The horses have returned to the paddocks and the funny money wager winnings have been exchanged for terrific prizes! Chalk one up in the success column for the Booster Club's first-ever "Churchill Downs — A Night at the Races" celebratory fundraiser.
Please link HERE for a Special Note of Thanks From Booster Club President
The greater Churchill Community came out in droves to the Pony Express — Bolger Center on Saturday evening, May 3, to support the WCHS Booster Club's annual spring fundraiser benefiting Churchill Athletics. More than 200 people purchased tickets or made donations to "A Night at the Races," all to ensure Churchill sports remain strong and our talented student-athletes stay safe. Hundreds more also supported the event by sponsoring horses, advertising in the race program, donating prizes, and planning or orchestrating the event, including Booster Board Member Representative Elaine Arndt, shown right sharing a laugh with two guests at the cashier's table.
Shown above are some of the many guests who came out to support the event. At right are 2013-14 Booster President Larry Tanenbaum (with mic) and 2012-13 Immediate Past President Jim Edwards (far right), doing their best to address the animated event-goers. Below (from left to right) are Booster volunteers Ariane Promisel, Allyson Bergman and Marlo Sims, who greeted and registered guests as they arrived. Photos by Mary Ellen Mengucci
Varsity Boys Lacrosse coach Jeff Fritz won his 200th game on Friday, April 12th in dramatic fashion as the Bulldogs overcame a second-half deficit to defeat Sherwood 14-13. Assistant coaches Wayne Olan and Stuart Orns reached the 100-win marker the next day against Western Albemarle. Below,
Coach Fritz and the team celebrate the winning milestone. Photo by Steve Promisel
Also in April, more than 45 students from across the Churchill cluster schools attended the Girls and Boys Lacrosse Community Nights held on April 4 and 8, respectively. The families enjoyed the opportunity to attend an exciting night of fast-paced Varsity Lacrosse and, in addition to free admission for the students, were treated to a free juice drink, souvenir cup and a chance to purchase a “DAWG Pound” tee shirt for half price. Volunteers from JV Girls Lacrosse stayed to help the Booster parent volunteers. Thanks to Athletic Director Scott Rivinius and his team for supporting the effort as well as the many Booster volunteers who made these events possible and enjoyable for the cluster families.
A score of 35-33 sounds like a football outcome, but it happened in the first round of post-season Boys Volleyball play against a well-coached and tough Poolesville team. The Bulldogs were on the winning side of the score in the last game of the match, where games end at 25 unless there is less than a 2-point difference. The overall match score was 3-1. With this win, the team achieved one of its goals Coach Erika Eastham set at the start of the season: getting to the second-round of the playoffs for the first time in four years. The squad met another goal by amassing a 7-4 record. The final goal of improving as athletes will be demonstrated in the next week’s playoff game against Wootton. Congrats to a team that has shown skill, smarts, and heart throughout the season. At right, senior Andrew Tsao spikes against Wootton during regular- season play.Photo by Sunny Yun
Coed Varsity Volleyball fought hard all season and it showed in the stats. They were 9-2 in matches and 28-7 in games, which earned them a third-place finish overall in the county. Although the last regular-season match to Poolesville was a loss, there were great highlights of that evening. First, the Senior Night celebration honored the team’s five seniors. Secondly, the team dealt a high-flying Poolesville team their only game loss of the regular season; they had previously marked an unbeaten 30-0 record in games.
Churchill went on to sweep Wheaton in 3 during the first playoff match. Assistant Coach Cindy Hillard commented that,“The team is looking stronger than ever and gaining hitting strength and digging tenacity with every match.” The Coed team is slated to play Northwest in second round of postseason play. At left, seniors Katherine Liu and Kaitlyn Hillard celebrate the team's Senior Night. Photo by Cindy Hillard
One of Churchill Crew Women’s Novice 4+ boats gave spectators a grand thrill when it crossed the line to a first place finish at the 2014 Maryland State Championships in Chestertown on April 27. The team entered seven boats in the annual competition, which featured 14 high schools and was hosted by Washington College on the Chester River. In the exciting finals, the rowers maintained a 15-second lead over second-place Walter Johnson and 31 seconds over third-place Elizabeth Seton.
Women’s novice coach Cindy Cole commented that the novice girls are a "small but determined group" that executed the race plan to "get ahead, stay ahead, move away" with great success.The members of the winning Novice 4+ boat, shown below, from left to right, are frosh Lindsey Levy, sophomore Victoria Panjikidze, frosh Dominique Simpson Gumobao, sophomore Skylar Schaumberg and coxswain junior Maya Rao. Photo by Wes Kosova
Also in Chestertown, one of Churchill’s Men’s Novice 4+ boats finished third in its morning heat with a time of 7:08.09, and then, in the finals, finished with an impressive sprint that moved them from last place to within fewer than four seconds of a bronze medal.
Earlier in the month, Churchill Crew joined 24 other teams from New York to Virginia for the Baltimore Invitational Regatta. Churchill Men’s Varsity doubles took first and second place in their event. The team’s A boat, manned by juniors Erik Whatley and John-Luke Giroux, f back) and Dominic Singer (below, front), came in first with a time of 4:59. Photo by Wes Kosova
CHS Varsity Baseball families came out en masse to celebrate the team's unprecedented number of graduating players (12) during a senior recognition ceremony on Saturday, May 3. The event took place prior to the home game vs. Paint Branch. Each senior was escorted onto the field by parents or family members for the ceremony. The Varsity team has its last regular season game on Tuesday, May 6, at home vs. Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. Single-elimination regional playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday, May 9, with dates and competitors still to be determined.
A week prior to the ceremony, many of the baseball parents kicked off the senior celebration by participating in the traditional "cupping" of the outfield fences, using colored plastic cups to list all 12 graduating senior jersey numbers and spell out "Congratulations Seniors 2014." Nearly 2,000 cups were used and will remain on the outfield fences through the end of the school year, including the bulldog paw print shown below. Photo by Melony Katz.
Train with the Churchill High School Varsity Soccer Team & Coach!
All Skill Levels Welcome!
WHO: 1st - 5th grade boys
WHAT: Sharpen Field Skills, Learn about Churchill Soccer, Participate in Drills and Small-Group Sessions with Varsity Soccer Players & Coach Arnold Tarzy.
WHEN: Choose One or BOTH Clinic Dates: Friday, May 30 and/or Friday, June 6 TIME: 4 - 6 p.m. Rain or Shine!
LOCATION: WCHS Field Hockey Field (Indoor Gym Space Reserved for Inclement Weather)
BRING: Bring ball & water. Wear shorts, t-shirt, shin guards & cleats. Bring sneakers in case the clinic moves indoors to WCHS gym spaces due to inclement weather.
REGISTER: Send email and questions to WCHS soccer parent Lisa Drexler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following:
Player Information: Name, Current Grade, Position and Current School
Parent Information: Name, Email Address, Home Address, and Phone Number(s)
PAYMENT: $40 per Clinic or $70 for Both. Make check payable to WCHS Booster Club. Write “Boys Soccer Clinic” in Memo Line. Mail to: Lisa Drexler, 10805 Deborah Drive, Potomac 20854 w/ copy of Registration Details above. Reserve quickly to save a spot!
Link HERE for Registration & Payment Details & a Printable Color Flier. All Proceeds Benefit Churchill Boys Soccer.
Churchill Field Hockey Program
Skills Clinic on Sunday, June 8, from 9:30-11:30 am.
Girls in 3rd - 8th grade are invited to meet the coaches and learn field hockey skills from current varsity and JV field hockey players. To sign up, parents can fill out a short registration form online here – or they can access the registration form from the team website at www.churchillfieldhockey.com. The cost for the two-hour clinic is $20; all proceeds will go to the Churchill field hockey program via the WCHS Booster Club. Don't have the proper equipment? Don't let that stop your young player! The team has a limited supply of sticks and eye goggles to borrow.
**For girls in grades 8 - 11 who plan to try out for the field hockey team this fall, there will also be a field hockey interest meeting at Churchill on Tuesday, June 3, at 4 pm. Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
The Booster Club hosted the Spring Captains' and Coaches' Lunch on April 22 for more than 50 student and adult sports leaders. The athletes were treated to sandwiches from Bethesda Bagels and received a captain's lanyard for their service. Guest Speaker WCHS English teacher Haroot Hakopian described the leadership lessons he has learned from his background as an Army Ranger and from his teaching and coaching experiences at Churchill. Congratulations to these student and adult leaders.
The Booster Club, working closely with Lisa Wellek in the school's business office, successfully completed the repair of the damaged Thor Guard Lightning detection system, which sits atop the school’s auditorium roof. Churchill is the only school in the county with such a device to keep our students and community safe. Thor Guard is a computerized system that predicts the likelihood of a lightning strike within 8-20 minutes before it occurs. The system is 97% accurate within a two-mile radius. When potential for a lightning strike exists within the coverage area, a strobe light turns on and a warning horn sounds with an uninterrupted 15-second blast. That signal alerts both athletes and spectators to seek shelter. When the system senses conditions are safe, the strobe light turns off and the horn sounds three short four-second blasts to announce that it's safe to get back on the field and in the bleachers. Photo furnished by Thor Guard
End the school year in style! Help your graduating eighth grader feel right at home in high school this coming fall with Churchill gear! How? Visit the school store located on the first floor near the cafeteria to see what's available. The store is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at lunch between 10:40 - 11:45 AM. If you cannot find just the right item in the store, check out our complete online store by linking here. To volunteer to work at the store just log onto www.signupgenius.com and select 'Find a Sign Up.' In the email address space, please enter firstname.lastname@example.org and select 'School Store.'
May 7 (Wed.): Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, WCHS room 126
The playoffs are now in full swing. Please click here to find up-to-date game schedules. Then go out and cheer on our student-athletes!
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