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Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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Montgomery Blair High School graduate Kevin Broadus has joined the Maryland men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Broadus, who spent nine years at Georgetown, brings more than two decades of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach, and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program.”

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All-Sentinel High School boys basketball players honored

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Coach of the Year - Paul Foringer, Quince Orchard

One of Montgomery County’s longest-tenured coaches, Foringer led the Gaithersburg public school to an improbable postseason run in the Maryland 4A state playoffs. The Cougars, who finished the campaign at 24-3, upset previously unbeaten Wise in the state semifinal before falling in overtime to Perry Hall in the state final, 59-56.

Player of the Year - Bryan Knapp, Jewish Day School, Sr.

Knapp, a Cornell recruit, was a four-year varsity performer at the Rockville private school and scored a career-high 40 points in his final game to lead the Lions to a 24-3 record including the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference tournament championship. The area’s third-leading scorer, Knapp averaged 26.9 points per game and accumulated more than 1,800 points during his high school career.

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Longtime girls head basketball coach at Damascus steps down after two decades at the helm

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xSteve PisarskiDamascus girls basketball coach Steve Pisarski steps down after 20 years. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  Steve Pisarski, the longtime girls’ head basketball coach at Damascus High School, has decided to step down from his post after two decades at the helm.

Pisarski, a Springbrook graduate, compiled more than 400 wins while coaching girls’ high school basketball in Montgomery County, including a short stint at his alma mater.

Pisarski, a resource teacher at Damascus, received a job promotion that prompted the move, he said.

“That threw another thing on my plate,” said Pisarski, who is now the Physical Education Department chair at Damascus. “That’s enough work in and of itself.”

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All-Sentinel girls basketball team named

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Co-Coach of the Year – Steve Pisarski, Damascus

A longtime coach in Montgomery County, Pisarski guided the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 20-4 record in his final season at the helm of the program and compiled more than 400 wins during a tenure that lasted nearly three decades.

Co-Coach of the Year – Donita Adams, Watkins Mill

A Montgomery County product, Adams, who once played for Pisarski at Damascus, guided the Wolverines to a 13-win season including an appearance in the region championship game after registering just four wins in her first season at the helm.

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Former All-Sentinel player makes WNBA history

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Lanay Montgomery made history in Montgomery County last week when the former All-Sentinel player was selected 30th overall in the third round by the Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Not only did the West Virginia University senior become the first Holy Cross graduate ever selected in the WNBA Draft but the 6-foot-5 center was also the first former Watkins Mill player ever picked in the draft.

On top of that, Montgomery also became the first player from Milton Kimbrough’s Germantown Lady Panthers AAU program ever selected in the WNBA Draft.

“It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft,” said Montgomery. “I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling. It shows the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this game. I’d like to say thank you to my dad Robert Montgomery for introducing me to the game and my AAU coach Milton Kimbrough for working with me and teaching me the game.”

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WNBA draft claims several local players

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A pair of University of Maryland products were selected in the top 10 of last week’s WNBA Draft in New York City.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was selected sixth overall by the Washington Mystics and Brionna Jones was the eighth overall pick by the Connecticut Sun.

Walker-Kimbrough will join former Terrapins Tianna Hawkins and Kristi Toliver in Washington while Jones is set to join former Terps Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas on the Connecticut roster.

Their selection marks the third time in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10. Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 WNBA draft picks during her tenure, including eight in the top 10.

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Locals light up the Cap Classic

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Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

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WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

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Rule change will affect athlete’s religious freedom

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The rule that forced Watkins Mill junior basketball player Je’Nan Hayes to sit out the Wolverines’ postseason game at Oxon Hill last month has been changed.

The 16-year-old Muslim wears a hijab because of her religion and had worn the garment all season long without opposition from game officials.

However, Hayes, a reserve who had already played in 24 games, could not participate in Watkins Mill’s regional championship contest against the Clippers on March 3 due to a rule that requires a state-approved waiver for religious garments.

“The rule is not clear as to what specific headgear should be worn or not be worn,” said Hayes.

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Patrick Ewing comes back to Georgetown

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NBA great and Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing has been hired to assume the head coaching duties at his alma mater.

Ewing, who once owned a home in Potomac, was introduced as the new Georgetown head coach last week during a press conference at the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.

“This is a special moment for our university and for our men’s basketball program,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Thirty-three years after winning the NCAA National Championship, No. 33 is coming home.”

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