Georgetown Prep trounces Urbana in Summer league

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MPI GPrepUrb 0177Eric Mitchell (3) on the floor Sean Berry (12). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER      ROCKVILLE — The Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team (5-5) trounced the Urbana Hawks (0-7), 64-39, in the Maryland Summer Elite League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday evening.

The Hawks were at a disadvantage. They only had five players.

“We battled,” said Hawks head coach Mike Jarboe. “We only had five guys and we didn’t foul out. Jason Haluis didn’t foul out so we finished with five. That’s the highlight.”


Wootton captures its own 7-7 tourney crown

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War on Wootton 7x7 Passing League JGS 1511 2Wootton captured its own 7-7 summer league football tournament this weekend.              PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The War at Wootton 7 on 7 Tournament featured some of the area’s top high school football programs including Bullis, Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg but it was only fitting that the host team capture top honors Saturday at Wootton High School.

 Led by a core unit that featured quarterback Grant Saylor and wide receivers Noelly Miller and Elijah Trent, the Patriots defeated Avalon in the championship game to earn the top prize.

“I just wanted to show everybody that Wootton is a football school,” said Miller, a second team All-Sentinel performer last season. “The past couple years we’ve been [expected] to lose every game but I want to change that and turn our whole program around. We’ve got a lot of talent obviously and I think we have a good chance of making the playoffs this year.”


Rockville Rays beat Bethesda Barracudas at local swim meet

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BETHESDA – The Rockville Rays swim club beat the Bethesda Barracudas, 471.5-320.5, in the Montgomery County Swim League Upper Division meet at the Bethesda Pool Saturday. 

The Rays Men beat the Barracudas, 265-13, while the Rays Women won, 206.5-189.5, over the Barracudas.

The Rays dominated both men’s and women’s events, including intriguing swimmers from both teams and exciting matchups throughout the meet. 

Of highlight, Rays swimmer Jason Tang won all five events on his day. Tang, who is committed to swim for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall, led the Rays men’s squad.  

Of note was the matchup between Rays swimmer Chris Ma and Barracudas swimmer Kyle Lawson. Ma won three of the four matches. However, Lawson showed his grittiness by picking up a win and giving Ma a run for his money at each event.

In the Women’s division, a key matchup through the meet involved fellow teammates, Barracuda swimmers Hannah Kannan and Amanda Liu. They competed against each other in four events. Kannan and Liu are teammates at Montgomery Blair High School. On the day, Liu won one event over Kannan. Kannan took the other three events. Overall, Kannan had a strong day for a women’s squad that put up in a fight against the Rays. 

Kris Lawson, Kyle’s 12-year-old younger brother, excelled in the pool, taking four events. Lawson set a Bethesda Pool record in the Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Freestyle with a time of 27.32.   

Others who competed well were two Rays youngsters, 8-year-old Anabel Sha and 10-year-old Adriano Arioti.

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Giants sneak past Thunderbolts in fourth match-up of the season

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GAITHERSBURG  -- After losing the first three games against Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (10-16), the Gaithersburg Giants (15-13) beat their divisional rivals 5-4 Saturday night.

The game at Criswell Automotive Field remained close throughout.

Silver Spring-Takoma outfielder Brett Leftridge hit a leadoff home run in the first inning to put the Thunderbolts on top, 1-0. Then outfielder Garrett Stonehouse hit an RBI double to score first baseman Jimmy Cain, taking the score to 2-0.

In the bottom of the second, however, the Giants would answer when second baseman Jordan Westburg doubled to drive in a run scored by third baseman Christian Torres, followed by catcher Trey Martinez grounding out on a 6-3  put out, as first baseman Steven Williams headed home to tie the game at 2-2.

Neither team would break the tie until the bottom of the sixth. With Gaithersburg’s designated hitter Christian Kuzemka at the plate, Steven Williams would score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Thunderbolts pitcher Yuhe-Lin Lee to give his team a commanding 3-2 lead. Then outfielder Daniel Cabrera would hit a two-RBI double to left field to drive in Westburg and outfielder Trace Bucey and extend the Giants’ lead to 5-2.

“We needed this win,” Cabrera said. “I think we’ve lost to this team every time this year, and we needed to beat them and do everything we can to get in first place in our division.”

 In the top of the seventh, outfielder Richie Schiekofer doubled to left field to drive in catcher Benito Santiago and cut the deficit to 5-3. Then, third baseman Jimmy Cain hit an RBI single to send Schiekofer home, nearly catching the team up with the Giants.

On the next at-bat, with runners on first and second, Stonehouse had a chance to tie the game with a base hit, but he ended up hitting a fly out to right field, and the Thunderbolts failed to score the last two innings.

“When you play a good team, you gotta play ball,” T-Bolts manager Doug Remer said. “And still, we had too many strikeouts tonight. We put the ball in play and made things happen, but the pop-ups and the strikeouts, we’re not gonna win games if we do that.”

For the Giants, Cabrera was solid at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a batting average of .360.

With the win, Gaithersburg improves to 16-13 on the season, while Silver-Spring Takoma falls to 10-17.




Stanley wins Quicken Loans National

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MPI QLN 3048 EditedNobody was happier or more surprised than golfer Kyle Stanley after winning the Quicken Loans National. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  POTOMAC – Kyle Stanley was overcome with emotion following Sunday’s playoff win over Charles Howell III in the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

“I wish I didn’t cry so much, to be honest,” said Stanley who rose six spots on the final day to capture his second PGA Tour victory.

The win helped Stanley, a native of Washington State, earn his biggest paycheck to date and marked the former Clemson University All-American’s first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Phoenix Open.


Long-awaited renovations in Potomac greeted with enthusiasm at tourney

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POTOMAC — The Quicken Loans National golf tournament was played for the first time at the newly-christened TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. With the renovations now finally complete, the golf course was set for a new beginning.

In 2006, the same tournament, then known as the Booz Allen Classic, had been held almost exclusively at the location then called TPC Avenel. However, that would be the last year that the venue hosted a PGA Tour event for over a decade.

Maligned for its poor design as well as drainage issues, PGA golfers no longer wanted to play an event at TPC Avenel. Numerous complaints from many pro golfers, most notably Tiger Woods, led to redesigning and renovating the entire course.

The vast majority of golfers had never seen the course before, and many did not know what to expect coming into the tournament given the history. But after four rounds of golf, the reviews from the golfers of the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf course were a total reversal from 11 years earlier.

“Yeah, it’s really good,” said Kyle Stanley, the winner of the 2017 Quicken Loans National, “One of the most difficult courses we’ve played this year.”

“I think that this is a good venue for the PGA Tour,” said Billy Hurley III, who won the tournament in 2016.

“I love the challenge, I think it’s a very difficult golf course,” said Bryson DeChambeau, “It’s a great golf course, great conditions, and hopefully one that we will come back to in the future.”

“I love it, I think it’s a great golf course,” said golfer Patrick Reed, who is ranked 17th in the world, “It’s hard.”

“It’s hard, but very fair,” said Lucas Glover, “...You hit a good shot, you get rewarded. You hit a bad shot, you get penalized. But that’s how a tough course should be.”

The positive feedback did not stop with just these golfers. All across the board, players love the challenge that TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm presented. Some thought that the high, thick rough and firm greens were similar to what one would see a major championship like the U.S. Open.

“You could 100 percent host a U.S. Open here starting tomorrow,” said 12th-ranked golfer Justin Thomas after the Pro-Am on June 28, “I mean, you really could.”

“You definitely could,” Reed said when asked if a major championship like the U.S. Open could be played at this course, “and it would be a hard U.S. Open if they got the rough even thicker.”

While many golfers also seemed to like the possibility of rotating the event between Congressional Country Club and TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, it was clear that the renovations have changed the way this course is viewed in the eyes of PGA Tour golfers, and have set the stage for years to come with future PGA Tour events.

TPC Avenel first opened in 1986. It was the home of the PGA Tour’s annual event, the Kemper Open, which existed from 1987 until 2002. When the tournament’s sponsor changed in 2003 from Kemper Insurance to the investment banking firm Friedman Billings Ramsey, the tournament was renamed the FBR Capital Open. Then the technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton became the sponsor of the event in 2004, and it was renamed the Booz Allen Classic. In 2007, AT&T and Tiger Woods took over as sponsors, and the event was renamed the AT&T National.

It became known as the Quicken Loans National after Quicken Loans replaced AT&T as tournament sponsor in 2013.




Boston Breakers break Washington Spirit 1-0

Washington Spirit LogoAn ambitious Washington Spirit team (3-6-2) ended their 3-match undefeated streak, losing 1–0 against the Boston Breakers (3-6-3) on the Breakers home field. Now sitting at the bottom of the league, the Spirit have nowhere to go but up. Matches played away from their home field of Maureen Hendricks Field have not been good for the Spirit’s standings in the league. They have not won a match on the road this season.
The match in Boston was really a three-way match between the Breakers, the Spirit, and the wind whipping down the Charles River. Regular gusts were clocked at 20-plus miles per hour. In the first half, the winds worked in the Spirit’s favor; in the second half, not so much. Any ball lofted more than head height was subject to the whims of the wind. A ball set on the ground for play restarts, corner kicks, and goal kicks would not stay where placed if a gust of wind came in, and the wind came in often.


You Reach and I Teach comes to Churchill H.S.

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Two Montgomery County residents are joining forces this month to teach youngsters the fundamentals of basketball.
Germantown’s Joel Barkers and Mamadi Diane of Potomac are teaming up for the “You Reach I Teach” boys and girls basketball camp at Churchill High School.
“I think it’s a great way to stay connected to the area,” said Diane, a 2005 DeMatha graduate who played collegiately at the University of Virginia before embarking on a professional career overseas.
Barkers, who played professional basketball overseas for five years, said he and his staff will be “actually trying to teach the kids the right way how to play basketball.”

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