Gaithersburg boys come back late to defeat B-CC Barons, winning 4A West regionals

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With an emphatic dunk, Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka (#25) helped the Trojans defeat the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons to capture the 4A West Regional Championship and advance to the semifinals at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 8 in College Park. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWith an emphatic dunk, Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka (#25) helped the Trojans defeat the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons to capture the 4A West Regional Championship and advance to the semifinals at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 8. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In 1998, the underdog Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team prepared to face the Oxon Hill Clippers in the state championship game. Facing a 16-point deficit at halftime, the Trojans came back, and five overtimes later, became state champions. Gaithersburg hasn’t come close since, not even winning regional.

Until now.

Gaithersburg didn’t take a lead until the fourth quarter, but when the Trojans finally pulled ahead, they didn’t look back as they narrowly defeated the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 65-61.

“It’s the culmination of an entire season,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said. “Being a coach in this program for 12 years, and knowing that it’s been 20 years since our last trip there, it means the world to me.”


Quince Orchard Cougars defeat Northwest Jags, become 4A West regional champs

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QO beats NW 4A W regional champs 1The Quince Orchard Cougars celebrate their victory over the Northwest Jaguars to become the 4A West regional champs. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG — In a battle of two rivals, the Quince Orchard Cougars nabbed the 4A West regional championship title after dispatching the Northwest Jaguars 31-20.

The game heated up an otherwise frigid Friday night, and showed how each team prepared for this game.

“Ultimately they capitalized on some mistakes we made. We made too many mistakes, got penalties that were huge penalties and they capitalized and we didn’t. We made a few too many mistakes in the end,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Neubeiser.

The Cougars were coming off of a victory high after annihilating the Einstein Titans 62-0 last week, while the Jaguars arrived to this game through sheer willpower.


Whitman Girls Capture 4A West Crown

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Whitman girls 4A Champs -3-2017Isabel Manzano, a Whitman senior goes up for an uncontested layup against Gaithersburg in the 4A- West finals. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH 

SILVER SPRING – The Whitman varsity girls basketball team claimed its second 4A West championship in two years Saturday after throttling Gaithersburg 69-46 at the Nelson H. Kobren Memorial Gym at Blair High School.

Gaithersburg got on the board first but the rest of the first half belonged to Whitman as the Vikings dropped 44 points on the Trojans.

Whitman guard Abby Meyers led all scorers with 26 points in three quarters of play.


Cougars overpower Rockets for MoCo’s 4A West championship

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QO vs. RM 4A West Regional ChampionshipDespite the best efforts of RM's Daryn Alexander, Quince Orchard's John Fierstein goes for a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – A second-half surge had the Quince Orchard Cougars (23-2) varsity boys’ basketball team sitting pretty atop the Montgomery County 4A West region, overpowering the Richard Montgomery Rockets (20-5) on Saturday afternoon at Blair High School gymnasium, 56-41.

With the win, the Cougars advance to the state semifinals to play Wise on Thursday at Xfinity Center in College Park.

The win “felt great,” said Cougars head coach Paul Foringer, in his 17th season for a Cougar program that has yet to win a state championship in basketball. “We always seem to come up short.”

Cougars senior forward John Fierstein (14 points), one of the stars of the game and the season for the Cougars, said the win was “amazing.”


Killer Bs Bonner, Beander blast Cougars by Rockets, 49-23

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DSC 0435Quince Orchard quarterback Doc Bonner makes the Cougars' seventh touchdown, bringing the score to 42-10 in the third quarter. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  
GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard junior quarterback Doc Bonner celebrated his 18th birthday Friday night by helping lead the Cougars to capture the 4A West Region championship with a 49-23 victory over Richard Montgomery.

Bonner and senior running back Marvin Beander, a Temple commit, combined for six touchdowns. Bonner said he wanted to earn the win for the Quince Orchard seniors so they could all advance to the state semifinals.

“It feels great for the team,” said Bonner, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, “not only for me but for the team as well.”


Say Bye-Bye to B-CC

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DSC 7139First baseman Griffin Mann tags out B-CC baserunner Alex Mieses in the top of the second inning in the 4A West Regional game at Quince Orchard High School. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

GAITHERSBURG- A brisk game of baseball on a Friday afternoon sealed the fate for B-CC baseball, one that at times seemed like it would go farther than the seventh inning as both teams seemed evenly matched.

Players from both teams seemingly just could not reach home, as both pitchers were adept at striking batters out, and when it came to defense, fly outs were common with both teams.

But Quince Orchard capitalized on a mistake by B-CC in the fourth to score three runs, and the Barons would only score one run before the end of the game.


Gaithersburg baseball team wins a regional crown

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Gaithersburg vs Wise 5GAITHERSBURG – For the second straight year, the Gaithersburg High School baseball team will represent Montgomery County in the state semifinals.

The Trojans powered their way past Blair Friday with a 6-3 win to capture the 4A West Region championship.

“Anytime you can win a region title it’s a big deal,” said Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Rabberman, whose club will play 4A South Region champion Wise Tuesday in a state semifinal matchup at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field.

Gaithersburg (20-2) was led by juniors Nick Pantos and Andy Kwiatkowski who each belted home runs while junior pitcher Anthony Felitti fanned eleven batters and yielded three hits through six innings.

“My team played a tremendous game today behind me and I had a little bit of a rough first inning and we got out of it and once I got through there all my pitches started to work better,” said Felitti, who has verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia. “To win it back-to-back years is crazy, it’s not very common and I’m glad I could do it with this group of guys.”

Pantos, a University of Maryland commit, got things started in the first inning when he belted a home run over the fence in left centerfield to help give the Trojans an early 2-0 advantage.

Kwiatkowski added a solo home run in the sixth inning to put the icing on the cake and secure the Trojans state semifinal bid.

Featuring a talent-filled roster with three players already committed to Division I programs, the Trojans are a favorite to capture a state championship. In addition to Pantos and Felitti, the Trojans also boast senior catcher Trey Martinez, a Towson University signee.

“We don’t really have pressure,” said Kwiatkowski. “We’re just going to go out there, do what we got to do and do our thing and I think we should be fine.”

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