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The Quince Orchard family mourns the loss of student athlete Terry

Tyler Terry.   COURTESY PHOTO  Tyler Terry. COURTESY PHOTO  The Quince Orchard High School community is mourning the death of senior football star Tyler Terry.
Terry, a two-way standout at the Gaithersburg school, died Sunday at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., nearly two weeks after being hospitalized with a heart condition. He was 17.
“For those of you who knew Tyler, we ask that you remember and celebrate his passion for football, his love of his family and friends, and his great big infectious smile,” Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working wrote in a letter addressed to the Quince Orchard High School Community. “For those of you who did not know him, we ask that you support Tyler’s friends and family during this time of loss.”

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

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MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

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WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

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RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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McClinton All-Stars defeat On Point in Kenner League playoffs

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 1Anthony Cowan gets set for a layup in the second half. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON – Friday’s Kenner League basketball playoff game between Darren McClinton All-Stars and On Point featured some of the DMV’s top talent.

Anthony Cowan, a rising sophomore at Maryland, scored a game-high 35 points to lead Darren McClinton’s squad to a 92-82 victory over On Point at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus.

“For me it’s always a blessing to be able to play against the best out there,” said former North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard, a Bishop O’Connell graduate who finished with 19 points, “he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”

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Hayburn brothers shine in Swim League All-Star meet

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MPI swim 0650Takoma Park Swim Team’s Jasmine Barry, 14, competes in the medley relay. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   LAUREL – The Hayburns have the Midas touch.

Brothers Jimmy and Joseph Hayburn combined to win five events Saturday during the Prince-Mont Swim League All-Stars meet at the West Arundel Swim Club.

The Bowie residents compete for the Whitehall Pool and Tennis swim team and are coached by their mother Teri and sister Annie.

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Wrestler Olivia Rondeau makes history

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Olivia RondeauGaithersburg resident Olivia Rondeau became the first female wrestler to capture a gold medal in the AAU Junior Olympic Games. COURTESY PHOTO   A Montgomery County teenager made history this week at the 51st annual AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit, Mich.

On Monday, Gaithersburg resident Olivia Rondeau became the first female wrestler to capture a gold medal in the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

“She had to beat All-American wrestlers to do it,” said Don Rondeau, Olivia’s father.

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Magruder falls short in playoffs to NW

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ROCKVILLE – It was a hard-fought game but Magruder fell short on Monday.

Northwest High School standouts Terrence Williams and Norval Black guided the Jaguars to a 70-66 first round playoff victory over the Magruder Colonels in the Maryland Elite Varsity Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Williams, a former Watkins Mill Wolverine, finished with 18 points and Black contributed 14 points but Kolbey Woodard had a key defensive play late in the game that helped trigger the win. Leading by a basket, Woodard made a steal with 3.9 seconds remaining but was fouled and sent to the charity stripe.

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Jenkins Camp Gives Parents Recruiting Tips

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OLNEY – J. Everette Pearsall, founder and executive director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes, was among the keynote speakers Saturday at the parent’s seminar during the third annual Jelani Jenkins Youth Football Camp at Good Counsel High School.

Since 1992, Pearsall’s organization has been responsible for presenting the annual Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award trophy to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

Various major college football programs recruited Jenkins, who was a Watkins Award finalist and boasted a 3.96 grade point average during his senior campaign at Good Counsel, before he opted to sign with the University of Florida in 2009. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, and although he left school early, he returned to Gainesville last year to pick up his undergraduate degree in applied physiology and kinesiology.

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