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Former Wootton wide receiver enjoys life as a Super Bowl champion

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTOFormer Wootton wide receiver Mack Hollins is a Super Bowl champion.
The Rockville native celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Eagles’ rookie wide receiver and special teams contributor earned a Super Bowl ring in his first season on the job. Not a bad way to begin your NFL career.
Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver said he watched the entire game from start to finish and beamed with pride over his former pupil.
“It just shows if you put the hard work and effort into it where you can go,” explained Tolliver, who noted that Hollins took a roundabout way to the NFL.

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Boo-Boo Palmer to be enshrined in college football’s Hall of Fame

Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.  COURTESY PHOTOPaul “Boo Boo” Palmer will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. COURTESY PHOTO  Scotland community native Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer was honored this week with news that he would be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
The former Churchill running back did his damage at Temple University in Philadelphia before he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft.
“The honor of earning admittance to the College Football Hall of Fame is overwhelming, and I can’t thank the committee enough for both my nomination and selection,” said Palmer, who became the first former Temple player selected for this prestigious honor. “I wouldn’t be able to accept this honor without the contributions of my teammates, coaches and the entire Temple community. With Temple football on the rise, I only hope my induction will crack the door for a number of other deserving Owls to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame down the road.”

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Reddish shines in Bullis basketball Holiday Classic

POTOMAC — There was a buzz in the air last weekend at the Bullis Holiday Classic.
The nation’s top-ranked boys’ high school basketball player was back in Maryland.
Cameron Reddish, a high school senior who plays at Westtown School in suburban Philadelphia, has already been labeled as the next Lebron James by his coach, Seth Berger.
“I don’t feel any pressure there,” said Reddish. “He’s the greatest player in the world.”

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Musical chairs on the county’s gridiron begins anew this holiday season

Montgomery County’s version of musical chairs has already begun on the gridiron.
Rockville graduate Jason Lomax has stepped down at Springbrook in order to accept the same position at his alma mater.
“It is with mixed emotions that I am stepping down as head varsity football coach at Springbrook to take the head coaching position at Rockville High School,” Lomax wrote in a letter addressed to the Springbrook Community. “This was a difficult decision that was made with my family in mind. The demands of coaching are very stressful and taxing on a family. This move allows me to spend more time with my family, coach at the school me and my wife graduated from, and coach in the community in which I live. This was a unique opportunity that my family could not pass up.”

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Boys basketball program at St. Andrews loaded with “lots of talent”

SAES logoPOTOMAC — The boys' basketball program at St. Andrew's Episcopal School has modest goals for the 2017-18 campaign.
The Lions compete in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) along with Flint Hill, Georgetown Day, Maret, Sidwell Friends, St. James and the Potomac School.
The league received some notoriety this summer when Silver Spring native Josh Hart became the first Sidwell Friends graduate ever selected in the NBA Draft. Hart, who was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the final pick in the first round, played for current Sidwell Friends head coach Eric Singletary.

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Stefon Diggs enjoys a very special homecoming in D.C.

Stefon Diggs 2016Stefon Diggs. COURTESY PHOTO  LANDOVER — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs made a triumphant return to Maryland on Sunday.
Diggs, a former Good Counsel and University of Maryland standout, said he had about 17 friends and family members in attendance at FedEx Field for his homecoming game against the Washington Redskins.
“It felt good,” Diggs said following Minnesota’s 38-30 victory over the Redskins. “I love being around a lot of love. It’s kind of like a home game for me. Especially when I come home, they show me a lot of love. It feels good.”
The former All-Sentinel player didn’t disappoint his supporters, finishing with five receptions for 78 yards including a three-yard score from quarterback Case Keenum that put the Vikings ahead, 14-10, early in the second quarter.

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Locals rise to prominence in pro football and college basketball

Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris could see significant playing time this weekend after Ezekiel Elliott was denied a preliminary injunction blocking a six-game suspension.
Through five games this season, Morris has rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries including three yards in Sunday’s 33-19 win over the Redskins, his former team.
As a Redskins rookie in 2012, Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, finishing second in the league in total rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns.
Meanwhile, former DeMatha standout Arie Kouandjio was re-signed to the Redskins active roster from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

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Rockville native scores first TD in NFL, Springbrook senior commits to Quinnipiac

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTO  Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins reeled in a pass from quarterback Carson Wentz and scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
For Hollins, a Rockville native who once played at Wootton, the score marked his first career touchdown as an NFL wide receiver.
I spoke with Hollins in the Eagles locker room following Philadelphia’s 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener at FedEx Field.
Although he didn’t get much playing time that day, he was happy to be back in familiar surroundings.

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MoCo fans mourn the loss of two local sporting greats

We lost two individuals with deep roots in Montgomery County athletics during the past two months, a former athlete, and an alum and coach.
Eric Nichols, the popular Gaithersburg quarterback who guided the Trojans to their first state championship in 1986, died in August at the age of 48.
Nichols was also the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1986 and led Maryland to a victory over Pennsylvania in the 1987 Big 33 All-Star football game.
Maryland’s 26-22 victory over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium marked the first time in history that a team from Maryland had beaten Pennsylvania in that game.
“That was one of the baddest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in this area,” said former Seneca Valley standout Wayne Turner, “[He’s in the] top ten.”

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Highlights in local sports feature football standouts in high school and college

DJ MooreMaryland wide receiver DJ Moore gets loose from Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore was a bright spot in the Terrapins’ 32-21 loss to Northwestern Saturday in College Park.
Moore, a Philadelphia native, became just the seventh player in school history to record 200 yards in a game, registering 210 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
“He’s been that way pretty much every week,” said Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. “He’s a really talented guy that plays hard. He runs good routes and has good ball skills. We do a lot to get him the ball and design it that way and he always answers the call.”

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