Author: Syl Sobel

Cougar Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Squads Searching for Consistency

Photo | Phil Fabrizio Nathan Dorsey guides QO to a 52-50 win over Wootton on Jan. 3.

As the basketball season approaches its midway point, the QO boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both find themselves in remarkably similar positions. Both are young teams, both have 10 or more players vying for playing time, both are trying to…

Talent-Laden Lady Cougars Promise Fast-Paced, Up-Tempo Style

Photo | Submitted QO girls’ varsity opened the season with a win, 48-41, over the Rockville Rams on Dec. 11.

If one were to compile a checklist of the qualities needed to build a really good, really competitive basketball team, it would likely include the following: experience, depth, good shooting, defense, size, athleticism, rebounding and team chemistry with one or…

Go Get ‘em—Undersized Cougars Promise to Bring the Pressure

Photo | Submitted QO lost their opener to Tuscarora, 70-44, falling behind by 11 in the first quarter and more each period.

The Quince Orchard boys’ basketball team typically ends practice by running wind sprints divided into two groups: guards and big men. This year, however, it’s a little hard to tell the difference. The Cougars have two players around 6-foot-2 (Cameron…

QO Finally Wins Elusive State Title, But It Wasn’t Easy

Photo | Mac Kennedy Jubilant, Coach John Kelley and his Cougars hoist the Maryland 4A football state championship trophy.

It took seven years. Seven years of frustration, disappointment and embarrassment. Seven years of bum breaks, bad bounces and blown calls. Seven years of losing leads, bad starts or seeing your star and team leader carried off the field to…

We Meet Again: QO and Northwest Tangle Friday for Regional Title

Photo | Submitted Record-breaking QO running back Marquez Cooper and teammates (L to R) Thomas DeCastro, Ryan Jones, Max Bernard, Logan Moyer (behind Cooper) and Damian Brunzell talk with Town Courier reporter Syl Sobel following Friday night’s victory over Richard Montgomery in the first round of the playoffs. You can see player and coach interviews at #postgamewithsyl on Twitter @TownCourier.

In a world of constant change, it’s nice to have some seasonal rituals you can depend on: rituals like leaves changing colors in autumn, children eating candy on the day after Halloween, and Quince Orchard playing Northwest on the Friday…

QO Girls’ Soccer Falls Just Short of Another Region Title

Photo | Submitted Going into the Regional Final at Gaithersburg High on Nov. 5, QO girls’ soccer knew they faced a strong opponent in Whitman. With 40 seconds remaining in the game, Whitman score the winning—and only—goal.

The Quince Orchard girls’ soccer team’s magical season ended in sudden, heartbreaking fashion on Monday night when Walt Whitman scored in the final minute to capture a 1-0 victory and the 4A West region title. Whitman scored off a throw-in…

Cougars Crush Northwest in Round One, Expect Rematch in Playoffs

Photo | Arthur Cadeaux QO’s running back Marquez Cooper gets a block from teammate Ryan Jones (#26) and looks for running room on his way to school record six touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Northwest.

For a coach whose team had just crushed its archrival and solidified top seed in the upcoming playoffs, Quince Orchard football head coach John Kelley seemed remarkably matter of fact about Friday night’s convincing 41-6 victory over Northwest. “It was…

Coop and the Cougars Keep Rolling With Two More Convincing Wins

Photo | Mac Kennedy QO’s prolific running back Marquez Cooper goes airborne for extra yards against Paint Branch on Oct. 5.

Led by their punishing defense and relentless little running back Marquez Cooper, the Quince Orchard football team (6-1) continued its quest to return to the state finals for the third straight year with dominant victories the past two weeks over…

Redskins’ Great Visits the Cougar Dome

Photo | Mac Kennedy Former Redskins defensive lineman Dexter Manley enjoyed the annual Junior Poms performance last Friday night.

Former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Dexter Manley was a fan at the Cougar Dome last Friday night, watching with interest as Quince Orchard trounced the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers. Manley, a friend of the parents of Carson Burke, a junior defensive…

Cougars Back on Track After Big Win Against Kennedy

Photo | Mac Kennedy Quince Orchard’s Demeioun Robinson (no. 42) and Rashad Thomas (no. 52) team up to take down a Kennedy player in last Friday night’s 69-0 Cougar victory.

After the Quince Orchard football Cougars lost two weeks ago to private school rival Bullis, local high school football observers expected that QO might take out its disappointment against a winless Kennedy squad last Friday night. But they could not…