Poolesville girls remain undefeated after victory over Damascus basketball team

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20180105 Poolesville Damascus Girls 3Poolesville's 6'2" Julia Hobbs beats Damascus players to a loose ball. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POOLESVILLE — The undefeated Poolesville Falcons on Friday continued to shoot their way into the history books by claiming the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets as their latest victims, with the final score 52-34, increasing the number in their win column to 10.

On paper, the Swarmin’ Hornets – a middle-of-the-table team with a 3-3-1 record – shouldn’t have been too much of a problem for the Falcons, who came into the game with nine straight wins.

“They’re arguably the best team in the county, and they’re tough," said Swarmin’ Hornets head coach Mike Warfield. "We had a hard time scoring against them because of their length, and we’re not tall."

Despite being outmatched, the Hornets managed to hold their own and keep the first half of the game close. In the first quarter, Damascus struck first and managed to go into the break ahead by one point, at 16-15.


Paint Branch Panthers hold on against Springbrook, stay undefeated

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JGS 5350 2Paint Branch running back Justin Hockaday (1) is tackled by Springbrook defenders Joseph Bass (2), Tony Che (15) and Esli Alvarado-Montesino (53). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BURTONSVILLE – Valuable seconds were ticking off the game clock. If the visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team wanted to spoil the Paint Branch Panthers’ undefeated season, the time was now.

Then, Dejuan Johnson came out of nowhere. The senior defensive back intercepted Springbrook quarterback Trevon Ruffin as the buzzer signaled the end of the game and the Paint Branch bench flooded onto the field.

In a game marred by penalties and dropped passes, the Panthers clawed their way to a 28-25 victory and a 5-0 start to their season.

“I was telling all my teammates to just hold them and not give up any big plays. Then the ball came and I made a play with the help of my teammates,” said Johnson of his crucial interception. “For me and the whole team to come out there after being down for most of the game and then coming back, it was a hard-fought win and I think we deserved it.”



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Sherwood girls claim fifth state title in as many years

Sherwood state champions 2The Sherwood softball team celebrates as Chopticon junior Lily Sager walks past, following Sherwood's fifth straight state title. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE


COLLEGE PARK – As the Sherwood varsity softball team gathered on the pitch for the post state championship game photo Friday at Maryland Softball Stadium, all the players faced the camera except one.

Senior outfielder Madi Marks had her back to the photographer, displaying her jersey number. Marks wears number five.

For Sherwood, the number five held an extra special meaning.

The undefeated Warriors claimed their fifth state championship crown in five years with their 7-2 victory over Chopticon from St. Mary’s County. Friday’s game marked Sherwood’s tenth appearance in a state title game. The Braves (19-4) hadn’t participated in the state finals since 1985.


Quince Orchard Stays Undefeated In Boys Hoops

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basketballhoopsGAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard sophomore John Fierstein had a career performance Saturday against rival Clarksburg.

The 6-foot-3 forward, who is already emerging into one of the county’s bright young stars, scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Cougars to a 58-46 home victory over the Coyotes. The win helped Quince Orchard remain unbeaten and sent Clarksburg to their fifth defeat.

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