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Whitman girls LAX team loses to Dulaney in state semifinals

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Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to score.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to attempt to get a goal past Dulaney goalie Jules Dotterweich. The Whitman Vikings would come up short against the Dulaney Lions (24), losing the semifinals game 12-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse team fell short against the Dulaney Lions in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, losing by a score of 12-6 at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School.

The loss was an unceremonious ending to a dominant season that featured the Vikings steamrolling most of their opponents. Whitman entered the game with just one loss against Sherwood in a double-overtime thriller earlier this month.

At first, it appeared as though the match would be a close one since the Lions had an answer every time the Vikings scored. Senior Maddy Kostopulos and junior Hanna Freund both registered a team-high two goals. Kostopulos was the first player to put Whitman on the board when she fired in her first goal unassisted just two minutes in.

Dulaney junior Zoe Hermann gave the Lions their first lead midway through the first half and Dulaney never looked back. The Vikings attackers drove toward the net again and again but senior goalie and McDaniel College soccer commit Jules Dotterweich denied goal after goal.

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Whitman eliminates WJ in first-round playoff game

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With the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17) who is covering home. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWith the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17), who is covering home.        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland high school baseball playoffs got started with a bang as four-seed Whitman and five-seed Walter Johnson faced off.

In a wild, and certainly not pretty game that lasted almost three hours, the Whitman Vikings advanced to the second round with a 19-16 win over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

“In a high school game, I’ve never seen 35 runs between two teams,” Whitman head coach Joe Cassidy said.

The two Bethesda rivals combined to score 35 runs, use eight pitchers and walk 23 batters.

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Walk-off home run lifts B-CC to comeback win over Whitman

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the Whitman Vikings by a score of 8-6 on the B-CC home field.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the visiting Whitman Vikings, 8-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons centerfielder Sebastian Mieses, a preseason All-State selection and a Mount Saint Mary’s commit, stepped up to the plate with all the momentum in the world. His B-CC Barons had just come back in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the second-round playoff game against the Whitman Vikings.

He came through, with one of the biggest hits in school history.

“I just hit it good, and it went. I knew it was gone off the bat,” Mieses said.

Just a pitch after he popped out to center field, but was called back as the Whitman pitcher balked, Mieses completed an improbable Barons comeback with a two-run, walk-off home run to left field, driving in Will Philpott who was camped out on first base as B-CC eliminated Whitman, 8-6.

“Craziest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Mieses said.

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Whitman baseball team suffers shutout by Damascus, and bids farewell to principal

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Damascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHDamascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets varsity baseball team closed the regular season Monday night with a statement and a shutout against the Whitman Vikings, 10-0.

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to celebrate Whitman’s Senior Night and Community Night. The Vikings’ final regular season game was the culmination of an afternoon that featured a raffle and games played by the Montgomery County Little League.

However, the Swarmin’ Hornets (15-2) spoiled the festivities by handing Whitman its eighth loss of the season. Damascus pitcher and University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit Ethan Wentzlaff earned his eighth home run of the season on his first at-bat of the evening.

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Undefeated Sherwood girls hand Whitman its first loss in lacrosse

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CN9A2120aWhitman’s Julia Curran (12) gets her shot on goal blocked by Sherwood’s High School's Emily St.Laurent (12). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SANDY SPRING — Two undefeated teams. Two overtime periods. One last-second Anna Lippy goal in double overtime to claim Sherwood’s eleventh win of the season.

Whenever the Sherwood Warriors and Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse teams play each other, it usually results in a close, aggressive game and Tuesday was no different as the Warriors returned the favor from last season and defeated the visiting Vikings 11-10 at Caruso Memorial Stadium.

The game was Sherwood’s last at home before the playoffs. Both teams played with a level of intensity that is to be expected late in the season against two squads who had run through everyone else on their schedule. The referees stayed busy doling out yellow cards for illegal hits and plays that resulted in the Warriors being down two players heading into overtime.

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Whitman girls remain undefeated with victory over Quince Orchard in LAX

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Whitman’s Abby Waldvogel (11) fires the goal past Quince Orchard’s Kate Faraone (23) and goalie Josie Juhring (18). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWhitman’s Abby Waldvogel (11) fires the goal past Quince Orchard’s Kate Faraone (23) and goalie Josie Juhring (18). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG –Whitman girls varsity lacrosse continued their perfect season Monday as the Vikings defeated Quince Orchard 12-4 at the Cougar Dome improving to an 8-0 record on the season.

Nine different players were responsible for Whitman’s 12 goals, with seven players scoring in the first half alone. Vikings head coach Katie Bitonti said that the group effort mentality is one of her team’s main focuses in practice.

“From start to finish, we need everyone working together. We don’t like to rely on one player,” she said. “We like to keep the ball moving on attack. We have a very well-balanced team and they work well together. They like feeding the ball to each other.”

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Whitman baseball team gets payback with defeat of WJ Wildcats

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Whitman Vikings’ Sam Mermelstein (15) makes it back to second base after taking a bit too much of a lead on WJ Wildcats second baseman Ian Rickles (3). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWhitman Vikings’ Sam Mermelstein (15) makes it back to second base after taking too much of a lead on WJ Wildcats second baseman Ian Rickles (3).  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — In the second matchup between varsity baseball teams the Whitman Vikings and the Walter Johnson Wildcats, the visiting Whitman offense started out hot, taking an early lead and never looking back as they took down Walter Johnson on their home turf, 10-7.

The Vikings came into the 2017 playoffs as the number one seed in their section, only to lose to the Wildcats in the second round of the playoffs. Then, in the first meeting between Whitman and WJ this season, the Wildcats emerged victorious once again in extra innings. Whitman coach TJ Caswell, filling in for head coach Joe Cassidy for this game, said the Vikings were ready to finally get payback.

“They have a little bitter taste in their mouth. We played them in the playoffs. We lost. We got our teeth kicked in. We wanted to come back this year and own Bethesda,” said Caswell.

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B-CC point guard Lowndes leads Lady Barons to historic victory over Whitman

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B-CC Barons’ point guard Charlotte Lowndes (#11) pushes the ball upcourt against Whitman Vikings’ Molly Knox (#21), constantly pressuring the Whitman defense in the playoff game on the Barons’ home court Tuesday night. The Barons defeated the Vikings 49-25 to advance to the Sectional Final against the Walter Johnson Wildcats on Thursday, March 1. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ point guard Charlotte Lowndes (#11) pushes the ball upcourt against Whitman Vikings’ Molly Knox (#21), constantly pressuring the Whitman defense in the playoff game on the Barons’ home court Tuesday night. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It had been over eight years since the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons girls basketball team last defeated the Whitman Vikings. It had been three years since any girls team other than Whitman won the region. Now, the tables have been turned, and the streak is no more.

Led by a dominant effort from point guard Charlotte Lowndes, B-CC soundly defeated the visiting Vikings, 49-25.

“It’s been tough coming close in past years…It’s nice to return the favor this year, but we expected to do it,” B-CC head coach Ryan Ingalls said of the win.

After falling behind 6-2 in the early minutes of the game, B-CC finally began to click. The Barons rattled off a 12-0 run to end the first quarter, giving them a 14-6 lead. Once B-CC took the lead at 7-6, they never looked back.

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Region champs Welch, Velikanov among eight Churchill grapplers bound for Class 4A-3A states

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Churchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  CLARKSBURG — Senior champion Andrew Welch (195) and junior Alec Velikanov (285) are among eight wrestlers of the Churchill Bulldogs who placed fourth or higher at the Feb. 23 and 24 Class 4A-3A West Regionals at Clarksburg, thereby qualifying for this weekend’s Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Finishing third were Churchill seniors Jack Connolly (138), Sean Mahan (145) and Elijah Zack (152), with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Mac Ballman (170) and junior Carlos Villamar (132) all being fourth.

Winning titles for the Northwest Jaguars were seniors Yonas Harris (106) and Luke Patterson (170), with sophomore Siavash Sarvestani (113) being second, and junior Jack Thomas (195), third.

Clarksburg, Magruder, Quince Orchard and Whitman all placed three wrestlers within the top four, with two each doing so for Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walter Johnson, and one apiece for Einstein, Gaithersburg and Wootton.

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Damascus crowns seven champions, dominates for 16th county grappling title

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Undefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKUndefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  State champion Ryan Lawrence pinned twice in the first period to reach last Saturday’s 145-pound county title bout, where the Damascus senior overcame Blair’s all-time winning wrestler Ryan Holland, 8-6, for his third straight crown to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to their seventh consecutive and 16th overall Montgomery County tournament championship at Gaithersburg.

A two-time county and regional champion who was third at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (41-0) was among seven titlists, nine wrestlers who finished within the top three of their weight classes and 10 who were within the top six for the Swarmin’ Hornets (238.5 points), who overwhelmed runner-up Churchill (148.5 points) and the rest of the 25-team field.

Winning counties for the second time were Swarmin’ Hornets’ seniors John Allan Furgeson (152), Ben Lokos (170) and state champion Paul Purkey (195), junior Johnny McLaughlin (126), and sophomore Timothy Furgeson (160), with junior Elijah Baisden (285) capturing his first.

Senior Dyllan Ramirez (132) and sophomore Aiden Beall (220) placed third, and senior Josh Creegan (138), sixth, the latter in the event’s most difficult weight class after having finished third at counties, fourth at regions and sixth at states as a junior.

Other repeat champions were seniors Yonas Harris (106) of Northwest, C.J. Cramma (120) of Magruder, Gabe McAndrew (182) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and John-Luke Iglesias (220) of Whitman, with junior Alex Carbonell (113) of Poolesville, senior Bryan Huynh (132) of Blair, and junior Chris Sanchez (138) earning their first crowns.

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