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Booster News, March 2014  

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 pagePhoto by Julia Gertler
Reminder: Spring Sports Night is TONIGHT, Monday, March 10, 2014:
Churchill main gym at 7 pm. If you have a student-athlete on a spring sports team, you won't want to miss this meeting! 
RacehorseWOWordsLeft2014-03Churchill '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 larryt7@comcast.netor join us at our next Booster Club meeting, this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm in Room 126. 
       Student Athletes Win Winter Kudos, Gear up for Spring 
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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 JamesWrestlingChamps2014-03 4 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

TaladayCrew2014-03TWathieuCrew2014-03he '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.

For the girls, senior Julia Taladay, shown at right, won a third-place medal in the Junior (age 18-19) Lightweight Women 2000M category with a 08:12.8 time. On the boys side, senior Lancelot Wathieu, at left, rowed to sixth place out of 45 competitors in the Junior (age 17) Lightweight Men 2000M event with a time of 07:04.6. The Erg Sprints event culminated winter training, when the team focuses on strength and conditioning in preparation for the spring season. The rowers took to the water–the Anacostia Riverfor practice again at the start of this month with the first spring regatta scheduled for next weekend. Churchill Crew is a co-ed club team of WCHS students. The parent-run, self-funded program is a 501(c) (3) corporation. For more information about Churchill Crew, visit www.churchillcrew.orgPhoto of Taladay, above right, by Azim Khodjibaev/ T.C. Williams High School. Photo of Wathieu, above left, by Jeff Yentis

JapriaBball2014-02Bulldog 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

          Click on the Booster Club Website Sports News Page for
            More Sports Pictures and Periodic Updated Information 
Winter Sports Captains and Coaches Honored

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 cateringprovided by Bethesda Bagelsmanaged to fill up the squad of hungry captain clipartstudent-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.

Become a Booster Member; Support WCHS Student Athletes  

While the Churchill 'Downs' – Night and the Races will be the social event of the bluepawprintongreencomp4wyear, 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. 
Booster Club Membership Levels for 2013-2014:

  $500  Platinum Bulldog (LIMITED to 50 MEMBERS! See details below)

  $200 Gold Bulldog (Receive FREE WCHS Umbrella + Bulldog Magnet)

  $100 Silver Bulldog (Receive FREE WCHS DrawString Bag + Bulldog Magnet) 

  $40 Friends of Bulldog Sports (Receive FREE WCHS Bulldog Magnet)
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The PLATINUM BULLDOG pulls out all the stops! You'll be treated to ALL OF THE ABOVE GIFTS, a SEASON PASS for all home games and 2 FREE Seat Cushions! If that’s not enough, how about a free hot dog and a beverage at each home game where concessions are served? Join the Club and make a difference for our Bulldog teams!
Buy Passes for Spring Sports Home Games
seasonpasswchsadult2014Spring 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!
Just follow the easy instructions at the Booster Club's Online Spiritwear Store. The passes will be mailed directly to your home. If you attend a game before your ordered pass arrives, simply bring your receipt or a driver's license to the game for needed verification. Click here to order passes.
Buy Spiritwear to Support Student Athletes in Style! 
BlueHalfPull2012-10The 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 and select 'Find a Sign Up.' In the email address space, please enter and select 'School Store.' 
Booster Club Calendar of Upcoming Events

March 10 (Mon.): Spring Sports Information Night, 7 pm, main gym
March 12 (Wed.): Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, WCHS room 126
April 9 (Wed.): Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, WCHS room 126
May 3 (Sat.): Churchill 'Downs' — Night at the Races Fundraiser, 7 pm, Pony Express - Bolger Ctr.  

Bulldog Team Competition This Month

For a list of future Bulldog matchups,  click here. Then go out and cheer on our student-athletes!
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