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WMA Awards

Athletes of the Month

October 2022

Female soccer layer smiling

Ally Orquiola ’25
Girls Soccer

Ally experienced a tremendous month of October for the Titans. She was the top goal-scorer and had nine goals over the course of the season, including one hat trick. But Ally's also so much more than that. In a very tough game against Cheshire, Ally scored a goal when the team was already down by two. Her work ethic and determination inspired her teammates not to give up on themselves, and she pushed the Titans to finish the game strong. This is typical of Ally, who is often leading by example both in games and at practice. She jumps to pick up cones or move the portable net; whenever she (rarely) gets a break on the sidelines, she cheers her heart out; and she goes out of her way to improve herself for the sake of the team.

Other nominees
Hannah Grudzien ’24 - Volleyball
Ava Aguiar  ’23 - Cross Country
Mae Lempke ’25 - Field Hockey

Male cross country runner in action

Tianze “Spark” Xiong ’23
Boys Cross Country

Spark was outstanding throughout the month of October. His performances in all of the Cross Country races last month were outstanding. This is not new for him, as Spark has been working hard, heart and soul in cross country for four years. He has been an inspiring leader for his team, and never takes a win - for himself or his team - for granted.

Other nominees:
Emilio Rodriguez ’24 - Water Polo
Jaime De Los Casares ’24 - Soccer
Tyler Poirier ’23 - Football

Archives Fall 2022

Female student playing soccer

Katie Hutcheson '26
Girls Soccer

September 2022

Katie experienced a great month of September. Midfielders don't often get much glory - their job isn't to score goals or to block shots. A midfielder's job is to create opportunities for their teammates and that's exactly how Katie shines. With her speed, technique and tactical intelligence, Katie is a playmaker. Her passes are precise and quick; she carries the ball up the field with confidence and speed; and she wins almost every tackle! But even playing so far from the goal hasn't stopped Katie from scoring - she scored her first two goals as a Titan in our first game! Katie is a force to be reckoned with, and her determination inspires the whole team.

Other Nominees 

  • Iva Radevic - Volleyball
  • Lily Meier - Cross Country
  • Elena Baltazar - Field Hockey


Male student playing football

Desmond Perezcastaneda ‘23

September 2022

Desmond had a great first two games of the season versus Hamden Hall and Albany Academy, where he had a major impact on both offense and defense. He led the team in tackles both weeks, with 12 and nine respectively, from his middle linebacker position, while also making a number of big hits and a tackle for loss. 

Desmond carried the load on offense as well, leading the team in rushing both weeks, finishing with an impressive 184 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries versus Albany. He showed his versatility by also passing for 101 yards on three attempts, and hauling in two receptions for 20 yards versus Hamden Hall. Desmond has been a strong and positive leader for the team since the beginning, and he sets a tone of working hard in practice each day. 

Other Nominees 

  • Kayden Chhoun- Cross Country
  • Federico Felli - Water Polo
  • Kaelan Pinnock - Soccer


Athletes of the Week

Nov. 6 - 11

Female student running a race

Kinaya Bowe ’28
Girls Cross Country

Kinaya capitalized on a week of excellent running with another strong performance at the NEPSAC championships last weekend. She finished second on our team as a Grade 7 student with a 5K time of 26:16, very close to her personal best on a muddy and hilly Canterbury course. Kinaya's enthusiasm for running and her work ethic was a very positive addition to the team this season. Her future in the sport of cross country is bright!

Other nominees:

  • Maddie Hong ’23 - Soccer
  • Maria Liriano ’27 - Field Hockey
  • Abril Vila Gil ’23 - Volleyball
Male student playing soccer

Michael Dorunda ’24
Boys Soccer

Michael experienced a great week for the team in matches against Frederick Gunn and Marianapolis. Michael's level of play was instrumental to the team`s overall performance. Michael does all the things that do not go on the statistics sheet and leads his team with energy, grit and perseverance. Michael sets an example every day of the week and made sure that his teammates were ready to play. 

Other nominees:

  • Valdemar Enghave ’23 - Football
  • Mark Tobias ’25 - Cross Country
  • Adil Kamara ’24 - Water Polo

Archives: Fall 2022

Female field hockey player smiling

Callie Dunbar ’24

Field Hockey

Male water polo athlete in action

Sheldon Tang ’23

Water Polo

Female athlete playing volleyball

Hannah Grudzien ’24
Girls Volleyball

Male student playing football

Tyler Poirier ’23

Female student playing field hockey

Mae Lempke ’25

Field Hockey

Male student running in a race

Tianze “Spark” Xiong ’23

Boys Cross Country 

Female student playing soccer

Julia Besse '23
Girls Soccer

Male student playing soccer

Jaime De Los Casares '24
Boys Soccer

Female student running a race

Emma Landry '25
Girls Cross Country

Male student playing water polo

Federico Felli '23
Water Polo

Female student playing volleyball

Abril Vila Gil '23
Girls Volleyball 

Male student playing football

Joe Weidl '23

Female student playing soccer

Maddie Stoltz '23
Girls Soccer

Male student a running race

Kayden Chhoun '24
Boys Cross Country 


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


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."