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Northwest digs deep to overcome Blair with 8-5 win

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SILVER SPRING – The Northwest Jaguars dominated the Blair Blazers in Monday night boys baseball, keeping the home team scoreless until a close call at the bottom of the seventh.

The Jaguars were on top of their game Monday, but what hurt the Blazers the most was the combination of heavy hitters on the Jaguars squad and costly infield and outfield errors.

“It was nice to get the bases loaded, kind of get the feel that we want to get, going into the playoffs, but we expect to play like that every inning,” said junior second baseman Zachery Dunn.

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Widenhofer’s frozen rope leads Poolesville over B-CC 4-2

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xBCC vs Poolesville 3Poolesville’s Zach Widenhofer (12) gets a base hit. He would later hit a three-run homer that helped Poolesville win the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POOLESVILLE – Poolesville Falcons junior first baseman Zach Widenhofer stole the show with his three-run sixth inning home run to lead the Falcons varsity baseball team (12-2) to a 4-2 win over the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (10-7) at Poolesville High School on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Falcons head coach Steve Orsini explained that hit one could not script, saying, “No … that would be the ‘Casey At Bat’…. I was saying go over, go over. That kid was back there. That was a shot. He got all of it that time.”

Widenhofer believed it might be the biggest hit of his career, saying, “It might be…. That was my first home run.”

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Seneca Valley hosts last home game before rebuilding

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xKnights vs. SV Eagles LAX 3Seneca's Jamus Jupin faces off against Wheaton's Delantae Henderson-Feist.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

GERMANTOWN — In the early game, the rain held off and the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles girls varsity lacrosse team (1-7) picked up its first win of the season in a dramatic 6-5 win over the Wheaton Knights (4-6), while in the night cap, the rain came down as the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles boys varsity lacrosse team (0-11) remained winless, losing to the Wheaton Knights (2-10) 14-4 at Seneca Valley field on Thursday evening.

The Seneca Valley field referred to as Death Valley, home to the Eagles since the 1970s, hosted its last games as the whole school will be rebuilt including the field.

For Seneca Valley girls’ lacrosse, the team was pleased that the final game for these Eagles was a win.

Eagles girls head coach Lindsay Harris said of the win, “At halftime, we also came together as a team and talked about how this was going to be the last lacrosse game played on this field. We wanted to win for our seniors. And all of the underclassmen really came together and said we need to come out full intensity and be ready to go. Said that this last game played on this field be a win for this school.”

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Magruder boys lacrosse pound Clarksburg 10-3

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201700501 Cburg vs Magrud 130CUT: Long stick man Paolo Nardone of Magruder fires off a down field pass as Clarkburg's Tim Lehr closes in. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

CLARKSBURG-The Magruder Colonels broke through a tough Clarksburg Coyote defense to get a 10-3 win Monday night, ultimately dominating the game with a relentless attack.

But the focal point of the Colonels’ attack was senior midfielder Jimmy Hassemann, who scored six points and led the Colonels to victory. Hassemann played the Coyote’s defense well, looping around the back and confusing the defense to score from very close range.

“I feel we did good on defense. From offense we need to take more shots, we need to pick it up,” said junior Coyotes goalkeeper Bryant Evans.

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R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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Swarmin’ Hornets exterminated by the Hawks, 65-51

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DAMASCUS – The Urbana Hawks came to Damascus and sprayed Raid in the Swarmin’ Hornets nest with a 65-51 victory, although they were briefly challenged by the home team before sweeping them in the final quarter.

“In the fourth quarter, they picked up the pressure, and we turned the ball over, for easy buckets for them,” said Damascus head coach Butch Marshall.

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RM beats Springbrook

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ROCKVILLE – Jashon Hawkins had the game of his life on Tuesday night against Springbrook.

The Richard Montgomery senior guard scored a career-high 40 points to propel the Rockets to a 71-52 home victory over the Blue Devils.

Hawkins, who converted 12-of- 14 three-pointers on the night, connected on ten consecutive 3-point attempts in the first half.

“In past games I forced threes, it hasn’t turned out so well,” said Hawkins, whose previous career-high was a 28-point performance against Bladensburg in December, “so I just tried to chill out, take open shots and keep moving forward.”

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Thomas, Daniel, Lea push Good Counsel to crown at Melee on Metro

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Seniors Bailey Thomas (152), Brady Daniel (220) and Jalen Lea (285) won individual titles as Good Counsel won the team championship in last weekend’s 18-team Melee on The Metro at Gonzaga High in Washington.

Conor Lozupone (106) and Drew Brenowitz (182) were second, with Cord Richardson (120), Cole Robilotto (138) and Avery Miller (145) third, and Ryan Briggs (170) fourth as the Falcons (210 points) rebounded a week after being dethroned as perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament champions by Saint John’s, which last month ended their conference dual meet winning streak at 55 matches.

Daniel pinned Michael Okaro of runner-up St. Benedict’s of New Jersey, and Lea did the same to Phillip Firehock of Gonzaga, with Thomas earning a technical fall over Joey Dunn of Sidwell Friends. The trio added their crowns to last week’s individual WCAC titles, with Thomas earning Outstanding Wrestler honors last week.

“As a team, we had to regroup, so it was great to have a good, hard week of practice, get some guys to where they should be, come back and get that win,” said Daniel, who, like Thomas, will attempt to defend his private schools state title at McDonogh of Baltimore next weekend.

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The Cavaliers have playoffs on their minds

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Bullis v. Sidwell FriendsKennedy’s Elyas Bisle skies down the lane for a layup. The Cavaliers went on to win easily, 90-67. PHOTO BY MCKAY POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – The Kennedy varsity boys’ basketball team is gearing up for the playoffs.

The second-seeded Cavaliers (18-3) are using their last few regular season games to iron out any issues and ride into the playoffs with as much momentum as possible.

Tuesday’s game against Clarksburg (10-11) was no different. The Cavaliers overcame a slow start to throttle the Coyotes, 90-67.

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Whitman girls hold on against Churchill

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Whitman v. Churchill b-ball 1Winston Churchill’s Kamryn Testa, holds on to the ball as Elizabeth Holden of Whitman goes for an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

POTOMAC – Churchill Head Coach Kate Blanken can’t wait for her 15-3 Bulldogs to play Whitman again.

The top two 4A South girls varsity basketball teams went head-to-head Friday in a matchup that could end up being a playoff preview.

Although the Vikings (16-2) emerged victorious 60-51, Blanken appeared unfazed by Churchill’s loss.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” she said. “I can’t wait to play them in the playoffs…we’re pumped.”

And with good reason.

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