Sports Wrap-Up: January 31-February 6

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Jade Pinkowitz

Junior Joseph Crespo passes the ball to a teammate as Gaithersburg players move in on him.

Girls Basketball

The Watkins Mill High School Wolverines played an intense game on Monday, February 3 against the Gaithersburg High School Trojans. They played with aggression and intensity but sadly, despite the effort, the girls suffered a loss with a final score of 68-20. “I think we played very well, we hustled hard, and we never stopped and kept going,” junior Henrietta Amankwah said.

On Wednesday, February 5, the girls played Einstein High School. Even though the girls didn’t win, they believe they played well as a team and are continuing to learn more about their team’s abilities. “I think we played pretty well, the bond we have is really great, we just have to push each other a little harder,” senior Lanijh Gammaly added.

Boys Basketball

The boys faced off against Magruder High School on Friday, January 31, coming away with a 58-50 win. Senior captain Jordan Holland led the team in scoring with 22 points and senior Antonio Brown added 14 points.

The team pulled off an upset win against Gaithersburg High School on Monday, February 3 with a score of 65-55. Holland once again led the team in scoring with 18 points and senior David Kokora added 14 points. “We were the underdogs to win, but we knew that we had to come out for 32 minutes or more, we had the game plan and we just went out there and executed it,” Holland said.

The team pulled off their third straight win on Wednesday, February 5 against Einstein High School with the final score of 59-47. “We did a good job of playing well both ways by making plays on offense and making plays on defense,” Kokora said. 

The ‘Rines look to continue their win streak today at 5:30 against Northwood High School.

Wrestling

On February 4, Watkins Mill High School’s Wolverines suffered a devastating loss against the Blake High School Bengals with a score of 38-36 despite stand-out performances from senior captain Victor Kum and sophomore Marvin Rodriguez. “We just have to keep working, I know it will all pay off,” sophomore Precious Nfinyo said.

The Wolverines take on the Einstein High School Titans for their senior night at 2:30 on Saturday, February 8.

Swim and Dive

Watkins Mill High School’s coed varsity swim and dive team lost a hard-fought battle in divisionals and their senior night February 1 at Olney Swim Center. Seniors Anis Gribi, Miyah Hayes, Bryan Ventura, Adaly Asencio Veza, Selvin Cruz, and Britney Isaacoff competed in their final regular-season meet of their high school careers.

More than ten ‘Rines qualified for regionals and will compete on Saturday, February 15.

Indoor Track

The indoor track team faced off against 13 other schools at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex for the MPSSAA 3A West Regional Championships on Thursday, February 6.

Junior Donovan Brown took first place in the men’s 300-meters event as well as achieving a personal record of 36.42 in the same event. “I feel like I did a good job, every time my mom is there I do 100 percent better because she encourages me,” Brown said.

Sophomore Bryan Surichaqui achieved a new personal record in the men’s 800-meters event. Freshman Ella Rishell also achieved a new personal record in the women’s 300-meters event.

“I’m excited to see how fast I’m going to run at states,” Brown added. The next track event is on Tuesday, February 18 for the 3A MPSSAA State Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

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