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WMA Awards

Athletes and fans celebrating

 

2021-2022

Athletes of the Month

April 2022

Boys’ Nominees -

Rouri Takahashi - Track and Field

Jack Feltovic - Baseball

Evan Spillane - Lacrosse

Cooper Schechterle - Golf

Nikias Schonerstedt - Tennis

Harrison Reed - Rugby

The Boys’ Athlete of the Month is Evan Spillane 

During the month of April, Evan experienced one tremendous game after another.  Evan has been dominant at the faceoff X for the Boy’s Lacrosse team all season. During the month of April, he had a 92.4 winning percentage on faceoffs and has been a key factor in the team’s overall success. Evan added five goals and four assists in April.

Girls’ Nominees -

Romy Allen-Schubert - Tennis

Gabby Pierce - Rugby

Payton Klepacki - Lacrosse

Ava Aguiar - Track and Field

The Girls’ April Athlete of the Month is Payton Klepacki

Payton had an outstanding month of April. As a senior captain, she has committed herself to being a great teammate on and off the field by constantly supporting her teammates to get better every day. She leads with passion and determination and is a true competitor. Payton is leading the team with 21 goals and 15 assists. She also has tallied 25 ground balls on the season. What makes Payton so special is that she not only has the ability to play every position on the field, but she is willing to play any position for the team. She has a team-first attitude that always puts team before herself, that's just who she is ... gritty, kind, hard-working and humble. 

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February 2022

Wooseung "Colin" Oh, Riflery

Deven Austin, Prep Basketball

Meagan Schuermann, Girls' Basketball

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January 2022

Luke Lombard, Swimming

Kyle Filipowski, Prep Basketball

Cat Ravosa '26, Girls' Basketball

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November 2021

Will Hardy, Football

Ava Aguiar, Girls' Cross Country

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October 2021

Ian Mackin, Boys' Soccer

Genna Miccoli, Field Hockey

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September 2021

Amador Tortosa Potous, Boys' Soccer

Ava Aguiar, Girls' Cross Country

Athletes of the Week

Spring 2022

May 9 - 14

Boys' Nominees - 

Jack Swanson - Track and Field

Leo Miller - Tennis

Harold Gay - Rugby

Jeff Fox - Lacrosse 

Jack Feltovic - Baseball

Chris Paquette - Golf

The Boys' Athletes of the Week are Jack Feltovic from Baseball and Leo Miller from Tennis 

Jack experienced a great week for the team. This postgrad recorded his 100th high school career hit on Saturday. Jack pitched a complete game against Pomfret. He dominated the Griffins by striking out 10 batters to earn the win. At the plate Jack went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to help lead the Titans' offensive explosion. 

Leo has been playing great in the last four matches. This effort resulted in his winning all four of his contests. Leo experienced a great result on Saturday against a tough Williston opponent. Leo was down 2-5, but then came back to win 7-6. This win sealed the victory for the Titans. 

 

Girls' Nominees -

Brooke McLaughlin - Lacrosse 

Arielle Chechile - Track and Field

Gabby Pierce - Rugby

Loretta Szych - Tennis

 

The Girls' Athlete of the Week is Loretta Szych from Tennis.

Loretta was outstanding last week. She won a great match against Bancroft and just missed winning a close match against Frederick Gunn. Her level of work is consistently strong each and every day. Loretta has played the season at No. 1 singles, where she has competed against the best player the other school has and always does well in those tough matches. She has also co-captained the team with strong leadership and wisdom.

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May 2 - 7: Arielle Chechile, Girls' Track; Evan Spillane, Boys' Lacrosse and Cooper Schechterle, Golf.

April 25 - 30: Connor Quinn, Golf and Harrison Reed, Boys' Rugby; Ally Orquiola, Girls' Lacrosse

April 18 - 23Jess Ethier, Rugby; Amador Tortosa Potous, Boys' Tennis

April 11 - 16: Richie Joseph, Boys' Lacrosse and Jackson Healy, Boys' Rugby; Margaret Gately, Girls' Tennis and Ava Aguiar  Girls' Track & Field 

Through April 9: Payton Klepacki, Girls' Lacrosse and Matt Clifford, Baseball and Ben Poudrier, Track & Field.

Winter 2021-2022

Feb. 21- 26: Rilee Harris, Swimming and Steven Holik, Riflery

Feb. 14 - 19: Giorgi Mumladze, Skiing and Keigo Koyasu, Wrestling; Arielle Chechille, Winter Track

Jan. 31 - Feb. 12: Deven Austin, Boys' Prep Basketball and Ben Morin, Skiing; Cara Murphy, Girls' Basketball 

Jan. 24 - 29: Jake Girhiny, Riflery and Kayden Chhoun, Winter Track; Izzy WIlson, Girls' Swimming

Jan. 17 - 22: Korenna Weiss, Winter Track; Javier Herrera, Boys' Swimming

Jan. 10 - 15: Keigo Koyasu, Wrestling; Caterina Ravosa, Girls' Basketball

Dec. 1 - 11: Arielle Chechile, Winter Track; Kyle Filipowski, Boys' Basketball

 

Fall 2021

Nov. 8 - 13: Ava Aguiar, Girls' Cross Country; Korbin Dixon, Water Polo. 

Nov. 1 - 6: Loretta Szych, Field Hockey; Hudson Perham, Football 

Oct. 25 - 30: Drew Habermeier, Boys' Soccer; Elisabeth Artzinger-Bolten, Girls' Volleyball

Oct. 18 - 23: Caroline Minich, Field Hockey; Ty Cosenzi, Cross Country

Oct. 11 - 16: Yuhan Zha, Water Polo; Maddie Stoltz, Girls' Soccer 

Oct. 4 - 9: Brooke Catellier, Girls' Volleyball; Tianze Xiong, Boys'  Cross Country

Sept 27 - Oct. 1: Enrique Rosado, Football; Jessica Ethier, Girls' Soccer

Sept. 14 - 25: Ava Aguiar, Girls' Cross Country; Amador Tortosa Potous, Boys' Soccer


 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2020-21 - None chosen (COVID-19)
  • 2019-20 - Boys' Basketball
  • 2018-19 - Boys' Track
  • 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

 

Academy Notables

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 new 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 inducted into the new WMA Athletic Hall of Fame. He 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."