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County athletes set new school and personal records

xViking Invitational 4Jamarcus Plato of Northwood crosses the finish line in first place with a personal best of 39.89.      PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA – A Springbrook High School boys relay team replaced a 40-year-old school record as well as the meet record while other county athletes beat their personal best times during day one of the Viking Invitational Friday.

The Springbrook boys team finished first in the 4x100m relay Elite with a time of 42.83 seconds, a new school record, at the meet at Walter Johnson High School, hosted by WJ and Walt Whitman High.

John F. Kennedy’s team finished second in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, followed by Richard Montgomery’s team earning a 44.03 second-time, finishing in third place.

Springbrook Blue Devils head coach Bryan Steele said the previous automatically-timed school record was from 2016, 43.74 seconds. However, the school record board on the wall at Springbrook indicated a relay team finished the 4x100m relay in 43 seconds flat in 1977, and the Blue Devils beat that time Friday.

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R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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Former All-Sentinel player makes WNBA history

Lanay Montgomery made history in Montgomery County last week when the former All-Sentinel player was selected 30th overall in the third round by the Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Not only did the West Virginia University senior become the first Holy Cross graduate ever selected in the WNBA Draft but the 6-foot-5 center was also the first former Watkins Mill player ever picked in the draft.

On top of that, Montgomery also became the first player from Milton Kimbrough’s Germantown Lady Panthers AAU program ever selected in the WNBA Draft.

“It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft,” said Montgomery. “I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling. It shows the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this game. I’d like to say thank you to my dad Robert Montgomery for introducing me to the game and my AAU coach Milton Kimbrough for working with me and teaching me the game.”

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WNBA draft claims several local players

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A pair of University of Maryland products were selected in the top 10 of last week’s WNBA Draft in New York City.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was selected sixth overall by the Washington Mystics and Brionna Jones was the eighth overall pick by the Connecticut Sun.

Walker-Kimbrough will join former Terrapins Tianna Hawkins and Kristi Toliver in Washington while Jones is set to join former Terps Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas on the Connecticut roster.

Their selection marks the third time in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10. Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 WNBA draft picks during her tenure, including eight in the top 10.

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Northwest cruises to eighth LAX victory

NW vs. WM LAX 1Watkins Mill’s Hezekiah Likekele (25) faces off against Northwest’s Cole Notari (7).        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – The Northwest boys varsity lacrosse team continued its history-making season Tuesday when it defeated the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines by a score of 15-6 to improve to 8-1.

The win extended the best record the Jaguars have ever boasted in school history.

The 1-4 Wolverines fought valiantly in the penalty-laden bout, but the Northwest attackmen took nearly twice as many shots at the net as Watkins Mill did.

The extra effort paid off for Jaguars senior attackman Cole Notari, who registered a game-high four goals.

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Former Avalon standout joins the pipeline to play at Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. – Avalon graduate Michael Blackman-Gladney made his collegiate debut Saturday in Shepherd University’s annual spring football game at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd, a Division II powerhouse, has built a pipeline from Montgomery County to the small West Virginia school over the years.

Blackman-Gladney, a former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout, redshirted last fall but is expected to make a contribution on the gridiron during the 2017 campaign.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be out there with the older guys,” said Blackman-Gladney, who is projected to be the team’s starting strong safety this year.

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Local track and field athletes hit Bullis leader board

xBulldog Track event - Andres LopezBullis' Andres Lopez competes in long jump event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC– County athletes competed with national as well as state track and field leaders, won multiple events and placed in several others at Bullis High School’s second annual Bulldog Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs won the girls 4x100m relay with a time of 45.9 seconds, the new fastest time in the state for the season, beating Brooklyn team Paul Robeson High School (47.32 seconds), who in turn earned the fastest time in the state of New York this season.

The Bullis School took first place in the boys 4x200m relay with a time of 1:27.25 minutes and earned a ranking as the fastest team in the state for the event. The Bulldogs also won the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 42.67 seconds, followed by Prince George’s County rival Suitland High School (42.99 seconds); however, another school holds the fastest time in the state from a race completed the same day. St. John’s College High School finished second (1:29.17 minutes), Suitland finished third (1:30.3 minutes) and Paint Branch took fourth place (1:30.35 minutes).

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Locals light up the Cap Classic

Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

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Rule change will affect athlete’s religious freedom

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The rule that forced Watkins Mill junior basketball player Je’Nan Hayes to sit out the Wolverines’ postseason game at Oxon Hill last month has been changed.

The 16-year-old Muslim wears a hijab because of her religion and had worn the garment all season long without opposition from game officials.

However, Hayes, a reserve who had already played in 24 games, could not participate in Watkins Mill’s regional championship contest against the Clippers on March 3 due to a rule that requires a state-approved waiver for religious garments.

“The rule is not clear as to what specific headgear should be worn or not be worn,” said Hayes.

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