Tigers Win 4 Championships at WABX to the MAX

Congratulations to the Western Academy of Beijing Tigers for earning 4 championships during the March 10-11 WABX to the MAX tournaments.

WAB's boys' and girls' soccer teams and boys' and girls' badminton teams won first place. WAB's softball team took second place in a weekend full of excitement and enthusiasm. The annual spring event invited teams from International School of Beijing, Shanghai American School - Pudong, and American International School of Guangzhou.

The girls' soccer division was full of skill and determination from every team, with the final match between WAB and ISB going to penalty kicks. WAB Goaltender AJ Hernandez made huge saves on the first and last penalty kicks, to solidify the title for her Tiger team. Caroline, Dani, Cecilia, Mia and Miaka played major roles in the team's success on offense and defense.

Despite giving up a goal in the early minutes of the tournament, the WAB boys' soccer team fought back to win 2-1 in their first match, building a train of confidence that would end up taking them to the final. The team improved every game, and won the championship match in a convincing 5-0 clean-sheet. There were several impressive contributions from players including Joose and Eerik Harju, CC and Sandy Olsen, Sweder Jacobs, Cam Grigg, Amory Gamet and Buni Sozer.

In badminton, the WAB Tigers made it to the finals in every category: boys' and girls' singles, boys' and girls' doubles, and mixed doubles. Both the Tigers' boys' and girls' squad won first place in the team categories, and won first in boys' singles and boys' doubles.

"It was a very competitive tournament, and all of the teams performed well," said WAB Coach Terry Zhang. "In the last three weeks of practice, the team got great experience and built a lot of team spirit that carried them through the weekend and will continue to fuel them in upcoming matches."

On the softball diamond, the WAB girls battled throughout the weekend to earn a spot in the final game versus ISB. It was a seesaw game, with both teams responding to their opponents' scoring with solid hits as well as defensive plays in the field. Lorraine Jiang was a force with the bat, smacking three huge hits in one game, and pitcher Camila Kochlowski struck out 20 hitters throughout the tournament.

Congratulations to all of the WAB and visiting athletes for demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship and determination throughout the tournaments.

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