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MoCo fans mourn the loss of two local sporting greats

We lost two individuals with deep roots in Montgomery County athletics during the past two months, a former athlete, and an alum and coach.
Eric Nichols, the popular Gaithersburg quarterback who guided the Trojans to their first state championship in 1986, died in August at the age of 48.
Nichols was also the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1986 and led Maryland to a victory over Pennsylvania in the 1987 Big 33 All-Star football game.
Maryland’s 26-22 victory over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium marked the first time in history that a team from Maryland had beaten Pennsylvania in that game.
“That was one of the baddest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in this area,” said former Seneca Valley standout Wayne Turner, “[He’s in the] top ten.”

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We lost a Washington Monument with the passing of Jim Vance

Brandy Simms Jim VanceLegendary WRC-TV news anchor Jim Vance lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. He was 75.
He was an icon, trailblazer, pioneer and a D.C. legend.
He influenced generations of broadcasters both local and national.
Magruder graduate and former Channel 4 sportscaster Dan Hellie shared the news desk with Vance before he left D.C. for the NFL Network in 2013.
“Sitting on the desk w/ Jim Vance is one of the great honors of my career,” Hellie posted on Twitter. “Genuine, loyal & smooth. A D.C. Treasure. Much love. RIP Vance.”

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Noted defense attorney dead at 56

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Nitkin RebeccaMF05 2Rebecca Nitkin. COURTESY PHOTO ROCKVILLE – Rebecca Nitkin, a local defense attorney nationally known for her work on civil rights cases, died Thursday. She was 56.

According to her law partner Nancy Forrester, Nitkin suffered from internal bleeding and died during surgery at Holy Cross Hospital.

"Rebecca was passionate about everyone," said Forrester, who worked with Nitkin for more than 15 years. "I thought of her like a soul mate."

Forrester described Nitkin as a "ferocious fighter," particularly for veterans.

Nitkin spoke on national television repeatedly about civil rights issues.

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