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RM Rockets hang on against Magruder in Maryland Elite hoops

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The Magruder Colonels put full-court pressure on the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the last few minutes of the game; here Magruder’s Malik Abudu (3) guards RM’s Austin Chung (2). Still, the Rockets were able to keep the Colonels at bay, winning 39-33. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHThe Magruder Colonels put full-court pressure on the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the last few minutes of the game; here Magruder’s Malik Abudu (3) guards RM’s Austin Chung (2). Still, the Rockets managed to keep the Colonels at bay, winning 39-33. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets (2-2) capitalized on a strong first half effort to hold off the Magruder Colonels 39-33 Tuesday in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Summer league play provides an opportunity for players, especially underclassmen, to fine-tune their skills and step up their game in anticipation of the regular season.

Even though the Rockets took the court against Magruder (0-2) without their starting point guard and a few other key players, center Will Davenport (12 points) and guard Ryan Cornish (13 points) picked up the slack and made sure Richard Montgomery never trailed.

In fact, a scoreless five minutes for Magruder led to a 7-0 Rockets run that haunted the Colonels for the rest of the game.

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Gaithersburg Giants beat Rockville Express in dominant pitching duel

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Rockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — In Monday night’s game between the Gaithersburg Giants and Rockville Express, it was more about the pitching than the hitting, but the Giants were able to come through with clutch hitting towards the end for the 3-1 victory on the road.

The first score came from Gaithersburg in the top of the second inning when outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on an infield single as outfielder Ryan Shimm made his way towards home plate to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But the Express responded in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Evan Blum singled to left field to score outfielder Billy Godrick and tie the game up at 1-1.

The next four innings involved some hits but no runs thanks to some quality pitching. Nick Pantos of the Giants had himself a night on the mound, as he went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. This was the second 10-strikeout game for Pantos this season. Chandler Schultz pitched the last two innings and got the save.

“All I was trying to do was fill up the zone,” Pantos said. “The slider was working well today so I stuck with that. Good things tend to happen when you’re throwing strikes, and the defense made some good plays behind me. Everything really goes into it.”

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Good Counsel boys beat Sherwood in summer league basketball

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Sherwood vs. Good CounselROCKVILLE — A Good Counsel Falcons squad that gave up the lead only once suppressed the Sherwood Warriors Monday night in a Maryland Elite summer league basketball game, 58-43.

Both teams came into the game with handicaps: a slimmer roster due to player commitments over the summer months and depleted of the previous season’s seniors.

The limitations forced the teams to make do with what they had and showcased some of the new up-and-coming talent for both teams. The Falcons were a mostly young team made up of mostly sophomores, according to summer league head coach Anthony Guy.

The Warriors sunk a three-pointer to counter the Falcons’ two-point start, but the Falcons retaliated in force. A six-point scoring streak gave the Falcons the lead and a momentum they never lost throughout the rest of the game.

“Shots are going to fall, some shots are going to come out, there’s going to be turnovers, there’s going to be ebb and flows in the game, but as long as we can control our energy…some things that you can control and we’ve been trying to harp on all summer, especially with the younger guys,” said Guy.

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Bethesda Big Train flattens Rockville Express, 14-5

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Bethesda Big Train’s Udie Summerall (29) hits the team's second grand slam home run during their victorious game, 14-5, against the Rockville Express at Povich Field on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda Big Train’s Udie Summerall (29) hits the team's second grand slam home run during the game against the Rockville Express on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train scored three runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 14-5 victory over the visiting Rockville Express at Shirley Povich Field.

The win marked the Big Train’s 10th victory in 11 games while the Express suffered their fourth loss in nine games.

Fox Semones (James Madison University), AJ Lee (University of Maryland) and John Glenn (California Baptist University) all scored runs in the first inning to help the Big Train jump out to a 3-0 advantage.

However, the Express answered with a pair of runs in the third inning before the Big Train scored multiple runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

“You always want to score in the first inning,” said Big Train pitcher Alec Burleson, “and that just helps the pitchers out knowing they got a lead, they can pitch with a lead and then we just keep adding on to it in the game.”

The contest was highlighted by a pair of grand slams including one from Burleson in the sixth inning.

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Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign FC fight to a draw

The Spirit’s Audrey Bledsoe shows how she became the keeper with the most saves in the NWSL, wrapping herself around the ball, preventing the attack of Reign forward Jodie Taylor. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEThe Spirit’s Audrey Bledsoe shows how she became the keeper with the most saves in the NWSL, wrapping herself around the ball, preventing the attack of Reign forward Jodie Taylor. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit held the second-place ranked team in the National Women’s Soccer League to a score of nil. On the flip side, the visiting Reign FC held the Spirit to nil as well. Both teams walked away with a point in the standings.
Saturday must have been a day of miracles. On the opposite side of the globe in the World Cup competition, Iceland held off Argentina and the man of legends Lionel Messi for a 1-1 draw. Closer to home, the Utah Royals stunned the North Carolina Courage, the league leader in points for the NWSL, with a 1-0 win over the Courage in North Carolina. What a day for unexpected outcomes.
Back to the game at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Spirit’s star keeper Audrey Bledsoe now leads the league with saves. Bledsoe continues to improve with each match, moving up the ranks of keepers in the NWSL. Although she embodies trace amounts of the looks and attitude of her mentor last season, Orlando Pride keeper Ashlyn Harris, she developed her own style on the pitch that works well. The draw against Seattle added another shutout to her record for a total of four for this season.

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Springbrook Blue Devils fall to O’Connell Knights in Capitol Hoops game, 69-57

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Springbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – Despite a game-high 23 points from rising senior Timitrius Hawkins, the Springbrook Blue Devils couldn’t overcome a talented Bishop O’Connell squad Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, as the Knights defeated the Blue Devils, 69-57.

Point guard Ayan Teel led four Knights in double figures en route to a Bishop O’Connell victory over Springbrook at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

“They are a good team,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Myers, “and they’re well-coached and they got good players.”

Teel, who finished with 14 points, helped Bishop O’Connell jump out to a 32-30 advantage in the first half before the Knights blew the game open in the second half.

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Big Train’s undefeated streak ends in Game Two of T-Bolts doubleheader

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Bethesda Big Train’s Andrew Shebloski (6) makes contact during the baseball game between Big Train and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Blair Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  CUT (CN9A1385a.JPG): T-Bolts’ Josh Simon (17) pulled down a high throw and made the play on Bethesda Big Train’s Alec Burleson (41) - out at home at Blair Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda Big Train’s Andrew Shebloski (6) makes contact during the baseball game between Big Train and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Blair Stadium on Saturday.        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — Out of four Cal Ripken League doubleheaders on Saturday, one involved the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the visiting Bethesda Big Train at Blair High School. While the Big Train shut out the T-Bolts in the first game 6-0, Bethesda saw the end of their undefeated streak when the T-Bolts took the second one 8-4.

In Game One, the first run came in the top of the fifth inning when Bethesda outfielder Udie Summerall pinch hit for Tyler Villaroman and singled to left field to drive in Tyler Reis.

Big Train infielders Carson Taylor and John Glenn each had three hits. Taylor went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs, while Glenn also went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs.

“They’re great players,” said Bethesda manager Sal Colangelo. “They swing the bat very well. They went up there with an idea and went playing what they had, what they wanted to do.”

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Remembering beloved local coaching legend Walt King

Former Bullis head football coach Walt King.  COURTESY PHOTOFormer Bullis head football coach Walt King. COURTESY PHOTO  We recently lost a Montgomery County coaching legend.
Former Bullis head football coach Walt King died on April 2 at a Pennsylvania nursing home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.
He is survived by three children, Kevin A. King, Rachel J. Linder and Natalie A. Hagle, and seven grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Megan, Kyler, Karley, Zachary and Melanie, and one great-grandson, Tanner.
King spent more than three decades at Bullis where he compiled a career record of 116-91-5 on the gridiron. In 1979, he led the Bulldogs to their first IAC co-championship. After serving as the head coach from 1976-1986, he had a brief stint as the school’s athletic director from 1979-1994. He assumed his role as head coach in 1992 and guided the Potomac private school to an undefeated season in 2000, a feat that helped King earn Montgomery County Coach of the Year honors.
“I just remember what a legend he was,” recalled Stan Gelbaugh, a former Bullis assistant under King. “He was at Bullis for a very long time and really left his mark as a coach and teacher on a lot of kids.”

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Caps finally get that Stanley

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Caps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZCaps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  Chants rang throughout the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on Century Boulevard in Germantown on June 7 following the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 Stanley Cup victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington’s National Hockey League franchise put the sports world on notice that the nation’s capital is also a hockey town.

Tracy Ambush, a local party promoter and Washington sports fan, was the ringleader on this particular night.

The popular chant “C-A-P-S, Caps Caps Caps,” was accompanied by “Ovi-Ovi-Ovi,” in reference to popular Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, who was named MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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