Posts tagged ‘Magruder High School’

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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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

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.

December 18, 2012

Boys Basketball: Magruder 69, Sherwood 44


Senior guard J.J. Epps scored 17 points to lead the Magruder High School boys basketball team to a 69-44 win over visiting Sherwood on Monday in a rematch of last season’s MPSSAA state semifinal matchup.

Justin Witmer added 14 points while Brian Coleman and Nick Griffin each had 13 for the undefeated Colonels (5-0). Joey DeStefano and Brandon Loiocono each scored 10 points for the Warriors (2-3).

In their last meeting at the Comcast Center in March, Magruder topped Sherwood in overtime, 75-68, on their way to the 2012 Class 4A state championship.

March 12, 2012

Dan Harwood on Spencer Datt

Magruder High School boys basketball coach Dan Harwood took some time after his team’s victory in the Class 4A Maryland  State Championship Game to discuss the memory of Spencer Datt, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011.

We lost Spencer Datt. He graduated in 2010, he was teammates with J.J., Garland, Nick, and Luke. All the kids knew him from my basketball camp. And it was devastating to us. Any time you lose a young person at that stage in their life in a tragic accident – it was unbelievable. But all the things you see with the shirts — the “Who Datt,” the “We Datt,” the stuff with the sayings — it was all kid-generated. You don’t have to report this stuff, I know it’s not the main story, but my team that’s the kind of kids they were. It was all kid-generated, they designed those shirts, they came up with those shirts, they have all the sayings. They were fighting for Spencer all year. I’m just so proud of them that way, and I know Spencer was looking down on us.

March 11, 2012

Magruder Wins 4A Championship Behind Epps’ Clutch Free Throws

by Eric Meany

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Two nights after propelling his team to an overtime victory in the semifinals, junior J.J. Epps hit four free throws in the last minute of play to give the Magruder High School boys basketball team a 39-36 win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the MPSSAA Class 4A championship Saturday at the Comcast Center.

The Roosevelt Raiders (22-5) led Epps’ Colonels (26-1) by one point with 43.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Epps stepped to the line to shoot two free throws. Despite the significance of the situation, Epps said he didn’t let it affect his approach.

“No pressure,” the soft-spoken Epps said with a smile after the game. “I mean, it’s just a free throw. You just go up there and shoot it.”

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March 9, 2012

Sherwood 3-Pointer Forces Overtime Against Magruder

Scott Bolen’s 3-pointer capped a 17-8 run in the last 1:50 of the 4th quarter for Sherwood High School and forced overtime against Magruder in the semifinals of the MPSSAA State Championship Tournament at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on March 8, 2012. Magruder dominated the extra period and came away with a 75-68 victory.

March 8, 2012

Magruder Defeats County Rival Sherwood in State Championship Semifinals

by Eric Meany

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Sherwood High School boys basketball team went on a 17-8 run in the last 1:50 of the fourth quarter to force overtime after trailing for most of the game, but Magruder dominated the extra period and came away with a 75-68 victory in the semifinals of the MPSSAA Class 4A State Championship Tournament at the Comcast Center on Thursday night.

Senior guard Scott Bolen sank a long 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.8 seconds left in regulation, then hit a free-throw six seconds into overtime to give the Warriors (17-9) their only lead since early in the first quarter before watching the Colonels (25-1) take control the rest of the way.

Magruder guard J.J. Epps scored six of his 16 points in the four-minute overtime period, helping the Colonels finally take control of a game that seemed on the verge of slipping away.

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