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Good Counsel boys beat Sherwood in summer league basketball

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Sherwood vs. Good CounselROCKVILLE — A Good Counsel Falcons squad that gave up the lead only once suppressed the Sherwood Warriors Monday night in a Maryland Elite summer league basketball game, 58-43.

Both teams came into the game with handicaps: a slimmer roster due to player commitments over the summer months and depleted of the previous season’s seniors.

The limitations forced the teams to make do with what they had and showcased some of the new up-and-coming talent for both teams. The Falcons were a mostly young team made up of mostly sophomores, according to summer league head coach Anthony Guy.

The Warriors sunk a three-pointer to counter the Falcons’ two-point start, but the Falcons retaliated in force. A six-point scoring streak gave the Falcons the lead and a momentum they never lost throughout the rest of the game.

“Shots are going to fall, some shots are going to come out, there’s going to be turnovers, there’s going to be ebb and flows in the game, but as long as we can control our energy…some things that you can control and we’ve been trying to harp on all summer, especially with the younger guys,” said Guy.

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

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Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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After slow start, Bullis offense finally clicks in hoops win over Good Counsel

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Good Counsel's Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis School's Kolin Lewis (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel Falcons' Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis Bulldogs' Kolin Lewis (3) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In its second game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, the Bullis Bulldogs offense got off to a sluggish start. However, the Bullis offense finally clicked midway through the first half, and dominated the Good Counsel Falcons for the rest of the game, winning 73-52.

Good Counsel took a six-point lead, 19-13, early in the game, as they had a hot start offensively, while Bullis had a more difficult time finding open shots.

Nendah Tarke, the new leader for the Bulldogs, didn’t start the game, but when he checked in, Bullis got rolling.

Behind Tarke and Kolin Lewis, Bullis closed the gap, and took a 28-27 lead late in the first half, their first lead of the game.

It was a lead Bullis would not relinquish.

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Bullis freshman shines in golf victory over Good Counsel

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Bullis Golfer Sophie Simon's lines up for a par putt vs Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis golfer Sophie Simon lines up for a par putt against Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKPOTOMAC — Bullis freshman golfer Sophie Simon was in top form Monday at Falls Road Golf Course.

The teenager shot a 36 to lead the Bulldogs to a three-stroke victory over Good Counsel, 197-200.

“When she came out here last year as an eighth grader,” recalled Bullis head coach Shawn Kane, “we knew we were going to have something special when she got to ninth grade.”

Simon, 15, emerging as one of the area’s top golfers in just her first high school season, gave a remarkable performance Monday against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender Good Counsel.

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Good Counsel graduate Snyder signs with wrestling apparel company

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Dear WrestlingOlympic gold medalist and two-time world champion wrestler Kyle Snyder announced his decision to sign with wrestling apparel brand RUDIS on Monday in a letter entitled, "Dear Wrestling." COURTESY PHOTO  Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Kyle Snyder, a three-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist at Ohio State, signed with wresting apparel brand RUDIS on Monday.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder’s move follows some of the sport’s preeminent names, including Dave Schultz, Kenny Monday, Brandon Slay, Cary Kolat, Lincoln McIlravy and Russ Hellickson.

“I will be wearing RUDIS equipment during all of my competitions,” said Snyder, in an e-mail response to The Sentinel. “I am competing at The World Cup April on April 7th and 8th as well as in The World Team trials on June 9th.” 

Snyder announced his decision in a letter entitled, “Dear Wrestling,” written to the sport.

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Lawrence three-peats at War On The Shore with trio of first-period pins, decision

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At the War On The Shore Tournament at Stephen Decatur High in Berlin in Worcester County on Jan. 12 and 13, Damascus’ state champion Ryan Lawrence (145) won his semifinal 3-1, over Virginia’s sixth-place state finisher Elijah Williams of Nansemond River High, then secured his third-straight crown by head-locking two-time Delaware state runner-up Kyle McDonough of Sanford High for a 64-second fall.

A two-time county and regional champion who managed a third-place finish at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (28-0) led the Swarmin’ Hornets (224.5 points) to a runner-up finish behind Baltimore area power Mount St. Joseph (269) on the strength of three falls in a combined 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

State champion Paul Purkey (195) and two-time third-place state finisher Johnny McLaughlin (126) were runners-up for the second straight season, and John Allan Furgeson (152) was third after being fourth a year ago among seven Swarmin’ Hornets finishing within the top four of their weight classes and 11 within the top eight.

The Swarmin’ Hornets’ Elijah Baisden (285) was third, Josh Creegan (138) and Ben Lokos (170), fourth, Timothy Furgeson (160), fifth, Aiden Bell (220), sixth, and Michael Emerick (106) and Dyllan Ramirez (132), seventh and eighth.

“Ryan did a fantastic job in the finals as he has each year in this tournament,” said coach John Furgeson, whose Swarmin’ Hornets (15-0) have won six straight state tournaments, five consecutive state dual meet titles, 15 county tournaments and 142 straight matches. “It was a tough tournament, that’s why we go there and how we’re going to get better. We learned a lot about our young kids and what we need to work on.”

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Paul VI Panthers cage Good Counsel Falcons in girls basketball, 63-51

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Paul VI's Amira Collins (#23) leaves Good Counsel's Rayne Tucker (#12) flatfooted at the tip off.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH Paul VI's Amira Collins (#23) leaves Good Counsel's Rayne Tucker (#12) flatfooted at the tip off. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  OLNEY — The visiting Paul VI Panthers girls’ basketball team came to cage the Good Counsel Falcons, handing the home team a 63-51 defeat.

Despite a strong start by the Falcons, they could not withstand the constant offensive barrage from the Panthers’ three highest scorers.

Panthers junior guard Ashley Owusu had an outstanding night as she posted 19 points, while guard Jenna Hayes – also a junior – scored 16, with senior guard Kate Klimkiewicz contributing 13 points.

Klimkiewicz was especially beyond the three-point line, draining a trio of three-point buckets.

“All the great players that I’ve ever coached make the players around them better, and that’s one thing Ashley [Owusu] is doing a good job of,” said Panthers head coach Scott Allen.

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Stefon Diggs enjoys a very special homecoming in D.C.

Stefon Diggs 2016Stefon Diggs. COURTESY PHOTO  LANDOVER — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs made a triumphant return to Maryland on Sunday.
Diggs, a former Good Counsel and University of Maryland standout, said he had about 17 friends and family members in attendance at FedEx Field for his homecoming game against the Washington Redskins.
“It felt good,” Diggs said following Minnesota’s 38-30 victory over the Redskins. “I love being around a lot of love. It’s kind of like a home game for me. Especially when I come home, they show me a lot of love. It feels good.”
The former All-Sentinel player didn’t disappoint his supporters, finishing with five receptions for 78 yards including a three-yard score from quarterback Case Keenum that put the Vikings ahead, 14-10, early in the second quarter.

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Despite scoreless first half, Good Counsel Falcons crush Gonzaga Eagles 27-7

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IMG 5200Head Coach Andy Stefanelli advises Good Counsel Falcons team on strategy against the Gonzaga Eagles. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  OLNEY — Two contenders for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title, the Good Counsel Falcons and Gonzaga Eagles faced off on Friday night, with the Falcons coming out on top 27-7.

Both teams struggled in the first half, as nearly every drive ended in a punt. Each team had a couple of sustained drives, but neither was able to capitalize on opportunities. Each team was gifted with good field position on some punts, and each was able to create turnovers, but both remained scoreless for most of the first half.
Finally, a sustained Gonzaga drive finished in the end zone as Loic Sangwa broke tackles, and muscled his way to a touchdown. With the extra point, the score gave Gonzaga a 7-0 lead.

Although Good Counsel had a chance to score right before halftime, the Eagles’ defense made a goal line stand to keep the Falcons out as the clock expired to mark the conclusion of the first half. Gonzaga remained in the lead 7-0.

The Eagles controlled the pace of the game through much of the first half, and the early part of the second. Gonzaga’s Lucas Warfield was having his way running the ball in the early parts of the second half. However, on his next carry after a long run in which he picked up a first down and moved the ball to the Falcons’ 21-yard line, the Gonzaga running back fumbled. Good Counsel was able to recover, and after a short return, took over at their own 37-yard line.

“The defense came up with that big fumble recovery,” said Good Counsel head coach Andy Stefanelli. “That really got our momentum going.”

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After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

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DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”

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