Bullis tops Georgetown Prep in the first round of the MD Elite Summer League playoffs

ROCKVILLE — In the first round of the MD Elite Summer League playoffs, the Bullis Bulldogs beat the Georgetown Prep Hoyas, 63-45, in a rematch of the 2016-17 IAC boys basketball championship game.

Bullis received the fifth seed in the MD Elite Summer League playoff bracket, while Georgetown Prep was the 12th seed.

The game stayed very close in the early stages, both teams matching the other’s baskets. The lead swung back and forth on seemingly every possession. Bullis’ Louis Wilson converted an and-1 to give Bullis 13-11 lead about mid-way through the first half.


No matter the age, chasing the baseball dream gets stuck in your system

In Montgomery County, the dream of being involved in baseball lives on for umpires Chazz Smith, 68, and Steve Murfin, 62, of the Ponce de Leon Baseball League.

Ponce de Leon Baseball is a recreational league for fast-pitch baseball for men and women over 30 years of age who play in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia. Some of their fields are Wheaton Regional Park, Blair High School and Martin Luther King Park. Registration for the league is open for spring, summer and fall seasons.

But what about the umpires?


Jenkins Camp Gives Parents Recruiting Tips

OLNEY – J. Everette Pearsall, founder and executive director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes, was among the keynote speakers Saturday at the parent’s seminar during the third annual Jelani Jenkins Youth Football Camp at Good Counsel High School.

Since 1992, Pearsall’s organization has been responsible for presenting the annual Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award trophy to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

Various major college football programs recruited Jenkins, who was a Watkins Award finalist and boasted a 3.96 grade point average during his senior campaign at Good Counsel, before he opted to sign with the University of Florida in 2009. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, and although he left school early, he returned to Gainesville last year to pick up his undergraduate degree in applied physiology and kinesiology.


Whitman eliminated from summer league playoffs after loss to G. Prep

ROCKVILLE – When Georgetown Prep took on Whitman Monday in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League, one thing was certain: The loser would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Both squads showed how badly they wanted to enter the postseason in a game that saw several ties and lead changes at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

The Little Hoyas made sure nothing was left to chance and avoided a last-minute Whitman surge to earn their fourth win of the summer season, 67-62. 


Bethesda Big Train walk off Alexandria Aces in Cal Ripken League classic

BETHESDA -- In a 15-inning marathon, the Bethesda Big Train tied the Alexandria Aces at the top of the division as they walked off the Aces 6-5.

Fans at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda knew that they were in for a great game as the top two teams in the Cal Ripken League, the Alexandria Aces and Bethesda Big Train, were set to face off. No one, however, could have predicted the classic game that would unfold.


Crosby’s sac fly lifts Express to 4-2 win over DC Grays

ROCKVILLE—Two last place teams faced off Tuesday night as the Rockville Express (12-21, fifth in North division) hosted the DC Grays (11-20, fifth in South) at Montgomery College. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Express added two more runs en route to a 4-2 win.

Rockville would strike first in the bottom of the first when outfielder Justin Smith hit an RBI single to drive in a run scored by outfielder Pearce Howard and give the Express an early 1-0 lead.

However, in the top of the fourth, DC would respond when outfielder Darius Gillus doubled to drive in first baseman Miles Jones and tie the game at 1-1. Then two at-bats later, hit an RBI triple as catcher Andrew Webb was able to round the bases, making his way from first to home plate to give the Grays a 2-1 lead.


Springbrook tops Good Counsel in hoops

MPI GCvSB 0121Our Lady of Good Council Bez Mbeng (48) goes for a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER      ROCKVILLE — In a game that was purely a tale of two halves at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the Springbrook Blue Devils used a second half comeback to top the Good Counsel Falcons 41-39.

While the score stayed close early in the game, Good Counsel showed much more fight on the defensive end, creating turnovers and thus baskets in transition. Springbrook had jumped out to a 16-10 lead as Good Counsel wasn’t able to convert its opportunities on the offensive end, but with just under seven minutes to play in the first half, the high energy defense from Falcons began to pay its dividends.

Good Counsel’s up-tempo play propelled them on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 18 with 1:52 to play in the first half, the two would go into the half tied at 20. The Falcons started strong in the second half as well, leading by five points with 10:43 to go in the half.


Reflections on victory . . .

No one knows the pain of Maryland’s Men’s Lacrosse’s long suffering history more than Louis Dubick.

That’s because Maryland Lacrosse runs through Dubick’s blood. He’s a third-generation Terrapin; both his father and grandfather played for the team without winning the championship. But everything changed this past Memorial Day when Maryland Men’s lacrosse accomplished something they came so close to but fell short of doing in the past 42 years: winning a national title.

Dubick was part of the Maryland team that won the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship on May 29, defeating fellow Big Ten opponent Ohio State, 9-6. “It’s amazing. You work so hard for so many years growing up as a kid, and it’s an unreal feeling. It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.


Good Counsel slips past Whitman in Summer hoops competition

ROCKVILLE – Good Counsel guard Christopher Margarites took aim from behind the arc and landed his third trey of the game to help put Whitman away 45-41 Monday night at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

The rising junior has produced a successful summer season so far as a participant of the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League and Monday night was no exception. Margarites led all scorers with 17 points. Whitman senior guard Joey Squeri wasn’t far behind with 16 points of his own.

Both teams took their time on offense as both halves begun with a two-minute scoring drought. It wasn’t long, however, before the competition heated up and buckets started to drop for both squads.


Georgetown Prep trounces Urbana in Summer league

MPI GPrepUrb 0177Eric Mitchell (3) on the floor Sean Berry (12). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER      ROCKVILLE — The Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team (5-5) trounced the Urbana Hawks (0-7), 64-39, in the Maryland Summer Elite League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday evening.

The Hawks were at a disadvantage. They only had five players.

“We battled,” said Hawks head coach Mike Jarboe. “We only had five guys and we didn’t foul out. Jason Haluis didn’t foul out so we finished with five. That’s the highlight.”