Category: Sports

Quince Orchard Unbeaten But Wants to Get Better

Photo | Mac Kennedy QO’s Ryan Barnes (no. 11) tackles a Gaithersburg ball carrier while teammate Frank Yagaka (no. 22) comes flying in to help. Barnes returned an interception for a touchdown during the Sept. n QO FOOTBALL continues on page 15 20 game.

The defending state champion Quince Orchard football team has reached the point in their season where their toughest competition is with themselves and the goal of each game is not just winning, but also getting better. After winning their last…

QO Guts Out a Tough Win in Renewed Rivalry With Damascus

Photo | Mac Kennedy The Cougars take the field for last Friday night’s showdown with the Swarmin’ Hornets.

In a big game between big rivals whose big men received the biggest pregame attention, it was two of the littlest guys on the field who made the biggest plays for Quince Orchard in their 21-7 victory over Damascus in…

Sisters Hope to Help QO Golf Qualify for States

Photo | Courtesy of Kathleen Oristian Sisters Sophia and Grace Oristian have been holding down Quince Orchard’s Nos. 3 and 4 slots interchangeably and played in both of the team’s first two matches.

For two years, current Quince Orchard High School junior Sophia Oristian was the lone girl on the Cougars’ coed golf team. In fact, until Oristian’s arrival in 2017, only one girl had ever made it into the starting lineup for…

QO Football Starts Title Defense: ‘It’s a New Year’

Photo | Mac Kennedy The QO football team practices as they prepare to defend their Maryland 4A state title. Season opens Sept. 6 at Wootton, with home opener on Sept. 13 against Damascus.

It’s a different atmosphere around the Cougar Dome this year as the Quince Orchard football Cougars prepare to defend their Maryland 4A state championship. Gone are the hunger and frustration of a team twice defeated in the state final in…

QO Alum Andrew Ankrah Competing to Become a Redskins Player

Photo | Mac Kennedy Andrew Ankrah signs autographs for fans at Redskins training camp on Aug. 10.

For many young, football-playing boys in the Washington, D.C., area, growing up to play for the hometown Washington Redskins is a childhood dream. But for Andrew Ankrah, the Quince Orchard High School alum now trying to make the Redskins as…

Young Athletes Ready & Set to Run in the 5K

Photo | Pam Schipper On a hot evening in late July, Ready, Set, Run athletes and coach warm up in Bohrer Park.

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening since June 18, a dedicated group of young athletes has been training with Coach Dustin Campion to run in the Aug. 31 Kentlands/Lakelands 5K. The City of Gaithersburg’s Ready, Set, Run program, launched in 2014…

Quince Orchard Revamps Athletic Facilities

Since Quince Orchard High School opened in September 1988, eight tennis courts have been among the first sights visitors to the school take in upon entering the parking lot. That space has been reduced to a construction zone since the…

Sweet Swim Season for Neighborhood Teams

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Graduating senior Kentlands Kingfish swimmers Jack Ingrassia, Hannah Harnois, Margaret Lilyestrom, Bryan Gurcan, Emily Mann and Lindsey Thoms pose for team photos before the start of the second half of their meet with Stonebridge Sharks on July 13.

Eating, hanging out with friends, and swimming—lots of swimming: That’s the description of this year’s swim season. The Lakelands Lionfish ended this season with an astounding five dual meet wins and snagging a comfortable 3rd in their Relay Carnivals. Despite…

The Kentlands Kingfish Turn 25

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Dayna Ingrassia designed a 25th Anniversary Kentlands Kingfish float for the Kentlands Fourth of July parade.

It has been a special swim season for the Kentlands Kingfish as the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. Diane Dorney, former publisher of The Town Courier newspapers, founded the team along with Richard Swerdlow in 1994. Dorney cherishes…