B-CC boys rout Quince Orchard 11-6 in lacrosse

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B CC Barons vs. QO CougarsGAITHERSBURG — Over the course of one quarter the entire game went south for the Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team as the Cougars lost to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 11-6.

After clawing back to a tie at the end of the third quarter, the Barons outscored the Cougars six-to-one in a shocking about-face fourth quarter.

“They had a game plan. They executed it much better than what we wanted to do. They came out with more heart, more intensity and they beat us,” said Cougars head coach David Heiney-Gonzalez.


Region champs Welch, Velikanov among eight Churchill grapplers bound for Class 4A-3A states

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Churchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  CLARKSBURG — Senior champion Andrew Welch (195) and junior Alec Velikanov (285) are among eight wrestlers of the Churchill Bulldogs who placed fourth or higher at the Feb. 23 and 24 Class 4A-3A West Regionals at Clarksburg, thereby qualifying for this weekend’s Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Finishing third were Churchill seniors Jack Connolly (138), Sean Mahan (145) and Elijah Zack (152), with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Mac Ballman (170) and junior Carlos Villamar (132) all being fourth.

Winning titles for the Northwest Jaguars were seniors Yonas Harris (106) and Luke Patterson (170), with sophomore Siavash Sarvestani (113) being second, and junior Jack Thomas (195), third.

Clarksburg, Magruder, Quince Orchard and Whitman all placed three wrestlers within the top four, with two each doing so for Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walter Johnson, and one apiece for Einstein, Gaithersburg and Wootton.


Quince Orchard girls narrowly avoid defeat to vanquish Springbrook 42-39

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QO Cougars vs. Springbrook Blue DevilsSILVER SPRING — It was never a dull minute Friday night in the varsity girls basketball matchup between the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars and the Springbrook Blue Devils, as the Cougars squeaked by with a three-point margin to win 42-39.

Going by the standings before the game, the Cougars were likely to be favored, as the visitors came in with an 8-10-1 record to the Blue Devils’ 5-13-1.

Once the game was underway, there was no sign of an impending blowout or a certain victor, as every minute the game was under grabs for either squad.

The first quarter proved that both teams were on near-equal footing as they each traded shots and would respond bucket for bucket.


QO Cougars’ Lopez pins Churchill Bulldogs’ Connolly: 'I’ve got a goal to win states’

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POTOMAC — Alejandro Lopez could barely stand, let alone wrestle Thursday of last week as the result of pains in his gut.

“I just woke up sick and my stomach wasn’t feeling right. Every other hour I was in the bathroom, and it lasted all day,” said Lopez, a senior at Quince Orchard. “I woke up today and I was three-and-a-half pounds underweight, which isn’t normal for me. I wasn’t sure how I’d do.”

But Lopez was exemplary during the Cougars’ 56-22 loss to the host Churchill Bulldogs in Saturday’s tri-meet with the 15-time county champion Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets, which handled Churchill 47-15 and Quince Orchard 72-9.

Lopez won a marquee bout between two of Maryland’s premiere 138-pound wrestlers, scoring nine-answered points to overcome an early 2-0 deficit against the Bulldogs’ Jack Connolly, whom he twice cradled to his back – the second time for a fall in three minutes, 15 seconds.


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.”


RM Rockets stay undefeated after blasting QO Cougars in girls hoops, 57-32

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Quince Orchard's Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by Richard Montgomery's Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  QO Cougars' Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by RM Rockets' Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24) during the Friday night game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team scored another victory with a 57-32 win over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars on Friday night, remaining undefeated at 13 wins.

“We don’t really feel the pressure on that way as a team, because we just enjoy the process, but we just take it one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead,” said Rockets head coach Mike Oakes about the expectation of keeping the streak alive.

The record shows the Rockets as a strong team this season but the game against the Cougars had some tense moments, especially at the beginning.

But senior guard Karon Williams, center Nusaibah Rashad and forward Melanie Osborne made an onslaught of buckets to make up for a rocky start.


Quince Orchard girls fend off Gburg comeback to eke out 49-47 win

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Quince Orchard’s Anaya Bodmus drives over Gaithersburg's K.C. Ashiogwa to score two points.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEQuince Orchard’s Anaya Bodmus drives over Gaithersburg's K.C. Ashiogwa to score two points. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — Two days after orchestrating a comeback victory against the Sherwood Warriors, the visiting Gaithersburg Lady Trojans varsity girls basketball team overcame an 18-point deficit Friday only to fall short against the home team Quince Orchard Cougars at Thomas R. Kautz Memorial Gymnasium, the final score 49-47.

A defensive battle raged in the first quarter as both teams turned the ball over several times. However, neither squad was able to translate its defensive efforts to the scoreboard.

The Cougars contained Gaithersburg senior guard Jordan Odom in the first half and kept her from sinking any buckets. In fact, the Trojans scored just four points in the second quarter.

Odom’s dominant second-half performance canceled out her unproductive first half as she led all scorers with 15 points on the evening. Quince Orchard junior forward Destini Kelley registered 14 points, including a first-half buzzer-beater at the top of the arc that sent the Cougars to the locker room with an 18-point lead.

The Gaithersburg team that emerged from the break seemed drastically different from the lackluster squad of the first half.


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.”


Wise pulls away from QO late to win third straight Maryland 4A state title

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QO vs. Wise FB 4A ChampionshipDespite receiver Brendan McGonagle pulling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Doc Bonner, the Quince Orchard Cougars would fall to the Wise Pumas in the 4A state championship, the score 38-20. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ANNAPOLIS — In a rematch of last year’s 4A State title game, the Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas lifted the trophy yet again Friday, defeating the Quince Orchard Cougars 38-20.

While the score appears lopsided, it wasn’t until the very end where Wise pulled away. The two teams traded punches through the first three and a half quarters of the game.

Quince Orchard offense led by star quarterback Doc Bonner took the field for a crucial drive after falling behind 25-14 to Wise. With less than five minutes to play, the Cougars needed Bonner to lead a scoring drive in order to stay in the game.

Instead, defensive back Anthony Lytton provided the big play that Wise needed in order to win the game. Lytton intercepted a Bonner pass, and rushed for a 39-yard touchdown on the next play. The Pumas had iced the game, and were just three minutes from winning their third straight State title.


Quince Orchard Cougars trounce North Point 40-21, earn championship rematch

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DD5A3480aQuince Orchard Cougars' Bryan Ramos (#88), Johnny Hodges (#44) and Desmond Johnson (#32) force North Point Eagles quarterback Jemichael Jones (#7) into a fumble recovered by QO's Tyler Terry (#6). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  WALDORF — The visiting Quince Orchard Cougars soundly defeated the North Point Eagles Friday in a 4A state semifinal game, 40-21; the Cougars are now headed back to the state championship game for the second straight year.

Moments after their road victory over North Point, Cougars' senior quarterback Doc Bonner gave a speech to his team in the postgame huddle.

Bonner, a three-year starter, talked to his Quince Orchard teammates about "redemption."

"This means a lot," said Bonner. "All year we knew where we had to go and what we had to do so we wanted to come out each and every game especially in the state playoffs, we wanted to come out and do our jobs and get back to the state championship."

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