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Northwest softball defeats Sherwood once more to win first state title

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JGS 9066The Northwest softball team wins their first state championship.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH COLLEGE PARK – For the first time in six years, the Sherwood varsity softball team didn’t end the season by hoisting the 4A state championship trophy.

It appeared as though the Warriors had found their kryptonite, the same kryptonite in the black-and-white uniforms that snapped Sherwood’s infamous winning streak back in March.

When Northwest won in the semifinals, Jaguars head coach Mike Horton mentioned that if his team continued to play “Northwest softball,” they’d be able to take Sherwood down again.

Northwest doubled up the Warriors by a score of 8-4 Saturday at the University of Maryland Softball Stadium to go down in history as the first Jaguars team to win a softball state championship.

“When you hit the ball hard, it tends to throw teams off their game. We came out and we went after it, and that’s a big thing with teams like that,” he said. “I geared these girls to play Sherwood early in the season. Obviously you want to beat every team, but Sherwood was the pinnacle.”

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MoCo athletes win state titles in track and field at championship meets

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BALTIMORE – Montgomery County Public Schools athletes earned multiple titles in track and field at the State Championship Meets at Morgan State University Friday.

Walter Johnson junior Abbey Green (10:46 minutes) beat her long-time distance rival Annapolis High School senior Maria Coffin (10:56 minutes) to become state champion.

It was her second track and field state title, her first for the outdoor season. Green said she and Coffin became friends during the last few years as they competed in track and field and in cross country.
Poolesville sophomore Nandini Satsangi came in first place in the 3A 3200m race (11:07). Satsangi held the second-place spot for most of the race, and then she led the final two laps. Her legs suddenly gave out a couple of feet from the finish line and she fell, but she won the race by finishing a few seconds ahead of Northern-Calvert junior Abby Sweeney (11:12).

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Triumphant over Eleanor Roosevelt, Northwest softball heads to states

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xNW vs. ERoosevelt Softball 1bNorthwest pitcher Amber Yuille prepares to send one across the plate.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER GLEN BURNIE – It was the tale of two dugouts.

Someone in the Northwest dugout began to hammer out a beat. Soon, the entire varsity softball team began to sing in unison as a light drizzle fell over Bachman Park on Tuesday.

The players in the Eleanor Roosevelt dugout, on the other hand, were completely silent.

After all, it was the bottom of the fourth, and the Raiders were on the verge of getting shut out in the state semifinals.

The Jaguars had methodically picked the Raiders apart, blowing out the team from Prince George’s County by a score of 16-0.

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Delayed by rain, Northwest comes back to defeat Blair in playoffs 3-2

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xNorthwest vs. Blair baseball 3bNorthwest’s Griffin Bubb slides into third base as Blair’s Sam Strongin dives for the ball.    PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULISIn the previously suspended MPSSAA Regional Finals Playoff game, some of the most exciting baseball of the year was had for an all too brief time on day two, as the Northwest Jaguars (17-4) came back to win 3-2 against the Blair Blazers (15-7) at Northwest High School on Saturday evening.

The brief resumption of the game, with only a few batters and less than twenty minutes of actual play, changed the trajectory of two programs for this season. For the Blazers, their season ends in a tough way. For the Jaguars, they move onto the state semifinals against the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders at Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday afternoon. The winner plays in the state championship.

Northwest head coach Todd Varesco talked about the game interruption due to rain, saying, “Yesterday, we stopped when we felt we had momentum and to look back on it before we left here today we said ‘it wasn’t a bad thing the day got stopped. We got to reboot and come back tomorrow and we’re just going to play our game.’ And I’ll tell you all the guys were focused. Not one thought we were going to lose, and I got to tip my cap to them because coaching did nothing today. It was all those guys. Just rose to the occasion. Rose above the flood.”

Blair head coach Eric Zolkiewicz said of the delay on account of rain, “I have nothing to comment. We can’t change the weather. Both teams had to deal with the same circumstances. You just had to come out and play.”

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Local track and field athletes qualify for state championships at 4A West Regionals

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x4A West Region Track Meet 1bRohann Asfaw of Richard Montgomery High School leads the pack in the boys 1600m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG –Multiple athletes earned personal best times at the 4A West Regional Track Meet held at Quince Orchard High School Wednesday and Thursday.

Northwest junior Editta Pessima earned a personal record of 44.06 seconds when she won the girls 300 meter hurdles Thursday. Walter Johnson senior Courtney Christian took second place (45.22 seconds).

Christian led the race for nearly 200 meters when Pessima caught up to her and passed her to win the event.

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Northwest digs deep to overcome Blair with 8-5 win

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SILVER SPRING – The Northwest Jaguars dominated the Blair Blazers in Monday night boys baseball, keeping the home team scoreless until a close call at the bottom of the seventh.

The Jaguars were on top of their game Monday, but what hurt the Blazers the most was the combination of heavy hitters on the Jaguars squad and costly infield and outfield errors.

“It was nice to get the bases loaded, kind of get the feel that we want to get, going into the playoffs, but we expect to play like that every inning,” said junior second baseman Zachery Dunn.

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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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Northwest cruises to eighth LAX victory

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NW vs. WM LAX 1Watkins Mill’s Hezekiah Likekele (25) faces off against Northwest’s Cole Notari (7).        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – The Northwest boys varsity lacrosse team continued its history-making season Tuesday when it defeated the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines by a score of 15-6 to improve to 8-1.

The win extended the best record the Jaguars have ever boasted in school history.

The 1-4 Wolverines fought valiantly in the penalty-laden bout, but the Northwest attackmen took nearly twice as many shots at the net as Watkins Mill did.

The extra effort paid off for Jaguars senior attackman Cole Notari, who registered a game-high four goals.

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Northwest ends Sherwood’s streak

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Stubborn Northwest ends Sherwood’s 105 game softball winning streak

NW vs. Sherwood softball 3-25-17 2Ecstatic Northwest players embrace each other after dethroning Sherwood - a team that had established a record setting 105 game win streak.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SANDY SPRING—A giant has fallen, as the Northwest Jaguars varsity girls softball team (3-0) slayed the Sherwood Warriors (2-1) and their 105-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon at Sherwood High School, 9-5.

“Oh my God,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Horton in his postgame speech to his team. “You just have just turned the MoCo softball world on its head. It’s on its head. Their streak is over…What a day, girls. I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

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