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Whitman dominates Paint Branch in Capitol Hoops action

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Whitman Vikings vs. PB PanthersHYATTSVILLE — On the second-to-last day of the Capital Hoops Summer Basketball League at DeMatha Catholic High School, two Montgomery County squads were leaning towards the playoffs, as the Whitman Vikings (4-6) upset the Paint Branch Panthers (5-5) by the score of 68-48.

In the beginning of the game, both teams struggled to make buckets, and midway through the first half, the Vikings had led 12-5. But the Panthers kept things close by the end of the half as the deficit was 29-23.

However, Whitman took care of business the rest of the way, offensively and defensively. Jason Lewis led the Vikings with 21 points, while Brendan Shaver registered a double-double (19 points and 14 rebounds), with 11 of his rebounds coming on defense, and Justin Niles put up 12 points and went 4-for-6 from three-point range. Lewis also forced three of the team’s 12 turnovers.

“I fed off my teammates,” Lewis said. “Everybody was moving the ball. We played tough defensively, so that allowed us to get easy buckets off rebounds and getting stops on D.”

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Good Counsel soundly defeats Whitman in Capitol Hoops, 67-52

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Good Counsel's Antoine Jacks (7) guarded by Whitman's Jason Lewis (15), in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School on Monday.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH Good Counsel's Antoine Jacks (7) guarded by Whitman's Jason Lewis (15), in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School on Monday. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  HYATTSVILLE — Good Counsel Falcons assistant basketball coach Anthony Guy gave a spirited postgame speech to the team Monday following their 67-52 win over the Whitman Vikings in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School’s Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

“That’s the reason we won this game,” Guy told the team in the postgame huddle. “Tenacious defense.”

The Falcons outscored Whitman in both halves and played suffocating defense against their Montgomery County public school opponent.

Good Counsel point guard Antoine Jacks scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Falcons to victory over Whitman.

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Whitman boys victorious in summer hoops game with Central, 62-57

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Central's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCentral's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha is in full swing with local teams taking on non-conference opponents in matchups that don’t normally occur in the regular season. Tuesday was no different as the Whitman Vikings (3-3) clashed with and defeated the 1-3 Central Falcons from Prince George’s County by a score of 62-57.

At first, it appeared as though Central was going to extend its 14-point halftime lead and cruise to an easy victory, as Whitman registered just 16 points in a sluggish first half. Falcons forward Devonte Young (15 points) led the charge as he grabbed second-chance rebounds under the basket, drawing a foul in the process. Central point guard Craig Morton (six points) passed off to Young after a fast break for an easy two points under the basket.

Meanwhile, the Vikings couldn’t seem to get going at the foul line after as several players missed their free throws, totaling six in a row. The Vikings also strung together a scoreless four-minute period that allowed Central to add to its comfortable lead.

“We just over-dribbled and haven’t moved the ball and haven’t gotten guys good shots,” said Vikings head coach Chris Lun of his team’s first-half performance. “We were just stagnant, standing around, no energy. We had to make a decision if we’re going to keep playing like that or are we actually going to share the ball and be unselfish. The guys stepped up.”

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St. John’s dominates new Whitman lineup in summer hoops game, 81-54

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St. John's College High School's Devon Dunn (2) tries to block the shot by Walt Whitman High School's Brendan Shaver (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSt. John's Cadets' Devon Dunn (2) tries to block the shot by Whitman Vikings' Brendan Shaver (3) during Sunday's Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In recent years, head coach Chris Lun and the Walt Whitman Vikings have had success bringing in transfers from private schools, and getting an immediate impact from them. Most recently, Alex Sanson joined the Vikings from Gonzaga, and led the team in scoring.

Now, with Sanson graduating, the Vikings appeared to have discovered their next impactful transfer with Jason Lewis.

While Lewis had yet another impressive game for the Vikings in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, Whitman proved to be no match for the St. John’s Cadets’ powerful lineup including four-star guard and University of Virginia commit Casey Morsell, as the Cadets rolled through the Vikings, 81-54.

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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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