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When John Thompson arrived at Archbishop John Carroll High School he was tall, skinny, and shy. After a lot of hard work, became a real force on the court. Our team was the first great success story of an integrated high school athletic team in the Civil Rights era in D.C. We became mythical…

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August 9, 2020 – Rose Zhang outlasted defending champion Gabriela Ruffels in 38 holes to win the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur at Woodmont Country Club. The second-longest match in championship history ended in heartbreaking fashion for Ruffels, who lipped out a 3-foot par putt to extend the match.

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August 3-9, 2020 – Gabriela Ruffels trailed in all five of her matches in the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur, but each time she found a way to come out ahead when it mattered the most. The defending champion delivered clutch shots throughout her two victories on Saturday, rallying to earn a bert…

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Thomas Wootton High School juniors Eric and Jason Liau exuded confidence entering the invitational tournament hosted by Paint Branch High School on Jan. 24-25. Eric was focused on a 113-pound rematch against Mountain Ridge senior Jesse Fresh while Jason was angry that the former state champion would not be among his 106-pound opponents. Both wrestlers […]

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BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls basketball team continue their impressive start to the 2019-2020 season as junior forward Caroline Orza scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Barons to a 53-37 victory over Walt Whitman High School on Jan. 28. [See more from this MCPS girls basketball game in our gallery […]

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ROCKVILLE – When point guard Jada Thornton sidled up to the free-throw line in overtime on Jan. 28, the gym at Richard Montgomery High School was completely quiet. The previously raucous crowd was silent, watching intently as Thornton focused on the basket. There were just seconds left on the clock, and Gaithersburg High School was […]

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Sophomore Mike Sofelkanik (113) and freshman Mason Hillegas (120) nailed down two pins each, being among Poolesville’s seven double-winners during tri-meet victories, 43-33, over host Magruder High School, and, 72-12, over Watkins Mill on Jan. 25. [See more photos from the tri-meet by clicking here!] Sofelkanik earned his 18th and 19th wins on the year […]

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BALTIMORE – Two area high school coaches were recently honored for leading their respective teams to success this past season. Walt Whitman High School boys soccer Head Coach Dave Greene was awarded the National Coach of the Year for Large Schools as well as Regional Coach of the Year Honors by the United Soccer Coaches […]

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COLLEGE PARK – In a competitive Big Ten faceoff, the No. 20 University of Maryland women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive effort and an intensified second-half defense to secure a bounce-back 70-61 win over No. 22 Northwestern at Xfinity Center on Jan. 26. [See more from this game in our photo gallery by clicking […]

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ROCKVILLE – In a game filled with scoring runs, the Prince George’s Community College men’s basketball team looked poised to make a final comeback after tying the game at 78 with less than three minutes remaining. However, Montgomery College fended off their cross-county rivals to earn a 90-84 victory on Jan. 25. [Missed the game? […]

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ROCKVILLE – After leading the Damascus High School football team to its 11th Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championship this past December, Head Coach Eric Wallich announced that he is stepping down on Jan. 17. In a letter sent to players and members of the Damascus community, Wallich states that he felt that […]

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SILVER SPRING – In boys basketball action, James Hubert Blake High School fought back from a double-digit deficit to take down John F. Kennedy High School, 67-62, on Jan. 21. Junior forward Brian Ayafor tied for a game-high 28 points, including three crowd-pleasing dunks, helped lead the Bengals (6-6) to their third straight victory. For […]

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SILVER SPRING – Paint Branch High School’s girls basketball team prides itself on its aggressive defensive playing style. That tough, dominant defense led the Panthers to a 9-1 record, and on Jan. 17, that same defense led to a 45-39 victory over rival Montgomery Blair High School. The Panthers didn’t waste any time displaying their […]

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SILVER SPRING – Springbrook High School student Sayfore Sieh is only a fourth-year wrestler, yet the 145-pound senior’s accomplishments outweigh his relative inexperience. The son of Liberian-born parents and an A-average student who aspires to major in engineering or medicine in college, Sieh is the Blue Devil’s only remaining unbeaten wrestler at 23-0 after placing […]

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COLLEGE PARK – Leading 53-50 with 2:12 remaining in the game, the No. 17 University of Maryland men’s basketball desperately needed a basket. The Terps led Purdue by as many as 18 in the first half and 16 at halftime, but the Boilermakers had slowly whittled away the once large lead. That’s where Aaron Wiggins […]

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DAMASCUS – Entering their home matchup against a four-win Rockville High School on Jan. 17, the Damascus High School boys basketball team looked to rebuild some momentum after losing their third game of the season against Watkins Mill. However, the Rams had other ideas. The road team jumped out to a strong 17-3 lead and […]

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When Xavier Kresslein stepped onto the wrestling mat at the Jan. 10-11 Dorsey Duals at his home gym in Poolesville High School, it was as if the Falcons’ senior 170-pounder was wrestling with the vigor of two people. Kresslein’s rivals could not stop the power of his strength on display. Kresslein went 10-0 with one […]

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It was Feb. 17, 2018, when Lorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2, over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become the Landon School’s first state champion at the Maryland Independent Schools Tournament in Bel Air. The triumph was rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to his freshman season when illness […]

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ROCKVILLE – Two Montgomery County high school basketball powerhouses faced off on Jan. 10 as Richard Montgomery hosted Gaithersburg. The game lived up to the hype as Trojans junior Jao Ituka tied the game with a 3-pointer late, but Rockets junior Jabrill Robinson hit one of two free throws to lead Richard Montgomery to a […]

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Last season, Poolesville High School junior wrestler Colin Savage seemed destined to win a Class 2A-1A state title. Savage won his first-county tournament became a regional runner-up and third at states as a sophomore. As a freshman, Savage was finished third at counties, a regional champ and placed fifth at states. He followed those performances […]

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BETHESDA – Junior Will Margarites’ go-ahead layup late in the fourth quarter was enough to help lead the Wootton High School boys basketball team to a 64-63 win over Walter Johnson High School on Jan. 13. Margarite’s game-winner gave the Patriots their second win in three games. Defeating Walter Johnson was extra motivating as both […]

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SILVER SPRING – When Montgomery Blair High school played against Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) last season, Blair power forward Peyton Martin was not in uniform. The junior was nursing an injury and watched from the bench as the Blazers lost to their rivals. Ever since that loss, Martin had been looking forward to Blair’s […]

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ROCKVILLE – Clarksburg High School’s undefeated season was in jeopardy on Jan. 13 when the Coyotes faced off against 6-3 Richard Montgomery High School. Clarksburg had found itself in a 13 point hole at halftime with only 16 minutes of playing time left to try to come back and maintain that perfect season. [See more […]

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ROCKVILLE – During last season’s second round of the high school state playoffs, Quince Orchard High School’s girls basketball season ended in the hands of Richard Montgomery by only two points. Fast-forward to Jan. 3, the two teams met again in a nail-biting game, but this time, the Cougars got their revenge for the 62-49 […]

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Senior Jeo Martinez of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is no stranger to wrestling with the odds stacked against him, having last season been a county and regional runner-up and fourth-place state finisher despite competing as an undersized 152-pounder. “I was weighing in at 140 pounds and wrestling at 152,” said Martinez, whose last two placements […]

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DERWOOD – Every time a player from Magruder High School took aim from behind the arc to attempt a 3-point basket, the Colonels on the bench would rise to their feet in anticipation. The players would follow the ball through the air, and if the shot met its mark, a celebration ensued a few seconds […]

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As the United States Olympic Swimming Trials get closer, Phoebe Bacon’s star only continues to grow. The Chevy Chase native and Stone Ridge School for the Sacred Heart senior has been rising on national levels over the past two years but made perhaps her biggest statement yet at last month’s Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta. […]

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When asked what he was looking for in his next coaching job on Jan. 2, Ron Rivera quickly responded with “fit.” He found that “fit” as he became the new head coach of the Washington Redskins. His hiring comes after the Carolina Panthers fired Rivera on Dec. 3. He becomes the Redskins’ third coach in […]

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COLLEGE PARK – Kaila Charles was on fire against Ohio State University. The University of Maryland guard put up a season-high 28 points to lead the Terrapins to a second-half comeback to defeat the visiting Buckeyes, 72-62, on Jan. 6. The senior’s scoring output was 20 points more than Ashley Owusu and Blair Watson, the two Terrapin […]

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Springbrook High School Wrestling Head Coach Rob Whittles wondered how his defending Class 4A state duals champion Blue Devils would handle an early-season loss. The seventh-year coach got an emphatic answer on Dec. 20-21 Spartan Slam at Broad Run High in Ashburn, Virginia, as Springbrook crowned five champions among the eight wrestlers who finished within […]

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No Dwayne Haskins, no Terry McLaurin and no Landon Collins, and it showed on Dec. 29. The Dallas Cowboys (8-8) defeated the Washington Redskins (3-13) 47-16 in the season finale at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Redskins finish with their worst record since 2013, last in the NFC East Division, and have clinched the […]

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COLLEGE PARK – Before University of Maryland center Chol Marial checked into the game against Bryant University (8-5) on Dec. 29, his teammate Aaron Wiggins patted him on the back and spoke the words that Marial had been waiting to hear for months. “Let’s go,” Wiggins told Marial. “It’s time.” The freshman from South Sudan […]

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ANNAPOLIS – Freshman quarterback Sam Howell threw for over 290 passing yards and scored four total touchdowns to lead North Carolina to a 55-13 victory over Temple in the 2019 Military Bowl game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Dec. 27. Howell, who was named the game’s MVP, finished throwing 25 of […]

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GAITHERSBURG – Six Maryland high school boys basketball teams participated in the David Griffin Montgomery County Invitational Varsity Tournament from Dec. 27-28. The Quince Orchard Cougars hosted the annual event that showcased three Montgomery County teams playing against three non-county schools. Quince Orchard, Clarksburg and Watkins Mill represented Montgomery County while Urbana, Tuscarora and Owings […]

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COLESVILLE – During the winter break, local high school boys and girls basketball teams compete in several holiday tournaments throughout the area before returning to the grind of their regular seasons play. One of the girls’ basketball games featured Seneca Valley High School taking on Takoma Academy on the first day of the Springbrook Memorial […]

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Senior state champion Tim Furgeson (195) and junior state runner-up Michael Emerick (138) felt incentivized to perform by partisan Damascus High School fans from Dec. 27-28. They responded by improving their records to 21-0 and 19-1 and winning titles at the 29th annual Swarmin’ Hornets’ Holiday Wrestling Tournament. Furgeson and Emerick each pinned their first […]

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GERMANTOWN – The Clarksburg High School girls basketball team entered Seneca Valley on Dec. 20, looking to continue its undefeated start to the new season before the winter break. The visiting Coyotes fought off a competitive first quarter to go on multiple scoring runs, cruising to a 93-47 victory over the Eagles for their fourth […]

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LANDOVER – Whether the call came from the team doctor, the owner or both, it was clear quarterback Dwayne Haskins was not going back into the game. With Haskins gone, the Washington Redskins offense was able to maintain its momentum. However, the defense was a different story. Running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 189 yards, […]

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GAITHERSBURG – After losing their season opener on Dec. 10, the Quince Orchard High School boys basketball team fought back to two consecutive wins in their young basketball season. They kept their momentum rolling as the Cougars earned a dominant win at home, 59-36, over Frederick County’s Tuscarora High School for their third straight victory […]

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By Ivan Torres Special to The Sentinel DAMASCUS – The Damascus High School community congregated into the school’s gym on Dec. 19 to celebrate eight student-athletes as they signed their collegiate letters of intent on Early National Signing Day. [See photos from this event in our photo gallery here!] The “Swarmin’ Hornets” will be represented […]

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Tim Grover and his Montgomery Blair High School wrestling team are feeling empowered after winning 10 of their first 12 dual meets, finishing second at a prestigious event and defeating a pair of state powers so far during this young wrestling season. The Blazers (10-2) were runners-up in the season-opening Scorpion Duals at Howard County’s […]

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GAITHERSBURG – Caroline Orza sat on the bench and watched her teammates run up and down the court. She had entered into foul trouble early in the game against Gaithersburg High School on Dec. 20, and was relegated to the bench for a few minutes as a result. That vantage point, though, was ideal for […]

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This past February, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School freshman Issac “Ike” Guttentag was in the midst of a blazing campaign at 106 pounds. Just two days before last season’s Montgomery County Tournament, the Barons’ wrestler boasted 36-2 record, which included 15 pins and five each in technical falls and decisions. But Guttentag’s season ended prematurely “when […]

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The Damascus High School wrestling team lost twice at the Warrior Duals at La Plata High in Charles County on Dec. 14, ending the longest winning streak ever at 182 competitions in Maryland wrestling history. The streak was also the third-longest, all-time, according to the National Federation of High Schools wrestling history book. The Swarmin’ […]

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SILVER SPRING – A referee’s whistle started the match between Gaithersburg-based World Class Premier (WCP) and Mass United FC in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) Northeast Conference Championship Game on Dec. 14. However, a hit to a referee’s face ended it moments before halftime, a shock ending to a vital championship soccer match. Referee […]

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LANDOVER – Dwayne Haskins’ best game as a pro did not end with the late-game heroics the rookie quarterback had hoped. Instead of a game-winning Hail Mary touchdown, Haskins could only look on as Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham recovered his last-second desperate pitch for a touchdown as time expired. Despite his career-performance, the Eagles […]