Following in Mom’s Footsteps
Windsor’s Haley Wood Is a Versatile Standout
Windsor High infielder Haley Wood, right, listens to Yellowjackets’ coach Phil Hathorn during the 2012 Vermont Division III title game in Poultney. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor — The Windsor High School record for field hockey goals in a single season is 19, set in 1992 by Jody Farnsworth. However, Farnsworth, today Jody Wood, thinks that the record has a chance of being broken in the next couple of years, but she won’t be a bit upset. Not since she expects the new record holder to be her daughter, Haley Wood.
Field hockey is a serious thing in Windsor, a Division III school with multiple Division II state championships.
And Haley is now doing her part to keep that tradition alive. On Monday she was en route to Cape Cod where she will play for Vermont in the Cape Cod Classic.
Last year as a sophomore, Haley had 15 goals and nine assists even though she was marked heavily. She began being noticed as a freshman when she had a nine goal, seven assist season.
But like her mother, Haley not only has a passion for field hockey, but an equal feeling for softball. In pursuit to increase her talent in that venture she is playing for the Brattleboro Heat this summer, a 15-under ASA team.
With all that going on, Haley hasn’t had much down time to swim or shop like other high school girls, but she says she works those thing in and she doesn’t want anybody feeling sorry for her. “You have to understand by playing field hockey and softball I’m doing the things I want to do.”
Both mother and daughter played forward in field hockey and shortstops in softball. Haley said she couldn’t pick between the two sports to name a favorite.
“It would be wicked hard,” she said. “I love both sports.”
Jody was not only All-MVL in field hockey and softball in Windsor, she was an All-American in both sports at Becker Junior College where she is in the school’s Hall of Fame. She is also in the Wall of Fame at Windsor High School. Jody and Sandy Clary are field hockey co-coaches at Windsor High School
Jody’s husband, Jason, is no slouch either. He was part of the 1990 Windsor state championship basketball team that went 22-1.
While softball and field hockey are Haley’s favorites, she does not take the winter off, playing basketball as well.
“Haley Wood is a fine three-sport athlete who plays hard at all she does,” said Windsor Athletic Director Bob Hingston. “She is focused, hard-working and a team player. She has competed in three sports since junior high and been a varsity performer since her freshmen year.
“To quote my son Ryan, who at the time was her physical education teacher in junior high, ‘She is the best athlete, male or female, in the junior high.’ ”
Wood is presently in the process of fundraising for a Thanksgiving trip to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the National Field Hockey Festival that will feature teams from Europe and Canada as well. She will be playing for Elemental Athletics out of Greenfield, Mass.
While athletics takes up a lot of her time, Jody is equally focused in the classroom as an honor student. “I understand that education and sports go hand-in-hand,” she said.
She also knows she is lucky to have such a strong family behind her. “My family is wicked supportive of me.” she said, listing her grandparents Bob and Gloria Farnsworth and Peggy Ricker.
“You know Jody is lucky in that she has such a supportive cast, but it’s been a fun thing for us all ,” said her mother. “She is such a good kid.”
What she has done has also not escaped the eyes of Hingston. “She’s a quality person who leads by example,” said the Windsor AD. “She’s one of the finest all-around athletes in my tenure at Windsor High School.”
Jody Wood has dreams of coaching a Division I college some day. She hasn’t let anything stand in her way up to now, so why should her future be any different?