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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.

February 17, 2013

Girls Basketball: Gaithersburg, Damascus Nab Top Regional Playoff Seeds

The Gaithersburg High School girls basketball team, in search of its third consecutive state title, was awarded the top seed Sunday in the 4A West region of the MPSSAA Championship Tournament. After a first-round bye, the Trojans will host either Wootton or Magruder in the second round.

Damascus is seeded first in the 3A West region, and after a bye will face either Watkins Mill or Tuscarora in the second round.

First round games begin Friday, and the tournament will run through March 9.

First round matchups for Montgomery County teams:

4A West

(1) Gaithersburg, (2) Whitman, (3) Walter Johnson – bye

(13) Churchill @ (4) Northwest

(12) Clarksburg @ (5) Bethesda-Chevy Chase

(11) Quince Orchard @ (6) Kennedy

(10) Blair @ (7) Richard Montgomery

(9) Magruder @ (8) Wootton

4A North

(2) Paint Branch – bye

(10) Kenwood @ (7) Springbrook

(11) Blake @ (6) Dulaney

(13) Sherwood @ (4) Poly

3A West

(1) Damascus – bye

(12) North Hagerstown @ (5) Seneca Valley

(11) Linganore @ (6) Rockville

(10) Einstein @ (7) Northwood

(9) Tuscarora @ (8) Watkins Mill

2A West

(2) Poolesville – bye

(11) Wheaton @ (6) Liberty

February 17, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Earns Top Seed in 4A West Playoffs

The Magruder High School boys basketball team, looking to repeat as state champions after downing Eleanor Roosevelt in the title game last year, was named the top seed Sunday in the 4A West region of the 2013 MPSSAA Championship Tournament. The Colonels received a bye in the first round of the tournament, and will face either Northwest or Richard Montgomery in the second round.

First round games begin on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and the tournament will run through March 16.

First round matchups for Montgomery County teams:

4A West

(1) Magruder, (2) Churchill, (3) Quince Orchard – bye

(13) Bethesda-Chevy Chase @ (4) Kennedy

(12) Gaithersburg @ (5) Blair

(11) Whitman @ (6) Walter Johnson

(10) Clarksburg @ (7) Wootton

(9) Richard Montgomery @ (8) Northwest

4A North

(3) Paint Branch – bye

(9) Springbrook @ (8) Mergenthaler

(10) Blake @ (7) Catonsville

(11) Sherwood @ (6) Perry Hall

3A West

(12) Rockville @ (5) Northwood

(10) Watkins Mill @ (7) Einstein

(9) Seneca Valley @ (8) Frederick

(11) Damascus @ (6) Linganore

2A West

(2) Poolesville – bye

(10) Winters Mill @ (7) Wheaton

February 15, 2013

Einstein Boys Basketball Beginning To Stand Tall

by Eric Meany

Josh Ogburn

Senior Josh Ogburn leads the Titans in scoring for the second straight year.

KENSINGTON, Md. — Wins were hard to come by in Rich Porac’s first year as head coach of the Albert Einstein High School boys basketball team. Losing streaks of 12 and nine games were sandwiched around the Titans’ only two victories of the 2011-12 campaign, making losses like their 74-41 drubbing at the hands of Springbrook in the penultimate game of the regular season all too common.

“Trust me, it was hard last year,” Porac said. “When you win two games in a four-month sport, even practices are tough. It’s tough to motivate them every day.”

But even as the varsity squad took it on the chin, young players like Joe Bradshaw, Raheem Hayes and Gil Reynolds were gaining valuable experience in leading the junior varsity team to a 12-4 record.

This year those young players, along with varsity holdovers Josh Ogburn and Abraham Camara, have given Einstein new life, fashioning a 9-12 record (7-7 Montgomery 3A/2A) with one game left in the regular season.

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February 12, 2013

Boys Basketball: Einstein 56, Springbrook 55

Josh Ogburn’s long 3-pointer at the buzzer went off the glass and through the net to give the Albert Einstein High School boys basketball team a 56-55 win over visiting Springbrook on Tuesday.

Blue Devils forward Isiah Eisendorf missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 3.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Springbrook holding a 55-53 lead. In the ensuing scramble for the rebound the ball ricocheted off Eisendorf and went out of bounds, giving Einstein one last possession.

With 1.8 seconds left on the clock, Joe Bradshaw heaved a long inbounds pass to Ogburn down the left sideline about 30 feet from the basket. Ogburn turned and fired, and when the ball caromed through the rim the Einstein student section rushed the court to celebrate the upset victory.

Ogburn led all scorers with a season-high 29 points, while Bradshaw added 19 for the Titans. Junior Andrew Robinson led the Blue Devils with 15 points.

The win was the fifth in six games for Einstein (9-12), and their second in a row against Class 4A competition. They will host Blair next Tuesday in their final game of the regular season.

Springbrook (12-8) will host Gaithersburg on Friday.

January 17, 2013

Boys Basketball: Nick Griffin, 6 Others Nominated For McDonald’s All-American Game

Senior Nick Griffin from the defending state champion Magruder High School boys basketball team was among the seven Montgomery County players nominated Thursday for the McDonald’s All-American Game. Andrew Calomeris, Louie Brill and Eric Rupprecht from Good Counsel were also nominated, as were Jordan Swopshire, Ishmail Wainwright and Mark Williams of Montrose Christian.

A total of more than 800 players from 39 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the boys and girls games. The final 24-player boys roster will be announced February 14, with the game scheduled for April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.

Griffin, a 6′ 2″ shooting guard, has committed to play for George Washington University next year, while the 6′ 6″ Swopshire is reported to be weighing offers from GW, Kent State, UC Irvine and Virginia Commonwealth. Calomeris, whose recruiting process was disrupted when he suffered a collapsed lung  last season and a fractured vertebrae over the summer, has said he will play for Indiana University as a walk-on.

A full list of McDonald’s All-American nominees is available here.

January 17, 2013

Girls Basketball: Two From Good Counsel Nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

Lindsey Spann

Lindsey Spann

Seniors Amanda Fioravanti and Lindsey Spann from the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls basketball team were among the nominees announced Thursday for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game. The final 24-player roster for the girls game will be announced February 14 during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The game will be played April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.

Fioravanti, a 6′ 1″ forward, has signed on to play at the University of Virginia next year while Spann, a 5′ 6″ point guard, is bound for Penn State.

The Falcons (14-3, 7-2 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) are defending WCAC champions.

A full list of McDonald’s All-American nominees is available here.