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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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B-CC Barons Smash Northwood Gladiators, 20-1

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xBCC vs. Northwood baseball 1bB-CC Barons’ Spencer Sampson hits a three-run home run.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA—The Bethesda Chevy Chase Barons boys varsity baseball team (14-7) wiped out the Northwood Gladiators (4-16) in the first round of the MPPSSA playoffs at Bethesda-Chevy Chase field on Monday afternoon.

“A win is a win,” said Barons head coach John Schmidt. “You win and you advance. And that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to convincingly try to get everything going — every part of our game — hitting, fielding and pitching and, I think, today we did…I think we can hang with a lot of people when we’re going in the right direction…You don’t take anybody lightly…Play for the next day. Don’t think about tomorrow, think about today and today, we took care of business.”

Barons senior catcher Spencer Sampson, who supplied a three-run home run, said, “I think it was a good win for us. It showed our bats are alive and we’ve come out with a playoff mentality. Ready to get it tomorrow.”

Barons junior starting pitcher John Narvaiz explained of this year’s team, “I think in the beginning of the season we had a little bit of overconfidence. We lost a few close games early this season…facing that adversity, came together and we’re ready. We’re battle-tested and we’re ready to leave this section as champions.”

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County athletes set new school and personal records

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xViking Invitational 4Jamarcus Plato of Northwood crosses the finish line in first place with a personal best of 39.89.      PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA – A Springbrook High School boys relay team replaced a 40-year-old school record as well as the meet record while other county athletes beat their personal best times during day one of the Viking Invitational Friday.

The Springbrook boys team finished first in the 4x100m relay Elite with a time of 42.83 seconds, a new school record, at the meet at Walter Johnson High School, hosted by WJ and Walt Whitman High.

John F. Kennedy’s team finished second in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, followed by Richard Montgomery’s team earning a 44.03 second-time, finishing in third place.

Springbrook Blue Devils head coach Bryan Steele said the previous automatically-timed school record was from 2016, 43.74 seconds. However, the school record board on the wall at Springbrook indicated a relay team finished the 4x100m relay in 43 seconds flat in 1977, and the Blue Devils beat that time Friday.

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Sherwood destroys Northwood 73-46

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Sherwood v. NorthwoodHead coach Tim Gilchrist meets with his Sherwood team during a halftime break. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

SILVER SPRING – Sherwood snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night with a convincing 73-46 road win over Northwood.

The Warriors were led by Josh Seils, John Ervin and Davis Long, who combined for 49 points in the victory.

Seils scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Sandy Spring school while Ervin added 15 points and Long finished with 13 points.

“It’s a big win for us,” Sherwood head coach Tim Gilchrist said afterward. “We had an up-and-down January.”

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Kennedy Cavaliers smoke Northwood 82-46

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SILVER SPRING — The Kennedy Cavaliers boys’ basketball team (15-1) powered past by the Northwood Gladiators (2-14), 82-46, on the evening of Friday, Jan. 27 in a game filled with superb offensive and defensive production from the Cavaliers squad.

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Washington’s two TDs help B-CC blank Northwood, 36-0

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SILVER SPRING – Bethesda-Chevy Chase came to Northwood and resembled nothing of what a varsity football team that, before Friday night, hasn’t won a single game should look like.

The Barons scored touchdowns in the air, on the ground, on special teams and on a defensive fumble recovery en route to a 36-0 victory, breaking their three game losing streak and earning their first win of the season.

 “I think it’s great for the community over there at B-CC, I thought it was great that we got the win,” said B-CC Head Coach Chris Pope.

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