Congrats to Nov. 9 Dutchmen of the Week!

Dutchmen of the Week (DOW) Honors

Each week, we will highlight two student-athletes (Modified, Mod 9, Frosh, JV or Varsity level) for athletic accomplishments based on the following criteria:

  • The athlete should have made a significant impact to a contest within the nomination time frame, which is the week prior to selection; or
  • The athlete must have shown excellent leadership, sportsmanship, noticeable improvement/effort, community service, and/or other notable traits.

Jump to specific weeks by clicking the week below.


Week of November 9

Shoun Francis

Picture of Nov. 9 Dutchmen of the week, Shoun Francis (Varsity Soccer) holding "Dutchmen Committed" t-shirt award

Shoun is a senior on the varsity boys soccer team. This past week, he scored the lone goal to defeat Albany and had the tying goal against CBA, which Guilderland went on to defeat 3 to 2. Shoun is one of the top players on the team. “His work rate is unmatched and you can always count on him to give 100%,” says Coach Mike Kinnally. Way to go, Shoun!

Skyler Van Wormer (JV Field Hockey)

Picture of Nov. 9 Dutchmen of the week, Skyler Van Wormer (JV Field Hockey)holding "Dutchmen Committed" t-shirt award

Skyler is a force on the field. Not only is she strong and quick, she has a competitive edge that makes her an amazing athlete. She is one of our leading scorers for the JV field hockey team. She was a big reason why her team finished in 1st place in the Suburban Council this season. Offensively, she’s a threat to the other team and defensively, she’s a hustler who never backs down. As a result of her hard work and effort, she has been moved up to varsity for the Suburban Council playoffs this week. Great job, Skyler!

Week of November 2

Madalyn Altieri (Varsity Swimming & Diving)

Madalyn Altieri holding tshirt for award

Maddy is a senior who is competing in her 6th season on the varsity girls swimming & diving team. She is a 2nd-year captain and exemplifies what a student-athlete should be. She is a wonderful leader and goes out of her way to make sure every girl on the team feels included from the moment they step onto the pool deck. Maddy is the leading scorer for the diving event. She is currently ranked 3rd in the section and 10th in the state. She sets an amazing example for all the younger athletes on the team and is a great representative of her school.

Will Cusato (Varsity XC)

Will Cusato holding tshirt for the award

Will consistently leads our team with top running performances. This past Saturday, he ran an impressive 16:47 on the challenging Saratoga Spa State Park Championship course, despite running with a mask and not running in live time against his competitors. In addition to Will’s personal drive, deep commitment to personal improvement, and incredible passion for the sport, Will is an unshakeable leader for his team. He reaches out to underclassmen, provides sound advice, gives pep talks before races, and works to ensure the traditions of The Long Red Line are preserved. Will is an incredible athlete, a fierce competitor and a respected leader.

Week of October 26

Katrina Setchenkov (Varsity Girls Tennis)

Picture of Katrina-Setchenkov holding Dutchmen t-shirt for the award

Katrina just rounded out her 2020 tennis season with a BIG win against the #3 seeded player in Section 2. Earlier in the season, Katrina lost to this player from Niskayuna 4 to 6, 5 to 7. However, on Saturday at Central Park, after being down 6 to 7, Karina dug deep and won the next 4 games to win 10 to 7. Playing in the #1 Singles position is no easy task and the Suburban Council is the toughest league in Section 2 to boot. Katrina had an amazing season with a record of 10 wins and only 1 loss.

Illia Tyrkus (Varsity Boys Soccer)

Picture of Illia Tyrkus holding Dutchmen t-shirt for th award

Illia scored 3 goals and had an assist in wins against Troy and Shaker over the past 4 days. Offensively, he was the most dangerous player on the field. Illia has helped his team to a record of 4 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties. They currently sit in 7th place out of 13 teams in the Suburban Council.

Week of October 19

Megna Naidu (Varsity Girls Golf)

Dutchment of the Week (DOW) Award winner for the week of Oct. 19, Megna Naidu. Picture of Megna holding a Guilderland Athletics t-shirt.

What a week for Megna! Last Saturday at Van Patten Golf Course she tied for first in the Suburban Council Championship.

That capped a season in which she led the girl’s team to an 8-1 record and second-place finish in the league standings. Megna is extremely dedicated to improving as a player. Given her talent and work ethic, we will continue to hear more about her accomplishments in the years ahead. Congratulations, Megna.

Anthony Ruggiero (Modified Boys Soccer)

Dutchment of the Week (DOW) Award winner for the week of Oct. 19, Anthony Ruggiero. Picture of Anthony holding a Guilderland Athletics t-shirt.

Anthony is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the field. He does an impeccable job of disrupting fast breaks and stopping the momentum of the offense. Anthony does a great job of communicating to the rest of the team and demonstrates a lot of passion for the game. Way to go, Anthony!

Week of October 12

Ellen Billington (Varsity Field Hockey)

Dutchment of the Week (DOW) Award winner for the week of Oct. 12, Ellen Billington (Varsity Field Hockey). Picture of Ellen holding a Guilderland Athletics t-shirt.

Ellen is a starting right wing for the defending sectional champion, Lady Dutch. The team went 2 and 0 last week with 2 shutouts. Ellen scored 4 goals and had 5 assists in those 2 games. She is a key player on a team that currently sits at 3 wins and 1 loss on the season. Congratulations, Ellen!

Kilian Thompson (Varsity XC)

2020 Dutchment of the Week (DOW) award winner, Kilian Thompson (Varsity XC). Kilian holding a Guilderland Athletics t-shirt.

Since the beginning of this 2020 cross country season, Kilian has demonstrated leadership, inclusion, and concern for the Freshmen, 8th graders, and new-to-XC athletes on the team. He has consistently worked to keep his younger teammates on track (literally ensuring they don’t get lost) and helping the underclassmen gain a sense of the incredible power and community that is the Guilderland Long Red Line, despite it being a year where many of our traditions and ways that we celebrate and cherish this tradition have been upended. Kilian has embodied all that the Guilderland Long Red Line represents; leadership, fierce competition, team-first attitude, personal drive and a deep commitment to running. Way to go, Kilian!

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