District / Region Band

On November 15th the Churchill Band students competed against three other high schools in our district. After working hard for months on their music, now was the time to shine. The students waited patiently for two to six hours in a classroom for their chance to audition while listening to their competitors play their music. Although everyone didn’t make it, we are all still proud of those who did advance! Those who made it to region band will get another chance to perform on November 29th. Wish them luck!

One Long Win

Picture by: Marla Byrd

Photo by: Marla Byrd

Every eye on the anticipated point. On his court, he’s on top, he’s winning, but Mark Frost manages to keep up. One mistake could take a dangerous toll, and he knows this. They all do.

“I was dominating,” Leighton said. “Then I kind of had a brain lapse and lost three games straight. That’s when I got nervous.”

Districts was  the start of a long road towards a larger win. Senior Bryan Leighton knew this, and although the top two teams from each District advanced to Regionals they couldn’t afford a loss to Reagan. Bryan continued the fight against a team they held a long rivalry with.  It was his girlfriend’s team and soon he would be taking to the court against a friend.

This didn’t stop him.

Leighton’s second match was boy’s singles.  His opponent. One court. That’s all there was around him. And the many people watching. This was what Leighton had prepared for.

Still, he was nervous.

“My dad had coached me through all other sports,” Leighton said. “But tennis I took it up on my own.”

The match continued, with Leighton as his own team. The tennis team was behind him, but they weren’t  out on that green asphalted court.

He had to stay focused. Then, he double faults two or three times.

“I tried to stay calm,” Leighton said, but Districts was not easy. The nerves piled up, worn out after playing several matches the last one was a fight. The fight, black and red, against  green and white. Each color represented in the audience.

Junior, Mark Frost, wearing his white dry fit shirt and his dark Reagan green was keeping up.

After five hours of practice every day Leighton couldn’t afford to lose. And after five years of playing he wasn’t about to let himself down.

“I kind of took it like recreation at first,” Leighton said. “I just wanted to get better.”

Leighton started his tennis career when he was twelve at the local Jewish Community Center. He was playing every summer in search of a hobby that was solely his. Before that, Leighton’s dad coached him in every sport he played. He taught his child every athletic move he knew, and now Leighton was striving towards a win in his own independent field. After  team morning practice Leighton went to afternoon lessons almost every week day. Today he headed to the match that would set a lot straight.

“You realized how much you play and its not worth it if you loose,” Leighton kept fighting.

One match later and he was the tenth point. Churchill had won.The team rushed onto his court. The place where he was alone against his opponent, was soon filled by the excitement of a win. A win against the hardest team to defeat in the District.

“Playing friends was usually harder,” Leighton said “But I was there to win.”