Sports Wrap-Up: January 10-17


Jade Pinkowitz

Watkins Mill High School’s Wolverines face off against Damascus High School on January 15.

Boys Basketball

Boys varsity basketball lost a hard-fought match to Northwest High School’s Jaguars with an ending score of 41-62 on Friday, January 10. “We didn’t play to our full potential which hurt us, but we just have to get back in the lab and get better,” senior Antonio Brown said. Brown led the team by scoring 12 points.

“I’m very pleased with the buy-in from our guys,” coach Justin Jones said. “It’s always tough as a new coach to establish a culture and have guys grasp it quickly, but our guys have.”

The team jumped back into action on Monday, January 13 and beat the Rockville High School Rams with a score of 61-56. Senior Jordan Holland led the team with 19 points and junior Sidney Lebonzo added 14 points. “We just did a way better job of executing,” senior David Kokora said.

The team pulled off a dominating win against Damascus High School’s Hornets on Wednesday, January 15 with a score of 61-47. Holland once again led the team in scoring with 21 points and Kokora added 11 points.

“Our coaching staff has set a high standard both on and off the court,” Jones added. “We’re all locked in on achieving our goals and doing things the right way each day.” The boys face off against Magruder High School’s Colonels tonight at 7:15 at Magruder.

Girls Basketball

The lady Wolverines played against Northwest High School’s Jaguars on Friday, January 10 at Watkins Mill High School. The intensity of the game and the energy shown by the girls proved their dedication and drive to winning the game. The girls beat the Jaguars with a final score of 39-24.

“It was great, there was a lot of ball movement and we were running our plays and everyone was aggressive. Sometimes it came close, but then we ended with the win,” senior Adriana Amaya said.

On Monday, January 13 the Wolverines played a fierce game against Damascus High school. “We started off pretty aggressive to the point where we were actually tied with them,” Amaya added.  However, by the end of the game, the girls slipped away and lost to Damascus 67-44.

After a very tiring loss against Damascus High School, the girls played another intense game against Rockville High School on Wednesday, January 15 at Rockville. They lost 53-40 but played strong all the way to the end. “It was a good game [junior] Isis [Obolensky] scored 21 points. She was on fire,” Amaya said.

Coach Brian Johnson is hopeful for the rest of the season. “This season… we’ve has our ups and downs. The young ladies are working extremely hard, there’s just a lot of things that are new for them,” Johnson said. The girls face off at home tonight at 7:15 against the Magruder High School Colonels.


On Wednesday, January 15 the Watkins Mill High School wrestling team lost a well-fought battle against Quince Orchard High School’s Cougars. The ‘Rines will face off against the Magruder Colonels again on Saturday, January 18.

Swim and Dive

Watkins Mill High School Wolverines varsity coed swim team placed third in the tri-meet against the Paint Branch High School Panthers and the Springbrook High School Devils on Saturday, January 11 at the Germantown Aquatic Center.

Junior Diana Yanes outswam the Devils’ girls for first place in the 200 IM. “We did great, I felt like everyone was doing their best and we were very encouraging of each other,” senior Britney Isaacoff said.

The ‘Rines swim against Secena Valley High School’s Screamin’ Eagles and Northwood High School’s Gladiators on Saturday, January 18 at the Olney Swim Center.

Indoor Track

Watkins Mill High School’s indoor track team joined 17 other teams at Hagerstown Community College on Friday, January 10 for the Western Maryland Winter Classic. “My season has gone well,” sophomore Donovan Brown said, “but it’s like flying like a butterfly and then someone always stings you like a bee.” Brown won first place in the 300-meter event.

Senior Reggie McKinny took second place in the high jump event and senior Vanessa Sahiry gained a new personal record in the 55-meter dash.

“I’m excited for my kids to finish the championship meet and go to the 3A state championships on February 18,” coach Steve Schaired said. The next track meet will take place on Wednesday, January 22 at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

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