Greetings, friends of the WCHS Booster Club!
Happy new year! If you're like me, you hit the ground running when the new year started. Likewise, our Bulldogs sports teams came out of the winter break and into 2013 at full stride, too.
I have had a chance to see many of our student-athletes in action during the fall and this winter season, and I am in awe of their talent and dedication. Most have worked all year to prepare for the privilege to represent Churchill and their community. And they are shining with every game, match and meet. From a purely fan perspective, they provide great entertainment. At the boys basketball game on Jan. 4, for example, our Bulldogs hosted rival Wootton and beat them in front of a packed gymnasium. It was high school sports at its very best!
We have included in this and every Booster newsletter a calendar of upcoming events. So if you haven't had a chance to see some of our sports teams in action this winter, do so. It's a real treat.
The new year has also brought to Churchill a new sport—bocce—which will draw a new group of students who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to compete at the high school level . . . or earn a varsity letter! Read on to learn more about our newest Churchill Bulldogs.
Have a great 2013 and I hope to see you at a Churchill contest soon!
The WCHS Varsity Bocce Ball team takes to the boards in its inaugural season. Pictured at right, WCHS senior Michael Abrahams follows through on a shot as he prepares for the Bulldogs' first-ever bocce match at home on Jan. 10. The Bulldogs beat Whitman and improved to 2-2 in the program's inaugural season. Bocce is a new varsity sport being offered at Churchill and several other Montgomery County schools to provide opportunities to a more diverse group of students. Please click here to read more about bocce in a recent Washington Post article. Photo by Jim Edwards
The WCHS Poms' dance and athletic skills were on great display as the squad placed 1st in choreography and 2nd overall in the Northwest Poms Invitational on Jan. 5 at Northwest High School. The Division 1 County Invitational pitted the 17-member WCHS squad against five other Division 1 Pom squads. Victory was particularly sweet for the WCHS Poms as they had competed but not placed in this invitational in the last few years. Photo by Jacquelin Zimmerman
The Churchill Ice Hockey Club is in first place and well on its way to regaining its position as 2011 state champions with a 9-2 record in league play so far this year.
One of those victories was a 7-3 win over Whitman in a capacity crowd at Churchill as the Washington Capitals high school game of the week. The Churchill club, led by senior captains Zachary Arden, Zachary Satin and Connor Martin, is in the top 5 in the Washington Post rankings of the top high school ice hockey teams in the region and has been the highest ranked public school team. At right, junior righ wing Brandon Levenson does his part to secure the Dec. 4 game-of-the week victory. Please see Sports News for more club highlights. Photo by Paul Lai
The WCHS Boys Varsity Basketball team, currently 9-3 overall, is now locked in a three-way, first-place tie with Walter Johnson and Whitman in the Montgomery County 4A South division. Juniors Malik Harris (16 points) and Allen Njumbe (16 points/10 rebounds), along with sophomore Jesse Locke (16 points and four 3-pointers) led the Bulldog attack for the Jan. 11 win against Walter Johnson. At right, WCHS junior Allen Njumbe (number 12) is going up for three-point play during the home game Dec. 11 vs. Gaithersburgh. Njumbe scored 20 of the team's points during the 66-36 victory. Photo by Mary Ellen Mengucci
The WCHS Girls Varsity Basketball team continues a great season with a 9-3 record despite a 59-52 loss to Walter Johnson Jan. 11. Below right, sophomore guard Japria Karim-Duvall is shown on her way to scoring a season high 18 points (half from hitting 3-point shots) in the Jan. 8 home game vs. Richard Montgomery. Other high scoring Lady Bulldogs in that game included senior center Alaine Thronson and freshman
Nicole Brodkowitz (both 12 points) and senior forward/guard Erica Lindsay (9 points) for the win. Below left, Churchill head coach Kate McMahon and her father, assistant coach Pete McMahon, give pointers to the team prior to second-half play of the RM game.
Photos by Mary Ellen Mengucci
The WCHS Indoor Track and Field team competed in the prestigious Montgomery Invitational Jan. 12 at the Prince George's Sportsplex against high school athletes from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Sophomore Lucy Srour paced the Bulldogs by winning the 1600M run in 5 min.,19 sec. Other Churchill standouts included junior Kyle Beatty who came in 5th in the pole vault and junior Fanny Chen, who came in 5th in the long jump competition.
The WCHS Wrestling team competed against more than 30 teams from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania at the Glen Jones Charger Classic in mid-December at Lackey High School in Indian Head, MD. Placing for the Bulldogs grapplers against the tough slate of competitors were junior Adama Keita with a 5th place finish at 160 pounds, senior Matthew Schleckser with a 4th place finish at 220 pounds and junior Hunter Sutton, at 152 pounds, taking 1st place recognition. At left, Schleckser is shown working his opponent’s leg to a take-down. Photo by Denise Schleckser
The WCHS Running teams invite the community to a fundraiser at California Tortilla at Cabin John Shopping Center on Tuesday, Jan. 29. When you place an order between 4:30 and 8 p.m. and say "TRACK," the restaurant will give 25% of all proceeds to support WCHS indoor, outdoor and cross country runners, the school's largest teams. Please click here for a flyer with more details. Spread the word then come and join the fun! You'll be pleased you did!
It's wintry right now but spring really is rapidly approaching and there's something for everyone as the Booster Club gears up for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Spring Gala. Your help is essential! Opportunities to volunteer include entertainment, marketing, auction, refreshments, computer support, décor, and more so there's a spot for every talent and interest. To make this year's event the best ever and to continue funding our WCHS student-athletes, please click here to review all committee options and then email Roya Hakimzadeh firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Schleckser email@example.com if you are able to lead a committee or volunteer.
Consider working at the school spirit store. It is a great way to volunteer and the time commitment is small. We are open during school lunch Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and open for certain special sporting or school events. The new 2013 schedule is posted. Log in to www.signupgenius.com and "Search for a Signup." Use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to look at the 2013 signup and fill in your name. Thanks and happy new year! If you have any questions, please contact Allyson Bergman at email@example.com
Looking for WCHS spiritwear to bundle up in during the chilly season? Head straight to the Churchill school store and if you can't find what you need there, please take a moment to visit our online spirit store at www.fieldhouse.com/churchill for all your spiritwear needs. We have a wide selection for kids, juniors and adults including outerwear, novelties and t-shirts. All orders are custom designed and are shipped directly to you. A portion of the sales supports the Booster Club. Show your support, wear your spirit! Questions? Contact Allyson Bergman: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Booster Club needs you; so do our Winter Sport Bulldog student-athletes! Click here for easy online Booster Club membership registration. Membership levels are:
$500 Platinum Bulldog (See Details Below)
NEW FOR 2012-13! The new PLATINUM BULLDOG pulls out all the stops. You will be treated to ALL THE ABOVE FREE GIFTS, 2 Free Seat Cushions PLUS PREFERRED GAME SEATING & PARKING! If that's not enough, how about a free hot dog or slice of pizza and a beverage at each home game where concessions are served? We'll also take your picture with our official Bulldog Mascot, Freddie the Bulldog!
Several WCHS teams, athletes, sports events and community initiatives have attracted positive community attention in December and January. Take a look at our Sports News page on the Booster Website to see what teams and athletes are making news.
January 16 (Wed.): Booster Club meeting, 7 pm, WCHS room 126
January 18 (Fri.): Boys Basketball v. B-CC V 7 pm/JV @ CH 5:15 pm
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