Athletes of the Week — Alpine Ski, Molly Mackler; Nordi Ski, Will Rhatigan (NSHS’s first Male State Nordic Ski Champion!)

Molly Mackler is the Alpine Ski Team Athlete of the Week. Molly is a senior, and this is her second year as a captain of the Ski team.  Last year Molly was the only non-senior captain, and the reasons for this are abundantly clear.  Molly is a great leader and organizer as well as a talented athlete.  Being a second-year captain, Molly has been a leader not only for the team but for the other captains as well.  She has been indispensable in the functioning of the team this year.  From running practices to team race logistics to pre-race team preparation, she has been an incredible asset to the team.  Molly’s athleticism on the race course compliments her role as a leader of the team.  She is a very strong skier, competing quiet effectively in both the slalom and giant slalom events.  She finished the season powerfully, achieving the overall rank of 21st in the league.  Molly’s talent as both a leader and athlete firmly establish her as Alpine Skiing’s Athlete of the Week.

Will Rhatigan is the Nordic Ski Team Athlete of the Week.  According to Coach Jeff Riklin, “It could be due to his impressive athleticism (as he is ranked #1 in New England and #16 in the country), but that’s I chose Will as Athlete of the Week.  The athlete needs to be more well rounded, which Will is.  His fluidity and grace on the course is a model to his teammates, but it’s his easy smile, carefree nature, and love of working to help them improve their form and technique that makes him the choice.  Maybe that’s why in the state race on Thursday, Newton South improved from being in the cellar to finishing #13.  I also love Will’s modesty. His unstated goal this year was to win the states, and that’s exactly what he did today. Will Rhatigan is Newton South’s first male state Nordic Ski Champion, and being named the Athlete of the Week is just the cherry on top, and deservedly so!”