SEASON RECAP B Y NICK REEDER ’ 20
Throughout the fall mountain biking season,
the team had two guiding values: “Do the work,”
and “How are you making the guy next to you
With those values guiding the team through the
ups and downs of long practices and challenging
races, the team had an incredibly successful
season. Although they missed one of the season’s
four races, which fell on the same day as The
Game, members of the varsity squad Cooper
Fowler ’21, Claiborne Van Voorhis ’ 20, and Tom
Khoa ’21 all placed among the league’s top twenty
riders. Cooper and Claiborne, both captains,
placed second and fifteenth respectively, while
Tom finished eighteenth.
This result is especially impressive given thatduring the second race both Claiborne and Tomhad significant mechanical issues, with Tomcrashing out of the race and Claiborne having tocarry his bike for the last half mile.
The hard work put into the season showed upthroughout the team — which was the biggestmountain biking squad in Woodberry history —
COACHES Nolan LaVoie,Colin Gay ’93, Tommy Kane
CAPTAINS Claiborne Van Voorhis’ 20, Nick Reeder ’ 20, CooperFowler ’21
RECORD 14th in Virginia HighSchool Cycling League
in triple overtime. Coming off their second bye,the Tigers traveled back to Richmond to take onBenedictine, the top-ranked team in the state.Although the Tigers led in the fourth quarter,the Cadets put together a late comeback to win27–26. A broken play on the final snap againended just two yards away from the end zoneand from victory.
Following the three road losses, Woodberryreturned to Johnson Stadium in late Octobereager to prove that they were better than theirwinless record showed. And the Tigers did justthat, taking down Trinity Episcopal 38–28 andFork Union 48–22.
The offense found most of its success in thepassing game. Quarterbacks BenLocklear ’21 and Ethan Weber’ 20 led the aerial charge witha combined 1,974 yards andfourteen touchdowns, many ofwhich found the hands of LukeBlundin ’ 20 and Staley Wideman’ 20, who each had just shy of 700receiving yards. Donovan Baker ’ 22led the team in rushing with 534yards and 10 touchdowns.
Woodberry’s main strength this year
was its defense. The Tigers were most
dangerous with the linebacking core of
Mathieu Masse-Pelletier ’ 20, Jianni Woodson-
Brooks ’21, and J Banzet ’ 20, who combined
for 271 tackles. In the secondary, cornerback
Caleb Hodges ’ 22 earned All-Prep honors after
breaking up thirteen passes and picking off three
more. Other notable performances on defense
came from defensive ends Will Jones ’ 20, who
earned All-Prep recognition with forty total
tackles, and Colin Kovacs ’ 20, who led the Tigers
with six sacks.
“I know we did not win the number of gameswe wanted, but I am so proud of the way theteam continued to practice and compete,” saidBraswell. “I think this group’s legacy will be thecharacter they showed persevering through adifficult season.”
HONORS & AWARDS
All-Prep Caleb Hodges ’ 22,Will Jones ’ 20, Mathieu Masse-Pelletier, Staley Wideman ’ 20;First Team All-State MathieuMasse-Pelletier; Second TeamAll-State Caleb Hodges, AussieJoseph ’ 20, Ben Locklear ’21,Jianni Woodson-Brooks ’21;Honorable Mention All-StateJ Banzet ’ 20, Staley Wideman,Oz Servellon ’ 22; Prep LeagueSportsmanship Award
Luke Blundin ’ 20
Pelletier ’ 20 and JianniWoodson-Brooks ’21
Claiborne Van Voorhis ’ 20