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Northwest Jaguars capture King’s Trophy, trouncing Seneca Valley 31-6

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MPI NWvSV 1693Northwest's Juwon Farri breaks through Seneca Valley's defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – Northwest earned bragging rights after Friday night’s 31-6 home victory over crosstown rival Seneca Valley.

The Jaguars (2-0) captured the King’s Trophy for the second straight year and for the fourth time in the last five years.

Northwest raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

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Blue Devils win Watkins Mills Passing League Tournament

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GAITHERSBURG – Members of the Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team, coming off a 1-9 fall football season, won the 2017 first annual XPro Upper County Classic 7 on 7 Passing League Tournament as the four-round single elimination bracket was a chance to showcase local talent and had a family feel at Watkins Mills High School on Saturday.

The finals had the Blue Devils dismantle the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles, 23-6, on the strong play of Blue Devils quarterback Trevon Ruffin. The stars of the Blue Devils squad were senior quarterback/ tight end Markell McDaniel and Ruffin. McDaniel and Ruffin were in a heated quarterback duel where both players saw action. Ruffin threw three touchdowns in the final round, including a beautiful one-handed leaping touchdown completion to senior wide receiver Moses Kamara. 

“It feels great,” said Ruffin. It feels great to win a championship … I want to give a shout-out to my senior receiver Moses Kamara for making that clutch play.” 

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Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

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WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

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County runners fare well in Jim Vollmer meet

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xJim Vollmer Invite Track - JSean WilliamsSeneca Valley’s J'Sean Williams ran an 11.32 on the preliminaries and a personal record of 11.02 in the finals to take first place in the 100m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Local track and field athletes won several events and placed in others, including relays, sprints, distance and jumps at the second annual Jim Vollmer Invitational Saturday, which was hosted by Watkins Mill High School.

Members of the Quince Orchard girls 4x200 meter relay team won first place in the event but said the finish was so close they didn’t realize they had won. The Cougars finished the race in 1:47.83 minutes, just five-hundredths of a second ahead of Frederick High School (1:47.88 minutes).

“I didn’t think we won at first, so I was shocked,” said anchor leg Kyra Lyles, a freshman. “I thought she (Frederick’s anchor) leaned but she didn’t.”

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Track and field athletes score big in meet

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20170327 Watkins Mill Invitational track-dwolfe 3 of 3Lily Lippert of Clarksburg overtakes Walter Johnson’s relay team to secure second place overall in the relay. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

Local teams took first and second for the girls and boys sprint medley relays, respectively.

Watkins Mill High School won the girls sprint medley relay with a time of 2:24 minutes.

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Seneca Valley falls short in bid for state championship

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COLLEGE PARK – Once again, Seneca Valley’s dream season came to a premature ending in a Maryland 3A state semifinal game at Xfinity Center.

Despite a valiant effort, the Screaming Eagles could not overpower Potomac and fell to the Wolverines, 66-59.

Brandon Simpson led three Seneca Valley seniors in double figures with a game-high 26 points; Tyran Crawford finished with 12 points and Kareem Matthew scored 10 points for the Screaming Eagles who lost in the state semifinal round for the second year in a row.

“A lot of these guys have been with us for three years and it’s hard to say goodbye,” Seneca Valley head coach Brian Humphrey said afterward. “We’re honored and we’re blessed for that.”

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Seneca Valley overcomes adversity to defeat Tuscarora in overtime

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SV vs. Tuscarora-March 2017S.V.'s Trey Lucas puts up a three-pointer. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

GERMANTOWN – Personal tragedy helped the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team persevere in the face of adversity Saturday as the Screaming Eagles rallied to beat Tuscarora in overtime, 47-42, and advanced to the Maryland 3A state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Fond memories of Andrew Dantzler and Jimmy Humphrey still linger on in the minds of the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team. So much so that the Screaming Eagles have dedicated the 2016-17 campaign to their two fallen heroes who both passed away last year.

“That was the whole goal – to win it for them not for us,” said Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson, who finished with 12 points. “It’s a family thing.”

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G-burg tops Seneca Valley, 58-29

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GAITHERSBURG- The Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles girls basketball team was muted by the Gaithersburg Trojans, 58-29, still failing to win a single game this season.

The Screamin’ Eagles are now at 0-14, while Gaithersburg moves to 9-4.

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Seneca Valley builds win around defense

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SV v. QO b-ballDaniel Dorsey of Q.O. reels in a rebound. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG -- The Seneca Valley Eagles varsity boys’ basketball team (12-1) squeaked by the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity boys’ basketball team (13-1) , 65-60, on Jan. 20, a hotly contested match of two of the most highly touted teams in Montgomery County decided by defensive stops and free-throw shooting.

“Well, defense is what we do best” is how Eagles head coach Brian Humphrey summed up his team effort.

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Seneca Valley dominates Northwest 81-49

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20170106 Seneca vs Northwest Bball boys-3Denard Clyburn blocks a shot by James Assiongbon.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GERMANTOWN – “Scoreboard” chants rained down from the bleachers Friday at the David A. Young gymnasium as the final minutes ticked away in the Battle of Germantown basketball.

The 7-1 Seneca Valley varsity boys basketball team hosted Northwest (2-8) in the first game back since winter break. A packed crowd was on hand to witness the Screaming Eagles throttle Northwest, 81- 49.

The lopsided score prompted the Seneca Valley student section to call Northwest’s attention to the scoreboard when it became evident that the Jaguars wouldn’t be able to mount a comeback.

“They made us play their game, and when you play their game, they’re going to beat you,” said Northwest Head Coach Rob Smith. “They wanted it more than we did.”

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