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Remembering beloved local coaching legend Walt King

Former Bullis head football coach Walt King.  COURTESY PHOTOFormer Bullis head football coach Walt King. COURTESY PHOTO  We recently lost a Montgomery County coaching legend.
Former Bullis head football coach Walt King died on April 2 at a Pennsylvania nursing home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.
He is survived by three children, Kevin A. King, Rachel J. Linder and Natalie A. Hagle, and seven grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Megan, Kyler, Karley, Zachary and Melanie, and one great-grandson, Tanner.
King spent more than three decades at Bullis where he compiled a career record of 116-91-5 on the gridiron. In 1979, he led the Bulldogs to their first IAC co-championship. After serving as the head coach from 1976-1986, he had a brief stint as the school’s athletic director from 1979-1994. He assumed his role as head coach in 1992 and guided the Potomac private school to an undefeated season in 2000, a feat that helped King earn Montgomery County Coach of the Year honors.
“I just remember what a legend he was,” recalled Stan Gelbaugh, a former Bullis assistant under King. “He was at Bullis for a very long time and really left his mark as a coach and teacher on a lot of kids.”

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Caps finally get that Stanley

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Caps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZCaps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  Chants rang throughout the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on Century Boulevard in Germantown on June 7 following the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 Stanley Cup victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington’s National Hockey League franchise put the sports world on notice that the nation’s capital is also a hockey town.

Tracy Ambush, a local party promoter and Washington sports fan, was the ringleader on this particular night.

The popular chant “C-A-P-S, Caps Caps Caps,” was accompanied by “Ovi-Ovi-Ovi,” in reference to popular Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, who was named MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

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Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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Whitman boys victorious in summer hoops game with Central, 62-57

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Central's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCentral's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha is in full swing with local teams taking on non-conference opponents in matchups that don’t normally occur in the regular season. Tuesday was no different as the Whitman Vikings (3-3) clashed with and defeated the 1-3 Central Falcons from Prince George’s County by a score of 62-57.

At first, it appeared as though Central was going to extend its 14-point halftime lead and cruise to an easy victory, as Whitman registered just 16 points in a sluggish first half. Falcons forward Devonte Young (15 points) led the charge as he grabbed second-chance rebounds under the basket, drawing a foul in the process. Central point guard Craig Morton (six points) passed off to Young after a fast break for an easy two points under the basket.

Meanwhile, the Vikings couldn’t seem to get going at the foul line after as several players missed their free throws, totaling six in a row. The Vikings also strung together a scoreless four-minute period that allowed Central to add to its comfortable lead.

“We just over-dribbled and haven’t moved the ball and haven’t gotten guys good shots,” said Vikings head coach Chris Lun of his team’s first-half performance. “We were just stagnant, standing around, no energy. We had to make a decision if we’re going to keep playing like that or are we actually going to share the ball and be unselfish. The guys stepped up.”

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After slow start, Bullis offense finally clicks in hoops win over Good Counsel

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Good Counsel's Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis School's Kolin Lewis (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel Falcons' Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis Bulldogs' Kolin Lewis (3) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In its second game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, the Bullis Bulldogs offense got off to a sluggish start. However, the Bullis offense finally clicked midway through the first half, and dominated the Good Counsel Falcons for the rest of the game, winning 73-52.

Good Counsel took a six-point lead, 19-13, early in the game, as they had a hot start offensively, while Bullis had a more difficult time finding open shots.

Nendah Tarke, the new leader for the Bulldogs, didn’t start the game, but when he checked in, Bullis got rolling.

Behind Tarke and Kolin Lewis, Bullis closed the gap, and took a 28-27 lead late in the first half, their first lead of the game.

It was a lead Bullis would not relinquish.

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G. Prep faces off against Paint Branch, wins 64-54 in Capitol Hoops game

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Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game on Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGeorgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — As one of Montgomery County’s top private school varsity boys basketball teams faced off with one of its top public school teams, it was the shooting of Kamdyn Curfman that led the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas to victory over the Paint Branch Panthers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School, by a score of 64-54.

Curfman, one of two remaining starters from last year’s IAC title team, will see his role change drastically. Last year, he was more of a spot-up shooter, whereas in the coming 2018-19 season, he will have the ball in his hands much more, and be relied upon as one of the primary scorers on the team.

It’s a role he is taking on well for the Little Hoyas in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“Definitely more volume of shots, I’m not used to taking that many shots, but I have to step up offensively. Do more, get to the basket more, get more assists, get more dump-offs to bigger guys…get everyone involved, and I have to be cognizant of getting everyone involved,” Curfman said of his changing role.

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Amidst pitching and defensive duel, Bethesda Big Train defeats Rockville, 4-1

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Rockville Express vs. Bethesda Big TrainBETHESDA — On a sometimes rainy Saturday night at Shirley Povich Field in a game that involved quality pitching and defense on both sides, the Bethesda Big Train got the runs they needed for a 4-1 victory over the Rockville Express.

Bethesda got things going in the bottom of the first inning when outfielder Justin Wylie stole second base to get in scoring position and shortstop AJ Lee singled to center field to drive in Wylie for the 1-0 lead. The RBI knock occurred on the Big Train’s second at-bat of the game.

A few at-bats later, with outfielder Jacob Westerman at the plate, Lee scored on a wild pitch thrown by Express starting pitcher Mike Yasenka, extending Bethesda’s lead to 2-0.

Rockville finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when catcher Eurick Perez reached on first on a throw too high by Big Train second baseman Conor McCormack, allowing shortstop Myles Coston to make his way towards home plate. The Express cut the deficit to 2-1.

The game remained close as it went four more innings without a run. During that time frame, the Big Train turned two double plays (5-2-3 and 4-3), while Rockville turned one (4-3).

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Bullis Bulldogs victorious over Bishop O’Connell in Capitol Hoops game

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Bullis School's Nendah Tarke (4) taking it to the hoop after beating Bishop O'Connell High School's Jahmal Banks (35) down court in the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played Friday, June 8, 2018 at DeMatha Catholic High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Bullis Bulldogs' Nendah Tarke (4) takes it to the hoop after beating the Bishop O'Connell Knights' Jahmal Banks (35) down court in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game on Friday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – It was only fitting that Nendah Tarke had the ball in his hands when time on the game clock expired.

Tarke, a rising senior, finished with a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bullis Bulldogs to a 71-62 victory over the Bishop O’Connell Knights in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

Tarke, who already holds an offer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will fill the void created by the graduation of star point guard Vado Morse.

“I’m going to embrace this new role as the leader of the team and I hope it takes us far in this summer league,” said Tarke.

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Baltimore Redbirds soar past Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, 9-4

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Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22),Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22), PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH SILVER SPRING — The visiting Baltimore Redbirds defeated The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Friday night at Montgomery Blair High School, 9-4. The game remained close with the T-Bolts up by one at the end of the seventh inning, but the Redbirds dominated the last two innings thanks to some huge knocks that earned Baltimore the victory.

“It’s the game of baseball,” Silver Spring-Takoma manager Doug Remer said. “In the game of baseball, you got to make sure every at-bat counts, every pitch counts no matter what the score is, so we were up, but we didn’t have that sense of urgency where we needed to shut it down right then. We thought that we could just cruise like we have been, and that’s what’s going to happen, especially against a good team.”

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