Congratulations to MBS student-athletes Tomiwa Oluwasola ’23 (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 Friday, November 11.
Oluwasola 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 Tomiwa Oluwasola “has the unique and rarely seen talent of being a team leader by example, a constant cheerleader, the team’s energy, coach, and a role model to her team and even her coaches.”
He added, “Her attitude and energy never wavered. Whether it was before a game, in practice, or on the bench, Tomiwa Oluwasola was our everything — never putting herself ahead of her team, treating each and every member of our team with the utmost respect, and always giving her all.”
MBS cross country assistant coach Dr. Chris Payette praised Ian Patchett for being unselfish, positive, and an excellent mentor to the younger athletes. “After finishing a tough race, Ian can always be found with his teammates, cheering on those who have not yet finished, and we have consistently seen him congratulating those whom he just beat or those who beat him.”
Coach Payette added, “This was Ian’s first year as a captain, and we cannot overstate how much his influence helped create a family atmosphere on the team.”