Bye Bye, Birdie!

American High School Badminton Team Loses Second Game

Navya Kaur

Staff Writer     

    On March 11, 2014, American High School’s badminton team played its second game of the season against James Logan High School.

    The junior varsity players lost with a score of 10 wins versus 17 losses and the varsity players followed suit with 3 wins and 14 losses.

    Despite the low scores the badminton team got, the players still remained with high hopes for the rest of the season.

     “I’m glad that they tried. Even though they were playing against a hard team, they fought and they fought well,” senior varsity captain Tarun Pasumarthi said.

    American High School is also scheduled to have another game against James Logan High School in the future, so most players are using this loss as motivation to beat them next time.

    “We are not discouraged by losses,” Pasumarthi said. “We won’t give up until we beat them.”

Junior varsity badminton players battle hard against James Logan High School. While they lost, the team used the failure as a sign to work harder and win the rest of the season. “The best players on the team are the ones who train the most and care the most,” Coach Anh said.
Junior varsity badminton players battle hard against James Logan High School. While they lost, the team used the failure as a sign to work harder and win the rest of the season. “The best players on the team are the ones who train the most and care the most,” Coach Anh said.

    The new team has been training avidly for the season since January and are proud to have an amazing team alongside them.

    “We’re all really supportive of one another,” sophomore varsity player Aneha Singh said. “We’re truthful. We tell each other what we need to improve on and we don’t sugarcoat the truth.”

    Some players, such as Pasumarthi, that have been on the team for four years definitely have special words to say about their relationships.

    “They’re literally like a second family,” Pasumarthi said. “They’re all really supportive and I can tell them stuff and they’ll listen. They’re great friends.”

    Practicing three times a week with optional practices on Saturdays, the team agrees that the coach has definitely helped them improve.

    “Coach Anh is really nice,” Singh said. “He trains me really well and there’s open gym a lot. I really appreciate that.”

    While American High School’s badminton team lost the game, they still remain optimistic for the season.

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