Paint Branch Panthers beat RM Rockets 21-9

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ROCKVILLE- The Paint Branch Panthers dominated the Richard Montgomery Rockets 21-9 Friday night. The Panthers now ride a two-game unbeaten streak as they handed the Rockets their first loss of the season.

The Rockets put up a good defensive showing, but could not keep up the pressure in the second half.

“Leaving a very good team and a very well-coached team like RM in the game, and you have scoring opportunities, was a mistake, cause I knew they would make us pay for it,” said Panthers head coach Mike Nesmith.


Paint Branch cruises by Magruder 59-46

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JGS 9782Paint Branch’s Katerra Myers drives the ball down the court, guarded by Magruder's Lauren Pierce. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Paint Branch varsity girls basketball team has one goal in mind this season: win their division, win their region and go to states. 

The 10-4 Panthers have won nine of their last ten games and extended their five-game winning streak Thursday with a 59-46 victory against Magruder.


Smith and FitzPatrick achieve unheard of milestone victories

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Senior Nolan Smith won eight bouts at 145 pounds during last weekend’s Rockville Rumble Duals at Rockville High to pass the 100-career wins milestone with 105 for Paint Branch, while J.D. FitzPatrick split time at 138 and 145 pounds to come within a win of tying Walter Johnson’s all-time career victories mark at the Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High of Bel Air in Harford County.


Northwest rocks Poolesville, Paint Branch and Whitman to start 3-0

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JGS 5478Khalil Owens (left) defeats Mason Austin Brantly 10-2 extending Northwest's lead to 28-0. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

Even with a roster light on veteran playoff contenders, Northwest is off to a hot start in the winter wrestling season after the Jaguars picked up their third win Thursday.

Northwest (3-0) vanquished Poolesville 40-19 and Paint Branch 43-22 to start the season and clubbed last year’s Class 4A-3A West Region dual meet semifinalist Walt Whitman by a whopping 67-6 Thursday.

In doing so, the Jaguars handled a Paint Branch squad which returned 10 starters and a contingent from Poolesville whose coach, Tim Tao, expects “to be a top place contender at counties.”

“All three were good teams, and Whitman qualified for the [regional duals] and we didn’t,” said Northwest Head Coach Joe Vukovich, whose squad that has won 31 of 42 individual bouts. “We’ve definitely been wrestling with a lot of intensity, but it’s a long season. I do think we’re much more of a strong dual meet team than a tournament team.”


Damascus girls sneak past Paint Branch 51-48

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BURTONSVILLE – The Damascus girls basketball team stung Paint Branch in a close 51-48 victory Monday night, holding off a late Panthers comeback.

Damascus senior guard Tiana Steward scored a team-high 15 points, while focused in the paint.

Similarly, junior forward Amele Ngwafang scored eight points and made herself known as an imposing force near the basket.

Her accuracy may have been low but her height helped her on defense and with rebounds.

“I think we can improve, furthermore, by rebounding, boxing out, working together, improving our passing and communication skills,” said Ngwafang.


Mbony leads Sherwood comeback against Paint Branch, 27-20

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BURTONSVILLE – The Sherwood varsity football team is undefeated through eight games after a 27-20 comeback win against host Paint Branch Friday night despite three touchdown passes from Panthers quarterback J.D. Guerrero.

The game marked the last home game of the season for Paint Branch (4-4).

“Somehow we found a way to make enough plays on defense and we got the ball in the end zone. To come back from behind and win was incredible,” said Sherwood head coach Chris Grier.


Six turnovers seal Einstein’s deal against Paint Branch

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KENSINGTON – Remember the Titans?

Remember the varsity football team that won just one game in the entire 2015 season? 

That’s the same Einstein squad that struggled year in and year out to amass just a handful of wins. 

The 2016 Titans aren’t the Titans of yesteryear.

Einstein (4-2) quadrupled its total wins from last year on Friday after defeating Paint Branch for the first time in four years by a 16-14 score at Titan Field.


Undefeated Blair pushes past Paint Branch to win 28-21

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BURTONSVILLE – Four undefeated varsity football teams remain in Montgomery County as the month of September draws to a close.

For the Montgomery Blair Blazers, 5-0 is welcome uncharted territory.

The Blazers held strong against a late Paint Branch surge on a misty Friday night to beat the host Panthers 28-21 and extend their unprecedented winning streak.


Nchami’s pick-sixes lead Panthers to blank Trojans, 26-0

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BURTONSVILLE – When the Paint Branch varsity football team gathered for the post-game team photo Friday night, several of the players posed with their hands depicting a zero.

That gesture is a privilege reserved for a team who just shut out its opponent. The Panthers did just that, blanking the visiting Trojans by a score of 26-0. 

“Their defense did a great job, but we handed them too many points,” Gaithersburg Head Coach Kreg Kephart said. “When you play a good team, you can’t hand them 21 points and expect to have a shot.”

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