Magruder girls defeat Blake and move on in the playoffs

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Magruder vs. Blake 1Magruder guard Laila Grant (5), who had a team high score of 22 points, brings the ball upcourt. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Magruder varsity girls basketball team had a rough practice a few days before opening their postseason Friday at home against Blake.

Colonels head coach Kashauna Cook said her team learned how to persevere during that difficult practice that involved running sprints for over an hour.

Cook’s team test couldn’t have come at a better time. Magruder’s newfound perseverance was tested against a third quarter Blake surge that saw the Bengals pull within one point.

However, the Colonels refused to be ‘one and done’ in the playoffs and held on to beat Blake 57-46.


County student-athletes shine at Bowie Classic indoor meet

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Local athletes placed in several track and field events during the Ed Bowie Classic Indoor Track Meet, which spanned from Thursday afternoon through 1 a.m. Friday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Poolesville junior Ryan Lockett completed his first indoor meet of the season by winning the boys 1600-meter run with a time of 4:28. Lockett, a 3A cross-country 5-km state champion, had been recovering from cross-country season and sat out the first couple of meets.

“For Ryan, he definitely wants to be in the 4:20 range,” Poolesville Head Coach Prasad Gerard said.



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MoCo players help Washington team notch its sixth win in ninth Crab Bowl 9-3

DSC 6693Markus Vinson of Damascus breaks up a pass to a Baltimore player during the recent Crab Bowl. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BOWIE – Montgomery County was well-represented Sunday in the 2016 Maryland Crab Bowl on the Bowie State University gridiron.

Although the game was a defensive battle for the better part of four quarters, the Washington team emerged victorious thanks to a short touchdown run from DeMatha quarterback Beau English.

Tied at 3 in the final minute, English, an Air Force recruit, scored on a 5-yard run with 28.1 seconds left to help lift the Washington team to a 9-3 victory over Baltimore.

“It was a roll-out pass, I was looking for my receiver,” said English, “but I decided I saw some grass and just took it, took it in myself so I was real excited to get it done for my team and get the win.”


Wheaton boys cross country team claims 3A South region title

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The Wheaton High School boys cross country team won the 3A South regional meet after three of their runners placed in the top 20 at Watkins Mill High School Thursday. 

Wheaton beat Northern High School- Calvert County’s 55 points with a score of 49. 

Knights Head Coach Michael Trumbull said he aimed for his team to run as a pack to minimize the time between the first and fifth runners.

 “I knew going into it that if our guys could run together… they had a shot at winning it,” Trumbull said. “That was the game plan going in.”


Klimkiewicz blasts Poolesville Falcons to OT upset over Blake, 25-22

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SILVER SPRING – The Poolesville varsity football team closed out their regular season in stunning fashion, upsetting playoff-bound host Blake 25-22 in overtime.

Falcons senior placekicker  won the game with a 19-yard field goal, marking his first walk-off game-winner, a moment he said felt “unreal.”

He kicked another field goal from 26 yards out earlier in the fourth quarter after missing two of three extra point attempts earlier in the game.

“I’m really happy,” said Falcons Head Coach Dave Murray. “We’ve had a rough season; lost some close games.  So to be on the other side of this, I was really, really happy for the kids to win like this on their last game.”


Dennis delivers four TDs as Blake destroys Watkins Mill, 44-6

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MP1 2087Blake wide receiver Kenny Gardner outruns Watkins Mill defender Clint Okoli to score one of his two touchdowns for the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

SILVER SPRING – With a resounding 44-6 victory over Watkins Mill Friday night, the Blake varsity football team earned a playoff berth, joining the likes of Damascus and Seneca Valley.

Blake (5-4) lost to both Damascus and Seneca Valley by wide margins but Bengals Head Coach DeShawn Anderson said his team is not fazed by the prospect of facing either of them again in the 3A playoffs.

“We just want another opportunity, that’s all. We didn’t play well against those teams (but) we get an opportunity to see what we can do. Anything can happen once you get into the playoffs,” said Anderson.


Seneca Valley’s storied field closes with victory over Blake

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DSC 2337Seneca Valley's leading scorer Adrian Feliz-Platt, breaks through the defense to find a open path to the goal line and another touchdown. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GERMANTOWN – Friday evening marked the end of an era for Seneca Valley varsity football.

The Screaming Eagles (7-1) offered a fitting goodbye to the field they’ve called home for four decades by walloping Blake 42-14.

Senior running back Adrian Feliz-Platt chopped up the Bengals defense with five touchdowns and 251 yards rushing.

“My [offensive] line stepped up again and they’ve been stepping up all year,” said Feliz-Platt. “That’s why I’m doing so well.”


Paint Branch capitalizes on Blake fumbles, beats Bengals 14-0

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SILVER SPRING – A week after allowing a surprise loss to Whitman, Paint Branch’s defense came up big Friday night against Blake by shutting out the Bengals as part of a 14-0 Panther victory in football Friday.

“Offense just got to do better. At the end, we still came out with a W and we just dominated,” said Paint Branch senior wide receiver Keon Taylor.

The Panthers capitalized on turnovers to create their touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter.


Sherwood pounds Blake 12-0

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MP2 0980Jamie Schmier. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

SANDY SPRING-Sherwood kept its unbeaten streak Monday afternoon when it beat one of its closest rivals, Blake, 12-0, keeping them scoreless through five dominating innings.

Sherwood is now 15-0 overall, while Blake drops to 14-4.

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