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B-CC defeat Sherwood 1-0 to advance to state final

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B CC Barons vs. Sherwood WarriorsUPPER MARLBORO — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team advanced to the Maryland state championship came on Saturday by defeating Sherwood Warriors 1-0 in a semifinal match held at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School.

Following a scoreless first half, the Barons scored once in the second half and held on to secure their narrow victory.

“My boys played with a lot of heart today, discipline but everything else heart and love of each other,” said B-CC coach Gui Melendez. “That’s why we won, that simple.”

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MoCo fans mourn the loss of two local sporting greats

We lost two individuals with deep roots in Montgomery County athletics during the past two months, a former athlete, and an alum and coach.
Eric Nichols, the popular Gaithersburg quarterback who guided the Trojans to their first state championship in 1986, died in August at the age of 48.
Nichols was also the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1986 and led Maryland to a victory over Pennsylvania in the 1987 Big 33 All-Star football game.
Maryland’s 26-22 victory over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium marked the first time in history that a team from Maryland had beaten Pennsylvania in that game.
“That was one of the baddest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in this area,” said former Seneca Valley standout Wayne Turner, “[He’s in the] top ten.”

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Paint Branch clinches 4A North division title with 22-20 win over Sherwood

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PB Panthers vs. Sherwood WarriorsOLNEY — The 4A North division championship title was on the line Friday at Caruso Memorial Field when the Paint Branch Panthers clashed with the Sherwood Warriors on Sherwood’s Senior Night.

Both teams entered the game with a 6-1 record. The Panthers hoped to avoid a repeat of last year’s game when Sherwood orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback and yanked the win away from Paint Branch.

This year, however, the Panthers knew that the fourth quarter push was coming and seized the division title by holding off the Warriors, 22-20.

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Sherwood’s second half shutout leads to 42-18 victory over RM

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Sherwood Warriors helmet logoSANDY SPRING – The Sherwood Warriors varsity football team orchestrated a second half defensive shutout to put away the Richard Montgomery Rockets 42-18 Friday at Caruso Memorial Stadium.

The Sherwood offense fired on all cylinders as senior receiver Aubrey Hobbs registered three touchdowns and 87 yards in the first half alone. Senior Michael Mbony, an Army commit, continued to prove that he is a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 350 yards and making plays with his legs, including a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Sherwood football team stumps Einstein, 21-0

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Sherwood Warriors helmet logoKENSINGTON — The Sherwood Warriors shut out the Einstein Titans 21-0 Friday night, with a dominating performance from senior quarterback Michael Mbony.

Sherwood struck first with a four-yard touchdown on first and goal by Mbony in the second quarter.

The Titans were defensively clutch at times, and gave the Warriors grief as they held firm and denied touchdowns within their own 10-yard line more than once.

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Damascus running back leads team to victory against Sherwood, 42-7

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MPI DvS 0238 EditedDamascus senior Gage Dickens (21) celebrates with Matthew Betterelli (85) after one of his four touchdowns during the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DAMASCUS – Sherwood simply had no answer for Damascus running back Gage Dickens.

The senior rushed for more than 150 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 42-7 win over Sherwood.

“This was a really big win,” said Dickens, “We knew this team was going to be tough and coming out here doing what we did that’s Damascus football. We played Damascus football tonight.”

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Northwest and Sherwood square off in scrimmage

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1000 20170819 Quad Scrimmage at NorthwestNorthwest senior Chris Craddock unloads a 20-plus-yard pass that finds its receiver who scores. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GERMANTOWN – Four state championship football programs converged on the gridiron at Northwest High School Saturday to help kick off the 2017 campaign.

In addition to Northwest and Sherwood, the quad scrimmage also featured defending 4A state champion Wise of Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County powerhouse Old Mill who captured Maryland 4A state titles in 2009 and 2011.

“It was really, really good competition,” Northwest head coach Michael Neubeiser said afterward. “It helped us sort some things out.”

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Northwest softball defeats Sherwood once more to win first state title

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JGS 9066The Northwest softball team wins their first state championship.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH COLLEGE PARK – For the first time in six years, the Sherwood varsity softball team didn’t end the season by hoisting the 4A state championship trophy.

It appeared as though the Warriors had found their kryptonite, the same kryptonite in the black-and-white uniforms that snapped Sherwood’s infamous winning streak back in March.

When Northwest won in the semifinals, Jaguars head coach Mike Horton mentioned that if his team continued to play “Northwest softball,” they’d be able to take Sherwood down again.

Northwest doubled up the Warriors by a score of 8-4 Saturday at the University of Maryland Softball Stadium to go down in history as the first Jaguars team to win a softball state championship.

“When you hit the ball hard, it tends to throw teams off their game. We came out and we went after it, and that’s a big thing with teams like that,” he said. “I geared these girls to play Sherwood early in the season. Obviously you want to beat every team, but Sherwood was the pinnacle.”

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Sherwood Warriors eke out 2-1 victory for regional varsity softball championship.

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xSherwood vs Dulaney Softball bSherwood senior Amanda Berkley unloads a pitch in the 2-1 win over Delaney.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  Coming off a highly contested 5-3 win against the number two seed Howard Lions (19-6), local girls varsity softball powerhouse Sherwood Warriors (17-1) extended their winning streak to 15 games against fellow number one seed, the Dulaney Lions (19-3) of Baltimore County, securing the regional championship with a final score of 2-1.

The contest was a pitcher’s duel, with Sherwood senior Amanda Berkley meeting her match against Dulaney junior Akirra Pullen. Both pitchers toyed with the other team’s offense, and base runners were hard to come by.

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Swarmin’ Hornets beat Sherwood after explosive inning to win 8-1

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SANDY SPRING – Thanks to an eight-run sixth inning, the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets (11-3) powered past rival Sherwood Warriors (14-3) Saturday afternoon at Sherwood High School to win 8-1, ending the Warriors’ 13-game winning streak.

“Not very often especially against a team like Sherwood,” said Hornets head coach Greg Blake of the eight-run inning. “We had opportunities all day long, and finally we broke through, which was a great thing for us. But not very often do you have an eight-run inning against a ball club like that.”

“They got the momentum on their side,” said Warriors head coach Sean Davis. “Then the inning snowballed. They did what they had to do. They got some big hits. We had to bring the infield in. So, they squirted some through. They did what they had to do in that inning. But I talked to my guys. More disappointed with our first six because baseball happens, and they put a crooked number on the board. A done deal after that.”

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