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RM Rockets edge out B-CC Barons in boys lacrosse, 7-6

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B-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against Richard Montgomery midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHB-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against RM Rockets' midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets got a nail-biting 7-6 win against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons on a frigid Friday night in a game that saw the Barons nearly pull off a comeback.

As the season opener for both teams, the Rockets blasted off and started the season with a win while the Barons had their first loss. However, with plenty of games left in the season, both teams have potential to improve or worsen.

The Rockets came strong right out of the gate and caught the Barons by surprise, but the visitors from B-CC clawed back to tie up the game three times.

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B-CC girls make comeback to defeat RM and win first regional hoops title in team history

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons’ Charlotte Lowndes (#11) takes a running shot over Richard Montgomery Rockets’ Karon Williams (#4) as their teams clashed for the 4A regional championship. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons’ Charlotte Lowndes (#11) takes a running shot over Richard Montgomery Rockets’ Karon Williams (#4).        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — Bethesda-Chevy Chase head coach Ryan Ingalls pumped her fist and yelled with joy as Barons senior Caitlyn Clendenin made a layup while being fouled. The Barons’ student section jumped out of their seats and cheered. B-CC was still trailing, but the momentum had certainly turned.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team looked completely dead in the water as the Richard Montgomery Rockets dominated early on. Still, this close-knit Barons team never gave in, coming back to win the game 56-49. The win marked the first ever regional championship in team history.

“It’s awesome, we’ve worked so hard. This was our goal at the beginning of the season. We knew this was what we wanted to do. It feels good to finally do it,” Clendenin said.

The Rockets, who had lost just one game all season (to the Barons in the regular season finale), came out absolutely on fire. RM forced turnover after turnover after turnover, and jumped out to an 11-0 lead over the Barons. RM’s Nusaibah Rashad had 10 points in the first quarter, and finished the game with 24.

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B-CC Barons hand RM girls first loss of the season, 61-55

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B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last.

The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale.

It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night.

“It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”

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B-CC Barons beat RM Rockets in boys hoops, 63-40

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B CC Barons vs. RM Rockets

BETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night.

English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record.

“It was pretty emotional,” he said. “I wanted to leave it all out there and I think I did.”

English, who registered 10 points in the first quarter, only scored two points in the second period but contributed to the team in other ways.

“He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”

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RM Rockets boys shine with 65-57 win over Churchill Bulldogs

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team celebrated their seniors’ last regular season home game with a 65-57 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in a scrappy Tuesday night game.

For most of the night the visiting Bulldogs were nipping at the Rockets’ heels and were able to make up for a poor first quarter by drastically improving the rest of the game.

The improvement was not enough to overcome a scrappy Rockets squad that was able to play an effective game of catch-up and brushed off the Bulldogs’ challenges.

The first quarter ended 14-7 in favor of the Rockets, with senior Rockets forward Xavier Harris scoring five points.

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RM Rockets blast SV Screaming Eagles in hoops doubleheader

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Richard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad (#12) makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey (#41). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRichard Montgomery’s Nusaibah Rashad makes a move to the basket against Seneca Valley’s Brianna Dorsey in Senior Night doubleheader.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In a doubleheader on Senior Night, The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team improved to 19-0 Tuesday following a 60-38 victory over the visiting Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles.

Richard Montgomery head coach Mike Oakes attributed his program’s success this season to the performance of a senior trio that includes guard Karon Williams, forward Melanie Osborne and center Nusaibah Rashad whom he affectionately calls “The Big Three.”

“They’ve really transformed this program,” said Oakes, in his fourth season at the helm. “Each year we’ve improved.”

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RM Rockets stay undefeated after blasting QO Cougars in girls hoops, 57-32

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Quince Orchard's Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by Richard Montgomery's Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  QO Cougars' Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by RM Rockets' Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24) during the Friday night game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team scored another victory with a 57-32 win over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars on Friday night, remaining undefeated at 13 wins.

“We don’t really feel the pressure on that way as a team, because we just enjoy the process, but we just take it one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead,” said Rockets head coach Mike Oakes about the expectation of keeping the streak alive.

The record shows the Rockets as a strong team this season but the game against the Cougars had some tense moments, especially at the beginning.

But senior guard Karon Williams, center Nusaibah Rashad and forward Melanie Osborne made an onslaught of buckets to make up for a rocky start.

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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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RM Rockets defeat Wootton Patriots in boys basketball, 69 - 65

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Richard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRichard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team won the unofficial battle of Rockville Friday night against the visiting Wootton Patriots, with the final score 69 - 65.

Richard Montgomery senior Daryn Alexander scored a game-high 23 points to lead three Rockets in double figures against their crosstown rival.

RM standouts Miles Galley (11 points), Djordje Orcev (10 points) and Mark Little (9 points) also contributed to the Rockets’ win.

“Anytime you can beat Wootton who historically is a rival for us, they’re down the street, is always great,” said Richard Montgomery head coach David Breslaw, whose club improved to 7-4.

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Gaithersburg Trojans hold off RM Rockets comeback in narrow victory

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Gaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEGaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG — On Friday, the Gaithersburg Trojans proved that its breakout season is the real deal, as they defeated the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 45-42.

The Rockets have been the top seed in its section each of the last three years, but this season, Gaithersburg has emerged as a contender. By beating Richard Montgomery, the Trojans proved that they truly will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season, and into the playoffs.

The Trojans’ star freshman duo of Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins, as well as the rest of the Gaithersburg team, didn’t have a very quick start. Gaithersburg didn’t get on the board until nearly midway through the first quarter, but quickly made up the deficit they had fallen into. Behind Ituka’s five first-quarter points, Gaithersburg closed the gap to 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The Trojans carried the momentum they had at the end of the first quarter into the second. For the second straight quarter, Gaithersburg came out hot to start the second half. The Trojans began to build a lead, up to 11 points at its largest. The Trojans began to hit three-pointers in the third quarter, after struggling during the first half, which propelled the team on its run.

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