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Sherwood cements its place at the top with 5-2 win over Poolesville

Poolesville Falcons vs. Sherwood WarriorsSANDY SPRING — In its first four games of the 2018 season, the Sherwood Warriors has been put up to difficult challenges in every contest.

This varsity baseball team, however, has aced every single one.

Facing the visiting Poolesville Falcons, the number two-ranked team in Montgomery County and the defending 3A state champions, the home team fell behind early, but behind a dominant pitching performance, and an offensive jolt from the two stars of the lineup, the Sherwood Warriors remained undefeated, and firmly took their place as the top team in Montgomery County, defeating Poolesville 5-2.

“We knew we had to do a lot of things right to be in the game,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said. “And the kids came through.”

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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North wins MoCo all-county senior basketball game

Basketball through the hoopROCKVILLE — Thursday night’s Montgomery County Senior All-Star Game at Montgomery College featured highlight reel dunks and very little defense from both teams.

Richard Montgomery’s Daryn Alexander and Northwest’s Norval Black erupted for 27 points each to lead the North team past the South, 144-137.

Alexander and Black were teammates last year for Vernon Buckle’s Montgomery County Heat AAU basketball program Team Vito so they had some familiarity with each other entering Thursday’s contest and their skills were displayed on the hardwood.

“We didn’t talk [prior to the game],” said Alexander, “We just got that chemistry from AAU so it was fun playing in this game, too.”

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B-CC notches up a thrilling walk-off win over Churchill

B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsBETHESDA — Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning against the visiting Churchill Bulldogs varsity softball team, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons trailed by eight. Churchill had just come off scoring six runs in the top of the sixth inning. With just six outs to get, it seemed Churchill was in prime position to walk away with a win.

However, the Barons bats caught fire in the bottom of the sixth, and stayed hot in the bottom of the seventh, leading the team to a comeback.

On the heels of nine runs scored in the sixth and seventh innings, B-CC came back, and recorded a thrilling walk off win against Churchill, 17-16.

“We were down by eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was almost enough for them to mercy rule us,” B-CC’s Sally Egan said. “But we kept each other excited and once we scored four in the sixth inning, the momentum was all in our favor.”

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B-CC Barons come from behind to knock off Poolesville

Matthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMatthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POOLESVILLE — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons head coach John Schmidt called his varsity baseball team to a huddle outside of the third base dugout at Poolesville High School after the bottom of the second inning. The Poolesville Falcons had just taken the lead on the heels of four errors in the second inning.

“We can’t beat ourselves,” Schmidt told the team in that huddle.

The Barons heeded Schmidt’s words, cleaned up their play, came together as a team, and rallied back into the game.

It took extra innings on a cold and wet April Tuesday afternoon, but the B-CC Barons edged out the Poolesville Falcons with a come-from-behind victory of 5-4 in eight innings, as B-CC center fielder and preseason All-State selection Sebastian Mieses provided the game-winning hit. In a battle of two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, the B-CC Barons beat the Poolesville Falcons.

“It took maximum effort from everybody to get this win and I’m so super excited for the rest of the season because now we know we can beat anybody,” B-CC outfielder and pitcher Jamie Mills said.

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Blake Bengals decimate Paint Branch in girls LAX, 20-6

PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity girls lacrosse team proved Tuesday that snow days, spring break and rescheduled games have no effect on them as they demolished the Paint Branch Panthers at Bengal Field by a score of 20-6.

The game, originally scheduled for March 23 and postponed due to inclement weather, ended up serving as the season opener for both teams.

The Lady Bengals appeared undeterred by the damp field and cold weather as they poured on goal after goal and secured a running game clock with five minutes left in the first half. The Panthers didn’t seem to have an answer for Blake junior midfielder Caroline Via, who finished the game with an unprecedented 10 goals. Sophomore attacker Kiely Hutchcroft wasn’t far behind with six goals.

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B-CC boys rout Quince Orchard 11-6 in lacrosse

B CC Barons vs. QO CougarsGAITHERSBURG — Over the course of one quarter the entire game went south for the Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team as the Cougars lost to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 11-6.

After clawing back to a tie at the end of the third quarter, the Barons outscored the Cougars six-to-one in a shocking about-face fourth quarter.

“They had a game plan. They executed it much better than what we wanted to do. They came out with more heart, more intensity and they beat us,” said Cougars head coach David Heiney-Gonzalez.

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Good Counsel graduate Snyder signs with wrestling apparel company

Dear WrestlingOlympic gold medalist and two-time world champion wrestler Kyle Snyder announced his decision to sign with wrestling apparel brand RUDIS on Monday in a letter entitled, "Dear Wrestling." COURTESY PHOTO  Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Kyle Snyder, a three-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist at Ohio State, signed with wresting apparel brand RUDIS on Monday.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder’s move follows some of the sport’s preeminent names, including Dave Schultz, Kenny Monday, Brandon Slay, Cary Kolat, Lincoln McIlravy and Russ Hellickson.

“I will be wearing RUDIS equipment during all of my competitions,” said Snyder, in an e-mail response to The Sentinel. “I am competing at The World Cup April on April 7th and 8th as well as in The World Team trials on June 9th.” 

Snyder announced his decision in a letter entitled, “Dear Wrestling,” written to the sport.

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Landon’ Axel Giron places fourth at nationals and earns All-American honors

Wrestling clip artLandon junior Axel Giron won six of eight bouts, pinning twice, to earn All-American honors with his fourth-place finish at 113 pounds in the March 23-25 National High School Coaches’ Association tournament at The Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Coming into the tournament, I was just trying to see if I could do my best, and wasn’t sure I could make it that far,” said Giron of an event featuring freshman, sophomore, junior and senior divisions.

“So I’m actually really surprised, and overall, I think I had a pretty good tournament. It feels good to realize that I’ll be coming back to school knowing that I’m a high school All-American and it makes up for the tournaments that I didn’t do well in at Landon.”

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Tiger roars back to MoCo for National Golf Tournament

Tiger Woods, who is well known in Montgomery County after winning the National Golf Tournament twice here, is schedule to play again June 25.  FILE PHOTOTiger Woods, who is well known in Montgomery County after winning the National Golf Tournament twice here, is schedule to play again June 25. FILE PHOTO  Tiger Woods is set to make a return to Montgomery County this summer.

Woods recently announced he would be participating in the 2018 National Golf Tournament scheduled for June 25 through July 1 at TPC Potomac.

“I am really looking forward to being back in the D.C. area this summer playing in The National,” said Woods. “As a two-time champion of this event benefitting my foundation, The National has always been a special event for me.”

Woods returned to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in December and has since competed in five events during the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 season. Woods, who last competed in The National in 2015, was a tournament champion in 2009 and 2012.

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