Student Athletes of the Month — December

The Athletes of the Month feature is back!

Each month during the school year, Watervliet Athletics will feature student athletes who demonstrate exemplary achievement in their respective sports.

Student athletes are recognized for demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout their respective sports seasons.

Nominated by their coaches in December 2023, our Athletes of the Month are Ayla Bagnardi and Pierce Ploof. Congratulations!

Ayla Bagnardi, Varsity Indoor Track and Field

Student Athlete of the Month for DecemberAyla Bagnardi is the girls shot put record holder, and has broken the school record twice this season, currently throwing 31’1″. A senior, Ayla is planning to attend Bay Path University next year.

“Ayla works really hard in practice and competition, participates in every part of training (practice on vacation days, yoga sessions) with enthusiasm and eye on the “big picture” of helping the team be its best,” said Coach Jodi Fowler. “She is a leader in our throwing events group. Ayla motivates, coaches, encourages other throwers and is a YES for our whole team!”

Pierce Ploof, Varsity Bowling

Student Athlete of the Month for December 2023Pierce recently recorded a new personal and team best individual game at practice with a 279. His coach reports that Pierce “missed a perfect game by one wobbling pin!”

“Pierce has been a steady contributor in all our matches raising his average 20 pins,” said Coach Paul Travers. “He always respects his opponents, encourages his teammates, and leads by example in all matches and practices.”