Local students run for Governor ... in Kansas

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gabrielle zwiGabrielle Zwi COURTESY PHOTOIlan Cohen and Gabrielle Zwi have neither set foot in Kansas nor graduated from high school, but Kansas voters could soon count one or both county teenagers among their choices to be the state’s next governor. 

“Kansas is not one of the states I have visited – nor is any of the states bordering Kansas,” he said, while Zwi admitted she might have passed through the Jayhawk state in transit but has never “been there.”


Two bomb threats phoned into Montgomery County high schools Wednesday morning

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MCPS logoMontgomery County Public Schools officials evacuated two county high schools Wednesday morning after unknown persons called the schools with bomb threats.

The first of the two threats was phoned in to Winston Churchill High School in Potomac at approximately 7:20 a.m., after which school officials ordered the building evacuated. Following a short delay, students and teachers returned to the building by 8:30 a.m. after Montgomery County Police responded to the situation and cleared the school for re-entry, Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.

 “Based on a very limited general call, we checked out the building and found nothing there,” said Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. “They’re back to normal functioning.”


Churchill Bulldogs defeat WJ Wildcats in last game of season, 35-14

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. WJ WildcatsBETHESDA — In the last game of the season, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats 35-14, dominating in a largely symbolic game.

Both teams had nothing to lose or gain, as both had their playoff chances dashed coming into Friday night’s matchup. The Bulldogs were fighting to break even and end their season at 5-5, while the Wildcats were aiming to end the season on a high note with their third victory of the season to end 3-7.

But there could only be one winner, and the Bulldogs came out in a resounding fashion against the Wildcats team plagued by quarterback troubles.

“Of course we’ve been spending most of our season without a quarterback. It’s been hard to win games without a quarterback,” said Wildcats head coach Charles Woolridge. “Since we lost Aziz Diomande last week, it’s kind of been a quarterback by committee.”


WJ, Whitman take MoCo cross country titles

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DSC 8747WJ Lady Wildcats' Abbey Green aids teammate Janet Scott. Green finished first in the girls cross country championships for Montgomery County, 47 seconds ahead of Scott in second place . PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG — The Walter Johnson High School varsity girls and the Walt Whitman varsity boys cross country teams each finished with the lowest amount of points overall, earning them the championship trophies.

The Montgomery County varsity boys and girls county 5 kilometer individual champions were not unfamiliar faces.

Two seniors – Poolesville’s Ryan Lockett (15 minutes and 32 seconds), the county’s 2016 runner-up and 3A state champion, and Walter Johnson’s Abbey Green (17:57), two-time county champion (2015, 2016) and 2016 4A state runner-up – won their respective races.

“It was close the entire race,” Lockett said.

For the girls team, Walter Johnson head coach Tom Martin said the girls work together well. This year was Walter Johnson's fourth consecutive County title.

“Our four seniors have been good – they’ve done this plenty of times, they know what they have to do, and when it comes down to this time of year, they’re a good group at figuring out what they have to do in a race, where they have to be to be successful,” Martin said.


Wildcats soccer team grinds out narrow win at Wootton, 1-0

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WJ Wildcats vs. Wootton PatriotsROCKVILLE – The Walter Johnson Wildcats squeezed out a narrow 1-0 victory against the Wootton Patriots in boys varsity soccer at Thomas Wootton High School Thursday evening.

Playing as the visiting team, the Wildcats took an early lead and held firm until the final whistle. The Patriots rallied in both halves with consistent pressure and created opportunities but were unable find the net.

“I felt we were able to put a good defensive game tonight,” said Walter Johnson coach Hector Morales Jr. “We were able to absorb the pressure well, keepers made good decisions coming off their line.”


Churchill beats WJ boys varsity soccer team 1-0

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BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats boys varsity soccer team 1-0 Monday evening.

Both teams began the match searching for a goal, exchanging opportunities at each end of the field. The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the first half and remain organized to preserve their lead until the final whistle.


RM Rockets flatten WJ Wildcats, 38-7

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BETHESDA – In a battle of 2-2 teams Thursday, Richard Montgomery steamrolled the Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity football team to the tune of a 38-7 victory.  

The RM Rockets’ running game was dominant, and it was the key piece to their victory. Running backs Zion Tyler and T’Kai Ayoola as well as quarterback Spencer Silverstein were the main figures in the Rockets rushing attack.


WJ Wildcats shut out Kennedy Cavaliers, 20-0

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WJ vs. Kennedy FB 9 23 17WJ Wildcats' Isaiah Baker scores. His team would shut out the Kennedy Cavaliers, 20-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  SILVER SPRING- The Kennedy Cavaliers’ hope of a win streak was dashed Saturday, as the Walter Johnson Wildcats shut them out 20-0.

Although the Cavaliers had broken their long-running losing streak last week, they did not eke out a win against a stable Wildcats squad that took advantage of the Cavaliers’ inexperience.


Northwest takes state title in boys, runner up in girls track and field

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BALTIMORE –The Northwest High School boys track and field team became state champions and the girls team took second place in the state championship at Morgan State University May 26 and May 27.

The Northwest Jaguars boys team won three state titles for outdoor track in the last four years under the leadership of head coach Robert Youngblood. The team won the 4A state championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

“The boys, it was a plan that we were going to score between 30 and 40 points the first day, and then we knew that our strength was coming up in the finals,” Youngblood said.


County athletes set new school and personal records

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xViking Invitational 4Jamarcus Plato of Northwood crosses the finish line in first place with a personal best of 39.89.      PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA – A Springbrook High School boys relay team replaced a 40-year-old school record as well as the meet record while other county athletes beat their personal best times during day one of the Viking Invitational Friday.

The Springbrook boys team finished first in the 4x100m relay Elite with a time of 42.83 seconds, a new school record, at the meet at Walter Johnson High School, hosted by WJ and Walt Whitman High.

John F. Kennedy’s team finished second in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, followed by Richard Montgomery’s team earning a 44.03 second-time, finishing in third place.

Springbrook Blue Devils head coach Bryan Steele said the previous automatically-timed school record was from 2016, 43.74 seconds. However, the school record board on the wall at Springbrook indicated a relay team finished the 4x100m relay in 43 seconds flat in 1977, and the Blue Devils beat that time Friday.

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