The sky’s the limit for lacrosse’s season

by J-1 correspondent Tyler Anderson

Girls Lacrosse:


photo Kevin Crockett                                                              Girls lacrosse is ready to work hard and put in the effort needed to win more games this spring season

Coach: Kate Desai

Last year’s record: 5-7

Captains: Jessica Besnier, Jenna Alvin, and Ceara Nolan

Key returning athletes: Jessica Besnier, Julianne Carroll, Jenna Alvin, Ceara Nolan, and Libbie Smith

Key athletes lost: Katie Mason, Mia Santigati, Abby Bostian, and Ada Palcyznski

Competitive opponents: Glen Allen, Deep Run, and Hanover

Coach’s quote: “Seniors pick our team quote every year, this year it is: ‘Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose’,” said Desai.

Player’s quote: “I’m super excited for the season and I know that the team and I are going to have to put in a ton of hard work, but hopefully it will pay off,” said junior Ashley Bocklet.

Boys Lacrosse:

Photo court

photo courtesy Thor Macht                                                Boys lacrosse is expecting to win more games this season with the help of the more experienced players.

Coach: Zachary Webb

Last year’s record: 8-7

Captains: Sam Zohab, William Abbott, Collin Beebe, and Robbie Milia

Key returning athletes: Collin Beebe, William Abbott, Chris Ribeiro, Sam Zohab, Will Gerndt, and Robbie Milia

Key athletes lost: Jake Jones and Aubin Irigaray

Competitive opponents: Atlee, Freeman, Deep Run, and Western Albemarle

Coach’s quote: “With our experience and athleticism, the sky’s the limit for this group of young men,” said Webb.

Player’s quote: “This year I think we’ll improve because we have more experience,” said senior Colby Daniels.


Soccer is ready for state competition

by J-1 correspandent Tyler Anderson

Girls Soccer:

photo courtesy Thor Macht With returning talent, girls soccer plans to make a reappearance at the state championship.

photo courtesy Thor Macht
With returning talent, girls soccer plans to make a reappearance at the state championship.

Coach: Ali Toole

Last year’s record: 20-1-0

Captains: Caroline Cipolla, Lyndsey Gutzmer, and Sara Puglisi

Key returning athletes: Morgan Hall, Lyndsey Gutzmer, Caroline Cipolla, Paige Franks, and  Sara Puglisi

Key athletes lost: Claire Franks, Taylor Guy, Maggie Smith, Taylor Casarotti, and Sarah Randolph

Competitive opponents: Deep Run and Freeman

Coach’s quote: “We got a taste of a state championship last year, and we know what it takes to put ourselves in that position again. We have the talent to get us there, we need to stay healthy and hungry for the repeat,” said Toole.

Player’s quote: “We lost a couple of really good seniors, but we’re hoping to reach the same level as last year and improve from there,” said senior  Delaney Weston.

Boys Soccer:

Coach: Cody Johnson


photo courtesy Thor Macht                                               Boys soccer plans to take this season “one game at a time.”

Last year’s record: 15-3-2

Captains: Holden Fisher and Ayberk Keceli

Key returning athletes: Holden Fisher and Daniel Ahrens

Key athletes lost: Zach Feinmel and Ben Manspile

Competitive opponents: Deep run and Western Ablemarle

Coach’s quote: “I am excited to be joining the Godwin family,  and I am looking forward to this season. I believe if we put in the work, do the little things right,  and take it one game at a time, then we can have a very successful season,” said Johnson.

Player quote: “This looks like a promising season so far. We have high goals and I believe in our ability to reach those goals. With hard work, I think our team could get a state championship,” said junior Matthew Lim.


Track is holding the keys to success

By J-1 correspondent Tyler Anderson

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Photo Kevin Crockett                                     Boys distance runners practice under Coach Pullock, a Godwin alumni.

Coach: William Winston

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Photo Kevin Crockett Senior Emily Whitty, Brittney Bell, Britton Wilson, and Rebekah Greene will lead the girls teams.

Last year’s record:

Girls: Third in conference

Boys: Eighth in conference

Key returning athletes:  

Girls: Britton Wilson, Rebekah Greene, Saja Alexander, Brittany Bell, and Emily Whitty

Boys: Camden Rosenfelder, Ronan Higgins, Matt Chilton, and Traneil Moody


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Photo Kevin Crockett Head Coach Winston has moved from coaching boys distance to boys sprints this season.

Key athletes lost:


Girls: None


Photo Kevin Crockett                       Field sports such as shotput have a strong team built from veteran athletes

Boys: Stephen Tivenan and Carter Ward

Competitive opponents: Glen Allen and Deep Run

Coach’s quote: “The key to success will be staying healthy and establishing some depth among the two programs,” said Winston.

Player’s quote: “I am super excited about this season and the training is going well. Our team has potential and I think we are ready for a good season,” said freshman Rebecca Brendle.



Gem players on the diamond

by J-1 correspondent Ari Lehman



photo Kevin Crockett                                                           With veterans guiding the new players, softball will swing the competition out of the park.

Coach: Darren Olivo

Captains: Reagan Richmond and Kaelyn Wagner

Key returning athletes: Kayla Shaffer, Lauren Murphy, Isabelle Clyde, and Amanda Curbiera

Key athletes lost: Gracie Smith

Competitive opponents: Atlee, Lee-Davis, Glen Allen, and Patrick Henry

Coach’s quote: “We are hoping to build on what we accomplished in 2015-16. We were a couple of big plays away from going to the regional tournament. We have a close knit group of girls that will have to step up and guide the younger players,” said Olivo.

Player’s Quote: “I expect us to work hard and come closer together as a team,” said senior Kayla Shaffer.

by J-1 correspondent Cannon Binns



Photo Kevin Crockett                                                          Baseball plans to compete on a daily basis during practices, not just on game days.

Coach: John Fletcher

Last year’s record: 19-6

Captains: None

Key returning athletes:   Chase Muir, Scott McDonough, Ashby Lilly, Cory O’Shea, Alex Leverty, and Harrison Moncure

Key athletes lost: Cal O’Donnell, Chris Minneci, Jack Landess, and Conor Nolan

Competitive opponents: Deep Run, Glen Allen, and Freeman

Coach’s quote: “We hope and expect to compete on a daily basis both in practices and in games to put ourselves in a position to win the conference championship and advance to the regional and state playoffs,” said Fletcher.

Player’s Quote: “This year we have something special. We need to finish what we started last year,” said junior Scott Mcdonough.


Tennis welcomes new talent to their teams

by J-1 correspondent Tyler Anderson

Girls Tennis:


photo Kevin Crockett                                                           Girls tennis introduces freshman to the team and expects a productive season that ends with a state championship.

Coach: Mark Seidenberg

Last year’s record: 16-4

Captains: Anna Brodzik, Anna Sidhu, Divya Atluri, and Jessica Marks

Key returning athletes: Anna Brodzik, Anna Sidhu, Jessica Marks, Sarah York, and Divya Atluri

Key athlete lost: Morgan Fuqua

Competitive opponents: Freeman and Deep Run

Coach’s quote: “We have a lot of returning players and some very good freshman who should help with the depth of the team.  Our goal is to get better each day and hopefully that pays off with a state championship,” said Seidenberg.

Player’s quote: I”m very excited for the tennis season to officially begin. We have a great group of girls who always put 110 percent at practice and never fail to make me smile. I expect us to do pretty well and overall it should be a great season,” said senior Divya Atluri.

Boys Tennis:


Photo courtesy Thor Macht              With veteran players from last year, boys tennis considers themselves a threat to teams vying for conference titles.

Coach: Michael Silver

Last year’s record: 9-7

Captains: Thomas Gyory, Jeremy Curtis, Alexander Hamilton, and Nick Prinz

Key returning athletes: Thomas Gyory, Jeremy Curtis, Nick Prinz, and Alexander Hamilton

Key athletes lost: Grant Sarver and Lucas Closter

Competitive opponents: Deep Run, Freeman, and Cosby

Coach’s quote: “I expect that our success will reflect the amount of work and talent that we have,” said Silver

Player’s Quote: “With coach Silver gaining more experience from last year, we have big hopes that we will be a threat in the conference,” said senior Thomas Gyory.


Coach position named for boys varsity soccer

By sports Editor Dalia Jimenez

new coach

photo Julia Grossman

For the 2017 spring sports season, Buena Vista University graduate Cody Johnson, has been named head coach for the Boys Varsity soccer team. Johnson began playing at the age of four and continued throughout his college career.

Johnson coached travel soccer for the Richmond Kickers and was the JV coach at both Maggie Walker and Midlothian High School before coming to Godwin.


Eagles soar towards athletic heights

By Sports Editor Dalia Jimenez

Britton Wilson: Track and Field


Photo Dalia Jimenez


photo courtesy Wilson

Sophomore Britton Wilson competed at the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals, placing third in the 500m  and setting the Sophomore National Record of 53.4 seconds.

“I was realy nervous but my coach gave me some tough love  which I will always remember,” said Wilson.




David Dixon: Swimming

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photo Reagan Richmond


Photo courtesy Bridget Barley

Senior David Dixon swam the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley at states and placed first in both races. Dixon also competed in the 200m medley relay and the 400m freestyle relay, which the team placed third and fifth respectively.

“I’m really happy to see how far Godwin swimming has come,” said Dixon


Rebekah Greene: Track and Field


Photo Dalia Jimenez


photo courtesy Greene

Senior Rebekah Greene also competed at the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals. She broke her own school record for the Triple Jump with a leap of 38’8.5” inches.

“It was my first time at the indoor nationals. I was excited to compete and improve my school record,” said Greene




Note: Carson Tinsley was runner up in the Wrestling State Championship


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