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Churchill Bulldogs maul Wheaton Knights 50-20 in girls basketball

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Churchill High School freshman Parker Hill (#33) stuffed Wheaton High School's Caroline  Djukduel (#15) as she went up for a layup in the game played at Churchill Tuesday, January 2, 2018 which the Lady Bulldogs won decisively by a score of 50-20.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHChurchill's Parker Hill (#33) stuffs Wheaton Knights' Caroline Djukduel (#15) as she attempts a layup.The Churchill Bulldogs won by a score of 50-20. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  POTOMAC — It was over for the Wheaton Knights girls basketball team Tuesday night by the end of the first quarter as the Churchill Bulldogs started strong and never let off. In the end, the Bulldogs emerged triumphant against the Knights, the final score 50-20.

The night was a rough one for the Knights. They didn’t reach double digits on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and made a total of nine points in the first three quarters of the game.

Up until a drastic about-face in the fourth quarter, the Knights scored two, three and four points in the first, second and third quarter, respectively. High pressure from the Bulldogs and missed buckets shackled the Knights throughout the game, but the turnovers fatally dented their armor.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were coasting throughout most of the game. By neutralizing the Knights’ star senior point guard Crystal Jones, they were able to maneuver more freely and leave the visitors scrambling to come up with a different plan of attack.

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Churchill boys basketball team beats Watkins Mill on the road

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CN9A3276aChurchill senior Martin Geenan (44) takes it to the basket after a fast break as Watkins Mill senior Markel Grant (1) tries to defend. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  MONTGOMERY VILLAGE — Former Good Counsel assistant David Blumenthal picked up his first victory as head coach of the Churchill Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team Monday in the Bulldogs’ 56-26 road win over the Watkins Mill Wolverines.

“Anytime you can get a road win it’s huge,” said Blumenthal.

Churchill senior Jake Ruben scored a game-high 13 points as the Bulldogs improved to 1-1.

“Ruben is definitely a guy that we look to off the bench as a huge spark,” said Blumenthal. “He comes in, he’s full of energy, he’s all over the court and the kid can shoot so he comes in and he gets space and he hits that three, it seems to get everybody up. They start to steamroll once he hits one or two so he stepped up big.”

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Despite shaky start, Churchill defeats Watkins Mill in girls basketball, 53-27

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. Watkins Mill WolverinesPOTOMAC — It was an interesting turn of events to see the Churchill Bulldogs win Monday night, 53-27, against the Watkins Mill Wolverines in girls basketball, given the Bulldogs’ shaky start to the game.

The Bulldogs are now 3-0, while the Wolverines have yet to earn their first win.

The result was made even more interesting when it was found out that the Bulldogs squad is made up of almost all underclassmen, with the exception of senior guard Abby Mazer and junior forward Kamryn Testa. Meanwhile the Wolverines had a healthy mix of different age groups.

The first quarter showed a Wolverines squad that was in sync and in control, as they drained bucket after bucket to come ahead 11-8 by the end of the first quarter.

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Montgomery County’s high school wrestling preview

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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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B-CC Barons defeat Churchill 2-0, advance to soccer regional finals

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B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsROCKVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the Churchill Bulldogs 2-0 in the third round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s boys varsity soccer playoffs Friday evening at Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Battling for a place in the regional finals, the Barons took control with a goal early in the first half. As the Bulldogs searched for a way back into the match, the Barons doubled their lead in the second half to secure the victory to progress to the regional final.

“My boys came out hungry, came out disciplined, and they had a will that said ‘we’re not going to lose tonight,” said B-CC head coach Gui Melendez.

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Churchill Bulldogs defeat WJ Wildcats in last game of season, 35-14

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. WJ WildcatsBETHESDA — In the last game of the season, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats 35-14, dominating in a largely symbolic game.

Both teams had nothing to lose or gain, as both had their playoff chances dashed coming into Friday night’s matchup. The Bulldogs were fighting to break even and end their season at 5-5, while the Wildcats were aiming to end the season on a high note with their third victory of the season to end 3-7.

But there could only be one winner, and the Bulldogs came out in a resounding fashion against the Wildcats team plagued by quarterback troubles.

“Of course we’ve been spending most of our season without a quarterback. It’s been hard to win games without a quarterback,” said Wildcats head coach Charles Woolridge. “Since we lost Aziz Diomande last week, it’s kind of been a quarterback by committee.”

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Whitman Vikings defeat Churchill Bulldogs, 2-1

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Whitman vs. Churchill soccer 10 7 17Churchill Bulldogs' Alok Kothari (10) and Whitman Vikings' Pablo Bayona Sapag (14) battle for the ball.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – In a hard-fought encounter at home, the Walt Whitman Vikings defeated the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 2-1 in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings pressed forward early and took a two-goal lead before halftime. During the second half, the Bulldogs managed to narrow the score but were unable to level the match.

“I thought the first half was brilliant, we had numerous chances, we had the run of play,” said Whitman coach Dave Greene. “We did everything we had to do, we scored two goals.”

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Churchill beats WJ boys varsity soccer team 1-0

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BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats boys varsity soccer team 1-0 Monday evening.

Both teams began the match searching for a goal, exchanging opportunities at each end of the field. The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the first half and remain organized to preserve their lead until the final whistle.

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Churchill Bulldogs defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in soccer game, 4-1

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Churchill Bulldogs logoPOTOMAC – The home team Churchill Bulldogs defeated the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers 4-1 in boys varsity soccer Friday evening.

The scoring began early in the first half as the Bulldogs, playing at home, found themselves with a 3-0 lead before halftime. The Cavaliers pushed forward early in the second but were able to find the net only once before a controversial penalty kick solidified the Bulldogs’ victory.

Churchill began by scoring after just 45 seconds. Junior winger Tamino Brown found himself unmarked to slot in a goal, leaving Kennedy goalkeeper Rexford Frimpong with no time to react.

Churchill's early momentum paid off as senior forward Darius Siahpoosh found the net twice in twelve minutes to triple the score.

"If you look at my goals, they're all from five yards away because my teammates are sending me up," Shiapush said. "I appreciate my teammates, always."

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Churchill defeats Wootton in boys soccer, 2-0

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POTOMAC – The Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Wootton Patriots 2-0 in a dominating performance at home in boys varsity soccer Thursday.

Controlling both halves, the Bulldogs maintained possession and speed over their opponents to score after just four minutes in the first half and again midway through the second half.

“I thought we did a lot of what we set out to do, possession, keep the ball wide, and I think that helped us control the game,” said Churchill head coach Arnold Tarzy. “The first goal was a bit lucky but it counts. The second was just brilliant, it was pretty emphatic,” he added.

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