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Magruder boys lacrosse edge out Jaguars in sudden death

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DSC 5471Danny Scott lifts Jimmy Hasemann celebrating Hasemann's second of six goals in Magruder’s 10-9 win over Northwest in round 2 of the 3A/4A playoffs. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

GAITHERSBURG—In a stunning sudden death upset, the Magruder Colonels varsity boys lacrosse team (8-7) scored a power play goal at the 1:20 mark of OT by senior attacker Jimmy Hasemann (5 goals) to seal a 2017 MPSSAA 3A/4A playoffs victory over the Northwest Jaguars (12-4), 10-9.

Hasemann explained the goal, saying, “We were a man up. So, we broke off from our regular set. We were going to run a man from X. We were just looking for feeds. We had a lot of cutters. I just cut down and it was there. He fed me…It was great.”

Scoring six goals during the game, Hasemann was the key player for this victorious Colonels squad.

Colonels head coach Greg Lyons said of Hasemann, “More of what we expect from him all year. A heck of a leader. A heck of a guy. Just as much as his on-field play, his off-field enthusiasm, always staying positive, keeping the guys into it. That’s something the guys always expect from him.”

Hasemann was overjoyed with the win, saying, “It feels great. It was back and forth the entire time. Finally, coming out with the ‘W’, amazing feeling. It was great.”

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Magruder boys lacrosse pound Clarksburg 10-3

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201700501 Cburg vs Magrud 130CUT: Long stick man Paolo Nardone of Magruder fires off a down field pass as Clarkburg's Tim Lehr closes in. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

CLARKSBURG-The Magruder Colonels broke through a tough Clarksburg Coyote defense to get a 10-3 win Monday night, ultimately dominating the game with a relentless attack.

But the focal point of the Colonels’ attack was senior midfielder Jimmy Hassemann, who scored six points and led the Colonels to victory. Hassemann played the Coyote’s defense well, looping around the back and confusing the defense to score from very close range.

“I feel we did good on defense. From offense we need to take more shots, we need to pick it up,” said junior Coyotes goalkeeper Bryant Evans.

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MoCo wrestlers learn value of hard work and discipline at USMC wrestling clinic

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xWrestling Clinic 1 - Sgt. Cameron McNeill U.S. Marine Sgt. Cameron McNeill from the Rockville Recruiting Substation speaks to the athletes at the USMC Sports Leadership Academy Wrestling Clinic at Magruder High School. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

C.J. Cramma was Magruder’s best wrestler this past winter, but the Colonels’ junior lost more than he won against a visitor to his home gymnasium during a clinic on April Fools’ Day.

Competing at 113 pounds, Cramma won county and regional crowns and finished third at the Class 4A-3A state tournament to improve on the previous year’s placements of second, third and fourth in each.

But during a free clinic co-sponsored by the Marine Corps’ Sports Leadership Academy at Magruder on April 1, Cramma often partnered with Bethesda-Chevy Chase sophomore Eli Guttentag, who finished third at counties at 120 pounds a year after going 44-1 and winning county and regional titles before finishing third at states as a 106-pound freshman.

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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.”

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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.

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Magruder's Cramma beats Poolesville's Truppo, AJ Tao wins sibling coaching war

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From the week ending February 4, 2017: a 7-3 victory by junior C. J. Cramma (120) over senior Brian Truppo keyed last week’s 39-29 victory by Magruder over Poolesville, giving Colonels’ coach A.J. Tao his first dual meet win against older brother and Falcons’ coach Tim Tao.

The win marked the first time in eight total dual-meet matchups that A.J.’s squad has beaten one guided by Tim, whose Falcons won, 36-35, last year on a pin in the final bout.

But it was the Colonels who had the pinning power this year, receiving falls from Fasineh Turay (152), Johnathan Taylor (182), Sabio Amah (195), Daniel Black (220) and Alex Sagheer (285), as well as decisions from Colton Houldworth (113) and Jamar Williams (145).

“It was a great win that gives us momentum heading into the postseason,” said A.J. Tao. “It was also a great win for C.J. beating Truppo, giving him more confidence heading into the stretch run.”

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Magruder grad leads St. John’s to WCAC title

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St. John’s coach and Magruder graduate Cam Watkins continued his superlative season on Saturday as his Cadets dethroned host and four-time champion Good Counsel for their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title since 1979.

The Cadets (202.5 points) placed 11 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes – one more than the runner-up Falcons (175.5 points) – with three of their six title winners producing pins, a runner-up and two each in third and fourth place finishers.

The Cadets followed up their regular-season 34-32 dual meet triumph over the Falcons, which was capped by a final bout major decision by Tim Costello (106) to overcome a two-point deficit.

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Paint Branch cruises by Magruder 59-46

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JGS 9782Paint Branch’s Katerra Myers drives the ball down the court, guarded by Magruder's Lauren Pierce. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Paint Branch varsity girls basketball team has one goal in mind this season: win their division, win their region and go to states. 

The 10-4 Panthers have won nine of their last ten games and extended their five-game winning streak Thursday with a 59-46 victory against Magruder.

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