La Plata comes back strong to beat Northern in SMAC showdown

La Plata comes back strong to beat Northern in SMAC showdown

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

another high pass from setter Mia Griffiths, and as she did all match, the senior smacked the ball across the net and watched it skitter off the arms of her Northern opponents and fall harmlessly to the floor.

But instead of stoically turning back to her teammates as she had until then, Simmons let out a scream while Griffiths jumped into her arms, dragging them both to the ground. It was match point, and Simmons had helped power La Plata to a victory over Northern in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference clash in four sets, 16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 27-25, on Wednesday in Owings.

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Volleyball: Churchill holds on to defeat No. 6 Damascus in five sets

Volleyball: Churchill holds on to defeat No. 6 Damascus in five sets

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Two years ago, Xionting Sun had never played volleyball at any level.

But against No. 6 Damascus on Monday night, the Churchill middle blocker was a key factor in a seesaw matchup between two of the top teams in Montgomery County.

And behind 13 kills and 10 blocks from Sun, the host Bulldogs were able to defeat the defending Maryland 3A state champions in five sets, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 15-11, in Potomac.

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SMAC football: Patuxent defense dominates Huntingtown in rainy 27-7 victory

SMAC football: Patuxent defense dominates Huntingtown in rainy 27-7 victory

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

As the rain poured down in Calvert County on Friday night, host Huntingtown tried again and again to break through the Patuxent defense in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference rivalry game. Dives were stuffed, pitches were snuffed out and sideline passes fell harmlessly to the soaked turf.

In the 27-7 drubbing, the Panthers defense conceded a paltry 36 yards to the Hurricanes offense and even threw in two defensive scores for good measure.

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No. 11 Westfield comes back late, holds on for 15-9 win over Stone Bridge

No. 11 Westfield comes back late, holds on for 15-9 win over Stone Bridge

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Though separated by counties, conferences and a 20-minute drive, Stone Bridge and Westfield are inextricably linked. Both schools’ mascot is the bulldog. Both were founded in 2000. And the pair of schools played each other twice in their inaugural seasons 14 years ago.

The two schools have also been fixtures for championship contention, as Stone Bridge and Westfield have combined for three state titles. And Thursday night in Ashburn, No. 11 Westfield continued its quest for another deep playoff run with a 15-9 road victory over Stone Bridge.

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Schedule-tested Hayfield cruises to a 49-20 football win over Washington-Lee

Schedule-tested Hayfield cruises to a 49-20 football win over Washington-Lee

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

The early-season schedule that faced Coach Eric Henderson and his Hayfield team was a daunting one, and the Hawks stumbled through some of the area’s stiffest competition, going winless in their first three games.

But in its first Conference 6 matchup of the season at Washington-Lee, Hayfield finally broke into the win column and secured its first victory with a 49-20 rout in Arlington.

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Field hockey: Top-ranked Spalding rolls through Good Counsel, 5-1

Field hockey: Top-ranked Spalding rolls through Good Counsel, 5-1

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Top-ranked Spalding knew repeating as IAAM champions wouldn’t be easy, but if Thursday’s 5-1 victory at home over Good Counsel is any indication, the Cavaliers appear to be finding their title form.

Junior midfielder Erin Shanahan scored three goals and added two assists and senior midfielder Blaine Donnelly scored twice to pace Spalding (7-1) on a dreary afternoon in Severn.

The Falcons fell to 6-2.

 

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David Pindell leads Oakland Mills football past Hammond on homecoming

David Pindell leads Oakland Mills football past Hammond on homecoming

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

David Pindell fell facedown on the turf with time ticking down and his team clinging to a two-point lead over its rival in front of a raucous crowd.

The Oakland Mills quarterback was sandwiched between two Hammonddefenders on a third-and-long with two minutes remaining in a shootout between two skilled offenses, and the Scorpions needed just one more first down to potentially ice the game. That play, though, was a fourth-and-13 from the Hammond 30-yard line.

Pindell got up, gathered himself and stepped to the line. With Hammond bringing pressure, he tossed a pass down the sideline to wide receiverShawn Harris, who came down with it for a 20-yard gain. Moments later,Tre Hopkins plowed through the Golden Bears’ defense to give the Scorpions their final touchdown in a 40-31 homecoming victory in Columbia.

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