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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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Landon dominates Prep in lacrosse road win

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Landon v. PrepLandon defender Doug Chirite gets a stick on Matty Gardiner's hands as Gardiner attempts a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

NORTH BETHESDA – Led by the stellar performance of sophomore attackman Joey Epstein, Landon earned a hard-fought 10-6 road victory Friday over Interstate Athletic Conference rival Georgetown Prep.

“Joey’s a hell of a player,” said Landon senior goalie Shane Corcoran. “He’s a sophomore and he’s probably the best attackman in the sophomore class.”

Epstein, who scored a game-high five goals, said the win over Georgetown Prep was monumental.

“It’s always great to beat Prep,” said Epstein. “It’s a confidence booster.”

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Former Landon basketball standout steps up to the coaching ranks at UCF

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basketball on floorFormer Landon School basketball standout Christian Webster has joined the University of Central Florida men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Webster, a Washington, D.C. native, joins the UCF program after two seasons as an assistant coach and four years as a player at Harvard.

“We are thrilled to have Christian as a part of the UCF Basketball family,” said UCF men’s basketball head coach Donnie Jones. “His experience as a player and a coach in the NCAA Tournament with Harvard will fit in perfectly with the culture we are establishing here at UCF. He has great energy and passion for the game.”

During his tenure on Tommy Amaker’s Harvard staff, the Crimson continued its reign atop the Ivy League, finishing the 2014-15 season tied with Yale for the conference title. Harvard defeated the Bulldogs in a one-game playoff for the right to represent the league in the NCAA Tournament.

As a first-year coach in 2013-14, Harvard set program records for overall wins (27) and conference victories (13) en route to the team’s fourth consecutive Ivy League title. In the NCAA Tournament the 12th seeded Crimson knocked off fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the second round.

As a guard during his playing days at Harvard, Webster was a part of three straight Ivy League championship teams, making two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He graduated in 2013 as the winningest student-athlete in program history.

“I am extremely honored and proud to be joining Donnie Jones’ staff at UCF,” said Webster. “I am looking forward to learning and growing under Coach Jones and the rest of his well accomplished staff. I hope to bring energy and a winning pedigree to the program. We have a lot of work to do so I cannot wait to get to Orlando and get going.”

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