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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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Churchill boys improve to 10-0 after throttling RM in LAX

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Churchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The undefeated Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team improved to 10-0 Friday after steamrolling the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 18-7 in Shepherd Stadium at Danver Field.

The dominant victory was a fitting end to the Bulldogs’ celebratory evening. In addition to hosting Senior Night and Community Night, Churchill honored head coach Jeff Fritz’s 25 years at the helm of the boys lacrosse program by presenting him with a plaque before the game.

The pregame festivities seemed to energize the Bulldogs, who wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter and didn’t ease up offensively as the game progressed. Senior attacker and Christopher Newport commit Brady Altobello set the tone for the rest of the night when he slammed in his first of three goals just 16 seconds into the game.

It appeared as though Churchill’s game plan was to score hard and to score often. The Bulldogs registered five goals in as many minutes and six different Churchill players scored in the first quarter as the Rockets reeled.

“I was really happy with the way we came out with a lot of intensity,” said Fritz. “We have a lot of respect for Richard Montgomery and we know they’re good, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t allow them to have any momentum. We wanted to come out early and get things rolling our way.”

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RM Rockets edge out B-CC Barons in boys lacrosse, 7-6

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B-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against Richard Montgomery midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHB-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against RM Rockets' midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets got a nail-biting 7-6 win against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons on a frigid Friday night in a game that saw the Barons nearly pull off a comeback.

As the season opener for both teams, the Rockets blasted off and started the season with a win while the Barons had their first loss. However, with plenty of games left in the season, both teams have potential to improve or worsen.

The Rockets came strong right out of the gate and caught the Barons by surprise, but the visitors from B-CC clawed back to tie up the game three times.

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B-CC girls make comeback to defeat RM and win first regional hoops title in team history

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons’ Charlotte Lowndes (#11) takes a running shot over Richard Montgomery Rockets’ Karon Williams (#4) as their teams clashed for the 4A regional championship. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons’ Charlotte Lowndes (#11) takes a running shot over Richard Montgomery Rockets’ Karon Williams (#4).        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — Bethesda-Chevy Chase head coach Ryan Ingalls pumped her fist and yelled with joy as Barons senior Caitlyn Clendenin made a layup while being fouled. The Barons’ student section jumped out of their seats and cheered. B-CC was still trailing, but the momentum had certainly turned.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team looked completely dead in the water as the Richard Montgomery Rockets dominated early on. Still, this close-knit Barons team never gave in, coming back to win the game 56-49. The win marked the first ever regional championship in team history.

“It’s awesome, we’ve worked so hard. This was our goal at the beginning of the season. We knew this was what we wanted to do. It feels good to finally do it,” Clendenin said.

The Rockets, who had lost just one game all season (to the Barons in the regular season finale), came out absolutely on fire. RM forced turnover after turnover after turnover, and jumped out to an 11-0 lead over the Barons. RM’s Nusaibah Rashad had 10 points in the first quarter, and finished the game with 24.

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B-CC Barons hand RM girls first loss of the season, 61-55

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B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last.

The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale.

It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night.

“It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”

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B-CC Barons beat RM Rockets in boys hoops, 63-40

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BETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night.

English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record.

“It was pretty emotional,” he said. “I wanted to leave it all out there and I think I did.”

English, who registered 10 points in the first quarter, only scored two points in the second period but contributed to the team in other ways.

“He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”

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RM Rockets boys shine with 65-57 win over Churchill Bulldogs

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team celebrated their seniors’ last regular season home game with a 65-57 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in a scrappy Tuesday night game.

For most of the night the visiting Bulldogs were nipping at the Rockets’ heels and were able to make up for a poor first quarter by drastically improving the rest of the game.

The improvement was not enough to overcome a scrappy Rockets squad that was able to play an effective game of catch-up and brushed off the Bulldogs’ challenges.

The first quarter ended 14-7 in favor of the Rockets, with senior Rockets forward Xavier Harris scoring five points.

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RM Rockets blast SV Screaming Eagles in hoops doubleheader

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Richard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad (#12) makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey (#41). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRichard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey in Senior Night doubleheader.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In a doubleheader on Senior Night, The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team improved to 19-0 Tuesday following a 60-38 victory over the visiting Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles.

Richard Montgomery head coach Mike Oakes attributed his program’s success this season to the performance of a senior trio that includes guard Karon Williams, forward Melanie Osborne and center Nusaibah Rashad whom he affectionately calls “The Big Three.”

“They’ve really transformed this program,” said Oakes, in his fourth season at the helm. “Each year we’ve improved.”

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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.

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Local athletes break personal records at Montgomery Invitational track meet

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Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWalter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record.

The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds.

“When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay.

The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.

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