Landon proves too much for Prep

MPI LvPrepLAX 0187 EditedLandon’s Joseph Epstein (1) is beset by Hoyas James Giulieri (8), and Peter Virostek (30). PHOTO BY MARK POETKERBETHESDA – Georgetown Prep simply had no answer for Landon on Friday afternoon.

The Bears captured a 13-7 victory over the Little Hoyas on Triplett Field at Bordley Stadium to remain unbeaten.

“There’s something special about coming on this field and playing Prep,” said Landon junior attack Gilbert Sentimore, who finished with two goals and two assists to help the Bears improve to 16-0. “Lots of alums on both sides and our coach [Rob Bordley] always reads us emails about alums saying they’d give anything to be back here on this field again.”


Swarmin’ Hornets beat Sherwood after explosive inning to win 8-1

SANDY SPRING – Thanks to an eight-run sixth inning, the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets (11-3) powered past rival Sherwood Warriors (14-3) Saturday afternoon at Sherwood High School to win 8-1, ending the Warriors’ 13-game winning streak.

“Not very often especially against a team like Sherwood,” said Hornets head coach Greg Blake of the eight-run inning. “We had opportunities all day long, and finally we broke through, which was a great thing for us. But not very often do you have an eight-run inning against a ball club like that.”

“They got the momentum on their side,” said Warriors head coach Sean Davis. “Then the inning snowballed. They did what they had to do. They got some big hits. We had to bring the infield in. So, they squirted some through. They did what they had to do in that inning. But I talked to my guys. More disappointed with our first six because baseball happens, and they put a crooked number on the board. A done deal after that.”


Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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.”


MoCo alum finds a home in nearby Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Rockville native Mack Hollins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last weekend.

Hollins, 23, was the draft’s 118th overall selection and became the first former Wootton player selected in 16 years. In 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Temple offensive lineman Mathias Nkwenti in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick.

During his high school career at Wootton, Hollins went virtually unnoticed on the gridiron and received little interest from major college scouts while sporting the Patriots uniform.

“He was under the radar,” explained Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver, “because he didn’t play his junior year.”


All-Sentinel High School boys basketball players honored


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.


Blair softball hangs in the rain

ROCKVILLE – The thunder rolled and raindrops fell as Blair sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche stood on the mound Monday, awaiting word from the umpire and head coaches about whether the game would continue.

It was the bottom of the sixth, and Wootton had managed to avoid a Blazer shutout by scoring four runs in quick succession. However, as the sky darkened and the thunder rumbled in the distance, the umpire made the decision to call the game, and Blair escaped with a 9-4 victory.

“The momentum turned, and they had all the momentum,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman. “I don’t know what would have happened if the game would have continued. They’re a good team, and they were getting hot now. I’m real happy that we got it in early and we had a little bit of room for error there.”


Penn relays bring out the best in high school athletes

Bullis track teamMembers of the Bullis 4x400m relay teams pose with their coveted "Penn wheel" after winning their race at Penn Relays. Left to right: Ashton Allen, Jalen Hill, Eric Allen and Austin Allen. COURTESY PHOTOAthletes from the Bullis School and from Poolesville and Richard Montgomery high schools ran against hundreds of top U.S. and international high school athletes and finished first, second or third in the country.

Girls from the Bullis School (45.87 seconds) took second place overall for the small school girls 4 x 100m relay, sandwiched between two teams from Jamaica: Hydel (45.52 seconds) took first place and St. Jago finished six-hundredths of a second behind the Lady Bulldogs for third (45.93 seconds).

The top eight times of the small school and large school relays qualify for the Championship of America races, and the Lady Bulldogs were in the top eight.

“They actually made it back to the Championship in America, and they ended up running the fastest time of any American team,” head coach Joe Lee said. “I was very proud of them and proud of the way they compete.”


Magruder boys lacrosse pound Clarksburg 10-3

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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.


Bullis clobbers Prep 11-4

xBullis vs. GPrep 3A Bullis player battles Georgetown Prep’s long stick Robert Schain during lacrosse action this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  POTOMAC – A six-point lead in the first quarter was emblematic of the lacrosse game between the Bullis Bulldogs and the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas Friday night, as the Bulldogs were dominant enough to never lose the lead in the 11-4 win.

But the path to victory was not without its bumps: early in the second quarter, senior Bulldogs midfielder Michael Chiaramonte fouled out after an altercation on the field, giving the Little Hoyas an advantage.

The hiccup was only temporary, and the Bulldogs kept their dominant pacing throughout the match to win with a comfortable lead.


Walter Johnson Wildcats dominate gymnastics meet

xWJ Gymnastics-1000Lily Smith of Walter Johnson High School competes in the floor exercise event. She placed first overall in the meet. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA-The Walter Johnson Wildcats’ gymnastics team dominated their meet against the Whitman Vikings and the B-CC Barons, scoring a combined 166 points.

The Vikings trailed in second with 149.8 and the Barons came in third with 146.05.

Before the meet, the Wildcats placed first in their three previous meets; now that number is notched up to four. The Vikings get their first second-place finish and the Barons get their first time at third place.

It was a strong showing from the Wildcats, as they had at least three gymnasts in the top six for the vault, bars, beam and floor events.