Author: Syl Sobel

Cougars Dominating in Early Victories, But Bullis Looms on Friday

Photo | Mac Kennedy Junior running back Marquez Cooper follows lead blocker Mark Echevarria in Thursday night’s 55-14 demolition of Clarksburg at the Cougar Dome.

The Quince Orchard Cougars in their first three games this season have done everything expected of a football team with state championship aspirations. They’ve dominated their opponents by a combined score of 150-20, including a shutout against Bethesda-Chevy Chase in…

Cougars Dominant in Opening Win

Photo | Cara O'Connor Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley addresses his team following a recent preseason scrimmage. Cougars open their home season Friday night vs. Blair at the Cougar Dome.

Lightning framed last Friday’s season-opening game for the Quince Orchard football Cougars as they stormed to a 50-0 deluge over severely overmatched B-CC in Bethesda. Lightning struck figuratively on the field at the game’s outset as QO’s Charles Bell returned…

Cougars Competing ‘to Go Back to Where We Left Off’

If this year’s Quince Orchard High School football Cougars play with a little more energy, a little more emotion, and perhaps a little more anger, it’s easy to understand why. The Cougars are still hurting from back-to-back losses in the…

Football Cougars Getting Bigger, Faster, Stronger ‘For Tyler’

Training and workouts are a summertime rite of passage for high school athletes. At tracks, in parks and on roadways one can see young runners—some in groups, some in isolation—jogging and pushing themselves to prepare for upcoming track and cross-country…

New Principal Beth Thomas Prepares for First Year at QO

When freshmen enter Quince Orchard High School in the fall, part of their orientation process includes learning what it means to be a Cougar. But for QO’s new principal, Elizabeth L. “Beth” Thomas, that indoctrination has been ongoing since shortly…

Ellinport Named to High School Soccer Scholar All-America Team

Beth Ellinport, one of the most decorated girl athletes in Quince Orchard High School history, graduated from QO a little over a month ago, but that didn’t stop her from adding one more accolade to her resume. Ellinport was recently…

Promise Kept: Working Returns for Final QO Graduation

When Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working retired earlier this year and left the area to join her husband at his new job in Italy, she promised the graduating class of 2018 that she would return for their graduation. On May…

Quince Orchard Athletic Fields Getting a Makeover

When Quince Orchard High School’s fall sports athletes return to school to begin workouts in August, many of them will have new, Bermuda grass practice fields to train on. That’s the goal of an ambitious, almost $75,000 makeover of the…

Ty Williams’ Remarkable Graduation Walk

As a star Quince Orchard High School running back from 2010-12, Ty Williams often seemed unstoppable. A typical Ty Williams run involved broken tackles, defenders bouncing off or getting stiff-armed, and Ty determinedly dragging one, two, three and more would-be…

QO Boys Lacrosse, Baseball End Their Seasons at Regionals

Quince Orchard’s boys’ lacrosse team found themselves in a familiar position against a familiar opponent in this year’s state playoffs, making it to the regional finals against longtime nemesis Churchill. But for the third time in the past four years,…