Longtime girls head basketball coach at Damascus steps down after two decades at the helm

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xSteve PisarskiDamascus girls basketball coach Steve Pisarski steps down after 20 years. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  Steve Pisarski, the longtime girls’ head basketball coach at Damascus High School, has decided to step down from his post after two decades at the helm.

Pisarski, a Springbrook graduate, compiled more than 400 wins while coaching girls’ high school basketball in Montgomery County, including a short stint at his alma mater.

Pisarski, a resource teacher at Damascus, received a job promotion that prompted the move, he said.

“That threw another thing on my plate,” said Pisarski, who is now the Physical Education Department chair at Damascus. “That’s enough work in and of itself.”


All-Sentinel girls basketball team named

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Co-Coach of the Year – Steve Pisarski, Damascus

A longtime coach in Montgomery County, Pisarski guided the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 20-4 record in his final season at the helm of the program and compiled more than 400 wins during a tenure that lasted nearly three decades.

Co-Coach of the Year – Donita Adams, Watkins Mill

A Montgomery County product, Adams, who once played for Pisarski at Damascus, guided the Wolverines to a 13-win season including an appearance in the region championship game after registering just four wins in her first season at the helm.


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.


Magruder girls defeat Blake and move on in the playoffs

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Magruder vs. Blake 1Magruder guard Laila Grant (5), who had a team high score of 22 points, brings the ball upcourt. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Magruder varsity girls basketball team had a rough practice a few days before opening their postseason Friday at home against Blake.

Colonels head coach Kashauna Cook said her team learned how to persevere during that difficult practice that involved running sprints for over an hour.

Cook’s team test couldn’t have come at a better time. Magruder’s newfound perseverance was tested against a third quarter Blake surge that saw the Bengals pull within one point.

However, the Colonels refused to be ‘one and done’ in the playoffs and held on to beat Blake 57-46.


Good Counsel girls fall to McNamara in regular season finale

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OLNEY – Senior Night was supposed to be a celebratory evening for the Good Counsel girls varsity basketball team.

The Falcons hoped to honor their six seniors and close out the regular season on a high note by grabbing a win Friday night at the Kane Center.

The Mustangs of Bishop McNamara, however, had other plans.

The squad from Forestville built on an early lead and finished strong, defeating Good Counsel 64-55.


Tigers Falter But Whitman Comeback Attempt Falls Short

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POTOMACA formula for winning basketball games on any level is good team defense, limiting turnovers and hitting foul shots.

When the Connelly of the Holy Child Girls Varsity Basketball Tigers (18-1) beat the Whitman Girls Vikings (24-3), 47-42, on Monday night at Holy Child gymnasium, this Tiger team played poorly on defense, did not limit its turnovers in the fourth quarter and was abysmal for most of the night from the foul line. Yet it still found a way to win.

The Tigers’ winning streak is up to 18, and it is one of the top teams in the metro area from the ISL, but Tigers head coach Jamie Ready had to address the foul shooting as the Tigers made only nine of 27 foul shots, almost snapping their winning streak. 

Ready knows her team has to figure this out moving forward. “You know it has been something we are definitely struggling with, and weve been working on it. … Like I said to them in the locker room, Im very proud of you. We found a way to win, and we got to figure out our foul shooting. We got to figure it out.”


Whitman girls hold on against Churchill

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Whitman v. Churchill b-ball 1Winston Churchill’s Kamryn Testa, holds on to the ball as Elizabeth Holden of Whitman goes for an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

POTOMAC – Churchill Head Coach Kate Blanken can’t wait for her 15-3 Bulldogs to play Whitman again.

The top two 4A South girls varsity basketball teams went head-to-head Friday in a matchup that could end up being a playoff preview.

Although the Vikings (16-2) emerged victorious 60-51, Blanken appeared unfazed by Churchill’s loss.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” she said. “I can’t wait to play them in the playoffs…we’re pumped.”

And with good reason.


Paint Branch cruises by Magruder 59-46

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JGS 9782Paint Branch’s Katerra Myers drives the ball down the court, guarded by Magruder's Lauren Pierce. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Paint Branch varsity girls basketball team has one goal in mind this season: win their division, win their region and go to states. 

The 10-4 Panthers have won nine of their last ten games and extended their five-game winning streak Thursday with a 59-46 victory against Magruder.


Clendenin, B-CC girls annihilate Rockville at home, 69-17

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BETHESDA—It was a no-good, very bad day for Rockville girls’ basketball Tuesday night, as the BCC Lady Barons dismantled the Rams thoroughly and effectively.

The numbers paint a stark picture of contrasts, a skilled team against a team that was resting its good players and making do with its younger ones. Seven of the Rams’ squad members were underclassmen, while four were seniors.

“We’re young, not that that’s our excuse, but our point guards are young,” said Rams head coach Frank Weaver.


R.M. girls narrowly defeat B-CC, 44-42

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20170113 RM vs BCC Girls Bsktbll-drw-9Chloe Sherman from Richard Montgomery hangs on to the ball to force a jump ball versus Bethesda Chevy Chase. Richard Montgomery went on to win an improved to 10-3. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Richard Montgomery Rockets (10-3) were facing an uphill battle. One player had fouled out and another had taken an elbow to the face. Yet, the Rockets hung together for a two-point victory against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (8-4), 44-42.

Rockets head coach Michael Oakes voiced his opinion on the evening. “I feel fantastic. I am so proud of my team. We knew that this was a huge game for us. We have not beaten B-CC since I’ve been the varsity coach.”

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