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Alice in WonderlandBeloved characters come to life in Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.” COURTESY PHOTOAlthough dancers learn to smile onstage – other than during tragic moments in the plot of a ballet – Genevieve Pelletier was concerned she had perhaps overdone it in her last role. She was the lead in the Marzipan dance in Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Then along came a role in which an oversize smile fits perfectly.

The 17-year-old Quince Orchard High School senior will be playing the Cheshire Cat.

“I love the Cheshire Cat, who smiles all the time,” she said. “It fits in with my personality.”

Every year Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents a different full-length ballet during the spring. This year it’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

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The Quince Orchard family mourns the loss of student athlete Terry

Tyler Terry.   COURTESY PHOTO  Tyler Terry. COURTESY PHOTO  The Quince Orchard High School community is mourning the death of senior football star Tyler Terry.
Terry, a two-way standout at the Gaithersburg school, died Sunday at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., nearly two weeks after being hospitalized with a heart condition. He was 17.
“For those of you who knew Tyler, we ask that you remember and celebrate his passion for football, his love of his family and friends, and his great big infectious smile,” Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working wrote in a letter addressed to the Quince Orchard High School Community. “For those of you who did not know him, we ask that you support Tyler’s friends and family during this time of loss.”

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QO student dies after collapsing during organized fight

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Tyler Terry died Sunday at Children’s National Medical Center almost two weeks after collapsing during a planned physical fight at a Gaithersburg basketball court. COURTESY PHOTOTyler Terry died Sunday at Children’s National Medical Center almost two weeks after collapsing during a planned physical fight at a Gaithersburg basketball court. COURTESY PHOTO  Montgomery County Police are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if criminal charges are warranted in the death of a 17-year-old Quince Orchard High School student who collapsed after a planned physical fight at a Gaithersburg basketball court last month.

Tyler Steven Terry of Gaithersburg died Sunday, Feb. 11 after a nearly two-week hospitalization stemming from a “cardiac event” he experienced after participating in a fight the morning of Monday, Jan. 29.

Police say two groups of individuals – including Terry – met at a basketball court near Hillstone Road and Timber Rock Road in Gaithersburg with the intention of fighting.

Witnesses called 911 when Terry collapsed several minutes after his participation in the first fight with a male from the opposing group that lasted approximately two to three minutes, according to a Feb. 12 Montgomery County Police press release.

“While the third fight was occurring, Terry collapsed on the ground and became unconscious,” the MCP report stated.

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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.

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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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QO Cougars demolish Einstein Titans 62-0, advance to 4A West championship game

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QO Cougars vs. Einstein Titans

GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard defense rose to the occasion last week against Einstein.

The Cougars registered a 62-0 victory over the Titans to advance to the 4A West Region championship game Friday against Northwest.

“It’s a big deal,” said Quince Orchard senior defensive back Aaron Derwin. “We’re looking forward to going on to play Northwest again and we’re looking forward to break that streak of losing here in the playoffs.”

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Quince Orchard Cougars victorious against Northwest Jaguars, 38-29

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QO vs. NW FB 10 27 17 2Northwest's Niko Berns (50) and Donnell Bannister (4) tackle Quince Orchard's Marquez Cooper (15). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard senior defensive back Aaron Derwin came up big Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

Derwin intercepted Northwest quarterback Chris Craddock’s pass in the waning moments to preserve the Cougars’ 38-29 home victory over the Jaguars.

“He played extremely well tonight,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley. “He put himself into position to make plays.”

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Paint Branch winning streak ends with QO victory, 45-8

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QO Beats Paint Branch FB 10 7 17Quince Orchard quarterback Kendell "Doc" Bonner (10) gains ground on a run. The Cougars would go on to break the Paint Branch Panthers winning streak with a 45-8 victory.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKERGAITHERSBURG – Paint Branch is undefeated no more.

In a battle of top Montgomery County public school football programs, the Quince Orchard Cougars defeated the Paint Branch Panthers Friday night at the Cougar Dome, 45-8.

“They’re a good football team and I think our kids wanted to come out and prove that we’re a good football team, too,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley.

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Bullis victorious against Quince Orchard in overtime, 42-41

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Bullis vs. QO 9 22 2017Quince Orchard’s Aaron Derwin (5) gets spun around while being tackled by Bullis’ Jason Hersh (22). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Bullis junior Eric McKan ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

The talented running back helped lead the Bulldogs to a 42-41 overtime road victory against the Cougars.

“He could hit hard, that’s for sure,” said Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. “He was like a rock.”

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QO grad John Papuchis becomes defensive coodinator at UNC

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PapuchisQuince Orchard alum John Papuchis has new coaching job. COURTESY PHOTO

Gaithersburg native John Papuchis has been promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina.

Papuchis, a Quince Orchard High School graduate, is replacing Gene Chizik who stepped down after two seasons in Chapel Hill to spend more time with his family.

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