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Magruder Colonels dominate Rockville Rams, 28-8

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JGS 2104Magruder quarterback Rashaud Claggett (4) looks to pass to Nasair White in the Colonels' 28-8 win over Rockville. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The hosting Magruder Colonels put down a weakened Rockville Rams football team with a resounding 28-8 victory on Friday night.

If the Colonels took full advantage of the Rams’ slim stable of players, then the scoreline could have been even greater. The Rams buckled down on defense and took to the flanks for their advances, quickly realizing that the Colonels’ defense was at its weakest on the sides.

“What did we dress, 19 people today? We don’t really have the bodies to play a full four quarters. But the guys we had played hard, and gave everything they got,” said Rams head coach Seth Kenton.

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Rockville defeats Magruder varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams defeated the Colonel Zadok Magruder Colonels 3-1 in boys varsity soccer at Rockville High School Thursday evening.

With all the goals coming the second half, the Rams took the lead before Colonels equalized. The score remained even until Rockville responded with two goals in thirteen minutes.

"Every game we're getting a little better, playing more people, the new kids are getting adjusted to the system," said Rockville coach Julio Zarate. "We're hoping in the next two games, we're going to play our top," he added.

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Rockville defeats Blake varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE - The Rockville Rams defeated the James H. Blake Bengals boys varsity soccer team 3-1 at home Monday.

The Rams dominated possession during the first half and found the net before the break. The home team continued its momentum scoring two second-half goals before conceding a penalty to the Bengals.

“We did well out, first team did well, captains got the leadership, we could have scored more, but I’m happy just go with the win,” said Rockville coach Julio Zarate.

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MCPS officials offer recommendations on school safety

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MCPS logoLocal school officials say there is much to be done to insure greater school safety in the county.

Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools recently published an interim report on school safety and security in its 25 high schools. Superintendent Jack Smith commissioned this report last spring after an alleged rape case — which prosecutors later dropped — involving Rockville High School students in aschool bathroom garnered national attention.

The MCPS Department of School Safety and Security collaborated with school administrators and the Office School Support and Improvement along with two outside consulting experts to develop this report.

The study’s 30 recommendations are divided into seven key priority areas, which include systemwide prevention and early intervention programs and collaboration with law enforcement and other partner agencies. The recommendations themselves range from more intensive screening for hiring security personnel, to regular staff meetings on monitoring and responding to critical incidents.

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Rockville Rams make a comeback in soccer game over RM Rockets, 3-2

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MPI RMvR 0332 EditedDespite RM Rockets keeper Vicente Quispe’s best efforts, Feliz Rivera scores what would be the game-winning point for the Rockville Rams. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams completed a 3-2 comeback in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Dominating possession and opening the score in the first half, Rockville went behind but managed to score. The Rams' efforts paid off as they scored the only goal in the second half to win the match.

"We went down early but we had to keep working hard and I think coming back and holding out for 20-plus minutes says a lot about our team and our character," said senior midfielder Bryce Orsini.

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Watkins Mill hopes to enter postseason, with 50-42 victory against Rockville

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ROCKVILLE – With the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicking off on July 20, teams on the cusp of elimination scratched and clawed Monday to earn a victory that would hopefully result in that coveted playoff berth.

Watkins Mill clashed with Rockville at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School lower school gym in a game that kicked off with the Rams digging themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of. The squad from Gaithersburg ended up one step closer to the postseason with a 50-42 victory.

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"Facts...do not support the charges"

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Prosecutor drops rape case against teen charged in alleged Rockville rape

John McCarthy at press conferenceMontgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.                    PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY

ROCKVILLE – A prosecutor from the State’s Attorney’s office for Montgomery County dropped the rape charge against Jose Montano, 17, in Montgomery County District Court Friday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Herdman dropped the rape charge on behalf of the prosecution, spokesperson Ramon Korionoff said.

Police charged Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez with first-degree rape and two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on March 16 at Rockville High School.

According to Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, the prosecution dropped the charges against Montano after its independent investigation showed that there was not enough evidence to prove that Montano raped the 14-year-old Rockville High School student.                                                            

“After a painstaking investigation and review of these matters, we have concluded that the facts of this case do not support the charges originally filed in this matter,” McCarthy said.

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Sanchez waives preliminary hearing for trial

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ROCKVILLE -- An attorney for Henry E. Sanchez, one of the students charged with the rape of a 14- year-old girl at Rockville High School, waived his preliminary hearing Friday.

David Hollenberg, one of the attorneys representing Sanchez, said last week he expects that a grand jury will indict his client.

“When the time does come, Mr. Sanchez will testify in front of 12 voters pulled from the rolls of the Motor Vehicle Administration that are residents in Montgomery County and he will testify to that – to indicate that this was purely a consensual sexual encounter,” Hollenber said.

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17-year-old accused in Rockville rape awaits trial

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ROCKVILLE – Prosecutors will have until May 5 to decide whether to go forward with rape and sexual assault charges against Jose O. Montano, a Rockville High School student accused of raping a fellow student.

Montano, 17, along with Henry E. Sanchez, 18, was charged with first-degree rape and two first-degree sexual offense charges after police said the two Rockville High School students raped a 14-year-old girl during school hours.

District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe set Montano’s trial date for May 5, which means the state’s attorney will have until then to either proceed or drop the charges against Montano.

“Hopefully, they’ll make the right decision and realize Mr. Montano was arrested hastily without an investigation,” said Montano’s attorney, David Wooten.

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Attorney claims consensual sex in Rockville High case

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ROCKVILLE – Attorneys for one of the students charged with the rape of a 14-year old girl at Rockville High School say new evidence shows their client is innocent.

At last week’s bond hearing for Jose O. Montano, 17, attorneys representing Montano said text messages between Montano and the 14-year-old girl show that the sex between them was consensual and not rape.

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