Madelyn and Charlie made No. 4 look good

Both Webb honorees wore that number


By Steve Williams

Besides being Webb School’s Student-Athletes of the Year, there was something else Madelyn Ladd and Charlie Robinson had in common.

Both wore No. 4.

Madelyn made the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Division II-AA All-State girls basketball team three times in her prep career and was a veteran player for Coach Shelley Collier.

As a senior, the 5-10 guard averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two deflections per game in the regular season.

Ladd, also a member of the 1,000-point club in the Webb program, signed with Carson-Newman University in January and will be playing for one of the top teams in the South Atlantic Conference.

C-N Coach Mike Mincey’s comments on Ladd: “She is a physical guard that can do a lot of things well scoring at all three levels and plays with a high motor. We are excited to have another player in that 5-10 range that can play inside and out. Most recently, she won a three-point shooting contest in the inaugural 5-Star Preps Christmas tourney.”

Madelyn also earned the Careacter Star award in basketball season.

Robinson, a 6-1, 170-pound quarterback, helped lead Webb to an undefeated regular 2022 season (9-0) in Coach David Meske’s last year before retirement. The Spartans wrapped up the Division II Class AA East Region championship with a 29-28 win over Chattanooga Christian.

After a bye week, Webb would win its quarterfinal playoff game before falling to eventual state champion Lipscomb Academy in the semifinals.

Charlie earned a spot on the TSWA All-State team and also was a finalist for the Tennessee Titans’ Mr. Football award in Division II-AA. After hearing the announcement of the latter, Robinson tweeted: “All Glory goes to God!”

Charlie signed with the Navy Midshipmen in February and will continue his education and football career at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Incidentally, Robinson has musical talent too and put it on display by playing the National Anthem on his trumpet prior to the Spartans’ Sept. 9 game last season.