Local teen to represent US in Fiji swim meet

Phoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTOPhoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTO  In many ways, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon is like many kids her age. The Chevy Chase native is learning how to drive and is looking at potential colleges as she heads into her junior year of high school.

In one big way, though, Bacon is different. In the pool, Bacon, who swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club at its American University site, has become one of the best young swimmers in the country. After a stellar meet at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California, Bacon will represent the United States in at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. The meet brings together many of the top swimmers ages 13 to 18 from non-European countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Japan.

Bacon qualified based on her performance in the 100-meter backstroke, a race in which she finished fourth in the finals, in 59.31 seconds. That time was a little off her preliminary swim of 59.12, which is the second-fastest U.S. performance ever in the 15-16 age group. It was the first time she had been under a minute in the event.

“The time in prelims I was really happy with that,” Bacon said. “Going into finals I gained a little bit, but I was still so happy that I was under a minute twice in a day, which I thought was awesome.”


Warrior Dash obstacle course makes its Montgomery County debut

Participants in the 2018 Warrior Dash in Clarksburg use different strategies to maneuver through the mud pit and barbed wire. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE Participants use different strategies to maneuver through the mud pit and barbed wire section of the 2018 Warrior Dash obstacle course in Clarksburg.    PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  CLARKSBURG — The Warrior Dash made its Montgomery County debut over the weekend.

Dozens of weekend warriors made the trek to spacious High Point Farm Saturday to participate in one of the nation’s dirtiest events.

Runners from all around the region and points beyond competed in the 5k obstacle course race and festival that attracts more than three million participants worldwide.


Redskins looking forward to coming season

Washington Redskins' Simmie Cobbs, Jr. (15) makes a catch as safety Troy Apke (30) tries to cover at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond,Virginia on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSimmie Cobbs, Jr. (15) makes a catch as safety Troy Apke (30) tries to cover at Washington Redskins Training Center on Fan Appreciation Day. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  RICHMOND, VA. — Washington Redskins diehards got a chance to watch their beloved Burgundy and Gold during Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Fans lined up one by one outside the facility before practice to get a glimpse of the NFC East title contenders.

“It’s awesome,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “The fans come out here, we’re very appreciate of our stay here in Richmond. They have been great to us. Bon Secours has been excellent to us, the Omni has been great so, it’s a first-class organization here and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Redskins defensive end Jonathan Allen, who was selected with the 17th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, enters his second season with high expectations. He was glad to see the fans in attendance.

“Oh I love it, man,” said Allen. “I love D.C. fans and it’s kind of crazy just ‘cause, like five or six years ago, that was me out there when we had the camp back in Ashburn. So, just being able to come out here and talk to the fans, you know sign stuff for them, just really just hang out with them, it’s fun, I enjoy it.”


Jackals Field Hockey helps students prep for high school and college

Attendees hone their skills during the 2018 MC Jackals High School Prep Camp. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKAttendees hone their skills during the 2018 MC Jackals High School Field Hockey Prep Camp. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  20 years ago, Jenna Ries, a former University of Maryland field hockey player, had an idea for a pre-high school club for the sport she played. Today, that organization is known as Jackals Field Hockey Club.

“When it started 20 years ago, our county did not have a lot of opportunities for traveling high school sports teams,” Ries said. “Now it goes as young as seven or eight years old.”

The Jackals Club, founded by Ries in 2000, is the preeminent field hockey program in Montgomery County. There are girls that will come from different recreation-level teams and try out for Jackals to make the top level training for college. Jackals also train kids at the college level, during their high school training, and when they’re getting set to be college-ready.

“It’s true development to get athletes prepared for college,” Ries said.


Northwest’s Maggie Palmore earns All-American honors at Fargo Nationals

Northwest junior wrestler Maggie Palmore earned high school All-American status with her third-place finish at 122 pounds in the July 12-20 Cadet Nationals Tournament at The Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Palmore’s 5-1 record included a pair of technical falls, losing her semifinal bout 17-6 to the eventual runner-up from California, and edging her opponent 7-6 in the consolation semifinals before overcoming her third-place opponent from Minnesota, 14-9.


Chile defeats Sugarland Farm 8-3, wins third place in polo tournament

Left to right, Greg Grigorian (3), Andres Prado, Lautaro Gracia (obscured), Federico Potel (2), and Eloris Snyder (2) battle for position on the ball during a polo match at the Congressional Polo Club in Poolesville on Sunday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHLeft to right, Greg Grigorian (3), Andres Prado, Lautaro Gracia (obscured), Federico Potel (2), and Eloris Snyder (2) battle for the ball during the polo tournment between Sugarland Farm (yellow-and-blue) and Chile (blue-and-white) at the Congressional Polo Club on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  POOLESVILLE — It was a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Congressional Polo Club, which offers a wide variety of equestrian activities ranging from polo to riding lessons to trail rides. The Sugarland Farm and the Chile polo teams, both composed of three players on horseback, took the outdoor arena in a battle for third place in the Rain and Mud Cup, ending in victory for Chile over Sugarland Farm, 8-3.

Chile, who wore blue-and-white jerseys, jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first chukka, or period of play. Sugarland Farm players, who wore yellow-and-blue jerseys, used their mallets to drive the ball into the goal twice to take a 2-1 lead. However, the Chile team soon tied it back up at 2-2.

With the score 2-2 heading into the second chukka, Chile knocked the ball into the goal three times to take a 5-2 lead at the half.

It didn’t get any better for Sugarland Farm, as their opponent scored three more goals of their own. SF scored in the third chukka, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Chile polo team won 8-3.


Churchill lacrosse team sets record for college recruits

Churchill Bulldogs logoFor the past decade, Winston Churchill High School in Potomac has had a remarkable boys lacrosse program filled with many college commits and regional titles. This year was no different.

This past year, Churchill’s boys lacrosse program saw five of its seniors commit to playing in college: Brady Altobello, Ryan Leonard, Jack Taylor, Reed Moshyedi, and Jimmy Rubino.

According to head coach Jeff Fritz, they are the most recruits Churchill has had in one season, as no other public Montgomery County school has ever had more than two Division I recruits in a single year.

“These five were great gentlemen both on and off the field and I have no doubt in my mind that they will be successful in life,” Fritz said. “They were great leaders both on and off the field, in the classroom, and in the community!”


2018 All-Sentinel boys basketball team named

Georgetown Prep's Jared Bynum.  COURTESY PHOTOGeorgetown Prep's Jared Bynum. COURTESY PHOTO  Coach of the Year – Ryan Eskow, Georgetown Prep

Eskow guided the Little Hoyas to the 2018 IAC Tournament championship. “This group is so special,” he said. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

Co-Player of the Year – Jared Bynum, Georgetown Prep, Sr.

The St. Joseph’s recruit led the Little Hoyas to a 20-5 record, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

Co-Player of the Year – Mikey Parker, Sandy Spring Friends School, Sr.

Parker, the school’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 21.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and was named the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference’s regular season and championship game MVP.


Ituka leads team to victory in Maryland Elite All-Star game

Jao Ituka scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270 in the Maryland Elite All-Star Game. PHOTO OF GEORGE SMITHGaithersburg's Jao Ituka scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270 in the Maryland Elite All-Star Game.        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The stars came out to shine Tuesday in the Maryland Elite Basketball All-Star Game at Jewish Day School.

Team 495, wearing black shirts, featured Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins, Richard Montgomery’s Djordje Orcev and Miles Gally along with Rockville big man Jimmy Sorunke.

Ituka, a highly-regarded Division I prospect, scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270, who wore white shirts.

“It was fun,” said Ituka. “It was a good game. Good competition. Everybody here is pretty good and I’m happy I was able to be part of the Maryland Elite All-Star Game.”


Big Train and Redbirds named 2018 Ripken League co-champions

Bethesda Big Train vs. Baltimore RedbirdsBETHESDA — After the Bethesda Big Train’s victory of Game One of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series on Saturday, and the Baltimore Redbirds won Game Two on Sunday, Game Three between the two teams was to be played at Shirley Povich Field Monday night to determine the winners of the League Championship Series.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans, as rain forced Game Three to be canceled, and the Redbirds and Big Train were named 2018 LCS co-champions.

It’s the first time since the league’s inaugural season in 2005 where two teams have been named co-champions, the same two teams who have met in the Championship Series 10 years in a row.

“They played for the championship,” said Bethesda manager Sal Colangelo on his opponents. “They deserve it as much as we deserve it. They’re a quality organization. They play hard.”