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WMA Awards

Athletes of the Week

photo collage of Athletes of the Week

Feb. 12 - 19

GIRLS

Sarah Laporte ’28

Swimming

Sarah is part of our strong Middle-School contingent who knows how to swim many races but hasn't quite hit her growth spurt yet. With time I expect to see her continue to make steady progress and be an even bigger contributor to the team. Nonetheless, she is steadily improving and has set multiple personal records and has qualified for championships this year. Sarah has the talent and work ethic to be a core member of the team as she enters the Upper School. She also demonstrates the leadership qualities that the team needs as this group grows.

 

Julia Choi ’26

Riflery

Julia has recently emerged as a major contributor to the team's success. A recent switch to a new rifle and emerging confidence have been the factors that have put Julia into a top-4 shooter for the team. She has worked very hard to improve her career best score by eight points in her last three matches.

 

Other nominees

Wrestling - Rebecca Kakule ’25
Indoor Track - Seoyeon Bae ’28
Basketball - Adela Cecunjanin ’24

BOYS

Gabe Hall ’26

Skiing

Last week, Gabe had a disappointing first run in the Slalom course during practice. After discussing changing his tactics, he went back determined to improve and had a breakthrough in his Slalom racing. He attacked the course and skied it cleanly. What was more impressive is that he took that one practice result to the NEPSAC championship race and was instrumental in the boys achieving a first-place Grand Slalom win and a fourth place overall combined race.

 

Mark Tobias ’27

Indoor Track

Mark ran his fastest 3,000-meter time at the Youth Championships at the Armory in New York City, clocking 11 minutes:10 seconds, earning him fifth place in the 15-18 age category. Mark also placed fifth in the shot put. Mark has been a dedicated and hardworking runner all season, focusing on his distance and endurance. He contributes to the team with his example of hard work, and he is also willing to jump into any relay we need him for.  

 

Other nominees

Varsity Basketball - Ka Leung Yip ’27
Prep Basketball - Sam Fleming ’26
Riflery - David Silva ’27
Hockey - Cameron Corneau ’27
Swimming - Ji Min Hong ’25
Wrestling - John Crocker ’25

Athletes of the Month

Athletes of the Month photo

 

January 2024

Girls

Marissa Cyboron ’24

Riflery

Marisa had a great January and a great start to her senior season. She was the team’s top scorer in two of the first three matches. This was highlighted by a career best score of 195 (out of 200) in a home match versus Suffield Academy. She also led the team with a 191 in a win over Xavier High School.She also posted the fifth best score of 65 competitors in the King Phillip Match.  Marisa's efforts to help the younger team members make her a valuable asset to the team.

Caterina Ravosa ’26

Basketball

In a month that saw our team get off to a slow start (2-3), but bounce back and finish on a five-game winning streak, we saw lots of great contributions from our players. Caterina had maybe the best month of her care. Caterina has made her most significant strides in the effort category. Caterina averaged a double-double with 16.2 points and 10.9 rebounds. She has increased her field goal percentage to 48 percent. She is taking better shots, not forcing them and concentrating on making the initial shot. All of this, along with just playing harder, and giving us better effort on the defensive end, has helped show growth and progress in Caterina's game.

Other nominees

Estela Portero Basco ’25 - Wrestling
Sarah Laporte ’28 - Swimming
Adrianna Chechile ’26 - Winter Track

 

Boys

Owen Swanson ’24

Wrestling

Owen had an impressive month on the wrestling mat. As a captain, Owen leads by example during practices through his work ethic and dedication to the sport.  During competitions, Owen went 13-5 and took sixth place at a tournament in January. These are impressive results and have had a positive impact on our team and on Owen's New England ranking. Owen qualified for New Englands and he was seeded eighth overall at 157 pounds. 

Luke Haynes ’24

Hockey

Luke experienced a tremendous month for the hockey team. In all 11 January games, Luke has been a leader for us both on and off the ice all season. His work ethic embodies what it means to be an athlete at WMA. Luke scored goals in three consecutive games. The coaching staff is lucky to have a player like Luke as our captain.

Other nominees

Brendan Ricca ’27 - Varsity Basketball
Gabe Cruz ’25 - Winter Track
Jimin Hong ’25 - Swimming
Ben Morin ’24 - Skiing
Luka Damjanac ’24 - Prep Basketball

Athletes and fans celebrating

 

Commencement Awards

Dr. George E. Rogers Scholar Athlete Award

In 1966, the Monson Academy faculty established the George E. Rogers Award to honor a member of the graduating class for scholarship and participation and sportsmanship in athletics. The members of the faculty have recognized the following students as having those qualities indicated in the award.

  • 2023 - Ava Aguiar
  • 2022 - Kyle Filipowski
  • 2021 - Khalil Kamara
  • 2020 - John Adams
  • 2019 - Ania Axas
  • 2018 - Wenjun Chang
  • 2017 - Emma Kindblom
  • 2016 - Julian Alexis
  • 2015 - Margaret Harrington
  • 2014 - Jackson FrenchRobitaille
  • 2013 - Phillip Antonacci
  • 2012 - Michael Mendes
  • 2011 - Jeremy Gilfor
  • 2010 – Adrianne T. Hanson
  • 2009 – Russell Dinkins
  • 2008 – Brigid M. Jurgens
  • 2007 – Matthew D. Pentkowski
  • 2006 – Olivia C. Clement
  • 2005 – Alexander Ely
  • 2004 – Stacie Brzoska
  • 2003 – Anthony Choquette
  • 2002 – Kathryne Scyocurka
  • 2001 – Jennifer Reid

Phil Shaw Award

Phil Shaw joined the Wilbraham faculty in 1934 and served well as a teacher, Chairman of the Science Department, varsity soccer and track coach, and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1969. His portrait hangs in an honored place in our Athletic Center Board Room. Mr. Shaw dedicated his life to developing character in young people. He believed in healthy competition and a high degree of sportsmanship. This award is presented by the faculty to the male and female students in the junior or senior class who have shown hard work, perseverance, unselfishness, and a spirit of cooperation in athletics.

  • 2023 - Madeleine Hong; Keigo Koyasu
  • 2022 - Cara Murphy; Deven Austin
  • 2021 - Rhaymi Porter; Conor Murphy
  • 2020 - Xin "Julie" Xiong; Will Crocker
  • 2019 - Alana Perkins; Idan Tretout
  • 2018 - Kayla Mokwuah; Andrew Nagle
  • 2017 - Katelyn Cronin; Alexander Claudio
  • 2016 - Sydney Liptak; Wenyen Gabriel
  • 2015 - Molly Socha; Evan Roy
  • 2014 - Megan Pehoviak; Olexandr "Sasha" Oliinyk
  • 2013 - Carly Cronin; Joe Thibault
  • 2012 - Marissa McDermott; Ryan McLarney
  • 2011 - Chloe Snyder; Derrick Barnagian
  • 2010 – Michaela A. Rollings; Adam J. Ginsberg
  • 2009 – Chelby J. Wakefield; Aaron P. Haas
  • 2008 – Rosalyn C. Chesky; Joseph T. Salomone
  • 2007 – Kristin M. Coderre; Gregory J. Balicki
  • 2006 – Laura E. Coderre; Jacob R. Eddy, David J. Kreps
  • 2005 – Katelyn Stolpinski; Benjamin Primo
  • 2004 – Marisa Barone; Colin Cook
  • 2003 – Stacie Brzoska; Jeffrey Adams
  • 2002 – Angelique Kelley; Sherod Harris
  • 2001 – Lauren Pinkston; Charles Bridge

Trustees Cup

The annual Trustees Cup is the most coveted athletic team award at the Academy. The award takes into account a team’s success on the field, grade point average, team spirit and community service.

  • 2022-23 - Girls Basketball
  • 2021-22 - Girls Track & Field
  • 2020-21 - None chosen (COVID-19)
  • 2019-20 - Boys Basketball
  • 2018-19 - Boys Track & Field
  • 2017-18 - Riflery
  • 2016-17 - Girls Basketball
  • 2015-16 - Softball
  • 2014-15 - Baseball
  • 2013-14 - Softball
  • 2012-13 - Boys Lacrosse
  • 2011-12 - Girls Swimming
  • 2010-11 - Girls Volleyball
  • 2009-10 - Girls Lacrosse
  • 2008-09 - Girls Soccer

 

Hall of Fame

Harold 'Bud' Porter '44W

Harold Bud Porter photo

Harold Bud Porter '44W was honored for his remarkable athletic ability. At Wilbraham Academy, he was a five-sport athlete, playing both baseball and track in the spring. More than once he trotted across the field from his baseball game, changed his footwear, and ran a heat in a track meet. Bud had a 75-year association with the Academy, having entered the Winchester School as a fifth grader.

Capt. Timothy Jessup '87 USMC

Tim Jessup '87

The late Captain Timothy Jessup '87 USMC was the heart and soul of the Varsity Water Polo team during his tenure at the Academy. Coach Steve Gray '70W credited Tim's energy and magnetic personality for the longevity of the water polo program, which celebrated its 35th season in 2019.

Philip H. Shaw Sr.

Phil Shaw Sr. photo

Former coach and faculty member Philip H. Shaw Sr. of Wilbraham Academy was posthumously inducted into the WMA Athletic Hall of Fame during inaugural ceremonies held on campus. Philip H. Shaw Jr. '57W gave an eloquent induction speech to honor his father of his coaching prowess in football, soccer and track as well as his time as Athletic Director at Wilbraham

Track & Field 1989

WMA 1989 track team photo

The 1989 Track & Field Team were New England Champions. Coach Jeff Siekierski remembered the runners, jumpers, sprinters and throwers as all having the four elements of team success: passion, work, knowledge and a common goal.

Philip J. Cardone

Phil Cardone photo

Phillip J. Cardone, former coach and faculty member of both Monson Academy and WMA, was honored for his many legendary contributions to the football, wrestling, and lacrosse programs before a large gathering of alumni, family, and friends. Andrew Bazarian '86 gave the induction speech, which pointed out the many ways that Coach Cardone formed the characters of the young men and women he taught. Phil remained a fixture around campus as a volunteer landscaper, keeping WMA beautiful before his passing in Jan. 2019.

Monson Football 1966

Monson Football team 1966

The Monson Academy Football Team, coached by WMA Hall of Fame coach Phil Cardone and Ed Baker, was undefeated in 1966. Coach Baker remembered the transformation of the players from a "ragtag group that were not a pretty sight" into a team of self-confident athletes who completed a season that "changed them forever."