Arrests made in connection with murder of Northwest High School students

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MCPD arrestMontgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announces three arrests made in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announced Saturday night police arrested three people in connection with the murder of students Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18, from Northwest High School.

Police arrested Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Roger Garcia, 19, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25. Each was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.


County police investigating double homicide in Montgomery Village

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Montgomery County police are investigating a double homicide of two high school students that occurred inside a vehicle on the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village Monday night.

Police identified the victims as a 17-year-old boy, Shadi Adi Najjar of Breezedale Lane in Germantown, and an 18-year-old man, Artem S. Ziberov, of Flag Harbor Drive in Germantown on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said both victims were seniors at Northwest High School and were scheduled to graduate Tuesday.


Northwest alum dies in car crash

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A recent Northwest High School graduate was killed in a single-car accident in Howard County early Sunday morning.

At approximately 3:50 a.m., Pierce B. English of Germantown was driving his 2000 Saturn SL2, traveling southbound on Route 94 just south of Brittle Branch Way when it left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree, according to a police report.

English, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.


Northwest overcomes sloppy play, defeats Gaithersburg 27-6

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Northwest-Gaithersburg football MP1 3606Northwest senior running back Khalil Owens dives over the goal line for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday night against Gaithersburg. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN – An ugly win is still a win for the Northwest varsity football team.

Nearly 20 combined penalties marred the Jaguars’ opener Friday night against Gaithersburg.

When the dust settled after lost yardage and negated touchdowns, the home team Jags picked up their W, 27-6, over the visiting Trojans. 

“I liked the effort and I loved the way our defense played,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Neubeiser, who graduated from Gaithersburg in 1990. “It would have been nice if the game didn’t go quite like this but we’ll take a win any way we can get it.”


Northwest boys, Clarksburg girls win 4A meet

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4A Outdoor Track MeetStephanie Bateky of Northwest High School places first in high jump. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

The Northwest boys and Clarksburg girls won the 4A West Regional Outdoor Track Meet at Quince Orchard High School Wednesday through Thursday with scores of 158.5 points and 180 points.

Northwest boys beat No. 2. Team Clarksburg by 75.5 points and Clarksburg girls beat No. 2 Northwest girls with a 50.5 point lead.


Northwest boys, Clarksburg girls win 4A West Regional Meet

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NW hurdler smashes county record

DSC 6882In the Maryland 4A track regionals, the top finishers in the boys 200m Raynard Bell (lane 4) - 22.27 & Enoch Owumi (lane 3) 22.49 from Kennedy HS. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

The Northwest boys and Clarksburg girls won the 4A West Regional Outdoor Track Meet at Quince Orchard High School Wednesday through Thursday with scores of 158.5 points and 180 points.

Northwest boys beat No. 2. Team Clarksburg by 75.5 points and Clarksburg girls beat No. 2 Northwest girls with a 50.5 point lead.

Northwest seniors Shyheim Wright (37.36 seconds) and Andrew Daniels (38.06) placed first and second in the 300m hurdle finals. Wright made No. 1 all-time county best time, and Daniels was in the top five of all time, but No. 2 since 2006. The duo also placed first (14.3 seconds) and second (14.7 seconds) in the 110m hurdle finals.


Barbour blasts two, Ks 10 in 16-6 NW win over RM

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NW v. RM 1Northwest pitcher Bridgette Barbour smiles as she rounds second base past Richard Montgomery's Tatiana Davidson after clubbing one of her two home runs Friday in Germantown. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

GERMANTOWN – Bridgette Barbour's nickname on the Northwest varsity softball team may be BB but the senior pitcher might as well be called Bomber.

The right-hander crushed two home runs over the left-center field fence Friday at Cedar Creek Park to lead the host Jaguars (11-1 overall) to a 16-6 Senior Night victory over visiting Richard Montgomery.


Seneca Valley Reclaims King’s Trophy

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GERMANTOWN – Seneca Valley senior wide receiver and defensive back Antonio Fox tasted defeat before against cross-town rival Northwest but wanted no part of it this time around.

When Northwest senior quarterback Mark Pierce lofted a Hail Mary pass in the air on the game’s final play, Fox made the interception that sealed the Screaming Eagles’ 14-7 road victory Friday over the two-time defending Maryland 4A state champions.

Seneca Valley (2-0) avenged a 40-point loss to Northwest in last year’s rivalry game and captured the King’s Trophy for the eleventh time in 17 tries since the series began in 1999.

“It feels great,” said Fox. “We’ve lost to them for two years but now we brought it back home. I knew we would senior year.”

Seneca Valley scored in the first quarter when junior linebacker Dione Jordan scooped up a fumble and raced 65 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead. The Screaming Eagles went up, 14-0, in the second quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Clarence Gaskins to running back Darius Golston.

However, Pierce put the Jaguars on the board late in the quarter when the three-year starter scored on a seven-yard run with 2:44 remaining, trimming the deficit to 14-7.

Neither team scored in the second half although both teams moved the ball effectively. Northwest running back Khalil Owens led the way for the Jaguars (1-1) while Golston and Adrian Feliz-Platt racked up big yardage on the ground for the Screaming Eagles.

During the postgame celebration, Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim embraced assistant coach Quintin Cosby and later spoke to his players in the team huddle.

“Guess what? The Valley is back,” said Kim. “This is the first of many more wins. The ultimate trophy awaits us in Baltimore.”



Area wrestlers gather for the Dorsey Challenge

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ringGERMANTOWN – Wrestlers from around the region assembled in the Northwest High School gymnasium Saturday for a good cause.


The school hosted the first annual Dorsey Challenge Open Wrestling Tournament and Benefit to ‘Pin A.L.S.’

In addition to wrestlers from Montgomery County programs such as Damascus, Richard Montgomery and Wootton, there were student-athletes representing Gwynn Park and Northwestern in Prince George’s County.

The event was organized by Watkins Mill head coach Tony Barnes with proceeds going to the family of Poolesville head coach Kevin Dorsey who is battling A.L.S.

“Kevin, he was diagnosed with A.L.S last August,” said Barnes, who has known Dorsey for 15 years. “We’ve been great friends and supported each other through the years.”

One of the matches featured Navy wrestler Robert Winning against recent Gaithersburg High graduate Fabio Tamakloe.

Winning, a Montgomery County product, pinned Tamakloe to earn a hard-fought victory over his younger opponent.

After Winning’s victory, he and Dorsey shared a moment together as the two embraced.

“He wrestled for me at Poolesville,” said Dorsey.

Tamakloe, who represented the Montgomery County Wrestling Club during the event, was impressed with his opponent.

“He was real good,” said Tamakloe. “He knew what he was doing. That was a good match. Even though I lost I learned something from it.”

The turnout for the event showed just how much the local wrestling community gathered to support one of their own.


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