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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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Landon sophomore Lopez achieves milestone as Bears’ first-ever state champ

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Wrestling clip artLorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2 over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become Landon's first state champion at the Feb. 16 and 17 Maryland Independent Schools Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

Lopez reached the finals on a pin, a technical fall, a 9-1 quarterfinal decision over Interstate Athletic Conference rival and champion Isaac Ruderman of Bullis, and a 5-3 semifinal victory over fifth place finisher Alex Figuieras of St. Mary’s Ryken, improving his overall record to 41-4 on the season.

The triumph was particularly rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to last season, when an illness prevented him from competing at the IAC and state tournaments.

“I felt great to win because I had high hopes last year of being a finalist in those tournaments, and not being able to wrestle was disappointing,” said Lopez, 16.

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Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis to win IAC hoops title

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Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal.

However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center.

The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy.

“This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

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Bullis boys victorious on Senior Night against Landon, 61-50

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Bullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.

Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.

“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”

Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.

“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.

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Bullis boys score key upset win over IAC hoops rival Episcopal

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20180119 Bullis Episcopal 13Bullis Bulldogs' Vado Morse gets an easy layup in the first half in Bullis' win over the highly-ranked Episcopal Maroon.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — After losing two straight games to open Interstate Athletic Conference play, questions circled the 2017-18 Bullis Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team. Were they really the IAC contenders they were thought to be? Despite the adversity that faced the Bulldogs, no anxiety hit the Bullis locker room.

“We picked up practice. After two losses, we knew we needed to get it together,” Bullis guard Vado Morse said.

On Friday night, Bullis faced the visiting Episcopal Maroon. This was a game that Bullis had to have, and no one knew that better than Bulldogs senior guard Vado Morse. With his team in need of a win, Morse stepped up, and put on a show in front of a loud home crowd. With 30 points from Morse, Bullis rebounded from its slow start, and leave with a convincing 75-67 victory.

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Local athletes break personal records at Montgomery Invitational track meet

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Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWalter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record.

The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds.

“When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay.

The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.

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Georgetown Prep stays ahead in showdown with Bullis, winning 63-53

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CUT: Georgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as a Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — In the first battle of the year of the top two teams in the Interstate Athletic Conference, it was the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team who emerged victorious over the Bullis Bulldogs with a 63-53 victory that was won largely on the backs of Georgetown Prep’s big three – Jared Bynum, Ike Nweke and Mezie Offurum – whose combined efforts kept the Hoyas from ever trailing.

“I think it was a sloppy game on both sides,” Georgetown Prep head coach Randy Eskow said. “We need to come out, and we need to be able to win sloppy games. I thought we won a sloppy game tonight, and at the end of the day, that’s what we needed to do.”

As the game tipped off, it was senior Ike Nweke – the Hoyas’ center and a Columbia commit – who was unstoppable, as he led his team on both ends of the floor by amassing four points and four rebounds within the first four minutes of the game, allowing Georgetown Prep to quickly garner a 9-2 lead. Although Bullis made a small run in the middle of the first quarter, Georgetown Prep’s Dejean Desire got hot and pushed the Hoyas back out to a seven-point lead which they held at the end of the first quarter for a score of 18-11.

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Bullis athletes on fire at weekend track meet

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Bullis logoHYATTSVILLE — Bullis sprinters and hurdlers swept three of four straightaway events, including the boys and girls 55 meter dash finals and the girls 55m hurdle finals Sunday.

Indoor track returner and national track standout, senior Eric Allen of the Bullis School won the 55m dash finals with a time of 6.46 seconds. Frederick Douglas High School junior Mark Mason (6.51 seconds) finished five-hundredths of a second later in second place.

Allen said Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex he was somewhat fatigued from racing in the 300m dash earlier that day.

“I wish the 55m time was a little faster pace,” said Allen, adding he was content with his other race.

Allen won the 300m dash with a time of 34.2 seconds. He finished 0.62 seconds ahead of Archbishop Carroll High senior Ethan Fogle (second place, 34.82 seconds), who was followed by Largo High School senior Aaron Hackett, one one-hundredth of a second later (34.83 seconds). Fourth-place finisher Western Tech High School junior Nicholas Richardson (36.46 seconds) and the other finalists didn’t break 35 seconds. 

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B-CC boys b-ball team holds on to defeat Bullis, 58-53

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Bullis Guard Nendah Tarke uses the glass to avoid a block attempt by B-CC's Elijah Wood. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Nendah Tarke uses the glass to avoid a block attempt by B-CC's Elijah Wood. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — In a Friday night public/private boys basketball matchup between two of Montgomery County’s better teams, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons held on late to defeat the Bullis School’s Bulldogs 58-53.

Both sides were without a star player in this game. Bullis’ leading scorer Vado Morse missed the game with a leg injury, while B-CC center Gordon Gibson was out for this game dealing with a shoulder injury.

It was clear right from the start that Bullis’ squad was not its’ usual self without Morse, while B-CC was able to better accommodate for Gibson’s absence.

“I knew I really had to step up on the boards, because missing our six-foot, eight-inch big fellow there in the middle is going to hurt if no one else is going in and rebounding,” B-CC forward Miles English said of Gibson’s absence for the lineup. “Before the game, we really put an emphasis on rebounding, and I think we did a good job.”

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