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B-CC lands on top at gymnastics tri-meet with Blair and Blake

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B-CC’s Frances Leadman placed first all-around, first in bars, beam, and floor, and third in the vault during the gymnastics tri-meet at Blake High School on Tuesday. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC’s Frances Leadman placed first all-around, first in bars, beam, and floor, and third in the vault during the gymnastics tri-meet at Blake High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SILVER SPRING — A quintet of Bethesda-Chevy Chase gymnasts shined on Tuesday at Blake High School.

Frances Leadman, Majalene Wright, Paige Moffitt, Emily Haight, and Tina Siyoum helped lead Bethesda-Chevy Chase to first place honors over Blair and Blake.

Their performance helped the Barons’ earn their first top finish in a meet this season.

“It feels amazing,” said Bethesda-Chevy Chase head coach Mary Ingram, whose team has already earned a pair of second-place finishes this year, “and I’m really proud because my girls had a great day and it feels good that they’re rewarded with a win after having a good day at a competition.”

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Blake takes first win with 15-5 victory over Knights

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Blake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEBlake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity baseball team notched its first win of the season in dramatic fashion on Friday by defeating the visiting Wheaton Knights 15-5 at Bengal Field.

The Bengals jumped out to an early lead after a prolific third inning and followed it up with an equally prolific fourth inning to put the Knights away in five.

Blake senior pitcher Phoenix Spiller was instrumental in his team’s victory, registering a game-high four RBI. Senior Anthony Wall and freshmen Jared Pollack and Mathew Lopez each finished with two RBI.

Knights freshman catcher Kelvin Pedroza led his team with three RBI in a losing effort.

Wheaton head coach Jim Bort attributed his team’s loss to two factors: overconfidence and lack of focus on the fundamentals.

“Our fielding was not good at all tonight. We have a lot of work to do there and they kind of exposed us tonight,” said Bort. “I don’t know if we felt overconfident after our win [against Northwood on Tuesday] or if we just didn’t execute the fundamentals. I think it was a combination of both.”

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Blake Bengals decimate Paint Branch in girls LAX, 20-6

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PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity girls lacrosse team proved Tuesday that snow days, spring break and rescheduled games have no effect on them as they demolished the Paint Branch Panthers at Bengal Field by a score of 20-6.

The game, originally scheduled for March 23 and postponed due to inclement weather, ended up serving as the season opener for both teams.

The Lady Bengals appeared undeterred by the damp field and cold weather as they poured on goal after goal and secured a running game clock with five minutes left in the first half. The Panthers didn’t seem to have an answer for Blake junior midfielder Caroline Via, who finished the game with an unprecedented 10 goals. Sophomore attacker Kiely Hutchcroft wasn’t far behind with six goals.

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Point guard Bailey leads Rockville boys to victory over Blake, 64-51

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Rockville Rams’ freshman forward Jimmy Sorunke (#42) shoots from the lane with three Blake defenders on him in the section semifinal. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRockville Rams’ freshman forward Jimmy Sorunke (#42) shoots from the lane with three Blake defenders on him in the section semifinal.     PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE – Anthony Bailey was on fire Monday night against Blake.

The senior point guard scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 64-51 win over the visiting Blake Bengals at Jim Conner Coliseum.

“It’s a very big win for me and the whole team,” said Bailey. “We’re just trying to win and survive and stay alive and go onto the next one.”

The Rams advanced to Wednesday’s section championship game against visiting Westminster, who knocked off the Magruder Colonels on Monday.

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Blake boys get payback on Watkins Mill with playoff win, 57-50

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WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — They say revenge is sweet.

The Blake Bengals varsity boys basketball team got payback against the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines Friday night in a first-round playoff game by posting a 57-50 win over the Wolverines.

Watkins Mill eliminated Blake from the postseason last year by capturing an 11-point overtime win against the Bengals who had rallied from a 25-point first-half deficit.

“Last year they came in here, we lost to them in overtime,” said Blake head coach Dondrell Whitmore, “and to finally come out and actually get a playoff win is huge for us at Blake.”

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Springbrook boys defeat Blake, 85-56, in final regular season game

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Springbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHSpringbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  SILVER SPRING — The visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season on a high note as they dispatched the Blake Bengals 85-56 and senior guard Matthew Balanc scored his 1000th point.

But for every high there is a low: shortly after making his milestone bucket, Balanc exited the game at the start of the third quarter with an unspecified injury and did not return.

The scrappy Bengals squad held up tonight against a strong Blue Devils squad. Blake came in with a losing record of 8-13, while Springbrook entered with an impressive 17-4 record.

Blue Devils senior forward Cameron Rucker started the game with a three-pointer, to which Bengals sophomore guard Raef Hetherington responded with a three-point bucket of his own.

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Blair Blazers take down Blake in girls hoops, 50-32

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Blair's Nora Olagbaju skies for an offense rebound and put back aginst Blake defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBlair's Nora Olagbaju skies for an offense rebound and put back aginst Blake defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING – The Montgomery Blair Blazers varsity girls basketball team made a statement Tuesday when it handily defeated the visiting Blake Bengals, 50-32.

The Blazers opened the game with an 11-0 scoring run and never relinquished their lead. Senior guard Alayna McFadden (15 points) and senior forward Aissatou Bokoum (10 points) made sure a Bengals comeback was out of the question as McFadden cut through the Blake defense and Bokoum dominated on the offensive boards.

Even though Blake created turnovers and players were going to the ground to grab the ball, the Bengals couldn’t translate their efforts to the scoreboard and trailed 28-9 at halftime.

Blake’s pair of shining moments came courtesy of senior guard Kennedy Love in the third quarter. Love hit two back-to-back three-pointers to try to cut into Blair’s lead. However, with McFadden shouting instructions to her teammates from the top of the key and senior forward Nora Olagbaju registering six points in the third quarter, the Bengals couldn’t recover.

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Blake Swim & Dive dominates Magruder 195-175

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Aaron Stanton (Blake) finishes the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in the Blake v Magruder Swim & Dive Meet at the Olney Swim Center. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHAaron Stanton of Blake finishes in first place the final leg of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in the Blake v Magruder Swim & Dive Meet at the Olney Swim Center.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  OLNEY — On Saturday in a swim meet against Magruder at Olney Swim Center, the Blake Bengals dominated the Magruder Colonels in the overall score 195-175.* The Bengals varsity boys came out ahead of the Colonels 123-62, while the Magruder varsity girls triumphed over Blake 113-72.  

For more than 10 years, Sunil Surprenant and Miles Brown have been swimming together, at first during the summertime break at neighborhood pools. Surprenant remembered his first swim meet against Brown when they were six and eight years old, respectively.

"My first race ever was against him. I lost by like 20 seconds," Surprenant said.

Since that early beginning, Surprenant and Brown now both compete in swim meets during the summer for Stonegate Swim Club and during the winter for Hubert Blake High School. 

Surprenant, Brown, Noah Ferguson and Aaron Stanton of the Blake Bengals came in first place to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. In addition to that victory, Brown won first place in the 50-yard freestyle, and Stanton came in first in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Surprenant also competed as a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed first a full seven seconds ahead of the Magruder team.

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Wheaton girls neutralize Blake in basketball 50-41

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Wheatons Crystal Jones 13 drives the lane past Blakes Alexandra Konzmann 11. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWheaton's Crystal Jones (13) drives the lane past Blake's Alexandra Konzmann (11).    PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights held down the Blake Bengals in girls’ basketball to finish 50-41.

It was neck and neck throughout the entire game, as both teams had trouble putting points on the board. The Bengals had open shots in abundance but missed enough of them to impact their game.

“Shots are like rain, sometimes it drips, sometimes it pours, and we’re going to start having some things pour,” said Blake head coach Christopher Towle.

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Watkins Mill Wolverines stun Blake Bengals 20-13

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WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Watkins Mill Wolverines knew just what they needed to do: come into Bengal Field Friday, ruin Blake’s Senior Night, close out the regular season with a win and hope for a playoff berth.

Mission accomplished.

The scrappy Wolverines took advantage of a stalled Blake offense and sent the Bengals into the postseason with a 20-13 loss.

In fact, the Blake offense didn’t score until the third quarter as the Watkins Mill defense forced a first half shutout.

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