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Sherwood Warriors eke out 2-1 victory for regional varsity softball championship.

xSherwood vs Dulaney Softball bSherwood senior Amanda Berkley unloads a pitch in the 2-1 win over Delaney.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  Coming off a highly contested 5-3 win against the number two seed Howard Lions (19-6), local girls varsity softball powerhouse Sherwood Warriors (17-1) extended their winning streak to 15 games against fellow number one seed, the Dulaney Lions (19-3) of Baltimore County, securing the regional championship with a final score of 2-1.

The contest was a pitcher’s duel, with Sherwood senior Amanda Berkley meeting her match against Dulaney junior Akirra Pullen. Both pitchers toyed with the other team’s offense, and base runners were hard to come by.

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Local track and field athletes qualify for state championships at 4A West Regionals

x4A West Region Track Meet 1bRohann Asfaw of Richard Montgomery High School leads the pack in the boys 1600m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG –Multiple athletes earned personal best times at the 4A West Regional Track Meet held at Quince Orchard High School Wednesday and Thursday.

Northwest junior Editta Pessima earned a personal record of 44.06 seconds when she won the girls 300 meter hurdles Thursday. Walter Johnson senior Courtney Christian took second place (45.22 seconds).

Christian led the race for nearly 200 meters when Pessima caught up to her and passed her to win the event.

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Churchill boys blow past Quince Orchard in LAX regionals

xChurchill vs QO LAX 1b 201700517Churchill's Merrick Willeford wins another faceoff against Quince Orchard.                        PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG—The MPSSAA Boys Lacrosse Regional Finals at Gaithersburg High School on Wednesday evening matched County powerhouses with identical 16-1 records, the Churchill Bulldogs and the Quince Orchard Cougars, with the Bulldogs scoring a convincing 16-4 victory.

“Churchill was a very good team. They played very hard. It doesn’t diminish that our guys set a school record for wins in a season. We’ve had a great group of guys…But hats off to Jeff, his coaching staff and players who came out and played very well”, said Cougars head coach David Gonzalez.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Fritz said, “…We thought it was going to be a close-knit game but our kids came out, played very well, executed the game plan.”

Bulldogs senior goalie Alex Crombie explained the difference between tonight’s win and last Monday’s win of the Whitman Vikings, saying, “Offensively, the start tonight was the antithesis of what Monday was. We clicked immediately…that’s not to say we didn’t come out with a lot of energy. We did…”

Bulldogs senior attacker Spencer Knife (2 goals) said of the keys to tonight’s game, “Doing the small things right. The whole year we’ve had issues doing the little things right. We kind of have the big picture…scooping through ground balls. Getting to the right spots on clears. The little X’s and O’s stuff. So, focus on the small things. The key components fell into place.”

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Blazers put down Rockets 9-5

SILVER SPRING-Some big questions were asked about this softball game, a rematch from early on in the season.

One of the biggest was: could the Richard Montgomery Rockets make up for their 10-2 blowout defeat against the Blair Blazers back in March?

The answer ended up being no, with a 9-5 loss, but the result showed more of a fight from the Rockets, and put pressure on the Blazers to keep afloat.

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Bulldogs crush Vikings in LAX playoffs 10-3

xChurchill Bulldogs vs. Whitman Vikings LAX 2bChurchill’s Ryan Leonard (5) goes for the goal as Whitman defenders move to intercept.    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

After a close three quarters, the Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team (15-1) lambasted the Whitman Vikings (11-4), 10-3 in the MPPSSA regional semifinals at Churchill Stadium on Monday evening.

Bulldogs junior attacker Ryan Leonard (3 goals) said of the win, “We always have a chip on our shoulder playing against Whitman. They’re our rivals. So, we knew we wanted to come in and win.”

Bulldogs senior goalie Alex Crombie credited the win on the Bulldogs’ team energy, saying, “We all came out just as we would in a playoff game. Against Wootton we came out with a lot of energy. Tonight was no different. It mostly started on the defensive end. We brought a lot of energy. Although our offense had a slow start. I thought the energy resonated. They picked up as the game went on. They feed off it. A lot of our success came off the energy we had.”

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B-CC Barons Smash Northwood Gladiators, 20-1

xBCC vs. Northwood baseball 1bB-CC Barons’ Spencer Sampson hits a three-run home run.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA—The Bethesda Chevy Chase Barons boys varsity baseball team (14-7) wiped out the Northwood Gladiators (4-16) in the first round of the MPPSSA playoffs at Bethesda-Chevy Chase field on Monday afternoon.

“A win is a win,” said Barons head coach John Schmidt. “You win and you advance. And that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to convincingly try to get everything going — every part of our game — hitting, fielding and pitching and, I think, today we did…I think we can hang with a lot of people when we’re going in the right direction…You don’t take anybody lightly…Play for the next day. Don’t think about tomorrow, think about today and today, we took care of business.”

Barons senior catcher Spencer Sampson, who supplied a three-run home run, said, “I think it was a good win for us. It showed our bats are alive and we’ve come out with a playoff mentality. Ready to get it tomorrow.”

Barons junior starting pitcher John Narvaiz explained of this year’s team, “I think in the beginning of the season we had a little bit of overconfidence. We lost a few close games early this season…facing that adversity, came together and we’re ready. We’re battle-tested and we’re ready to leave this section as champions.”

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Patriots win on Blake's senior night

xBengals vs. Patriots baseball 2Wootton’s Anthony Vondas barely misses tagging the base in time to get Blake's Brandon Watkins out on an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team (10-6) dominated the Blake Bengals (5-13) 11-5 on Tuesday night at Blake High School.

For the Bengals, it was Senior Night and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor seniors including second baseman Brandon Watkins, centerfielder Shaun Lee, outfielder Eric Baten, catcher Chris Haley, pitcher Michael Griffin, and pitcher Kaeffan James.

“Senior Night is a special night…We make it very special. We have our play-by-play highlights of their season. We bring out their family. Everything’s family-oriented. We give the moms roses. We do corsages. Then the fathers get a ball inscripted with ‘Senior Night’ on it, and they throw out a first pitch; the first pitch ceremony to their son. So, Senior Night is something special. And I make it special because we are a family”, said Bengals head coach Steve Murfin. “We want to win the game. But we want the seniors to play and be in the spotlight.”

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Northwest digs deep to overcome Blair with 8-5 win

SILVER SPRING – The Northwest Jaguars dominated the Blair Blazers in Monday night boys baseball, keeping the home team scoreless until a close call at the bottom of the seventh.

The Jaguars were on top of their game Monday, but what hurt the Blazers the most was the combination of heavy hitters on the Jaguars squad and costly infield and outfield errors.

“It was nice to get the bases loaded, kind of get the feel that we want to get, going into the playoffs, but we expect to play like that every inning,” said junior second baseman Zachery Dunn.

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Widenhofer’s frozen rope leads Poolesville over B-CC 4-2

xBCC vs Poolesville 3Poolesville’s Zach Widenhofer (12) gets a base hit. He would later hit a three-run homer that helped Poolesville win the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POOLESVILLE – Poolesville Falcons junior first baseman Zach Widenhofer stole the show with his three-run sixth inning home run to lead the Falcons varsity baseball team (12-2) to a 4-2 win over the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (10-7) at Poolesville High School on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Falcons head coach Steve Orsini explained that hit one could not script, saying, “No … that would be the ‘Casey At Bat’…. I was saying go over, go over. That kid was back there. That was a shot. He got all of it that time.”

Widenhofer believed it might be the biggest hit of his career, saying, “It might be…. That was my first home run.”

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Seneca Valley hosts last home game before rebuilding

xKnights vs. SV Eagles LAX 3Seneca's Jamus Jupin faces off against Wheaton's Delantae Henderson-Feist.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

GERMANTOWN — In the early game, the rain held off and the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles girls varsity lacrosse team (1-7) picked up its first win of the season in a dramatic 6-5 win over the Wheaton Knights (4-6), while in the night cap, the rain came down as the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles boys varsity lacrosse team (0-11) remained winless, losing to the Wheaton Knights (2-10) 14-4 at Seneca Valley field on Thursday evening.

The Seneca Valley field referred to as Death Valley, home to the Eagles since the 1970s, hosted its last games as the whole school will be rebuilt including the field.

For Seneca Valley girls’ lacrosse, the team was pleased that the final game for these Eagles was a win.

Eagles girls head coach Lindsay Harris said of the win, “At halftime, we also came together as a team and talked about how this was going to be the last lacrosse game played on this field. We wanted to win for our seniors. And all of the underclassmen really came together and said we need to come out full intensity and be ready to go. Said that this last game played on this field be a win for this school.”

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