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B-CC Barons come back in extra innings to win against Rockville, 2-1

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B-CC’s Thomas Baer, seen here, engaged in a fierce pitching duel with Rockville’s Matt McTighe, which took extra innings to finally get a B-CC victory, 2-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKB-CC’s Thomas Baer, seen here, engaged in a fierce pitching duel with Rockville’s Matt McTighe, which took extra innings to finally get a B-CC victory, 2-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity baseball team trailed by one in the top of the seventh inning; they were down to their final out. The Rockville Rams, who had dominant pitching the whole game, possessed all the momentum.

B-CC shortstop Drew Packs came up to the plate, and on the first pitch of the at-bat, ripped a hard-hit groundball down the third baseline. Zach Alfonso burst off second base, flew around third, and came home to score standing up, tying the game.

The Barons flipped the momentum of their pitchers’ duel against the Rams in the top of the seventh, and B-CC went on to win the game in the ninth inning, 2-1 over Rockville.

“I just put it where they weren’t. My approach didn’t change at all; I was just trying to hit it hard,” B-CC shortstop Drew Packs said.

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

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Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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Rockville Lady Rams dominate Gaithersburg in lacrosse, 11-4

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Gaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKGaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity girls lacrosse team opened the season Friday by traveling to Gaithersburg and making a statement, beating the Lady Trojans by a score of 11-4.

The Rams appeared unfazed by the cold, windy weather as they scored early and often. The Rockville defenders swarmed the Gaithersburg attackers and made sure the Trojans never led.

Rockville freshman Paige Krawczel and sophomore Nycole Hidalgo ran roughshod over the Gaithersburg defenders as they both registered four goals apiece. Hidalgo also finished with one assist.

Meanwhile, Gaithersburg senior attacker Caroline Boyle finished the game with two goals of her own, one in each half.

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Rockville Rams soundly defeat Gburg Trojans in boys lacrosse, 18-8

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Rockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign with a bang Friday by registering an 18-8 victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans at John H. Harvill Stadium.

Rockville was designated the home team but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Gaithersburg. However, that had little effect on the Rams, who surged to a 10-1 halftime advantage.

“Technically we were the home team,” Rockville head coach Jesse Rutter explained afterward, “because of the snow this week, we came and played it on the turf.”

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“MoCo” native Alex Tsironis wears many hats, County welcomes new head coaches

Alex TsironisAlex Tsironis. COURTESY PHOTO  Over the years, Alex Tsironis has been a coach, teacher and mentor to countless students throughout Montgomery County Public Schools.
Tsironis, who was born in Silver Spring, currently heads up the Physical Education and Arts Department at North Bethesda Middle School.
However, Tsironis, a Watkins Mill High School graduate, is perhaps best known as the creator of the popular MoCo Snow website and blog, at www.mocosnow.com, which began in 2010.
“I loved snow days,” recalled Tsironis, “so I would always share my opinions with my kids.”

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Rockville boys knocked out of hoops playoffs after regional loss to TJ Patriots

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Rockville Rams vs. TJ PatriotsFREDERICK — A glimmer of hope in the second quarter was not enough for the visiting Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team, as they lost to the Thomas Johnson Patriots 64-51.

With the win, the Rams are knocked out of the basketball playoffs and the Patriots are crowned 3A West regional champions, now moving to the state semifinals.

From the beginning, Thomas Johnson kept Rockville playing a game of catch up with their strong defensive game and accurate shots.

The Rams’ mistakes proved too much to make up, and foul trouble later in the game cemented their fate. As the fouls racked up for the Patriots, the momentum shifted in favor of the home team and the win kept on eluding Rockville.

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Point guard Bailey leads Rockville boys to victory over Blake, 64-51

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Rockville Rams’ freshman forward Jimmy Sorunke (#42) shoots from the lane with three Blake defenders on him in the section semifinal. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRockville Rams’ freshman forward Jimmy Sorunke (#42) shoots from the lane with three Blake defenders on him in the section semifinal.     PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE – Anthony Bailey was on fire Monday night against Blake.

The senior point guard scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 64-51 win over the visiting Blake Bengals at Jim Conner Coliseum.

“It’s a very big win for me and the whole team,” said Bailey. “We’re just trying to win and survive and stay alive and go onto the next one.”

The Rams advanced to Wednesday’s section championship game against visiting Westminster, who knocked off the Magruder Colonels on Monday.

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Ninth grader stands out in Rockville victory over WJ, 49-46

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Rockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (#42) gets a hand up trying to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (#20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (42) tries to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — A freshman stole the show on Senior Night at Jim Conner Coliseum.

Jimmy Sorunke, a 6-foot-10 ninth-grader who moved to the United States from Nigeria last year, scored a game-high 16 points Tuesday to lead the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 49-46 win over the visitingWalter Johnson Wildcats.

“Jimmy had a great performance,” said Rockville head coach Todd Dembroski. “Jimmy was playing on one good leg tonight, he was hobbling around. He was playing injured, playing hurt but he sucked it up and he came in there and had a great fourth quarter when his team needed it.”

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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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