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B-CC beats Takoma Academy in Capitol Hoops

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down this dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down a dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK HYATTSVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons overcame a two-point halftime deficit Monday en route to a 67-64 win over the Takoma Academy Tigers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“We all just decided to wake up and get the win,” said B-CC’s 6-foot-6 point guard Elijah Wood, who finished with a team-high 16 points for the Barons.

Wood, who added seven rebounds, led three B-CC players in double figures along with Kevin McAuliffe, who scored 14 points and Cole Doherty, who registered 11 points.

McAuliffe, a 6-foot rising senior, registered a double-double for the Barons, finishing with eleven rebounds.

“That’s my first option so he’s very helpful,” said Wood. “He was a spot-up shooter last year. He can take you off the dribble. He’s just gotten better.”

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Gaithersburg Giants beat Rockville Express in dominant pitching duel

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Rockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — In Monday night’s game between the Gaithersburg Giants and Rockville Express, it was more about the pitching than the hitting, but the Giants were able to come through with clutch hitting towards the end for the 3-1 victory on the road.

The first score came from Gaithersburg in the top of the second inning when outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on an infield single as outfielder Ryan Shimm made his way towards home plate to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But the Express responded in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Evan Blum singled to left field to score outfielder Billy Godrick and tie the game up at 1-1.

The next four innings involved some hits but no runs thanks to some quality pitching. Nick Pantos of the Giants had himself a night on the mound, as he went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. This was the second 10-strikeout game for Pantos this season. Chandler Schultz pitched the last two innings and got the save.

“All I was trying to do was fill up the zone,” Pantos said. “The slider was working well today so I stuck with that. Good things tend to happen when you’re throwing strikes, and the defense made some good plays behind me. Everything really goes into it.”

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

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Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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After several comebacks, Gaithersburg falls to Herndon Braves in 11th inning

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FCA Herndon Braves' catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFCA Herndon Braves catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting FCA Herndon Braves baseball team survived the third comeback attempt of the night by the Gaithersburg Giants to get the 8-7 win in the 11th inning in the season opener for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on Tuesday night.

“No lead is ever safe,” Braves manager Chris Warren said. “You have to just execute because they definitely did not quit and put themselves in a position to win the game at the end.”

After five innings of a defensive deadlock, the Braves struck first in the top of the sixth, when pitcher Ethan Delahunty grounded a shot up the right infield line to bring home pinch hitter Brandon White.

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Howard ends B-CC Barons’ run for a state title

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard which would turn out to be the final 5-3 score against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard for what would turn out to be the final score, 5-3, against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — It had been 29 years since B-CC last advanced to the state semifinals. This season, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons won two playoff games on walk-off hits, and finally once again reached the state semifinals.

However, at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday the magical run ended, as the Barons fell to the Howard Lions of Howard County, 5-3.

“The character of the guys,” Barons head coach John Schmidt said on what he took away from this season. “Say what you want about talent; I remember how you take care of yourself on the field. Even in a win or a loss, I thought we carried ourselves very well.”

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QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

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Despite Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams attempt at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank maintained focus and retired both runners. PHOTO BY  MIKE CLARKDespite an attempt by Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank kept his focus, and retired both runners.             PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting Clarksburg Coyotes came up short Tuesday against the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity baseball team.

Quince Orchard scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Frank who registered an RBI single in the first inning along with Alec Sbily and Bryan Gurcan.

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Despite a banner year, RM Rockets fall to QO Cougars in baseball playoffs

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20180512_QO_RM_Baseball_10Griffin Snyder of Quince Orchard High School scores to help put the game out of reach against Richard Montgomery. Qunice Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO  BY MIKE CLARKGriffin Snyder of the Quince Orchard Cougars scores to help put the game out of reach for the Richard Montgomery Rockets. Quince Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity baseball team’s 2018 campaign came to a close Saturday against the Quince Orchard Cougars.

Quince Orchard earned an 8-1 win over the visiting Rockets to advance to the section final on Tuesday. The Cougars hosted Clarksburg who earned a 2-1 victory over Wootton.

Meanwhile, the Rockets concluded their best season in years and helped move the program in the right direction.

Despite four consecutive losses to start the season, the Rockets picked up some steam early on.

“It was a season of many first in a long time,” Richard Montgomery head coach Kyle Culver posted on Twitter. “First playoff win in over a decade, winningest season in a very long time. It was honestly the best kids I have had the privilege of coaching in a long time and love every one of them.”

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Lady Wildcats hold off Churchill LAX team for 11th straight win

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Sierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson fights the Churchill Defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a 2nd half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson battles Churchill defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a second half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win.                  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — Several lacrosse sticks were thrown high up into the air as the buzzer signaled the end of the game. The Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity girls lacrosse team had just held on against a second half Churchill surge to beat the visiting Bulldogs 10-8 Friday in the 4A West Section 1 semifinals.

It was the second time this season that the Wildcats had hosted the Bulldogs, and both times the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. This time, however, it was Churchill that came from behind to score four unanswered goals to tie the game.

Churchill junior attacker Elizabeth Hsu earned three of her game-high five goals in the first half. In fact, she was the only Bulldog to score at all in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were on a roll as six different players got the ball past Churchill’s goalie to give Walter Johnson a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the half.

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Sherwood softball team gets payback, defeats Northwest 5-3

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Sherwood's Ally Bloom (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood's Maddie Wessling (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

GERMANTOWN — The last six Maryland 4A softball state championships have gone to either the Northwest Jaguars or Sherwood Warriors. Sherwood brought a streak of five straight state titles into last year’s state championship game, but ultimately fell to Northwest.

In the final game of the regular season, the two 2017 state finalists met for the first time since the state championship game, but this time it was the Warriors that came out on top.

Behind strong pitching and early offense, Sherwood clinched an undefeated regular season as they held on to get payback over Northwest, winning 5-3.

“Obviously this was a big game,” Sherwood head coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. “But we tried to focus as if it was just another game.”

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Bullis girls LAX team beat Quince Orchard on Senior Night

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Maqui Carillo of Bullis fires this goal against the Quince Orchard defense. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Maqui Carillo fires a goal against Quince Orchard's defense.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK POTOMAC — The Bullis Bulldogs girls varsity lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night on Saturday by registering a 20-10 victory over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars.

Maddie Ugaz (Virginia Tech), Starr Howard (William and Mary), Sydney Schwartz (Maryland), Sabrina Hosmer (Clemson), Kate Morris (Syracuse), Maqui Carrillo (Mount St. Mary’s) and Kylie Rau (Maryland) all helped Bullis defeat their public school rival in a battle of two of the county’s top girls lacrosse programs.

“We have seven talented seniors that have been in the program for a long time so we wanted to celebrate them,” said Bullis head coach Kathleen Lloyd, “and the girls were really pumped up for the game to celebrate and they just played really well as a team.”

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