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Wootton Patriots win a close one over Northwest in girls lacrosse

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A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Wootton Patriots varsity girls lacrosse team overcame a slow second half start at home Friday and rallied behind midfielder Raeann Carpenter to defeat the visiting Northwest Jaguars, 8-7. With just three minutes left in the game, Carpenter’s tie-breaking goal ended up being the game-winner and her third score of the evening.

The Patriots (2-3) scored first and led most of the game, bolstered by senior goalie Andie Stave. The University of Colorado commit finished the bout with 14 saves, 10 of them in the first half.

Northwest senior midfielder Julia Brock was instrumental in her team’s comeback. Brock’s first-half hat trick robbed Wootton of its comfortable lead and knotted the score at 6-6 heading into the half.

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Region champs Welch, Velikanov among eight Churchill grapplers bound for Class 4A-3A states

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Churchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill's Andrew Welch racks up an 11-4 win over Whitman's Yussef Zaki in the 195lb weight class. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  CLARKSBURG — Senior champion Andrew Welch (195) and junior Alec Velikanov (285) are among eight wrestlers of the Churchill Bulldogs who placed fourth or higher at the Feb. 23 and 24 Class 4A-3A West Regionals at Clarksburg, thereby qualifying for this weekend’s Class 4A-3A state tournament at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Finishing third were Churchill seniors Jack Connolly (138), Sean Mahan (145) and Elijah Zack (152), with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Mac Ballman (170) and junior Carlos Villamar (132) all being fourth.

Winning titles for the Northwest Jaguars were seniors Yonas Harris (106) and Luke Patterson (170), with sophomore Siavash Sarvestani (113) being second, and junior Jack Thomas (195), third.

Clarksburg, Magruder, Quince Orchard and Whitman all placed three wrestlers within the top four, with two each doing so for Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walter Johnson, and one apiece for Einstein, Gaithersburg and Wootton.

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Clarksburg girls hoops team hangs on to beat Wootton 55-50

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Clarksburg's Miki Howson (#10) turns the corner on Wootton's Zoey Goldberg (#5). Clarksburg would go on to win against Wootton 55-50.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHClarksburg's Miki Howson (#10) turns the corner on Wootton's Zoey Goldberg (#5). Clarksburg would go on to win against Wootton 55-50.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — When the visiting Clarksburg Lady Coyotes varsity girls basketball team took the court Monday against the Wootton Patriots, one player – senior and key scorer Sunny Paul – was conspicuously absent, remaining on the bench with her leg wrapped in a Clarksburg blue cast, the evidence of a season-ending injury sustained three days ago in a losing effort against Gaithersburg.

Paul’s injury motivated the Coyotes to band together and make a last-minute push to defeat the Patriots 55-50 and improve to 15-2.

“The kids rallied together and played great team basketball,” said Clarksburg head coach Sissy Natoli. “When you have a senior and four-year veteran go down, you don’t know who’s going to step it up. We had a lot of different players step it up. It was nice to see.”

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Springbrook boys survive in close hoops win over Wootton

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Springbrook’s Anthony Deruisseaun (#5) beats the Wootton defense to the hoop during Tuesday night’s game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHSpringbrook’s Anthony Deruisseaun (#5) beats the Wootton defense to the hoop during Tuesday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — A second-half comeback attempt Tuesday night by the Wootton Patriots varsity boys basketball team rattled some nerves as the Springbrook Blue Devils saw the Patriots eat into their hard-earned lead, but Springbrook held on, walking away with an 81-73 victory.

“I thought we played well,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers. “I just thought we have to protect that ball a little better in our offense, but overall I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Springbrook and Wootton entered the game going in two opposite directions, Springbrook having won two in a row while Wootton had lost two in a row. But Wootton's boys continued the pattern they've developed by keeping the came close and never giving up, even against Montgomery County's top teams.

Springbrook started the game by building a 7-2 lead. Wootton responded with nine points from forward Julian Levin, helping the Patriots to take a 13-12 lead later in the first quarter. However, even though Springbrook point guard and Quinnipiac commit Matthew Balanc had to clean up six of his teammates' missed shots for six second-chance points, Springbrook held a 17-16 lead heading into the second quarter.

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RM Rockets defeat Wootton Patriots in boys basketball, 69 - 65

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Richard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRichard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team won the unofficial battle of Rockville Friday night against the visiting Wootton Patriots, with the final score 69 - 65.

Richard Montgomery senior Daryn Alexander scored a game-high 23 points to lead three Rockets in double figures against their crosstown rival.

RM standouts Miles Galley (11 points), Djordje Orcev (10 points) and Mark Little (9 points) also contributed to the Rockets’ win.

“Anytime you can beat Wootton who historically is a rival for us, they’re down the street, is always great,” said Richard Montgomery head coach David Breslaw, whose club improved to 7-4.

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Wootton Patriots upset Clarksburg Coyotes in boys basketball, 66-62

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Wootton Patriots' Garrett Koch (#1) and RyanWarshaw (#0) converge on Clarksburg Coyotes' Corey Bullington (#1) as he drives the lane during the game at Wootton on Friday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWootton Patriots' Garrett Koch (#1) and Ryan Warshaw (#0) converge on Clarksburg Coyotes' Corey Bullington (#1) as he drives the lane during Friday's game at Wootton.                  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  

ROCKVILLE – The basketball gods were smiling at Wootton High School on Friday night.

True Johnson, a talented 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard, led four Wootton players in double figures with 15 points in the Patriots’ 66-62 win over visiting Clarksburg.

Johnson, who spent last season at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, has emerged as one of the county’s top performers this season, scoring double digits in nearly every game.

“This kid’s got potential to play at the next level at a legit school,” said Wootton head coach Erick Graves.

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Montgomery County’s high school wrestling preview

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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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Wootton Patriots offense carves up B-CC on homecoming

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B CC Wootton photoB-CC Barons' defense is overrun by the Wootton Patriots' offense. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  ROCKVILLE — On the night of their homecoming game, the Wootton Patriots pounded the visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, winning by a 44-0 score.

Wootton entered the game as the top statistical passing offense in the D.C. area. Patriots quarterback Grant Saylor easily topped The Washington Post’s list for most passing yards in the area.

It didn’t take Saylor long to maintain his great season as he led the Patriots to the end zone on its first drive of the game. Wide receiver Elijah Trent (second overall in the D.C. area in terms of receiving yards) was huge on that early drive. Trent caught multiple screen passes, and was able to break tackles to gain extra yards. He would set up his team inside the Barons 10 with a 37-yard catch-and-run. Running back Matthew Amobi finished off the drive as he found the end zone, and after the extra point, Wootton led 7-0.

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Wildcats soccer team grinds out narrow win at Wootton, 1-0

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WJ Wildcats vs. Wootton PatriotsROCKVILLE – The Walter Johnson Wildcats squeezed out a narrow 1-0 victory against the Wootton Patriots in boys varsity soccer at Thomas Wootton High School Thursday evening.

Playing as the visiting team, the Wildcats took an early lead and held firm until the final whistle. The Patriots rallied in both halves with consistent pressure and created opportunities but were unable find the net.

“I felt we were able to put a good defensive game tonight,” said Walter Johnson coach Hector Morales Jr. “We were able to absorb the pressure well, keepers made good decisions coming off their line.”

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Wootton Patriots overtake Paint Branch Panthers, 3-1

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Wootton Patriots beat PB Panthers 10 9 17Paint Branch's Kemonie Jordan (8) , heads off Wootton's Jonathan Camberos (11) for the ball. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Thomas S. Wootton Patriots triumphed at home over the Paint Branch Panthers in boys varsity soccer Monday evening, 3-1.

With all the goals coming in the second half, the Panthers took an early lead after the break. The Patriots then responded with three goals to secure the victory.

“We played soft without energy and commitment, and they had to get woken up by that goal in the second half,” said Wootton Coach Doug Schuessler. “Once they got slapped in the face, they started to play much more inspired.”

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