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Northwest Jags shut out by Severna Park in title softball game, 13-0

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Severna Park Falcons pose with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALISThe Severna Park Falcons softball team poses with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALIS  COLLEGE PARK — It’s hard to get to the top of the 4A class in high school softball. It’s even harder to stay at the top.

The defending state champion Northwest Lady Jaguars (17-3) fought to stay at the top Saturday before getting shut out by the Severna Park Falcons, 13-0, in five innings of the 4A state championship game at the Maryland Softball Stadium at University of Maryland College Park.

The game was delayed for over three hours as the torrential downpour of a thunderstorm cleared the area. State Softball Committee members had to clear the rain off of the turf before either team could take the field. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, fans from both squads filled the drenched bleachers to see if Northwest would repeat as champions or if the Falcons would win their first softball state title since 2003.

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Churchill boys LAX lose heartbreaker to Severna Park in 4A state championship

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Severna Park High School's Colin Shadowens (14) and Winston Churchill High School's Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball after a face off during the Boys Class 4A Lacrosse Final played at Stevenson University in Owings Mill on Wednesday, May 22, 2018. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime to Severna Park High School, repeating the outcome of last year's final.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Severna Park Falcons' Colin Shadowens (14) and Churchill Bulldogs' Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball during a face-off in the 4A state championship game played Wednesday in Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaker to the Falcons 8-7 in overtime, repeating last year's outcome. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHOWINGS MILLS – The rematch. The almost perfect season. Trailing early, leading late. One overtime period, one final Severna Park goal and the heartbreaking sting of defeat. One team with the county’s eyes upon it, still waiting for its first lacrosse state championship.

There wasn’t much else Churchill could have done Wednesday to secure a victory. The Bulldogs strode into Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University as an undefeated team that still had something to prove, even after three finals appearances in four years.

Churchill gave the two-time defending champion Falcons a rough ride, beating Severna Park in face-offs, total shots and groundballs. In the end, with a late goal reminiscent of last year’s walk-off winner, sophomore Michael Harmeyer raised his stick over his head and gave Severna Park its eighth lacrosse championship in school history by a score of 8-7.

A few Bulldogs sat on the field in stunned silence as the Falcons wildly rejoiced, sticks and helmets flying through the air.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

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Wise pulls away from QO late to win third straight Maryland 4A state title

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QO vs. Wise FB 4A ChampionshipDespite receiver Brendan McGonagle pulling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Doc Bonner, the Quince Orchard Cougars would fall to the Wise Pumas in the 4A state championship, the score 38-20. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ANNAPOLIS — In a rematch of last year’s 4A State title game, the Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas lifted the trophy yet again Friday, defeating the Quince Orchard Cougars 38-20.

While the score appears lopsided, it wasn’t until the very end where Wise pulled away. The two teams traded punches through the first three and a half quarters of the game.

Quince Orchard offense led by star quarterback Doc Bonner took the field for a crucial drive after falling behind 25-14 to Wise. With less than five minutes to play, the Cougars needed Bonner to lead a scoring drive in order to stay in the game.

Instead, defensive back Anthony Lytton provided the big play that Wise needed in order to win the game. Lytton intercepted a Bonner pass, and rushed for a 39-yard touchdown on the next play. The Pumas had iced the game, and were just three minutes from winning their third straight State title.

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Quince Orchard Falls Short

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Cougars place second as Perry Hall takes boys basketball 4-A state title

QO vs. Perry Hall 1Quince Orchard’s Matthew Kelly drives the lane on Jason Newman for Perry Hall for two points. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

COLLEGE PARK – Senior guard Mitch Czworka went for the pass, down 59-56 with a few seconds on the clock, in hopes of nabbing the championship for the Quince Orchard.

But forward junior Tyler Holley would have none of that, blocking Czworka and forcing a turnover that dashed the hopes of the Cougars, ending the game at 59-56 and crowning the Perry Hall Gators as state champions.

“We’ll look back and reflect, and it’ll be a great season in the end, but right now I’m just really disappointed we didn’t get the last one,” said senior Cougars forward Johnny Fierstein.

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Ukwu ditches Springbrook blue for a Wise contribution in state 4A title

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3542JGS Isaac Ukwu transferred from Springbrook to Wise this season and took part in the state title game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ANNAPOLIS – Wise senior Isaac Ukwu hoisted the Maryland Class 4A state championship trophy high above his head with both hands following the Pumas’ convincing 42-7 victory Friday night over Quince Orchard at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Ukwu, who transferred to Wise from Springbrook after last season, was elated to be a part of a Maryland football dynasty.

“It’s great,” said Ukwu. “Not a lot of people can say that they won a state championship, that they helped make a team go undefeated [and] make history.”

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Wise is too much for Quince Orchard in 4A title game, 42-7

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3123JGS Quince Orchard's Marvin Beander (23) carries the ball, pushing away Wise safety Demetri Morsell (11) in the 4A championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ANNAPOLIS – Seven just might be an unlucky number for the Quince Orchard varsity football team.

The Cougars couldn’t score more than seven points Friday when they clashed with Wise from Prince George’s County in the 4A state championship game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The defending state champion Pumas rolled to their third title in five years, 42-7. 

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