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Sherwood cements its place at the top with 5-2 win over Poolesville

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Poolesville Falcons vs. Sherwood WarriorsSANDY SPRING — In its first four games of the 2018 season, the Sherwood Warriors has been put up to difficult challenges in every contest.

This varsity baseball team, however, has aced every single one.

Facing the visiting Poolesville Falcons, the number two-ranked team in Montgomery County and the defending 3A state champions, the home team fell behind early, but behind a dominant pitching performance, and an offensive jolt from the two stars of the lineup, the Sherwood Warriors remained undefeated, and firmly took their place as the top team in Montgomery County, defeating Poolesville 5-2.

“We knew we had to do a lot of things right to be in the game,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said. “And the kids came through.”

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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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Region champions Sanchez, Higazi among eight Sherwood wrestlers headed to Class 4A-3A states

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Wrestling clip artJunior title winners Chris Sanchez (138) and Yusuf Higazi (170) are among eight wrestlers from the Sherwood Warriors who placed fourth or higher at the Feb. 23 and 24 Class 4A-3A North Regionals at Milford Mill High, an effort that qualifies the contingent for this weekend’s Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Finishing third were Sherwood senior Rhyth Ghosh (152) and juniors Paul Christianson (126), Sam Ewing (132), Tristan McKneely (145) and Adam Pfeiffer (160), with sophomore Brandon Holda (113) being fourth.

Blair and Paint Branch each had five wrestlers place within the top four of their divisions at Class 4A-3A North Regions, and Springbrook placed four, all of whom qualified for states.

Ghosh pinned Dheduhs Anumgba of Paint Branch in their third-place bout, avenging a 9-4 loss and improving on his sixth-place finish at counties where Anumgba was third.

Ewing upset Blair’s Bryan Huynh, 3-1, in overtime for third place, avenging an earlier 11-7 loss and improving on his fourth place finish at counties where Huynh was first.

Also, Pfeiffer improved on his fourth-place finish at counties, Holda on his fifth, and Christianson his sixth. McKneely failed to place at counties.

“It’s great to see all of the hard work and effort is starting to pay off at the right time,” said Sherwood wrestling coach Pete Siarkas. “The boys have worked real hard, and I’m glad they are peaking at the right time.”

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Sherwood boys defeat Northwest to claim ice hockey championship

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Sherwood’s Joey Doris cuts hard behind the net to regain control of the puck. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESherwood’s Joey Doris cuts hard behind the net to regain control of the puck.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  ROCKVILLE — This is not the underdog ice hockey story you are looking for.

The Sherwood Warriors, who were at the top of the leaderboards with a 14-1-1 record, defeated the Northwest Jaguars 5-1 in the Maryland Student Hockey League championships.

The Jaguars were textbook underdogs. This season was the first season for their ice hockey team and they had a 4-9-1 record, good enough to land them second-from-last in the regular season table.

“Scoreboard doesn’t reflect it but they were in it until the very end,” said Jaguars head coach Ed Hughes on his team’s loss.

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Sherwood’s Sanchez once again edges Churchill’s Connolly to win county wrestling title

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In a bit of controversy, Chris Sanchez of Sherwood slams Jack Connolly of Churchill to the mat just after the whistle. Sanchez held on for a 3-2 win in the 138lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKIn a bit of controversy, Chris Sanchez of Sherwood slams Jack Connolly of Churchill to the mat just after the whistle. Sanchez held on for a 3-2 win in the 138lb weight class.                 PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Sherwood junior Chris Sanchez faced Churchill senior Jack Connolly in a marquee bout for the second time in as many weeks last Saturday, and their battle delivered a similarly dramatic result.

Sanchez secured a takedown in the final seven seconds of a 3-2 victory, emerging with an 18-0 record and a county title from a duel between two of Maryland’s premiere 138-pound wrestlers at Gaithersburg.

Sanchez repeated an earlier effort against Connolly (35-5) during a Feb. 3 dual meet, where he edged the Bulldogs’ grappler, 5-4, on a reversal with 10 seconds left.

“I never stopped wrestling against a tough competitor who has definitely given me great matches,” said Sanchez, who was fifth at private school states at DeMatha last year. “Connolly just kept on coming today, and I truly believe that I beat him at his best.”

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Sherwood boys shut down rival Magruder in hoops game, 58-41

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Sherwood’s Domenico Martella (5) goes for a layup in a game against rival Magruder. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHSherwood’s Domenico Martella (5) goes for a layup in a game against rival Magruder. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — Another chapter in the storied rivalry between the Sherwood Warriors and the Magruder Colonels unfolded Friday as the two varsity boys basketball teams went head to head on the Colonels’ home court, just a few miles down the road from Sherwood High School. This time, the Warriors shut down Magruder’s offensive weapons to earn a 58-41 victory.

Magruder forward Ebby Asamoah led all scorers with 25 points. Senior guard Justin Hawkes fed Asamoah the ball again and again as the junior appeared to be the only Colonel who could drive through the Sherwood defense in the paint.

Meanwhile, the Warriors took full advantage of their multiple scoring threats, as five players each landed at least one three-point basket. Seniors Donovan Lacey (13 points), Brad Riley (10) and junior Domenico Martella (12) all finished with double-digit points scored.

The Colonels kept it close in the beginning and the game was tied twice in the first quarter. Magruder senior forward Collin Bannister grabbed Hawkes’ pass and shot a trey as time expired in the first quarter for the second and final tie of the evening.

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Churchill sweeps Springbrook, Sherwood in regular-season-ending tri-meet

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Churchill's Marc Ballman needs only 1:41 to fall Sherwood's Adam Pfeiffer in the 170lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill's Marc Ballman needs only 1:41 to fall Sherwood's Adam Pfeiffer in the 170lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  After helping his fellow Churchill Bulldogs secure a hard-earned five-point victory over Sherwood’s squad, Andrew Welch sat in the bleachers at Springbrook High School and watched the host team build a 43-point advantage, leading to a 40-point Blue Devil victory over the Warriors.

“We only beat Sherwood by single digits, and sitting in the stands looking at the scoreboard, I saw Springbrook beating them, 49-6, at one point,” said Welch, of an eventual 58-18 victory by the host Blue Devils over the Warriors. “We were getting a little nervous, but our coaches brought us together and told us how matchups work.”

Bulldogs coach Tony Howard, a three-time state champion at Magruder, and Tim Lowe, a two-time state champion at Einstein, assured their wrestlers they were nevertheless confident of taking the Blue Devils. “Our guys saw the score and were a little concerned, but matchups are so unique. Wrestling’s one of those sports where you really can’t watch what’s happening between two other teams,” said Lowe, the Bulldogs’ head coach.

“Coach Howard and myself weren’t concerned. I told them that Sherwood matches up well with us and wrestled us tough, and that we were in for a tough match against Springbrook, but that we have the right matchups as a whole group of 14 wrestlers to get it done.”

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Sherwood wrestler Higazi overcomes setbacks, hands first loss to Churchill’s Tranquill

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Sherwood's Yusef Higazi pulls a 3-2 upset of over previously undefeated Fio Tranquill of Churchill to win the 182lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood's Yusef Higazi pulls a 3-2 upset of over previously undefeated Fio Tranquill of Churchill to win the 182lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — As Sherwood Yusuf Higazi sought to overcome a throbbing sore ankle and an 11-pound weight disadvantage against the undefeated Churchill Bulldog named Fio Tranquill, the junior wrestler’s parents – Wail and Sumaya – appeared to be more concerned than he was.

“Yusuf had an ankle injury a couple of weeks ago, and he’s still recovering,” said Wail, whose animation in the stands during the match included twisting his own body in synchronization with his son’s maneuvers.

“I know I’m a concerned parent because the kid was pulling on his ankle. But Yusuf is very tough and in very good condition. He works out a lot and does weights. It was a matter of him getting up to win, and he did that.”

With nine seconds left in the match, all that work paid off, as he found the strength to pull one point ahead of Tranquill with an escape. Higazi held that one-point advantage to lock in a score of 3-2 and earn his 30th victory of the season over the previously-undefeated Tranquill, a senior whose record dropped to 30-1 for the year while Higazi’s record rose to 30-2.

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Blair Blazers take down Sherwood Warriors in critical MoCo dual

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SANDY SPRING — Senior Bryan Huynh endured cramping in his lower right leg and scored an overtime takedown on mat’s edge for a pivotal 6-4 decision against junior Paul Christianson during a 33-32 dual meet victory for the visiting Blair Blazers at Sherwood on Jan. 24.

The Blazers also won the evening’s final two bouts on a fall by Matt Morris (195) and a forfeit to senior Rudy Ngougni (220), erasing a 32-21 deficit and rising to 25-4 overall (11-0 in non-tournament dual meets) under second-year coach Tim Grover.

“I was ahead 2-0 in the first period after the takedown, and it just hit me really hard. I wasn’t sure, at that point, if I’d be able to wrestle well enough to win,” said Huynh, a junior varsity county champion last season.

“I usually shoot a lot more but I wasn’t as confident, thinking my leg would cramp up on me if I took another shot. I had to look for opportunities that were less stressful. I felt a cramp coming on as I took that final shot, but I just pushed through. He had a whizzer in, but I got points for it, and I’m happy I won.”

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Sherwood junior defeats Clarksburg senior for impressive victory at Battle of the Brook

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Chris Sanchez of Sherwood takes a 15-8 decision on Clarkburg's Nick Gonzalez for the 138lb weigth class tournament. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood's Chris Sanchez takes a 15-8 decision on Clarkburg's Nick Gonzalez for the 138lb weight class tournament. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Chris Sanchez executed a five-point throw to break a 4-all tie and end the first period as the 138-pound Sherwood junior overcame Clarksburg senior Nick Gonzalez for a 15-8 title-winning victory in a marquee bout of the Jan. 12-13 Battle at The Brook tournament at Springbrook.

A DeMatha transfer who was fifth in last year’s private schools' state tournament, Sanchez won a clash between two of Maryland’s top public school wrestlers in only his second tournament of the year over consecutive weekends.

“Getting that move late in the first period was big for creating separation,” said Sanchez, who improved to 6-0 with four pins and a technical fall, pacing the Warriors (180 points) to a runner-up finish behind the host Blue Devils (197.5).

“I wish I could have stuck him, but I really didn’t get the right angle on it. I was able to maintain the right mindset for the rest of the match and take advantage of my opportunities.”

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