Winter sports wrap-ups

Wrap-Ups by Sports Editor Kevin Richeson


Wrestling Girls Track Boys Track
Captains Seniors Nico Rivera and Trey Turnage

Junior Carson Tinsley

Seniors Maddie Philhower and Sarah Bullen, and junior Angel Beverly Seniors Steven Tivenan, Trevor Pruitt, Will Wood
Key  Athletes Rivera, Turnage, Tinsley, freshman Nathan Brubaker, freshman Garrett Chandler, and freshman Austin Pitts Philhower, junior Rebekah Greene, and freshman Britton Wilson Tivenan and Juniors Matt Chilton, Reid Weston, and Ronan Higgins


Rivera and Turnage Philhower Tivenan
Coach  Quote We were 12-4 in dual meets this year and looking forward to a strong team next year. We had a young team this year with four freshman starters and two sophomores.” (Bob Harris) “The boys team finished 8th at the conference meet. Even though team wise, one might view the placement as disappointing, I am optimistic that the future has greater things in store for this team. Aside from a few competitive distance runners, the team is comprised mostly of promising young runners, throwers, and jumpers.” (William Winston) “The girls team finished 4th this season at the conference meet. We were only .5 points away from 3rd. With the addition of a few new athletes next year and some of our athletes being more seasoned, we should compete for a conference title next year. Great things are in store for the future of the girls program.” (William Winston)
Player  Quote “We put our mind set into “Hard work pays off.” We’d do extra sets of everything we did just to out work ourselves and our opponents. It takes a lot of work to be the best and this season I am proud of my team and myself in what we have accomplished.” (Rivera) “We have a young talented team, full of hard working individuals that will make Godwin track a force to be wrecking with in the future.” (Tivenan) We had a great season. Everyone put forth their best effort. We have a lot of young talent so from each year forward girls track will get better and better. I am so thankful for the people I have gotten to know through track and this great opportunity track has provided for me these past four years.” (Philhower)
State  Qualifiers Rivera (3rd at 132)

Chandler (5th at 120)

Tinsley (Qualified)

Greene (Long Jump 6th)

Wilson (Qualified for 500m, but did not race) (1st in 300 m)

Philhower (3rd in Pole Vault)

Tivenan, Chilton, Weston, and Higgins (12th in 4×800 relay)

Boys Basketball Wrap-Up

Head Coach: Hunter Thomas

Record: 12-10

Captains: Ryan Baybutt, Sr.; Brett Buisson, Sr.; Tony Laula, Sr.

Key players: Buisson, Dillon Thomas, Jr.; Tim Fisher, Jr.

Season highlights: beating Freeman and Glen Allen twice

Postseason finish: finished fourth in the conference and lost in the conference tournament

Individual awards: Buisson and Dillon Thomas were selected to the first team all-conference and academic all-conference

Coach quote: “Very happy with the season. Our players worked and played extremely hard and it showed on the court.  We had great senior leadership and the players supported each other throughout the year,” said Thomas.

Player quote: “At the beginning of the year we were a bunch of bucket getters playing together.  In no time we gelled and became a bucket getting squad that could make it rain every night,” said Buisson.

Girls Basketball Wrap-Up

Head Coach: Jim Bettis

Record: 10-10

Captains: Lexi Barshinger, Sr.; Sara Puglisi, Jr.; Megan Sherman, Sr.

Key players: Puglisi and Sherman

Season highlights: beating Atlee

Postseason finish: finished fifth in the conference

Individual awards: Sherman was first team all-conference and Puglisi was an honorable mention.  Both were on the academic all-conference team.

Coach quote: “Overall the girls improved everyday throughout the season, and that is always a positive thing.  I am really looking forward to working with the girls in the offseason.  There should be some exciting times ahead for the girls basketball team at Mills Godwin,” said Bettis.

Player quote: “I was pleased with the improvement we made this season. The team chemistry was there and we surprised some teams that thought we would be an easy win,” said Sherman.

Gymnastics Wrap-Up

Head coach: Tracy Layne

Record: 1-4-0

Captains: Erika Reiter, So.; Rita Dogbo, Sr.

Key players: Reiter and Logan Gutzmer, So.

Season highlights: beating Tucker, Varina, Henrico, and Deep Run in a meet

Finish: fourth in the conference at the conference championship, Gutzmer and Reiter qualified for the Regional Championship

Player quote: “I think we had a really great season, every meet we continued to improve more and more.  We also, had lots of fun and grew really close as a team,” said Reiter.

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