Bullis junior switches to Ohio State while MC hoops standout soars

Wisconsin’s loss is Ohio State’s gain.
Bryson Shaw, a talented junior two-sport star at Potomac’s Bullis School, has verbally committed to play college football at Ohio State University.
Shaw, who announced his pledge to Wisconsin in January, flipped his commitment to Ohio State in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“Please respect my decision,” he wrote. “My recruitment is now closed. Go Buckeyes!”


North wins MoCo all-county senior basketball game

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Basketball through the hoopROCKVILLE — Thursday night’s Montgomery County Senior All-Star Game at Montgomery College featured highlight reel dunks and very little defense from both teams.

Richard Montgomery’s Daryn Alexander and Northwest’s Norval Black erupted for 27 points each to lead the North team past the South, 144-137.

Alexander and Black were teammates last year for Vernon Buckle’s Montgomery County Heat AAU basketball program Team Vito so they had some familiarity with each other entering Thursday’s contest and their skills were displayed on the hardwood.

“We didn’t talk [prior to the game],” said Alexander, “We just got that chemistry from AAU so it was fun playing in this game, too.”


Jairus Lyles leads UMBC to upset win over No. 1 seed UVA

Jairus Lyles.  COURTESY PHOTOJairus Lyles.       COURTESY PHOTO  What. A. Game.
The Retrievers of University of Maryland, Baltimore County pulled off the unthinkable on Friday night by dismantling the overall No. 1 seed, Virginia, in the NCAA Tournament.
The win marked the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed.
The Retrievers were led by Montgomery County product Jairus Lyles who finished with a game-high 28 points and added four rebounds and three assists in UMBC’s 74-54 victory.
“I think we had the confidence coming into the game,” said Lyles. “I don’t think there was a point in the game that we thought we couldn’t play with them.”


MC Raptors District VII champs with PGCC defeat, advance to NJCAA DIII finals

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Montgomery College’s Afanna Offor hits a jumper against Prince George’s Community College’s Gus Stone for two of his 23 points in the regional finals. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMontgomery College’s Afanna Offor hits a jumper against Prince George’s Community College’s Gus Stone for two of his 23 points in the regionals. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKROCKVILLE — Montgomery College is headed to the big dance.

The Montgomery College Raptors men’s basketball team earned its way Sunday to the NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championship with an 85-71 victory over the visiting Prince George’s Community College Owls.

The Raptors captured the District VII championship thanks to a team effort and will play in the finals in Loch Sheldrake, New York scheduled for March 15-17. The win helped Montgomery College head coach Keith Byrd secure his first trip to the national tournament and the program’s first since 2007.

Afanna Offor led four Raptors in double figures with a game-high 23 points and Tyran Crawford scored 17 points while Collin Turner and Chris Johnson also had significant contributions.

“To be honest,” said Crawford, a former Seneca Valley High School standout, “I’m not trying to get too up or too down but we’re on a mission and we’ve got to complete that mission.”


MC Raptors smash SCC Flyers, advance to district final championship game

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Montgomery College Raptors’ Elisha Arnold lays in two points in the second half against Sandhills Community College Flyers Mason Harrell (2) and Donnie Heith (12). PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMontgomery College Raptors’ Elisha Arnold lays in two points in the second half against Sandhills Community College Flyers Mason Harrell (2) and Donnie Heith (12). PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery College Raptors men’s basketball team punched their ticket to the NJCAA DIII District VII Championship game by registering an 85-59 win Saturday over the nationally-ranked Sandhills Community College Flyers.

Sophomore guard Chris Johnson scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Raptors in double figures. Ramel Davidson finished with 14 points and Collin Turner added 13 points while Afanna Offor scored 10 points for Montgomery College.


Montgomery College’s Turner leads Raptors over Butler Community 113-81

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Collin TurnerCollin Turner.          COURTESY PHOTOROCKVILLE – The final box score told the story.

Collin Turner, Montgomery College’s sensational sophomore guard, finished with a game-high 34 points on Saturday to lead the Raptors to a 113-81 victory over Pennsylvania’s Butler County Community College.

Turner, who logged 32 minutes against BCCC, shot 65 percent from the field including five three-pointers and converted all three of his foul shots.

Although he battled respiratory problems the entire game, Turner was still productive against BCCC. Turner’s three-pointer late in the game put the Raptors ahead, 101-64.


Locals rise to prominence in pro football and college basketball

Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris could see significant playing time this weekend after Ezekiel Elliott was denied a preliminary injunction blocking a six-game suspension.
Through five games this season, Morris has rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries including three yards in Sunday’s 33-19 win over the Redskins, his former team.
As a Redskins rookie in 2012, Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, finishing second in the league in total rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns.
Meanwhile, former DeMatha standout Arie Kouandjio was re-signed to the Redskins active roster from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.


Rockville native scores first TD in NFL, Springbrook senior commits to Quinnipiac

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTO  Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins reeled in a pass from quarterback Carson Wentz and scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
For Hollins, a Rockville native who once played at Wootton, the score marked his first career touchdown as an NFL wide receiver.
I spoke with Hollins in the Eagles locker room following Philadelphia’s 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener at FedEx Field.
Although he didn’t get much playing time that day, he was happy to be back in familiar surroundings.


Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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Montgomery Blair High School graduate Kevin Broadus has joined the Maryland men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Broadus, who spent nine years at Georgetown, brings more than two decades of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach, and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program.”


Patrick Ewing comes back to Georgetown

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NBA great and Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing has been hired to assume the head coaching duties at his alma mater.

Ewing, who once owned a home in Potomac, was introduced as the new Georgetown head coach last week during a press conference at the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.

“This is a special moment for our university and for our men’s basketball program,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Thirty-three years after winning the NCAA National Championship, No. 33 is coming home.”

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