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RM Rockets edge out B-CC Barons in boys lacrosse, 7-6

B-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against Richard Montgomery midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHB-CC Barons’ Kristian Musard (17) and Nadav Soltes (18) square off against RM Rockets' midfielder Jimmy Muha (1). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets got a nail-biting 7-6 win against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons on a frigid Friday night in a game that saw the Barons nearly pull off a comeback.

As the season opener for both teams, the Rockets blasted off and started the season with a win while the Barons had their first loss. However, with plenty of games left in the season, both teams have potential to improve or worsen.

The Rockets came strong right out of the gate and caught the Barons by surprise, but the visitors from B-CC clawed back to tie up the game three times.

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Ohio State’s Snyder earns dramatic decision over archrival, wins third straight NCAA title

Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s takedown with 24 seconds left secured his third straight NCAA crown with a 3-2 decision over 285-pound Adam Coon of Michigan last Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder, won in dramatic fashion for the second time over a two-week span against Coon, who has a record of 29-2 and was the only man to defeat Snyder this season.

Snyder, of Woodbine, reached the finals on a technical fall, a major decision and a pair of decisions to improve to 17-1 on the year, having now won two straight NCAA titles at 285 after being a runner-up as a 197-pound freshman, his 3-1 loss to the 21-year-old Coon on Feb. 11 being his first collegiately since the NCAA finals of that freshman season.

Snyder, whose parents are Steve and Tricia, is a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds who became the first American wrestler ever to return to college after winning his Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I’ve been blessed, and I’ve got a lot of natural gifts that I’m thankful for. It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of consistency,” said Snyder, during a video interview on trackwrestling.com.

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Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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Georgetown Prep boys lacrosse team defeats Gonzaga in overtime, 7-6

Georgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

ROCKVILLE — Another thrilling chapter in the storied rivalry between the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas and the Gonzaga Eagles varsity boys lacrosse teams unfolded Friday as the Little Hoyas hosted and defeated the previously unbeaten Eagles, 7-6.

The Little Hoyas (2-2) fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game on a T Ridgway goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Even though Gonzaga threatened to score at the start of the overtime period, Georgetown Prep regained possession just in time for another last-second goal, the game-winner, courtesy of senior midfielder Thomas Graham.

However, the game wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Little Hoyas. Turnovers, penalties and a prolific first-half Gonzaga offense threatened to hand Georgetown Prep its third loss in four games.

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Rockville's Skarupa celebrates her victory with US hockey team

Rockville’s Haley Skarupa proudly celebrates her Olympic success with a gold medal around her neck and the American flag in her hands. COURTESY PHOTORockville’s Haley Skarupa proudly celebrates her Olympic success with a gold medal around her neck and the American flag in her hands. COURTESY PHOTO  For Rockville native Haley Skarupa, the world slowed down a little when a sudden-death shootout against Canada ended in a 3-2 victory, making her and the rest of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team gold medalists at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“Honestly, it’s like a blur. I just started jumping,” recalled Skarupa, who could recall few details from the moment other than leaping around on the ice and onto a pile of her teammates. “It was obviously an amazing experience.”

For the 24-year-old Skarupa – who saw success early on as part of Wootton High School’s 2013-2014 state champion boys’ hockey team – an Olympic gold medal was something she thought about ever since she first gained success on the ice, advancing from high school and club hockey at Wootton and the Washington Pride to play for the Boston College Eagles before turning pro with the Connecticut Whale and the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League.

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Maryland Terps men’s lacrosse team falls to Albany

Maryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHMaryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — In a matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Albany Great Danes, the nation’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse programs, Albany’s Connor Fields proved to be the difference on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Fields, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining to lift No. 1 Albany to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 Maryland.

Albany rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win over Maryland before an announced crowd of 7,475.

“It’s huge for our confidence,” said Fields, who registered four goals and two assists. “I think it says a lot about our team and how we face adversity.”

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Town rallies behind victorious Falcons

Poolesville girls have perfect season, and win first state title ever

Erin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding an injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points on the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKErin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points for the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  TOWSON — “I had someone email me last week after we won the region” Poolesville head coach Fred Swick said. “They said, ‘Congratulations, coach, your team just woke up the town.”

With a 63-23 victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions, the Poolesville Falcons completed an undefeated 2017-18 season, winning the Maryland Class 2A state championship.

Before this season, the Poolesville girls basketball team had never won a state championship in program history, let alone a regional title.

A final record of 27-0 this season changed that, and the Falcons will be placing a banner commemorating their undefeated season in their gym.

“It was a storybook finish to a storybook season,” Swick said.

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Undefeated Poolesville girls advance to state hoops final after beating Gwynn Park, 61-49

Poolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHPoolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).                        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

TOWSON — Perfection.

The Poolesville Falcons varsity girls basketball team remained unbeaten following a 61-49 victory Friday over the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets in a Maryland 2A state semifinal game at SECU Arena.

“We’ve had a really good season,” said Poolesville head coach Fred Swick.

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Gaithersburg Trojans fall to Perry Hall Gators in boys hoops state semis, 85-62

Gaithersburg senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is Perry Hall senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHGaithersburg Trojans' senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is the Perry Hall Gators' senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). The Trojans would fall to the Gators, 85-62. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — The Gaithersburg Trojans were simply overmatched by the Perry Hall Gators Thursday night in the Maryland 4A state semifinals at Xfinity Center.

Although the Trojans sought to capture their first state championship in 20 years, Gaithersburg couldn’t handle a Perry Hall varsity boys basketball team that was on a mission.

Perry Hall, the defending Maryland 4A state champion, moved a step closer to another state title by posting an 85-62 victory over the Trojans.

Xavier Gravette led four Gators in double figures with a game-high 19 points and Tyler Holley added 17 points while Anthony Walker and Anthony Higgs added 15 points each.

Perry Hall boasted a roster that most Maryland private school basketball programs would envy; the Gators feature 6-foot-9 LaQuill Hardnett along with the 6-foot-8 Walker and Higgs. Cameron Wheeler, Gravette and Holley are each listed at 6-foot-4.

“We haven’t played anybody in Montgomery County with that type of size,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said afterward. “The closest thing would be Paint Branch.”

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B-CC Barons’ historic season in girls b-ball ends with loss to Catonsville

Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  TOWSON — The 2017-18 season has certainly been a historic ride for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team. The Barons advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, and during the first half against the defending state champion Catonsville Comets, it looked like this playoff ride would continue.

Then Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey took the game into her own hands.

Behind Dickey’s dominant second half, Catonsville stormed back in the second half, and defeated B-CC 63-51.

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