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Watkins Mill Wolverines stun Blake Bengals 20-13

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WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Watkins Mill Wolverines knew just what they needed to do: come into Bengal Field Friday, ruin Blake’s Senior Night, close out the regular season with a win and hope for a playoff berth.

Mission accomplished.

The scrappy Wolverines took advantage of a stalled Blake offense and sent the Bengals into the postseason with a 20-13 loss.

In fact, the Blake offense didn’t score until the third quarter as the Watkins Mill defense forced a first half shutout.

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Poolesville Falcons beat Watkins Mill Wolverines in OT

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Poolesville vs. Watkins Mill

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Poolesville spoiled Watkins Mill’s homecoming Friday night and avenged last year’s loss in the process.

After suffering a one-point loss to the Watkins Mill Wolverines last season, the Poolesville Falcons had revenge on their minds.

Poolesville quarterback Ethan Gaddis connected with running back Connell Oberman on a short touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Falcons to a 48-41 victory over the Wolverines.

On the ensuing possession, Poolesville linebacker Colin Hemingway sacked Watkins Mill quarterback Markel Grant on third down but the Wolverines missed a scoring opportunity when Kaden Prather was stopped short of the end zone after catching Grant’s pass on fourth down.

“Last year was a bad loss,” said Hemingway, who led the Poolesville defense with 9.5 tackles including two tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks. “It’s a huge win to beat them this year.”

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Former All-Sentinel player makes WNBA history

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Lanay Montgomery made history in Montgomery County last week when the former All-Sentinel player was selected 30th overall in the third round by the Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Not only did the West Virginia University senior become the first Holy Cross graduate ever selected in the WNBA Draft but the 6-foot-5 center was also the first former Watkins Mill player ever picked in the draft.

On top of that, Montgomery also became the first player from Milton Kimbrough’s Germantown Lady Panthers AAU program ever selected in the WNBA Draft.

“It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft,” said Montgomery. “I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling. It shows the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this game. I’d like to say thank you to my dad Robert Montgomery for introducing me to the game and my AAU coach Milton Kimbrough for working with me and teaching me the game.”

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Northwest cruises to eighth LAX victory

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NW vs. WM LAX 1Watkins Mill’s Hezekiah Likekele (25) faces off against Northwest’s Cole Notari (7).        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – The Northwest boys varsity lacrosse team continued its history-making season Tuesday when it defeated the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines by a score of 15-6 to improve to 8-1.

The win extended the best record the Jaguars have ever boasted in school history.

The 1-4 Wolverines fought valiantly in the penalty-laden bout, but the Northwest attackmen took nearly twice as many shots at the net as Watkins Mill did.

The extra effort paid off for Jaguars senior attackman Cole Notari, who registered a game-high four goals.

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Rule change will affect athlete’s religious freedom

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The rule that forced Watkins Mill junior basketball player Je’Nan Hayes to sit out the Wolverines’ postseason game at Oxon Hill last month has been changed.

The 16-year-old Muslim wears a hijab because of her religion and had worn the garment all season long without opposition from game officials.

However, Hayes, a reserve who had already played in 24 games, could not participate in Watkins Mill’s regional championship contest against the Clippers on March 3 due to a rule that requires a state-approved waiver for religious garments.

“The rule is not clear as to what specific headgear should be worn or not be worn,” said Hayes.

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Watkins Mill takes Blake in overtime thriller

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Watkins Mill vs. BlakeRodney Opoku-Amankwah with a layup as Watkins Mill tops Blake, 83-72.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – It was a story of redemption and loss in boy’s basketball Tuesday night when the Watkins Mill Wolverines went to the home of the Blake Bengals and won, 83-72, in overtime.

The game was unpredictable and showed the volatility of sports, as the match started with a dominant performance by the Wolverines but dragged into one period of overtime, where the visitors dominated once more for the win.

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Damascus holds on to win

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DAMASCUS – The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets kept the Watkins Mill Wolverines down long enough to win 42-34, even after a late surge by the visitors that put them on the edge.

“They rebounded and drove the ball, and we didn’t react that well, but just enough to win,” said Swarmin’ Hornets’ head coach Steve Pisarski.

The Swarmin’ Hornets scored first and never let go of the lead, always building it up until the end. The Wolverines were stuck nipping at their heels and were never too far behind, keeping the Swarmin’ Hornets constantly on their toes.

The first quarter was marred by defensive errors as the Wolverines fouled the Swarmin’ Hornets enough to bring them to the line seven times.

Eight of the Swarmin Hornets’ 13 points in the first quarter were from foul shots, as the Wolverine’s defense could not contain the Swarmin’ Hornets inside the paint.

The Wolverines showed promise in the second quarter, as they went on an eight-point streak before being interrupted by a three-pointer, courtesy of Swarmin’ Hornets junior guard Stephanie DiLeo.

Senior guard Shawna McDougall and senior point guard Brittanie Wray helped the Wolverines with a combined 20 points through the entire game as the backbone of their offense.

The Swarmin’ Hornets had junior forward Drew Dunathan charging in the paint and drawing fouls, stepping up to the line six times and scoring 14 points throughout the game.

Senior guard Kalynn Sefcik also bolstered the Swarmin’ Hornets offense with 10 points.

The third quarter saw the Wolverines score a game-low six points while the Swarmin’ Hornets doubled that and scored 12, thanks to two clutch three-pointers by DiLeo and senior guard Toni Marella.

But the fourth and final quarter was where the Wolverines finally threatened the home team, as a defensive struggle kept the Swarmin’ Hornets to a game-low five points as the Wolverines scored 10.

“I just wanted us to exploit their weaknesses, which was man-to-man defense,: said Wolverines head coach Donita Adams.

After a foul shot by junior forward Princess Frasier, the momentum that the Wolverines had was reduced as the Swarmin’ Hornets scored just enough points to keep the Wolverines at bay and ran the clock to ensure that their comeback dreams would fade.

“We didn’t want to take the team lightly, but we definitely needed to play to our best,” said Marella. 

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Police and teens gain understanding through flag football

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MP1 7317Football players from Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill met with police officers on the football field this week.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill came out the victors on the field Thursday when they faced Montgomery County Police, but the big winners may have been - well everyone.

By a 47-35 margin, the police assisted both sides as the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles beat the Watkins Mill Wolverines in a friendly game of flag football - a first for the cops and the kids.

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Wheaton boys cross country team claims 3A South region title

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The Wheaton High School boys cross country team won the 3A South regional meet after three of their runners placed in the top 20 at Watkins Mill High School Thursday. 

Wheaton beat Northern High School- Calvert County’s 55 points with a score of 49. 

Knights Head Coach Michael Trumbull said he aimed for his team to run as a pack to minimize the time between the first and fifth runners.

 “I knew going into it that if our guys could run together… they had a shot at winning it,” Trumbull said. “That was the game plan going in.”

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Rush, Wims lead Watkins Mill past Wheaton, 37-21

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Three passing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Demetrius Rush and a determined defense led Watkins Mill to a 37-21 victory over visiting Wheaton Friday to close out the regular season. 

Rush also rushed in a fourth touchdown while senior Daquan Wims contributed to three touchdowns: throwing a 30-yard strike to senior wide receiver Moziah Cross, receiving a 24-yard pass in the third quarter from Rush and speeding to 65-yard run for the first score of the game.

Wims burned through the defense on his running score as a result of a key block from junior Markel Grant.

“Out of nowhere, a gap just came; and I hit it and just took off,” Wims said.

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