players on the Titans this season with water polo experience. Along with his defensive prowess, he finished with 18 goals.

"I worked out during summer for water polo and wrestling," Peter explained. "We had some high hopes for the Water Polo team and we accomplished most of our goals. We had some tough workouts. We wanted to win a lot of games."

Peter joined his brother, Michael, as a Coaches Award winner for WMA Water Polo. Michael earned the honor as a senior in 2013.

"I was shocked and didn't expect it," Peter said. "I didn't expect to be captain, either. I guess everything worked out in my favor."

It would be more appropriate to call this season's Coaches Award winner for Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Cross Country team the "You've Come A Long Way" Award.

As a sophomore, Wilasinee "Bee" Daloonpet '16 disliked running so much she would make excuses to try and get out of practices and meets.

"I was the slowest person on the team and my time didn't get any better," Bee said. "And I walked a lot during the meets. I hated running."

Bee's running experience got a little better as a junior before it took a big turn at the end of the season when she was named captain for her senior year. It was an unexpected role she embraced.

"Bee helped to bring the team together both on and off of the field," Coach Marissa Axtell said. "She set a positive example everyday when she got to practice and consistently pushed herself to her limit."

"Being a captain, I couldn't complain nearly as much," Bee said. "Sophomore and junior year I would constantly complain. I hated running. But this year I had to keep the team positive. Even if we were doing a hard practice, I had to pretend to enjoy it so my teammates would enjoy it with me."

Bee's times have improved over the last two years. She wasn't one of the top runners on the team, but she certainly wasn't coming in last anymore, and her appreciation for the sport grew as she got better.

"I enjoy running," Bee said. "Part of it is I'm not last and I'm a lot faster. I enjoy meets and look forward to them.

"I didn't think I was going to win the Coaches Award because I think there are better runners on the team. But I'm happy the coaches saw the characteristics of winning the Coaches Award in me."

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