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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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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.”

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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.

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Undefeated Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets annihilate WJ Wildcats, 49-7

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Damascus vs. WJ FB 10 20 17 Ethan WentzlaffSenior running back Ethan Wentzlaff scores the first touchdown for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets in their victorious game against the Walter Johnson Wildcats.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets (7-0) have destroyed every football team that they have played this year, and they kept their dominance going in Week 8, on the road against the Walter Johnson Wildcats (2-5) on their home turf Friday night, winning by a score of 49-7.

Damascus would start with the ball, and after losing yards on the first play from scrimmage, the Hornets stormed down the field, with both the run and pass working efficiently. The opening drive for Damascus was capped off by a rushing touchdown from senior running back Ethan Wentzlaff to put the Hornets on the board first, 7-0.

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WJ Wildcats eke out 1-0 victory over RM Rockets late in the game

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WJ Wildcats vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE – The visiting Walter Johnson Wildcats secured a late victory 1-0 Thursday evening over the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets in boys varsity soccer.

After two evenly-matched halves, which saw the teams exchange attacks and goal opportunities, Walter Johnson scored a late goal three minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we generated some good chances and had some difficulty finishing those chances but ultimately we didn’t give up anything,” said Walter Johnson head coach Hector Morales, Jr. “I was ready for the tie and it was nice that we were able to put one away late.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WJ Wildcats defeat the Einstein Titans, 68-58

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ROCKVILLE – Led by junior forward Hank Roll (29 points), senior forward Will Koenick (17 points) and two key ‘fresh body’ substitutes, junior guard Jason Taylor and junior guard Dejuan Williams, the Walter Johnson Wildcats (3-3) basketball team blew past the Einstein Titans (5-3), 68-58, in the Maryland Elite Summer League game at Jewish Day School Elementary School Gymnasium.

Wildcats head coach Brian Fairall, when asked about Roll and Koenick said, “They’re both varsity players who started a lot of games last year. Hank can just score from all over the court. He’s a beast. And Will does all the little things you ask for.”

With the score tied 54-54 at the 4:49 mark of the second half, the Wildcats coming off a timeout would go on a 12-0 run to put away the Titans. 

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