Watkins Mill boys LAX team defeats Wheaton on Senior Night

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Watkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKWatkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  MONTGOMERY VILLAGE — Wheaton had no answer for Watkins Mill on Senior Night.

The Watkins Mill Wolverines varsity boys lacrosse team overcame an early deficit en route to a 6-3 victory Friday over the Wheaton Knights.

After a scoreless first quarter, JC Garay netted a goal with 10:28 remaining in the second period to put the Knights ahead, 1-0.

However, Watkins Mill received consecutive goals from Joseph Clark, Chris Crews and Selom Kalin-Samlan to take a 3-1 lead early in the third quarter.

“Winning on Senior Night is always huge,” said Watkins Mill head coach Max Bero. “I feel like we were playing a little distracted at the beginning and I like that we were able to at least maintain the aggressiveness. We didn’t let the distraction get in our head. We didn’t let the fact that Wheaton scored early get in our head. We were able to keep pushing and push past that to find success in the third quarter.”


Wheaton wins double victory in doubleheader against rival Kennedy

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On fire against neighborhood rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKOn fire against rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights varsity baseball team won both games of a doubleheader Saturday with neighborhood rival, the Kennedy Cavaliers. Wheaton claimed an 11-1 victory in the first game and captured a 15-2 win in the second game.

The Montgomery County high schools are separated by a two-mile stretch on Randolph Road.

“Everyone went to the same middle school so we’re all friendly,” said Kennedy head coach Josh Creighton, whose team fell to 0-7, “but it’s definitely a huge rivalry in every sport – Battle of Randolph.”

The visiting Knights outscored the Cavaliers en route to their second and third wins of the season.

“Our whole team performed good – from top to bottom,” said Wheaton senior captain Anushka Fernando. “Everyone performed well. We came out and we put out a performance against our rivals.”


Kennedy crushes Wheaton in girls lacrosse 6-3

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Kennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKKennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — From a first-half struggle to a second-half blowout, the Kennedy Cavaliers beat the Wheaton Knights 6-3 in a varsity girls’ lacrosse rivalry game Tuesday night.

The two rivals met on a cold night, Wheaton with two wins so far and looking to start an unbeaten streak with a third while Kennedy had a 1-1 record.

After the game, both teams are on equal footing with a 2-1 record.

It was a first half that brought out an impressive showing from both teams, although the Cavaliers evidently had the edge. They played more aggressively and controlled the ball better on the Knights’ side, leaving their defense relatively relaxed.

“I think that today Kennedy came out stronger and they gave momentum and they kept momentum throughout the game,” said Wheaton head coach Kimberly Taylor.


Blake takes first win with 15-5 victory over Knights

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Blake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEBlake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity baseball team notched its first win of the season in dramatic fashion on Friday by defeating the visiting Wheaton Knights 15-5 at Bengal Field.

The Bengals jumped out to an early lead after a prolific third inning and followed it up with an equally prolific fourth inning to put the Knights away in five.

Blake senior pitcher Phoenix Spiller was instrumental in his team’s victory, registering a game-high four RBI. Senior Anthony Wall and freshmen Jared Pollack and Mathew Lopez each finished with two RBI.

Knights freshman catcher Kelvin Pedroza led his team with three RBI in a losing effort.

Wheaton head coach Jim Bort attributed his team’s loss to two factors: overconfidence and lack of focus on the fundamentals.

“Our fielding was not good at all tonight. We have a lot of work to do there and they kind of exposed us tonight,” said Bort. “I don’t know if we felt overconfident after our win [against Northwood on Tuesday] or if we just didn’t execute the fundamentals. I think it was a combination of both.”


“MoCo” native Alex Tsironis wears many hats, County welcomes new head coaches

Alex TsironisAlex Tsironis. COURTESY PHOTO  Over the years, Alex Tsironis has been a coach, teacher and mentor to countless students throughout Montgomery County Public Schools.
Tsironis, who was born in Silver Spring, currently heads up the Physical Education and Arts Department at North Bethesda Middle School.
However, Tsironis, a Watkins Mill High School graduate, is perhaps best known as the creator of the popular MoCo Snow website and blog, at, which began in 2010.
“I loved snow days,” recalled Tsironis, “so I would always share my opinions with my kids.”


Churchill wrestlers earn Paint Branch crown, eye Damascus showdown

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20180120 The Pit 195lb 1Both Andrew Welch of Churchill and Ike Kalu of Western Tech are exhausted as their 195-lb weight class finals took 8:00. Welch prevailed for the win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Sean Mahan (145), Fio Tranquill (182) and Andrew Welch (195) won titles, with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Jack Connolly (138) finishing second as Churchill placed 11 wrestlers within the top six of their weight classes to win the 21-team Paint Branch Invitational Tournament on Jan. 19 and 20.

The Bulldogs (18-0 overall, 8-0 minus tournament dual meets) outscored runner-up Old Mill of Anne Arundel County 220.5-to-203.5, continuing their tremendous year under coaches Tim Lowe and Tony Howard heading into Saturday’s tri-meet with Quince Orchard at 15-time county champion Damascus.

At Paint Branch, Elijah Jack (152) finished third, Ryan Kaplow (220) and Alec Velikanov (285) were fourth, Carlos Villamar (132) fifth, and Parker DeSalvio (160) and Mac Ballman (170) both sixth.

The Bulldogs are now 3-0 in tournaments, having gone 10-0 to win the Rocket Launch Duals at Richard Montgomery and captured the title at the Joe Verciglio Memorial Tournament at Chantilly High of Virginia under Lowe, who was a two-time state champion at Einstein while Howard was a three-timer at Magruder.


Churchill Bulldogs maul Wheaton Knights 50-20 in girls basketball

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Churchill High School freshman Parker Hill (#33) stuffed Wheaton High School's Caroline  Djukduel (#15) as she went up for a layup in the game played at Churchill Tuesday, January 2, 2018 which the Lady Bulldogs won decisively by a score of 50-20.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHChurchill's Parker Hill (#33) stuffs Wheaton Knights' Caroline Djukduel (#15) as she attempts a layup.The Churchill Bulldogs won by a score of 50-20. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  POTOMAC — It was over for the Wheaton Knights girls basketball team Tuesday night by the end of the first quarter as the Churchill Bulldogs started strong and never let off. In the end, the Bulldogs emerged triumphant against the Knights, the final score 50-20.

The night was a rough one for the Knights. They didn’t reach double digits on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and made a total of nine points in the first three quarters of the game.

Up until a drastic about-face in the fourth quarter, the Knights scored two, three and four points in the first, second and third quarter, respectively. High pressure from the Bulldogs and missed buckets shackled the Knights throughout the game, but the turnovers fatally dented their armor.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were coasting throughout most of the game. By neutralizing the Knights’ star senior point guard Crystal Jones, they were able to maneuver more freely and leave the visitors scrambling to come up with a different plan of attack.


Wheaton girls neutralize Blake in basketball 50-41

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Wheatons Crystal Jones 13 drives the lane past Blakes Alexandra Konzmann 11. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWheaton's Crystal Jones (13) drives the lane past Blake's Alexandra Konzmann (11).    PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights held down the Blake Bengals in girls’ basketball to finish 50-41.

It was neck and neck throughout the entire game, as both teams had trouble putting points on the board. The Bengals had open shots in abundance but missed enough of them to impact their game.

“Shots are like rain, sometimes it drips, sometimes it pours, and we’re going to start having some things pour,” said Blake head coach Christopher Towle.


Montgomery County’s high school wrestling preview

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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.”


Gaithersburg dominates in 71-59 win over Wheaton

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GAITHERSBURG — Starting off the boys’ basketball season with a win, it was a battle of endurance at Gaithersburg High School where the Gaithersburg Trojans triumphed over the Wheaton Knights, 71-59.

The game also featured 13-year-old Gaithersburg freshman shooting guard Jao Ituka in his first high school game. Ituka scored only eight points, but Trojans head coach Jeffrey Holda expects some growing pains to help him improve.

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