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St. Albans boys storm back to defeat Landon in lacrosse, 7-4

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St. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSt. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON D.C. — St. Albans lacrosse head coach Rory Hyland tossed the game ball to senior captain Carter Tate. Tate, upon receiving the ball, immediately decided to share it with defenseman Hugh Preas. The two Bulldogs clearly had a strong rapport with each other, the same rapport that they showed on the field. It was behind these two senior Bulldogs teammates that St. Albans took down the No. 21-ranked team in the nation, the Landon Bears.

After struggling in the first half, St. Albans caught fire right from the opening whistle of the second half, storming back from a two-goal deficit, and upsetting Landon 7-4.

Strong defense characterized the first half for Landon. After allowing St. Albans to score the opening goal, Bears goalie Mitchell Laughlin became a brick wall in front of the net. Laughlin recorded 10 saves in the first half, and provided Landon with momentum in the early stages of the game. Brett Gallagher, John Geppert and Garrett Kurtz each recorded goals in the first half as Landon went on a 3-0 run. Going into halftime, Landon led St. Albans 3-1.

“We were settling for outside shots,” Hyland said of St. Albans’ offense in the first half. “We thought if we held on to it a little more, we would get some one-on-zeroes.”

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Sherwood cements its place at the top with 5-2 win over Poolesville

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Poolesville Falcons vs. Sherwood WarriorsSANDY SPRING — In its first four games of the 2018 season, the Sherwood Warriors has been put up to difficult challenges in every contest.

This varsity baseball team, however, has aced every single one.

Facing the visiting Poolesville Falcons, the number two-ranked team in Montgomery County and the defending 3A state champions, the home team fell behind early, but behind a dominant pitching performance, and an offensive jolt from the two stars of the lineup, the Sherwood Warriors remained undefeated, and firmly took their place as the top team in Montgomery County, defeating Poolesville 5-2.

“We knew we had to do a lot of things right to be in the game,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said. “And the kids came through.”

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B-CC Barons come from behind to knock off Poolesville

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Matthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMatthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POOLESVILLE — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons head coach John Schmidt called his varsity baseball team to a huddle outside of the third base dugout at Poolesville High School after the bottom of the second inning. The Poolesville Falcons had just taken the lead on the heels of four errors in the second inning.

“We can’t beat ourselves,” Schmidt told the team in that huddle.

The Barons heeded Schmidt’s words, cleaned up their play, came together as a team, and rallied back into the game.

It took extra innings on a cold and wet April Tuesday afternoon, but the B-CC Barons edged out the Poolesville Falcons with a come-from-behind victory of 5-4 in eight innings, as B-CC center fielder and preseason All-State selection Sebastian Mieses provided the game-winning hit. In a battle of two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, the B-CC Barons beat the Poolesville Falcons.

“It took maximum effort from everybody to get this win and I’m so super excited for the rest of the season because now we know we can beat anybody,” B-CC outfielder and pitcher Jamie Mills said.

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Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

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The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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B-CC Barons’ historic season in girls b-ball ends with loss to Catonsville

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  TOWSON — The 2017-18 season has certainly been a historic ride for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team. The Barons advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, and during the first half against the defending state champion Catonsville Comets, it looked like this playoff ride would continue.

Then Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey took the game into her own hands.

Behind Dickey’s dominant second half, Catonsville stormed back in the second half, and defeated B-CC 63-51.

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Gaithersburg boys come back late to defeat B-CC Barons, winning 4A West regionals

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With an emphatic dunk, Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka (#25) helped the Trojans defeat the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons to capture the 4A West Regional Championship and advance to the semifinals at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 8 in College Park. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWith an emphatic dunk, Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka (#25) helped the Trojans defeat the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons to capture the 4A West Regional Championship and advance to the semifinals at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 8. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In 1998, the underdog Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team prepared to face the Oxon Hill Clippers in the state championship game. Facing a 16-point deficit at halftime, the Trojans came back, and five overtimes later, became state champions. Gaithersburg hasn’t come close since, not even winning regional.

Until now.

Gaithersburg didn’t take a lead until the fourth quarter, but when the Trojans finally pulled ahead, they didn’t look back as they narrowly defeated the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 65-61.

“It’s the culmination of an entire season,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said. “Being a coach in this program for 12 years, and knowing that it’s been 20 years since our last trip there, it means the world to me.”

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Churchill boys narrowly upset Einstein in first round of hoops playoffs, 74-73

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20180223 Churchill Einstein BBall 1Churchill's Reed Moshyedi catches fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points to beat Einstein. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

KENSINGTON — A long rebound sailed out to the Einstein Titans’ Joey Curtin, with his team trailing by two points Friday night. Curtin put up a three-pointer, and drained it, pumping his fist as the Einstein crowd roared. With 11.8 seconds left, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs put the ball in the hands of its star player, Reed Moshyedi. Moshyedi drove to the baseline, before rising up into the air to fire a shot. With 2.9 seconds to play, the ball splashed through the net.

Moshyedi’s jump shot gave Churchill a one-point lead, and after Einstein missed a deep heave, the clock hit zero with the Bulldogs winning the game, 74-73.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games, and lost a lot of close games late,” Churchill head coach Dave Blumenthal said. “I think tonight is where those experiences of losing close games really helped us be able to withstand a really tough three and be able to come down and make a play and pull it out.”

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B-CC Barons crush Northwood Gladiators in girls basketball, 75-28

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B-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH 

BETHESDA — In the midst of a tight race for the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team didn’t let the visiting Northwood Gladiators get in the way, handily defeating them 75-28.

“We had to be relentless on defense and keep our intensity up,” Barons points guard Charlotte Lowndes said.

In the first game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the Barons scored the first basket, and the Gladiators quickly got one of their own to tie the score at two. However, that 2-2 score was the closest Northwood ever would come to the lead. B-CC quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and soon left Northwood in their dust.

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B-CC boys earn ninth straight win, defeating hoops rival Whitman

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Elijah Wood (#3) goes up for a dunk in the game against Whitman. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH B-CC Barons' Elijah Wood (#3) goes up for a dunk in the game against the Whitman Vikings. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior Gordon Gibson scored 26 points against the Whitman Vikings boys varsity basketball team when the visiting B-CC Barons faced them on Jan. 2. On Tuesday, Gibson dropped 22 points against the Barons’ arch-rivals, leading B-CC to its ninth straight win, a 65-47 victory over Whitman.

“It’s been awesome,” B-CC head coach Sean Tracy said of the winning streak. “Just trying to chase perfection, trying to sustain it and maintain it. There’s no reason why we can’t continue to win. There’s no rule that states that you have to lose.”

B-CC and Whitman came into the game going in opposite directions. The Barons entered as winners of eight straight in-County games, while Whitman was in the midst of a two-game losing streak, and a sub .500 record.

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Gaithersburg Trojans hold off RM Rockets comeback in narrow victory

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Gaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEGaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG — On Friday, the Gaithersburg Trojans proved that its breakout season is the real deal, as they defeated the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 45-42.

The Rockets have been the top seed in its section each of the last three years, but this season, Gaithersburg has emerged as a contender. By beating Richard Montgomery, the Trojans proved that they truly will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season, and into the playoffs.

The Trojans’ star freshman duo of Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins, as well as the rest of the Gaithersburg team, didn’t have a very quick start. Gaithersburg didn’t get on the board until nearly midway through the first quarter, but quickly made up the deficit they had fallen into. Behind Ituka’s five first-quarter points, Gaithersburg closed the gap to 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The Trojans carried the momentum they had at the end of the first quarter into the second. For the second straight quarter, Gaithersburg came out hot to start the second half. The Trojans began to build a lead, up to 11 points at its largest. The Trojans began to hit three-pointers in the third quarter, after struggling during the first half, which propelled the team on its run.

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