Locals light up the Cap Classic

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Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.


Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

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WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”


Seneca Valley overcomes adversity to defeat Tuscarora in overtime

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SV vs. Tuscarora-March 2017S.V.'s Trey Lucas puts up a three-pointer. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

GERMANTOWN – Personal tragedy helped the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team persevere in the face of adversity Saturday as the Screaming Eagles rallied to beat Tuscarora in overtime, 47-42, and advanced to the Maryland 3A state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Fond memories of Andrew Dantzler and Jimmy Humphrey still linger on in the minds of the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team. So much so that the Screaming Eagles have dedicated the 2016-17 campaign to their two fallen heroes who both passed away last year.

“That was the whole goal – to win it for them not for us,” said Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson, who finished with 12 points. “It’s a family thing.”


Seneca Valley builds win around defense

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SV v. QO b-ballDaniel Dorsey of Q.O. reels in a rebound. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG -- The Seneca Valley Eagles varsity boys’ basketball team (12-1) squeaked by the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity boys’ basketball team (13-1) , 65-60, on Jan. 20, a hotly contested match of two of the most highly touted teams in Montgomery County decided by defensive stops and free-throw shooting.

“Well, defense is what we do best” is how Eagles head coach Brian Humphrey summed up his team effort.


Seneca Valley dominates Northwest 81-49

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20170106 Seneca vs Northwest Bball boys-3Denard Clyburn blocks a shot by James Assiongbon.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GERMANTOWN – “Scoreboard” chants rained down from the bleachers Friday at the David A. Young gymnasium as the final minutes ticked away in the Battle of Germantown basketball.

The 7-1 Seneca Valley varsity boys basketball team hosted Northwest (2-8) in the first game back since winter break. A packed crowd was on hand to witness the Screaming Eagles throttle Northwest, 81- 49.

The lopsided score prompted the Seneca Valley student section to call Northwest’s attention to the scoreboard when it became evident that the Jaguars wouldn’t be able to mount a comeback.

“They made us play their game, and when you play their game, they’re going to beat you,” said Northwest Head Coach Rob Smith. “They wanted it more than we did.”


Boy cagers face challenges as hoop season begins

Seneca Valley came within a game of playing for a Maryland 3A state title last season but the Germantown public school has one of the county’s top returning players in senior guard Brandon Simpson.
A four-year varsity performer, Simpson averaged 13 points per game last season in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 3A state semifinal appearance.
Quince Orchard boasts perhaps the county’s top returning backcourt in seniors Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly who combined to average nearly 40 points per game last season.

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