October Athletes of the Month

Photo left to right: Sumona ‘Rini’ Halder, Principal Kathie Acker and Mike Damato.
Photo left to right: Sumona ‘Rini’ Halder, Principal Kathie Acker and Mike Damato.

Storm delays brought our two Athletes of the Month together recently where they were both officially recognized for their accomplishments.

“I really like how our tennis team is very focused on sportsmanship,” said Sumona "Rini" Halder, Whitman’s female athlete for the month of October. “When we win we never show off, and if you had a tough match, everyone supports each other.”  Rini posted a career best 12-3 record on her way to being named an All-County player. While Rini started playing as a young girl and is primarily focused on tennis, she also enjoys her math and science studies at Whitman. “The kids are great and I really like my teachers,” said Rini. Thoughts of college are not far off for this Whitman sophomore, who is planning to play in college. Fortunately for Coach Erika Nichols and the girls tennis program, Rini will be around for another 2 years.

It was also a big month for Whitman’s All-State Cross Country runner Mike Damato. Mike, a self-professed "track guy," runs the 1 mile and 2 mile in winter track and the same plus the 4 by 8 relays in spring track. “I love running and especially cross country," said Mike. “I’m out there in the woods, my mind is completely relaxed, and my body takes over. It’s a great feeling.” Mike is a Whitman senior who has garnered numerous track awards. Last year alone he was awarded all-league, all-division, all-county, and all-state in cross country; all-league and all-county in winter track; and all-league, all-division, and all-county in spring track. Congratulations to Mike and Track Coach Rob Conroy.