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Blair girls win LAX Battle of the Boulevard against Northwood

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Blair Blazers vs. Northwood GladiatorsSILVER SPRING — The 2018 high school varsity lacrosse season may only be a few weeks old, but Blair senior attacker Markeeta Reed has already had her favorite moment of the season so far.

Reed turned in a five-goal performance Monday that helped the Blair Blazers earn their first win of the year in the Battle of the Boulevard against the neighboring Northwood Gladiators, 12-7.

“I don’t want to see my team lose; it’s not a good feeling,” said Reed. “It’s a relief to win. I made a couple goals to help the team and we worked together to get those goals.”

The game started off close at the beginning as both teams traded leads and tied the score twice in the first half. The Gladiators showcased their multiple threats as five players all scored throughout the course of the evening.

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B-CC Barons crush Northwood Gladiators in girls basketball, 75-28

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B-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH 

BETHESDA — In the midst of a tight race for the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team didn’t let the visiting Northwood Gladiators get in the way, handily defeating them 75-28.

“We had to be relentless on defense and keep our intensity up,” Barons points guard Charlotte Lowndes said.

In the first game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the Barons scored the first basket, and the Gladiators quickly got one of their own to tie the score at two. However, that 2-2 score was the closest Northwood ever would come to the lead. B-CC quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and soon left Northwood in their dust.

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B-CC boys rebound in third quarter to beat Northwood, 74-60

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Northwood vs. B CC boys hoops Miles English 2 9 18B-CC’s Miles English (#24) with the put back.                 PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It was silent in the locker room of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons at halftime. In the second game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the visiting Northwood Gladiators had given the Barons varsity boys basketball team, who entered the night with a 13-game in-County win streak, a true fight in the first half.

“At this point in the season, we know what we have to do, and we just didn’t do it in the first half,” B-CC head coach Sean Tracy said.

The Barons regrouped, and came out on fire in the second half. B-CC kept Northwood scoreless for much of the third quarter, and found the momentum they needed to beat Northwood, 74-60.

“I think it was a buy-in as a collective group,” Tracy said of the second half turnaround. “The guys decided to play defense.”

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Local athletes break personal records at Montgomery Invitational track meet

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Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWalter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record.

The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds.

“When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay.

The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.

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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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