Category: Sports

Northwest Wins the One That Matters and Heads to States

Photo | Mac Kennedy Northwest defenders swarm to QO’s Marquez Cooper, who was bottled up all night as Northwest upset QO and advanced to the state finals.

When Quince Orchard beat Northwest five weeks ago in the regular season, all the QO coaches and players said the same thing: “We’ll play them again” in the playoffs, when it really mattered. They were right. And last Friday in…

Quince Orchard Fall Sports Postseason Roundup

Field Hockey Falls Just Short of First State Final Since 2007 After dropping two of their first three games this fall, the Cougars went back to the drawing board. After much self-reflection and reevaluation, Quince Orchard realized that moving another…

Northwest Fall Sports Postseason Notebook

Historic Boys’ Soccer Season Ends in Region Final The Jaguars’ goal at the start of every season is to win a state title, Coach Kert Mease said, and it’s a realistic one. Northwest, which has only posted on sub-.500 season…

First Win Over QO Since 2015 Sends Northwest to State Final

Photo | Phil Fabrizio Ajahni Terry finds a hole against QO’s defensive line and helped propel Northwest to a 22-13 upset win.

The storied Northwest-Quince Orchard football rivalry has been quite one-sided in recent history. Heading into their Class 4A state semifinal clash on Nov. 29, the defending state champion Cougars had won the teams’ previous six meetings dating back to 2015,…

Cougars Host Walter Johnson Rematch in Playoff

Photo | Phil Fabrizio QO QB Brian Plummer streaks toward the end zone for one of the Cougars’ many scores against Gaithersburg on Nov. 8.

Quince Orchard continues its football state title defense this Friday night with a second-round regional contest against Walter Johnson (WJ) at the Cougar Dome. QO—undefeated at 10-0 and the top-seeded team in the 4A West region—defeated WJ (8-2) by a…

Lakelands Woman Wins International Kettlebell Competition

Photo | Submitted Liz Ellie Vassaux won her division at the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation World Kettlebell Sport Championships held in Novi, Michigan, on Oct. 26.

It takes a certain mindset, an enviable mental tenacity that most can only strive for, to push oneself beyond his or her limits. With her shoulders burning, her forearms on fire, her glutes, core and back clenched, Lakelands resident Liz…

QO Girls’ Soccer Heading to State Playoffs

Photo | Quince Orchard Athletics Quince Orchard girls’ soccer became regional champs Tuesday night with a 2-0 win over Urbana.

Regional champions. For the second time in the last three years, the Lady Cougars are heading to the state playoffs. This time thanks to a 2-0 win against Urbana, a team they hadn’t played in two years. They got to…

Three Northwest Coaches Earn Maryland NFHS Coach of the Year Honors

Photo | Submitted Northwest High School football coach Mike Neubeiser is one of three Northwest coaches named Maryland National Federation of High School (NFHS) Sports Coach of the Year. He is joined by girls’ volleyball coach Stephanie Blake and boys’ and girls’ indoor and outdoor track and field coach Robert Youngblood.

There’s no question that coaching football under the lights on Friday nights is special, ninth-year Northwest High School football coach Mike Neubeiser said. Winning games is fun, and the experience of taking home a state championship is something players and…

Cycling Group Raises Funds for Veterans

Photo | Dave Parrish For former Kentlands resident Walter Ellenberger, Ride Allegheny 2019 was his 18th and last ride. Ellenberger will be focusing on Return to Goat Island, a kayaking and paddle-boarding event that raises funds for Operation Second Chance Delmar that started seven years ago in the beach community where he now lives.

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Kentlands residents rode their bicycles around the community for fun and exercise. In 2001, those men—Clark Wagner, David Baseheart, Dan Borten, Chris O’Brien and Walter Ellenberger plus Ellenberger’s father—opted to add a bit…