The sky’s the limit for lacrosse’s season
by J-1 correspondent Tyler Anderson
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.
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
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.
Coach: Cody Johnson
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
Coach: William Winston
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
Key athletes lost:
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
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
Coach: John Fletcher
Last year’s record: 19-6
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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