SPORT REPORT • BY TEIGHLER DOAK
There’s a cliché in sports that almost every athlete hears eventually: “Win, lose or tie, keep your chin up.” Last week, the athletes of Montgomery Blair High School showed the state of Maryland that following the old code isn’t a problem for them.
March 2 through March 3, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, held the 3A/4A Wrestling State Individual Tournament at Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland.
Chris Wells, a senior at Blair, earned a birth to the state tournament via a third place finish in the western regional tournament. Wells opened up his 132-pound state tournament slate in style by decking Milford Mills High School product, Jay Henderson, at the five minute and 32 second mark of the match. In the second round, Wells ran into the buzz saw that is Anne Arundel High School’s, Tyler Goodwin. Goodwin, the eventual state champion in the 132-pound division, pinned Wells 22 seconds into the match.
Following the loss, Wells rebounded with a 10-4 decision over Suitland High School’s, DeAndre Norman. Wells then advanced to the next round where he found Andrew Conine, Magruder High School, waiting in the wings. In a hard fought match, Wells was able to defeat Conine 5-3. Next up for Wells was a date with Malik Jackson of Wilde Lake High School. Jackson was able to down Wells by way of an 8-1 decision. With a tournament record of three wins and two loses, Wells qualified to wrestle for the fifth place podium spot. In the fifth place match, Wells was upended 4-3 by Leonardtown High Schools’ Alex Truitt. Wells walked away with a sixth place finish in the 132-pound division.
Wells finished his senior season at Montgomery Blair with an impressive 37-11 record.
The Montgomery Blair Girls Basketball Team was looking to keep their state championship aspirations alive last week.
On Monday, February 27, the girls battled Churchill High School in the second round of the Maryland State 4A Basketball Tournament. The Lady Blazers were able to send Churchill packing, defeating the Bulldogs by a final score of 60-47. In the victory, senior forward, Johanna Lopez, lead the team with 25 points. Senior guard, Myla Sapp chipped in with a 19-point effort.
In the “Sweet 16” portion of the tournament, the Lady Blazers were faced with the daunting task of defeating the undefeated and reigning state champion Gaithersburg High School Trojans. The Blazers and Trojans were familiar foes, having faced each other back on December 6. That game saw Gaithersburg roll to a 65-53 victory.
Unfortunately, the Blazers were not able to change the winds of fortune in the second go-around, as the powerful Trojans successfully ended Blair’s’ season by a final score of 64-42. In the loss, Lopez accounted for 20 of the teams’ 42 points. Senior, Erica Adarkwa contributed an eight-point night for her teammates.
Blair ends it’s remarkable 2011-2012 season with an overall record of 20-5 (9-1 in conference). The Lady Blazers’ season will always live on in the schools’ trophy case, as the team was able to capture a Montgomery County 4A East Division title in the regular season.
The Montgomery Blair 2011-2012 Winter Sports Season has now come to a close as the Bocce Ball Team and Boys Basketball Team also have ended their seasons. For more information on Blair Athletics and the upcoming spring sports season, visit: http://www.blairathletics.org/
Featured photo of Chris Wells courtesy Ross Wells.