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Churchill beats WJ boys varsity soccer team 1-0

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BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats boys varsity soccer team 1-0 Monday evening.

Both teams began the match searching for a goal, exchanging opportunities at each end of the field. The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the first half and remain organized to preserve their lead until the final whistle.

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Good Counsel Falcons thrash Northwest Jaguars, 58-21

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GC Falcons vs. NW Jaguars 9 28 17Good Council’s Tyler Baylor (20) maneuvers around Northwest’s Brandon Walker (10) and AJ Woods (9). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  OLNEY – Good Counsel junior Latrele Palmer was unstoppable Thursday night against Northwest.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 58-21 victory over the Jaguars at Kline Stadium at Dancel Field.

Six different players scored for Good Counsel and the program registered the most points in the modern era while Northwest suffered its first loss of the season.

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Rockville defeats Blake varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE - The Rockville Rams defeated the James H. Blake Bengals boys varsity soccer team 3-1 at home Monday.

The Rams dominated possession during the first half and found the net before the break. The home team continued its momentum scoring two second-half goals before conceding a penalty to the Bengals.

“We did well out, first team did well, captains got the leadership, we could have scored more, but I’m happy just go with the win,” said Rockville coach Julio Zarate.

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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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Bullis victorious against Quince Orchard in overtime, 42-41

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Bullis vs. QO 9 22 2017Quince Orchard’s Aaron Derwin (5) gets spun around while being tackled by Bullis’ Jason Hersh (22). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Bullis junior Eric McKan ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

The talented running back helped lead the Bulldogs to a 42-41 overtime road victory against the Cougars.

“He could hit hard, that’s for sure,” said Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. “He was like a rock.”

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Northwest Jaguars capture King’s Trophy, trouncing Seneca Valley 31-6

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MPI NWvSV 1693Northwest's Juwon Farri breaks through Seneca Valley's defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – Northwest earned bragging rights after Friday night’s 31-6 home victory over crosstown rival Seneca Valley.

The Jaguars (2-0) captured the King’s Trophy for the second straight year and for the fourth time in the last five years.

Northwest raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

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MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

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RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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McClinton All-Stars defeat On Point in Kenner League playoffs

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 1Anthony Cowan gets set for a layup in the second half. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON – Friday’s Kenner League basketball playoff game between Darren McClinton All-Stars and On Point featured some of the DMV’s top talent.

Anthony Cowan, a rising sophomore at Maryland, scored a game-high 35 points to lead Darren McClinton’s squad to a 92-82 victory over On Point at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus.

“For me it’s always a blessing to be able to play against the best out there,” said former North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard, a Bishop O’Connell graduate who finished with 19 points, “he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”

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Summer League All-Stars put on a show

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MPI MDElete 0224Team Sploosh’s Kevin Neal tries for a basket. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER ROCKVILLE – The 2017 Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League ended with a bang Monday evening in the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as the best players from the summer season competed in the All-Star game.

The students were divided into two teams: Team Bunnies and Team Sploosh. The highly entertaining game came down to the wire as a last second layup by Bullis junior fstorward Nendah Tarke gave Team Sploosh the victory, 103-101.

Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc led all players with 50 points scored for Team Bunnies. Balanc was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy at the game’s conclusion.

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