Author Archive for Jennifer Beekman

Poms Teams Finish Season Strong

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On Feb. 13 at Montgomery Blair High School, the Cougars took third place in the Division II team competition at the Montgomery County Poms Championship.

Three years ago, a member of the then-reigning state champion Northwest High School football team conducted a rather interesting and revealing experiment. “We had a male football player decide he was going to try out for the poms, just to…

Swim Teams Distinguish at Regionals, Eye States

Swimmers, by nature, are intrinsically some of the most internally driven athletes. So it can be frustrating when top times aren’t achieved during championship meets, Quince Orchard High School Swim and Dive Coach Todd Garner said. But Saturday’s Class 4A/3A…

QO Senior Wins First County Title

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At the Virginia Tech Invitational this past weekend, Quince Orchard senior Liam Walsh’s mile time was 4:24, putting him at no. 3 in school history and just 1.5 seconds shy of the record.

Cougars senior Liam Walsh has been one of the county’s strongest distance runners since he was a freshman; truly in the upper echelon the past two seasons. But he’s turned a corner this winter, Coach Seann Pelkey said. Though standing…

Northwest Eyes State Sweep

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It was only minutes into the first day of indoor track and field practice when Northwest High School Coach Robert Youngblood began envisioning freshman Taylor Wright’s future as a top jumper. “I saw a spring in her step,” Youngblood said.…

QO Brothers Push Each Other on the Wrestling Mats

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QO wrestlers Alejandro and Antonio Lopez push each other to excellence on the mat.

Sibling rivalry—jealousy and competition among brothers and sisters—is a natural part of growing up. Not as common, however, is the genuine hope Quince Orchard High School senior wrestler Antonio Lopez has for his younger brother, sophomore Alejandro, to surpass his…

Northwest Girls Look to Compete for State Title

Just 10 years ago, Montgomery County’s top swimming and diving programs were almost exclusively concentrated in the Bethesda/Potomac/Rockville areas. But depth across the region has grown to the point that there are three legitimate state title contenders within the county’s…

2015 Sports in Review

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No. 1 in the Town Courier’s Top 10 storylines of 2015 is Northwest girls’ volleyball for winning the team’s first state title on Nov. 23.

On this first day of 2016, what better way to ring in the new year than to reflect on some of the best high school sporting moments enjoyed by the Quince Orchard and Northwest communities over the last 12 months?…