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MoCo fans mourn the loss of two local sporting greats

We lost two individuals with deep roots in Montgomery County athletics during the past two months, a former athlete, and an alum and coach.
Eric Nichols, the popular Gaithersburg quarterback who guided the Trojans to their first state championship in 1986, died in August at the age of 48.
Nichols was also the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1986 and led Maryland to a victory over Pennsylvania in the 1987 Big 33 All-Star football game.
Maryland’s 26-22 victory over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium marked the first time in history that a team from Maryland had beaten Pennsylvania in that game.
“That was one of the baddest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in this area,” said former Seneca Valley standout Wayne Turner, “[He’s in the] top ten.”

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Beattie leaves indelible mark on sports as he retires

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094BBC38 B480 4E9B 9F9A 3EA1B188268DDuke Beattie. PHOTO BY LEM SATTERFIELD  Duke Beattie isn’t sure what the future holds, and the retiring Montgomery County Director of Athletics is okay with that.

“I don’t have an exit strategy,” said Beattie, during an hour-long interview last month in his Rockville office. “After 39 years in the school system and 19 years in the central administrative office, I don’t want to leap into anything without stopping, looking and seeing what I may want to do next.”

The notion may serve as a sharp contrast to those who have known Beattie as an organized stickler to detail who’s governed with high moral and ethical standards.

“To have principles means that you have a good idea of what is right and what is not right, and that you’ll stand up for what is right even if that’s difficult to do,” said Beattie who will be replaced by former assistant Jeff Sullivan.

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Richard Montgomery's AD steps down

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richard montgomery logoThere will be a changing of the guard at Richard Montgomery High School this year.

Richard Montgomery Athletic Director Jonathan Freda announced he was stepping down after four years at the Rockville public school.

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