The boys varsity Basketball Bulldogs, above, huddle in their "Pink-Out" attire prior to the start of Churchill's first-ever "Coaches vs. Cancer" basketball event. The fundraiser–part of a boys and girls varsity basketball double-header against Watkins Mills–was held on Feb. 25 to raise awareness and support for cancer research. "Coaches vs. Cancer" is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Churchill program, which featured an auction, bake sale and raffle, was dedicated to the memory of Nachu Bhatnagar, CHS Class of 2012. Along with the players, many Bulldog fans and the CHS Cheer team showed their support for the cause by donning pink, too. For additional "Pink-Out" and senior night celebration photos, link to the CHS Booster website sports news page. Photo by Julia Gertler
Churchill 'Downs' is galloping our way and you're invited to share in this most highly-anticipated, celebratory fundraising event of the Churchill Booster Club year! Come share 'A Night at the Races' on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Pony Express – Bolger Center. Enjoy a night of laughter, great food, 'wagering' on your favorite horses with 'fun' money and terrific prizes. Please click on Your Invitation to find out the details for this special, adults-only evening. We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the races! There are several ways to get involved in spreading the word and gathering support for this event. To see options, click on Ways to Help. If you have questions or want to volunteer, please simply email Booster Club President Larry Tanenbaum at email@example.com, or join us at our next Booster Club meeting, this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm in Room 126.
Members of the WCHS Wrestling team are shown above at the 4A/3A Championship Finals to support senior captain Hunter Sutton, who recently won his third state wrestling title for the 152-pound weight class. From left: James Taylor, Joe Baroni, Giulian Groce, Max Sickels, Danny Welch, Adama Keita, Zach Raizon, Ross Cantor and Hunter Sutton (center, squatting). Photo by Camille Baroni.
Overall, Bulldog Wrestling has had a phenomenal year, both as a team and with individual standouts. In addition to Sutton's successful season, senior Adama Keita and junior James Kalavritinos both came in fourth in the state in their respective weight classes. The statewide competition has just been the finale of outstanding efforts on the part of the WCHS grapplers.
The roster includes two county champions in their respective weight classes. Sutton also earned his county championship title in a 6-2 decision over Damascus opponent Colin McLaughlin that brought his overall season total to 40-0. Keita, at 160 pounds, also nabbed the county championship title for the Bulldogs in a sudden victory overtime take down defeat of Damascus' Johnny Fischer at the county championships, which were held at Gaithersburg High School. Sutton, who had been sidelined with knee injuries last year, also received the Monisera Award, which is given to the senior who has scored the most points during his career in the Montgomery County Wrestling Tournament. Other standouts during the county tournament included junior Giulian Groce at 170 pounds, who placed third. Junior James Kalavritinos, at 195 pounds, placed fourth and senior Zach Raizon who, at 182 pounds wrestled two weight classes up, placed sixth. The team as a whole had a great season earning the right to compete in region duals, finally halting a 13-year drought in team competition at that level.
The final dual match to qualify for the regionals was against Sherwood in early February. The Bulldogs, with a 12-2 record, beat the undefeated Sherwood team 35-28 at their home and senior game day. Claiming points for Churchill: junior Giulian Groce with a 4:36 Pin, junior James Kalavritinos with a 10-3 Decision, senior Adama Keita with a tech fall 5:46, freshman Tristan Linares with a 2:58 Pin, senior Zach Raizon with a 4-2 Decision, senior Hunter Sutton with a 1:15 Pin, senior James Taylor with a 2-1 Decision and senior Adam Vinner with a 12-9 Decision. For more wrestling pictures and information please click here for Gazette coverage. Above, from left, are sophomore Mike Chen, Coach Brandon Shapiro, seniors Hunter Sutton and Adama Keita and Coach Tim Lowe following county competition in which Sutton and Keita claimed county championship titles. Photo by Nazi Sutton
The 'off-the-water' season for Crew still boasts great on-land competition for the co-ed club team. The squad competed recently in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. The region’s largest indoor rowing event attracted more than 1,500 competitors racing in junior, college, masters and adaptive-rowing events.
Bulldog basketball saw double success on Feb. 25 when the girls and boys teams each won their home double-header games vs. Watkins Mill. In addition to the "Coaches vs. Cancer" fundraising drive for cancer research (see above), the evening featured senior night recognition activities. The graduates for both of the basketball teams as well as cheer, were introduced onto the court, accompanied by their families, for special recognition. Including the 74-65 win over B-CC and the victories over Richard Montgomery and Watkins Mill, the boys wound up their season on a seven-game winning streak to bring their overall win-loss record to 11-11 with seven wins, three losses in 4A South conference play. They just barely went down to defeat against Richard Montgomery in the first playoff game, 46-45.
For the girls, their decisive 60-38 win over B-CC was part of a three-win run at the regular season's end for a 14-9 overall record and six wins and four losses in 4A South conference play. The Lady Bulldogs made it to the second playoff round. Above right, CHS junior Japria Karim-Duvall goes up for a shot during the successful 47-43 campaign against Watkins-Mill on Feb. 25. Photo by Frank Connors
Veteran Cross Country and Track runners got an unusual pre-season workout last week by shoveling snow from the WCHS track in preparation for outdoor track try-outs. Several CHS spring teams' try-outs and first practices were disrupted due the the last gasp of winter, which resulted in inclement weather-related school closures. Photo by Scott Silverstein
More than 40 outstanding team captains and coaches representing the Churchill Bulldog winter sports gathered for the Booster Club's seasonal luncheon in their honor on February 17. The luncheon catering–provided by Bethesda Bagels–managed to fill up the squad of hungry student-athletes. They also received their choice of a Bulldog Captain lanyard or keychain as an additional part of the recognition event. CHS English teacher and guest speaker Haroot Hakopian spoke to the captains about practicing the art of leadership, using insights in the presentation from his experiences as an Army Ranger, active coach and teacher for more than 20 years. He currently coaches the WCHS girls soccer team. The Booster Club sees the development of youth leadership as a critical part of its mission in serving the Churchill athletic community. Many thanks to all the participants and volunteers.
While the Churchill 'Downs' – Night and the Races will be the social event of the year, there are still other ways to support Bulldog student-athletes. This is particularly true with spring sports gearing up. Please take a moment to explore each of the levels and benefits of Booster Club's individual and family memberships when you click on Join the Club! The Boosters is also offering two types of business participation, a "JV" level and a "Varsity" level, with special benefits associated with each one. So, for ways to support the Bulldogs while investing in your business, click here.
Spring sports are here and we all want to get outside to support our favorite WCHS teams and players. Make it easy to catch each of the games with no standing in line. Spend more time in the bleachers cheering on the team and socializing with other Bulldog parents. Consider buying Churchill Bulldog sport passes for students and/or adults, sold only online. Save time! Save money!
The new sports season deserves a look at new Bullldog spiritwear options for the warmer weather coming our way. 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.'
March 10 (Mon.): Spring Sports Information Night, 7 pm, main gym
For a list of future Bulldog matchups, click here. Then go out and cheer on our student-athletes!
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