Author: Syl Sobel

QO Basketball Plays Hard and Shows Promise

Both the boys’ and the girls’ Quince Orchard basketball teams seem to be on similar tracks this season. They play good defense, work hard and are usually in games. But mistakes down the stretch and difficulty scoring plague them in…

Victories Hard to Come by for Cougar Hoopsters

So far, the new year hasn’t brought much success for the Quince Orchard basketball teams. The boys, who finished 2013 with a record of 3-4, are now 4-7. The girls, who ended 2013 with four straight losses, have lost their…

QO Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Both Open at 1-2

For the QO boys’ basketball team this season, their challenge is clear: They’ve got to find some firepower. The Cougars are now 1-2 after losing a low-scoring 42-38 tussle in overtime to Rockville Friday night, Dec. 13, at the Cougar…

QO Athletes Selected for Washington Post All-Met Honors

Eight Quince Orchard High School athletes were honored in the recent Washington Post All-Met fall sports selections. Leading the way was Adam McLean, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman, who was named to the Post’s first team defense in football. The…

QO Football Ends a Very Good Season

When Quince Orchard lost to Northwest, 28-20, in the 4A West Region Final two weeks ago, it ended their season with 10 wins and two losses and ranked in the top 20 in the Washington Post’s poll of local high…

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: “Mister” Lee Faris

This week’s story should be called “The Voice of Friday Nights.” You know the one. It’s that warm, courtly tenor that welcomes visiting teams and fans to the Cougar Dome and asks the Red Army, “Are you ready?” It’s the…

Northwest Stuns Streaking Quince Orchard

The Northwest Jaguars won bragging rights in the Battle of Great Seneca last Friday, upsetting the then-undefeated Quince Orchard Cougars, 35-21, and in the process raising their stature for the forthcoming Maryland 4A playoffs while casting concerns on QO’s. The…

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: The Grilling Gourmets

DISCLAIMER: This article will not even attempt to be objective. I love the grilled food at the Cougar Dome. I look forward to my Friday night kielbasa loaded with peppers and onions. My toughest choice of the week is whether…

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: The Families

Family. It’s a core principle of the Quince Orchard football program. Head Coach Dave Mencarini talks about family often. The players wear t-shirts that spell it out: F.A.M.I.L.Y. And on a Friday night at the Cougar Dome, sitting in the…