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Local players earn honors on the college gridiron

Dwayne Haskins.  FILE PHOTODwayne Haskins.    FILE PHOTOThe University of Maryland’s season opener at FedEx Field is just days away but the spotlight surrounding the circumstances of Jordan McNair’s death has given the football program a black eye.
However, despite all the negative publicity revolving around the program, there is some good news emerging from College Park.
Maryland running back and kick returner Ty Johnson along with wide receiver Taivon Jacobs have been named to various preseason watch lists.
Johnson, a senior from Cumberland, has been named to the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

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Remembering beloved local coaching legend Walt King

Former Bullis head football coach Walt King.  COURTESY PHOTOFormer Bullis head football coach Walt King. COURTESY PHOTO  We recently lost a Montgomery County coaching legend.
Former Bullis head football coach Walt King died on April 2 at a Pennsylvania nursing home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.
He is survived by three children, Kevin A. King, Rachel J. Linder and Natalie A. Hagle, and seven grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Megan, Kyler, Karley, Zachary and Melanie, and one great-grandson, Tanner.
King spent more than three decades at Bullis where he compiled a career record of 116-91-5 on the gridiron. In 1979, he led the Bulldogs to their first IAC co-championship. After serving as the head coach from 1976-1986, he had a brief stint as the school’s athletic director from 1979-1994. He assumed his role as head coach in 1992 and guided the Potomac private school to an undefeated season in 2000, a feat that helped King earn Montgomery County Coach of the Year honors.
“I just remember what a legend he was,” recalled Stan Gelbaugh, a former Bullis assistant under King. “He was at Bullis for a very long time and really left his mark as a coach and teacher on a lot of kids.”

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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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Bullis football team overwhelms Landon, remains undefeated

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Bullis vs. Landon FB 10 14 17Bullis linebacker Jordan Ligon (6) tackles Landon Bears' Bryce Baylor (21).                    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA — In a battle between two undefeated teams atop the Interstate Athletic Conference, the visiting Bullis Bulldogs kept their perfect season alive as they beat the home team Landon Bears, 21-6.

Both teams leaned heavily on the run throughout this game, leading to a very quick first quarter. Bullis was the more productive team in the early going, while Landon struggled to move the ball. Bullis worked hard to put the ball in the hands of multiple rushers, especially do-it-all safety/wide receiver Bryson Shaw.

In the final minutes of the first quarter and into the early parts of the second, Bullis drove down the field, and finished off in the end zone as power back Eric McKan pounded it in from the two-yard line. The score gave Bullis a 7-0 lead.

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Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldogs in boys soccer, 3-0

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Bullis vs. Landon boys soccer 10 13 17Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon.

Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs.

“The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.”

“I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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Bullis victorious against Quince Orchard in overtime, 42-41

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Bullis vs. QO 9 22 2017Quince Orchard’s Aaron Derwin (5) gets spun around while being tackled by Bullis’ Jason Hersh (22). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Bullis junior Eric McKan ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

The talented running back helped lead the Bulldogs to a 42-41 overtime road victory against the Cougars.

“He could hit hard, that’s for sure,” said Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. “He was like a rock.”

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Local track and field athletes hit Bullis leader board

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xBulldog Track event - Andres LopezBullis' Andres Lopez competes in long jump event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC– County athletes competed with national as well as state track and field leaders, won multiple events and placed in several others at Bullis High School’s second annual Bulldog Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs won the girls 4x100m relay with a time of 45.9 seconds, the new fastest time in the state for the season, beating Brooklyn team Paul Robeson High School (47.32 seconds), who in turn earned the fastest time in the state of New York this season.

The Bullis School took first place in the boys 4x200m relay with a time of 1:27.25 minutes and earned a ranking as the fastest team in the state for the event. The Bulldogs also won the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 42.67 seconds, followed by Prince George’s County rival Suitland High School (42.99 seconds); however, another school holds the fastest time in the state from a race completed the same day. St. John’s College High School finished second (1:29.17 minutes), Suitland finished third (1:30.3 minutes) and Paint Branch took fourth place (1:30.35 minutes).

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Darrington commits to Harvard

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Bullis senior Devin Darrington has verbally committed to playing college football at Harvard University.

The 5-foot, 9-inch, 200-pound running back said he chose the Ivy League institution over offers from UMass, Boise State, Army and Dartmouth among others.

“My dream is to go to the NFL,” said Darrington, an All-Sentinel honorable mention. “You can go to the NFL from anywhere. If you’re good, they’ll find you.”

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Brown pins six opponents to win outstanding wrestler honors

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Bullis senior Aryemis Brown pinned six opponents in a combined four minutes and 23 seconds and scored a 16-0 technical fall in another of his nine victories without a loss to earn Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler honors in the Jan. 13-14 Dorsey Duals at Poolesville High.

A returning IAC champion who placed third at last year’s private schools state tournament, Brown earned OW for the fourth time this season out of the six events he’s competed in while splitting time at 160- and 170-pounds.

“I saw that most pins was one of the awards, so I committed to a personal goal of trying to pin each one of my opponents,” said Brown, a senior who earned pins in 11-, 17-, 23-, 47-, 80- and 101-seconds. “I don’t go into each of the tournaments thinking that I’m going to try to get OW.”

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Bullis graduate heads to Buffalo for hoops

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A local product has joined the women’s basketball program at the University of Buffalo for the upcoming season.

Back in August, the Mid-American Conference champions signed recent Bullis graduate Lawrencia Moten who missed her entire senior campaign at the Potomac private school due to injury.

Last summer, Moten suffered an ACL tear while on the AAU circuit and was forced to sit out the season. Moten could only watch her Bullis teammates play from the bench and could not help them on the court.

“It was extremely tough,” she said.

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