Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our athletic philosophy and School mission statement emphasizing gentleness, learning, dignity, and respect. These student athletes also reflect the seven principles of “true sport” which states: go for it, play fair, respect others, keep it fun, stay healthy, include everyone, and give back. 

For the Week of April 3-9

Senior Girl – Kate Jahnke ‘23: In our first competition of the year at the annual Icebreaker rugby tournament, many of our new players stepped up and played exceptionally well. Kate was a shining example of just how quickly one can excel in the sport of rugby with the right attitude and approach. She was all over the field in each of our exhibition matches and had one of the highlights of the day as she showed off her considerable athleticism and took the ball from the back of a scrum and used incredible footwork to make multiple defenders miss end route to a beautiful try against one of the top teams in the province. Aside from her beautiful runs, she proved to be a force on defense making many key tackles. We will be depending on our new players, like Kate, and our returning veterans to help us come together and defend our provincial title. Well done, Kate!

For the Week of April 10-16

Junior Boy – Ken Hojo ‘27 took part in the district and regional badminton qualifiers, and then in the provincial tournament in the Junior boys singles event on April 22 in Truro. Ken won his matches with tremendous focus, skill, patience, and impeccable sportsmanship. He finished in second place in regionals after defeating the player who had bested him in the district final. During the medal presentations at the tournament, the organizer made a special point of mentioning to all the players present that Ken’s crossover match was one of the most impressive ones in his memory. Ken went on to the badminton provincial tournament in Truro where he won all three of his matches in round-robin play, he then defeated the player who had bested him in the regionals final and went on to finish in second place in the Junior boys singles event. We congratulate Ken on a very successful competitive badminton season!

Junior Girl – Gabrielle Fromson ‘26 has been working hard in rugby practice since we returned from March Break and, in our first Grade 9s game of the year, turned in an excellent performance! Despite some pre-game nerves, Gabrielle looked very comfortable on the field and played the entire game for the Highlanders! Her performance was highlighted by a long run down the sideline and a textbook tackle which led to a turnover and eventual try for our squad! Congratulations, Gabrielle!

Senior Girl – Ann MacQuarrie ‘25 competed at the Cadet Provincial Marksmanship Competition this past weekend. The competition featured some of the best shooters in Nova Scotia. Ann fired 60 rounds from the prone position on Saturday and three rounds from the standing position on Sunday. She is a very composed, intense shooter and demonstrated great position, breathing, trigger control and fabulous follow through after each shot. Although she did not medal, Ann gained an amazing amount of experience from her first competition. She maintained excellent morale and a splendid attitude under trying conditions. Well done, Ann!

Senior Boy – Nate Montgomery ‘23 has been a steady presence at outside center for the senior boys rugby team again this season. His speed, field awareness, power and aggressive defense make him an extremely valuable member of the team. During the first week of competition, he helped lead the team to victories over Horton High School and Park View Education Centre, in which the King's-Edgehill boys accumulated 107 points for and had none scored against them. We wish him the best of luck as he, along with teammate Joe MacLean ‘23, travel to Wales with the Atlantic Rock.

For the Week of April 17-23

Junior Boy – Tommy Upton ‘26 was the standout performer for the King's-Edgehill 7's team at Rothesay Netherwood’s  Rugbyfest tournament during April 21-23. He led a team of very young and inexperienced players against much older and bigger competition. His speed, skills, tackling ability, and bravery were on display all weekend. Although the team did not win any games, they came away with an invaluable experience; one that will help them as they continue the 7's season here at home. Great work, Tommy! 

Junior Girl – Ali MacLean ‘27 suited up in an exhibition 7s match against Avon View High School's Grade 9 7's team and showed skill and ability well beyond her years. Despite being the youngest player on the pitch, she was a standout and raced almost the entire length of the field for not one but two tries!! Keep up the great work, Ali!

Senior Girl – Ava Shearer ‘24 was absolutely dominant in each of our games at Rothesay Netherworld School Rugbyfest tournament. She scored multiple tries in each of our games and was also a force on the defensive side of the ball. Ava's play catapulted our girls to our first tournament championship banner at Rugbyfest in six years! Great work all weekend, Ava!

Senior Boy – Joe MacLean ‘23 led the senior boy rugby team, many of whom were young and inexperienced, to a first place victory at Rothesay Netherwood School's Annual Rugbyfest from April 21-23. At #10, he played a pivotal position, literally and figuratively. He organized the boys into their rapidly developing offensive structure, and he played like a man twice his size on defense, leading by example with hard tackles on players who were sometimes much bigger. The team came away from Rugbyfest stronger, thanks in large part to Joe's tremendous efforts. Great work, Joe!

For the Week of April 24-30

Junior Boy – Ezra Sasaki ‘26 was the keystone of the team’s offensive efforts last week at their Ultimate Tournament. His excellent throw and hustle made every play he was involved in count. Ezra is a connoisseur of the “hammer throw”: a difficult reversed throw that causes the disk to scythe in from an angle upside-down. He used this throw to great effect catching the attention and admiration of the other teams and spectators. Through the season, Ezra has been a model of skill, fair play, and positive competition, leading his team by example and representing himself and our School with poise. Excellent work, Ezra.

Junior Girl – Sawyer Harris ‘28 has really hit her stride in ultimate this term. Her determination, athleticism and excellent throw have been depended on by the team, and she has risen to the challenge, showing great accuracy and hustle during last week’s tournament. Sawyer recently discovered her love of the position of “handler” and has since improved her playmaking and support plays substantially. These skills, paired with her great throw and dogged defensive work, make her a formidable opponent. Her spirit and love of the game make her a pleasure to play with or against. Wonderful work, Sawyer.

Senior Girl – Elizabeth Hardy ‘24 has been playing exceptional rugby all season long, and none better than her recent showing at our Highlanders Rugby Classic. She was an anchor in our set-piece and was virtually unstoppable in open play. Her effort and drive gained us many of the difficult metres we needed at key points in many of our games. As we begin to shift focus on playoffs and the western region final, Liz will be someone we continue to rely on heavily.

Senior Boy – Spencer Johnson ‘24 pitched six and a third innings against the Nichols College JV team beating them 6 to 2 and striking out 12. These are college baseball players who are 20 to 22 years old, and he shut them down with a stellar performance. Keep up the great work Spencer!

Kim Walsh
Director of Athletics

Athletics at KES
King’s-Edgehill School is located in Mi'kma'ki, the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.