Despite a banner year, RM Rockets fall to QO Cougars in baseball playoffs

20180512_QO_RM_Baseball_10Griffin Snyder of Quince Orchard High School scores to help put the game out of reach against Richard Montgomery. Qunice Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO  BY MIKE CLARKGriffin Snyder of the Quince Orchard Cougars scores to help put the game out of reach for the Richard Montgomery Rockets. Quince Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity baseball team’s 2018 campaign came to a close Saturday against the Quince Orchard Cougars.

Quince Orchard earned an 8-1 win over the visiting Rockets to advance to the section final on Tuesday. The Cougars hosted Clarksburg who earned a 2-1 victory over Wootton.

Meanwhile, the Rockets concluded their best season in years and helped move the program in the right direction.

Despite four consecutive losses to start the season, the Rockets picked up some steam early on.

“It was a season of many first in a long time,” Richard Montgomery head coach Kyle Culver posted on Twitter. “First playoff win in over a decade, winningest season in a very long time. It was honestly the best kids I have had the privilege of coaching in a long time and love every one of them.”


Lady Wildcats hold off Churchill LAX team for 11th straight win

Sierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson fights the Churchill Defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a 2nd half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson battles Churchill defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a second half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win.                  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — Several lacrosse sticks were thrown high up into the air as the buzzer signaled the end of the game. The Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity girls lacrosse team had just held on against a second half Churchill surge to beat the visiting Bulldogs 10-8 Friday in the 4A West Section 1 semifinals.

It was the second time this season that the Wildcats had hosted the Bulldogs, and both times the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. This time, however, it was Churchill that came from behind to score four unanswered goals to tie the game.

Churchill junior attacker Elizabeth Hsu earned three of her game-high five goals in the first half. In fact, she was the only Bulldog to score at all in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were on a roll as six different players got the ball past Churchill’s goalie to give Walter Johnson a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the half.


All the news that is unfit to print

20180411 160115News. Fake news. Spin. Propaganda. Left-leaning. Right-leaning. The legitimate press. The dishonest media.
So much to consider when simply trying to find out what is happening in the world. So, let me begin to help distinguish one from the other as we wade through the many possibilities.
Let's start with propaganda or, as it is more commonly referred to, FOX News. Why does FOX News fall into the category of propaganda you ask? Because the very definition of propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”
That is exactly what FOX News does and is. It doesn't use facts to support its mission, which is to support the Trump presidency. It makes up its own facts or, as Kellyanne Conway put it, “alternative facts.” Labeling Special Counsel Robert Mueller as “corrupt” without providing any specifics of what he has done that has not been by the book and completely within the limits of the law is just one example.


Hybrid Volvos blend power, luxury and efficiency

The 2018 Volvo XC60 luxury crossover is available as a plug-in hybrid, which can travel up to 17 miles per electric charge. COURTESY PHOTOThe 2018 Volvo XC60 luxury crossover is available as a plug-in hybrid, which can travel up to 17 miles per electric charge. COURTESY PHOTO  If you think of a hybrid car, you’re probably picturing a pokey little fuel-saver — a Toyota Prius, or something like it. A compact, affordable economy car that’s built to use as little gas as possible while you’re sitting in traffic or running errands.
But in the luxury market, many hybrids are a different beast. In addition to saving gas, many luxury hybrids use their electric motors to provide stronger acceleration. Electric motors make maximum torque right off the line, unlike gas engines that have to rev up to reach peak performance. So these two powertrains can work together to make a car fast under any condition.
Volvo is a market leader in these luxury performance hybrids. It offers plug-in hybrid variants of three popular models: the XC60 and XC90 crossovers and the S90 sedan. The trio shares a powertrain that Volvo calls the “T8,” a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger, plus two electric motors. The total output rivals a sports car’s 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. That’s more torque than a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.


Whitman eliminates WJ in first-round playoff game

With the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17) who is covering home. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWith the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17), who is covering home.        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland high school baseball playoffs got started with a bang as four-seed Whitman and five-seed Walter Johnson faced off.

In a wild, and certainly not pretty game that lasted almost three hours, the Whitman Vikings advanced to the second round with a 19-16 win over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

“In a high school game, I’ve never seen 35 runs between two teams,” Whitman head coach Joe Cassidy said.

The two Bethesda rivals combined to score 35 runs, use eight pitchers and walk 23 batters.


Walk-off home run lifts B-CC to comeback win over Whitman

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the Whitman Vikings by a score of 8-6 on the B-CC home field.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the visiting Whitman Vikings, 8-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons centerfielder Sebastian Mieses, a preseason All-State selection and a Mount Saint Mary’s commit, stepped up to the plate with all the momentum in the world. His B-CC Barons had just come back in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the second-round playoff game against the Whitman Vikings.

He came through, with one of the biggest hits in school history.

“I just hit it good, and it went. I knew it was gone off the bat,” Mieses said.

Just a pitch after he popped out to center field, but was called back as the Whitman pitcher balked, Mieses completed an improbable Barons comeback with a two-run, walk-off home run to left field, driving in Will Philpott who was camped out on first base as B-CC eliminated Whitman, 8-6.

“Craziest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Mieses said.


County Executive race heats up in MoCo

MoCo LogoIt may be stating the obvious, with no incumbent running, but the 2018 Democratic Primary for County Executive is a new experience for each of the candidates who are running.

With current County Executive Ike Leggett, who has been in office since 2006, set to leave along with four of the nine members of the County Council, 2018 will have a massive shift in the County’s political makeup.

Whether you blame it on Leggett’s planned retirement in 2018, a term-limit referendum that ensured Leggett along with three of the candidates for County Executive who are currently on the Council (Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal), would leave office or a new system that uses taxpayer money to help fund County campaigns, the candidates said they feel the 2018 election is set to be a uniquely historic one for the County.

“I think from a political science standpoint, this will be a very interesting election when it's all said and done,” said former Rockville mayor and candidate for County Executive Rose Krasnow.


County Council holds public hearing on small cell tower expansion

MoCo LogoROCKVILLE — Tuesday night’s public hearing on another bill to facilitate the expansion of small cell antennas was the second go-around and a familiar story for all those involved.

In March, Council President Hans Riemer (D-at large), at the request of County Executive Ike Leggett, introduced a new bill, Zoning Text Amendment 18-02 that would make it easier to place small cell antennas in urban areas. Unlike the previous bill, which the Council did not vote on after public protest, ZTA18-02 only facilities the expansion of small cell antennas in urban areas, meaning the current zoning regulations requiring individual public hearings for placing poles that carry the antennas the same.

Edward Donohue, a representative from T-Mobile who testified at the County Council Tuesday night said the data demands for the first quarter of 2018 have exceeded all the combined data demands from 2012 to 2014.

“There’s an ever-increasing demand on infrastructure in the County,” Donohue said. “And additional sites are really needed in order to address the capacity and coverage issues.”


Great Mills students speak to County audience

SILVER SPRING — Students from Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, where a student fatally wounded a classmate with a gun before taking his own life, addressed County residents and public officials at a school safety meeting at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring Wednesday night.

The event was sponsored by the Pray at the Pump Movement, a faith-based activist group founded by Rocky Twyman, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement.

Great Mills student LeAire Livingston described her harrowing encounter with the gunman, Austin Rollins, shortly after he shot 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, with whom he had previously been in a relationship. Another student, Desmond Barnes, was shot in the leg, but survived.

“Coming around the corner, I bumped into Austin and I was about to apologize when I looked up and saw that he had a gun to his head,” Livingston said. “We hadn’t had a drill or anything, so I didn’t know what to do and I just stood there in place for a moment. When I realized this was actually happening, I turned around and ran into a classroom.”

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