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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.”

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Patriots win on Blake's senior night

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xBengals vs. Patriots baseball 2Wootton’s Anthony Vondas barely misses tagging the base in time to get Blake's Brandon Watkins out on an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team (10-6) dominated the Blake Bengals (5-13) 11-5 on Tuesday night at Blake High School.

For the Bengals, it was Senior Night and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor seniors including second baseman Brandon Watkins, centerfielder Shaun Lee, outfielder Eric Baten, catcher Chris Haley, pitcher Michael Griffin, and pitcher Kaeffan James.

“Senior Night is a special night…We make it very special. We have our play-by-play highlights of their season. We bring out their family. Everything’s family-oriented. We give the moms roses. We do corsages. Then the fathers get a ball inscripted with ‘Senior Night’ on it, and they throw out a first pitch; the first pitch ceremony to their son. So, Senior Night is something special. And I make it special because we are a family”, said Bengals head coach Steve Murfin. “We want to win the game. But we want the seniors to play and be in the spotlight.”

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Blair softball hangs in the rain

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ROCKVILLE – The thunder rolled and raindrops fell as Blair sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche stood on the mound Monday, awaiting word from the umpire and head coaches about whether the game would continue.

It was the bottom of the sixth, and Wootton had managed to avoid a Blazer shutout by scoring four runs in quick succession. However, as the sky darkened and the thunder rumbled in the distance, the umpire made the decision to call the game, and Blair escaped with a 9-4 victory.

“The momentum turned, and they had all the momentum,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman. “I don’t know what would have happened if the game would have continued. They’re a good team, and they were getting hot now. I’m real happy that we got it in early and we had a little bit of room for error there.”

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Churchill staves off Wootton for girls LAX win 8-7

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POTOMAC – The Churchill Bulldogs kept the Wootton Patriots at bay for an 8-7 win in girls lacrosse Monday night, suppressing them to the last second after the Bulldogs came back from a point deficit.

It was a game filled with comebacks for both teams. The Patriots led for part of the first half, but then the Bulldogs went on a scoring streak up until they reached eight points.

Once the eighth and last score was tallied for the Bulldogs, the Patriots clawed back and scored another three points, but could not net one more to at least send the game into overtime.

The Bulldogs ramped up their aggressiveness early into the first half, making a tightly-packed Patriot defense separate and exploiting the holes in it.

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Wootton takes to Walter Johnson in lacrosse 16-9

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20170331 Wootton vs WJohnson Boys Lacrosse011Wootton's Adam Greenberg closes in on Walter Johnson's Zach Cooper.                        PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

BETHESDA—The Wootton Patriots hunted down the Walter Johnson Wildcats with a 16-9 win on Friday night, taking advantage of the Wildcats’ fractured defense.

The Patriots hit the Wildcats from all sides; from behind, from afar, up close, and everywhere else. They owed it all to the home team’s defense

“We came out timid and they didn’t. It’s hard to win a game against an in-town rival when you come out tentative,” said Wildcats head coach Alan Pohorylas. “We just didn’t play well at all, in any facet of the game.”

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Wootton buries Clarksburg in season opener 18-3

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ROCKVILLE – In the season opener for both the Wootton Patriots and the Clarksburg Coyotes girls’ lacrosse team, the Patriots dominated both halves against an inexperienced Coyotes squad to win, 18-3.

It was a stark difference in skill level from start to finish. The Coyotes had an open defense that left room for the Patriots to maneuver into and score. When the Coyotes did get close to goal, the Patriots suffocated them and forced them to play a passing game to make room.

“It wasn’t in our favor. We’re a very, very young team,” said Coyotes’ head coach Denise Miller.

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Football moms huddle up for the cause

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Football Moms 1Margaret Saylor, left followed by Victoria Erat, Ghiante Smith and Andrea Portes. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

Gaithersburg – There was a huddle, but this was not your ordinary football team. It was a team of football stars’ moms.

Wootton rising senior quarterback Grant Saylor’s mom, Margaret Saylor, gathered with rising senior wide receiver Elijah Trent’s mom, Ghiante Smith, rising senior offensive lineman Chase Erat’s mom, Victoria Erat, and rising junior offensive lineman Lucas Portes’ mom, Andrea Portes, the chief football mom of the Wootton Program and a USA Football Mom of The Year semifinalist.

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Boy cagers face challenges as hoop season begins

Seneca Valley came within a game of playing for a Maryland 3A state title last season but the Germantown public school has one of the county’s top returning players in senior guard Brandon Simpson.
A four-year varsity performer, Simpson averaged 13 points per game last season in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 3A state semifinal appearance.
Quince Orchard boasts perhaps the county’s top returning backcourt in seniors Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly who combined to average nearly 40 points per game last season.

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Northwest’s defense collects four TDs in 53-18 rout of Wootton

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ROCKVILLE – With its season on the line and a playoff spot within reach, Friday night’s game for Northwest was a must-win.

The Jaguars defense received the message, outscoring the offense with four pick-six touchdowns as Northwest (7-3) routed Wootton (5-5) 53-18.

Northwest’s win, will likely send the 2013 and 2014 state champs back to Maryland 4A playoffs but the Germantown-based team will have to wait until Sunday to find out its seeding. 

“That’s the goal since the beginning of the season,” said Jaguars running back Khalil Owens. “First, we needed to make it in the door and go to the playoffs and now a new season starts today and we got to keep pushing and make a great run.”

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