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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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Region champs Welch, Velikanov among eight Churchill grapplers bound for Class 4A-3A states

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Churchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  CLARKSBURG — Senior champion Andrew Welch (195) and junior Alec Velikanov (285) are among eight wrestlers of the Churchill Bulldogs who placed fourth or higher at the Feb. 23 and 24 Class 4A-3A West Regionals at Clarksburg, thereby qualifying for this weekend’s Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Finishing third were Churchill seniors Jack Connolly (138), Sean Mahan (145) and Elijah Zack (152), with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Mac Ballman (170) and junior Carlos Villamar (132) all being fourth.

Winning titles for the Northwest Jaguars were seniors Yonas Harris (106) and Luke Patterson (170), with sophomore Siavash Sarvestani (113) being second, and junior Jack Thomas (195), third.

Clarksburg, Magruder, Quince Orchard and Whitman all placed three wrestlers within the top four, with two each doing so for Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walter Johnson, and one apiece for Einstein, Gaithersburg and Wootton.

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Churchill boys narrowly upset Einstein in first round of hoops playoffs, 74-73

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20180223 Churchill Einstein BBall 1Churchill's Reed Moshyedi catches fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points to beat Einstein. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

KENSINGTON — A long rebound sailed out to the Einstein Titans’ Joey Curtin, with his team trailing by two points Friday night. Curtin put up a three-pointer, and drained it, pumping his fist as the Einstein crowd roared. With 11.8 seconds left, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs put the ball in the hands of its star player, Reed Moshyedi. Moshyedi drove to the baseline, before rising up into the air to fire a shot. With 2.9 seconds to play, the ball splashed through the net.

Moshyedi’s jump shot gave Churchill a one-point lead, and after Einstein missed a deep heave, the clock hit zero with the Bulldogs winning the game, 74-73.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games, and lost a lot of close games late,” Churchill head coach Dave Blumenthal said. “I think tonight is where those experiences of losing close games really helped us be able to withstand a really tough three and be able to come down and make a play and pull it out.”

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Blair senior pins down school’s all-time wins mark.

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Blair BlazersSenior Ryan Holland (160) decked Einstein’s Nehemias Salgado in two minutes, 38 seconds for his 97th victory during a 72-8 triumph on Thursday, becoming Montgomery Blair’s all-time career wins leader.

A fourth-place finisher at counties and states last season who was third at regions, Holland surpassed Billy Santurno, a 125-pound regional champion who graduated in 2012 with 96 wins.

“Ryan Holland is simply an outstanding young man,” said coach Tim Grover. “Being Blair’s career wins leader is a culmination of four years of dedication and daily hard work.”

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QO Cougars demolish Einstein Titans 62-0, advance to 4A West championship game

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QO Cougars vs. Einstein Titans

GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard defense rose to the occasion last week against Einstein.

The Cougars registered a 62-0 victory over the Titans to advance to the 4A West Region championship game Friday against Northwest.

“It’s a big deal,” said Quince Orchard senior defensive back Aaron Derwin. “We’re looking forward to going on to play Northwest again and we’re looking forward to break that streak of losing here in the playoffs.”

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Sherwood football team stumps Einstein, 21-0

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Sherwood Warriors helmet logoKENSINGTON — The Sherwood Warriors shut out the Einstein Titans 21-0 Friday night, with a dominating performance from senior quarterback Michael Mbony.

Sherwood struck first with a four-yard touchdown on first and goal by Mbony in the second quarter.

The Titans were defensively clutch at times, and gave the Warriors grief as they held firm and denied touchdowns within their own 10-yard line more than once.

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Matthew Balanc’s dominant performance carries Springbrook to blowout win over Einstein

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ROCKVILLE — In a battle of two teams on pace to qualify for the Maryland Elite Summer League playoffs, Springbrook Blue Devils star point guard Matthew Balanc (20 points) carried his team to a 66-48 rout over the Einstein Titans.

Balanc started the game for the Blue Devils, but started off extremely cold, in fact the entire Springbrook team struggled to put the ball through the net, not making a field goal for the first five minutes of the game. Einstein started the game on fire however, leading 10-1 with 10:12 remaining the first half.

With 8:25 remaining in the first half, Balanc collided with teammate Cam Rucker and went down hard. Holding his head, Balanc lay on the ground for around a minute. Balanc was helped up by Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers, but walked off on his own power. Just 18 seconds of game time later, Balanc re-entered the game, and everything changed for Springbrook there.

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WJ Wildcats defeat the Einstein Titans, 68-58

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ROCKVILLE – Led by junior forward Hank Roll (29 points), senior forward Will Koenick (17 points) and two key ‘fresh body’ substitutes, junior guard Jason Taylor and junior guard Dejuan Williams, the Walter Johnson Wildcats (3-3) basketball team blew past the Einstein Titans (5-3), 68-58, in the Maryland Elite Summer League game at Jewish Day School Elementary School Gymnasium.

Wildcats head coach Brian Fairall, when asked about Roll and Koenick said, “They’re both varsity players who started a lot of games last year. Hank can just score from all over the court. He’s a beast. And Will does all the little things you ask for.”

With the score tied 54-54 at the 4:49 mark of the second half, the Wildcats coming off a timeout would go on a 12-0 run to put away the Titans. 

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Victory!

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MoCo players help Washington team notch its sixth win in ninth Crab Bowl 9-3

DSC 6693Markus Vinson of Damascus breaks up a pass to a Baltimore player during the recent Crab Bowl. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BOWIE – Montgomery County was well-represented Sunday in the 2016 Maryland Crab Bowl on the Bowie State University gridiron.

Although the game was a defensive battle for the better part of four quarters, the Washington team emerged victorious thanks to a short touchdown run from DeMatha quarterback Beau English.

Tied at 3 in the final minute, English, an Air Force recruit, scored on a 5-yard run with 28.1 seconds left to help lift the Washington team to a 9-3 victory over Baltimore.

“It was a roll-out pass, I was looking for my receiver,” said English, “but I decided I saw some grass and just took it, took it in myself so I was real excited to get it done for my team and get the win.”

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Springbrook girls beat Einstein 4-3 to advance in playoffs

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Springbrook-Einstein girls soccer WEB 10-29-16Springbrook's Chloe Yetter celebrates after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal during the second half Saturday as the Blue Devils defeat Einstein 4-3.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

SILVER SPRING – Senior midfielder Chloe Yetter scored twice for the host Springbrook varsity girls soccer team Saturday afternoon as the Blue Devils defeated Einstein 4-3 in the opening round of the 4A Section II playoffs.

“(It was a) great game to watch. Both teams put in great effort. I’m happy my girls get to go on and move to the next round,” said Springbrook Head Coach Lauren Minor.

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