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Damascus crowns seven champions, dominates for 16th county grappling title

Undefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKUndefeated Ryan Lawrence of Damascus earns the 8-6 win in the 145lb championship over Ryan Holland of Blair. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  State champion Ryan Lawrence pinned twice in the first period to reach last Saturday’s 145-pound county title bout, where the Damascus senior overcame Blair’s all-time winning wrestler Ryan Holland, 8-6, for his third straight crown to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to their seventh consecutive and 16th overall Montgomery County tournament championship at Gaithersburg.

A two-time county and regional champion who was third at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (41-0) was among seven titlists, nine wrestlers who finished within the top three of their weight classes and 10 who were within the top six for the Swarmin’ Hornets (238.5 points), who overwhelmed runner-up Churchill (148.5 points) and the rest of the 25-team field.

Winning counties for the second time were Swarmin’ Hornets’ seniors John Allan Furgeson (152), Ben Lokos (170) and state champion Paul Purkey (195), junior Johnny McLaughlin (126), and sophomore Timothy Furgeson (160), with junior Elijah Baisden (285) capturing his first.

Senior Dyllan Ramirez (132) and sophomore Aiden Beall (220) placed third, and senior Josh Creegan (138), sixth, the latter in the event’s most difficult weight class after having finished third at counties, fourth at regions and sixth at states as a junior.

Other repeat champions were seniors Yonas Harris (106) of Northwest, C.J. Cramma (120) of Magruder, Gabe McAndrew (182) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and John-Luke Iglesias (220) of Whitman, with junior Alex Carbonell (113) of Poolesville, senior Bryan Huynh (132) of Blair, and junior Chris Sanchez (138) earning their first crowns.

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Landon sophomore Lopez achieves milestone as Bears’ first-ever state champ

Wrestling clip artLorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2 over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become Landon's first state champion at the Feb. 16 and 17 Maryland Independent Schools Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

Lopez reached the finals on a pin, a technical fall, a 9-1 quarterfinal decision over Interstate Athletic Conference rival and champion Isaac Ruderman of Bullis, and a 5-3 semifinal victory over fifth place finisher Alex Figuieras of St. Mary’s Ryken, improving his overall record to 41-4 on the season.

The triumph was particularly rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to last season, when an illness prevented him from competing at the IAC and state tournaments.

“I felt great to win because I had high hopes last year of being a finalist in those tournaments, and not being able to wrestle was disappointing,” said Lopez, 16.

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Sherwood’s Sanchez once again edges Churchill’s Connolly to win county wrestling title

In a bit of controversy, Chris Sanchez of Sherwood slams Jack Connolly of Churchill to the mat just after the whistle. Sanchez held on for a 3-2 win in the 138lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKIn a bit of controversy, Chris Sanchez of Sherwood slams Jack Connolly of Churchill to the mat just after the whistle. Sanchez held on for a 3-2 win in the 138lb weight class.                 PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Sherwood junior Chris Sanchez faced Churchill senior Jack Connolly in a marquee bout for the second time in as many weeks last Saturday, and their battle delivered a similarly dramatic result.

Sanchez secured a takedown in the final seven seconds of a 3-2 victory, emerging with an 18-0 record and a county title from a duel between two of Maryland’s premiere 138-pound wrestlers at Gaithersburg.

Sanchez repeated an earlier effort against Connolly (35-5) during a Feb. 3 dual meet, where he edged the Bulldogs’ grappler, 5-4, on a reversal with 10 seconds left.

“I never stopped wrestling against a tough competitor who has definitely given me great matches,” said Sanchez, who was fifth at private school states at DeMatha last year. “Connolly just kept on coming today, and I truly believe that I beat him at his best.”

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Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis to win IAC hoops title

Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal.

However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center.

The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy.

“This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

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Good Counsel’s Milloy roasted and toasted

Master of Ceremonies Johnny Holliday (left) and a panel of speakers on stage for the Roast & Toast of Coach Bob Milloy, held Saturday at Good Counsel High School’s Performing Arts Center.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHMaster of Ceremonies Johnny Holliday (left) and a panel of speakers on stage for the Roast & Toast of Coach Bob Milloy, held Feb. 10 at Good Counsel High School’s Performing Arts Center. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  OLNEY — Bob Milloy, the winningest high school football coach in Maryland history, was roasted and toasted Feb. 10 at Ellen C. Ervin Memorial Theatre on the Good Counsel campus.

“He’s a legend,” said former Springbrook running back Leonard Green, who played collegiately at the University of Southern California. “He deserves all the credit and all the accolades due to him.”

The roast and toast featured welcome remarks from Good Counsel Athletic Director Patrick Bates.

The event was emceed by Johnny Holliday with appearances from speakers Morgan Wootten, Craig Weincek, Michael Strittmatter, Tom Manger, Graham Manley, George Solomon, Akeem Hebron, Tom Crowell, Shawn Springs and Kelley Milloy along with a gift presentation by Good Counsel President Dr. Paul Barker.

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Ninth grader stands out in Rockville victory over WJ, 49-46

Rockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (#42) gets a hand up trying to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (#20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (42) tries to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — A freshman stole the show on Senior Night at Jim Conner Coliseum.

Jimmy Sorunke, a 6-foot-10 ninth-grader who moved to the United States from Nigeria last year, scored a game-high 16 points Tuesday to lead the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 49-46 win over the visitingWalter Johnson Wildcats.

“Jimmy had a great performance,” said Rockville head coach Todd Dembroski. “Jimmy was playing on one good leg tonight, he was hobbling around. He was playing injured, playing hurt but he sucked it up and he came in there and had a great fourth quarter when his team needed it.”

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B-CC Barons hand RM girls first loss of the season, 61-55

B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last.

The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale.

It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night.

“It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”

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B-CC Barons beat RM Rockets in boys hoops, 63-40

B CC Barons vs. RM Rockets

BETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night.

English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record.

“It was pretty emotional,” he said. “I wanted to leave it all out there and I think I did.”

English, who registered 10 points in the first quarter, only scored two points in the second period but contributed to the team in other ways.

“He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”

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Springbrook boys defeat Blake, 85-56, in final regular season game

Springbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHSpringbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  SILVER SPRING — The visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season on a high note as they dispatched the Blake Bengals 85-56 and senior guard Matthew Balanc scored his 1000th point.

But for every high there is a low: shortly after making his milestone bucket, Balanc exited the game at the start of the third quarter with an unspecified injury and did not return.

The scrappy Bengals squad held up tonight against a strong Blue Devils squad. Blake came in with a losing record of 8-13, while Springbrook entered with an impressive 17-4 record.

Blue Devils senior forward Cameron Rucker started the game with a three-pointer, to which Bengals sophomore guard Raef Hetherington responded with a three-point bucket of his own.

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Gaithersburg dominates Churchill, 90-56, earns second seed in playoffs

20180216 Churchill Gaithersburg Boys Bball 5Gaithersburg's Jordan Hawkins blocks Churchill's Valvin Piker's drive to basket. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The visiting Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a bang Friday when the Trojans strode into the Dawg Pound and handed the Churchill Bulldogs their 12th loss of the season, 90-56.

The Trojans proved their prowess on both sides of the ball as the defense forced multiple turnovers and beat the Bulldogs on the defensive boards. Freshman guards Jordan Hawkins (26 points) and Jao Ituka (18 points) continued their season-long campaign of highlight reel plays that gave Gaithersburg a comfortable lead for most of the evening.

The Trojans began to pull away after an 18-point unanswered scoring run lasted into the beginning of the second quarter. Churchill’s student section, the Dawg Pound, was uncharacteristically quiet as they watched Hawkins steal the ball during a fast break and take it back up the court for an easy two points.

The Bulldogs appeared renewed in the second half as junior guards John Mbeng and Michael Janis combined for 14 third-quarter points that cut into Gaithersburg’s substantial halftime lead.

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