Mustangs of the Week

In honor of those student athletes who go above and beyond in spirit, determination, sportsmanship and skill development, coaches nominate a Mustang of the Week. Here, you can read about our current athletes and their contributions to their team and to their school.
WEEK OF MAY 5, 2024
Daniel Yang
Daniel stepped up in a big way for the BV tennis team this past week. In what was his first official match this season at the varsity level Daniel was thrown into a must win doubles match in order to secure the victory against rival Salisbury. Daniel stepped up, played with tremendous poise and composure and picked up the win which sealed the team victory. With this win the team improved to an impressive record of 8-2.
Haley Malmgren
Haley has been solid from the circle, pitching all season, and this past week she was key in the teams big wins against King and Harvey. Against King, Haley picked up some key strikeouts, including a full-count strikeout to end the game. The very next day in the team’s game against Harvey, Haley was responsible for 15 of the 21 outs, with 7 strikeouts and 8 fielding outs. She also started a big 7th inning rally with a triple to help us secure the 6-4 win. Haley has thrown every pitch for the team this season and has racked up over 50 strikeouts.
WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2024
Gio Panicola
Gio made 22 big saves this past Wednesday against Trinity Pawling as BVL notched a huge 14-13 win against their Dutchess County rivals. Overall, Gio posted a 63% save percentage in that game and even earned an assist early in the third quarter. Overall, Gio has been instrumental in the team’s success this spring, especially defensively.
Piper Smith
Piper had a standout performance in the Mustangs' 14-5 victory over rival Pomfret on Saturday. Leading all players in points on the day, Piper scored 5 goals and tallied 2 assists, involving herself in 50% of the team’s scoring plays. Piper worked hard for the Mustangs in the ride, swarming the ball and giving it her all to get it back. She has been a strong presence for the team all season long, and always brings intensity to the field!
WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2024
Rhomy Mohamed
Rhomy hit .375 in three games this week. Highlights included a double off the fence against Frederick Gunn Friday night and a clutch go-ahead RBI single in Saturday’s game at Cheshire Academy. Rhomy also threw a shutout inning in relief on the mound against a formidable Cheshire lineup.
Charleigh Newman
Charleigh showcased her midfield abilities in GV lacrosse’s Friday game against Frederick Gunn. She netted an impressive six goals and dished out three crucial assists, helping to drive a total team effort. In addition to her offensive contributions, Charleigh secured four draw controls, dictating the tempo of the game and locking down the midfield. In the defensive end, Charleigh made two key interceptions, disrupting Gunn’s rhythm.
WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2024
Ben Dale
Ben has helped the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team get off to a strong start this spring. This past week, Ben led the team to two big wins against rivals Fredreick Gunn and Canterbury. He scored 8 points against Gunn with 5 goals and 3 assists. Against Canterbury, Ben scored 11 points on 7 goals and 4 assists. Individually, with his performance last week, Ben broke the all-time point record for the boys varsity lacrosse program! Currently, Ben has 61 points (37 goals and 24 Assists) in 7 games this year.
Jaicee Downs
Last week, Jaicee went 4-6 at the plate for the Mustangs, hitting for the cycle over the course of our games against Kent and Greens Farms Academy. This past weekend in our 11-8 win versus Greens Farms, Jaicee had 6 RBIs – including a triple and an inside-the-park grand slam. In addition to being clutch for the team offensively, she has also been a rock defensively at shortstop, making difficult plays look easy and getting key outs.
Catherine Page
This past week Catherine helped the GVT team pick up two wins against Canterbury and GFA. Against Canterbury, she was down in the first set before forcing a tiebreak, winning it 7-2, then cruising in the second set. She also found herself down 4-7 in an 8 game pro-set against Greens Farms. With the match on the line, she dug deep, ripped off three straight games and forced a deciding tiebreak which she would go on to win, securing the win for the Mustangs.
Gavin Urnek
In the golf team’s second match of the year, Gavin shot a new school record 32 on our home course. The previous record was 35. He was instrumental in helping the team beat arch-rival Frederick Gunn by 16. His score helped the team secure a tie against Kent on Wednesday. This was the best showing against the Kent team since 2014.
WINTER 2023-2024
Skyler Rockwell
Skyler went 3-1 this past weekend at Nationals for the girls' squash team. In each of her three wins, Skyler didn't allow a single game against her, including her final match against BB&N, in which she disposed of her opponent in a swift 17 minutes. Skyler's crucial lead-off win against BB&N helped the Mustangs secure a 3rd place finish in the 4th division at Nationals.
Cooper McGuire
Cooper’s grit and enthusiasm were on full display at High School Nationals this weekend. Cooper won his first two matches handily and helped the Mustangs advance through the first two rounds of the draw. In the semifinal match with the score tied at 3-3, and with the score tied 1-1 in sets, Cooper rose to the occasion taking the match 3 sets to 1, helping to secure the Mustangs a place in the finals.
Chase Garcia
Chase had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in a valiant losing effort against Canterbury on Monday. He followed it up with a stat-stuffed win on Saturday, tallying 4 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Chase has been a stalwart leader all season, shooting 86% from the free throw line and averaging 2.5 assists to every turnover committed.
Caleigh Murphy
Caleigh has been a dominant player both as a forward and lately as a fill-in defenseman. Caleigh scored a beautiful breakaway game winning goal on Sunday in the girls 1-0 win over Hill School. With Caleigh’s goal on Sunday, she reached the 100th point milestone as a Mustang!
Annie Hallock
Annie's determination, as well as her sportsmanship, was on full display this past weekend at the New England tournament. In her matches against Portsmouth Abbey, Concord Academy, and Brooks Annie went 3-0 at the #7 spot and sealed the win over Brooks School to help the girls squash team capture 3rd place at New Englands.
Dirky Rosse
First, congratulations to the entire BVS team on capturing the NEPSAC class E title this past weekend. In the boys semifinal match against Portsmouth Abbey, the Mustangs were down 2 matches to 3 and needed both #3 Jackson Colman and #7 Dirky Rosse to pull out big wins. Jackson dispatched his opponent in four but Dirky kept the entire team on their toes after his opponent forced a fifth game. Dirky persevered, dug deep, and won the final game 11-6 propelling the Mustangs to the NEPSAC championship.
Challe Cancer
This week Challe had two incredible games to lead girls varsity basketball to back-to-back wins over Frederick Gunn and Holy Child. Over these two games, Challe scored 54 points, grabbed 22 rebounds, and earned 9 steals. She also played incredible defense and her hustle and compete level helped to spark the entire team.
Givi Fleuristal-Muheto
Givi jump-started the Mustangs from off the bench this week in two dominant wins against Frederick Gunn and GCDS. Givi is the consummate team player and makes his teammates and coaches better every time he’s on the court. He capped off the week with 5 rebounds and a big-time corner 3 vs GCDS on Saturday.
Sadie Wilson
All winter, Sadie has handled playing as the team’s #1 with great skill and sportsmanship. This was on full display during Saturday's match against Miss Porter's. After winning the first game, Sadie lost the next two but she dug deep and won the remaining two games, each by a score of 11-5. This gritty performance helped lead her team to a 6-1 victory over Miss Porter's and contributed to the team's current five-match win streak.
Amadou Fall
In a week that saw a big win at Berkshire and a close loss at Canterbury, Amadou Fall stood out for boys varsity basketball. In the two games, Amadou averaged a near triple-double, tallying 12 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, and 8 blocks per game. On top of that, Amadou connected on the game-winning tip-in to beat Berkshire with 2.3 seconds left on Monday.
Za'Nyah Bernard
Za’Nyah led the GV basketball team in scoring against Berkshire and Greenwich Academy. She scored 21 points against Berkshire and 20 against Greenwich Academy. Za’Nyah was also tremendous defensively, holding Greenwich Academy’s leading scorer to zero points in the second half of the game and helping the Mustangs secure a big win over the GA.
Tyler Spokane
Tyler was a rock in net against rival Pomfret. After a somewhat shaky start by the team, Tyler’s confident performance bought Millbrook the time to find their game and ultimately pick up a 5-2 win at home against Pomfret. Tyler made many key saves, turning away 37 shots.
Elle O'Brien
Captain Elle O'Brien got her first win on the squash court after being sidelined last year due to injury. Elle beat her opponent from Kingswood Oxford 3-0, giving up a total of 11 points. Elle's enthusiastic leadership and intensity helped lead the girls varsity squad to their first win of the season.
Sutter Schwartz
Sutter notched his first victory at the #1 position against a talented Salisbury opponent. Down 1-2 in the best of five match, Sutter found his groove in the fourth set by focusing on fundamental squash. Halfway through the fourth, Sutter broke his opponent and won the game before sealing the match with an 11-3 victory in the fifth.
Zoumana Traore
Zou averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in three games this week. Zou led the group to a 2-1 record and a key Class B victory against Proctor. Zou was also named one of the best 10 players out of 48 teams who competed in the Zero Gravity Prep Showcase on Saturday!
Jess Trocchio
Jess helped the GV hockey team get off to a strong 2 and 1 start last week, making key saves in crucial moments in all three games. Jess’ strong and confident play led the Mustangs to wins over Portledge and Hoosac, only allowing 3 goals on 64 shots. Her confidence, energy and leadership was a key contributor to a successful first week for the team.
Shaye Jasiel
Throughout the entire season, Shaye has been relentless and unwavering in her commitment to the field hockey team and making her teammates better. Not only did she have five assists this week, but she also scored two of the three goals in the NEPSAC All-Star game on Sunday. Shaye's selfless and strategic plays helped the Mustangs beat Miss Porter's and Pomfret this past week.
Zach Herman
Zach showed why he is one of the best goalies in all of New England this past week in wins against Cheshire and Pomfret. He made critical, game-changing saves in both games, especially against Pomfret. Additionally, he nearly added to his number of assists by delivering precise punts to the forwards, all while maintaining a reassuring presence in the defense. According to Max Prep, Zach currently ranks in the top five in saves among all high schools in New York.
FALL 2023
Merritt Tessier
Merritt was pivotal in Friday night’s varsity victory over Master’s and contributed a crucial goal to the girls' hard fought tie against Holy Child the next day. Merritt has made a huge impact in her first year with girls varsity soccer. As a striker with a combination of quickness and overall speed, Merritt’s consistent attacks have caused issues for the opponent’s defensive back line and earned her Mustang of the Week.
Jaxon Salmon
Playing on both sides of the ball, Jaxon had an impactful game and led football to a big win in their Friday Night Lights game. Jaxon’s 25 yard touchdown reception turned the tide, giving momentum back to the Mustangs. He rushed for an additional 60 yards. And wreaked havoc on defense all night, recording 8 crucial tackles and forcing a fumble.
FALL 2023
Challe Cancer
This past week Challe was an instrumental player in volleyball’s three important wins. Her strong serves earned some crucial points and she reliably and skillfully set up her teammates for success. On defense, Challe fended off countless attacks and shut down opponents at the net. Most importantly Challe’s lights out game this Saturday against Miss Hall’s helped the girls avenge a loss from earlier in the season.
Danny Widmer
Danny has been the linchpin of the team’s midfield as evidenced in the Mustangs’ win over Trinity Pawling Saturday. Not only did he effectively control possession, but also intercepted numerous dangerous passes from the opposing side, and capped that off with a goal. Danny’s adept runs furthered the team’s offensive play, and he swiftly transitioned to a defensive position when needed.
Christina Bellin
Christina’s unwavering strength and resilience this season on defense has been incredible. Playing pivotal roles in recent wins against Frederick Gunn and Ethel Walker, she has been reliable all fall and the coaching staff has come to rely on her decision-making. Christina consistently shuts down opposing plays in the defensive zone and executes the transitions in the midfield that lead to wins.
Liam Alberti
Liam Alberti had a phenomenal two-week stretch on the gridiron.. Liam recorded 23 tackles on the defensive side of the ball and picked up 12 catches for 147 yards on offense. He also ran for a touchdown and even threw for a touchdown that sealed the Mustangs’ big win over Holderness on Family Weekend. That loss was Holderness’s first conference loss in 3 years. The team counts on Liam to dominate on both sides of the ball down the stretch. .
Emma Salvatore
Emma was a strong performer last week for the GV volleyball team helping the team go 2-0 with wins against Kent and Harvey. She served extremely well in both matches, earning 7 aces and earning 17 points out of her 21 serves for an 81% scoring percentage. She also had 10 successful kills for the team in those matches. As one of the captains, she’s been a positive influence on the group.
Francis Bonsu
Francis had an outstanding performance last week, scoring 6 goals and providing 3 assists to lead the Mustangs to two important victories over Greens Farms and Williston. The highlight was his incredible hat trick against Williston, securing the Mustangs’ first victory against them in several years. His consistent performance on the field demonstrated why he is one of the best players in New England.
Jack Evans
Last week, Jack Evans took fourth place overall in a field of almost 90 runners at the Canterbury Invitational. This past weekend, in a tri-meet here on Millbrook home turf against Frederick Gunn and Hoosac School, Jack took first place with a time of 20:28, over a minute faster than the next runner. Jack leads the team by example and takes the sport very seriously.
Abigail Danso
Abigail helped girls varsity soccer notch a big win Saturday at Miss Hall’s by a score of 6-0. Abigail scored 3 goals and pitched in with an assist to secure the win. On Monday, she had a strong defensive game against Hotchkiss helping to hold the talented Hotchkiss team to just 2 goals and helping to keep the Mustangs in the game the entire match.
Juliet Drury
Juliet completed a challenging 5k course in a blazing 20:33 at last weekend’s Canterbury Invitational. As the field spaced out, Juliet ran against the clock and the course and was the first Mustang across the line. Her time was a personal record on that course and good enough for an overall 3rd place in the girls race.
Chase Jackson
Chase showcased his skills on the pitch by scoring three goals and providing three crucial assists in matches against Northwood and Vermont Academy, even earning “Player of the Match” kudos against the latter. Chase’s last-minute equalizer against Northwood, a team committed to year round soccer, is an early-season highlight. A win at home against King was further proof that the leadership of Chase and fellow captains, Zach and Francis, have set the tone for a team that works hard and plays together.