Students in grades four through eight have the opportunity to participate in athletics throughout the school year. There are four seasons, each offering a variety of sports. Woodland's teams compete against other independent schools in the WBAL in each sport.
During the late winter season, Woodland's varsity and junior varsity soccer teams navigated a rainy and soggy season, practicing and playing games when the weather was clear. Varsity soccer highlights include a four goal performance in the first game and stellar goalkeeping throughout the season. Coach Leslie really appreciated the teams’ relentless effort and no-quit attitude, playing hard until the final whistle.
The junior varsity soccer team had impressive wins over Priory, Redeemer and Pinewood. Throughout the season, the team improved their passing, spacing, and continued to score multiple goals in each contest. This team played with an unwavering aggressiveness on both offense and defense that set them up for success in games.
The girls basketball program fielded three basketball teams. The girls varsity black team showed tremendous grit battling through the season dealing with numerous injuries that left the team with only one substitute. The players never complained and just focused on competing at a high level each and every game. Highlights include a shootout with Crystal Springs where multiple players knocked down 3 points shots in a highly entertaining and fast-paced game.
The girls varsity blue team finished the season at an even 3-3 record with wins over Priory and Girls Middle School. Led by their swarming, physical defense, the team scored the majority of their points in transition off steals and rebounds. The tempo was always fast and controlled. The big season highlight came during a 20-1 scoring run during one of the last games that not only changed the outcome of the game but also reminded the girls that when they all play together, they are a force to be reckoned with. The players benefited from playing with a sense of joy and camaraderie as a cohesive group.
The girls junior varsity team showed a lot of spirit and improved game by game. Their pesky defense and maximum effort throughout each game was commendable. Highlights include players scoring their first baskets of the season in the middle of a game and celebrating as if it was a buzzer beater. The players on this team looked out for each other and celebrated victories, big and small, with equal importance. This group was fun to coach and observe their development.
Congratulations, Wildcats, on an outstanding late winter season!