Cassi Sullivan ’18
At Tower Hill, athletics play a key role in the everyday lives of students. As both the weather and academics heat up in Tower Hill’s spring season, athletes must rise to uphold the school’s motto, Multa Bene Facta. To congratulate Tower Hill’s student-athletes on their great accomplishments, spring coaches were asked to nominate players for Athlete of the Month. Please note that all winners were chosen by the coaches of their respective teams. Congratulations to all athletes who were nominated as Tower Hill’s Athletes of April!
Golf: Danny Dougherty
Coach Kathy Franklin nominated Danny Dougherty as the golf team’s Athlete of the April. Danny plays a crucial role on the Tower Hill golf team. He placed 6th place in the Chesapeake Bay GC – Rising Sun Tournament. In the most recent match against Delaware Military Academy, Danny scored a 37, remaining as Tower Hill’s top golfer. Congratulations, Danny!
Boys Tennis: Robby Ward, Drew Manning, and James Fleming
Coach Deanna Nagy nominated Robby Ward, Drew Manning, and James Fleming as the Boys Tennis athletes of the April. Coach Nagy stated, “The boys’ tennis team has an incredible group of varsity players this year, in particular their 3 singles players. Each of them has led during the month of April with character, athleticism and sportsmanship.
Robby Ward, our first singles player, has returned to Tower Hill stronger and tougher. Not only is he undefeated, he has given up only 7 games in 9 matches. His characteristic humility and work ethic shine through every time he steps onto the court.
Drew Manning, Senior Captain, also undefeated, organizes the team each day. His sustained high performance on the court, his calm demeanor, and his sharp focus show the team a path to excellence.
James Fleming, Senior Captain, also undefeated, has a genuine love of tennis which permeates his performances at matches and practices. He is a strong motivator of the younger players and also actively models, with Drew and Robby, great sportsmanship for the other players.
The tennis coaches congratulate these fine young men as April athletes of the Month.
Congratulations, Robby, Drew, and James!
Girls Tennis: Sarah Lunger
Coach Wendy Berkover nominated Sarah Lunger. Coach Berkover stated, “She is respected by all members of the team and has mental toughness that can’t be taught! She utilizes a variety of shots and has a great desire to win. She will play through pain to accomplish this. She has transitioned from doubles to singles with ease and is a pleasure to coach.” Congratulations, Sarah!
Boys Lacrosse: Jamie Spruance
Coach Brad du Pont nominated Jamie Spruance. Coach du Pont stated, “He scored 22 goals and dished out 4 assists for 26 total points. He leads the team in goals and total points. He has won 92 of 147 face-offs, 63%. He is a captain, the emotional leader of the team, and the catalyst for our offense in all of our games so far. He was WDEL’s athlete of the week after our DMA game in which he scored 6 goals and won 14 of 22 face-offs in a 13-9 victory.” Congratulations, Jamie!
Girls Lacrosse: Defensive Players
Coach Wiz Applegate nominated the Girl’s Lacrosse Team’s entire defensive unit consisting of: Seniors Louise Conaty, Brianna McCoy, Jade Olurin; Juniors Abby Carpenter and Elena Attix; Sophomores Gracie Wenzel and Parker Brown; and Freshmen Gracie Bailer, Grace Nestor, and Sarah Zungailia. Coach Applegate stated, “Tower Hill’s scores are a direct result of ground balls, forced turnovers, interceptions, goaltending, saves, and clears, all orchestrated by our stellar defensive unit!!”
Track and Field: Julia Ward
Coach Charles Sharon nominated Julia Ward as Track and Field’s Athlete of April! Julia has state qualifying times in each event she has run this season: the 800m, 1600m and the 3200m races. Julia is an outstanding captain that leads by example with her hard work at each and every practice and meet. Congratulations, Julia!
Girl’s Soccer: Isabelle Pilson
It would be hard to top the production Isabelle Pilson provided the girls soccer team for the month of April. The junior midfielder scored six goals — eight if you count the season-opener at St. Andrews, March 25, in which she scored both goals in a 2-1 victory; she also added a couple of assists this month, but her contributions went way beyond the stat sheet.
“Her work rate is incredibly high,” coach Garry Chandler said of Pilson. “She is constantly around the ball in support of the play, and she uses a natural ability to see and react and to involve her teammates in such a way that brings out the best for the team in any given situation.”
Pilson’s efforts have been a big help in the Hillers’ 8-1 record in April, and she is a solid choice for April’s athlete of the month.