Athletes of the Week: Emily Visco and Matthew Aviles — Girls and Boys Ice Hockey

Girls  Ice Hockey:  Emily Visco has played for Newton South since she was in 8th grade. According to coach Meg Lloyd, “Emily came onto the team and was quiet, committed and worked as hard as she could every single day. For her first few years on the team, she built her skills as a defender and made solid friendships on and off the ice. Because of her work ethic, her peers and her coaches have a great deal of respect for her. Even in big losses, Emily is always able to pull out several positives of how both she and her team played. It goes the same way with wins:  Emily is always able to pull a few things that she and the team did well as well as a few things that need to improve in the next game. As a senior, she has earned the title of captain and has filled the role incredibly well. She is thoughtful in her feedback to coaches and to peers, and she continues to improve her game in every drill and game in which she plays. Her confidence has grown astronomically over the years, as has her ability, and her coaches look forward to the second half of the season with Emily as one of their backbone defenders. Her teammates look forward to seeing her continue to control the defensive zone as well as taking shots from the blue line. It has been a joy to work with Emily for the past five years.  She is a true example of an athlete and a leader.”

Boys’ Ice Hockey:  Matthew Aviles has been a six-year member of the boys’ varsity hockey program.  According to coach Chris Ryberg, “Matt’s contributions have been integral to our team’s success this year. Coming into the season, we felt our strength was on the blue line and in net. Matt has not disappointed, and if possible exceeded expectations. As we ask of all our student-athletes in the hockey program, he has committed to focusing on wins and losses, rather than personal statistics. Named captain (along with fellow seniors Andrew Wales and Josh Polasky) by his teammates and coaches, Matt understands how important senior leadership is on the ice, in the locker room, and at school. With our record currently hovering around the .500 mark, the coaching staff feels very confident that we can reach our goals knowing that the backbone of our squad is in between the pipes. For this, I am happy to nominate Matthew Aviles as the Newton South Athlete of the Week.”