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Landon Bears hang on for double overtime win over Episcopal, 27-26

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Episcopal Maroon vs. Landon BearsBETHESDA – The visiting Episcopal Maroon fell to the home team Landon Bears in a heartbreaking last-second loss in double overtime Saturday at William H. Triplett Field, 27-26.

Even though Episcopal trailed for most of the afternoon, junior kicker Paul Pivirotto’s successful 20-yard field goal tied the game with just over a minute left to play.

Episcopal overcame a 14-point first half deficit and kept the Bears from sailing to an easy victory on homecoming day. Landon alumni were on hand to watch their team come out swinging from the very first whistle. The Bears dominated the time of possession in the first half and capped off their first possession with a nine-yard touchdown by wide receiver Jelani Machen.

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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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Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldogs in boys soccer, 3-0

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Bullis vs. Landon boys soccer 10 13 17Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon.

Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs.

“The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.”

“I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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Terrapin lacrosse players receive awards while Landon athlete honored posthumously

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WASHINGTON — The 17th Annual Tewaaraton Awards for lacrosse were dominated by the University of Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s players Thursday evening at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.

Star senior attacker Matt Rambo and senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg received honors while Landon alumnus Mario St. George Boiardi received an award posthumously.

Among the numerous awards, honors and speeches, Rambo and Stukenberg of the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship-winning Terrapins shined brightest. They took home the major honors in a format similar to the Heisman Trophy.

The late Boiardi, a Landon High School alumnus and Cornell University class of 2004 alumnus, received The Spirit of Tewaaraton Award.

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Landon defeats Bullis for IAC championship

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xLandon v. Bullis IAC 1bBullis’ Michael Chiararmonte (6), faces off against Landon’s Justin Shockey (19) on the dot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA—Considered this season the best team in the nation for boys varsity high school lacrosse, the Landon Bears (21-0) completed an undefeated season and IAC Championship, soundly defeating the Bullis Bulldogs (18-3), 18-7 at Landon High School on a rainy Friday afternoon.

The game could not have started off worse for the Bears. The Bulldogs scored at the 9:34 and 7:34 marks to take a 2-0 lead. This would be the high point for the Bulldogs.

Over the next 12 minutes, the Bears would score nine unanswered goals, never looking back. Complete domination was the name of the game for the Bears.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Bellistri said, “First three or four minutes went Bullis’ way. That’s about it. Then Landon played to a level we couldn’t match...”

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Landon proves too much for Prep

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MPI LvPrepLAX 0187 EditedLandon’s Joseph Epstein (1) is beset by Hoyas James Giulieri (8), and Peter Virostek (30). PHOTO BY MARK POETKERBETHESDA – Georgetown Prep simply had no answer for Landon on Friday afternoon.

The Bears captured a 13-7 victory over the Little Hoyas on Triplett Field at Bordley Stadium to remain unbeaten.

“There’s something special about coming on this field and playing Prep,” said Landon junior attack Gilbert Sentimore, who finished with two goals and two assists to help the Bears improve to 16-0. “Lots of alums on both sides and our coach [Rob Bordley] always reads us emails about alums saying they’d give anything to be back here on this field again.”

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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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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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