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Landon defeats Bullis for IAC championship

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xLandon v. Bullis IAC 1bBullis’ Michael Chiararmonte (6), faces off against Landon’s Justin Shockey (19) on the dot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA—Considered this season the best team in the nation for boys varsity high school lacrosse, the Landon Bears (21-0) completed an undefeated season and IAC Championship, soundly defeating the Bullis Bulldogs (18-3), 18-7 at Landon High School on a rainy Friday afternoon.

The game could not have started off worse for the Bears. The Bulldogs scored at the 9:34 and 7:34 marks to take a 2-0 lead. This would be the high point for the Bulldogs.

Over the next 12 minutes, the Bears would score nine unanswered goals, never looking back. Complete domination was the name of the game for the Bears.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Bellistri said, “First three or four minutes went Bullis’ way. That’s about it. Then Landon played to a level we couldn’t match...”

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Penn relays bring out the best in high school athletes

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Bullis track teamMembers of the Bullis 4x400m relay teams pose with their coveted "Penn wheel" after winning their race at Penn Relays. Left to right: Ashton Allen, Jalen Hill, Eric Allen and Austin Allen. COURTESY PHOTOAthletes from the Bullis School and from Poolesville and Richard Montgomery high schools ran against hundreds of top U.S. and international high school athletes and finished first, second or third in the country.

Girls from the Bullis School (45.87 seconds) took second place overall for the small school girls 4 x 100m relay, sandwiched between two teams from Jamaica: Hydel (45.52 seconds) took first place and St. Jago finished six-hundredths of a second behind the Lady Bulldogs for third (45.93 seconds).

The top eight times of the small school and large school relays qualify for the Championship of America races, and the Lady Bulldogs were in the top eight.

“They actually made it back to the Championship in America, and they ended up running the fastest time of any American team,” head coach Joe Lee said. “I was very proud of them and proud of the way they compete.”

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Bullis clobbers Prep 11-4

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xBullis vs. GPrep 3A Bullis player battles Georgetown Prep’s long stick Robert Schain during lacrosse action this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  POTOMAC – A six-point lead in the first quarter was emblematic of the lacrosse game between the Bullis Bulldogs and the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas Friday night, as the Bulldogs were dominant enough to never lose the lead in the 11-4 win.

But the path to victory was not without its bumps: early in the second quarter, senior Bulldogs midfielder Michael Chiaramonte fouled out after an altercation on the field, giving the Little Hoyas an advantage.

The hiccup was only temporary, and the Bulldogs kept their dominant pacing throughout the match to win with a comfortable lead.

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Local track and field athletes hit Bullis leader board

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xBulldog Track event - Andres LopezBullis' Andres Lopez competes in long jump event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC– County athletes competed with national as well as state track and field leaders, won multiple events and placed in several others at Bullis High School’s second annual Bulldog Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs won the girls 4x100m relay with a time of 45.9 seconds, the new fastest time in the state for the season, beating Brooklyn team Paul Robeson High School (47.32 seconds), who in turn earned the fastest time in the state of New York this season.

The Bullis School took first place in the boys 4x200m relay with a time of 1:27.25 minutes and earned a ranking as the fastest team in the state for the event. The Bulldogs also won the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 42.67 seconds, followed by Prince George’s County rival Suitland High School (42.99 seconds); however, another school holds the fastest time in the state from a race completed the same day. St. John’s College High School finished second (1:29.17 minutes), Suitland finished third (1:30.3 minutes) and Paint Branch took fourth place (1:30.35 minutes).

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Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

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WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

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Bullis Wins IAC Tournament

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Bullis IAC ChampsMembers of the Bullis high school boys basketball team hoist the IAC trophy after defeating Georgetown Prep. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC – Bullis captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night with a thrilling 62-60 victory over Georgetown Prep before a sold-out crowd.

The contest marked the third meeting between the IAC rivals with both teams each having won a game in the season series.

Bullis junior guard Vado Morse sank a pair of foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to give the boys basketball program its first IAC tournament championship in three years.

“Vado, he’s come a long way,” said Bullis senior Chyree Walker. “From when I first arrived at Bullis, his game has always shown that he can be a good player and over the years he’s been working and it really showed tonight.”

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County track athletes score personal best at Tech

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Local athletes competed against some of the best in the country at the Virginia Tech Invitational the weekend of Jan 28 and 29, placing in the top five for multiple events and earning a U.S. fastest time.

The Bullis School’s women’s 4x400m relay team became the fastest in the nation Saturday with a time of 3:44 minutes, beating rival Virginia team Western Branch (3:51 minutes)  by approximately seven seconds.

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