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Northwest alum dies in car crash

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A recent Northwest High School graduate was killed in a single-car accident in Howard County early Sunday morning.

At approximately 3:50 a.m., Pierce B. English of Germantown was driving his 2000 Saturn SL2, traveling southbound on Route 94 just south of Brittle Branch Way when it left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree, according to a police report.

English, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

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Seneca Valley hosts last home game before rebuilding

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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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Former All-Sentinel player makes WNBA history

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Lanay Montgomery made history in Montgomery County last week when the former All-Sentinel player was selected 30th overall in the third round by the Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Not only did the West Virginia University senior become the first Holy Cross graduate ever selected in the WNBA Draft but the 6-foot-5 center was also the first former Watkins Mill player ever picked in the draft.

On top of that, Montgomery also became the first player from Milton Kimbrough’s Germantown Lady Panthers AAU program ever selected in the WNBA Draft.

“It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft,” said Montgomery. “I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling. It shows the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this game. I’d like to say thank you to my dad Robert Montgomery for introducing me to the game and my AAU coach Milton Kimbrough for working with me and teaching me the game.”

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Seneca Valley dominates Northwest 81-49

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20170106 Seneca vs Northwest Bball boys-3Denard Clyburn blocks a shot by James Assiongbon.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GERMANTOWN – “Scoreboard” chants rained down from the bleachers Friday at the David A. Young gymnasium as the final minutes ticked away in the Battle of Germantown basketball.

The 7-1 Seneca Valley varsity boys basketball team hosted Northwest (2-8) in the first game back since winter break. A packed crowd was on hand to witness the Screaming Eagles throttle Northwest, 81- 49.

The lopsided score prompted the Seneca Valley student section to call Northwest’s attention to the scoreboard when it became evident that the Jaguars wouldn’t be able to mount a comeback.

“They made us play their game, and when you play their game, they’re going to beat you,” said Northwest Head Coach Rob Smith. “They wanted it more than we did.”

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Blair upsets Northwest in Germantown shootout, 40-36

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MP1 8156Northwest's Khalil Owens (4) runs for a large gain against Blair, but in the end, Blair would edge out a victory against the Jaguars, 40-36.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

GERMANTOWN – After losing to Northwest two years in a row, Blair upset the 2013 and 2014 4A state champion on the Jaguars’ home field Friday night, 40-36, in a seesaw shootout.

“I feel great because we’re down across the county and no one thought we would win besides us. I credit my whole line and my whole team,” said Blair senior running back Eric Zokouri, who scored the Blazers’ second touchdown.

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The one-man Imam Islamic band in Germantown

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Imam Chef 1Imam Ammar Naijar makes food for his flock.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

GERMANTOWN – Imam Ammar Najjar knows his way around the Islamic Society of Germantown.

The native of Jordan begins his day by arriving at the mosque on Blunt Road in time to unlock the doors and welcome anyone attending to the 5 a.m. prayer service.

He then proceeds to lead the service.

"I change hats," Najjar said.

As right hand man to Chairman Magdi Hassanien, Najjar oversees the office and maintenance work.

The 49-year-old also serves as the chef for Friday lunch, which means he spends part of Thursday at the grocery store and in the downstairs kitchen.

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Women in combat reflect on rebel roots

IMG 0742Olney resident Sylvia Henderson (left) moderated a panel discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter (right) and four other women discussing the history of women serving in combat. The panel discussion at the Black Rock Center for the Arts followed a screening of Carter's 2013 documentary, "Rebel." PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

GERMANTOWN – The term “You’ve come a long way baby,” took on special significance to a small group of veterans as they assembled this week and celebrated their rebel roots.

On Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter answered questions after a screening of her movie, “Rebel,” about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, who served as a trailblazer 153 years ago when she fought for the Confederacy posing as a man.

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Simpson helps lead Seneca Valley over Westminster 54-48

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20160229 Seneca vs Westminter BoysBsktBall 1Brandon Simpson for Seneca Valley robs Westminster's Tate Beibel of a layup. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

GERMANTOWN – It must have been a long bus ride back to Carroll County on Monday night.

The Westminster varsity boys basketball team dug itself out of a 12-point deficit to pull within three against Seneca Valley with under a minute left in regulation.

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