Landon boys narrowly defeat archrival G. Prep in LAX, 6-5

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Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Landon Bears met the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas on the gridiron Friday in the latest installment of the area’s top boys lacrosse rivalry.

Landon senior Joey Epstein scored four goals to lead the Bears to a 6-5 road victory over the Little Hoyas.

“I don’t care what the sport is,” said Landon head coach Rob Bordley, “whenever Landon plays Prep, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

That was evident as Landon rallied from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.


St. Albans boys storm back to defeat Landon in lacrosse, 7-4

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St. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSt. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON D.C. — St. Albans lacrosse head coach Rory Hyland tossed the game ball to senior captain Carter Tate. Tate, upon receiving the ball, immediately decided to share it with defenseman Hugh Preas. The two Bulldogs clearly had a strong rapport with each other, the same rapport that they showed on the field. It was behind these two senior Bulldogs teammates that St. Albans took down the No. 21-ranked team in the nation, the Landon Bears.

After struggling in the first half, St. Albans caught fire right from the opening whistle of the second half, storming back from a two-goal deficit, and upsetting Landon 7-4.

Strong defense characterized the first half for Landon. After allowing St. Albans to score the opening goal, Bears goalie Mitchell Laughlin became a brick wall in front of the net. Laughlin recorded 10 saves in the first half, and provided Landon with momentum in the early stages of the game. Brett Gallagher, John Geppert and Garrett Kurtz each recorded goals in the first half as Landon went on a 3-0 run. Going into halftime, Landon led St. Albans 3-1.

“We were settling for outside shots,” Hyland said of St. Albans’ offense in the first half. “We thought if we held on to it a little more, we would get some one-on-zeroes.”


G. Prep’s pitching dominates St. Albans in 4-0 victory

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G Prep vs. St. AlbansBETHESDA — “After one of the worst losses we’ve had…you can’t blink or you’re going to have some issues,” Georgetown Prep head coach Chris Gonzalez said.

It had been two days since the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity baseball team lost by eight runs to the St. Albans Bulldogs. In need of a response, the Little Hoyas certainly didn’t blink, as their pitching dominated the Bulldogs from start to finish. Georgetown Prep combined to throw a one-hit shutout against St. Albans, and won the game 4-0.

Ethan Cosgrove got the start on the mound for Georgetown Prep. Cosgrove allowed the first hitter of the game for St. Albans to reach on an infield single, the third pitch of the game.

That would be the first and only hit the Bulldogs achieved for the rest of the game.


Landon sophomore Lopez achieves milestone as Bears’ first-ever state champ

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Wrestling clip artLorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2 over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become Landon's first state champion at the Feb. 16 and 17 Maryland Independent Schools Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

Lopez reached the finals on a pin, a technical fall, a 9-1 quarterfinal decision over Interstate Athletic Conference rival and champion Isaac Ruderman of Bullis, and a 5-3 semifinal victory over fifth place finisher Alex Figuieras of St. Mary’s Ryken, improving his overall record to 41-4 on the season.

The triumph was particularly rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to last season, when an illness prevented him from competing at the IAC and state tournaments.

“I felt great to win because I had high hopes last year of being a finalist in those tournaments, and not being able to wrestle was disappointing,” said Lopez, 16.


Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis to win IAC hoops title

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Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal.

However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center.

The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy.

“This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”


Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

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Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”


Landon wins IACs, Damascus eyes another state duals crown

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Wrestling clip artLandon crowned Axel Giron (120), Lorenzo Lopez (126), Patrick Kielb (132), Jonny Gherman (152), Brendon Gallagher (160), Jelani Machen (170) and Carter Johnson (182), with Luc Schermer (138) and Terrance Bridgers (285) finishing second as the Bears won their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament crown in the 23-year coaching history of Andy Katz.

Finishing third were Patrick Townsend (113) and Joel Desroches (220), and Nick Haller (195), fourth as the Bears placed 12 of 13 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes for the program’s first outright title since 1994, adding the tournament to their regular-season dual meet championship earned with a school-record mark of 16-5 overall and 6-0 in the IAC.

The Bears (195.5 points) overcame runner-up St. Albans (127) to dethrone third place 13-time IAC champion Georgetown Prep (122), their dual meet victory total being the highest since the 15-win season of 2005 to 2006, the last time the Bears won a piece of the crown.

“For the first time this season, we were able to present our strongest line-up,” said Katz. “Everyone made weight and our injured wrestlers were cleared to go for the championship. It was an amazing day. This was a team effort across the board.”


Bullis boys score key upset win over IAC hoops rival Episcopal

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20180119 Bullis Episcopal 13Bullis Bulldogs' Vado Morse gets an easy layup in the first half in Bullis' win over the highly-ranked Episcopal Maroon.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — After losing two straight games to open Interstate Athletic Conference play, questions circled the 2017-18 Bullis Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team. Were they really the IAC contenders they were thought to be? Despite the adversity that faced the Bulldogs, no anxiety hit the Bullis locker room.

“We picked up practice. After two losses, we knew we needed to get it together,” Bullis guard Vado Morse said.

On Friday night, Bullis faced the visiting Episcopal Maroon. This was a game that Bullis had to have, and no one knew that better than Bulldogs senior guard Vado Morse. With his team in need of a win, Morse stepped up, and put on a show in front of a loud home crowd. With 30 points from Morse, Bullis rebounded from its slow start, and leave with a convincing 75-67 victory.


Georgetown Prep stays ahead in showdown with Bullis, winning 63-53

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CUT: Georgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as a Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — In the first battle of the year of the top two teams in the Interstate Athletic Conference, it was the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team who emerged victorious over the Bullis Bulldogs with a 63-53 victory that was won largely on the backs of Georgetown Prep’s big three – Jared Bynum, Ike Nweke and Mezie Offurum – whose combined efforts kept the Hoyas from ever trailing.

“I think it was a sloppy game on both sides,” Georgetown Prep head coach Randy Eskow said. “We need to come out, and we need to be able to win sloppy games. I thought we won a sloppy game tonight, and at the end of the day, that’s what we needed to do.”

As the game tipped off, it was senior Ike Nweke – the Hoyas’ center and a Columbia commit – who was unstoppable, as he led his team on both ends of the floor by amassing four points and four rebounds within the first four minutes of the game, allowing Georgetown Prep to quickly garner a 9-2 lead. Although Bullis made a small run in the middle of the first quarter, Georgetown Prep’s Dejean Desire got hot and pushed the Hoyas back out to a seven-point lead which they held at the end of the first quarter for a score of 18-11.


Georgetown Prep tramples St. Albans 41-0 on homecoming

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G. Prep vs. St. Albans FB 11 4 17Georgetown Prep's Justin Clark (32) falls into the end zone, scoring one of many touchdowns against St. Albans during the Little Hoyas' homecoming game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — Georgetown Prep backup quarterback Peter Davin, filling in for injured starter John Ridgway, led the Little Hoyas to a dominant 41-0 victory on Saturday over the St. Albans Bulldogs in his first career start.

“It was scary at first,” Davin said of getting his first start. “I had butterflies in my stomach at first. But then, you just take the first snap and you become really comfortable. Everything you practiced comes easily…Everything just started clicking, we started hitting passes, started hitting the holes, and everything just worked out.”

Early on in the game, Georgetown Prep leaned on the run, like they also do with star running back Jalen Hampton, but they did not hide their backup quarterback. Davin was given many chances to throw the ball, and it was on his arm that Georgetown Prep scored its first points.

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