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Richard Montgomery defeats Springbrook in Capitol Hoops game

RM Rockets vs. Springbrook Blue Devils

HYATTSVILLE — Two premiere Montgomery County boys basketball programs were on display Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

Four Richard Montgomery players scored in double digits to lead the Rockets to a 56-49 victory over Springbrook at Morgan & Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

Miles Gally, Kordell Lewis, Ryan Cornish and Djordje Orcev led the Rockets to victory on the summer league’s second day.

Gally and Lewis each finished with 13 points while Cornish and Orcev each netted 10 points for Richard Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Springbrook was led by the dynamic duo of Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins and Xavier Harrison who combined for more than half of the Blue Devils’ total. Whitney-Hawkins scored 15 points and Harrison finished with 12 points in a losing effort.

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Despite strong performance, Paint Branch falls to Eleanor Roosevelt, 70-56

Paint Branch Panthers' Jordan Alphonso (20) driving the lane past Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders' Isaiah Gross (25) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHPaint Branch Panthers' Jordan Alphonso (20) driving the lane past Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders' Isaiah Gross (25) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In the 2017-18 season, the Paint Branch Panthers came just one game away from advancing to the state semifinals, and they’ll bring a lot back from that team for next year, headlined by Richard Dudley, who averaged over 20 points per game.

However, despite a strong performance from Dudley, and a lights-out shooting game from teammate Marley Sume, the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders emerged victorious in what had been a back-and-forth game against the Panthers, the final score 70-56.

Paint Branch fell behind early in the game, but with the effortless scoring of Dudley, the Panthers stayed in the game. Paint Branch went on a 7-0 run, and took a 16-15 lead.

Paint Branch built that lead up before Eleanor Roosevelt, led by 22 first-half points by Isaiah Gross, came back to take a 28-25 lead, and took a 37-33 lead into halftime.

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Despite Oxon Hill victory, a new star emerges for Springbrook in DeMatha opener

Springbrook Blue Devils' Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins (3) drives to the basket against the Oxon Hill Clippers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook Blue Devils' Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins (3) drives to the basket against the Oxon Hill Clippers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League played at DeMatha High School.   PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — With the end of the 2017-18 season, the Springbrook Blue Devils lost its two biggest stars, and two of the top scorers in Montgomery County in Matt Balanc and Cam Rucker.

Rucker averaged 19.6 points per game in the 2017-18 season, while Balanc averaged 17.6.

With both graduating, the Blue Devils needed to find a new source of scoring.

In Springbrook’s opening game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha against the Oxon Hill Clippers, the Blue Devils ultimately lost 60-56, but Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins emerged as the next star for Springbrook.

Last season, the Blue Devils guard averaged 10.6 points, just behind Rucker and Balanc, and he is the only returning starter.

“I see myself as a leader of this team,” Whitney-Hawkins said. “I think we could go very far in this summer league, and I could lead this team very long.”

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Northwest captures two crowns in state track and field competition

Northwest JaguarsThe Northwest Jaguars varsity boys and girls track teams won the outdoor state championship at Morgan State University during the weekend. 

Northwest senior Khaloni Mganga said concentration was key to the boys’ team winning the overall championship. It was “our complete focus and our dedication,” said Mganga.

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Northwest Jags shut out by Severna Park in title softball game, 13-0

Severna Park Falcons pose with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALISThe Severna Park Falcons softball team poses with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALIS  COLLEGE PARK — It’s hard to get to the top of the 4A class in high school softball. It’s even harder to stay at the top.

The defending state champion Northwest Lady Jaguars (17-3) fought to stay at the top Saturday before getting shut out by the Severna Park Falcons, 13-0, in five innings of the 4A state championship game at the Maryland Softball Stadium at University of Maryland College Park.

The game was delayed for over three hours as the torrential downpour of a thunderstorm cleared the area. State Softball Committee members had to clear the rain off of the turf before either team could take the field. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, fans from both squads filled the drenched bleachers to see if Northwest would repeat as champions or if the Falcons would win their first softball state title since 2003.

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Howard ends B-CC Barons’ run for a state title

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard which would turn out to be the final 5-3 score against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard for what would turn out to be the final score, 5-3, against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — It had been 29 years since B-CC last advanced to the state semifinals. This season, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons won two playoff games on walk-off hits, and finally once again reached the state semifinals.

However, at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday the magical run ended, as the Barons fell to the Howard Lions of Howard County, 5-3.

“The character of the guys,” Barons head coach John Schmidt said on what he took away from this season. “Say what you want about talent; I remember how you take care of yourself on the field. Even in a win or a loss, I thought we carried ourselves very well.”

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Churchill boys LAX lose heartbreaker to Severna Park in 4A state championship

Severna Park High School's Colin Shadowens (14) and Winston Churchill High School's Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball after a face off during the Boys Class 4A Lacrosse Final played at Stevenson University in Owings Mill on Wednesday, May 22, 2018. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime to Severna Park High School, repeating the outcome of last year's final.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Severna Park Falcons' Colin Shadowens (14) and Churchill Bulldogs' Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball during a face-off in the 4A state championship game played Wednesday in Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaker to the Falcons 8-7 in overtime, repeating last year's outcome. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHOWINGS MILLS – The rematch. The almost perfect season. Trailing early, leading late. One overtime period, one final Severna Park goal and the heartbreaking sting of defeat. One team with the county’s eyes upon it, still waiting for its first lacrosse state championship.

There wasn’t much else Churchill could have done Wednesday to secure a victory. The Bulldogs strode into Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University as an undefeated team that still had something to prove, even after three finals appearances in four years.

Churchill gave the two-time defending champion Falcons a rough ride, beating Severna Park in face-offs, total shots and groundballs. In the end, with a late goal reminiscent of last year’s walk-off winner, sophomore Michael Harmeyer raised his stick over his head and gave Severna Park its eighth lacrosse championship in school history by a score of 8-7.

A few Bulldogs sat on the field in stunned silence as the Falcons wildly rejoiced, sticks and helmets flying through the air.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

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Blair falls to Howard in softball regional championship, 2-0

Despite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall later in the second game of a doubleheader to the Howard Lions.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHDespite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall in a second game against the Howard Lions for the regional championship. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SILVER SPRING — No one could say that the Blair Blazers varsity softball team didn’t give it their all Monday night, but after a thrilling victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier that day, the Blazers lost to the Howard Lions in the regional championship, 2-0.

A team that came in with only two losses to their name, playing at home (the game counted as away for Blair but took place on Blair’s home field) after a resounding 8-2 win over the Urbana Hawks the same day, could not get over errors in the first inning that led to the only two runs the Howard Lions scored the entire game.

Part of it could definitely be chalked up to exhaustion: the Blazers came out of a brief hiatus due to a streak of rained-out games to play a doubleheader in humid weather. The game against the Hawks gave them the brunt of the heat.

Meanwhile, the Lions came into the game rested since their win against the Catonsville Comets on Saturday.

“This one wasn’t very hard either for us, it’s just because we were tired, because we know what’s at stake, we just couldn’t seem to find a way to get those two runs across the plate,” said Blazers pitcher Courtney Wyche.

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B-CC Barons walk off QO to advance to state semifinals

Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against Quince Orchard. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game winning double. B-CC won its first Regional Finals win since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against the Quince Orchard Cougars, 2-1. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game-winning double. B-CC won its first regional finals since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  COLUMBIA — Mother Nature couldn’t get in the way of the rolling Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity baseball team as they triumphed Saturday over the Quince Orchard Cougars.

B-CC won the top overall seed in the 4A West region, but rain cost them the opportunity to host the regional championship game against Quince Orchard on Friday. Instead, the game moved a day later, and nearly an hour away to Columbia on a turf field.

No matter when or where the game was played, head coach John Schmidt and his Barons knew they would find a way to win.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Barons junior first baseman Nils Townsend hit a double to left field. Austin Taylor came around third and scored. B-CC had walked off Quince Orchard, winning the game 2-1, and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time since 1989.

“I got the fastball, so I cranked it. I knew it was going to be down. I was just thinking it was my time,” Townsend said.

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Whitman girls LAX team loses to Dulaney in state semifinals

Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to score.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to attempt to get a goal past Dulaney goalie Jules Dotterweich. The Whitman Vikings would come up short against the Dulaney Lions (24), losing the semifinals game 12-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse team fell short against the Dulaney Lions in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, losing by a score of 12-6 at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School.

The loss was an unceremonious ending to a dominant season that featured the Vikings steamrolling most of their opponents. Whitman entered the game with just one loss against Sherwood in a double-overtime thriller earlier this month.

At first, it appeared as though the match would be a close one since the Lions had an answer every time the Vikings scored. Senior Maddy Kostopulos and junior Hanna Freund both registered a team-high two goals. Kostopulos was the first player to put Whitman on the board when she fired in her first goal unassisted just two minutes in.

Dulaney junior Zoe Hermann gave the Lions their first lead midway through the first half and Dulaney never looked back. The Vikings attackers drove toward the net again and again but senior goalie and McDaniel College soccer commit Jules Dotterweich denied goal after goal.

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