Local teen faces 25 years for robberies

Policelights 1ROCKVILLE, Md. -- 18-year-old Marcus Addison of Montgomery Village faces 25 years in prison on Friday when he is sentenced for the five counts of armed robbery he pleaded guilty to on Feb. 1. 
It could be an uncharacteristically harsh sentence coming from a county that let five high school seniors guilty of a similar crime in 2006 each serve less than a month in jail and several months of home detention while attending public high schools. 
County police arrested Addison, a senior and former defensive starter on the varsity football team at Watkins Mill High School, on Aug.20 in connection with robberies of pizza delivery employees in the Gaithersburg area. 
Plainclothes officers had been watching Addison’s home for at least a week before the arrest, said county police. At 11 p.m. on Aug. 20, the Domino’s Pizza in Flower Hill received an online order to Smoothstone Way in Montgomery Village. The phone number left by the customer was disconnected, and police canceled the order. The customer was notified of the cancelation via a mobile application, and placed another order under the same name to a different address on Smoothstone Way. Officers say they observed Addison climb out of his bedroom window and begin walking to the delivery location until the second order was canceled, at which point he walked home. Police confronted Addison at his home and he fled on foot. 
Police say officers were able to catch Addison in the Montgomery Village Center parking lot, and found a pellet gun they believed Addison had ditched while running. Addison’s mother, Tiffany Addison, was informed of her son’s arrest at 1:00 a.m. on Aug. 21, and told at 5:00 a.m. he was being processed at the station. 
She later received a bill addressed to Marcus from Shady Grove Hospital for nasal and chest X-rays and treatment from a doctor on the night of his arrest. The bill stated that the patient was “unable to sign.” 
Tiffany Addison says Marcus told her he received stitches that night treating bites from a police dog. Marcus’ sister, 23-year-old Rashawn Addison, said the first time she saw Marcus after the arrest, “he was unrecognizable. He’s black but he’s pretty light-skinned. His face was literally black.”
Tiffany filed a police brutality complaint with the county and was told an investigation could not be conducted until Marcus’ case had resolved. 
Marcus was questioned after his arrest and police say he then confessed to six of the robberies. He was charged with six counts of armed robbery for those incidents and two counts of attempted armed robbery for the incidents on Aug. 20. 
Addison isn’t the first county football player involved in an armed robbery. In 2006, five Walt Whitman High School seniors collaborated to rob a Bethesda Smoothie King. One of those seniors was Patrick Lazear, a varsity football star and prospective NCAA Division I player. 
Lazear was sentenced to 10 years for the robbery and had all but eight months and 10 days suspended. He spent 10 days in jail before serving eight months of home detention while attending Wheaton High School, where he played football. Lazear went on to play football at West Virginia University. 
The other boys involved received similar sentences. Four months of home detention for Alex Krouskas, the inside man on the Smoothie King job. Seven years with all but 11 months and 30 days suspended for Justin Schweiger, who served only 30 days in jail and the rest at home. Robert Warren, who had a criminal record prior to the robbery, had all but four months of his five-year sentence suspended, and also served only 30 days in jail. Tommy Ashley was tried as a juvenile. 
All five of those boys were white. Marcus Addison isn’t. 
Donna Fenton, the Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney who is prosecuting Addison on behalf of the state, said the plea agreement had no cap. Addison faces up to five years for each charge, and could serve 25 years if he receives the maximum sentence. 
“An agreement was thoughtfully reached on both sides,” said Addison’s attorney, Luiz R.S. Simmons. “It was believed to be in the interest of the public and the interest of Marcus’ opportunities in life.” 
Marcus Addison’s family doesn’t agree. “The decision is ultimately his now that he’s 18,” his sister Rashawn said. “He can still pull the plea back, but he’s afraid to do it. I talked to him about it and he’s afraid that there will be 12 white jurors who will all find him guilty. He thinks the plea is safer.”
Prosecutors waited to offer Addison a plea until after he turned 18 on Jan. 22. Judge Jordan determined Marcus would be tried as an adult after an extensive waiver hearing, during most of which Marcus was held at the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville. He has since been transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg. 
Ramon Korionoff, the spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Addison was charged as an adult “due to the seriousness of his crimes. Treatment and counseling options are available in both adult and juvenile detention centers, but we want to make sure Marcus is held accountable regardless of whether the weapon he used was real or fake.” 
“We have a situation where . . . the defense can ask for probation, but Judge Jordan has discretion in designating the punishment,” Korionoff said.
Marcus’ mother said that his biggest fear is letting down the family and disappointing them. “He’s always apologizing. He puts himself last,” she said. 
Marcus’ sister Rashawn said, “All kids make mistakes. He was going places.” “He still is,” said Tiffany. “Why, out of everyone, would the county be so harsh on teenage boys like my son? It’s like they want to ruin their lives before they even get started.” 
Rashawn said she’s worried about “the truth and his future. Our mother always said that college was not an option, it was non-negotiable. And now Marcus is gonna have such a hard time with college when there’s other kids right here [in Montgomery County] who did the same thing and were able to do everything they wanted.”


Local businesses seek county help

468440 10150970896345980 793167429 oROCKVILLE – Local businesses, still reeling from the recent recession are looking for help from government to help them stay fluid.
For Dave O’Connor, owner of O’Connor’s Paint Service in Gaithersburg, the main hurdles he faces are getting licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission and making sure he is keeping up to date with state and county requirements. O’Connor, who has run his business for 25 years, said he is required to carry workers compensation coverage, fall protection, and become lead-safe certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. 
While O’Connor makes sure his business complies the law, he said there are other businesses which try to slip through the government’s fingertips. 
“The area where they need big improvement on is there are so many unlicensed contractors out there,” O’Connor said. “This is where I really think (the county) fails us. There are so many under-the-table workers, unemployed workers. The teacher who works in the summer or the high school kid who does this, nothing against that, but I also want them to have the same things we have to abide by that they have to. The county could do it very simply by having an inspector just riding around and when they see ladders in the air they ask to see the license.”
All contractors are required to carry a license issued by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. The license costs $370 for the original, and renewals cost $405.
While O’Connor does not feel Montgomery is destroying small business, he said he thinks the county could do more to help protect contractors. 
Another factor affecting O’Connor’s business are websites which rate small businesses, like Angie’s List and While Angie’s List does report certified businesses, O’Connor said anyone can post their business on Checkbook.
“I guarantee if you start looking through these people, you’ll see they don’t have licenses,” O’Connor said. “They’re not even doing the first step. If they don’t have a license they’re not carrying anything else.”
Others businesses, like ASCII Group which is based in Bethesda, have taken their cases to Congress.
Doug Young, vice president of distribution and management and membership services for the ASCII Group, attended an industry-wide fly-in on Feb. 12, to discuss key issues impacting his business. ASCII Group is a group of 1,000 small and medium-sized companies in the information technology field which provide services to clients.
“Members constantly have to get their employees retrained,” Young said. “It can be a pretty pricy proposition for a small business to get trained. There’s things Congress probably can do as far as helping to fray some of that training expense with tax breaks and that sort of thing that will help the customers remain up to speed on the latest technologies.”
Young also said members of the information technology industry, such as himself, are asking Congress to reauthorize acts, such as the Higher Education Act, to get companies the funds they need to ensure people are trained.
Young said the major problems for information technology companies are finding qualified employees, and keeping those employees qualified. By talking with members of Congress, 
Though ASCII Group went to Congress for help, the option is not necessarily the best route for all local small businesses. 
O’Connor said his business has been growing and has a loyal following of customers. While his business follows the rules, O’Connor said he thinks the county should do more to protect small businesses by ensuring everyone is complying with the law.
“If (the government) is going to make us have safety programs and follow the payroll taxes, then they’ve got to do it with everybody. They have to make it a fair playing ground. It’s got to be fair.”


14-year-old held in baby sister’s death

Policelights 1ROCKVILLE , Md. – Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Aguiluc is charged for the first-degree murder of his seven-month-old sister, Larissa Yanes, and is being held by Maryland District Court Judge Karla Smith without bond.
If convicted, Aguiluc faces life in prison.
Smith recommended that Aguiluc be transferred to the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville until his preliminary hearing Feb. 22.


In search of . . . a most obnoxious ancestor

Last month I described how I found out that I had an ancestor, Brigadier General Andrew Williamson of the South Carolina Militia during the American Revolution, and how he had turned traitor and joined the British. He was even officially listed as an “obnoxious person” by the South Carolina rebel legislature, and all his property was ordered confiscated. This month I will describe his convoluted and bizarre life story, and how he came to be known as the “Benedict Arnold of South Carolina.”
My research into his life began when I was looking up someone else in the Dictionary of National Biography. I thought of Williamson and looked him up too. I was surprised to find a short little entry for someone who seemed quite important and notorious. I started doing my own research, and this is the strange story I pieced together.
Andrew Williamson was born in Scotland, parents unknown, about 1730. He apparently came to America as a youth and settled in upstate South Carolina, as one of the first whites in an area known as the Ninety Six district, which was right on the edge of Indian territory. He started off as a lowly “cattle driver”— an Eastern cowboy – driving cattle as far north as Philadelphia! He was illiterate as a youth and all his life.
He fought the Indians and came to hate them, when an Indian band almost killed him and his family. Despite his illiteracy, he rose in his community, built and supplied several forts, acquired a major plantation and hundreds of acres of land, was elected twice to the South Carolina legislature, and was commissioned as a Major in the South Carolina militia. He was an early supporter of breaking away from British rule, probably because he realized that his isolated part of the state was never going to get any real assistance from London, thousands of miles away. He was a rebel in the kitchen also, since his few letters, apparently written by aides, showed that he was partial to rattlesnake!
When the Revolution began, Williamson was the leader in the first major battle in South Carolina. He fought off a much stronger force of Loyalists, Indians and British troops who besieged his position, known as “Williamson’s Fort.” He had made the mistake of not including a spring or stream inside the walls, but with great initiative he ordered his men to dig down through forty feet of clay, and he states that, “we got very good Water on the third day of digging.”
In his next major action, in 1776 Williamson led a large expedition of 1500 men against the Indian villages of South and North Carolina. The Indians, at the behest of the British, had started the conflict by attacking settlements from Georgia to Virginia. Williamson was so ruthless in burning over 60 villages, that the Indians were never again a force in South Carolina. About 2000 Indian warriors were killed, compared to only about 50 Patriots. Williamson was promoted to Colonel and given the official thanks of the state legislature. Even his Indian enemies grudgingly respected him. One Indian leader, named “Mankiller,” gave Williamson the name “Warrior Beloved Man” because Williamson was so beloved by his men.
The rest of the war did not go so well for Williamson, even though he was promoted to Brigadier General. He fought in several less successful campaigns, including a disastrous invasion of Florida. By June 1780 it appeared that the British had won the war in the South. They had just captured Charleston and 3000 American troops, perhaps the greatest Patriot defeat of the war. Virtually every American leader in South Carolina threw in the towel. So did Williamson, who renounced the Patriot cause, and gave his word and solemn oath to support the British crown.
However, within a few months the tide of war changed and the Americans started winning battles, while British blunders alienated most of the population. All the Americans who had changed sides switched back. All except one, who decided to honor his oath: Andrew Williamson. For this honorable act he was reviled for the rest of his life.
Almost immediately Williamson was captured by the Americans, who tried to “cajole” him with “soothing and threatening arguments” into breaking his word. But Williamson behaved like a “man of character and honor” (according to the British) and refused. He managed to escape back to his British protectors, and moved to a safer plantation near Charleston. Incredibly, he was kidnapped again by the Americans, and this time the British sent a large force in pursuit. They re-captured Williamson. Then, in one of the most infamous episodes of the war, they hung the American officer, Col. Isaac Hayne, who had captured Williamson.
Williamson stayed in the Charleston area for the rest of the war, and was declared an “obnoxious person” by the South Carolina rebel legislature (which had thanked him profusely just a few years earlier). At the end of the war the successful Patriots were going to strip him of all his property and exile him. But surprise, surprise, Williamson spoke before the legislature and announced that for the last year of the war he had been spying for the Americans, while inside the British headquarters at Charleston! American General Nathanael Greene confirmed that “Williamson was my best agent” and “took every risque” to help the Patriot cause.
This makes Andrew Williamson the first major double agent in American history, and the highest ranking American double agent in the Revolution! Amazingly, no standard history of espionage in the Revolution mentions him.
Ironically, Williamson’s day-to-day “agent handler” was none other than Col. John Laurens, the American hero who I mistakenly thought was my ancestor.
Williamson’s methods as a spy were innovative. One of his ways of communicating with his American spymasters was to pass notes to an innocent-looking child and her mother who were visiting the city from outside the British lines. The child would later be taken to General Greene, and would reluctantly give up the little “gift” she had received. Essentially he used a child as a “dead drop”! He passed information on British intentions, the possibility that Loyalists would burn the entire city rather than let it be captured, the number of British sick and wounded, and other vital matters. When the British decided to abandon Charleston, he became an “agent of influence” and a sort of subtle negotiator between the two sides, successfully ensuring that the handover of Charleston was peaceful.
As his thanks for risking his life, the South Carolina legislature decided to “amerce” (seize) only 12 percent of his wealth, instead of the 100 percent they had been originally contemplating! So he was effectively judged to be 12 percent a traitor.
Andrew Williamson died in his Charleston townhouse shortly after the war, reviled by his many enemies but adored by his soldiers and his many friends. What an amazing ancestor to have in my family tree! Is genealogy cool or what?
I found Williamson’s life so fascinating that I wrote the first and only biography of him, and published it in The Journal of Backcountry Studies, a peer-reviewed historical journal. Now others can learn about this amazing man and his bizarre life, and the incomplete history of espionage in the Revolution can be corrected.
Next month I will describe how I went on a quest to find Williamson’s famous upcountry plantation, which has been lost in the mists of time.

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Lew Toulmin lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, Fairhope, Alabama and Port Vila, Vanuatu, and is an amateur archaeologist, semi-pro genealogist, and member of the Society of the Cincinnati and numerous other historical and lineage societies.


Paint Branch downs G-Burg


basketballhoopsGAITHERSBURG – Paint Branch senior John Onukaogu scored a game-high 15 points Friday to lead the Panthers to a 63-46 victory over Gaithersburg in a battle of non-division rivals.
Onukaogu led three Paint Branch players in double figures as the Panthers kept pace atop the Montgomery 4A East division standings. Paint Branch seniors Tristan Toliver (13 points) and Tre Galloway (11 points) were also instrumental in the victory.
The Panthers play in a division that includes Sherwood, Blair, Kennedy, Springbrook and Blake.
“I think, honestly, we have the toughest region,” said Paint Branch senior Jordan Radway, who finished with eight points against the Trojans. “All those others schools, they have a cakewalk to the state championship. I think we grind it out. We play tough teams two times. Other schools, they get to play the weak schools so I think we have the toughest division.”
Meanwhile, Gaithersburg continues to struggle despite an athletic lineup that features 6-foot-7 junior center Zach Coalmon, 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Kamonte Carter and 5-foot-10 senior guard Mateen Etheridge, the Trojans’ leading scorer.
Etheridge, Oshay Greene and J.P. Herbert each finished with eight points apiece to pace the Trojans.
Paint Branch led 27-21 at halftime and outscored the Trojans in the second half, 36-24. Gaithersburg pulled to within seven points early in the fourth quarter before Paint Branch went on a 19-9 run and cruised to their fifth consecutive win.
“They’re a really good team,” said Gaithersburg head coach Kevin Parrish. “We knew we’d have to play close to a perfect game to beat them.”


Magruder thumps RM

basketballhoopsROCKVILLE - The Magruder High School boys’ basketball team does not take losses lightly.
After losing for only the third time since 2011 against Clarksburg High School on Jan. 30, Magruder (16-2) came out with a vengeance Friday, hitting 10 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 82-47 rout over Richard Montgomery High School (6-12).
The Colonels opened the game on a 11-2 run and led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter. They would go on another 15-4 run in the second quarter and finish the half with a 43-20 lead.
“The guys aren’t used to losing a lot, especially J.J. [Epps], Nick [Griffin] and Justin [Witmer],” said Magruder head coach Dan Harwood. “We just needed to get back to playing Magruder basketball, which is playing tough defense and making the extra pass.”
Harwood said he was happy with the team’s ball movement, especially because every 3-point shot was made on an assist. Three-point shooting was key for Magruder as seven different players hit at least one 3-pointer. Overall, Magruder hit on 13 shots from behind the arc.
Epps, the senior guard who finished with 13 points, including 10 in the second half, said the team made a concerted effort to pass the ball more because of the lack of efficiency in the loss to Clarksburg. The improved ball movement led to easier scoring chances for the Colonels as they shot 45 percent for the game.
“When we pass the ball and get each other open, we get close-outs, easy lay-ups and open 3-pointers,” Epps said. “That’s what we want to do.”
Griffin, a senior guard, scored 15 points for Magruder, hitting five of his 15 field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers. Senior forward Ryan Rucker came off the bench and scored a then-season-high 12 points (he scored 14 points against Wootton Tuesday), including four 3-pointers.
For Richard Montgomery, the loss was a learning experience., head coach David Breslaw said.
“We really haven’t played a team that has five guys that can shoot three-pointers at any given time so it’s good prep as we go on and play some of these other division teams,” Breslaw said.
The leading scorer for Richard Montgomery, Justin Senou, came into the game averaging 20 points per game. He finished with 18 points in Friday’s game, but Magruder’s defense held him in check as he hit only four of his 10 shots. As a team, Richard Montgomery shot 32 percent from the field.
The strong defensive effort by Magruder was a result of an emotional talk the team had before the game, Epps said. The players talked about having each other’s backs, he said, instead of getting down on one another.
“We didn’t have any help on defense against Clarksburg,” Epps said. “They were getting easy lay-ups with no one even like within two feet of them. Tonight, we had each other’s back and helped each other out there. We helped out, got close-outs, and they had no easy shots.”
Although it appeared that the game was never in doubt for Magruder, a scary moment occurred in the fourth quarter. With 6:25 minutes remaining in the game, Epps appeared to take an accidental elbow to the head, which resulted in two teammates carrying him to the bench. Epps, who did not return in the game, said he took a shot to the temple and experienced a slight headache and dizziness. However, the trainer told Epps she did not think he had a concussion.
“I’m alright,” Epps said. “The trainer told me to go to the doctor and tell her what the doctor says, but she said she doesn’t think I have a concussion.”


B-CC hires Singer as new football coach

footballB-CC has named former junior varsity head coach Josh Singer as the school’s new varsity head football coach.
Singer, 28, replaces Rich Noland who resigned in November after four seasons at the helm.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” said Singer, a Northern Virginia native who played football at George Mason High School in Falls Church. “I really am honored to be selected for the position.”
During his tenure at the school, Noland guided the Barons to a 23-17 record including back-to-back 7-3 seasons over the last two years. Last season, B-CC won six of its final seven regular season games after starting out with a 1-2 record. 
“I think we’re definitely returning a lot of key players,” said Singer. “We’re hoping to continue the success of the program.”
Expected to be among the leading returnees next season are fullback and linebacker Nana Amankwah-Ayeh, defensive end Malik Matthews and linebacker Keenan McCumber.
“We think that we have the guys in place that can really step in,” said Singer.
Prior to Noland’s arrival, B-CC had not made a playoff appearance since the 1995 campaign when the Barons finished 11-1 and advanced to the postseason for the first time in school history.


Q.O. upsets Churchill 64-46

basketballhoopsBETHESDA - What the Quince Orchard boys’ basketball lacks in height, it more than makes up for in resiliency and toughness. 
Coming off two consecutive losses to Sherwood and Magruder, Quince Orchard pulled off a 64-46 upset of Churchill on the road in what was the second night of back-to-back games. Senior guard Charles Porter said he talked to his teammates after the team’s 54-39 loss to Magruder on Monday, and told them they would win Tuesday night.
“I told everyone last night when we were on the bench when that clock hit zero,” Porter said. “I was like it’s mandatory to win tomorrow. I don’t care who it is and where we are, we’re going to win no matter what and tonight we blew them out.”
Porter led Quince Orchard with a game-high 29 points, knocking down eight of his 17 field-goal attempts. He also made 12 of 16 free-throws. As a team, Quince Orchard shot 38 percent from the field.
The Quince Orchard team is the shortest in the county, Porter said. In fact, no player on the team is taller than six-feet three inches. The team doesn’t get intimidated by height, Porter said, and uses speed and toughness to win ball games.
Quince Orchard coach Paul Foringer said his team plays hard because it’s the only way his team will win. 
“We always fight hard,” Foringer said. “It’s one thing we’ve talked about is the only way because we seem like we’re so weak and so small, the only way we can battle is to press, trap and just fight like crazy. Kids hate me because in practice we do diving for balls drills. That’s the kinds of things that we’ve taught them, and that’s really how they believe they have to play to win.”
Quince Orchard started the game cold, which is something Foringer said has been a common problem for his team. With three minutes to go in the first quarter Quince Orchard found itself down 7-0. Foringer said the players were taking too many jump shots and not driving to the basket. The team did not stop playing hard, however, and ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take the lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Churchill regained the lead. Trailing 17-14, Quince Orchard again rallied and ended the half on 9-2 run to take a 23-19 into the break. In the second half, Quince Orchard was finally able to break away, outscoring Churchill 41-27 in the half. A key series of plays occurred as the third quarter winded down as Quince Orchard ended the quarter on another 8-8 run, capped by a buzzer-beating jump shot by Porter to extend the lead to 45-31.
For Churchill, the loss ends an eight-game winning streak which began on Jan. 4 in a win over Wootton. Churchill was not able to match the intensity of Quince Orchard, committing 20 turnovers and surrendering a countless number offensive rebounds and second-chance scoring opportunities.
“We did a bad job on the glass which is usually a strength of ours and been a reason we’ve won a lot of our games this year,” said Matt Miller, Churchill head coach. “I think we took a night off and took wins for granted.”
For the game, Churchill shot 37.8 percent from the field. Senior forward Bryant Wheatley led the team with 11 points. The Bulldogs’ top two leading scorers, junior guard Malik Harris and senior guard Dominique Williams, each scored 10 points. Harris shot 2/10 from the field.
For Quince Orchard, Foringer said the upset win on the road could be a defining moment of the team’s season as they close out the season.
“I think this jump starts us through the end of February and hopefully into the playoffs,” Foringer said. “We needed this. We needed something like this just because of the last two games.”


Ibrahim and Veii make history at county’s smallest school

DSC 42312GAITHERSBURG – History was made at the Avalon School on Wednesday.
The small private school boasted three student-athletes who put pen to paper on National Signing Day.
However, Avalon senior standouts Rachid Ibrahim and Jacquille Veii became the school’s first student-athletes to accept a scholarship from a Football Bowl Subdivision program when the pair both signed National Letters of Intent.
Ibrahim, who verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh last October, made his pledge official by signing with the Panthers.
Ibrahim, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound running back and defensive back, said he was honored to be a part of Avalon’s historic recruiting class.
“We’ve got a lot of younger athletes who are going to have this opportunity too in the years to come,” said Ibrahim, an All-Sentinel first team performer at running back last season, “so I was glad I was able to start it but there’s going to be some other great athletes from out of Avalon School.”
Meanwhile, Veii, who earned All-Sentinel first team honors at defensive back last season, provided a bit of drama in his decision.
Veii committed to Maryland last summer but de-committed from the Terrapins during the fall. He received late interest from Nebraska and narrowed his choices down to the Cornhuskers, Maryland and Iowa before opting to stay at home. 
“I want to win championships and I want to win bowl games as well,” said Veii, who picked up a Maryland cap and put it on his head while leaving the Nebraska and Iowa caps on the table.
Veii, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster, said he looks forward to playing at the University of Maryland.
“My family’s here,” said Veii. “I got a great support system here and everything that I need is right here at home so what better place to go than just stay home.”
Meanwhile, Tommy Vince, a middle linebacker who was named All-Sentinel honorable mention, received a merit scholarship to Division III Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
“I’m proud to announce that I’ll be playing football at the Catholic University of America,” said Vince, who plans to study civil engineering and architecture in college.
The dynamic duo both had their Avalon jerseys retired so no one will ever wear Ibrahim’s No. 3 and Veii’s No. 5 again.
“Of course it’s great to have great athletes on the field,” said Avalon head coach Tad Shields, “but their contributions go far beyond that and that’s part of the reason we retired their jerseys was more than just the touchdowns and the tackles. 
“They’re great here at the school. They’re good classmates with all the other kids in the school. They set good examples for the younger kids to look up to. They work hard in the classroom, they’re good students and then of course they’re the hardest workers on the team so they inspire the other teammates to work harder and play harder so what more can you ask in leaders.”


Northwest beats Blake 68-63

basketballhoopsGERMANTOWN – Tivon Lake and Xavier Bradley combined for 34 points on Tuesday to lead Northwest to a 68-63 home victory over Blake.
With the game tied at 27 late in the second quarter, Northwest went on a 14-2 run to take a 41-29 lead at halftime.
Bradley, a 6-foot junior guard, registered eight points during the late second quarter rally and finished with 16 points. 
“He’s been huge for us all year,” said Northwest head coach Usman Jamil. “A lot of people ask who is your best player? Elliot [Gambrell] gets a lot of the pub for Northwest. We’ve heard coaches and other refs say ‘Wow’ Elliot can play but I really think X is right there.”
Gambrell, who finished with eight points against Blake, suffered a bloody nose in the heat of battle but Jamil said the senior guard should be fine.
“He don’t miss a beat,” said the coach. “He’s been consistent all year for us, offensively and defensively. He’s the glue to this team. He’s amazing.”
Meanwhile, Lake, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the first half. 
“We’re ecstatic,” said Jamil. “Here’s a kid we’re talking who barely played last year and didn’t play jayvee at all so you’re talking about a very inexperienced player that’s hit double digits in points and rebounds many times for us this season. That’s pretty big.”
Blake 6-foot-4 junior guard Demonte Ojinnaka scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Bengals. Senior guard A.J. Butts finished with ten points and classmate Stefan Sigwalt added nine points for the Bengals who have lost ten of their last eleven games heading into Friday night’s matchup at Magruder.
Northwest, who earned their second win in three games, plays host to Blair on Friday night.

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