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Churchill Lady Bulldogs dominate Sherwood in girls b-ball, 59-34

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W DSC6098 1Cat Correa (22) of the Churchill Lady Bulldogs crosses into the lane under pressure from a Sherwood player.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  POTOMAC — The Churchill Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team once again fulfilled their goal of holding opponents to less than 35 points a game on Friday as they soundly defeated the visiting Sherwood Warriors, 59-34.

The 35-point threshold exists thanks to a theory by head coach Kate Blanken that suggests keeping opponents below that mark will allow the Lady Bulldogs to win games.

So far, so good.

The plan worked against a 1-1 Sherwood team that struggled to score just one bucket in the entire first half, other than 12 points at the free throw line.

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Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets demolish Glenelg, 42-7, head to states

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1008 20171124 DHS vs GlenelgGlenelg quarterback Tyler Reiff's attempted pass is foiled by Damscus tight end Matthew Betterelli who snags Reiff's shoulder, forcing a fumble.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  DAMASCUS — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets once again proved themselves among the most dominant football teams in Maryland as they advanced to the 2A football championship game by defeating the visiting Glenelg Gladiators on Friday with the final score 42-7, setting up their fourth straight state championship appearance.

Friday's performance was a return to form for the Hornets' offense after last week's quarterfinal match against Walkersville turned into a defensive battle, and allowed Damascus to claim their 41st straight victory with a tried-and-true formula: run hard and run often.

The Damascus running attack – led by junior running back T.D. Ayo-Durojaiye – couldn't be contained by the Glenelg defense or slowed down by cold weather. Ayo-Durojaiye's offensive efforts were an integral part of his team's win, as he rushed for 145 yards and finished the game with three touchdowns.

While Ayo-Durojaiye put points on the board, Damascus' signature stifling defense made sure the Gladiators didn't make much offensive progress by keeping enough pressure on Glenelg junior quarterback Tyler Reiff that he struggled with fumbles, interceptions, and incompletions for most of the game.

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Staff picks for Sept. 7, 2017

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footballLast week:
Montgomery Marty: 12-5
Season: 12-5
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This week:
Gaithersburg @ Seneca Valley
Sherwood @ Damascus
Whitman @ Einstein
Churchill @ Wootton
Urbana @ Clarksburg
Quince Orchard @ Blair
Wheaton @ Northwood
Kennedy @ Poolesville
Watkins Mill @ Magruder
Blake @ Springbrook
MSJ @ Good Counsel
Paint Branch @ RM
Walter Johnson @ Northwest
Rockville @ B-CC
Landon @ St. Mary’s
Avalon @ Sulphur Springs
Bullis @ Fork Union Academy
G. Prep @ Gilman

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Staff picks for August 31, 2017

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This week:

Whitman @ Landon

Northwood @ Paint Branch

Springbrook @Wheaton

B-CC @ Quince Orchard

RM @ Churchill

Clarksburg @ Kennedy

Einstein @ Gaithersburg

Damascus @ Blake

Magruder @ Sherwood

Seneca Valley @ Rockville

Northwest @ Wootton

Blair @ Watkins Mill

Poolesville @ Walter Johnson

Carroll @ Bullis

Avalon @ DeMatha

Gilman @ Good Counsel

G. Prep @ O’Connell

Brandy SimmsBrandy Simms, Sports Editor

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Paint Branch

Springbrook

Quince Orchard

RM

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damscus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Wootton

Watkins Mill

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

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Whitman

Paint Branch

Wheaton

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Einstein

Damascus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Blair

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

Wyatt KaremWyatt Karem, Sports Writer

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Landon

Paint Branch

Springbrook

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damascus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Blair

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

Jacqui SouthJacqui South, Sports Photographer

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Landon

Paint Branch

Wheaton

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damascus

Magruder

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Watkins Mill

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

 

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Congressional Polo Club hosts George S. Patton Polo Cup

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POOLESVILLE – The pounding of horses’ hooves and the crack of mallet against ball were the only sounds that broke the silence in the wide open field. The horses wore saddles and leg wraps; the riders wore helmets and knee-high boots. Several members of the Congressional Polo Club shouted instructions to their teammates during a practice session before hosting the George S. Patton Polo Cup Finals on Sunday.

Even though the sport of polo has existed for centuries, the average person is unaware of the rules. The match is played with two teams of four players each. There are between four and eight periods which are called chukkas. Each chukka lasts seven minutes and the riders must switch horses several times during the match. The object is to get the ball through the goalpost on either end of the field by hitting the ball with a mallet while still mounted on the horse.

Nicolas Eurnekian is the head of the polo club and the manager of the Congressional Polo Academy. Eurnekian started playing polo with his family as a child growing up in Argentina.

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Summer League All-Stars put on a show

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MPI MDElete 0224Team Sploosh’s Kevin Neal tries for a basket. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER ROCKVILLE – The 2017 Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League ended with a bang Monday evening in the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as the best players from the summer season competed in the All-Star game.

The students were divided into two teams: Team Bunnies and Team Sploosh. The highly entertaining game came down to the wire as a last second layup by Bullis junior fstorward Nendah Tarke gave Team Sploosh the victory, 103-101.

Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc led all players with 50 points scored for Team Bunnies. Balanc was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy at the game’s conclusion.

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Gaithersburg knock Good Counsel out of the playoffs in basketball

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicked off Monday at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Third-seeded Gaithersburg clashed with Good Counsel in a game that saw the Trojans ride a dominant first half to a 53-38 victory to advance to the second round of the postseason. Gaithersburg rising senior Kevin Neal registered 20 points and was named Player of the Game. Even though the Falcons lost, rising senior guard Cameron Carter led all scorers with 22 points. Gaithersburg’s tight defense stymied the Falcons offensively as the Trojans scored 17 unanswered points to open the first half.

In fact, of the 14 total points Good Counsel earned in the first half, Carter scored eight of them at the free-throw line.

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The T-Bolts are going to the playoffs

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SILVER SPRING – The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts knew there was one spot left in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs as they headed into a double header Friday against the Loudoun Riverdogs at Blair Stadium.

The formula to earn that coveted sixth seed was simple in theory: Win out, and you’re in.

The T-Bolts left nothing to chance as they swept the Riverdogs, winning the first game by a score of 6-3.

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Watkins Mill hopes to enter postseason, with 50-42 victory against Rockville

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ROCKVILLE – With the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicking off on July 20, teams on the cusp of elimination scratched and clawed Monday to earn a victory that would hopefully result in that coveted playoff berth.

Watkins Mill clashed with Rockville at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School lower school gym in a game that kicked off with the Rams digging themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of. The squad from Gaithersburg ended up one step closer to the postseason with a 50-42 victory.

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Whitman eliminated from summer league playoffs after loss to G. Prep

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ROCKVILLE – When Georgetown Prep took on Whitman Monday in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League, one thing was certain: The loser would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Both squads showed how badly they wanted to enter the postseason in a game that saw several ties and lead changes at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

The Little Hoyas made sure nothing was left to chance and avoided a last-minute Whitman surge to earn their fourth win of the summer season, 67-62. 

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