It’s early days, but already some Wesleyan athletes have been recognized for extraordinary achievement. Let’s start with a great volleyball player on a tremendous team.¬†Mariko Tanaka ’24 was named NESCAC Player-of-the-Week last week as she had games where she led the team in digs and then in kill percentage. She’s a force for good things and all of her teammates benefit from her strong play.

Speaking of strong play, Liam Devanny ’23 has been all but unbeatable in the goal for the men’s soccer team. He already has multiple shutouts under his belt, including great games against the nationally ranked teams from Tufts and Brandeis. Like volleyball, the men’s soccer team is off to an excellent start, and I’m so pleased to see Liam recognized as a Player-of-the-Week by NESCAC.

And speaking of excellent starts, the football team looked very impressive on Saturday. And most impressive was defensive tackle¬†Nick Helbig ’23, and his strong play was acknowledged with the New England Football Writers’ Gold Helmet Award. This is a signal award for anyone, and especially rare for a defensive tackle. Nick was also named player-of-the-week by NESCAC.

Come out and cheer on Wesleyan’s wonderful student-athletes. Go Wes!

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  1. Hi Michael – I’ve completed both of your Modern & Post Modern courses on Coursera and enjoyed them enormously. I also enjoyed your singing gig you were brave enough to share with us all.
    Thank you for the link to your article on standing up to authoritarianism published in the Boston Globe. I think you made some excellent points the perspective of which seemed to be missed by a number of people making comments focusing on minutae and cute one liners. It also seemed to me that a great many people commenting were Trump wolves in sheeps clothing. How can any intelligent person support The Big Lie? all I can say is they have a great future working with Vladimir Putin and his 98% voter turnout for elections in the Donbas – i guess the “other 2% must have been in surgery or just being born!”

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