Star pitcher leads Damascus to victory over Poolesville, 5-4

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Damascus Swarmin Hornets vs. Poolesville FalconsPOOLESVILLE — Damascus head coach Scott Frye said he had “no doubt” about sending Connor Manion out to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning, protecting a one-run lead against Poolesville.

The decision worked out perfectly for the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets, as Manion slammed the door shut in the bottom of the seventh, sealing a win for Damascus.

Manion’s bottom of the seventh finished off a complete game for the senior pitcher, a performance which led the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 5-4 victory over the Falcons.

Poolesville and Damascus are regarded as two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, and thus it was no surprise to see each team to put star starting pitchers on the mound. For Poolesville, it was preseason all-state selection and High Point commit Brady Pearre, while Damascus chose St. Mary’s commit Manion.

“It’s preparation throughout the week,” Frye said of facing Pearre.


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.”


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.


Town rallies behind victorious Falcons

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Poolesville girls have perfect season, and win first state title ever

Erin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding an injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points on the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKErin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points for the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  TOWSON — “I had someone email me last week after we won the region” Poolesville head coach Fred Swick said. “They said, ‘Congratulations, coach, your team just woke up the town.”

With a 63-23 victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions, the Poolesville Falcons completed an undefeated 2017-18 season, winning the Maryland Class 2A state championship.

Before this season, the Poolesville girls basketball team had never won a state championship in program history, let alone a regional title.

A final record of 27-0 this season changed that, and the Falcons will be placing a banner commemorating their undefeated season in their gym.

“It was a storybook finish to a storybook season,” Swick said.


Undefeated Poolesville girls advance to state hoops final after beating Gwynn Park, 61-49

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Poolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHPoolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).                        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

TOWSON — Perfection.

The Poolesville Falcons varsity girls basketball team remained unbeaten following a 61-49 victory Friday over the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets in a Maryland 2A state semifinal game at SECU Arena.

“We’ve had a really good season,” said Poolesville head coach Fred Swick.


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.


Poolesville Falcons destroy Magruder Colonels 60-13 in girls’ hoops

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20180125 Poolesville vs Magruder 1Poolesville's Eren Green leverages her 6'3" frame to block a jump shot from Magruder's Olivia Glaszer. Green finished the game with 12 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKROCKVILLE — Friday night was not a good night for the Magruder Colonels girls’ basketball team at all.

The Poolesville Falcons came in and showed no mercy as they demonstrated why they’re undefeated, now 16-0. To the credit of the Colonels, though, it was as lopsided a match as it could be.

The Colonels fielded a team of six players and had to do without junior star point guard Laila Grant. To add to their troubles, they would be up against an undefeated Falcons squad whose players were generally taller and more physical.

“Once that happened, we just basically defensively tried to go straight up, straight up defense,” said Falcons head coach Fred Swick.


Blair Blazers take down Sherwood Warriors in critical MoCo dual

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SANDY SPRING — Senior Bryan Huynh endured cramping in his lower right leg and scored an overtime takedown on mat’s edge for a pivotal 6-4 decision against junior Paul Christianson during a 33-32 dual meet victory for the visiting Blair Blazers at Sherwood on Jan. 24.

The Blazers also won the evening’s final two bouts on a fall by Matt Morris (195) and a forfeit to senior Rudy Ngougni (220), erasing a 32-21 deficit and rising to 25-4 overall (11-0 in non-tournament dual meets) under second-year coach Tim Grover.

“I was ahead 2-0 in the first period after the takedown, and it just hit me really hard. I wasn’t sure, at that point, if I’d be able to wrestle well enough to win,” said Huynh, a junior varsity county champion last season.

“I usually shoot a lot more but I wasn’t as confident, thinking my leg would cramp up on me if I took another shot. I had to look for opportunities that were less stressful. I felt a cramp coming on as I took that final shot, but I just pushed through. He had a whizzer in, but I got points for it, and I’m happy I won.”


Poolesville girls remain undefeated after victory over Damascus basketball team

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20180105 Poolesville Damascus Girls 3Poolesville's 6'2" Julia Hobbs beats Damascus players to a loose ball. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POOLESVILLE — The undefeated Poolesville Falcons on Friday continued to shoot their way into the history books by claiming the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets as their latest victims, with the final score 52-34, increasing the number in their win column to 10.

On paper, the Swarmin’ Hornets – a middle-of-the-table team with a 3-3-1 record – shouldn’t have been too much of a problem for the Falcons, who came into the game with nine straight wins.

“They’re arguably the best team in the county, and they’re tough," said Swarmin’ Hornets head coach Mike Warfield. "We had a hard time scoring against them because of their length, and we’re not tall."

Despite being outmatched, the Hornets managed to hold their own and keep the first half of the game close. In the first quarter, Damascus struck first and managed to go into the break ahead by one point, at 16-15.


Montgomery County’s high school wrestling preview

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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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