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Paint Branch defeats Kennedy in Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest

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Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Paint Branch vs. KennedyKennedy Cavaliers' Jalen Lovell (#20) and Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (#5) dive for a loose ball during the Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Invitational Tournament.               PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH.BURTONSVILLE — The Paint Branch varsity basketball team emerged victorious Thursday over the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers, 79-75, in the final championship game of the Walter Hardy Holiday Hoopfest Invitational Tournament.

It was a fitting ending to a tournament that honored a man who had left an indelible mark on both schools featured in the championship game.

Hardy, a Paint Branch graduate, coached the Panthers for 17 seasons and served as athletic director at Kennedy. He had just begun his tenure as Sherwood’s athletic director when he died suddenly in September.

Current Panthers head coach Chris Bohlen helped organize the tournament as a way to not only honor Hardy but to raise money for the Walter Hardy Scholarship Fund. Bohlen hopes to make the tournament an annual affair.

“[Hardy] has done so much for the community and for Paint Branch,” said Bohlen. “When his family established the scholarship fund, it was a no-brainer to use the proceeds and donations to help benefit that fund.”

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Whitman girls basketball team steamrolls Kennedy

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Whitman Lady Vikings vs. Kennedy Cavaliers 12 18 17Whitman's Elyse Lowet leaves the Kennedy guard on the floor.                       PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESILVER SPRING — Before the Whitman varsity girls basketball team returns to the court after a timeout, the players huddle together in a circle and shout just one word – a promise to rely on each other, to focus on the power of teamwork and chemistry. 

“Together!”

The Lady Vikings kept that promise to each other on Monday when they traveled to Kennedy High School and dismantled the winless Cavaliers, 75-30.

Three Vikings finished with double-digit points, a feat that appeared within reach in the first quarter when Whitman registered seven three-pointers. Three of the buckets came courtesy of senior guard Brooke Gumataotao, who led all scorers with 16 points.

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Locals light up the Cap Classic

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Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

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WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

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Baylor leads Falcons over Landon

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TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.

The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.

“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”

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Whitman Girls Capture 4A West Crown

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Whitman girls 4A Champs -3-2017Isabel Manzano, a Whitman senior goes up for an uncontested layup against Gaithersburg in the 4A- West finals. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH 

SILVER SPRING – The Whitman varsity girls basketball team claimed its second 4A West championship in two years Saturday after throttling Gaithersburg 69-46 at the Nelson H. Kobren Memorial Gym at Blair High School.

Gaithersburg got on the board first but the rest of the first half belonged to Whitman as the Vikings dropped 44 points on the Trojans.

Whitman guard Abby Meyers led all scorers with 26 points in three quarters of play.

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Seneca Valley overcomes adversity to defeat Tuscarora in overtime

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SV vs. Tuscarora-March 2017S.V.'s Trey Lucas puts up a three-pointer. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

GERMANTOWN – Personal tragedy helped the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team persevere in the face of adversity Saturday as the Screaming Eagles rallied to beat Tuscarora in overtime, 47-42, and advanced to the Maryland 3A state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Fond memories of Andrew Dantzler and Jimmy Humphrey still linger on in the minds of the Seneca Valley boys’ basketball team. So much so that the Screaming Eagles have dedicated the 2016-17 campaign to their two fallen heroes who both passed away last year.

“That was the whole goal – to win it for them not for us,” said Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson, who finished with 12 points. “It’s a family thing.”

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Cougars overpower Rockets for MoCo’s 4A West championship

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QO vs. RM 4A West Regional ChampionshipDespite the best efforts of RM's Daryn Alexander, Quince Orchard's John Fierstein goes for a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – A second-half surge had the Quince Orchard Cougars (23-2) varsity boys’ basketball team sitting pretty atop the Montgomery County 4A West region, overpowering the Richard Montgomery Rockets (20-5) on Saturday afternoon at Blair High School gymnasium, 56-41.

With the win, the Cougars advance to the state semifinals to play Wise on Thursday at Xfinity Center in College Park.

The win “felt great,” said Cougars head coach Paul Foringer, in his 17th season for a Cougar program that has yet to win a state championship in basketball. “We always seem to come up short.”

Cougars senior forward John Fierstein (14 points), one of the stars of the game and the season for the Cougars, said the win was “amazing.”

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JDS easily wins PVAC as Knapp pumps in 40

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ROCKVILLE – Bryan Knapp went out with a bang.

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School senior scored a career-high 40 points in his final high school game to lead the Lions to a 76-65 victory over Sandy Spring Friends School in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference tournament championship game on Saturday night at Wootton High School.

“Bryan Knapp is one of the best players in the whole area, and he deserves it,” said Jewish Day School head coach David McCloud.

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Raptors men win basketball tournament against Cougars 92-77

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ROCKVILLE—On Saturday evening at the MC-Rockville Gymnasium in a duel between two evenly matched teams, a 12-0 third quarter run led the Montgomery College Raptors (19-9) men’s basketball team to victory 92-77 against the Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny Campus Cougars in the NJCAA Region XX tournament.

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