Concord Academy has been waiting for the drums for several years, with the last one going to Lexington Christian Academy. This year, all of the teams were fiercely competitive to reclaim the drums for CA. Despite the hard work of all the athletes from all five competing teams, the battle came down to the final 10 seconds of Girls Varsity Basketball’s match, where CA lost by a narrow margin, giving LCA the win of this year’s battle.

The Battle began with CA Boys JV Basketball winning comfortably with a score of 47-34 over the LCA JV team. Wrestling and Girls JV Basketball competed immediately after the boys’ game. Wrestling had a rough start to the game until Bobby Skrivanek ’24 put up a great fight, only giving up three points to his opponent. Bobby’s fight inspired the remaining wrestlers, and the team had a dramatic comeback victory over LCA with a final score of 39-36. Wrestling not only earned a point for CA in the Battle but also brought home the Eastern Independent League championship title, a huge win for the program. While the wrestlers asserted their dominance, Girls JV Basketball came up short against a very strong LCA team, resulting in a narrow loss.

CA led the Battle 2-1 after three games and needed either Girls or Boys Varsity Basketball to win to clinch the drums. Boys Varsity Basketball struggled against the LCA team, resulting in a defeat. On the other hand, the girls played a very equal game and demonstrated a fantastic fighting spirit though not winning; Ritika Sinha ’24, in particular, had a brilliant game.

Despite the fact that CA did not win the drums, everyone had a good time at the Battle. CA had some outstanding individual performances, and probably the best crowd in years according to Sue Johnson. The drums for next year! Go green!