Swim

As of Jan. 29, the girls record is 14-2 and the boys record is 8-4 with one tie.

Girls and Boys Swim coach Matt Bailey said, “I think we will do really well at Regionals. We have a chance to seed first. Overall, the girls team looks fantastic. I predict multiple first place finishes.”

Bailey said that for boys, his standouts are junior Ryan Bailey and sophomores Jacob Oberle, DC Hellams and Isaac Hull.

Girls standouts include seniors Carson Berrier and Kaylee Butterworth and junior Maddie Unowitz.

“Hull, particularly, stepped up his game this year,” said Bailey.

Bailey wants his team to work towards becoming “a cohesive and long-lasting high school sport that is an interval part of the winter season.

Senior and captain Carson Berrier said, “think because this is the second season as a varsity, the team has become a lot closer and everyone has worked really hard this season.”

 

Boys Basketball

As of Jan. 28, the boys record is 11-5. 

Varsity Boys Basketball coach Hunter Thomas said, “We need to take care of the ball and share the basketball in order to get better. Our defense is getting better every game.”

Thomas said that seniors Bradley Thomasson, Scott McDonough, and Cory O’Shea are some of his key and top performing players.

“Thomasson is a player of mine who has stepped up for the team this year,” said Thomas.

The team has lost to Hermitage, Osborne, Hayfield, John Marshall, and Varina High School.

Senior Scott McDonough said, “The team is looking stronger and stronger each day. If we keep building on our teamwork and go hard everyday, we will end up having a great end of the year.”

According to Thomas, the team is willing to put in the work and time needed to finish the season as strong as possible and come out of this year with a successful season.

“Our goal is to make the Regional Tournament. Our goal was originally to be number eight [in the region] but this week we moved to number four,” said Thomas.

Girls Basketball
As of Jan. 28, the girls record is 11-9.

Varsity Girls Basketball coach Jim Bettis said, “We still have some tough games to play, so at this point it is impossible to tell how we will finish. This year’s squad has played really well as a team. Different players have performed well for us on any given night. No one has been a big surprise. The girls all seem to get along, and enjoy playing with each other. No matter who is in the line up, their teammates support them.”

Losses include to Mercy Hurst Prep, Glen Allen, and Deep Run.

Senior Libbie Smith said,  “We are performing really well on the court and we are great friends off the court. Overall, the season is going pretty well. We still have some tough games, but we should be able to finish strong.”

The team believes they have a good shot at Regionals, and after making it there, they hope to win and go all the way to the championship.

 

Gymnastics
As of Jan. 17, the Gymnastics team is 1-2.

Head coach Tracy Layne said, “Our season started off strong at the beginning of December, but we did lose some momentum due to sickness and injuries. The girls pulled together and cheered each other on and continued to do so in spite of limited practices due to the weather. We look forward to our last meet against Lee-Davis and Hanover.

“Everyone has contributed to the team this season led by [senior] Logan Gutzmer, [junior] Lady Corral and [senior] Erika Reiter. Lady and Erika are our captains. We always have strong performances by [junior] Sheridan Little and freshmen Caroline Kane and Caroline Hubbard. But everyone has pitched in this season and it has been a real team effort,” said Layne.

Layne is looking forward to finishing the season off strong in their regional meet against Deep Run on Feb. 3.

 

Wrestling

The Godwin Wrestling team is performing well so far this year. The team is 9-2, as of Jan. 25, in dual meets and placed second in the Tiger Classic this year.

Coach of the wrestling team Bob Harris said, “We need to stay healthy to have a chance of doing well at Regionals where top four placers in each weight class qualify for states.”

Harris said that one of his wrestlers that has really stepped up this year has been junior Garrett Chandler. Chandler is 29-2 so far this year and has won two tournaments.

Harris said, “Seniors Jack Drimer and Zeke Elswick are having a great year, along with junior Charlie Stanton, sophomore Max McRoberts, and freshman Brady Elswick.

“The season has gone pretty well, we had a few wrestlers injured, but we have fought through adversity to maintain a good record. It is crucial that we perform well at our next tournaments,” said sophomore Keegan Long.

The Regional Wrestling Tournament takes place at Lee-Davis High School on Feb. 9 and 10.

 

Track and Field
“The team has had a great season so far. Although snow/cold weather has prevented us from competing as much as we would like, the team has capitalized on their few opportunities,” said Coach Katie Wood.

“We have turned in some very strong performances this season, and we look forward to continuing that as we get closer to the regional meet,” said Wood.

Senior Traneil Moody, and juniors Braeden Wilson, Aidan Fleming, Azziah Russell, Chris Ondoua, Zach Behl, Paul Dearing are the boys top performers.

Seniors Molly Wheeler and Nia Vaughan, junior Britton Wilson, sophomore Renecca Brendle, and freshman Ellie Jeffrey are the girls top performers.

“Wilson has shown huge improvements in the jumps, hurdles, and sprint events. He has stepped up and become a key factor on the team, as well as a competitive force in the region,” said Wood.

“Jeffrey has had an incredible season as only a freshman. She has become one of the top ranking distance runners in the region,” said Wood.

“We haven’t gotten many meets in, which is pretty disappointing, but overall it has been a good season. We got a new head coach this year. We have run all of our college showcases, but we still have a couple polar bear meets left,” said Cameron Love, a sophomore on the team.

Polar Bear meets are Indoor Track meets held outdoors.

The team has had many postponed or canceled meets due to snow and other weather conditions, but the team hopes to finish their season off strong, and perform well at future meets.

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