Archive for March, 2013

March 23, 2013

Baseball: Sherwood 10, Yorktown 1

Senior Grant Dickey pitched a complete game and allowed only one unearned run as Sherwood topped Yorktown

Sherwood senior Grant Dickey pitched a complete game and allowed only one unearned run.

SANDY SPRING, Md. — The Sherwood High School baseball team scored five first-inning runs and got a complete game from senior pitcher Grant Dickey on its way to a 10-1 win over visiting Yorktown on Saturday. Four different players drove in two runs each for the Warriors (2-0), who have scored a total of 38 runs over their first two games of the season.

Dickey struck out two and allowed four hits, two walks and one unearned run in seven innings to claim his first victory of the season. Third baseman Daniel Johnson hit his second home run in as many days and shortstop Mike Zerafa stole a base and scored three runs to pace the productive Sherwood offense.

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March 20, 2013

Softball: O’Connell 12, Good Counsel 1

Senior pitcher Tori Finucane stuck out 15, hit two home runs and drove in five runs against her former school as the Bishop O’Connell High School softball team topped host Good Counsel, 12-1, on Wednesday.

Amanda Ehlers and Jillian Ferraro each knocked in two runs for the Knights (3-0, 3-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference).

Finucane, a first-team 2012 All-American who has committed to the University of Missouri, has struck out 44 batters through three games so far this season. Last year she struck out a school-record 332 while walking only 22 in 161 innings on her way to a 27-1 record and a 0.09 ERA. She played for Good Counsel during her freshman and sophomore years before transferring to O’Connell.

The Knights will host St. John’s on Thursday, while the Falcons (1-3, 0-3 WCAC) will play at Sherwood on Friday.

March 16, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Falls to Eleanor Roosevelt in State Final

by Eric Meany

Magruder senior and George Washington University recruit Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt's Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday's state title game.

Magruder senior Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday’s state title game.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After the Magruder High School boys basketball team’s 62-50 victory over Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, Colonels coach Dan Harwood was asked to compare this year’s squad to the team that won the Class 4A state championship in 2012. His thoughts immediately turned to two inside players who graduated last year.

“Garland Owens,” Harwood said without hesitation. “He was a force inside. And then Luke Ruland was six-eight, he took up a lot of space. But overall, I think the main thing is we miss Garland’s presence.”

Even after a decisive victory, Harwood sensed that this year’s Magruder team was vulnerable inside. And in their 61-56 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt in the final of the MPSSAA State Championship Tournament at the Comcast Center on Saturday, that weakness was exploited to great effect. The Raiders grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and held the Colonels without a single free-throw attempt in reversing the outcome of last year’s championship game between the same two teams and winning the second state title in the history of the Prince George’s County school.

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March 14, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Tops Poly in State Semifinal

by Eric Meany

Seniors Justin Witmer (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship Saturday.

Seniors Matt Ricketts (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The defending state champion Magruder High School boys basketball team got 17 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Justin Witmer and used stifling defensive pressure to defeat Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 62-50, in the semifinal round of the Class 4A MPSSAA tournament at the Comcast Center on Thursday.

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March 11, 2013

News and Notes: Monday, March 11

  • Magruder 47, Quince Orchard 30 (Boys Basketball): Senior Nick Griffin led all scorers with 16 points to give the defending state champions the 4A West regional title Friday. [Washington Post] / “It was kind of like David and Goliath,” Quince Orchard coach Paul Foringer said. “Only David forgot to bring his sling.” [Gaithersburg Patch] / The Colonels allowed the Cougars only one point in the first quarter. [The Gazette]
  • Poly 57, Paint Branch 47 (Boys Basketball): The Panthers led, 45-43, with four minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on. [The Gazette]
  • Oakdale 61, Poolesville 53 (Boys Basketball): Zach Thomas scored 32 points to lead Oakdale to its first regional championship. [Frederick News Post] / Collin Turner led the Falcons with 17 points. [The Gazette]
  • Poly 33, Whitman 32 (Girls Basketball): Whitman couldn’t set up for a 3-pointer and settled for a layup as time expired to fall one point short in the Class 4A State Semifinals on Thursday. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Aberdeen 71, Damascus 50 (Girls Basketball): Damascus fell behind, 11-1, to start the game and fell to Aberdeen in their Class 3A State Semifinal matchup. [The Gazette]
March 1, 2013

Boys Basketball Playoffs: Einstein 81, North Hagerstown 72 (OT)

Joe Bradshaw scored eight of his game-high 32 points in overtime to lead the visiting Albert Einstein High School boys basketball team to an 81-72 upset win over second-seeded North Hagerstown in the quarterfinal round of the MPSSAA 3A West regional playoff tournament on Thursday.

The Titans (11-13) led by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter, but the Hubs (17-6) went on a 9-2 run to make the score 54-48 at the start of the fourth period. North Hagerstown continued to chip away at the deficit throughout the fourth quarter, and Teddy Schoeck’s layup with 6.9 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 62 and sent it into overtime.

Einstein took over in the extra period, with Bradshaw hitting two of his game-high six 3-point shots and senior Josh Ogburn scoring seven of his 22 points in overtime.

Senior forward Andrew Yacyk, a Liberty University baseball recruit, led the Hubs in scoring with 23 points.

The Titans, who beat Watkins Mill in the first round, have won seven of their last nine games. They will play at third-seeded Urbana on Tuesday in the 3A West regional semifinals.