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B-CC defeat Sherwood 1-0 to advance to state final

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B CC Barons vs. Sherwood WarriorsUPPER MARLBORO — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team advanced to the Maryland state championship came on Saturday by defeating Sherwood Warriors 1-0 in a semifinal match held at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School.

Following a scoreless first half, the Barons scored once in the second half and held on to secure their narrow victory.

“My boys played with a lot of heart today, discipline but everything else heart and love of each other,” said B-CC coach Gui Melendez. “That’s why we won, that simple.”

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BCC Barons defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in first round playoffs, 2-0

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B CC vs. Kennedy boys soccer 10 26 17Kennedy Cavaliers' Jordy Cisneros (2) goes up against B-CC Barons’ Jack Tchantchuing (7). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the John F. Kennedy Cavaliers at Walt Whitman High School Thursday evening in the boys varsity soccer first round playoffs, 2-0.

“I think we did pretty well today, we kept our composure but I still think we need to use our movements around the ball better so we can play into space,” said B-CC head coach Guillermo Melendez.

After a scoreless first half, the Barons found the net twice in the second half to progress to the second round of the playoffs.

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Seattle Reign supreme over Washington Spirit in final game of the season, 3-2

Seattle Reign vs. Washington Spirit 9 30 17Spirit midfielder Tori Huster slows Beverly Yanez’s movement towards the ball as Mallory Pugh closes in from behind for the steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Sitting at the bottom of the National Women’s Soccer League’s standings, the only improvement the Washington Spirit could have gained Saturday by winning their match against the Seattle Reign FC would have been ninth place. Unfortunately, even that small victory was not to be; The Spirit lost to The Reign at Maureen Hendricks Field, 3-2.

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Gaithersburg knock Good Counsel out of the playoffs in basketball

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicked off Monday at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Third-seeded Gaithersburg clashed with Good Counsel in a game that saw the Trojans ride a dominant first half to a 53-38 victory to advance to the second round of the postseason. Gaithersburg rising senior Kevin Neal registered 20 points and was named Player of the Game. Even though the Falcons lost, rising senior guard Cameron Carter led all scorers with 22 points. Gaithersburg’s tight defense stymied the Falcons offensively as the Trojans scored 17 unanswered points to open the first half.

In fact, of the 14 total points Good Counsel earned in the first half, Carter scored eight of them at the free-throw line.

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Bullis tops Georgetown Prep in the first round of the MD Elite Summer League playoffs

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ROCKVILLE — In the first round of the MD Elite Summer League playoffs, the Bullis Bulldogs beat the Georgetown Prep Hoyas, 63-45, in a rematch of the 2016-17 IAC boys basketball championship game.

Bullis received the fifth seed in the MD Elite Summer League playoff bracket, while Georgetown Prep was the 12th seed.

The game stayed very close in the early stages, both teams matching the other’s baskets. The lead swung back and forth on seemingly every possession. Bullis’ Louis Wilson converted an and-1 to give Bullis 13-11 lead about mid-way through the first half.

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Matthew Balanc’s dominant performance carries Springbrook to blowout win over Einstein

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ROCKVILLE — In a battle of two teams on pace to qualify for the Maryland Elite Summer League playoffs, Springbrook Blue Devils star point guard Matthew Balanc (20 points) carried his team to a 66-48 rout over the Einstein Titans.

Balanc started the game for the Blue Devils, but started off extremely cold, in fact the entire Springbrook team struggled to put the ball through the net, not making a field goal for the first five minutes of the game. Einstein started the game on fire however, leading 10-1 with 10:12 remaining the first half.

With 8:25 remaining in the first half, Balanc collided with teammate Cam Rucker and went down hard. Holding his head, Balanc lay on the ground for around a minute. Balanc was helped up by Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers, but walked off on his own power. Just 18 seconds of game time later, Balanc re-entered the game, and everything changed for Springbrook there.

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Watkins Mill hopes to enter postseason, with 50-42 victory against Rockville

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ROCKVILLE – With the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicking off on July 20, teams on the cusp of elimination scratched and clawed Monday to earn a victory that would hopefully result in that coveted playoff berth.

Watkins Mill clashed with Rockville at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School lower school gym in a game that kicked off with the Rams digging themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of. The squad from Gaithersburg ended up one step closer to the postseason with a 50-42 victory.

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Delayed by rain, Northwest comes back to defeat Blair in playoffs 3-2

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xNorthwest vs. Blair baseball 3bNorthwest’s Griffin Bubb slides into third base as Blair’s Sam Strongin dives for the ball.    PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULISIn the previously suspended MPSSAA Regional Finals Playoff game, some of the most exciting baseball of the year was had for an all too brief time on day two, as the Northwest Jaguars (17-4) came back to win 3-2 against the Blair Blazers (15-7) at Northwest High School on Saturday evening.

The brief resumption of the game, with only a few batters and less than twenty minutes of actual play, changed the trajectory of two programs for this season. For the Blazers, their season ends in a tough way. For the Jaguars, they move onto the state semifinals against the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders at Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday afternoon. The winner plays in the state championship.

Northwest head coach Todd Varesco talked about the game interruption due to rain, saying, “Yesterday, we stopped when we felt we had momentum and to look back on it before we left here today we said ‘it wasn’t a bad thing the day got stopped. We got to reboot and come back tomorrow and we’re just going to play our game.’ And I’ll tell you all the guys were focused. Not one thought we were going to lose, and I got to tip my cap to them because coaching did nothing today. It was all those guys. Just rose to the occasion. Rose above the flood.”

Blair head coach Eric Zolkiewicz said of the delay on account of rain, “I have nothing to comment. We can’t change the weather. Both teams had to deal with the same circumstances. You just had to come out and play.”

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Bulldogs crush Vikings in LAX playoffs 10-3

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xChurchill Bulldogs vs. Whitman Vikings LAX 2bChurchill’s Ryan Leonard (5) goes for the goal as Whitman defenders move to intercept.    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

After a close three quarters, the Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team (15-1) lambasted the Whitman Vikings (11-4), 10-3 in the MPPSSA regional semifinals at Churchill Stadium on Monday evening.

Bulldogs junior attacker Ryan Leonard (3 goals) said of the win, “We always have a chip on our shoulder playing against Whitman. They’re our rivals. So, we knew we wanted to come in and win.”

Bulldogs senior goalie Alex Crombie credited the win on the Bulldogs’ team energy, saying, “We all came out just as we would in a playoff game. Against Wootton we came out with a lot of energy. Tonight was no different. It mostly started on the defensive end. We brought a lot of energy. Although our offense had a slow start. I thought the energy resonated. They picked up as the game went on. They feed off it. A lot of our success came off the energy we had.”

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Wizards on Upswing, Will They Become Talk of The Town?

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WASHINGTON  Fans from Montgomery County and players and coaches of the Washington Wizards (33-21) are getting excited about their team’s playoff hopes, which was apparent Friday evening at the Verizon Center as the Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers (29-24), 112-107.

Another playoff run reminiscent of the 1977-1978 Washington Bullets’ championship season might have the Wizards becoming the talk of the town once again.

Wizard point guard John Wall commented on the game and the crowd. “For one, the crowd has been amazing for us. It’s the reason why we could comeback. We were down and going through tough times. They helped us get out of that hole we were in. It was a big shot due to a couple of misses, and we got an offensive rebound. He made it. It was a big shot for us. It was a turning point for us. It put us up four.”

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