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Remembering beloved local coaching legend Walt King

Former Bullis head football coach Walt King.  COURTESY PHOTOFormer Bullis head football coach Walt King. COURTESY PHOTO  We recently lost a Montgomery County coaching legend.
Former Bullis head football coach Walt King died on April 2 at a Pennsylvania nursing home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.
He is survived by three children, Kevin A. King, Rachel J. Linder and Natalie A. Hagle, and seven grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Megan, Kyler, Karley, Zachary and Melanie, and one great-grandson, Tanner.
King spent more than three decades at Bullis where he compiled a career record of 116-91-5 on the gridiron. In 1979, he led the Bulldogs to their first IAC co-championship. After serving as the head coach from 1976-1986, he had a brief stint as the school’s athletic director from 1979-1994. He assumed his role as head coach in 1992 and guided the Potomac private school to an undefeated season in 2000, a feat that helped King earn Montgomery County Coach of the Year honors.
“I just remember what a legend he was,” recalled Stan Gelbaugh, a former Bullis assistant under King. “He was at Bullis for a very long time and really left his mark as a coach and teacher on a lot of kids.”

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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!”

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Driesell to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

Lefty Driesell, seen here during his first season at University of Maryland.  COURTESY PHOTOLefty Driesell during his first season at University of Maryland. COURTESY PHOTO  Finally.
Former University of Maryland head coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It’s about time.
Driesell, a former Silver Spring resident, was honored over the weekend with the announcement of the crowning achievement of his coaching career.
The father of Springbrook High School graduate Chuck Driesell, Lefty will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
“He deserves it,” said Rockville High School graduate Brian Howard, who played at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, “How can he not be in the Hall of Fame?”

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MoCo's deep NBA and NCAA connections

Chris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTOChris Heck and his son Peyton. COURTESY PHOTO  Gaithersburg native Chris Heck has a busy schedule to say the least.
The Philadelphia 76ers President has the difficult task of running an NBA franchise and following his son’s college basketball team.
Heck, a Villanova graduate, is also the father of Villanova basketball walk-on Peyton Heck.
On Sunday, Villanova advanced to the Final Four for the second time in three years and the 76ers clinched a playoff berth for the first time in six seasons.
This weekend, Heck and his wife Mary Beth plan to fly to San Antonio to watch their son and his teammates compete for another NCAA championship.

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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.”

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“MoCo” native Alex Tsironis wears many hats, County welcomes new head coaches

Alex TsironisAlex Tsironis. COURTESY PHOTO  Over the years, Alex Tsironis has been a coach, teacher and mentor to countless students throughout Montgomery County Public Schools.
Tsironis, who was born in Silver Spring, currently heads up the Physical Education and Arts Department at North Bethesda Middle School.
However, Tsironis, a Watkins Mill High School graduate, is perhaps best known as the creator of the popular MoCo Snow website and blog, at www.mocosnow.com, which began in 2010.
“I loved snow days,” recalled Tsironis, “so I would always share my opinions with my kids.”

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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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Former Wootton wide receiver enjoys life as a Super Bowl champion

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTOFormer Wootton wide receiver Mack Hollins is a Super Bowl champion.
The Rockville native celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Eagles’ rookie wide receiver and special teams contributor earned a Super Bowl ring in his first season on the job. Not a bad way to begin your NFL career.
Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver said he watched the entire game from start to finish and beamed with pride over his former pupil.
“It just shows if you put the hard work and effort into it where you can go,” explained Tolliver, who noted that Hollins took a roundabout way to the NFL.

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Boo-Boo Palmer to be enshrined in college football’s Hall of Fame

Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.  COURTESY PHOTOPaul “Boo Boo” Palmer will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. COURTESY PHOTO  Scotland community native Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer was honored this week with news that he would be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
The former Churchill running back did his damage at Temple University in Philadelphia before he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft.
“The honor of earning admittance to the College Football Hall of Fame is overwhelming, and I can’t thank the committee enough for both my nomination and selection,” said Palmer, who became the first former Temple player selected for this prestigious honor. “I wouldn’t be able to accept this honor without the contributions of my teammates, coaches and the entire Temple community. With Temple football on the rise, I only hope my induction will crack the door for a number of other deserving Owls to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame down the road.”

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Reddish shines in Bullis basketball Holiday Classic

POTOMAC — There was a buzz in the air last weekend at the Bullis Holiday Classic.
The nation’s top-ranked boys’ high school basketball player was back in Maryland.
Cameron Reddish, a high school senior who plays at Westtown School in suburban Philadelphia, has already been labeled as the next Lebron James by his coach, Seth Berger.
“I don’t feel any pressure there,” said Reddish. “He’s the greatest player in the world.”

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