Mike at the Movies

Beauty and the Beast (PG) ***** This may be the best film I have seen since “West Side Story” years ago. From the rapid opening, which morphs quickly into the story of the curse of the Beast, to the final,…

Rabbits, Chicks and New White Shoes

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Each child in Sunday School was given a pot of pansies on Easter morning.

Easter in Southwestern Missouri in the 1930s could be bitterly cold with even a late snowfall, or Easter Sunday might arrive with bountiful sunshine and pastel blue skies. In either event, snow or sunshine, we had brand new shiny white…

Cougars Open Season With Spring in Their Step

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Junior pitcher Garett Beloff throws out a runner at first after making a play on a hard grounder back to the mound, leading the Cougars to their third win of the season.

Baseball Last year the Cougars graduated 114 innings pitched on the mound, and returning players have a total of 125 plate appearances. QO lost eight seniors and have been working hard during the offseason on filling in where they left off.…

Northwest Softball Off to Historic Start

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The Jaguars won Saturday’s game against Sherwood, ending that team’s 105-game winning streak.

Two major question marks hung over the Northwest High School softball team entering 2017: How would the Jaguars recover from the graduation of former four-year starting pitcher Bridgette Barbour—one of the county’s best hurlers in recent history, who took Northwest…

NW Baseball Has ‘Modest’ Swag

Coach Todd Varesco was once told by a Montgomery County coaching legend, after leading the Jaguars to their first-ever state champion in 2012, that he would never win another season-ending title. The reason? “Baseball is unpredictable; you need the balls…

Familiar Face Returns to Lead NW Girls’ Lacrosse

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2012 graduate Tara Nicholas returns to Northwest to coach the girls’ lacrosse team.

A coaching change is typically followed by a sometimes lengthy transitional period. But the Northwest High School girls’ lacrosse team has skimmed right over that process, because the Jaguars’ new coach—2012 Northwest graduate Tara Nicholas—is already familiar with the program…

QO Rises Then Falls in Remarkable Run Through States

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Johnny Fierstein drives to the hoop for two of his 11 points in the state final against Perry Hall.

It’s too soon. It’s too soon for this season’s Quince Orchard boys’ basketball team to appreciate what they’ve accomplished. It’s too soon for them to understand that they galvanized the Quince Orchard community and earned the respect of coaches, players…

A Mother’s Rest Offers Respite

Usually, it’s Andrea Roberts’ father, Lee Faris, who’s making announcements. His familiar voice can be heard over the loud speakers during football season at Quince Orchard High School. Now Roberts has an announcement of her own. In January, the Gaithersburg…

Kentlands Day Kicks Off Soon

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Last year’s Kentlands Day Parade down Center Point Way featured community groups, politicians and local businesses, including Kicks Karate, the family martial arts and kickboxing academy located in The Shops at Potomac Valley.

The 9th Annual Kentlands Day is in the works and looking for volunteers. If you would like to help plan this popular event, set for Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., please contact event coordinator Jennifer Matheson at…