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Wheaton wins double victory in doubleheader against rival Kennedy

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On fire against neighborhood rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKOn fire against rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights varsity baseball team won both games of a doubleheader Saturday with neighborhood rival, the Kennedy Cavaliers. Wheaton claimed an 11-1 victory in the first game and captured a 15-2 win in the second game.

The Montgomery County high schools are separated by a two-mile stretch on Randolph Road.

“Everyone went to the same middle school so we’re all friendly,” said Kennedy head coach Josh Creighton, whose team fell to 0-7, “but it’s definitely a huge rivalry in every sport – Battle of Randolph.”

The visiting Knights outscored the Cavaliers en route to their second and third wins of the season.

“Our whole team performed good – from top to bottom,” said Wheaton senior captain Anushka Fernando. “Everyone performed well. We came out and we put out a performance against our rivals.”

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Wootton Patriots win a close one over Northwest in girls lacrosse

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A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Wootton Patriots varsity girls lacrosse team overcame a slow second half start at home Friday and rallied behind midfielder Raeann Carpenter to defeat the visiting Northwest Jaguars, 8-7. With just three minutes left in the game, Carpenter’s tie-breaking goal ended up being the game-winner and her third score of the evening.

The Patriots (2-3) scored first and led most of the game, bolstered by senior goalie Andie Stave. The University of Colorado commit finished the bout with 14 saves, 10 of them in the first half.

Northwest senior midfielder Julia Brock was instrumental in her team’s comeback. Brock’s first-half hat trick robbed Wootton of its comfortable lead and knotted the score at 6-6 heading into the half.

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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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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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Rockville Lady Rams dominate Gaithersburg in lacrosse, 11-4

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Gaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKGaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity girls lacrosse team opened the season Friday by traveling to Gaithersburg and making a statement, beating the Lady Trojans by a score of 11-4.

The Rams appeared unfazed by the cold, windy weather as they scored early and often. The Rockville defenders swarmed the Gaithersburg attackers and made sure the Trojans never led.

Rockville freshman Paige Krawczel and sophomore Nycole Hidalgo ran roughshod over the Gaithersburg defenders as they both registered four goals apiece. Hidalgo also finished with one assist.

Meanwhile, Gaithersburg senior attacker Caroline Boyle finished the game with two goals of her own, one in each half.

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Rockville Rams soundly defeat Gburg Trojans in boys lacrosse, 18-8

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Rockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign with a bang Friday by registering an 18-8 victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans at John H. Harvill Stadium.

Rockville was designated the home team but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Gaithersburg. However, that had little effect on the Rams, who surged to a 10-1 halftime advantage.

“Technically we were the home team,” Rockville head coach Jesse Rutter explained afterward, “because of the snow this week, we came and played it on the turf.”

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MC Raptors smash SCC Flyers, advance to district final championship game

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Montgomery College Raptors’ Elisha Arnold lays in two points in the second half against Sandhills Community College Flyers Mason Harrell (2) and Donnie Heith (12). PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMontgomery College Raptors’ Elisha Arnold lays in two points in the second half against Sandhills Community College Flyers Mason Harrell (2) and Donnie Heith (12). PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery College Raptors men’s basketball team punched their ticket to the NJCAA DIII District VII Championship game by registering an 85-59 win Saturday over the nationally-ranked Sandhills Community College Flyers.

Sophomore guard Chris Johnson scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Raptors in double figures. Ramel Davidson finished with 14 points and Collin Turner added 13 points while Afanna Offor scored 10 points for Montgomery College.

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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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Damascus crowns seven champions, dominates for 16th county grappling title

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Undefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKUndefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  State champion Ryan Lawrence pinned twice in the first period to reach last Saturday’s 145-pound county title bout, where the Damascus senior overcame Blair’s all-time winning wrestler Ryan Holland, 8-6, for his third straight crown to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to their seventh consecutive and 16th overall Montgomery County tournament championship at Gaithersburg.

A two-time county and regional champion who was third at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (41-0) was among seven titlists, nine wrestlers who finished within the top three of their weight classes and 10 who were within the top six for the Swarmin’ Hornets (238.5 points), who overwhelmed runner-up Churchill (148.5 points) and the rest of the 25-team field.

Winning counties for the second time were Swarmin’ Hornets’ seniors John Allan Furgeson (152), Ben Lokos (170) and state champion Paul Purkey (195), junior Johnny McLaughlin (126), and sophomore Timothy Furgeson (160), with junior Elijah Baisden (285) capturing his first.

Senior Dyllan Ramirez (132) and sophomore Aiden Beall (220) placed third, and senior Josh Creegan (138), sixth, the latter in the event’s most difficult weight class after having finished third at counties, fourth at regions and sixth at states as a junior.

Other repeat champions were seniors Yonas Harris (106) of Northwest, C.J. Cramma (120) of Magruder, Gabe McAndrew (182) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and John-Luke Iglesias (220) of Whitman, with junior Alex Carbonell (113) of Poolesville, senior Bryan Huynh (132) of Blair, and junior Chris Sanchez (138) earning their first crowns.

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Gaithersburg dominates Churchill, 90-56, earns second seed in playoffs

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20180216 Churchill Gaithersburg Boys Bball 5Gaithersburg's Jordan Hawkins blocks Churchill's Valvin Piker's drive to basket. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The visiting Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a bang Friday when the Trojans strode into the Dawg Pound and handed the Churchill Bulldogs their 12th loss of the season, 90-56.

The Trojans proved their prowess on both sides of the ball as the defense forced multiple turnovers and beat the Bulldogs on the defensive boards. Freshman guards Jordan Hawkins (26 points) and Jao Ituka (18 points) continued their season-long campaign of highlight reel plays that gave Gaithersburg a comfortable lead for most of the evening.

The Trojans began to pull away after an 18-point unanswered scoring run lasted into the beginning of the second quarter. Churchill’s student section, the Dawg Pound, was uncharacteristically quiet as they watched Hawkins steal the ball during a fast break and take it back up the court for an easy two points.

The Bulldogs appeared renewed in the second half as junior guards John Mbeng and Michael Janis combined for 14 third-quarter points that cut into Gaithersburg’s substantial halftime lead.

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