Blakes’ Lana nails a three-pointer to sink Q.O. 47-45

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 ROCKVILLE- With three seconds left on the clock James H. Blake’s Ibrahim Lana shot a 3- pointer from the corner to put the Bengals up by 2, and secure the 47- 45 Blake- Quince Orchard victory.

Monday’s first round of the Maryland Elite Varsity basketball championship pitted two 6-4 high school teams, QO and Blake, against each other in a tightly contested match.

“I just needed that shot,” said Lana, who finished with 16 points in the game, “During that whole game I was on and off, but at the end, I just had to flick my wrist on that last shot, and I knew it was good.”


Patriots win on Blake's senior night

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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.”


R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.


Magruder boys win first, Blake coeds win second in volleyball double-header

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xMagruder vs. Blake Volleyball Double-Header 1Magruder’s Chimere Ukwuani spikes the ball into Blake territory. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DERWOOD – The Colonel Zadok Magruder varsity boys’ volleyball team (5-0) continued its winning ways with a smashing three-set win over the Blake Bengals boys (2-3), 25-14, 25-18, 25-20, at Magruder High School Friday. In the second game of the evening, the Bengals coed team responded in kind, defeating the Magruder team in three sets.

The stunning play of the Colonels could only be matched by the Bengals a few moments during the match. The easy, convincing win goes a long way in establishing the Colonels as one of the favorites for the County championship.

Colonels head coach Tara Vaglica said, “We’re very relaxed. … I think we’re one of the top teams in the county.”


Blake runs through Kennedy in girls lacrosse

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SILVER SPRING—The Bengal Tiger may be endangered in the wild, but the Blake Bengals faced little danger as they carried a lead for the entire match against the Kennedy Cavaliers in a 14-4 win.

It was a resounding victory for a Bengal team that dominated the entire match and took advantage of a porous Cavalier defense. It used its speedy breakaways to get past defenders and either shoot from up close or pass to a teammate up close to cherry-pick.

However, the Bengals faced one threat: Kennedy junior midfielder Lina Randrianarivelo, as she ran through defenders to complete her hat trick.


Watkins Mill takes Blake in overtime thriller

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Watkins Mill vs. BlakeRodney Opoku-Amankwah with a layup as Watkins Mill tops Blake, 83-72.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – It was a story of redemption and loss in boy’s basketball Tuesday night when the Watkins Mill Wolverines went to the home of the Blake Bengals and won, 83-72, in overtime.

The game was unpredictable and showed the volatility of sports, as the match started with a dominant performance by the Wolverines but dragged into one period of overtime, where the visitors dominated once more for the win.


Magruder girls defeat Blake and move on in the playoffs

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Magruder vs. Blake 1Magruder guard Laila Grant (5), who had a team high score of 22 points, brings the ball upcourt. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Magruder varsity girls basketball team had a rough practice a few days before opening their postseason Friday at home against Blake.

Colonels head coach Kashauna Cook said her team learned how to persevere during that difficult practice that involved running sprints for over an hour.

Cook’s team test couldn’t have come at a better time. Magruder’s newfound perseverance was tested against a third quarter Blake surge that saw the Bengals pull within one point.

However, the Colonels refused to be ‘one and done’ in the playoffs and held on to beat Blake 57-46.


County student-athletes shine at Bowie Classic indoor meet

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Local athletes placed in several track and field events during the Ed Bowie Classic Indoor Track Meet, which spanned from Thursday afternoon through 1 a.m. Friday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Poolesville junior Ryan Lockett completed his first indoor meet of the season by winning the boys 1600-meter run with a time of 4:28. Lockett, a 3A cross-country 5-km state champion, had been recovering from cross-country season and sat out the first couple of meets.

“For Ryan, he definitely wants to be in the 4:20 range,” Poolesville Head Coach Prasad Gerard said.



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MoCo players help Washington team notch its sixth win in ninth Crab Bowl 9-3

DSC 6693Markus Vinson of Damascus breaks up a pass to a Baltimore player during the recent Crab Bowl. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BOWIE – Montgomery County was well-represented Sunday in the 2016 Maryland Crab Bowl on the Bowie State University gridiron.

Although the game was a defensive battle for the better part of four quarters, the Washington team emerged victorious thanks to a short touchdown run from DeMatha quarterback Beau English.

Tied at 3 in the final minute, English, an Air Force recruit, scored on a 5-yard run with 28.1 seconds left to help lift the Washington team to a 9-3 victory over Baltimore.

“It was a roll-out pass, I was looking for my receiver,” said English, “but I decided I saw some grass and just took it, took it in myself so I was real excited to get it done for my team and get the win.”


Wheaton boys cross country team claims 3A South region title

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The Wheaton High School boys cross country team won the 3A South regional meet after three of their runners placed in the top 20 at Watkins Mill High School Thursday. 

Wheaton beat Northern High School- Calvert County’s 55 points with a score of 49. 

Knights Head Coach Michael Trumbull said he aimed for his team to run as a pack to minimize the time between the first and fifth runners.

 “I knew going into it that if our guys could run together… they had a shot at winning it,” Trumbull said. “That was the game plan going in.”

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