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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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Paint Branch rolls over Blake in rivalry game 35-15

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PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING – The Paint Branch Panthers are on cruise control just in time for the postseason.

The squad from Burtonsville rolled into Bengal Field Friday to face consortium rival Blake. The visiting Paint Branch Panthers dominated the time of possession and steamrolled the Blake Bengals 35-15.

Both teams entered the game with a 7-1 record. In fact, this season’s Bengals boast the best record in school history. However, Blake couldn’t get much going offensively and the Panthers took advantage.

The Paint Branch defense would have registered a shutout in the first half had it not been for Blake junior quarterback Terrill Sims, who shoved his way through the pile at the goal line for a three-yard score.

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Rockville defeats Blake varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE - The Rockville Rams defeated the James H. Blake Bengals boys varsity soccer team 3-1 at home Monday.

The Rams dominated possession during the first half and found the net before the break. The home team continued its momentum scoring two second-half goals before conceding a penalty to the Bengals.

“We did well out, first team did well, captains got the leadership, we could have scored more, but I’m happy just go with the win,” said Rockville coach Julio Zarate.

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Blakes’ Lana nails a three-pointer to sink Q.O. 47-45

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 ROCKVILLE- With three seconds left on the clock James H. Blake’s Ibrahim Lana shot a 3- pointer from the corner to put the Bengals up by 2, and secure the 47- 45 Blake- Quince Orchard victory.

Monday’s first round of the Maryland Elite Varsity basketball championship pitted two 6-4 high school teams, QO and Blake, against each other in a tightly contested match.

“I just needed that shot,” said Lana, who finished with 16 points in the game, “During that whole game I was on and off, but at the end, I just had to flick my wrist on that last shot, and I knew it was good.”

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Patriots win on Blake's senior night

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xBengals vs. Patriots baseball 2Wootton’s Anthony Vondas barely misses tagging the base in time to get Blake's Brandon Watkins out on an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team (10-6) dominated the Blake Bengals (5-13) 11-5 on Tuesday night at Blake High School.

For the Bengals, it was Senior Night and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor seniors including second baseman Brandon Watkins, centerfielder Shaun Lee, outfielder Eric Baten, catcher Chris Haley, pitcher Michael Griffin, and pitcher Kaeffan James.

“Senior Night is a special night…We make it very special. We have our play-by-play highlights of their season. We bring out their family. Everything’s family-oriented. We give the moms roses. We do corsages. Then the fathers get a ball inscripted with ‘Senior Night’ on it, and they throw out a first pitch; the first pitch ceremony to their son. So, Senior Night is something special. And I make it special because we are a family”, said Bengals head coach Steve Murfin. “We want to win the game. But we want the seniors to play and be in the spotlight.”

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R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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