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Maycol Nunez, Lucas Mendes lift Washington-Lee to Virginia 6A North boys’ soccer title

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One strike, one reckless rip at the target, was all it took to vindicate Maycol Nunez. After the gut-wrenching defeats in the region and state finals that capped his sophomore year and the gruesome leg injury that sundered his junior year, Washington-Lee’s goal-happy senior savored a delicious blast that wiped away all the pain at Yorktown on Monday night.

Racing down the right channel in the 60th minute, Nunez shook a defender, dribbled across the box and unleashed a rocket with his left foot — the same foot weakened by a vicious, leg-breaking slide tackle last spring — that bore through the air and into the top of the net to give Washington-Lee a two-goal lead in the Virginia 6A North region championship. The inch-perfect strike ended any hopes of a Yorktown comeback and propelled the Generals to a clinical 3-0 victory over their Arlington rivals, marking their first region title since 1972.

“Since last night I was thinking about those losses sophomore year,” said Nunez, who was the All-Met Player of the Year as a sophomore. “I hate losing, especially in the finals. Nobody wants to lose in those big games.”

Nunez spent Sunday night and Monday morning poring over game tape from his team’s previous meeting against Yorktown, a 3-2 upset on Washington-Lee’s home field two weeks ago in the Conference 6 title game. Nunez’s attacking partner, Lucas Mendes, did the same, trying to figure out how the upstart Patriots (11-6-3) handed his squad its first defeat of the season.

“We looked back on that first game and saw we came out flat,” Mendes said. “Me and Maycol didn’t combine well enough in the final third.”

Mendes and Nunez overcame that problem shortly after the opening whistle Monday night. The two seniors played a give-and-go on the left flank that saw Nunez’s leading pass creep just a bit too far for his streaking teammate, but Nunez later pointed to that sequence as the moment he knew things would be different. Continue reading Maycol Nunez, Lucas Mendes lift Washington-Lee to Virginia 6A North boys’ soccer title

Landon rallies late, then holds off Bullis for IAC baseball title

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The most clutch at-bat in a high school career full of them came with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Randy Bednar Jr. faced a full count, with his Landon team trailing rival Bullis by a run. Smelling blood, Bullis students jostled closer to an opening in the fence, ready to revel in the Bulldogs’ first Interstate Athletic Conference title on their home field Friday evening.

Bednar and Bullis closer Raffy Baumgardner battled. Bednar fouled off one pitch after another. Finally, the Maryland commit got what he wanted: a rising fastball down the middle that he sent soaring toward center for a run-scoring double, forcing extra innings. An inning later, Landon’s Matt Brady scored the decisive run on an error for a 5-4 win, spoiling Bullis’s party and giving the Bears (13-6) their first IAC baseball title since 2011.

As confident as the Bullis students were of a title, the Landon bench was more so in its belief in Bednar.

“We knew exactly what was going to happen,” said Brady, a senior. “We’re all confident in him. We told him before he went up there, ‘You hit a double, and we’re going to tie this game.’ ” Continue reading Landon rallies late, then holds off Bullis for IAC baseball title

Georgetown Prep’s Davis Lamb fires 4-under 66 to win IAC golf title

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Monday’s record-tying round at Chevy Chase Club began with a duck hook that settled underneath a towering oak tree. Georgetown Prep senior Davis Lamb followed his opening tee shot at the Interstate Athletic Conference championship with a 5-iron punch-out that skirted underneath a tree limb and careened over the green, leaving him staring at a potential bogey right out of the gate.

Yet the Notre Dame commit was unfazed.

“It happens to everybody, hitting a bad first tee shot,” Lamb said. “It’s not something you can let ruin your whole round.”

Lamb sank a hard-breaking, downhill 15-footer to save par, setting the tone for a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 66 that secured his first IAC individual title. His score tied former Georgetown Prep standout Kevin Vollmer’s IAC tournament-record 66 set in 2003, though Vollmer’s round took place on Shenandoah Valley Country Club’s par-72 layout. Continue reading Georgetown Prep’s Davis Lamb fires 4-under 66 to win IAC golf title

Largo storms back to stun Williamsport and claim the Maryland 2A state title

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TOWSON, MD. — With the game tied and the clock ticking down to 52 seconds, Chance Graham saw Largo’s title hopes flash before her eyes. Graham, the catalyst of a 16-point second-half comeback, had four fouls and was charging toward Williamsport center Olivia Coleman, who had been left alone under the basket and was rising up for a wide-open lay-in off the inbounds pass.

“I thought I was about to foul out of the game,” Graham said. “I was really scared.”

Graham swatted Coleman’s shot and grabbed the rebound. The senior forward then raced to the other end, absorbed a foul, hit her first free throw and missed her second. Teammate Jocelyn Manning snared the miss, and senior guard Amel Duggin hit two free throws with six seconds left to seal a 59-58 victory at Towson’s SECU Arena. The triumph marked Largo’s third state title and its first since 2007. Continue reading Largo storms back to stun Williamsport and claim the Maryland 2A state title

Potomac (Va.) boys’ basketball hangs on to edge L.C. Bird for second state title in three years

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RICHMOND — Five minutes before tipoff of Wednesday afternoon’s Virginia 5A state championship, Potomac Coach Keith Honore informed his starting point guard that he wasn’t playing. Elyjah Camp sprained his ankle during the Panthers’ quarterfinal against Norview four days earlier, relegating him to limited minutes during a two-point performance in Tuesday’s semifinal.

The junior playmaker begged his coach to at least let him warm up, and Honore eventually changed his mind. The next hour and 45 minutes rendered that one of the best coaching decisions he’s ever made. Continue reading Potomac (Va.) boys’ basketball hangs on to edge L.C. Bird for second state title in three years

Robert Tartt comes up big to help George Mason edge Graham

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For most of Saturday afternoon’s Virginia 2A state quarterfinal at Robinson, George Mason’s best player was rooted to a chair, chained down by foul trouble. Robert Tartt squirmed anxiously with only two points to his name as his teammates let a seemingly insurmountable 17-point lead over Graham melt into a tie game down the stretch.

Tartt promptly picked up his fourth foul near the start of the fourth quarter, but with the plucky visitors from southwest Virginia gaining steam, the unbeaten Mustangs could no longer afford to keep their top scorer on the sideline.

“I felt like I let them down,” Tartt said. “I needed to bring something and show something, especially since the other team was talking and saying I couldn’t do anything. It got me feeling some type of way.” Continue reading Robert Tartt comes up big to help George Mason edge Graham

South County’s defense steps up in Va. 6A North region win over Robinson

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Unbeaten South County rode into Saturday’s 6A North region semifinals on the wings of a high-powered offense that had yet to be slowed in 2015. Through 12 games, the Stallions’ relentless triple-option attack churned out gaudy averages of 43.7 points and 492 yards per outing. No one could keep up.

But when senior cornerback Kofi Bell snared an interception and galloped toward the end zone early in the fourth quarter in Lorton, it became clear that second-ranked South County was riding its unheralded defense to next week’s region championship. Bell and company picked up the slack for an offense that managed just two scores, lifting the Stallions to a 20-15 semifinal victory over No. 20 Robinson.

“We go out and make plays on the field every week, and that’s how it’s always been,” Bell said. “And now it’s finally being recognized.” Continue reading South County’s defense steps up in Va. 6A North region win over Robinson