Monday, October 3, 2011
Watkins Mill's big-play abilities come to the fore on Rams' homecoming night.
A look of long-awaited relief settled over Watkins Mill players and coaches Friday night as Coach Kevin Watson strode over to his team after their 40-0 domination of the Rockville Rams. The Wolverines had suffered three exasperating losses in their previous three weeks—to Damascus, Blake and Clarksburg—by a total of 13 points. The Clarksburg game had been particularly painful: Down 7-6 in the fourth quarter, Watkins Mill drove the ball to the Coyotes’ 30-yard line with 1:16 to play, then came up a yard short on 4th down with three seconds left. After that demoralizing stretch, an easy win over the lowly Rams was just the remedy Watkins Mill needed. “Alright, guys, the monkey’s off our backs,” Watson told his team. “We can go ahead and play…
Monday, May 16, 2011
Pipe bands and dancers celebrated Scottish heritage on Saturday.
Rockville High School came alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of the 43rd annual National Capital Area Scottish Festival on Saturday. The day celebrated Scottish music and dance and featured pipe bands, other musicians and dancers from around the area performing in the Scottish tradition, including the Rockville High School Pipe Band, which is now in its 50th year.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Rams improved to 7-1 with Wednesday's win.
The Rockville High School girls lacrosse team beat the rain and topped Kennedy High School, 16-6 on Wednesday in Rockville. Anne Damone and Rachel Denton each had four goals as the Rams ran their record to 7-1. Rockville's next game is on Thursday against Damascus High School.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Montrose's Tyrone Johnson was one of three from Rockville schools in the 38th annual game.
Rockville’s top high school basketball players put their talents up against some of the best players in the nation on Sunday afternoon as Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro hosted the 38th annual Capital Classic game. Montrose Christian School senior Tyrone Johnson shone brightest, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, although his team was largely dominated by the United States All-Stars, who won 136-115. “Playing in all-star games, you’re always trying to go for yours,” Johnson said after the game. “That is the difference between high school basketball and all-star games. This game was great, you know, I got to play against some good competition.” The Capital Classic was Johnson’s last high school …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Rockville High lacrosse picks up their first win of the season with a dominant defensive performance.
After losing three straight close games to start the season, the Rockville High lacrosse team knew something would have to change to pick up that elusive first win. On Friday night, the defense took it upon themselves to make that change, and stepped up in a big way to lead the Rams to a 6-0 win over Einstein. “It was huge to get that win out of the way,” Rockville coach Kurt Kohler said. “The first one is always the toughest, and now we picked up the win...It's a big relief to get that off our back.” Rockville (1-3) jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a goal by Conor Jordan four minutes into the game. Ricky Morse added a goal of his own at the beginning of the second quarter to put Rockville ahead 2-0. In the meantime, Rockville's …
Friday, April 1, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to address students on Friday.
Rockville High School students looked on as their classmates lay near a crumpled car in the school's parking lot on Wednesday morning. The crash scene, the blood and the response from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department and Rockville City Police were simulations—part of the school's "Every 15 Minutes" drunken driving awareness program—but the emotional reactions that they elicited in some students were real. "At first I was acting and then I really went into shock," said Teresa Traficante, a 17-year-old senior who portrayed the only passenger to wear a seat belt and the only one to survive the mock crash. After the simulation, Traficante sat on a curb, being comforted by her mother. "My breaking point was I was told to ask my friend if…
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Japanese students visited Rockville High and will present a cultural fair on Sunday.
Bauer Drive Community Center will host a Japanese cultural fair on Sunday presented by more than 100 Japanese high school students who are visiting Rockville this week. The 10th-grade students, from Yokohama Hayato Senior High School in Yokohama, Japan, arrived on Sunday, just two days after a 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook the island nation, creating a tsunami that flooded coastal towns along Japan's east coast. Their trip is sponsored by Sakura Educational Exchange USA, a Rockville-based nonprofit, and is an opportunity for the students to learn about American culture and practice English, said Stephanie Libonati, a program manager for the nonprofit exchange program. The students will collect donations for the Japanese Red Cross at …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
RM boys basketball wins 50-45 in regular season finale.
After a fairly disappointing regular season, it wouldn't have been surprising to see the Richard Montgomery boys basketball team limp into the playoffs. However, after a 50-45 win on Tuesday over their crosstown rivals, Rockville, it's clear that the Rockets aren't going down quietly. “This was our second straight win at home, and our only wins at home,” RM coach Scott Spear said. “This was so important since they're our rivals, this was a big game to us that we really wanted to win.” RM did something that very few teams have been able to do all year, and that's contain Rockville star DeAndre Kelly. Kelly, who came into the game averaging 20 points per page, only was able to score five, and all of them came in the fourth quarter. Part of …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Local teams found out their fate on Sunday.
The Maryland basketball state playoff seeding draw was held at Columbia’s Long Reach High School on Sunday, officially announcing first-round playoff match-ups for all boys and girls teams in every division, 1A through 4A. In Maryland, every team is eligible for postseason play. Playoffs are broken up by Class A designation, and then further bracketed by region (north, south, east and west). Generally in each region (for example 3A West), the teams with the four best records are given the top four seeds and receive a bye in first-round play. The rest of the teams are seeded at random and matched up against one another in the first round. The Rockville boys received the No. 8 seed in the 2A West and will play No. 9 Francis Scott Key. The …
Monday, February 7, 2011
Rockville defeated teams from South Lakes and Centreville high schools on Saturday.
Rockville High School finished strong in the first round of this season’s "It’s Academic" quiz show on Saturday, winning with 635 points. The team, consisting of Thomas Keating, 16, Kelly Reeder, 17, and Tomas Breach, 17, faced off against students from South Lakes and Centreville high schools on the quiz show, which is now in its 50th season. Rockville correctly answered the most questions in each of the five rounds. “I was sitting there, we were in the 590s and I was like, ‘Wow, we’re almost at the 600s!’” said Reeder, Rockville's team captain. “I sort of expected it,” said Mike Smith, the team’s assistant coach. Smith said the team recently had “a few major breakthroughs” and he felt pretty confident that Rockville will continue to do …