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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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Late touchdown pushes Landon past G. Prep and back into IAC race

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Landon vs. G. Prep FB 10 21 17 Thomas BaldwinThomas Baldwin (6) scores a touchdown in the final seconds, winning the game for the Landon Bears over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — In a crucial matchup between Interstate Athletic Conference football teams, the Landon Bears topped the visiting Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas at home on Saturday afternoon 10-3.

Landon had just suffered a loss to Bullis in which the Bears did not score an offensive touchdown. For Landon to stay in the race for IAC title contention, the game against the Little Hoyas was a must-win.

However, the first break of the game went in favor of Georgetown Prep, as Landon would fumble early in its opening drive.

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Bullis football team overwhelms Landon, remains undefeated

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Bullis vs. Landon FB 10 14 17Bullis linebacker Jordan Ligon (6) tackles Landon Bears' Bryce Baylor (21).                    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA — In a battle between two undefeated teams atop the Interstate Athletic Conference, the visiting Bullis Bulldogs kept their perfect season alive as they beat the home team Landon Bears, 21-6.

Both teams leaned heavily on the run throughout this game, leading to a very quick first quarter. Bullis was the more productive team in the early going, while Landon struggled to move the ball. Bullis worked hard to put the ball in the hands of multiple rushers, especially do-it-all safety/wide receiver Bryson Shaw.

In the final minutes of the first quarter and into the early parts of the second, Bullis drove down the field, and finished off in the end zone as power back Eric McKan pounded it in from the two-yard line. The score gave Bullis a 7-0 lead.

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Baylor leads Falcons over Landon

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TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.

The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.

“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”

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Bullis Wins IAC Tournament

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Bullis IAC ChampsMembers of the Bullis high school boys basketball team hoist the IAC trophy after defeating Georgetown Prep. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC – Bullis captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night with a thrilling 62-60 victory over Georgetown Prep before a sold-out crowd.

The contest marked the third meeting between the IAC rivals with both teams each having won a game in the season series.

Bullis junior guard Vado Morse sank a pair of foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to give the boys basketball program its first IAC tournament championship in three years.

“Vado, he’s come a long way,” said Bullis senior Chyree Walker. “From when I first arrived at Bullis, his game has always shown that he can be a good player and over the years he’s been working and it really showed tonight.”

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Prep’s Krause, Good Counsel’s Thomas, Daniel repeat state title wins

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Georgetown Prep’s Ethan Krause traveled a similar path and achieved the same result as he did a year ago, winning his second straight crown and pacing the Little Hoyas to a sixth place finish at last weekend’s private schools state tournament at Harford County Community College.

Krause won his 145-pound title bout, 5-2, over McDonogh’s Quinn Devaney, a Maryland University-bound senior who was runner-up for the third straight year. Krause defeated Devaney 3-2 in last year’s 138-pound final after missing the private schools tournament as a sophomore due to a concussion.

“This means a lot to me being a multiple-time state champ in that it solidifies me as one of the better wrestlers in Maryland. It’s something I can look back upon when I'm older,” said Krause, whose record is 49-2. “I feel like I wrestled well in my finals match. I wanted it to be more convincing than my previous meetings with him. For that to happen I needed multiple takedowns.”

Last year’s win over Devaney followed Krause’s 87-second pin of Archbishop Spalding’s Nick Goray, whom Krause handled 11-5 in last weekend’s semifinal. Krause had also blanked Goray 5-0 for the crown in last season’s Mount Mat Madness Invitational, which the Duke University-bound senior won yet again earlier in this year.

“Krause has a workmanlike approach to competition. He doesn't leave position,” said Adam DeCosmo, an Archbishop Spalding assistant who was twice a Class 4A-3A state champ at Old Mill in Anne Arundel County before graduating in 2001.

“That makes shutting down the offense of guys like Devaney and Goray look easy. It is quite clear this comes from discipline in the practice room and year-round wrestling. He uses left leg attacks when he does attack and most wrestlers are righties, so they are not used to defending that side of a leg attack.”

Also wrestling well for the Little Hoyas was senior Thomas Gates (285), who was a runner-up to McDonogh junior P.J. Mustipher following a 5-2 loss.

Caleb Wilson (170) and Riley Stewart (182) finished fourth, and Kobe Borda (126, fifth), Joe Keane (120, seventh) and Cole Robilotto (138, eighth) all finished within the top eight for the Little Hoyas two weeks after winning their 13th straight Interstate Athletic Conference title and seven days prior to next weekend’s National Preps Tournament in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.

“This makes all the hard work worth it,” said Krause, who looks to improve on fifth-place finish at last year’s National Preps as well as a seventh-place finish at the National High School Coaches’ Association tournament in April.

“It reminds me that I need to work hard to accomplish my goals. This is a great lead up to National Preps, and it’s giving me the confidence I need to win a national title. That’s been on my mind since I was a freshman.”

Seniors Bailey Thomas (152) and Brady Daniel (220) won individual titles, and junior Cord Richardson (120) and senior Jalen Lea (285) finished third for fifth place Good Counsel, whose other place winners were freshman Conor Lozupone (106, fifth), Drew Brenowitz (182, sixth) and Avery Miller (145, eighth).

A year ago, Thomas and Daniel were among the Falcons’ six individual champions who guided their program to their second private schools states title. Daniel ended the year by placing a team-high third at the National Preps.

Dethroned as perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament champions by Saint John’s, which last month ended their conference dual meet winning streak at 55 matches, the Falcons got Thomas’ 10-0 title bout shutout of Loyola’s Dominick Reyes in the championship match.

Daniel required overtime for a 7-5 victory over John Urban of third-place St. Paul’s as he added his second private schools crown to the Class 4A-3A state title he won as a 182-pound sophomore at River Hill of Howard County.

Daniel has chance to surpass the achievements of his older brother Cory, a former two-time state champion who went undefeated over his final two seasons at River Hill.

Senior Aryemis Brown (160) finished third for the second straight year among five place winners for eighth-place Bullis, followed by Ethan Sypes (220, fifth), sixth-place Isaac Ruderman (113) and Marcelo Motta (132) and eighth-place Bazin Sineshaw (106).

Junior Brendon Gallagher (138) was a runner-up for 12th place Landon, falling 5-3 to Imran Heard of St. Paul’s in the finals. Patrick Kielb (106), Jelani Machen (160) and Carter Johnson (195) placed sixth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), eighth for the Bears.

“Brendon Gallagher sits at 112 career victories, and the highest career mark in Landon wrestling history is 117. We had two freshmen break the season-high wins mark at 29 victories,” said Bears’ coach Andy Katz.

“Patrick has 31 victories and Lorenzo Lopez has 41…Patrick, Jelani, Carter and Brendon earned spots at National Preps next weekend. Hopefully, we can bring home some hardware and continue setting the bar high for our program.”

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Georgetown Prep wins 13th IAC wrestling title

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Georgetown Prep crowned Ethan Krause (152), Kobe Borda (126), Caleb Wilson (170), Riley Stewart (182) and Thomas Gates (285) to overcome Landon for its 13th straight Interstate Athletic Conference title on Saturday.

The Little Hoyas (166 points) had four runners-up and placed 11 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes to 12 for the Bears (153), losers of three of five title-bout matchups to the champions while crowning Patrick Kielb (106), Lorenzo Lopez (120), Brendon Gallagher (138) and Carter Johnson (195) among seven finalists.

“I feel that we wrestled pretty sluggish; however, the guys who needed to perform got the job done,” said Krause, a repeat champion who will wrestle for Duke University next season. “I knew nothing was guaranteed, so I spoke to some of the guys before the finals about stepping up in the finals, and they did.”

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Prep wrestler overcomes adversity to enjoy victories

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Georgetown Prep’s Thomas Gates overcame disadvantages in height and weight against higher-ranked wrestlers on the way to winning his 285-pound division of the December 29-30 Mount Mat Madness Invitational Tournament at Mount St. Joseph High in Baltimore Maryland.

Gates was joined on the victory podium by Interstate Athletic Conference and private schools state champion teammate Ethan Krause (145) in a tournament won by New Jersey wrestling power Blair Academy of Blairstown, New Jersey.

After earning a pair of pins over opponents who weighed close to the 285-pound limit, the 213-pound Gates won his semifinal, 3-2, over Vinnie Shaffer of Baltimore’s Archbishop Curley High and his title bout, 4-3, over Sean Mullican of Frederick County’s Middletown High.

Rated No. 2 in the state, Mullican was the Class 2A-1A state champion last year, at 220 pounds. Ranked No. 3, the 275-pound Shaffer is a defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion in the 285-pound weight class. He placed fourth at that weight in the private schools state tournament a year ago.

Standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, Gates won the IAC’s at 285 pounds before placing fourth at private school states at 220 and estimates that he and Shaffer “are about the same height,” while Mullican “is probably about 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 and weighs just over 220 pounds.”

“Vinnie Shaffer is actually the reason I wanted to wrestle at heavyweight. He’s a guy I have to see at states this year and one of the returning top four guys. I wanted to see how I would wrestle against him. I look forward to wrestling guys who are heavier than me,” said Gates, who will play rugby at West Point.

“Usually, I’m quicker if I stay outside and don’t get caught underneath. My match with Vinnie started off with us pushing off against each other, but I saw an opening for a sweep single on the outside, caught his foot and drove him over for two points. After that, it was just smart wrestling, keeping him off of my legs and keeping myself from being snapped down.”

Having accomplished his primary goal of vanquishing Shaffer, Gates readjusted his focus toward avenging a loss to Mullican that came a year ago Mount Mat Madness.

“Facing Sean was a nice surprise because I had lost to him, 5-3, in a match last year,” said Gates, who failed to place after being pinned in a later bout and eliminated.

“Sean was a returning champion to this tournament after winning at 220 last year. When I saw Mullican’s name, I was motivated to wrestle him again and to prove I was better.”

Gates has continued to overcome obstacles since he twisted his left ankle during his first match of the December 9-10 Ray Oliver Tournament at McDonogh High in Owings Mills Maryland, where he placed fourth at 220 pounds.

“It started bothering me in the finals, which I think Mullican saw and started shooting more at that ankle,” said Gates. “But once the adrenalin hits, I don’t feel it during a match. I do feel the throbbing when the match is over.”

A week after the McDonogh event, Gates split time at 220 and 285 pounds, going 9-0 and pinning four opponents during the Armed Forces Duals at North Hagerstown High School. Gates said he traveled with the team to North Hagerstown in order to provide support and wrestle if necessary.

“Thomas wrestled to the best of his abilities at Mount Mat Madness and had the best weekend I’ve seen him have as a high school wrestler. He wasn’t slow on his feet or trying to out-muscle guys,” said Krause.

“He really focused on moving his feet, using his technique and being more of an athlete. This was a huge win for him, so I think he stays at 285, has a lot of motivation and I expect nothing less than him winning states.”

Krause won his title bout, 10-5, over Chase Archangelo of Delaware’s Smyrna High, whom he had beaten, 8-3, to win the seasonopening Ray Oliver Tournament.

“I basically had the same game plan I had during my first meeting with him, and that was to avoid wrestling on the mat with him with his length and to really attack and push the pace and stay on our feet,” said Krause, a Duke Universitybound senior who improved to 24-1 on the year.

“I was kind of avoiding the front headlock and really short offense, so I got to my leg attacks easier because he was making it a little harder to get to the headlock. It was a good win. I felt food, and I feel like I put together a pretty good tournament.”

Krause scored a technical fall and three pins to reach the title bout against Archangelo, with one of his falls being against Urbana’s Shane Acton, who was coming off a 10-7 decision over Middletown’s Class 2A-1A state runner-up Josh Paige.

Krause had previously won six of seven bouts to finish third at the December 17-18 Beast Of The East Tournament at the University of Delaware, where his 3-2 semifinal loss was against eventual runner-up Josh Wyland of Benedictine College.

Krause had hoped for a rematch against Wyland, who attended and watched his teammates compete in the Mount Mat Madness but did not compete due to an apparent injury. Krause had beaten Wyland in the past.

“This whole week, I was planning on wrestling Wyland, focusing on what I did wrong in our semifinal at Beast, but there could not have been available for any number of reasons,” said Krause of Wyland, who lost his Beast of The East title bout, 5-4, to Phil Conigliaro of Belmont Hill.

“He really doesn’t have much of an incentive to wrestle me before National Preps, where he’s probably going to get the higher seed. That may have played a role in him not wrestling. But going into it, it’s not something that fazed me or changed my mindset. I’m just going to wrestle whoever gets put in front of me.”

A fifth-place finisher at last year’s National Preps who finished seventh at 138 pounds in last April’s National High School Coaches’ Association Tournament, Krause is the state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight class for the second consecutive year, having already won Ray Oliver before pinning each of nine opponents during the following weekend’s Armed Forces Duals at North Hagerstown High School.

Krause, Gates and Caleb Wilson (170), who was sixth at Mount Mat Madness, are attempting to lead the Little Hoyas to their 13th straight Interstate Athletic Conference title, an event in which he earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after pinning all three opponents.

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G. Prep’s Krause takes his wrestling act to Duke

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Private schools champion Ethan Krause, a senior at Georgetown Prep, signed to wrestle at Duke University, where he expects to redshirt during his initial season.

“I chose Duke for the environment that was created with the combination of great young men, top notch academics and a team focused on improvement every day,” said Krause, who finished seventh at 138 pounds in April’s National High School Coaches’ Association tournament at The Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va.

“Last year was strong for me, academically, with a 28 ACT score and an 1860 on my SAT. I had a 3.48 GPA while taking some of the hardest classes offered at Prep. At Duke, I would like to major in economics with a concentration in finance. This is a field that has interested me with the job opportunities present in Maryland, where I plan on living post-graduation.”

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Bullis defeats Georgetown Prep 14-7 for second place in IAC standings

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POTOMAC – Bullis junior quarterback Tucker Strachan clinched a 14-7 victory for the Bulldogs against Georgetown Prep Friday with a one-yard touchdown run during the final two minutes of the season finale.

Bullis (7-3 overall, 4-1 IAC) ended the season in second place in the Interstate Athletic Conference standings.

Episcopal (8-0) won the conference while Georgetown Prep (7-3, 3-2) placed third.

"I'm confident the kids gave everything they had," said Georgetown Prep Head Coach Dan Paro. "You just don't like losing to Bullis. It's very disappointing. I think these kids played at a high level this year and they just weren't able to finish it out."

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