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Lady Wildcats hold off Churchill LAX team for 11th straight win

Sierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson fights the Churchill Defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a 2nd half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson battles Churchill defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a second half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win.                  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — Several lacrosse sticks were thrown high up into the air as the buzzer signaled the end of the game. The Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity girls lacrosse team had just held on against a second half Churchill surge to beat the visiting Bulldogs 10-8 Friday in the 4A West Section 1 semifinals.

It was the second time this season that the Wildcats had hosted the Bulldogs, and both times the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. This time, however, it was Churchill that came from behind to score four unanswered goals to tie the game.

Churchill junior attacker Elizabeth Hsu earned three of her game-high five goals in the first half. In fact, she was the only Bulldog to score at all in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were on a roll as six different players got the ball past Churchill’s goalie to give Walter Johnson a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the half.

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Whitman eliminates WJ in first-round playoff game

With the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17) who is covering home. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWith the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17), who is covering home.        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland high school baseball playoffs got started with a bang as four-seed Whitman and five-seed Walter Johnson faced off.

In a wild, and certainly not pretty game that lasted almost three hours, the Whitman Vikings advanced to the second round with a 19-16 win over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

“In a high school game, I’ve never seen 35 runs between two teams,” Whitman head coach Joe Cassidy said.

The two Bethesda rivals combined to score 35 runs, use eight pitchers and walk 23 batters.

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Walk-off home run lifts B-CC to comeback win over Whitman

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the Whitman Vikings by a score of 8-6 on the B-CC home field.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the visiting Whitman Vikings, 8-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons centerfielder Sebastian Mieses, a preseason All-State selection and a Mount Saint Mary’s commit, stepped up to the plate with all the momentum in the world. His B-CC Barons had just come back in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the second-round playoff game against the Whitman Vikings.

He came through, with one of the biggest hits in school history.

“I just hit it good, and it went. I knew it was gone off the bat,” Mieses said.

Just a pitch after he popped out to center field, but was called back as the Whitman pitcher balked, Mieses completed an improbable Barons comeback with a two-run, walk-off home run to left field, driving in Will Philpott who was camped out on first base as B-CC eliminated Whitman, 8-6.

“Craziest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Mieses said.

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Northwest wins big in state track meet

HYATTSVILLE — Montgomery County schools faced hurdles – pun intended – and some of the state’s finest track athletes on Tuesday night, and while many county schools won, the Northwest Jaguars returned home as boys track and field state champion for the fifth straight year.

The Jaguars were a common sight in the top three of many events on Tuesday night, and placed first in five events.

Seniors Khaloni Mganga ran the 55-meter dash in 6.44 seconds, Chase Osborne completed the 800m in 1:58.01 and Editta Pessima joined them in first place with a 8.09 second 55m hurdle. Junior Taylor Wright doubled down on the victories and placed first in the high jump by reaching the 5-06 mark and running a 40.96 second 300m dash, contributing to Northwest’s haul.

“We got people that are determined to make this a program, it’s not a team. That’s why, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back, never happened,” said Northwest head coach Robert Youngblood about his track athletes’ performance.

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Kansas City Chiefs draft former All-Sentinel player of the year

footballGAITHERSBURG — Dorian O’Daniel celebrated his newly-minted status as an NFL player with friends and family members Saturday at Old Town Pour House.

Folks came from Delaware, Ohio, South Carolina and his home state of Pennsylvania to celebrate O’Daniel’s draft selection.

“It’s awesome just to see the turnout and how many people truly support me from the beginning and people that have supported me from the beginning,” said O’Daniel, a Pittsburgh-area native who moved to Montgomery County when he was in middle school.

On Friday night, the Good Counsel product was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the NFL Draft. He was the 100th pick of the draft and the final pick of the night. He went to bed knowing where he would be playing his rookie season.

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Terps recruit shines in recent Caps Classic game

Capital Classic logoWASHINGTON — Aaron Wiggins was one of the main attractions Friday night in the 45th annual Capital Classic High School All-Star Game at Catholic University’s Raymond A. DuFour Center.

Wiggins, a University of Maryland recruit, finished with a game-high 30 points to lead the United States All-Stars to a 102-92 victory over the Capital All-Stars.

The 6-foot-6 forward played alongside future Maryland teammate Serrel Smith – who finished with two points, four rebounds and three assists – and in front of the Terrapins fans in attendance.

Baltimore native Jalen Smith, a Maryland recruit who was selected to play in the game, was sidelined with an injury but did watch from the bench.

“I love playing in front of the guys,” said Wiggins. “They’re always cheering me on, asking for more buckets, more rebounds. They’re looking for more and of course I’m going to do what I can to play my best in front of everybody.”

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Einstein Titans take down Blair Blazers in baseball, 3-1

Einstein Titans vs. Blair BlazersSILVER SPRING — It was a battle of near equals Monday night, as the visiting Einstein Titans varsity baseball team went up against the Montgomery Blair Blazers and came out on top after a last-minute surge in the seventh inning.

Before the game, the Blazers had a 10-6 record and the Titans were at 9-7. With the Titans victory, both teams are on equal footing and the race for the playoffs starts to take shape.

“Me, myself, I had a chance to go home and sleep but I didn’t go to sleep, I just stayed in the cage to hit because I know it was an important game for them and us,” said Montero.

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Sherwood softball team gets payback, defeats Northwest 5-3

Sherwood's Ally Bloom (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood's Maddie Wessling (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

GERMANTOWN — The last six Maryland 4A softball state championships have gone to either the Northwest Jaguars or Sherwood Warriors. Sherwood brought a streak of five straight state titles into last year’s state championship game, but ultimately fell to Northwest.

In the final game of the regular season, the two 2017 state finalists met for the first time since the state championship game, but this time it was the Warriors that came out on top.

Behind strong pitching and early offense, Sherwood clinched an undefeated regular season as they held on to get payback over Northwest, winning 5-3.

“Obviously this was a big game,” Sherwood head coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. “But we tried to focus as if it was just another game.”

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Whitman baseball team suffers shutout by Damascus, and bids farewell to principal

Damascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHDamascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets varsity baseball team closed the regular season Monday night with a statement and a shutout against the Whitman Vikings, 10-0.

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to celebrate Whitman’s Senior Night and Community Night. The Vikings’ final regular season game was the culmination of an afternoon that featured a raffle and games played by the Montgomery County Little League.

However, the Swarmin’ Hornets (15-2) spoiled the festivities by handing Whitman its eighth loss of the season. Damascus pitcher and University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit Ethan Wentzlaff earned his eighth home run of the season on his first at-bat of the evening.

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Bullis girls LAX team beat Quince Orchard on Senior Night

Maqui Carillo of Bullis fires this goal against the Quince Orchard defense. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Maqui Carillo fires a goal against Quince Orchard's defense.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK POTOMAC — The Bullis Bulldogs girls varsity lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night on Saturday by registering a 20-10 victory over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars.

Maddie Ugaz (Virginia Tech), Starr Howard (William and Mary), Sydney Schwartz (Maryland), Sabrina Hosmer (Clemson), Kate Morris (Syracuse), Maqui Carrillo (Mount St. Mary’s) and Kylie Rau (Maryland) all helped Bullis defeat their public school rival in a battle of two of the county’s top girls lacrosse programs.

“We have seven talented seniors that have been in the program for a long time so we wanted to celebrate them,” said Bullis head coach Kathleen Lloyd, “and the girls were really pumped up for the game to celebrate and they just played really well as a team.”

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