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B-CC Barons walk off QO to advance to state semifinals

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against Quince Orchard. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game winning double. B-CC won its first Regional Finals win since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against the Quince Orchard Cougars, 2-1. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game-winning double. B-CC won its first regional finals since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  COLUMBIA — Mother Nature couldn’t get in the way of the rolling Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity baseball team as they triumphed Saturday over the Quince Orchard Cougars.

B-CC won the top overall seed in the 4A West region, but rain cost them the opportunity to host the regional championship game against Quince Orchard on Friday. Instead, the game moved a day later, and nearly an hour away to Columbia on a turf field.

No matter when or where the game was played, head coach John Schmidt and his Barons knew they would find a way to win.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Barons junior first baseman Nils Townsend hit a double to left field. Austin Taylor came around third and scored. B-CC had walked off Quince Orchard, winning the game 2-1, and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time since 1989.

“I got the fastball, so I cranked it. I knew it was going to be down. I was just thinking it was my time,” Townsend said.

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QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

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Despite Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams attempt at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank maintained focus and retired both runners. PHOTO BY  MIKE CLARKDespite an attempt by Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank kept his focus, and retired both runners.             PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting Clarksburg Coyotes came up short Tuesday against the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity baseball team.

Quince Orchard scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Frank who registered an RBI single in the first inning along with Alec Sbily and Bryan Gurcan.

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Despite a banner year, RM Rockets fall to QO Cougars in baseball playoffs

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20180512_QO_RM_Baseball_10Griffin Snyder of Quince Orchard High School scores to help put the game out of reach against Richard Montgomery. Qunice Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO  BY MIKE CLARKGriffin Snyder of the Quince Orchard Cougars scores to help put the game out of reach for the Richard Montgomery Rockets. Quince Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity baseball team’s 2018 campaign came to a close Saturday against the Quince Orchard Cougars.

Quince Orchard earned an 8-1 win over the visiting Rockets to advance to the section final on Tuesday. The Cougars hosted Clarksburg who earned a 2-1 victory over Wootton.

Meanwhile, the Rockets concluded their best season in years and helped move the program in the right direction.

Despite four consecutive losses to start the season, the Rockets picked up some steam early on.

“It was a season of many first in a long time,” Richard Montgomery head coach Kyle Culver posted on Twitter. “First playoff win in over a decade, winningest season in a very long time. It was honestly the best kids I have had the privilege of coaching in a long time and love every one of them.”

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Bullis girls LAX team beat Quince Orchard on Senior Night

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Maqui Carillo of Bullis fires this goal against the Quince Orchard defense. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Maqui Carillo fires a goal against Quince Orchard's defense.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK POTOMAC — The Bullis Bulldogs girls varsity lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night on Saturday by registering a 20-10 victory over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars.

Maddie Ugaz (Virginia Tech), Starr Howard (William and Mary), Sydney Schwartz (Maryland), Sabrina Hosmer (Clemson), Kate Morris (Syracuse), Maqui Carrillo (Mount St. Mary’s) and Kylie Rau (Maryland) all helped Bullis defeat their public school rival in a battle of two of the county’s top girls lacrosse programs.

“We have seven talented seniors that have been in the program for a long time so we wanted to celebrate them,” said Bullis head coach Kathleen Lloyd, “and the girls were really pumped up for the game to celebrate and they just played really well as a team.”

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QO baseball team keeps Gburg at bay to win 7-6

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QO Cougars vs. Gburg TrojansGAITHERSBURG — Despite a late-inning rally from the home varsity baseball team, the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars escaped Thursday with a 7-6 road victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans.

Gaithersburg, who fell to 10-3, trailed by six runs entering the seventh inning but got some timely hitting from Bryan DeCarlo.

The junior outfielder doubled in the bottom of the seventh inning to spark Gaithersburg’s rally. He later scored on a wild pitch.

“We made a couple mistakes there, but to their credit they didn’t pack it in, down 7-1,” said Quince Orchard head coach Jason Gasaway. “They keep fighting and [were] probably another foot away from tying the ballgame.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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