Gaithersburg Trojans vanquish B-CC Barons, 76-57

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Jao3 EditJao Ituka makes a break down the floor after stealing the ball from B-CC's Miles English resulting in a dunk for two points by Ituka. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — Standout freshmen Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins combined for 41 points Friday night to lead the Gaithersburg Trojans to a 76-57 home victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Ituka, Gaithersburg’s leading scorer, finished with a season-high 24 points and Hawkins added 17 points, a season high for him as well.

Meanwhile, Kevin Neal, a talented senior guard, finished with 16 points to help lift the Trojans to a 4-0 record with wins over Wheaton, Rockville and Northwood in addition to B-CC.

“Kevin is the most under-looked senior in the county in my opinion,” said Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda. “He’s ridiculously talented.”


Gaithersburg H.S. staffer expresses safety concerns

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A Gaithersburg High School staff member informed local media about concerns for the safety of students and staff members after several fights occurred on school property recently.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Derek Turner said he could not confirm reports from NBC 4 of an Instagram account requesting students share videos of school fights.


Gaithersburg Trojans edge out Wheaton Knights in boys soccer, 2-1

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Gburg Trojans vs. Wheaton KnightsGAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Trojans managed a 2-1 victory at home over the Wheaton Knights in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

After neither team opened the deadlock in the first half, the Trojans pressed forward following the break and scored twice before conceding a late goal to the Knights.

“It wasn’t our best performance but we never gave up,” said Gaithersburg coach Eric Cava. “We always have heart but we needed to make more collective passes and we needed to finish when we get in front of the goal.”


Award-winning author speaks at Gaithersburg High School

ngozi adichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26, as part of the One Maryland, One Book program. COURTESY PHOTO  GAITHERSBURG — Award-winning and world-renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to an audience of about 1,000 people at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26 as part of the One Maryland One Book program.

Adichie is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award and her work has been translated into over 30 languages.  She divides her time between nearby Columbia and Lagos, Nigeria.

The Maryland Humanities Council established the One Maryland One Book program 10 years ago to encourage Marylanders to read and discuss a certain book every year. A committee with the council chooses a book that aligns with the year’s theme. This year’s book is “Purple Hibiscus” by Adichie and the theme is “Home & Belonging.”

This year, there are 350 programs in the state focused on this book, including three events with the author, said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities.

“Purple Hibiscus” is a coming-of-age novel that follows the account of 15-year-old Kambili as she navigates a fraught relationship with her abusive father during political upheaval in Nigeria. Kambili and her brother spend time together living in two different homes: one with their parents, and another with their aunt who, while having less money than Kambili’s family, has a home full of laughter and life. The novel tackles themes such as colonization, religious hypocrisy and gender and family dynamics.


Gaithersburg HS alum among missing sailors in Navy ship crash

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navy bushellGaithersburg High School alum Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, is among the missing sailors after the collision of the USS John S. McCain. COURTESY PHOTO  A Gaithersburg High School alum is among the missing sailors after a U.S. Navy ship collision earlier this week.

Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, who graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 2009, is one of the sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain, on which he was stationed, collided with a tanker ship early Monday morning.

Bushell is an electronics technician, second class, in the U.S. Navy.



Kamonte Carter To Pitt

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The University of Pittsburgh football program will add another Montgomery County product to its roster next season.

Former Gaithersburg High School standout Kamonte Carter tweeted Jan. 22 that he plans to join the Pitt football program, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“He’s getting ready to be a Panther,” said Gaithersburg assistant coach Aaron Carter, Kamonte’s father. “He’s excited.”


Watkins Mill and Gaithersburg students join protest movement

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Gaithersburg and WM protest 2Watkins Mill students, including sophomore Charisse Warfield (front, left), walk down Montgomery Village Ave. on their way toward Lakeforest Mall during their protest. Warfield said people called her and her friends racial slurs in the days immediately following the election. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN STUBBS  

GAITHERSBURG – Dozens of students from two high schools met last Friday at Lakeforest Mall to protest Donald Trump’s election, despite Montgomery County Public Schools’ superintendent asking them to stay in class. 

Watkins Mill students left campus at 9:10 a.m.

They followed directions of police officers on campus and walked on Apple Ridge Road, then Montgomery Village Avenue, police following them along the way.

They carried “Students against racism,” and “No hate, no racism no Trump” signs and intermittently chanted “not our president.”


Taking a knee for the National Anthem in MoCo football

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The Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest has reached Montgomery County.

During the NFL preseason, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

Instead, Kaepernick decided to take a knee to protest racial inequality in our society.

Last Friday night at Gaithersburg High School, the Watkins Mill football team knelt during the national anthem to show support for Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in American society.


Northwest overcomes sloppy play, defeats Gaithersburg 27-6

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Northwest-Gaithersburg football MP1 3606Northwest senior running back Khalil Owens dives over the goal line for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday night against Gaithersburg. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN – An ugly win is still a win for the Northwest varsity football team.

Nearly 20 combined penalties marred the Jaguars’ opener Friday night against Gaithersburg.

When the dust settled after lost yardage and negated touchdowns, the home team Jags picked up their W, 27-6, over the visiting Trojans. 

“I liked the effort and I loved the way our defense played,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Neubeiser, who graduated from Gaithersburg in 1990. “It would have been nice if the game didn’t go quite like this but we’ll take a win any way we can get it.”

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