Undefeated Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets annihilate WJ Wildcats, 49-7

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Damascus vs. WJ FB 10 20 17 Ethan WentzlaffSenior running back Ethan Wentzlaff scores the first touchdown for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets in their victorious game against the Walter Johnson Wildcats.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets (7-0) have destroyed every football team that they have played this year, and they kept their dominance going in Week 8, on the road against the Walter Johnson Wildcats (2-5) on their home turf Friday night, winning by a score of 49-7.

Damascus would start with the ball, and after losing yards on the first play from scrimmage, the Hornets stormed down the field, with both the run and pass working efficiently. The opening drive for Damascus was capped off by a rushing touchdown from senior running back Ethan Wentzlaff to put the Hornets on the board first, 7-0.


Damascus running back leads team to victory against Sherwood, 42-7

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MPI DvS 0238 EditedDamascus senior Gage Dickens (21) celebrates with Matthew Betterelli (85) after one of his four touchdowns during the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DAMASCUS – Sherwood simply had no answer for Damascus running back Gage Dickens.

The senior rushed for more than 150 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 42-7 win over Sherwood.

“This was a really big win,” said Dickens, “We knew this team was going to be tough and coming out here doing what we did that’s Damascus football. We played Damascus football tonight.”


Swarmin’ Hornets beat Sherwood after explosive inning to win 8-1

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SANDY SPRING – Thanks to an eight-run sixth inning, the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets (11-3) powered past rival Sherwood Warriors (14-3) Saturday afternoon at Sherwood High School to win 8-1, ending the Warriors’ 13-game winning streak.

“Not very often especially against a team like Sherwood,” said Hornets head coach Greg Blake of the eight-run inning. “We had opportunities all day long, and finally we broke through, which was a great thing for us. But not very often do you have an eight-run inning against a ball club like that.”

“They got the momentum on their side,” said Warriors head coach Sean Davis. “Then the inning snowballed. They did what they had to do. They got some big hits. We had to bring the infield in. So, they squirted some through. They did what they had to do in that inning. But I talked to my guys. More disappointed with our first six because baseball happens, and they put a crooked number on the board. A done deal after that.”


Longtime girls head basketball coach at Damascus steps down after two decades at the helm

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xSteve PisarskiDamascus girls basketball coach Steve Pisarski steps down after 20 years. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  Steve Pisarski, the longtime girls’ head basketball coach at Damascus High School, has decided to step down from his post after two decades at the helm.

Pisarski, a Springbrook graduate, compiled more than 400 wins while coaching girls’ high school basketball in Montgomery County, including a short stint at his alma mater.

Pisarski, a resource teacher at Damascus, received a job promotion that prompted the move, he said.

“That threw another thing on my plate,” said Pisarski, who is now the Physical Education Department chair at Damascus. “That’s enough work in and of itself.”


Damascus boys start off with convincing victory over Poolesville

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POOLESVILLE – The Damascus varsity boys’ lacrosse team kicked the 2017 season off with a bang on Tuesday after defeating Poolesville, 12-9.

Hornets junior midfielder Ryan Lawrence and sophomore attackman Nick Mohardt both made their presence felt on opening night by breaking through Poolesville defenders for multiple goals.

Lawrence finished the evening with a game-high four goals. Mohardt wasn’t far behind as he contributed a hat trick of his own.

The score was tied up at two goals apiece by the end of the first quarter. The Hornets, however, were just getting warmed up.


Damascus gains redemption and third state title

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Damascus completed a weekend of redemption during the March 3-4 Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Show Place Arena, where three of its six state place winners overcame setbacks from a week earlier to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to their third straight and sixth overall state title in Upper Marlboro of Prince George’s County.

Led by Penn State-bound senior Scottie Obendorfer (132), who avenged an earlier loss to win his second crown in three years, the Swarmin’ Hornets (123.5 points) overcame runner-up Urbana (99 points) of Frederick County.

A state champion as a sophomore who was runner-up last year, Obendorfer had lost his regional title bout, 6-1, to Walter Johnson’s J.D. FitzPatrick after having beaten him in both the county finals and an earlier dual meet. On Saturday, however, Obendorfer won, 5-4, after having reached the finals on a technical fall and two decisions.

“I believed God had a plan for Scottie, an that losing the regional final was a great lesson for him not to take anything for granted. Of course there is disappointment,” said coach John Furgeson. “But how you respond defines character and the person you become. Scottie was so focused this weekend and ready to wrestle. He zeroed in on what he had to do to overcome that obstacle.”


Ryan Lawrence leads Damascus to state title

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When Ryan Lawrence entered The Show Place Arena for the March 3-4 Class 4A-3A state tournament, the 145-pound Damascus junior had a lot on his mind.

It had been a year since Lawrence was forced to settle for a third-place finish at states after having, in his words, been “20 seconds” from reaching the finals “and then getting pinned.”


Purkey now known for more than just his pinning abilities after tournament

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Although Paul Purkey is known for his pinning abilities, the Damascus junior was having trouble finishing off Westminster’s Garrett Vandervalk in their 182-pound Class 4A-3A state title bout at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

But when the time came, Purkey pounced for the pin, registering his team-high 37th fall of the year in 3 minutes, 22 seconds.

“It was a nearside cradle,” said Purkey, who improved to 47-1. “The cradles are normally there if I wait for them. So when I saw the opportunity, I went for it.”


Obendorfer earns second state title in three years

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Senior Scottie Obendorfer came full-circle from his sophomore season on March 3-4.

His Class 4A-3A state title-winning 5-4 victory at 132 pounds over Walter Johnson’s JD FitzPatrick not only avenged a regional championship loss from a week earlier but also earned his second crown by the same score he won by two years ago at 120 pounds.

Eight days after falling, 6-1, to FitzPatrick in their Class 4A-3A West Region final at Sherwood, the Penn State-bound Obendorfer won when it counted most, leading the Swarmin’ Hornets (123.5 points ) to their third straight and sixth overall state tournament title at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro of Prince George’s County.

“Scottie is such a class kid,” said Damascus head coach John Furgeson of Obendorfer, who had vanquished FitzPatrick, 8-4, in an earlier dual meet, and, 7-5, in the county finals. “He’s going to do great things because of the man he’s become at Damascus through the sport of wrestling.”

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