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Baltimore Redbirds soar past Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, 9-4

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Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22),Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22), PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH SILVER SPRING — The visiting Baltimore Redbirds defeated The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Friday night at Montgomery Blair High School, 9-4. The game remained close with the T-Bolts up by one at the end of the seventh inning, but the Redbirds dominated the last two innings thanks to some huge knocks that earned Baltimore the victory.

“It’s the game of baseball,” Silver Spring-Takoma manager Doug Remer said. “In the game of baseball, you got to make sure every at-bat counts, every pitch counts no matter what the score is, so we were up, but we didn’t have that sense of urgency where we needed to shut it down right then. We thought that we could just cruise like we have been, and that’s what’s going to happen, especially against a good team.”

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

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Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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RM Rockets edge out B-CC Barons in boys lacrosse, 7-6

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B-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against Richard Montgomery midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHB-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against RM Rockets' midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets got a nail-biting 7-6 win against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons on a frigid Friday night in a game that saw the Barons nearly pull off a comeback.

As the season opener for both teams, the Rockets blasted off and started the season with a win while the Barons had their first loss. However, with plenty of games left in the season, both teams have potential to improve or worsen.

The Rockets came strong right out of the gate and caught the Barons by surprise, but the visitors from B-CC clawed back to tie up the game three times.

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Maryland Terps men’s lacrosse team falls to Albany

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Maryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHMaryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — In a matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Albany Great Danes, the nation’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse programs, Albany’s Connor Fields proved to be the difference on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Fields, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining to lift No. 1 Albany to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 Maryland.

Albany rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win over Maryland before an announced crowd of 7,475.

“It’s huge for our confidence,” said Fields, who registered four goals and two assists. “I think it says a lot about our team and how we face adversity.”

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Gaithersburg Trojans fall to Perry Hall Gators in boys hoops state semis, 85-62

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Gaithersburg senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is Perry Hall senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHGaithersburg Trojans' senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is the Perry Hall Gators' senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). The Trojans would fall to the Gators, 85-62. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — The Gaithersburg Trojans were simply overmatched by the Perry Hall Gators Thursday night in the Maryland 4A state semifinals at Xfinity Center.

Although the Trojans sought to capture their first state championship in 20 years, Gaithersburg couldn’t handle a Perry Hall varsity boys basketball team that was on a mission.

Perry Hall, the defending Maryland 4A state champion, moved a step closer to another state title by posting an 85-62 victory over the Trojans.

Xavier Gravette led four Gators in double figures with a game-high 19 points and Tyler Holley added 17 points while Anthony Walker and Anthony Higgs added 15 points each.

Perry Hall boasted a roster that most Maryland private school basketball programs would envy; the Gators feature 6-foot-9 LaQuill Hardnett along with the 6-foot-8 Walker and Higgs. Cameron Wheeler, Gravette and Holley are each listed at 6-foot-4.

“We haven’t played anybody in Montgomery County with that type of size,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said afterward. “The closest thing would be Paint Branch.”

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Parker leads Sandy Spring Friends to PVAC championship win over St. Anselm’s Abbey

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Mikey Parker (11) of Sandy Spring Friends scores two of his game-high 35 points in the PVAC Championship game against St. Anselm's Abbey.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHMikey Parker (11) of Sandy Spring Friends scores two of his game-high 35 points in the PVAC Championship game against St. Anselm's Abbey. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — Mikey Parker saved the best for last.

Parker, a Sandy Spring Friends School senior, scored a game-high 35 points on Saturday to lead the Wildebeests to a 74-64 victory over St. Anselm’s Abbey in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game at Wootton High School.

“It meant a lot to win the game,” said Parker, a three-year starter at the Montgomery County private school who was also named MVP. “I didn’t know I had that many points during the game.”

During his senior campaign, Parker led the PVAC in scoring and registered a career-high 51-point game in December. His numbers throughout the season were astronomical to say the least.

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QO Cougars rise to the challenge, defeating Blair 34-7

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JGS 0777 1QO running back Marquez Cooper (15) is brought down by Blair defensive tackle Oly Okumbi (57). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  After comfortably beating the B-CC Barons at home to kick off the season, the Quince Orchard Cougars faced a much stiffer challenge as they went on the road to face the Blair Blazers. But it was a challenge that the Cougars would yet again pass with flying colors, winning the game 34-7.

The opening minutes of the game were a struggle for both teams, as the first few drives for each team all ended in punts. Penalties were an issue for both teams in the early going. The Blazers’ defensive front, led by junior Oly Okumbi, stymied the Cougars rushing attack early on. Both QO quarterback Doc Bonner and running back Marquez Cooper struggled to find open holes to burst through.

The Blazers strong defense play would be rewarded, as Blair would draw first blood. On QO’s opening drive of the second quarter, the Blazers forced a Cougars punt. Johnny Hodges, the Cougars star linebacker, was sent out to punt the ball away. However, Hodges had trouble with the snap, and the Blazers pounced on the ball. Prince Bonsu returned the recovered fumble to the end zone for a Blair touchdown, and after the extra point, Blair led 7-0.

But the game turned steeply downhill for the Blazers after their opening touchdown, as Bonner and the Cougars would completely take the game over. On the ensuing QO drive, Bonner finally was able to run the ball effectively, and single-handedly carried his team down the field. Bonner would muscle his way into the end zone, and the Cougars tied the game up at seven.

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Staff picks for Sept. 7, 2017

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footballLast week:
Montgomery Marty: 12-5
Season: 12-5
Unknown editor
Last week: 0-0
Season: 0-0
This week:
Gaithersburg @ Seneca Valley
Sherwood @ Damascus
Whitman @ Einstein
Churchill @ Wootton
Urbana @ Clarksburg
Quince Orchard @ Blair
Wheaton @ Northwood
Kennedy @ Poolesville
Watkins Mill @ Magruder
Blake @ Springbrook
MSJ @ Good Counsel
Paint Branch @ RM
Walter Johnson @ Northwest
Rockville @ B-CC
Landon @ St. Mary’s
Avalon @ Sulphur Springs
Bullis @ Fork Union Academy
G. Prep @ Gilman

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Staff picks for August 31, 2017

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Last week:

Montgomery Marty: 0-0

Season: 0-0

Unknown editor

Last week: 0-0

Season: 0-0

This week:

Whitman @ Landon

Northwood @ Paint Branch

Springbrook @Wheaton

B-CC @ Quince Orchard

RM @ Churchill

Clarksburg @ Kennedy

Einstein @ Gaithersburg

Damascus @ Blake

Magruder @ Sherwood

Seneca Valley @ Rockville

Northwest @ Wootton

Blair @ Watkins Mill

Poolesville @ Walter Johnson

Carroll @ Bullis

Avalon @ DeMatha

Gilman @ Good Counsel

G. Prep @ O’Connell

Brandy SimmsBrandy Simms, Sports Editor

Last week:         0-0

Season:             0-0

This week:

Landon

Paint Branch

Springbrook

Quince Orchard

RM

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damscus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Wootton

Watkins Mill

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

Eva PaspalisEva Paspalis, Sports Writer

Last week:          0-0

Season:              0-0

This week:

Whitman

Paint Branch

Wheaton

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Einstein

Damascus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Blair

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

Wyatt KaremWyatt Karem, Sports Writer

Last week:          0-0

Season:              0-0

This week:

Landon

Paint Branch

Springbrook

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damascus

Sherwood

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Blair

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

Jacqui SouthJacqui South, Sports Photographer

Last week:          0-0

Season:              0-0

This week:

Landon

Paint Branch

Wheaton

Quince Orchard

R.M.

Clarksburg

Gaithersburg

Damascus

Magruder

Seneca Valley

Northwest

Watkins Mill

Poolesville

Bullis

DeMatha

Good Counsel

G. Prep

 

@bls1969 @EvaPaspalis @WyattKarem4 @jacqui_south

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