Sports Beyond Woodgrove


Jackson shows defensive skill against John Champe High School. Photo Provided by Carlie Jackson.

For many athletes, playing their sport at the collegiate level is a dream; four of Woodgrove’s very own students made their dream a reality. These athletes have shown grit and determination throughout their careers.

Steadman stands by her future locker at CNU. Photo Provided By Ashley Steadman.

Senior Ashley Steadman, a four year Varsity Girls Basketball player, is committed to play at Christopher Newport University. Steadman felt at home when she first visited CNU: “​​I knew CNU was the right fit because I couldn’t stop thinking about the entire experience, how much fun I had, and how great the people were.” Steadman thanks Woodgrove for providing her the opportunity to prepare for college. She offers advice to athletes wanting to play after high school, “Ignore the noise and stay humble. Whatever people say about you, good or bad, keep your goals in mind and do as much as you can to reach that bigger picture you’re striving for.”

Senior Carlie Jackson committed to continue her education and lacrosse career at Lynchburg University. Jackson knew Lynchburg was the one: “I always knew I wanted a smaller school; it was close enough to home that I could drive back if needed. What stood out to me was the campus life and community.” Jackson thanks Woodgrove for her success, “Woodgrove lacrosse has helped me because it taught me more about leadership and becoming an overall better teammate.”

Jenkins talking to his coach during a timeout. Photo provided by Carter Jenkins.

On December 15th, 2021, Senior Carter Jenkins committed to Taylor University to continue his football career. “My career at Woodgrove helped me with my decision by supporting me and guiding me through the college process. Coach Barlow helped me the most with the football side of college, and my teachers helped me with all the academic parts.” 

Senior Joey Colucci is a baseball player at Woodgrove. Colucci is committed to the University of Maryland to continue playing baseball. A word of advice from Colucci for athletes who want to go to the college level, “For any athletes starting to play in college, know ahead of time that playing in college is no joke. You will be overworked and pushed to your limits. If you want to be good at your craft and play at the next level, you have to make sacrifices in order to get there.” 

Colucci winds up to throw the opening pitch. Photo provided by Joey Colucci.

In 1939, the Oregon Ducks beat Ohio state 46-33 to win the first ever NCAA Men’s District-1 Tournament. The first tournament was held in Evanston, Illinois. This started as a high school basketball tournament which transformed to a collegiate level competition. It has become a yearly tradition with 82 champions and lots of excitement. The name March Madness didn’t become official until a sports commentator named Brent Musberger used the name in reference to the tournament in 1982. 

March Madness has evolved over the decades but saw a change recently. The March 2020 season tournament was canceled due to the Covid pandemic. Last year, the 2021 tournament was based out of Indiana to control the amount of travel and number of cases transmitted. It’s now 2022, and March Madness is back to normal. Games this year are all over the United States. The closest ones to Virginia are in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. March Madness will be an electrifying environment this year, fans can hardly wait!