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Taking a knee for the National Anthem in MoCo football

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The Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest has reached Montgomery County.

During the NFL preseason, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

Instead, Kaepernick decided to take a knee to protest racial inequality in our society.

Last Friday night at Gaithersburg High School, the Watkins Mill football team knelt during the national anthem to show support for Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in American society.


Funk scores touchdown in Terps' win against Howard


Jake Funk photoFormer Damascus running back Jake Funk scores his first career touchdown at the University of Maryland on Saturday.   PHOTO BY CANDACE ROJO KEYES  

COLLEGE PARK – You can’t fight the Funk.

Maryland freshman running back Jake Funk scored his first collegiate touchdown Saturday in the Terps’ 52-13 dismantling of Howard in the season opener at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

The 2015 All-Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year from Damascus helped first-year Maryland head coach DJ Durkin capture his career victory.

“(It’s a) great day for our program,” said Durkin. “A great win for us, a great way to start.”


2016 will go down in history as Maryland Gold!

As far as I’m concerned, the 2016 Rio Olympics will go down in history as the Maryland Olympics.

Athletes from the Old Line State dominated the field particularly in the sport of swimming, wrestling and basketball.

Ten athletes with Maryland ties helped the state earn 20 medals this year including 16 gold.


NABJ honors local coach with 2016 Sam Lacy Pioneer Award

The National Association of Black Journalists honored former Howard University men’s soccer coach Lincoln Phillips with the 2016 Sam Lacy Pioneer Award earlier this month.

I’ve been an NABJ member since 1992 when I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and attended my first convention in Detroit.

I was both proud and elated when my professional organization honored Mr. Phillips who was also once my high school physical education teacher at the Newport Preparatory School in Kensington.

During an August 5th ceremony at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the Woodley Park neighborhood of the nation’s capital, Phillips was among a group of seven distinguished individuals who were honored by the NABJ Sports Task Force.

In addition to Phillips, the NABJ Sports Task Force also honored Glenn Harris, John Thompson, Larry Brown, Michele Roberts, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Frank Robinson.


Bob Milloy enshrined in D.C. Sports Hall of Fame


Good Counsel head football coach Bob Milloy has been enshrined in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

Milloy was part of the 2016 induction class that also included Christine Brennan, Marco Etcheverry, Patrick Ewing, Frank Herzog, Earl Lloyd, Dexter Manley, Missy Meharg and Harold Solomon along with brothers Hymie and Phil Perlo.

The induction ceremony was held at Nationals Park recently prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Remembering the untimely death of basketball icon Lenny Bias



On June 19, 1986 we were all shocked and saddened by the news that University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias – a Prince George’s County product – had passed away from a drug overdose at age 22.  

Just two days earlier, Bias had been selected by the Boston Celtics with the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He was destined for NBA stardom until tragedy struck on that fateful June morning.  


Clarksburg High Mourns A Trio of Fallen Heroes

Prayers go out to the families of the three Clarksburg High School football players who were killed in a car crash in Damascus on Tuesday night.

Jacob Tyler Dennis, 17, Patrick Andrew Shifflett, 18, and Cary Mauri’ce Greene, 17, were all juniors at the Upper Montgomery County public school.


Josh Hart opts out of the NBA for college

Josh Hart has pulled out of the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Silver Spring native elected to go back to Villanova instead of entering the June 23rd draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hart entered his name for consideration in April and was among the NBA prospects participating in Chicago at the combine last month as part of the NCAA process for potential early entrants.

“I enjoyed the process and learned a lot,” said Hart, a former Wheaton High School standout. “It was definitely worthwhile. I look forward to graduating next year and coming back to play with my teammates.”


Falcons hunt down a Coyote for head coach

Clarksburg head coach G.J. Kissal will not be returning to coach the Coyotes’ boys basketball team next season.

Kissal, a longtime public school coach in Montgomery County, has accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater Good Counsel.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this special program into the future,” Kissal said in a posting on Facebook. “I will take enormous pride in representing the school many of us call home.”

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