Athlete of the Week
Students are chosen as Athlete of the Week based on their efforts to demonstrate the following characteristics as a member of the Forman School athletic program: sportsmanship, leadership, perseverance, selflessness, and a positive attitude.
Week: May 15
Week: May 8
Quinn Outerbridge ’17 – Boys’ JV Tennis
Quinn is new to the game, yet he is currently undefeated. Against Harvey, Quinn was down 6-1 and ended up winning 8-6 to maintain his perfect record.
Alex Schlesinger ’17 – Varsity Baseball
Alex has stepped up and become the team’s DH this season. In the last game against Christian Heritage, he had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. His hit started the momentum the team needed to get the win. Alex is becoming a key part to the team’s batting line up. He is incredibly dedicated to athletics and his hard work is certainly paying off.
Week: May 1
Sophia Gadsden ’18 – Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Sophia has become integral to the midfield. This past week, she fought through heat and exhaustion and improved on the draw and circle. She consistently works hard during practice and keeps the team positive. During Saturday's game, Sophia won the draw 9 times, her all time high for the season. She also tallied 3 goals and 2 assists. Sophia will only continue to improve as the season goes on and we cannot wait to see all she accomplished in the midfield.
Liam Lawlor ’17 – Varsity Ultimate Frisbee
Liam has been the heart of the defense of the Frisbee team, having somewhere around 12 blocks in the end zone in the last game against Chase. He has stepped up to be one of the team’s most reliable handlers and leaders. He also is among the team leaders in assists. Liam was an apex predator on defense by blocking at least 10 discs in the most recent game. He also kept the team’s offense alive with 4 assists and kept the disc moving downfield. He gave 100% and motivated the team around him to give it their all.
Matt Troy ’18 – Varsity Baseball
Matt earned a no-hitter against Christian Heritage last Monday. He was dialed in at the start of the game and kept the batters guessing at every at-bat. He struck out 7 and only walked 3 batters. Matt has become a top pitcher in the league and continues to be a key pitcher in Forman’s rotation.
Week: May 1
Logan Faucett ’17 – White Water Kayaking
It was a challenging course on the Blackwater River in New Hampshire, and Logan had four amazing runs. While he did not place, he led by example and shaved his penalty points by 200, which was outstanding! He was a true captain and took charge of the team from preparation for the race to clean up, always representing the school well!
Ben Pere ’18 – Varsity Golf
In last Saturday's match against The Gunnery, Ben birdied the final hole to finish with a one-under 34, his first career round under par. Ben has shot the low round in each of the three matches he has played so far this year, and he currently leads the team with an impressive scoring average of 37. In his third year with the team, Ben has firmly established himself as one of the top golfers in the league.
Week: April 17
Matthew Balsara '18 – Boys' Varsity Baseball
In baseball's last 3 games, Matt has pitched 8 innings and faced 37 batters. He has only walked 1 batter and has an ERA (earned run average) of .6. Matt has demonstrated superior control of the strike zone and continues to be an asset in the pitching rotation. More importantly, his attitude and drive on the field have been incredible!
Lauren Fraites '17 – Girls' Varsity Tennis
In the Girl's Varsity Tennis team's match against Watkinson on Saturday, Lauren fought a marathon singles match that lasted two-and-a-half hours, which she won in a tie-break. Lauren played with grit and heart. She made her teammates and her school very proud.
Week: February 20
Sean MacDonald '19 – Boys' JVA Basketball
Sean's effort during practices has paid off as he was outstanding this week, getting the majority of the rebounds for the team (and all season as well). Against a physical Cheshire team, he locked down his zone allowing no one through the middle. Great work, Sean!
Dani Oddo '18 – Girls' Varsity Basketball
In three games last week, Dani averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals per game. Her strong defensive play and clutch free-throw shooting helped the team overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half against Master's on Saturday. In her second year with the team, Dani's steady play at the point guard position has helped the team earn the #3 seed in the HVAL playoffs.
Week: February 13
Parker Broadnax '17 – Varsity Wrestling
Parker battled through a stacked division, winning two matches by pitfall, and one by major decision to place 5th in the Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association Tournament. He showed tremendous grit and wrestled better than ever. His hard work and perseverance have paid off as he is the highest placing winner that Forman has had in at least the last five years. Parker will be greatly missed next season.
Tom Troy '18 – Varsity Ice Hockey
In our past three games, Tom has stepped up when the team has been down. He leads by example with his constant hustle and hard work on and off the ice. Wherever he is needed, Tom is always there ready to work. Tom has prevented numerous goals on a penalty kill and is a solid contributor to offense. In the past three games, he has led the team in assists helping contribute to five goals, including one of his own.
Week: January 30
JT Papa '17 – Boys' Varsity Basketball
JT's thousandth point was a hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment. In the several games leading up to that milestone, JT averaged a whopping 35.2 points per game. This achievement is a testament to his consistent hard work and dedication. What's even more impressive is that he is the consummate team player, helping his teammates around him to be better players as well. He is now just 14 points away from being the all time leading scorer in Forman history. Forman basketball and the entire Athletic Department is incredibly proud of JT!! Watch him score the famous point here.
Week: January 23
Kyle has really bought into the offensive system the team is running, calling plays and directing others. Aside from his typical points spread, Kyle has also upped his rebound totals in the last few games, and of course, the half court shot he made just before halftime on Saturday was fantastic!
Will, the captain of the Alpine Ski Team, has become a key racer this season. In two short weeks, Will finished in the top 15, secured a first place finish (by nearly a half of a second!), and helped the team's overall standings in the Brigham Ski League. On and off the hill, Will's relentless hard work and focus to improve himself is contagious to his other teammates.
Week: January 16
Justin Henges '19 – Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey
Justin has been the team's backbone in the net and has only let up two goals in the last two games. With the team's slow start in the last two contests, he kept his team in the game with big saves early on. Whenever Justin is in the net, he gives the team a chance to win with his unparalleled focus and work ethic. Justin is constantly working to improve and in just five games, he has made over 100 saves and has denied multiple breakaways.
Silvanna Najri Saladin '17 – Girls' JV Basketball
Silvanna played a major role in the last game. She had a great game, putting up a strong defense and scoring a clutch basket, which contributed to our first win at home. Being new to the sport, she has grown a lot over the season and her hard work has really shown.
Week: December 12
Chris has had a very strong start to the hockey season this year. In practice, he always leads by example and works hard to improve on his skill. In our game Saturday, he led the team with shots on goal and scored three of his own. He is the backbone of our defense. As one of the captains on the team, Chris consistently shows strong leadership skills on and off of the ice.
Week: December 5
Taylor McNair ’17 – Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Taylor had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals in the Girls' Varsity Basketball season-opening victory over The Gunnery in the Westover Tip-Off Classic. She plays with unrelenting intensity and was the catalyst to the team's pressure defense, which forced The Gunnery into 30 turnovers. Taylor is the captain of the team and sets high expectations for herself and her teammates everyday in practice and in games.
Week: November 7
Brett Bokman ’19 – Cross Country
Brett has worked hard all season, pushed himself in practices, and led runs off-campus in his free time. His hard work has paid off this season as he finished the year as our first place runner in the HVAL Championship, setting a personal record of 22:16 on the final race. Well done, Brett!
Alex Ragatz ’18 – Rock Climbing
Alex has been a crucial member of the Rock Climbing team all season. He consistently pays attention to his technique has a strong dedication to the program. It has been a joy to watch Alex develop as a climber and represent the ideals of the team as they head out to tackle the varied terrain of Western Connecticut.
Week: October 10
Maddie Brasser ’18 – Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
Maddie has been working very hard during the past few weeks. Regardless of the outcome, she always keeps her head up and pushes others to do the same during games and practices. She has improved her serve tremendously and has already achieved her beginning of the season goal to become a better and more consistent overhand server. Every day at volleyball, we see improvements as Maddie continues to work her hardest.
Andrew Kokes ’19 – Boys’ JVB Soccer
Andrew Kokes had a phenomenal game on Saturday, making several huge saves to keep the team's aspirations of winning alive. He had a particularly great save where he ran out of the net and took a big hit from a rushing opposing forward, but was able to come up with the ball and prevent a sure goal. He has also been showing strong leadership as captain.
Week: October 3
Gavin took the lead offensively in our 40-20 win over Millbrook. In just one half of play, he ran the ball 14 times for 157 yards, 6 touchdowns and one 2 point conversion, leading the team to its first win of the season!
Lucie Welles '17 – Varsity Sailing
Lucie's ongoing leadership of the new sailing team is exemplary. She consistently takes the initiative to communicate with the team, which helps keep everyone on the same page. Lucie is also Forman's top sailor and sets a high bar for success.
Week: September 26
Sophia Gadsden ’18 – Varsity Volleyball
Sophia has worked very hard this past week in practice to improve her blocking and serving. She has become a more consistent server and has really been impacting our front row. In our recent match against Watkinson Sophia had over 10 attempted blocks resulting in numerous points for our team. Sophia's amazing efforts helped to achieve the game winning point in the fifth set of a very intense match.
Christopher Mann ’17 – Boys’ JVA Soccer
Chris had a career game on Saturday against Marvelwood. He scored his first of four goals in the first 45 seconds of the game, the second coming one minute later and the third one a minute after that. His fourth came in the second half as it helped the team win 6-0. Chris is a hard-working, model student-athlete for JV soccer and it has earned him a coaches' choice as Captain.
Week: September 19
Kseniya Kotova '18 – Varsity Cross Country
Kseniya has been working hard and has consistently been our top female runner, placing 1st in all races for Forman. She helps her teammates improve in practice and finished 3rd overall at our race at Oakwood, and was 40th overall at the invitational at Canterbury (out of 150+ runners). Kseniya has proven to be a great captain and continues to improve on her times.
Emma Forrester '17 – Girls' Varsity Soccer
After predicting a victory with co-captain Kamryn Smith, Emma delivered against Wooster tallying two goals, including the game winner in a well deserved 3-1 win on the road. Both goals were executed perfectly after some deliberate practice the prior two days as she finished a penalty kick off the left post, then sailed a shot from outside the 18 once again using the post to send home another goal. Her leadership and dedication to the team have helped the group stay positive despite a rough start to the season.
Week: September 12
Maggie Zagrodzky '18 – Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
Maggie with Assistant Athletic Director Craig Lombardi
Maggie went above and beyond this past week from the first day of practice. She came ready to lead the team and has represented the ideal characteristics of a Forman student-athlete. Maggie works hard every day in practice, she remains positive at all times, and constantly reminds our team to smile and work hard. Her positive attitude and leadership prepared the volleyball team for their first week of matches.