Winston Churchill Athletics Season in Review
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Dear Student Athletes, Parents & Guardians, I would like to first thank all of the families, student athletes, coaches, and all staff for all that they did to help the 2017-2018 athletics year be as successful and exciting as it was. Over the last two years we have rebranded our bulldog logo, improved facilities, brought added recognition to current and past teams, and created a new and exciting atmosphere around our athletics program. This year we also said goodbye to Dr. Joan Benz after 21 amazing years of leadership. As great as these two years have been, it is only the beginning as plans are in place to further improve and grow our athletics program to better serve our student athletes, families, and alumni along with welcoming a new principal in Ms. Brandice Heckert. This past fall season witnessed a lot of exciting accomplishments for our athletics program. Our field hockey team continued its dominance as they finished the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row and reached the MPSSAA State Semi-Finals. Head Coach Cay Miller was named Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the Washington Pigskin Club as a result of the teams continued success. The golf team finished another amazing season with a 2nd place finish in the MPSSAA State tournament after winning the state title the year before. For the first time in school history, the cheer team participated in the Maryland State Tournament after its 2nd place finish at the MCPS Division 2 competition. Our boys’ & girls’ soccer teams continued to show that they are two of the premier soccer programs in the area as they compete in the toughest division Maryland has to offer. We also witnessed a vastly improved football team that looks to accomplish some exciting things this year including its return to the MPSSAA playoffs. The winter season witnessed historic accomplishments from our Swim & Dive team and our Wrestling team. The boys Swim & Dive team captured their first MPSSAA State Championship and they became the first Maryland public school to win the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Championship in 18 years. Head Coach Chris Tappis was named Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year as a result of these accomplishments. The wrestling team qualified for the MPSSAA State Wrestling Team Tournament for the first time in school history after its 4A West Regional Championship. The team fell just short in the finals finishing as the 4A MPSSAA State Runner-Up. The team also celebrated an individual State Championship by Jack Connolly, multiple wrestlers winning their 100th career match, and Coach Tony Howard being inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame. Our boys’ basketball team welcomed new head coach David Blumenthal and our girls’ basketball team continued to hold its place among the areas top teams. The indoor track team also continued to put multiple athletes into the MPSSAA State Championship Meet. The spring season continued to provide our school with excitement and success from multiple teams. In volleyball, our coed volleyball team won their first MCPS County Championship in an exciting victory over Sherwood High School and the boys’ volleyball team finished as the MCPS runner-up after a tough defeat in the championship game. The boys’ lacrosse team celebrated the 25th year of Coach Jeff Fritz running the team by continuing its supremacy over Montgomery County and positioning itself as one of the top programs in the state. For the 6th time in 7 years, the team won the 4A West Regional Championship and played in the MPSSAA State Championship game for the 2nd year in a row and 3rd time in 4 years. The team fell in overtime
but it was an amazing season for them and the success of the team will continue for many years to come. Boys’ tennis won their first MCPS Division Championship under Head Coach Neale Castillo and saw several members place in the county tournament. The girls’ lacrosse team had a fantastic season that witnessed several new individual school and county records set by members on the team that will return and the softball and baseball teams experienced a revival with both teams reaching double digit wins for the first time in a very long time. Outdoor Track placed two athletes in the MPSSAA State Finals Meet with Brenden Tan Fahed qualifying for Nationals in the triple jump. Overall it was an amazing 2017-2018 school year for our athletic teams and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved. On top of the successes on the field, we will have 14 student athletes continuing their athletic careers on the college level with 5 of those coming from the boys’ lacrosse team. An outstanding accomplishment by all! Thank you all and the 2018-2019 seasons can’t come soon enough. Sincerely, Jesse Smith Athletic Director Winston Churchill High School
Winston Churchill Cross Country Varsity Season Record: Boys 2-3, Girls 0-5 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Nick Karayanis: 10th County, 8th Regional, 15th State and named All-Maryland by Pacers/NewBalance Perrin Myers: 25th in Regionals Comments on the Season/Team: The Boys’ team finished 5th in Regionals and made it to States, finishing 14th
Winston Churchill Field Hockey Varsity Season Record: 12-0 Junior Varsity Season Record: Playoff Record: 3-1 Championships: Montgomery County Division Champions, 4A South Section Champions, 4A South Region Champions Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Maryland All-State Team Faith Kean, Sr.: 2nd Team Alexandra Sperling, Jr.: Honorable Mention Washington Post All Met Team Faith Kean, Sr.: 2nd Team Alexandra Sperling, Jr.: Honorable Mention Montgomery County Coaches All-County Selections Faith Kean, Sr.: 1st Team Alexandra Sperling, Jr.: 1st Team Martina Rabade, : 1st Team Juliet Twomey, Sr. : 2nd Team Regan Solomon, Jr. : 2nd Team Montgomery County All-Division Team Faith Kean, Sr.: 1st Team Alexandra Sperling, Jr.: 1st Team Martina Rabade, Sr : 1st Team Regan Solomon, Jr: 1st Team
The defense led by Martina Rabade, Setare Aliakbar, Robyn Peterson, Sydney Small, and Juliet Twomey tallied 12 shutouts and allowed only 7 goals in 16 games. Goalkeeper Juliet Twomey had 38 saves on the season. Our offense scored 62 goals in 16 games. Offensive stat leaders are Alexandra Sperling (18 goals, 7 assists), Regan Solomon (15 goals, 5 assists), Faith Kean (8 goals, 9 assists), Elizabeth Hsu (8 goals, 4 assists), Lucia Alem (3 goals, 11 assists), Kalliopi Mereos (3 goals, 4 assists), Neytra Subramaniam (3 goals), and Taylor Slaughter (2 goals, 1 assist). Notable Team Accomplishments: Consecutive state tournament appearances, undefeated regular seasons, division champs, section champs, region champs
Winston Churchill Football Varsity Season Record: 5 - 5 Junior Varsity Record: 3-5 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Montgomery County Coaches All-County Selections- Andrew Welch, Sr.: 2nd Team Tight End Fio Tranquill, Sr.: 2nd Team Defensive Line Lucas Bautista, Sr.: 2nd Team Kicker Michael Janis, Jr.: Honorable Mention Quarterback Isaac Lewis, Sr.: Honorable Mention Running Back Patrick Richardson, Jr.: Honorable Mention Linebacker Coach Williams comments on the Season/Team: I think our student athletes changed their mindset and attitude to changing our program to a playoff caliber team. Although, we didn't accomplish our goals for 2017, we did take steps forward to what we want to accomplish in the future. Our players understand that champions are made in the off-season and they are dedicated and can't wait to start the off-season workouts. That tells me and the other coaches that they believe they can change the football program.
Winston Churchill Golf Season Record: 17-1-0 Playoff Record: 2nd at the District Tournament Championships: 2nd at the Maryland State Tournament Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Dylan Rotter finished the regular season with the lowest 9 hole scoring average in Montgomery County (36.33). He also finished 2nd as an individual in the State Tournament. Dylan was also chosen to the 1st Team Yachmetz Division team. Lena Capoccia finished top 3 in regular season scoring average (36.67), the individual cord district tournament (2nd), and the individual State Tournament (3rd). Lena was also chosen to the 1st Team Yachmetz Division team. Notable Team Accomplishments: The team finished in 2nd place team finish at States. It also had 9 total players qualify for the State Tournament. New Records Established(Team/Individual): 7 players made the cut and played in the 2nd day at States. There are no official records kept of this stat, but according to the State committee and research amongst coaches; this is a new state record. Coach Tarzy’s Comments on the Season/Team: Great overall season with a second place finish at States and nine players qualifying for States. Brought an end to a golden generation at Churchill with 7 seniors graduating this year. This group of seniors had won the State Tournament the first 3 years of their high school career and finished their career with a 2nd place finish.
Winston Churchill Boys Soccer Varsity Season Record: 12-3-0 Junior Varsity Season Record: 4-4-1 Playoff Record: 1-1-0 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Washington Post All-Met Team Darius Siahpoosh Sr.: 1st Team Midfielder Darius was the Washington Metropolitan area's leading goal scorer with 22 goals scored in only 13 games. He had 4 hat tricks during the season. Maryland All-State Team Darius Siahpoosh, Sr.: 1st Team Midfielder (Unanimous Selection) United States All-South Region Team Darius Siahpoosh, Sr.: 1st Team Midfielder Montgomery County Coaches All-County Selections Darius Siahpoosh, Sr.: Montgomery County Player of the Year Montgomery Sentinel All-County Team Darius Siahpoosh, Sr.: Montgomery Sentinel Player of the Year Tamino Brown, Sr.: 1st Team Midfielder Montgomery County Senior All-Star Game Selections Darius Siahpoosh Sam Spencer Joel Assal Notable Team Accomplishments: Overall best record in Montgomery County, top seed in the Region, top scoring team in Montgomery County
Coach Tarzy’s Comments on the Season/Team: After graduating 12 players from 2016, this team had no expectations at all. As we went through the entire pre-season, we performed only marginally. Once the season started, this team took off in an upward trajectory. We won every home game and scored more goals (53) than any Churchill team in memory.
Winston Churchill Girls Soccer Varsity Season Record: 9-4-1 Junior Varsity Season Record: 5-2-2 Playoff Record: 1-1 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments Maryland All-State Team Molly Olcott, Sr.: 1st Team Jane Olcott, Jr.: 2nd Team Washington Post All Met Team Molly Olcott, Sr.: 1st Team Jane Olcott, Jr.: Honorable Mention Team Awards Defensive MVP - Molly Olcott Offensive MVP - Jane Olcott Rookie of the year Eden Max Most Improved Katie Stanish Bulldog Award Eliza Asbury, Cammie Kia, Sabrina Nusraty, Emily Silver. Coach H’s Comments on the Season/Team: Proud of the team this year for its resilience in battling through an unprecedented rash of injuries. We had our starting line-up for one full game. After the second game of the season and all the way through the playoffs, we did not have the same line-up for ANY of the games. This included missing 3-5 starters in over
75% of our games. All of the girls did a tremendous job of stepping up and filling positions with which they were not familiar in order to insure the success of the team.
Winston Churchill Cheerleading Notable Accomplishments: For the first time in MCPS history, cheerleading competed on the state level for a state title. Placed 1st at the Whitman Invitational Placed 2nd at the Division 2 MCPS County Championships Qualified for Maryland State Cheer Competition Coach Eric’s Comments on the Season/Team: Churchill Cheer had a great season! Not only did we cheer on our Bulldog Football Team every Friday, we also had the chance to compete on the state level for the first time! Notably, Churchill Cheer won the Whitman Invitational and came in 2nd at the County Competition! We qualified for State’s and had a wonderful experience! We are very excited to take the team to another level next season! Go Bulldogs!
Winston Churchill Girls’ Tennis Varsity Season Record: 7 -5 Playoff Record: 2017 Girls County Tournament 4th Place Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Cassi Chen (Fr), 2017 Best Singles Record 10 – 2 Maria Shapiro (Sr.) & Omisa Jinsi (Sr.), 2017 Best Doubles Record 9 – 1 Coach’s Comments on the Season/Team: The team was in each match playing hard! We’ll have plenty of time to work and get ready for Spring 2019 Season!
Winston Churchill Girls’ Volleyball Varsity Season Record: 10-4 Junior Varsity Season Record: 10-2 Playoff Record: 3-1 Championships: Sectional Champions over B-CC, 3-0 Fell in Regional Championship 1-3 to NW Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Michelle Tai (Sr/L) - 1st Team All County, Honorable Mention All Met - led the team on defense inspiring the whole team to play great Serena Xu (So/S) - 2nd Team All County - Set at a level way above her age and served like an Olympian Nadia Hedayat (Sr/Opp) - 2nd Team All County - Was an impact player both at hitting and serving scoring more kills than any other player on the team Grace Xia (Sr/DS) - Honorable Mention All County - guarded middle back like a lion and served like a giant. She was inspirational Michelle and Nadia were co-MVPs for the season New Records Established(Team/Individual): Nadia Hedayat (Sr/Opp) set a new kills record per set, averaging 5 kills per set against Blake Michelle Tai (Sr/L) set a new total for digs at 803 Serena Xu (So, S) set new record totals for setting and serving with 765 assists and 161 aces respectively Coach Hillard’s Comments on the Season/Team: The 2017 Season was so much fun, but it was one of the most challenging in past years. The team worked hard and as a true team to find ways to win, beating significantly stronger teams as the season went on. We were all too often the smaller team, but we stood tall and took down teams whenever we could. Spirits always stayed high even in our losses as we learned as a team from each of our opponents. In the regular
season we lost to BCC 0-3, but then came back to avenge that loss by beating BCC in the Sectional match 3-0. In our last match against Northwest we lost 1-3, but that one win was inspirational to our future success in 2018 since we lost to them 0-3 in the regular season. All our seniors played important roles on the team either on the court or the bench and they will be truly missed. But the underclassman are already working hard on skills and conditioning getting ready for 2018!
Winston Churchill Bocce Varsity Season Record: 1-3-1 Coach Santos & Coach Oniya’s Comments on the Season/Team: Bocce had a good season this year. Britt-Marie and Farah led the team to develop a sense of sportsmanship and unity. The team worked hard and many times had to untied the scores. However, one of the very interesting game when the fans were on the edge of their seats was the game against Richard Montgomery HS. The athletes placed the four bocce balls extremely close to the pallina and make 4 points in one round, that is not common on this sport. The record for Bocce was 1-3-1. The team is looking forward to work harder next season and bring the championship, for the first time, for Churchill HS.
Winston Churchill Girls’ Basketball Varsity Season Record: 15-9 Junior Varsity Season Record: 6-8 Playoff Record: 1-1 (double OT) Championships: 2nd in Division, 3rd in Section Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Brittini Martin – 1st Team All Division (sophomore), averaged 17ppg Parker Hill 2nd team All-Division (freshman), 200 rebounds for the season Notable Team Accomplishments: Defeated Regional Champion, BCC Coach comments on the Season/Team: The Girls Varsity basketball team had another successful season. The team's strengths were their practice work ethic and chemistry, as well as defensive energy and grit. Despite their youth and injuries, the Bulldogs continued to improve throughout the season. The Bulldogs had fantastic leaders in their captains, Gabriella Baker and Abby Mazer (seniors) and Kamryn Testa (junior). The team will miss the seniors terribly next season, but will bring back 10 of the 12 players from this season; they look to take this year's experience and come back even stronger next season.
Winston Churchill Boys’ Basketball Varsity Season Record: 9-13 Junior Varsity Record: 3-11 Playoff Record: 1-1 Notable Players, Post Season Awards, Team Awards & Other Accomplishments: Reed Mosheydi averaged a double double this year and awarded Team MVP. Coach Blumenthal’s Comments on the Season: This team was a joy to coach. They came into a new coaching staff with an open mind and bought in even though things didn't start as smoothly as we wanted. They continued to work which led to a 3 game win streak late that spring boarded us into the playoffs on a high note where we beat Einstein on the road by 1 in a tightly contested contest that gave the group a lot of positive momentum moving into the future.
Winston Churchill Indoor Track Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: MCPS County Meet: Brendan Tan Fahed, place 3rd in the Triple Jump MPSSAA Regional Meet: Girls 4x800; Hannah bush, Alex primich, Perrin Myers, Anjali Iyer, 3 rd place (6th in State) Karis Lee 55m 8th place finish Anjali Iyer 500m 6th place finish Alex Primich 1600m 6th place finish Will Chan 500m 6th place finish Mike Zhang 1600 8th place finish HoCo Winterfest Meet Nicholas Karayianis ran a time of 9:37, the 3rd fastest indoor time 3200m in school history
Winston Churchill Poms Competition Record: 3rd Place Blake Invitational County Championships: 2nd Place Captains Award Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Lacey Ohr 2nd Place Captain-Countie Championship Lacey Ohr 2nd Place Captain- Northwest Invitational Sydney Brown 1st Place Captain- Blake Invitational Coach Carmi’s Comments on the Season/Team: The team performed at all home football game, varsity basketball games, and participated in Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Night Festivities. The team practices 8+ hours a week from August until February. I am very proud of the hard work and dedication the team displayed. I couldn’t be more pleased with the leadership of our senior captains and I am grateful that their talent was recognized.
Winston Churchill Swimming & Dive Boys Swim and Dive Varsity Season Record: 5-0 Championships: MCPS Division 1 Champions, Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Champions, MD 4A/3A West Region Champions, MD 4A/3A State Champions Notable Players, Post Season Awards, Team Awards & Other Accomplishments: All-MCPS Selections: Steven Mendley Sanjay Wijesekera Ian Mackey Noah Rutberg Quinn Westwood Team Swimming MVP: Steven Mendley Diving MVP: Quinn Westwood Washington Post All-Mets Team: Chris Tappis, Coach of the Year Noah Rutberg: Honorable Mention Steven Mendley: Honorable Mention New Records Established(Team/Individual):
Boys 400 Free Relay new team record of 3:09.68 (Rutberg, Wijesekera, J. Nguyen, Mendley) Coach Tappis’ Comments on the Season/Team: The Churchill Boys Swim and Dive Team completed a perfect season by going undefeated (5-0) in dual meets and winning division 1, metro, regional, and state championships. We became the first public school since 2000 to win the boys Metro title and we won our school’s first state championship in boys swimming. Girls Swim and Dive Varsity Season Record: 3-2 Notable Players, Post Season Awards, Team Awards & Other Accomplishments: Team Swimming MVP: Malia Bush Team Diving MVP Danielle Menkart New Records Established(Team/Individual): Girls 100 Breaststroke: Alison Kaiser, 1:06.07 Coach Tappis’ Comments on the Season/Team: Despite losing its three best swimmers from last year’s team, the Churchill Girls Swim and Dive Team went 3-2 in MCPS Division 1 and finished 3rd in the division. Our best performance of the season was at the MD 4A/3A West Region Championships where we finished second, just 11 points behind first place.
Winston Churchill Wrestling Varsity Season Record: 16-2 & 26-2 Including Dual Tournament Junior Varsity Season Record: 7-1 Playoff Record: 3-1 Team Championships: Rocket Launch Duals Team Champions Joe Verciglio Invitational @ Chantilly HS Team Champions Paint Branch Invitational (PIT) Team Champions 4A East Division Team Champions 4A West Region Team Champions Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Jack Connolly – 3A/4A State Champion First Team All-Met Andrew Welch - Joe Verciglio Champion, PIT at Paint Branch Champion, 3a/4a Region Champion and State Place Winner 3rd at 3a/4a States Alec Velikanov- Joe Verciglio Champion and 3a/4a Region Champion Fio Tranquill- Joe Verciglio Champion and PIT at Paint Branch Champion Chris Ervin- 97 Career Wins Notable Team Accomplishments: 4A West Regional Team Champion, 1st time in school history. 4A Team State Finalist New Records Established (Team/Individual): First Team Region Championships in school history. Jack Connolly - 135 career wins Andrew Welch- 115 career wins Coach Lowe’s Comments on the Season/Team:
The year was an historic season, lead by team captains Jack Connolly, Chris Ervin and Andrew Welch. The team won all three regular season tournaments, Division champs, Region champs and State Finalist. The hard work and commitment exhibited by this team was Impressive. Resulting in an amazing and well deserved season. The most successful in Churchill High School Wrestling history. The coaching staff couldn’t be more proud of these young men.
Winston Churchill Allied Softball Varsity record: 0-6 Notable players: Avi Grant, Julia Greenberg, Ariel Derby, the Bello twins, Ohi and Josh, Notable team accomplishments: Jake Casell’s double play v BCC. Ariel Derby’s unassisted triple play at Springbrook, Alan Simpson’s fielding at third base, Julia’s pitching. Soroush swinging the bat like a katana. Coach Forney’s Comments on the Season: Didn’t win a game but easily had the coolest group of kids in the county. Loved how nobody walked to the bench after making an out without getting a round of applause or encouragement. Players started chants for one another as they went to bat and celebrated the good plays collectively. During warm ups people played silly games like keep away with one another and just had fun. This is a brilliant program that brings together kids from different parts of the school and social circles that would never interact otherwise and my kids truly get the spirit of this game. They would trip over one another to help Josh or Ohi run the bases. I really love working with these kids.
Winston Churchill Baseball Varsity Season Record: 12-8 Junior Varsity Season Record: 6-5 Playoff Record: 2-1 (Lost in section finals) Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: ** All District 2 Ethan Rindner (OF) **4a South Division POY Ethan Rindner (OF) **4a South Division Ben Nardi (1B)1st team Simon Fettig (SS/P) 1st team Mike Janis (CF) 2nd team **MCPS Senior All-Star Daniel Sobalvarro (2B) Notable Team Accomplishments: 1st winning record and playoff wins since 2013 Batted .345 as a team/ Team Defense 92% Fielding % Won 11 of final 14 games New Records Established(Team/Individual): Ethan Rindner- 35 hits Coach Skellchock’s Comments on the Season/Team: With a tough schedule, new coach, and young pitching staff….The Bulldogs ended the season strong by earning the 2 seed for playoffs and making it to the section finals. We improved on every aspect as the season
progressed which enabled us to win 11 of our final 14 games. It was truly a team effort in 2018 with many players contributing to our 12 wins (most since 2013). The future is bright at Churchill.
Winston Churchill Boys’ Lacrosse Varsity Season Record: 16-1 Junior Varsity Season Record: Playoff Record: 4-1 Championships: 4A South Division Champ 4A West Region Champ Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: MCPS Coaches Awards All-Division Team 1st Team Brady Altobello Merrick Willeford Ryan Leonard Jimmy Rubino Reed Moshyedi Jack Taylor 2nd Team Ryan Shure Jack Butler Avery Slomnicki All-County 1st Team Brady Altobello Jimmy Rubino Ryan Leonard Jack Taylor Reed Moshyedi Merrick Willeford 2nd Team Jack Butler Ryan Shure All-American Brady Altobello Jimmy Rubino Reed Moshyedi Jack Taylor
Player of the Year Jimmy Rubino Academic All-American Jimmy Rubino Braden Shugarman Assistant Coach of the Year Mike Winter Kelly Award Finalist Jimmy Rubino Division 1 Commitments Ryan Leonard - Towson Reed Moshyedi - Brown Jimmy Rubino - Navy Jack Taylor -Brown Division III Commitments Brady Altobello - Christopher Newport Notable Team Accomplishments: 3 MPSSAA State Championship appearances in four years, 6 Regional Championships in the last 7 years. New Records Established(Team/Individual): 53 game winning streak verse MCPS schools
Winston Churchill Boy’s Tennis Varsity Season Record: 11-1 Playoff Record: 19-6 Championships: Division I Champions Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Will Karpinski - 1 Singles ( Scholarship JMU ) Josh Robinson - 2 Singles ( 12-0 Undefeated Regular Season) Bennet Yang - 3 Singles (County Champion) Simon Shockey/Petar Djekic - 1 Doubles (County Finalists) Joey Sher/Tsach Mackey - 3Doubles (County Finalists) Notable Team Accomplishments: 1st Division Title since I became coach. The last division title was 2015. Coach Castillo’s Comments on the Season/Team: We had an amazing season beating Whitman to win the Division for the first time in 4 years!!! We were 1 point away from winning the county championships. I couldn’t be more proud of our team this year!! We worked hard and came together as a team to overcome our biggest rival in Whitman. Starting with the amazing leadership of our captains and the perseverance of the starters as well as every remaining player on the roster .......... we fought together, we won and lost together as a team. This group of seniors have accomplished everything from division champions, outright County Champions as well as 2 regional doubles titles and 1 State Championship!! I am sad to see our seniors leave but excited for the rest for the team as I believe our future is going to be very bright!!
Winston Churchill Boys’ Volleyball Varsity Season Record: 10-1 Playoff Record: 3-1 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Offensive standouts: Justin Jin - Junior - Outside Hitter - 134 kills with 53% kill Richard Tan - Senior Outside Hitter - 99 kills with 48% kill Erik Hillard - Senior setter/opposite - 70 kills with 45% kill Kevin Case - Senior - middle - 35 kills with 45% kill Defensive standouts: Kevin Case - senior middle - 31 blocks, Ben Tombini - junior middle - 30 blocks Erik Hillard - 42 digs Justin Jin - 40 digs Charles Lin - freshman libero - 41 digs All-County Players: Erik Hillard - Senior - Setter/Opposite - 1st Team Justin Jin - Junior - Outside Hitter - 1st Team Richard Tan - Senior - Outside Hitter - 2nd Team Notable Team Accomplishments: The boys’ team played in the MCPS Championship for the first time since 1998. They played an amazing match but fell to WJ, finishing as county runner up.
Winston Churchill Coed Volleyball Varsity Season Record: 9-2 Playoff Record: 4-0 Championships: Won the County Championship which for COED Volleyball is the highest level! Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Andrew Craun - Averages over 4 kills per set Nadia Hedayat - Averaged over 10 assists per set and 3 digs per set Bruce Chen - Led the team in serving and saves Notable Team Accomplishments: Won County Championship for the 1st time in the school's history Coach Endler & Coach Hillard’s Comments on the Season/Team: During our regular COED volleyball season we lost to only two teams (both 0-3 matches) which were Clarksburg #1 and Sherwood #2. Going into playoffs we were seeded #5 based on the regular season. After winning our first two playoff matches we met Clarksburg in the semifinals. The team had worked for two weeks leading up to this match on two different defense formats to use, and it worked. We won over Clarksburg 3-2 in a huge upset. Then we moved onto the finals where we met Sherwood. In the first set against Sherwood we won pretty easily, but then Sherwood took the 2nd set. In both the 3rd and 4th sets we had to come from behind being up to 8 points behind at one point. The players on the court never gave up nor did the players on the bench who helped will the team to a 3-1 victory over Sherwood. Nadia Hedayat did a fantastic job setting, digging and serving. Andrew Craun was a force at the net hitting and blocking in all our matches. He led the team in kills averaging over 4 kills per set. Bruce Chen worked hard on his overall game throughout the season and consistently had serving runs of over 5 serves. These were huge when we were down multiple points. In addition in the first set against Sherwood, Bruce had a great following save 20 feet off the court. The entire team contributed and stayed involved which was a big part of our winning. It has been a glorious season of learning and pulling together and true teamwork coming together with the ultimate win in Coed Volleyball which is the County Championship for 2018 which is the first in Churchill's Coed Volleyball History!
Winston Churchill Girls’ Lacrosse Varsity Season Record: 9-4 Junior Varsity Season Record: 5-4 Playoff Record: 1-1 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Rookie of the Year: Holly Shimabukuro Most Improved: Lucia Alem Offensive MVP: Emma Sumberg (Emma broke school records with 103 points and 81 assists) Defensive MVP: Emily Feigen Unsung Hero: Faith Kean Bulldog Award: Emily Shimabukuro Coaches Award: Lizzie Hsu (Lizzie’s 61 goals are #5 all-time in school history) MVP: Leah Rubino (Leah not only scored 51 goals, but also led the team with 35 ground balls, 36 takeaways, and a 62% win rate on draws) County Awards Lizzie Hsu – MOCO player of the year 1st Team All-County: Lizzie Hsu, Emma Sumberg, Emily Feigen, Leah Rubino 2nd Team All-County: Kamryn Testa, Faith Kean Honorable Mention All-County: Sabrina Nusraty All-Divsion 1st team: Lizzie Hsu, Emma Sumberg, Emily Feigen, Leah Rubino, 2nd team: Sabrina Nusraty, Emily Shimabukuro, Faith Kean New Records Established(Team/Individual): 81 assists 104 points Emma Sumberg Coach Frank’s Comments on the Season/Team: 2018 brought another strong winning season for the Churchill girls lacrosse team, which finished the year 9-4. The team’s explosive offense averaged 16 goals per game while its sturdy defense yielded only 6 goals per game. The team opened the season with a 17-3 win
against tough rival Poolesville as team captain Lizzie Hsu scored 7 goals, midfielder and captain Leah Rubino shined on offense and defense with 5 goals, 5 ground balls, and 5 takeaways, and frosh attack Claire Kim scooped up 4 ground balls. We lost two tough games in a row by one goal each to eventual Regional champ Whitman and to WJ, but defensive stalwart and captain Emily Feigen had 17 saves over the two games to keep both contests close. In a 20-5 win against RM, team playmaker Emma Sumberg dished out a season-high 12 assists. In our biggest win of the year against previously unbeaten Sherwood, Lizzie had 7 goals, Emma had 5 goals and 6 assists, and Leah had 5 goals and 3 ground balls.
Winston Churchill Outdoor Track & Field Varsity Season Record: Boys 1-3-1 Girls: 1-4 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Brendan Tan Fahed qualified for the National Meet in the Triple Jump. County Championships: Alex Primich 7th 1600 Gabe Moore 8th 100m Will Chan 5th 400m Brendan Tan-Fahed 3rd TJ Regional Championships: Anjali Iyer 7th 400m, 9th 800m McKenzie Fagan 6th 100hh Alex Primich 7th 3200m Gabe Moore 4th 100m Will Chan 3rd 400m Brendan Tan-Fahed 2nd TJ Team Awards: Sprint MVPS: Anjali Iyer/Will Chan Distance MVPs: Michael Zhang/ Alex Primich Jump MVPs: Brendan Tan-Fahed/ Jimena Moreno-Chaza Newcomer Awards: Gabe Moore, Maddie Bell, Maddie Vinal, Dan Nusraty, Flora Navares Coaches Awards: McKenzie Fagan, Nabil Mai
Winston Churchill Softball Varsity Season Record: 9-7 Junior Varsity Season Record:7-4 Playoff Record: 1-1 Notable Players & Their Accomplishments: Golden Bat – Brittany Lew Golden Glove – Erin Huang Bulldog Award – Anna Kim Most Improved – Megan Bedingfield Leadership – Ryan Storch. Notable Team Accomplishments: This is one of the best season records since 2000. Only two other times, 2013 and 2000 has a churchill varsity softball team had a record of 9-7.
Class of 2018 College Commitments Brady Altobello, Boys Lacrosse – Christopher Newport University Joel Assal, Boys Soccer – Frostburg State University Lucas Bautista, Football – Furman University Lena Capoccia, Golf – University of Maryland William Karpinski, Boys Tennis – James Madison University Aine Kenwood, Golf – Wellesley College Brittany Lew, Softball – Liberty University Maria Prokos, Girls Soccer – Case Western Reserve University Ryan Leonard, Boys Lacrosse – Towson University Reed Moshyedi, Boys Lacrosse – Brown University Molly Olcott, Girls Soccer – New York University Jimmy Rubino, Boys Lacrosse – United States Naval Academy Sam Spencer, Boys Soccer – Goucher College Jack Taylor, Boys Lacrosse – Brown University
Lena Capoccia, Golf – University of Maryland
Boys Lacrosse - L to R: Jack Taylor – Brown, Ryan Leonard – Towson, Jimmy Rubino – Navy, Brady Altobello – CNU, Reed Moshyedi - Brown Lucas Bautista, Football – Furman University
Brittany Lew, Softball – Liberty University William Karpinski, Tennis - JMU
Molly Olcott, Soccer – NYU Maria Prokos, Soccer - CWRU
Student Athletes’ of the Month September 2017 – Girls: Alexandra Sperling, Field Hockey & Faith Keane Field Hockey Boys: Darius Siapoosh, Soccer October 2017 – Girls: Nadia Hedayat, Volleyball Boys: Nicholas Karayanis, Cross Country December 2017 – Girls: Rachel Fenton, Swim & Dive Boys: Robert Rizzo, Swim & Dive January 2018 – Girls: Parker Hill, Basketball Boys: Steven Mendley, Swim & Dive February 2018 – Girls: Brittini Martin, Basketball Boys: Jack Connolly, Wrestling April 2018 – Girls: Brittany Lew, Softball
Boys: Josh Robinson, Tennis May 2018 – Girls: Emma Sumberg, Lacrosse Boys: Brady Altobello, Lacrosse 2017 – 2018 Champions Division Champions Field Hockey Boys Swimming & Dive Wrestling Boys Lacrosse Boys Tennis Coed Volleyball Montgomery County Champions Coed Volleyball Regional Champions Field Hockey Boys Swimming & Dive Wrestling Boys Lacrosse Washington Metropolitan Champions Boys Swimming & Dive
State Champions Team & Individual Boys Swimming & Dive Jack Connolly, Wrestling Coaching Honors Cay Miller, Field Hockey – Washington Pigskin Field Hockey Coach of the Year Tony Howard, Wrestling – Inducted into Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame Chris Tappis, Boys Swim & Dive – Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year Mike Winter, Boys Lacrosse – US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year Jeff Fritz, Boys Lacrosse – Head Coach of Winston Churchill Lacrosse for 25 Years
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