B-CC boys rebound in third quarter to beat Northwood, 74-60

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Northwood vs. B CC boys hoops Miles English 2 9 18B-CC’s Miles English (#24) with the put back.                 PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It was silent in the locker room of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons at halftime. In the second game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the visiting Northwood Gladiators had given the Barons varsity boys basketball team, who entered the night with a 13-game in-County win streak, a true fight in the first half.

“At this point in the season, we know what we have to do, and we just didn’t do it in the first half,” B-CC head coach Sean Tracy said.

The Barons regrouped, and came out on fire in the second half. B-CC kept Northwood scoreless for much of the third quarter, and found the momentum they needed to beat Northwood, 74-60.

“I think it was a buy-in as a collective group,” Tracy said of the second half turnaround. “The guys decided to play defense.”


RM Rockets blast SV Screaming Eagles in hoops doubleheader

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Richard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad (#12) makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey (#41). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRichard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey in Senior Night doubleheader.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In a doubleheader on Senior Night, The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team improved to 19-0 Tuesday following a 60-38 victory over the visiting Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles.

Richard Montgomery head coach Mike Oakes attributed his program’s success this season to the performance of a senior trio that includes guard Karon Williams, forward Melanie Osborne and center Nusaibah Rashad whom he affectionately calls “The Big Three.”

“They’ve really transformed this program,” said Oakes, in his fourth season at the helm. “Each year we’ve improved.”


Magruder boys win first, Blake coeds win second in volleyball double-header

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xMagruder vs. Blake Volleyball Double-Header 1Magruder’s Chimere Ukwuani spikes the ball into Blake territory. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DERWOOD – The Colonel Zadok Magruder varsity boys’ volleyball team (5-0) continued its winning ways with a smashing three-set win over the Blake Bengals boys (2-3), 25-14, 25-18, 25-20, at Magruder High School Friday. In the second game of the evening, the Bengals coed team responded in kind, defeating the Magruder team in three sets.

The stunning play of the Colonels could only be matched by the Bengals a few moments during the match. The easy, convincing win goes a long way in establishing the Colonels as one of the favorites for the County championship.

Colonels head coach Tara Vaglica said, “We’re very relaxed. … I think we’re one of the top teams in the county.”


Big Train crushes Baltimore Dodgers in doubleheader

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BETHESDA – In a late-night doubleheader Sunday, the Bethesda Big Train defeated the Baltimore Dodgers 8-7 and 16-2, with outfielder Cody Brown capping the latter game with a grand slam.

The first game, a continuation of a previous matchup postponed for rain, lasted 15 innings before the Big Train baseball team won.

“Bethesda, they fought back like they normally do, they’re never going to give up on you,” said Dodgers head coach Derek Brown.

Although the teams played both games in Bethesda, the Dodgers batted last in the first game because it was a continuation from an earlier postponed game in Baltimore.

Batting last in the second game, the Big Train tallied three or more runs for three innings.

They almost doubled their eight-point lead in the ninth inning to win by 14 runs, four of which scored on a ninth inning grand slam by outfielder Cody Brown.

 “That was huge,” said Big Train catcher Justin Morris. “At that point in the game, everybody was just up there taking swings, having fun, letting loose,”

Brown hit the ball out of the park just right of center field to the sound of cheers from the Big Train dugout and stands just after midnight, bringing their final number of runs to 16.

“We’re coming along, we’re swinging the bat, we’re swinging well, and we’re getting better. It’s a team effort,” said Big Train manager Sal Colangelo.

The game started with the Dodgers scoring first off of a double to centerfield by outfielder Ron Farley but neither team scored again until the fifth inning.

The Big Train tied the game at the top of the fifth with a hit to the right outfield and then scored two more runs off of singles by infielders Clayton Daniel and Allen Smoot.

At the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers tried to make a comeback with a RBI double by outfielder Brian Tagoe, who brought home pitcher Brian Bauk before being tagged out at third.

The Big Train scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings while the Dodgers remained behind, but the game hit a high note in the final two innings of the game with RBIs from Garrett Kueber and Smoot.

In the ninth inning, the Big Train surged ahead with a RBI single by outfielder Peyton Sorrels that scored outfielder Cody Brown, followed by another single from Kueber that sent outfielder Sean Labsan charging home.

Daniel loaded the bases after a single and then back-to-back singles by Smoot and outfielder Jimmy Monaghan raised the Big Train up to 12 runs.

Then, Cody Brown stepped up to the plate, with the bases loaded and victory practically assured for the Big Train.

Players in the Dodgers dugout shouted words of encouragement to their fielding team, although the smiles on their faces revealed a tinge of sarcasm given the score. 


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