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Durant honored in hometown of Seat Pleasant

KD Day picsKevin Durant enjoys a ride with hundreds of fans in Seat Pleasant. COURTESY PHOTO  NBA champion and Prince George’s County product Kevin Durant was honored last week in his hometown of Seat Pleasant.

Durant, who guided the Golden State Warriors to the 2016-17 NBA title, was celebrated Thursday at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Stu Vetter, who coached Durant at Rockville’s Montrose Christian School during the 2006-07 campaign. “Kevin certainly deserves it.”

The Kevin Durant Day parade began in the morning at Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover and ended in Seat Pleasant with Durant being recognized by Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

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Cross Country teams ready for fall meets

Here are some top County cross-country teams to watch in 4A and 2A:

4A:

Thomas S. Wootton and Walter Johnson girls teams each had three runners finish in the top 25 of the event, and each retains those top three, keeping a stake at winning the state championship. WJ has been the state leader in recent years.

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Dietsch wins duckpin bowling pro tour

DSC 8160 1Jesse Dietsch (right) celebrates with his father Dale on Jesse’s win of the Pop Whitten Pro Tour at White Oak Duckpin Lanes. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING – Jesse Dietsch couldn’t hold back the tears Sunday at White Oak Duckpin Lanes.

Dietsch, a Montgomery County native, captured his second win on the Pop Whitten Pro Tour and pocketed the $2,500 first place paycheck just one day after his 26th birthday.

“By the grace of God I stayed focused,” said Dietsch. “I had some good competition up through the bracket and I came through today. Yesterday was my birthday so it’s a good win.”

Dietsch, a 2009 Walkersville High School graduate, was born at Olney’s Montgomery General Hospital in 1991 and has a pedigree like no other.

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Prep grabs 12-0 scrimmage win over Whitman

MPI GTPrepWhitman 066 2Whitman Vikings quarterback Elliott Kelly under pressure from Georgetown Prep's defense during football scrimmage. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – A heavy rainstorm couldn’t keep the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas from defeating the Whitman Vikings in their first scrimmage of the season on Friday, 12-0. 

A rainbow framed the field as both squads stomped onto the rain-soaked turf. Since the game was a scrimmage, there were no quarters, kickoffs or halftime. Coaches from both teams stood in the opposite end zones and watched intently, shouting instructions.

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Platt Back At Towson

DSC 4802Adrian Feliz-Platt. FILE PHOTOA Towson University official confirmed on Wednesday that former Seneca Valley standout running back Adrian Feliz-Platt has returned to the football program.

“Adrian has rejoined the team,” John Brush, Director of Media Relations in Towson’s Department of Athletics wrote in an email message.

Platt told The Sentinel “I had left for a few days due to personal reasons. They ended up letting me come back though.”

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Redskins Fall To Ravens

BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.

“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”

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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

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Warrior Dash returns to Maryland

MECHANICSVILLE—Warrior Dash returned to the state of Maryland on Saturday, as many participants took part in the event at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County.

Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course with 12 world-class obstacles and over three million participants since 2009 that is held in many cities and states around the country.

“Our biggest and most exciting obstacles are Goliath,” said Rebecca Ryan, the lead event checker for Warrior Dash. “It’s got a big slide into a nice, cool pit of water, and then you get to climb through a very muddy mud pit under some barbed wire, and, of course, we have our classic fire jump, where you get to jump over the fire and show off your Warrior skills and get that new profile picture everybody’s hoping for.”

According to Ryan, about 10,000 people, including spectators and runners, were to show up at Budd’s Creek on Saturday. “It feels really good to put on an event that people enjoy,” she said, “and we have people who come back from year to year to have a great time.”

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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