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Allen shines in CKA All-Star Senior game

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Amanda AllenAmanda Allen of Sherwood. PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  

COLUMBIA – Sherwood guard Amanda Allen shined March 16 in the CKA Senior All-Star Basketball Game at Howard Community College.

Allen, who finished with 18 points, helped lead the blue squad to a 104-77 victory over the white team.

“I feel good,” said Allen, who has committed to play at Salisbury University next season. “I didn’t really know what to expect coming here, but everyone was awesome, and it was fun to play with everyone because everyone is an all-star out there, so it’s cool.”

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Washington Spirit roster looks to the fountain of youth

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The newest players being considered for full-time positions on the Washington Spirit’s professional soccer team are young. They are not the names you would know from watching the USA Women’s National Soccer team.

Instead, they are stars coming off magnificent amateur careers in college and the national age bracket teams. After the end of the 2016 season for the National Women’s Soccer League, the Spirit made several trades of fan favorite players. The trades irked a section of their fan base that was very vocal on social media about their unhappiness with the trades.

Yes, players with recognized names like Krieger, Dunn, and Matheson would not be back playing for the Spirit in 2017.

What could be the motive for such a dramatic change?

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Quince Orchard Falls Short

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Cougars place second as Perry Hall takes boys basketball 4-A state title

QO vs. Perry Hall 1Quince Orchard’s Matthew Kelly drives the lane on Jason Newman for Perry Hall for two points. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

COLLEGE PARK – Senior guard Mitch Czworka went for the pass, down 59-56 with a few seconds on the clock, in hopes of nabbing the championship for the Quince Orchard.

But forward junior Tyler Holley would have none of that, blocking Czworka and forcing a turnover that dashed the hopes of the Cougars, ending the game at 59-56 and crowning the Perry Hall Gators as state champions.

“We’ll look back and reflect, and it’ll be a great season in the end, but right now I’m just really disappointed we didn’t get the last one,” said senior Cougars forward Johnny Fierstein.

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Quince Orchard upsets Wise to make it to the state finals against Perry Hall

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COLLEGE PARK—Wise’s unbeaten streak ended with the Quince Orchard Cougars, as the Pumas fell 55-52, the Cougars now state finalists along with their final opponent the Perry Hall Gators.

The Cougars, now 24-2, ended a 21-game undefeated streak for Wise that extended through the whole season. Once the Cougars got into their rhythm of slow-paced gameplay, Wise had trouble countering it with their speedy style of play as they struggled to dictate the game.

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Whitman girls fall short against Catonsville 49-46

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Whitman v. CatonsvilleWhitman guard Abby Meyers drives the lane through Catonsville defenders reaching for a rebound. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

TOWSON – Whitman guard Abby Meyers shouted encouragements at her teammates from the bench as precious seconds ticked away in the 4A West state championship game against Catonsville in the SECU Arena at Towson University.

Meyers had uncharacteristically fouled out of the game with under two minutes to go and was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Vikings tried to rally from a four-point deficit and claim their second state title in a row.

It wasn’t meant to be, however. Whitman senior guard Olivia Meyers’ last-second three-point attempt bounced off the backboard and Catonsville held on to win, 49-46.

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Seneca Valley falls short in bid for state championship

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COLLEGE PARK – Once again, Seneca Valley’s dream season came to a premature ending in a Maryland 3A state semifinal game at Xfinity Center.

Despite a valiant effort, the Screaming Eagles could not overpower Potomac and fell to the Wolverines, 66-59.

Brandon Simpson led three Seneca Valley seniors in double figures with a game-high 26 points; Tyran Crawford finished with 12 points and Kareem Matthew scored 10 points for the Screaming Eagles who lost in the state semifinal round for the second year in a row.

“A lot of these guys have been with us for three years and it’s hard to say goodbye,” Seneca Valley head coach Brian Humphrey said afterward. “We’re honored and we’re blessed for that.”

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Stefanelli to replace Milloy as Good Counsel football coach

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Good Counsel has found a replacement for head coach Bob Milloy who stepped down last month after half a century coaching Maryland high school football.

The Olney private school has promoted Andy Stefanelli, a 1983 Good Counsel graduate who has served as the Falcons’ freshman head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past eight seasons.

During his tenure at Good Counsel, Stefanelli has compiled a 71-2 record.

“I am thrilled and honored to be named the head football coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, my alma mater,” said Stefanelli. “I hope to carry on the rich tradition that has been established by Coach Milloy.”

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MoCo native Keemaan Diop wins American Muay Thai League championship

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Keemaan Diop Muay Thai champ 2Keemaan Diop is declared the winner of the American Muay Thai League championship. PHOTO BY NIKKI PUCCIO  

Cheers erupted from the crowds as the referee grabbed the arm of Montgomery County local Keemaan (pronounced “kāy′-mәn”) Diop and raised it high in the air. The referee then wrapped around Diop’s waist the championship belt for the American Muay Thai League’s 147lb weight division.

Diop defeated Brian O’Halloran from Capital MMA with an astonishing kick to the head, leaving O’Halloran screaming in pain on the canvas in the semi-final round. Then, a unanimous decision against Stephen Nguyen from Lotus Thai Boxing-Fairfax in the finals to marked the end of his amateur matches and the start of his pro career.

“After a win, I like to say I added another brick to building my dream. It’s a great memory. Now it’s on to the next,” Diop said.

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Damascus gains redemption and third state title

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Damascus completed a weekend of redemption during the March 3-4 Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Show Place Arena, where three of its six state place winners overcame setbacks from a week earlier to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to their third straight and sixth overall state title in Upper Marlboro of Prince George’s County.

Led by Penn State-bound senior Scottie Obendorfer (132), who avenged an earlier loss to win his second crown in three years, the Swarmin’ Hornets (123.5 points) overcame runner-up Urbana (99 points) of Frederick County.

A state champion as a sophomore who was runner-up last year, Obendorfer had lost his regional title bout, 6-1, to Walter Johnson’s J.D. FitzPatrick after having beaten him in both the county finals and an earlier dual meet. On Saturday, however, Obendorfer won, 5-4, after having reached the finals on a technical fall and two decisions.

“I believed God had a plan for Scottie, an that losing the regional final was a great lesson for him not to take anything for granted. Of course there is disappointment,” said coach John Furgeson. “But how you respond defines character and the person you become. Scottie was so focused this weekend and ready to wrestle. He zeroed in on what he had to do to overcome that obstacle.”

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Baylor leads Falcons over Landon

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TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.

The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.

“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”

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