The Observer

Spirits are high as WCHS athletic teams build bonds

Runners on WCHS varsity cross country engage in a team huddle up before a race. They whisper words of encouragement and hype up their fellow Dawgs.

By Aliki Dimitoglou, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

December 17, 2019

The WCHS family is built on many things, but one strong foundation of the Bulldogs community is athletics. Sports teams give a sense of belonging, spirit and connection with other students and these qualities are especially present when teams succeed. This past season, many WCHS teams have taken the ...

Athlete of the Month: Mateo Noguera

Mateo Noguera (right, blue) has been playing soccer since he was three years old. Now as a senior captain, Noguera still shines on the field.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

November 20, 2019

Training six days and playing up to two games a week, senior captain Mateo Noguera has dedicated his Falls to soccer since he was a freshman. Noguera has been playing soccer since he was only three years old and made the WCHS varsity team his sophomore year. As his final regular season comes to a close...

Field hockey closes out the season with a regional win

The 2019-202 WCHS field hockey team poses for a team photo on their home field.

By Kathy Hu, Online Editor

November 20, 2019

Yet another undefeated season for WCHS field hockey has passed as they head into the 2019 playoffs. Over the past 4 years, the regular-season record for the varsity field hockey team has been an astounding 47-1. Heading into the 2019-2020 season off of a 14-2 season after just coming up short in th...

Flying high: the cheer team is rising to the top

The WCHS cheer team stunts at the MCPS regional competition. The team has been practicing these elaborate tricks all season.

By Jordyn Green, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

The WCHS varsity cheer team is proving that they are more than just yelling on the sidelines; they are a tight-knit family working hard to represent the school name.  The team has risen to the top with a debut at the Division 1 level competitions. This has WCHS competing against schools like She...

Supernova shows the power of good in sports

The SuperNovas represent the USA and took home gold medals at the 2019 International Cheerleading Worlds.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

November 20, 2019

Being able to participate in a sport should be a guaranteed opportunity that all people should have regardless of disability. The SOMO Joy cheerleading team does just this and offers kids and adults ranging from 8-36 the opportunity to be a part of a team and to get the experience that other people ge...

Out of season work-outs great for team bonding

Sophomore Sydney Norris practices her dives at her practice during the summer. Norris dives year round and does not have breaks between seasons, allowing for more developed skills.

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

November 20, 2019

For some WCHS student-athletes, the break between sports seasons isn’t for resting, but for training. The time during offseasons allows athletes to get ready for their next sport, an opportunity many athletes take advantage of.  Senior Anjali Iyer participates in cross country during the fall,  indoor tr...

Jack Hebden introduces a new perspective to cheer team

WCHS Varsity Cheer welcomes the newest additions to the team before the season opener football game.

By Charley Hutton, Advertising & Subscription Manager

October 23, 2019

It’s the typical fall Friday night at WCHS. The football team takes the field with overwhelming exhilaration. The bleachers are overflowing with eager students and restless parents. The air is ripe with the smell of fresh popcorn and greasy cheese pizza. And, beneath the gleaming stadium lights, is...

Girls volleyball dig deep for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Haley Gye and Aiden Sung smile as they model bright pink to raise awareness about the Dig Pink game and the cause.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

October 22, 2019

On Oct. 7th, WCHS girls volleyball hosted their annual Dig Pink game to raise money for breast cancer awareness. With an impressive 8-2 record, WCHS won the game over opponent Whitman, 3-0. Overall, the team raised $2,545 dollars, with $600 from the game sales and $1945 from the GoFundMe that parents ...

Crew team rows into their successful season

Members of the Montgomery Boat Club carry a shell to the water at the previous practice location, the Anacostia River. Practicing here was difficult due to the long travel times, which led to a short amount of time in the water and late arrivals, as well as the limited space available for them to prepare for races.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

October 21, 2019

Major changes have been made to the WCHS crew team, setting rowers up to reach their full potential for this season and many more to come. Being a part of the rowing team allows students to work on their leadership skills, develop new friendships and participate in a competitive sport that they might...

Sports Hall of Fame honors WCHS alumni

The state championship trophies of the WCHS girls varsity basketball team displayed proudly in front of a news article snippet from 2002 announcing the team's success.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

October 21, 2019

Sixteen years after Morgan Hatten led the WCHS girls basketball team to back-to-back state championships, she’s coming back to school with a new title, “Hall of Famer.”   Hatten is one of eight standout athletes, coaches and staff members who will be inducted into the 2019 WCHS Sports Hall ...

WCHS varsity field hockey is as united as ever

WCHS varisty field hockey team smiling after yet another successful game.

By Ava Freeman, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

With their theme being UN1TY, the WCHS Varsity field hockey team, coached by Catherine Miller, has proven that a united team is a winning team. The theme is inspired by the idea that in order to be successful, it is important for a team to work as a whole rather than individual athletes.  This season, the...

Freshman Bridget Kelly races past expectations

Bridget Kelly runs ahead of the pack during one of her meets. She averaged a 6:05 in her 1600 meter events during the 2019 Outdoor Track season.

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

June 4, 2019

She hears her teammates chanting her name from the bleachers. Gathering up her last shred of energy, she sprints past the finish line. The clock flashes 6:01. Freshman Bridget Kelly has been running since the eighth grade, when she joined the cross country team at Herbert Hoover Middle School. “I...

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