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This year, the LGHS Badminton team — led by senior co-captains Linda Wang and Dustin Wang, junior captain Aarav Bhaat, and head coach Lisa Shenoy — finished second (10-4) in the Santa Clara Valley (SCVAL) Athletic League’s El Camino Division. On May 5 and 6, eight players went to League Finals at Los Altos High School: D. Wang, L. Wang, Alexander Davis, Matthew Ng, Cadence Ho, Rosa Sahandi, Ethan Schneider, and Jahnvi Bheemararsetti. L. Wang and D. Wang, who have been mixed doubles partners throughout the season, won sixth place at the finals, beating out many talented duos from SCVAL’s upper and lower division teams.
One of the LGHS badminton team’s greatest accomplishments this season was winning the Apr. 27 match against Homestead 18-12; LGHS has struggled to beat Homestead for several years, and the evening was extra special because it was senior night. The coaches and younger players brought food, homemade posters, and flowers to celebrate the six graduating seniors.
Since the beginning of the spring semester, the team has come a long way. Both varsity and junior varsity (JV) players practiced for 90 minutes every day of the school week — with exceptions on game days, which typically occurred on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Captains led both varsity and JV practices, and — unlike in previous years — they incorporated structured practice routines to better develop players’ skills. This was essential this year because many of the team’s players lacked experience since so many seniors graduated last season. D. Wang, who plans to continue playing badminton casually at University of California, Santa Cruz next year, stated, “I feel like I set a good precedent for the team. I would like to see the team continue to develop in the future.”
The team also owes a great deal of success to its team managers, senior Aarav Singh and junior Ng. They were in charge of organizing game times, setting up pairings, ordering jerseys, and other logistical tasks. Managers had to balance these responsibilities with practices and play during the matches. Like his teammate, Singh hopes to play casually next year at University of California, Berkeley.
Sophomore Sahandi, who joined the team this year, explained that the backbone of the team is its strong sense of community. “At tournaments, we cheer really loudly….As you’re playing, you could feel like everyone was supporting you.” During practices, she felt like everyone “always had people to talk to…from all different grades,” describing the overall team as very “inclusive.” One of her favorite memories from the season was the team’s tournament at Gunn High School, which brought together a multitude of teams in the league.
The LGHS badminton team looks forward to improving during future seasons, and players like Sahandi will continue to practice on their own and attend open practices. Be sure to support your peers at a game next year!
Badminton Team Finishes Second in SCVAL