Grantland Rice (1880-1954), an American sports writer, said:
For when the One Great Scorer comes, / To write against your name, / He marks - not that you won or lost - / But how you played the Game.Nice sentiment. Tennis great Martina Navratilova followed up years later with an appending thought:
Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.Ah, Martina didn't discount the competitive spirit and drive to win. Her thinking certainly served her and the game of tennis well. Fortunately for the Patriots,
For Wootton seniors Michael Ip, Alan Nguyen and Nic Texier, Thursday's match against Churchill served as affirmation of their competitive spirit and how they play the game of volleyball. The three seniors completed an unblemished record versus the rival Bulldogs, having never lost in their years playing for the Patriots.
And for senior Texier, who had been forced to sit our all season due to injury, the Churchill match marked the first time he set foot on the court, leading the younger Patriots, including freshmen Richard Hum and Mark Pang and sophomores Benjamin Wang and Cary Chin, to match point and the Patriots eighth victory of the season without a loss. The win also marked the fourth consecutive MCPS Division Championship for the Patriots.
Seniors Ip, Nguyen and Texier will be celebrated on Senior night prior to their last home match on Monday, April 23 at 7 pm against Gaithersburg.