Author Archive for Jennifer Beekman

Playoffs Preview

The start of November marks a special time for fall sport athletes: championship season. In the cyclical world of high school sports, where each year a new wave of student-athletes replaces one departed by graduation, team dynamics change annually. The…

QO Marching Band Wins Marine Corps Invitational

Photo | Cara O’Connor

The Marching Cougars are ecstatic after winning first place at The US Bands Gold Showcase in Purcellville, Virginia, on Sept. 20. They went on to win The US Bands Marine Corps Invitation on Sept. 28 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

When the fall sports season began in mid-August, it was not just the Quince Orchard High School student-athletes whose days became consumed with hours of rigorous training. The marching band kick-started its own competitive season with an approximately 10-day camp…

Quince Orchard Senior Is ‘Unsung Hero’

Photo | Mac Kennedy

Most scoring plays start with senior Noorvir Kaur, whose position in midfield is designed to link Quince Orchard’s defense to its attack.

Quince Orchard High School midfielder Noorvir Kaur’s senior field hockey season was almost over before it started. Though the third-year varsity player said she felt fine heading into the physical examination required by Montgomery County before the start of tryouts…

Defense Could Define Northwest Football

Photo | Arthur Cadeaux

In Friday’s game against Seneca Valley, starting quarterback Mark Pierce scores Northwest’s touchdown on a 7-yard run in the second quarter.

At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, current Northwest High School senior Caleb Gills was an undersized—but incredibly effective—defensive lineman for the two-time defending Class 4A state champion Jaguars football team the past two years. “We used (Gills) as a speed guy,…

Cross Country Teams Are Off and Running

Photo | Christine Darton-Henrichsen, Potshots by Christine

Student athletes on the Quince Orchard cross country team organized warm-up drills on Aug. 26.

Running tends to be an incredibly individual sport; success requires a tremendous amount of internal drive and the ability to push one’s body to its limits. The long, three-mile races featured during the fall’s cross country season, especially, tend to…