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Wheaton wins double victory in doubleheader against rival Kennedy

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On fire against neighborhood rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKOn fire against rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights varsity baseball team won both games of a doubleheader Saturday with neighborhood rival, the Kennedy Cavaliers. Wheaton claimed an 11-1 victory in the first game and captured a 15-2 win in the second game.

The Montgomery County high schools are separated by a two-mile stretch on Randolph Road.

“Everyone went to the same middle school so we’re all friendly,” said Kennedy head coach Josh Creighton, whose team fell to 0-7, “but it’s definitely a huge rivalry in every sport – Battle of Randolph.”

The visiting Knights outscored the Cavaliers en route to their second and third wins of the season.

“Our whole team performed good – from top to bottom,” said Wheaton senior captain Anushka Fernando. “Everyone performed well. We came out and we put out a performance against our rivals.”

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Landon Bears defeat Bullis Bulldogs in boys lacrosse

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Landon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKLandon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — National powers and conference rivals Bullis Bulldogs and Landon Bears met on the gridiron for varsity boys lacrosse Friday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field but when the dust settled the Bears emerged with a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs.

Landon, who earned their third consecutive win, jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Bears were led by Joey Epstein and John Geppert, who combined for eight goals. Epstein, an Under Armour All-American, finished with five goals and three assists while Geppert added three goals and an assist.

Zach Johnson and Graham Hertzberg also scored goals for Landon and Garrett Kurtz contributed an assist in the winning effort.

“This is a good win to give us confidence,” said Espstein, a Johns Hopkins recruit. “We really believe we should win this league or we can win this league.”

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Bullis freshman shines in golf victory over Good Counsel

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Bullis Golfer Sophie Simon's lines up for a par putt vs Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis golfer Sophie Simon lines up for a par putt against Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKPOTOMAC — Bullis freshman golfer Sophie Simon was in top form Monday at Falls Road Golf Course.

The teenager shot a 36 to lead the Bulldogs to a three-stroke victory over Good Counsel, 197-200.

“When she came out here last year as an eighth grader,” recalled Bullis head coach Shawn Kane, “we knew we were going to have something special when she got to ninth grade.”

Simon, 15, emerging as one of the area’s top golfers in just her first high school season, gave a remarkable performance Monday against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender Good Counsel.

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WFL gala honors Montgomery County sports heroes

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WFL Gala logoROCKVILLE — Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall was among the honorees Saturday during the Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The 10th annual event also featured appearances by members of the Washington Redskins 1988 Super Bowl team including Doug Williams, Ricky Sanders, Dexter Manley, Darrell Green and Gary Clark.

Rick “Doc” Walker, a former Redskins tight end, and Silver Spring native Larry Michael, who serves as the “Voice of the Redskins,” were Masters of Ceremonies during the evening.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of Washington’s 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, a historic win for Williams, who became the first African-American quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

“He was the face and the quarterback of that team and he got a lot of visibility,” said Green, a cornerback who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. “He is what you call a real hero and we’re real proud of him as a person. I have great respect for him beyond his arm strength. I have a great respect for him as a man and a friend.”

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North wins MoCo all-county senior basketball game

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Basketball through the hoopROCKVILLE — Thursday night’s Montgomery County Senior All-Star Game at Montgomery College featured highlight reel dunks and very little defense from both teams.

Richard Montgomery’s Daryn Alexander and Northwest’s Norval Black erupted for 27 points each to lead the North team past the South, 144-137.

Alexander and Black were teammates last year for Vernon Buckle’s Montgomery County Heat AAU basketball program Team Vito so they had some familiarity with each other entering Thursday’s contest and their skills were displayed on the hardwood.

“We didn’t talk [prior to the game],” said Alexander, “We just got that chemistry from AAU so it was fun playing in this game, too.”

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Driesell to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

Lefty Driesell, seen here during his first season at University of Maryland.  COURTESY PHOTOLefty Driesell during his first season at University of Maryland. COURTESY PHOTO  Finally.
Former University of Maryland head coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It’s about time.
Driesell, a former Silver Spring resident, was honored over the weekend with the announcement of the crowning achievement of his coaching career.
The father of Springbrook High School graduate Chuck Driesell, Lefty will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
“He deserves it,” said Rockville High School graduate Brian Howard, who played at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, “How can he not be in the Hall of Fame?”

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MoCo's deep NBA and NCAA connections

Chris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTOChris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTO  Gaithersburg native Chris Heck has a busy schedule to say the least.
The Philadelphia 76ers President has the difficult task of running an NBA franchise and following his son’s college basketball team.
Heck, a Villanova graduate, is also the father of Villanova basketball walk-on Peyton Heck.
On Sunday, Villanova advanced to the Final Four for the second time in three years and the 76ers clinched a playoff berth for the first time in six seasons.
This weekend, Heck and his wife Mary Beth plan to fly to San Antonio to watch their son and his teammates compete for another NCAA championship.

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Rockville Rams soundly defeat Gburg Trojans in boys lacrosse, 18-8

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Rockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign with a bang Friday by registering an 18-8 victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans at John H. Harvill Stadium.

Rockville was designated the home team but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Gaithersburg. However, that had little effect on the Rams, who surged to a 10-1 halftime advantage.

“Technically we were the home team,” Rockville head coach Jesse Rutter explained afterward, “because of the snow this week, we came and played it on the turf.”

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Jairus Lyles leads UMBC to upset win over No. 1 seed UVA

Jairus Lyles.  COURTESY PHOTOJairus Lyles.       COURTESY PHOTO  What. A. Game.
The Retrievers of University of Maryland, Baltimore County pulled off the unthinkable on Friday night by dismantling the overall No. 1 seed, Virginia, in the NCAA Tournament.
The win marked the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed.
The Retrievers were led by Montgomery County product Jairus Lyles who finished with a game-high 28 points and added four rebounds and three assists in UMBC’s 74-54 victory.
“I think we had the confidence coming into the game,” said Lyles. “I don’t think there was a point in the game that we thought we couldn’t play with them.”

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Maryland Terps men’s lacrosse team falls to Albany

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Maryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHMaryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — In a matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Albany Great Danes, the nation’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse programs, Albany’s Connor Fields proved to be the difference on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Fields, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining to lift No. 1 Albany to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 Maryland.

Albany rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win over Maryland before an announced crowd of 7,475.

“It’s huge for our confidence,” said Fields, who registered four goals and two assists. “I think it says a lot about our team and how we face adversity.”

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