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Montgomery County basketball may be overlooked but thrived this season

Montgomery County basketball gets overlooked oftentimes, but I think we made a huge statement with our performances this month in the MPSSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at Xfinity Center.

Quince Orchard knocked off previously unbeaten Wise, 55-52, in what will likely go down as the biggest win in program history.

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The lingering legend of Montgomery’s Eugene Dyson

The legend of Eugene Dyson still lingers on in Montgomery County.

To this day, local folks still talk about the Churchill High School product when the debate shifts to the county’s all-time great student-athletes.

Dyson, a Scotland native who was a multi-sport athlete at Churchill in the 1980’s, had the Midas touch. He participated in football, basketball and baseball at the Potomac public school.

“Eugene was a beast,” recalled Todd Lancaster, a 1980 Rockville graduate. “He had a motor on him.”

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Former Good Counsel wrestler looks forward to Iranian competition

Former Good Counsel wrestler Kyle Snyder will be allowed to compete at the 2017 Freestyle World Cup.
Snyder, who last year became the sport’s youngest Olympic gold medalist in history, was granted a visa along with the other members of the U.S. wrestling team.

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Former All-Sentinel standout shines in East-West Shrine game

 

Former Gaithersburg High two-way standout Billy Brown participated in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Brown, who recently finished his collegiate career at Division II Shepherd, was a member of the West squad.

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Former All-Sentinel defensive players sign with Colts, Robert Morris

Alex Bazzie, a former All-Sentinel linebacker at Northwood, has signed a reserve/future contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Bazzie announced the deal on January 9 via his Twitter account.

“Extremely Blessed to announce that I’m officially an Indianapolis Colt,” Bazzie tweeted. “Time to put the hard hat on again for this next journey.”

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The Avalon-Good Counsel connection plays itself out in National Champions

The Avalon-Good Counsel connection was alive and well on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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Boy cagers face challenges as hoop season begins

Seneca Valley came within a game of playing for a Maryland 3A state title last season but the Germantown public school has one of the county’s top returning players in senior guard Brandon Simpson.
A four-year varsity performer, Simpson averaged 13 points per game last season in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 3A state semifinal appearance.
Quince Orchard boasts perhaps the county’s top returning backcourt in seniors Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly who combined to average nearly 40 points per game last season.

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Whitman girls stand ready to defend their 4A title

After capturing the 4A state championship last season, the Whitman girls basketball team enters the 2016-17 campaign with a target on its back.

The Vikings boast highly-touted senior Abby Meyers, who scored a game-high 21 points against Western to propel Whitman to the program’s first state title in more than two decades.

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Terps mark milestone with historic victory over Michigan State

COLLEGE PARK – Maryland’s 28-17 victory over Michigan State Saturday marked a milestone win for the football program.

Not since 1950 had a Maryland football team beaten a Michigan State squad before Saturday’s masterpiece in front of 41,235 spectators at Maryland Stadium.

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was back under center after injuring his shoulder in a loss to Penn State earlier this month.

“That was a great win Saturday night,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said on Tuesday. “I thought it was a great atmosphere. Our players really fed off of the crowd. I was very pleased with how our guys approached the game. We had really emphasized having fun and having enthusiasm with what we’re doing. And they did that. I think our players responded to having Perry back playing. There was a noticeable spark in the offense.”

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