Congratulations to MBS student-athletes Sammy Cappuccio ’26 (volleyball) and Ian Patchett ’24 (cross country), who received the Fall Sportsmanship Awards as part of the Upper School Fall Athletic Celebration in Founders Hall on Wednesday, November 15.
Cappuccio and Patchett were praised by their coaches for their positive attitude, for their exemplary treatment of others, and for their graciousness in winning and losing.
MBS volleyball coach Mike Sturgeon said that sophomore Sammy Cappuccio joined the team in August, and despite being a transfer student, she fit in right away. “She came to practice every day with a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and her innate coachability was something I have rarely seen in my 20-plus years. She was all about the team from day one,” said Coach Sturgeon.
Unfortunately, Sammy suffered a season-ending injury in the Prep Semifinals, but Coach Sturgeon said that, in typical fashion, it didn’t slow her down at all. “Despite being unable to play, she still showed up to all team functions and was our biggest and loudest supporter,” he said.
MBS cross country coach Barbara Erickson praised Ian Patchett for being unselfish, positive, and an excellent mentor to the younger athletes. “Ian has fostered an environment of support and camaraderie within our team, lifting teammates up and helping them always be their best,” she said. “After finishing a race exhausted, you won’t see Ian standing around — you can find him immediately heading to the sidelines of the finish line encouraging and cheering on the rest of his teammates as they finish the race.”
Coach Erickson added, “If you are lucky enough to know Ian, you see that same kindness, integrity, and respect from him in every aspect of his life.”