March Athletes of the Month

Noelle Bryggman and Ryan Glidden are congratulated by Whitman Principal John Murphy (right), and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.
Noelle Bryggman and Ryan Glidden are congratulated by Whitman Principal John Murphy (right), and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.

Our March Athletes of the Month are Noelle Bryggman for Softball and Ryan Glidden got Lacrosse. Both of these popular students are well connected to the social fabric and see the Whitman community as ‘one big family.’  “A lot of people ask me advise about many different things,” said Noelle, who is a member of Girl’s Leaders Organization.  ‘I like that I’m a resource for anyone with questions.” Senior Ryan Glidden agrees with Noelle. “Everyone seems to be friends with so many different people so it feels like everyone knows everyone else and it makes everyone feel connected.”

For Noelle, clutch hitting has become a trademark for this busy junior. As the Wildcats are now in the playoffs, Noelle’s athleticism at the plate and at shortstop will be crucial for the team’s continued success. “Everyone of us gets along really well and we work together as a team,” said Noelle about their success of late. “We have all been playing together for so many years.”  When she’s not rounding the bases, Noelle plays Varsity Volleyball and Bowling for the Wildcats. She is also GSO Vice President, and a member of the Chamber Orchestra.

As an Attackman for the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, senior Ryan Glidden has felt the March bitter winds as he anxiously awaits his midfielders getting him the ball. “Most of our games in March have been in the rain, so that hasn’t helped with the cold.”  At the end of March, Ryan was steadily climbing Newsday’s Scoring Leaders list. “I have to give my teammates the credit for a lot of this,” said Ryan. “They’re always looking for me, setting picks and helping me out. I’m honored to get this award because I worked really hard during the off-season and that’s been paying off on the field.”  Ryan is undecided about college but is hoping to continue his lacrosse career. He also played Varsity Volleyball for the Wildcats.