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Churchill boys LAX lose heartbreaker to Severna Park in 4A state championship

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Severna Park High School's Colin Shadowens (14) and Winston Churchill High School's Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball after a face off during the Boys Class 4A Lacrosse Final played at Stevenson University in Owings Mill on Wednesday, May 22, 2018. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime to Severna Park High School, repeating the outcome of last year's final.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Severna Park Falcons' Colin Shadowens (14) and Churchill Bulldogs' Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball during a face-off in the 4A state championship game played Wednesday in Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaker to the Falcons 8-7 in overtime, repeating last year's outcome. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHOWINGS MILLS – The rematch. The almost perfect season. Trailing early, leading late. One overtime period, one final Severna Park goal and the heartbreaking sting of defeat. One team with the county’s eyes upon it, still waiting for its first lacrosse state championship.

There wasn’t much else Churchill could have done Wednesday to secure a victory. The Bulldogs strode into Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University as an undefeated team that still had something to prove, even after three finals appearances in four years.

Churchill gave the two-time defending champion Falcons a rough ride, beating Severna Park in face-offs, total shots and groundballs. In the end, with a late goal reminiscent of last year’s walk-off winner, sophomore Michael Harmeyer raised his stick over his head and gave Severna Park its eighth lacrosse championship in school history by a score of 8-7.

A few Bulldogs sat on the field in stunned silence as the Falcons wildly rejoiced, sticks and helmets flying through the air.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

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Whitman girls LAX team loses to Dulaney in state semifinals

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Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to score.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to attempt to get a goal past Dulaney goalie Jules Dotterweich. The Whitman Vikings would come up short against the Dulaney Lions (24), losing the semifinals game 12-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse team fell short against the Dulaney Lions in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, losing by a score of 12-6 at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School.

The loss was an unceremonious ending to a dominant season that featured the Vikings steamrolling most of their opponents. Whitman entered the game with just one loss against Sherwood in a double-overtime thriller earlier this month.

At first, it appeared as though the match would be a close one since the Lions had an answer every time the Vikings scored. Senior Maddy Kostopulos and junior Hanna Freund both registered a team-high two goals. Kostopulos was the first player to put Whitman on the board when she fired in her first goal unassisted just two minutes in.

Dulaney junior Zoe Hermann gave the Lions their first lead midway through the first half and Dulaney never looked back. The Vikings attackers drove toward the net again and again but senior goalie and McDaniel College soccer commit Jules Dotterweich denied goal after goal.

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Whitman eliminates WJ in first-round playoff game

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With the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17) who is covering home. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWith the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17), who is covering home.        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland high school baseball playoffs got started with a bang as four-seed Whitman and five-seed Walter Johnson faced off.

In a wild, and certainly not pretty game that lasted almost three hours, the Whitman Vikings advanced to the second round with a 19-16 win over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

“In a high school game, I’ve never seen 35 runs between two teams,” Whitman head coach Joe Cassidy said.

The two Bethesda rivals combined to score 35 runs, use eight pitchers and walk 23 batters.

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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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Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

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The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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Georgetown Prep boys lacrosse team defeats Gonzaga in overtime, 7-6

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Georgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

ROCKVILLE — Another thrilling chapter in the storied rivalry between the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas and the Gonzaga Eagles varsity boys lacrosse teams unfolded Friday as the Little Hoyas hosted and defeated the previously unbeaten Eagles, 7-6.

The Little Hoyas (2-2) fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game on a T Ridgway goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Even though Gonzaga threatened to score at the start of the overtime period, Georgetown Prep regained possession just in time for another last-second goal, the game-winner, courtesy of senior midfielder Thomas Graham.

However, the game wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Little Hoyas. Turnovers, penalties and a prolific first-half Gonzaga offense threatened to hand Georgetown Prep its third loss in four games.

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Undefeated Poolesville girls advance to state hoops final after beating Gwynn Park, 61-49

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Poolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHPoolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).                        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

TOWSON — Perfection.

The Poolesville Falcons varsity girls basketball team remained unbeaten following a 61-49 victory Friday over the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets in a Maryland 2A state semifinal game at SECU Arena.

“We’ve had a really good season,” said Poolesville head coach Fred Swick.

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B-CC Barons’ historic season in girls b-ball ends with loss to Catonsville

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  TOWSON — The 2017-18 season has certainly been a historic ride for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team. The Barons advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, and during the first half against the defending state champion Catonsville Comets, it looked like this playoff ride would continue.

Then Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey took the game into her own hands.

Behind Dickey’s dominant second half, Catonsville stormed back in the second half, and defeated B-CC 63-51.

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Damascus wrestlers McLaughlin, Lawrence earn first, second state crowns

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Damascus’ Ryan Lawrence defeated Sparrows Point’s Skyler Minutelli in the 145lb Class 2A/1A final match in the State Wrestling Championships. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH Damascus’ Ryan Lawrence defeated Sparrows Point’s Skyler Minutelli in the 145lb Class 2A/1A final match in the State Wrestling Championships. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  UPPER MARLBORO — Junior Johnny McLaughlin and senior Ryan Lawrence of Damascus had diverging perspectives after winning respective 126- and 145-pound Class 2A-1A state titles in Monday’s season-ending tournament at The Show Place Arena.

McLaughlin (41-6), a two-time county champion, already is gearing up for next season after handling previously unbeaten junior regional champion Ryan Wagener (42-1) of Baltimore County’s Eastern Tech 7-2 for his initial championship after twice being a third-place finisher at states.

A county runner-up as a sophomore, McLaughlin was eight days removed from a 7-5 victory over the previous year’s state title-winner Travis Crawford of South Carroll for his third straight regional crown.

“‘Don’t get third again’ – that’s all I repeated to myself coming into this,” said McLaughlin. “So this feels really good after my freshman and sophomore seasons, and I wanna do the same thing again next year.”

But Lawrence (48-0) proclaimed himself “done with this sport forever” after rolling through his first round and quarterfinal opponents on pins in 37 seconds, 1:34, blanking his semifinal rival 7-0 and hammering senior regional champion Skyler Minutelli (42-4) of  Sparrows Point 11-3 for his second straight title after having placed third as a sophomore.

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Churchill wrestler Connolly gains redemption with dramatic 6-4 overtime state title victory

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Sherwood’s Chris Sanchez had the best of Churchill’s Jack Connolly in this takedown but Connolly went on to win the 138lb match in the Class 4A-3A State Wrestling Championship held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSherwood’s Chris Sanchez had the best of Churchill’s Jack Connolly in this takedown but Connolly went on to win the 138lb match in the Class 4A-3A State Wrestling Championship held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  UPPER MARLBORO — Churchill’s Jack Connolly believed himself destined to win the Class 4A-3A state championship on Monday, and the 138-pound senior did so in dramatic fashion, avenging a pair of setbacks in his final two of four bouts at the Show Place Arena.

Coming off runner-up and third-place finishes over consecutive weekends at the county and regional tournaments, Connolly won his first-round bout by 11-3 major decision over Perry Hall senior Chase Andrews, scored consecutive quarterfinal and semifinal pins in 4:52 and 57 seconds over seniors Jacob Blyukher of Centennial and Nick Gonzalez (32-5) of Clarksburg, and avenged a pair of one-point losses with his come-from-behind, 6-4 overtime championship victory over previously unbeaten junior Chris Sanchez (24-1) of Sherwood.

Andrews was a Baltimore County runner-up who lost the previous Saturday’s Class 4A-3A North Regional championship bout 9-0 to Sanchez, and Blyukher’s teammate is junior Jason Kraisser (39-0), who won his third straight state title on Monday.

Connolly is 1-1 this year against Gonzalez, having lost his regional semifinal 6-2 after being tied at 2-2 late in the third period, and 1-2 against Sanchez, falling 5-4 in a dual meet on a reversal with six seconds left, and 3-2 on a takedown with seven seconds remaining in their county title match.

“I just grew sick of losing, so I gave it every bit of my effort, and it paid off,” said Connolly, who was second at counties and regions and fourth at states as a sophomore, and first at counties, third at regions and fifth at states last year. “I felt like I was being slightly overlooked this whole season. So, all season long, I wanted to prove people wrong, and I think that after states, I finally did.”

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