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RM Rockets slip past Wootton Patriots, 40-34

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JGS 4074 Richard Montgomery running back T'Kai Ayoola (30) gets through the Wootton and scores in the 4th quarter, PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE – There are rivalry games and then there are barn burners.

When the Richard Montgomery Rockets clashed with their rivals the Wootton Patriots on Friday at Roy Lester Stadium, the two squads delivered the latter in a penalty-riddled scoring fest that saw the Rockets ride home on a 40-34 victory.

The game came down to the wire as the Patriots geared up for a game-deciding fourth-and-two on the Richard Montgomery 12-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.

Wootton senior quarterback Grant Saylor passed to his right and Rockets senior defensive back Daryn Alexander was there. Alexander broke up the pass and ended the Patriots’ final chance at earning a win.

“I just saw the ball in the air and I just attacked it,” he said. “I just trusted my instincts. Defense wins games.”

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Rockville Rams make a comeback in soccer game over RM Rockets, 3-2

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MPI RMvR 0332 EditedDespite RM Rockets keeper Vicente Quispe’s best efforts, Feliz Rivera scores what would be the game-winning point for the Rockville Rams. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams completed a 3-2 comeback in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Dominating possession and opening the score in the first half, Rockville went behind but managed to score. The Rams' efforts paid off as they scored the only goal in the second half to win the match.

"We went down early but we had to keep working hard and I think coming back and holding out for 20-plus minutes says a lot about our team and our character," said senior midfielder Bryce Orsini.

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Paint Branch Panthers beat RM Rockets 21-9

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ROCKVILLE- The Paint Branch Panthers dominated the Richard Montgomery Rockets 21-9 Friday night. The Panthers now ride a two-game unbeaten streak as they handed the Rockets their first loss of the season.

The Rockets put up a good defensive showing, but could not keep up the pressure in the second half.

“Leaving a very good team and a very well-coached team like RM in the game, and you have scoring opportunities, was a mistake, cause I knew they would make us pay for it,” said Panthers head coach Mike Nesmith.

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Good Counsel edges past Richard Montgomery

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League has kicked off for the season as current high school basketball players and rising freshmen get the opportunity to compete and improve their skills.

Good Counsel faced off against Richard Montgomery on Monday at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium. The Falcons came away with the victory, 51-47, after a strong second-half showing by guards Antoine Jacks and Chris Margarites.

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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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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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Blazers put down Rockets 9-5

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SILVER SPRING-Some big questions were asked about this softball game, a rematch from early on in the season.

One of the biggest was: could the Richard Montgomery Rockets make up for their 10-2 blowout defeat against the Blair Blazers back in March?

The answer ended up being no, with a 9-5 loss, but the result showed more of a fight from the Rockets, and put pressure on the Blazers to keep afloat.

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Penn relays bring out the best in high school athletes

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Bullis track teamMembers of the Bullis 4x400m relay teams pose with their coveted "Penn wheel" after winning their race at Penn Relays. Left to right: Ashton Allen, Jalen Hill, Eric Allen and Austin Allen. COURTESY PHOTOAthletes from the Bullis School and from Poolesville and Richard Montgomery high schools ran against hundreds of top U.S. and international high school athletes and finished first, second or third in the country.

Girls from the Bullis School (45.87 seconds) took second place overall for the small school girls 4 x 100m relay, sandwiched between two teams from Jamaica: Hydel (45.52 seconds) took first place and St. Jago finished six-hundredths of a second behind the Lady Bulldogs for third (45.93 seconds).

The top eight times of the small school and large school relays qualify for the Championship of America races, and the Lady Bulldogs were in the top eight.

“They actually made it back to the Championship in America, and they ended up running the fastest time of any American team,” head coach Joe Lee said. “I was very proud of them and proud of the way they compete.”

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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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R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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