COACH PHILLIPS’S MOS TMEMORABLE HIGHLIGHT
The undoubted star thiswinter was Mathieu Masse-Pelletier ’ 20. Watchinghis growth over the pasttwo years was a wonderfulhighlight. Mathieu leavesWoodberry as the schoolrecord holder in shot putwith a throw of 58' 6". He alsoholds the Prep League andVISAA records and receivedrecognition among bothprivate and public schoolthrowers from MileStat.In short, he was the bestshot putter in Virginia thisyear and one of the best inthe country. There is not aperson that can questionMathieu’s work ethic. Thereis no doubt Mathieu istalented, but talent alone cannot accomplish what he didthis season. It takes a level ofdedication that is difficult toput into words.
COACH PHILLIPS’S NO TE WOR TH Y PERFORMANCES
The 4x200 relay team made up of Donovan
Baker ’ 22, Malik Holley ’ 21, River Robinson
’ 21, and Sebastian Antoine-Pompey ’ 22 ran
the fastest time in the state on a flat track, set
a school record, and qualified for nationals in
New York City, though the COVID- 19 pandemic
meant the team was unable to
travel to the meet.
I love how River came backafter a second-place finish inthe 500m at the Prep LeagueChampionship, leaving it all onthe track to try to capture thetitle, to win the 300m later thatday. River proved that we can domore than we think we can; it’sjust a matter of one’s mindset.
Carter Krusz ’ 20 increased hisshot put throw by 17 feet inthree years. He finished secondin the state meet with a throwthat would have made him statechampion the year before.
Freddie Woltz ’ 20 closed out his track careerby winning the triple jump at the Prep Leaguemeet (for comparison, he finished eighth at thesame meet last year) and then setting a personalbest on the way to a third-place finish at thestate meet.
COACHES Curtis Phillips, ScottBraswell, Scott Braswell, Jr.,Richard Hill, Whitney Lane, ScottNavitsky, Julius Reynolds, SethRushton
RECORD 3rd in Prep League;
3rd in state meet (out of 39 teams)
All-Prep Mathieu Masse-Pelletier’ 20 (shot put champion and meetrecord); River Robinson ’ 21 (300mchampion); Freddie Woltz ’ 20
(triple jump champion); All-State Mathieu Masse-Pelletier(state champion, shot put); AlbertAsare ’ 22 (55m hurdles); CarterKrusz ’ 20 (shot put); Rhys Logan’ 20, Tank Yaghoubi ’ 22, JackHastings ’ 20, Donovan Baker ’ 22
(4x200m relay); Freddie Woltz(triple jump); Malik Holley ’ 21, JackHastings, Sebastian Antoine-Pompey ’ 22, River Robinson(4x400m relay)
COACH ERB’S MOS T MEMORABLE HIGHLIGH TS
We won in three big ways this year. We beat EHS9–0 for the first time in many years; we cameaway with a strong winning record; and we cameaway as champions in our division at the USSquash National Championships. And the goodhumor of the sixth formers’ contributions to theteam at all ranks of the ladder made the team’sspirit shine.
COACH ERB’S NOTE WOR TH Y PERFORMANCES
“We didn’t come here to lose,” said captain andMVP Eli Drake in the cramped minivan thatdelivered the team to Loomis-Chaffee Schoolin Windsor, Connecticut. And he wasnot alone: Hunter Groton ’ 22
had worked hard all season at
#2 and filled in for injured #1
Graham Roberts ’ 23; CharlesInnes ’ 22 had steadily climbed the ladder to#2, and these were just the top players. Of theladder of twelve, not a single player gave lessthan his best for the whole season. The result:National Champions in Boys’ Division V!
The major differences that boosted this seasonwere, first, the contributions of new assistantcoach Mark O’Donnell; second, the integrationof varsity and JV teams into one blended group;third, the seriousness and devotion of newboys Graham Roberts, Hunter Groton, and JayO’Keefe ’ 22; and fourth, everyone’s willingnessto work hard on both their mental and theirphysical games.
COACHES Paul Erb, MarkO’Donnell
CAPTAINS Eli Drake ’ 20,Henry Rich ’ 20
2nd place, Flanagan Tournament;
Winner of Amos-Willett Cup
vs. EHS; 2nd place, MASO
V Champions, National
Freddie Woltz ’ 20
Eli Drake ’ 20
Henry Rich ’ 20
Carter Krusz ’ 20