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Northwest wins big in state track meet

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HYATTSVILLE — Montgomery County schools faced hurdles – pun intended – and some of the state’s finest track athletes on Tuesday night, and while many county schools won, the Northwest Jaguars returned home as boys track and field state champion for the fifth straight year.

The Jaguars were a common sight in the top three of many events on Tuesday night, and placed first in five events.

Seniors Khaloni Mganga ran the 55-meter dash in 6.44 seconds, Chase Osborne completed the 800m in 1:58.01 and Editta Pessima joined them in first place with a 8.09 second 55m hurdle. Junior Taylor Wright doubled down on the victories and placed first in the high jump by reaching the 5-06 mark and running a 40.96 second 300m dash, contributing to Northwest’s haul.

“We got people that are determined to make this a program, it’s not a team. That’s why, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back, never happened,” said Northwest head coach Robert Youngblood about his track athletes’ performance.

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Einstein Titans take down Blair Blazers in baseball, 3-1

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Einstein Titans vs. Blair BlazersSILVER SPRING — It was a battle of near equals Monday night, as the visiting Einstein Titans varsity baseball team went up against the Montgomery Blair Blazers and came out on top after a last-minute surge in the seventh inning.

Before the game, the Blazers had a 10-6 record and the Titans were at 9-7. With the Titans victory, both teams are on equal footing and the race for the playoffs starts to take shape.

“Me, myself, I had a chance to go home and sleep but I didn’t go to sleep, I just stayed in the cage to hit because I know it was an important game for them and us,” said Montero.

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Gburg Trojans dominate NW Jags in girls lacrosse, 12-8

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Gaithersburg Trojans’ Maisie Scott (23) brings the ball down the field under the watchful eye of Northwest Jaguars’ Jenny Lee (19). Scott scored five goals in the Trojans’ 12-8 win against the Jaguars. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGaithersburg Trojans’ Maisie Scott (23) brings the ball down the field under the watchful eye of Northwest Jaguars’ Jenny Lee (19). Scott scored five goals in the Trojans’ 12-8 win against the Jaguars. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — From a close first half to a blowout second, the 12-8 win by the Gaithersburg Trojans varsity girls lacrosse team over the visiting Northwest Jaguars got them out of their rut and kept the Jaguars flustered.

A painful season-opener blowout at home, followed by two straight wins and then two straight losses (including a 11-3 annihilation by Richard Montgomery and a nail-biting 9-8 loss to Quince Orchard) had the Trojans seeking a morale booster in the game against the Jaguars.

The Northwest Jaguars still have only one win to their name, a 12-5 walloping of the Clarksburg Coyotes, and came into the game with three starting players hurt.

“We’ve got three starters out. One of them was in the first half and couldn’t make it through the second half, so I think that had a little bit to do with it,” said Northwest head coach Tara Nicholas.

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Kennedy crushes Wheaton in girls lacrosse 6-3

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Kennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKKennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — From a first-half struggle to a second-half blowout, the Kennedy Cavaliers beat the Wheaton Knights 6-3 in a varsity girls’ lacrosse rivalry game Tuesday night.

The two rivals met on a cold night, Wheaton with two wins so far and looking to start an unbeaten streak with a third while Kennedy had a 1-1 record.

After the game, both teams are on equal footing with a 2-1 record.

It was a first half that brought out an impressive showing from both teams, although the Cavaliers evidently had the edge. They played more aggressively and controlled the ball better on the Knights’ side, leaving their defense relatively relaxed.

“I think that today Kennedy came out stronger and they gave momentum and they kept momentum throughout the game,” said Wheaton head coach Kimberly Taylor.

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

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Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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RM Rockets edge out B-CC Barons in boys lacrosse, 7-6

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B-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against Richard Montgomery midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHB-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against RM Rockets' midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets got a nail-biting 7-6 win against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons on a frigid Friday night in a game that saw the Barons nearly pull off a comeback.

As the season opener for both teams, the Rockets blasted off and started the season with a win while the Barons had their first loss. However, with plenty of games left in the season, both teams have potential to improve or worsen.

The Rockets came strong right out of the gate and caught the Barons by surprise, but the visitors from B-CC clawed back to tie up the game three times.

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Rockville boys knocked out of hoops playoffs after regional loss to TJ Patriots

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Rockville Rams vs. TJ PatriotsFREDERICK — A glimmer of hope in the second quarter was not enough for the visiting Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team, as they lost to the Thomas Johnson Patriots 64-51.

With the win, the Rams are knocked out of the basketball playoffs and the Patriots are crowned 3A West regional champions, now moving to the state semifinals.

From the beginning, Thomas Johnson kept Rockville playing a game of catch up with their strong defensive game and accurate shots.

The Rams’ mistakes proved too much to make up, and foul trouble later in the game cemented their fate. As the fouls racked up for the Patriots, the momentum shifted in favor of the home team and the win kept on eluding Rockville.

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Sherwood boys defeat Northwest to claim ice hockey championship

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Sherwood’s Joey Doris cuts hard behind the net to regain control of the puck. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESherwood’s Joey Doris cuts hard behind the net to regain control of the puck.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  ROCKVILLE — This is not the underdog ice hockey story you are looking for.

The Sherwood Warriors, who were at the top of the leaderboards with a 14-1-1 record, defeated the Northwest Jaguars 5-1 in the Maryland Student Hockey League championships.

The Jaguars were textbook underdogs. This season was the first season for their ice hockey team and they had a 4-9-1 record, good enough to land them second-from-last in the regular season table.

“Scoreboard doesn’t reflect it but they were in it until the very end,” said Jaguars head coach Ed Hughes on his team’s loss.

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Paint Branch rallies for 74-65 win over Whitman in girls basketball

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Paint Branch's Jabria Bruce (#32) drives the lane between Whitman's Molly Knox (#21) and Carter McGloon (#22).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHPaint Branch's Jabria Bruce (#32) drives the lane between Whitman's Molly Knox (#21) and Carter McGloon (#22).   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It was a scrappy win for the visiting Paint Branch Panthers against the Whitman Vikings in girls’ basketball, but one that ended in dominant fashion with a narrow 74-65 win.

The Panthers are one of the top teams in the county, while Whitman is a solid mid-table squad, but before halftime it seemed as if the roles were reversed.

Slick passing from the Vikings disoriented the Panthers, and the Vikings’ speedy play helped them gain an edge over the visitors to go into the second quarter with a 21-15 lead.

However, the fluid play came at the cost of a rigid defense that gave up plenty of fouls. Seven of the Panthers’ points in the first quarter came from the line.

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Poolesville Falcons destroy Magruder Colonels 60-13 in girls’ hoops

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20180125 Poolesville vs Magruder 1Poolesville's Eren Green leverages her 6'3" frame to block a jump shot from Magruder's Olivia Glaszer. Green finished the game with 12 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKROCKVILLE — Friday night was not a good night for the Magruder Colonels girls’ basketball team at all.

The Poolesville Falcons came in and showed no mercy as they demonstrated why they’re undefeated, now 16-0. To the credit of the Colonels, though, it was as lopsided a match as it could be.

The Colonels fielded a team of six players and had to do without junior star point guard Laila Grant. To add to their troubles, they would be up against an undefeated Falcons squad whose players were generally taller and more physical.

“Once that happened, we just basically defensively tried to go straight up, straight up defense,” said Falcons head coach Fred Swick.

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