Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Football: Quince Orchard Falls In Championship Game For Second Straight Year

by Eric Meany

BALTIMORE — The Quince Orchard and Henry A. Wise High School football teams both relied on run-heavy offensive schemes that complimented their relentlessly stingy defenses to dominate opponents all year long. But with time running out in the fourth quarter of the MPSSAA Class 4A State Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, each team placed its title hopes on the throwing shoulder of its quarterback.

Wise’s Isaiah Black lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Micah Till with 2:14 left in the game and Joseph Shelton intercepted a pass from Quince Orchard’s Matt Choi on the goal line a minute-and-a-half later to give the Pumas a 12-7 victory and the first football championship in the seven-year history of the Prince George’s County school.

“They made a play and we didn’t,” said coach Dave Mencarini, whose Cougars (12-2) lost in the state final for the second consecutive season. “It’s not our defense’s fault. They’ve been stopping passing teams all year long.”

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November 23, 2012

Football Playoffs: Friday, November 23

MPSSAA Class 4A Semifinals

Quince Orchard 21, Westminster 19

The Westminster High School football team missed a 37-yard field goal attempt as time expired to give visiting Quince Orchard a 21-19 win in the semifinal round of the MPSSAA Class 4A Sate Championship Tournament on Friday.

November 20, 2012

Swim and Dive Scoreboard: Tuesday, November 20


Bishop Ireton 131, The Heights 42

DeMatha 96, Landon 87


Holton-Arms 102, Holy Child 81

November 19, 2012

Girls Volleyball: Sherwood Tops Arundel To Take 3rd Straight State Title

The Sherwood High School girls volleyball team celebrates its third consecutive state championship.

by Eric Meany


The unmistakable roar from the Sherwood High School student section that accompanied every smash by senior Alex Holston filled the Ritchie Coliseum more often than the Arundel girls volleyball team would have liked on Monday night.

Four days after the University of Florida recruit set an MPSSAA tournament record with 42 kills in the semifinals, Holston had 25 more to finish off her high school career by leading the Warriors to their third consecutive Class 4A state championship with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-13) victory over the Wildcats.

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November 18, 2012

Football: Good Counsel Takes Fourth Straight WCAC Title

Senior quarterback Brendan Marshall and receiver Kendall Fuller connected for three touchdowns and Dorian O’Daniel rushed for 144 yards to lead the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School football team to a 26-14 win over DeMatha in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Sunday.

The win marked the fourth consecutive year that the Falcons have won the WCAC title. They beat Gonzaga, 42-0, in last year’s championship game.

Marshall, a University of Virginia recruit, made the start after being listed as questionable during the week due to a knee injury suffered in Good Counsel’s semifinal win against St. John’s.

November 16, 2012

Football Playoffs: Friday, November 16

4A West Regional Final

Quince Orchard 41, Northwest 14

4A North Regional Final

Westminster 62, Sherwood 28

3A West Regional Final

Urbana 26, Seneca Valley 17

November 16, 2012

Boys Soccer: Wootton Tops Severna Park To Win 1st State Title

The Thomas S. Wootton High School boys soccer team got goals from Spiros Tsakos, Matt Hoy and Urgy Eado to beat Severna Park, 3-1, in the MPSSAA Class 4A Championship Game at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville on Friday. This was the Patriots’ first trip to the state finals, having made it as far as the semifinal round in 1973 and 1990.  

November 16, 2012

Girls Soccer: B-CC Falls To South River In State Finals

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls soccer team saw its four-year reign as state champions end Friday as the Barons played South River to a 1-1 tie through regulation time and two overtime periods before falling, 4-2, in a penalty-kick shootout to decide the MPSSAA Class 4A Championship Game at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville.

November 15, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Sherwood 3, Walter Johnson 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Senior Alex Holston had a tournament-record 42 kills to lead the Sherwood High School girls volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-13, 25-21, 18-25, 25-12) victory over Walter Johnson in the semifinal round of the MPSSAA Class 4A State Championship playoffs at the Ritchie Coliseum on Thursday.

Sherwood High School senior Alex HolstonHolston set the tone early in the first set, getting kills on two of the first five points of the match as the Warriors took a 6-0 lead before the Wildcats called a timeout to regroup. Walter Johnson won the next two points before falling behind by as many as 15 on its way to losing the set by 12.

The Wildcats were much more competitive in a second set that featured eight ties and three lead changes before Sherwood ultimately prevailed, 25-21. Walter Johnson took the third set, 25-18, and seemed poised to give the two-time defending state champions one of their toughest tests of the season.

The Warriors returned to form early in the fourth set, though, winning eight consecutive points on Maddie Moyer’s serve to take an 11-2 lead on their way to a 25-12 victory and a third straight trip to the state final.

The Wildcats (16-2) lost for just the second time this season, with both defeats coming to Sherwood. In the regular-season finale for both teams, the visiting Warriors beat Walter Johnson in four sets on October 25.

Sherwood (18-0) will face Arundel in a rematch of last year’s final in the championship game on Monday. Arundel topped Eleanor Roosevelt 3-0 in the other semifinal match played Thursday.

November 14, 2012

Football: Owens Out As Coach At Richard Montgomery

Neal Owens announced his resignation as head coach of the Richard Montgomery High School football team after the school’s fall awards banquet on Tuesday, players said. Owens later confirmed the news on his Twitter account:

It has been my pleasure and honor to be the coach at RM for the last three years. It is with extreme sadness that I am resigning.

Speculation from players, seemingly corroborated by a subsequent tweet from Owens, is that second-year offensive coordinator John Redmon is in position to take over as head coach. The 28-year-old Redmon, who played quarterback for the Rockets in 2001 and 2002, served as Richard Montgomery’s junior varsity head coach during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Owens guided the Rockets to a 6-4 record this season, narrowly missing out on the school’s first playoff appearance since 2005. In three years under Owens the team went a combined 11-19, finishing 5-5 in 2011 and 0-10 in 2010.

Before being hired to replace Jeremy Lott in 2010, Owens had spent time as junior varsity head coach at Rockville and as a varsity assistant coach at Einstein and Walter Johnson.