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Wheaton wins double victory in doubleheader against rival Kennedy

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On fire against neighborhood rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKOn fire against rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights varsity baseball team won both games of a doubleheader Saturday with neighborhood rival, the Kennedy Cavaliers. Wheaton claimed an 11-1 victory in the first game and captured a 15-2 win in the second game.

The Montgomery County high schools are separated by a two-mile stretch on Randolph Road.

“Everyone went to the same middle school so we’re all friendly,” said Kennedy head coach Josh Creighton, whose team fell to 0-7, “but it’s definitely a huge rivalry in every sport – Battle of Randolph.”

The visiting Knights outscored the Cavaliers en route to their second and third wins of the season.

“Our whole team performed good – from top to bottom,” said Wheaton senior captain Anushka Fernando. “Everyone performed well. We came out and we put out a performance against our rivals.”

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Kennedy crushes Wheaton in girls lacrosse 6-3

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Kennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKKennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — From a first-half struggle to a second-half blowout, the Kennedy Cavaliers beat the Wheaton Knights 6-3 in a varsity girls’ lacrosse rivalry game Tuesday night.

The two rivals met on a cold night, Wheaton with two wins so far and looking to start an unbeaten streak with a third while Kennedy had a 1-1 record.

After the game, both teams are on equal footing with a 2-1 record.

It was a first half that brought out an impressive showing from both teams, although the Cavaliers evidently had the edge. They played more aggressively and controlled the ball better on the Knights’ side, leaving their defense relatively relaxed.

“I think that today Kennedy came out stronger and they gave momentum and they kept momentum throughout the game,” said Wheaton head coach Kimberly Taylor.

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Paint Branch defeats Kennedy in Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest

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Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Paint Branch vs. KennedyKennedy Cavaliers' Jalen Lovell (#20) and Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (#5) dive for a loose ball during the Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Invitational Tournament.               PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH.BURTONSVILLE — The Paint Branch varsity basketball team emerged victorious Thursday over the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers, 79-75, in the final championship game of the Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Invitational Tournament.

It was a fitting ending to a tournament that honored a man who had left an indelible mark on both schools featured in the championship game.

Hardy, a Paint Branch graduate, coached the Panthers for 17 seasons and served as athletic director at Kennedy. He had just begun his tenure as Sherwood’s athletic director when he died suddenly in September.

Current Panthers head coach Chris Bohlen helped organize the tournament as a way to not only honor Hardy but to raise money for the Walter Hardy Scholarship Fund. Bohlen hopes to make the tournament an annual affair.

“[Hardy] has done so much for the community and for Paint Branch,” said Bohlen. “When his family established the scholarship fund, it was a no-brainer to use the proceeds and donations to help benefit that fund.”

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B-CC girls’ basketball defeats Kennedy for CKA Tournament championship

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Sophia James (#22) shoots over John F. Kennedy High School's Daiyana Ayala (#5) in the CKA SAVE Project 2017 Holiday Tournament Final played at Howard Community College Wednesday December 27, 2017. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHB-CC Barons' Sophia James (#22) shoots over Kennedy Cavaliers' Daiyana Ayala (#5) in the CKA Holiday Tournament. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  COLUMBIA — From the opening tip to the final whistle of CKA SAVE Project 2017 Holiday Tournament championship game on Wednesday at Howard Community College, the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons girls’ basketball team dominated the Kennedy Cavaliers, whom they defeated by a score of 67-31.

The game’s result was clear from the beginning of the game, as B-CC began the methodical process of building their lead in the first quarter, with an 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the game. The Lady Barons never looked back as they continued to build their advantage, and by the end of the first quarter, they increased their lead to 20-7.

Kennedy narrowed its deficit to five points during the second quarter when B-CC rested its starters, but Kennedy’s efforts were fruitless as B-CC held a 33-15 lead at the half.

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Whitman girls basketball team steamrolls Kennedy

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Whitman Lady Vikings vs. Kennedy Cavaliers 12 18 17Whitman's Elyse Lowet leaves the Kennedy guard on the floor.                       PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESILVER SPRING — Before the Whitman varsity girls basketball team returns to the court after a timeout, the players huddle together in a circle and shout just one word – a promise to rely on each other, to focus on the power of teamwork and chemistry. 

“Together!”

The Lady Vikings kept that promise to each other on Monday when they traveled to Kennedy High School and dismantled the winless Cavaliers, 75-30.

Three Vikings finished with double-digit points, a feat that appeared within reach in the first quarter when Whitman registered seven three-pointers. Three of the buckets came courtesy of senior guard Brooke Gumataotao, who led all scorers with 16 points.

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BCC Barons defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in first round playoffs, 2-0

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B CC vs. Kennedy boys soccer 10 26 17Kennedy Cavaliers' Jordy Cisneros (2) goes up against B-CC Barons’ Jack Tchantchuing (7). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the John F. Kennedy Cavaliers at Walt Whitman High School Thursday evening in the boys varsity soccer first round playoffs, 2-0.

“I think we did pretty well today, we kept our composure but I still think we need to use our movements around the ball better so we can play into space,” said B-CC head coach Guillermo Melendez.

After a scoreless first half, the Barons found the net twice in the second half to progress to the second round of the playoffs.

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WJ Wildcats shut out Kennedy Cavaliers, 20-0

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WJ vs. Kennedy FB 9 23 17WJ Wildcats' Isaiah Baker scores. His team would shut out the Kennedy Cavaliers, 20-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  SILVER SPRING- The Kennedy Cavaliers’ hope of a win streak was dashed Saturday, as the Walter Johnson Wildcats shut them out 20-0.

Although the Cavaliers had broken their long-running losing streak last week, they did not eke out a win against a stable Wildcats squad that took advantage of the Cavaliers’ inexperience.

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Churchill Bulldogs defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in soccer game, 4-1

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Churchill Bulldogs logoPOTOMAC – The home team Churchill Bulldogs defeated the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers 4-1 in boys varsity soccer Friday evening.

The scoring began early in the first half as the Bulldogs, playing at home, found themselves with a 3-0 lead before halftime. The Cavaliers pushed forward early in the second but were able to find the net only once before a controversial penalty kick solidified the Bulldogs’ victory.

Churchill began by scoring after just 45 seconds. Junior winger Tamino Brown found himself unmarked to slot in a goal, leaving Kennedy goalkeeper Rexford Frimpong with no time to react.

Churchill's early momentum paid off as senior forward Darius Siahpoosh found the net twice in twelve minutes to triple the score.

"If you look at my goals, they're all from five yards away because my teammates are sending me up," Shiapush said. "I appreciate my teammates, always."

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County athletes set new school and personal records

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xViking Invitational 4Jamarcus Plato of Northwood crosses the finish line in first place with a personal best of 39.89.      PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA – A Springbrook High School boys relay team replaced a 40-year-old school record as well as the meet record while other county athletes beat their personal best times during day one of the Viking Invitational Friday.

The Springbrook boys team finished first in the 4x100m relay Elite with a time of 42.83 seconds, a new school record, at the meet at Walter Johnson High School, hosted by WJ and Walt Whitman High.

John F. Kennedy’s team finished second in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, followed by Richard Montgomery’s team earning a 44.03 second-time, finishing in third place.

Springbrook Blue Devils head coach Bryan Steele said the previous automatically-timed school record was from 2016, 43.74 seconds. However, the school record board on the wall at Springbrook indicated a relay team finished the 4x100m relay in 43 seconds flat in 1977, and the Blue Devils beat that time Friday.

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Blake runs through Kennedy in girls lacrosse

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SILVER SPRING—The Bengal Tiger may be endangered in the wild, but the Blake Bengals faced little danger as they carried a lead for the entire match against the Kennedy Cavaliers in a 14-4 win.

It was a resounding victory for a Bengal team that dominated the entire match and took advantage of a porous Cavalier defense. It used its speedy breakaways to get past defenders and either shoot from up close or pass to a teammate up close to cherry-pick.

However, the Bengals faced one threat: Kennedy junior midfielder Lina Randrianarivelo, as she ran through defenders to complete her hat trick.

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