October Athletes of the Month

Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker are justifiably proud of their October Athletes of the Month, Kate Manson and Chad Maier.
Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker are justifiably proud of their October Athletes of the Month, Kate Manson and Chad Maier.

Our female Athlete of the Month for October is Kate Manson. Kate just finished a very respectable Field Hockey season where she was integral in the team’s success. “I’ve known Kate since she played in the junior field hockey leagues in the 4th grade,” said Varsity Coach Karen Schmitt. “I saw right away that a player with her skill was going to be a great asset to our team.  I was able to move her up to the JV team as an 8th grader, and then to varsity as a 9th grader.” The Wildcat field hockey team improved greatly this year and narrowly missed the playoffs in a tough Division 1 standing. Their season ended with a 7-9-0 overall record. “Kate has proven herself to be a dedicated and passionate player,” said Coach Schmitt.

“Kate served as a captain this year and she will be greatly missed next year,” said Coach Schmitt. “The team admired her skill and abilities on the field, translating to strong leadership qualities.” Kate has recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play Field Hockey at Adelphi University next fall. Kate is now preparing for Whitman's spring lacrosse season. 


Senior cross-country runner Chad Maier like to run, so much so, that other than bringing in excellent grades, which keeps him in one place longer than he would like, he’s always running. “The 500 miles he ran this past summer paid off,” said Cross Country Coach Rob Conroy.  Chad, a 1st team All-County runner, has recently finished leading his Wildcat Cross Country Team to a Division Title, with a 16:58 time in the Sunken Meadow 5K. Chad will shorten his game a little and run the 3200-meter in Winter and Spring Track.

“Chad is a warrior and a gentleman,” said Coach Conroy.  “He is a great leader who leads by example.” Although Chad missed qualifying for the state championships by .7 of a second, he feels strongly that he will be back on the cross-country trails next fall as a college freshman.

Congratulations to Kate and Chad, and to their families for their dedicated support.