Parkland Middle School Boys Basketball Finishes With Best Record in School History

Parkland Middle School Boys Basketball finished the 2024 winter season with a record of 5-1, the best record in the school’s history. Head Coach Brendan Flanagan and Assistant Coach Donald Fleming tell us, “We  are extremely proud of the whole team and the hard work they put into this year!”

This season had just four returning players– Derrick Bell, Chase Morris, Noah Severino and Maxwell Joshua. “These players guided and encouraged the new players to build a real sense of community. In the beginning of the season the team selected Noah and Maxwell to be the captains and lead them into season.” the coaches tell us. Coach Flanagan and Coach Fleming are stressing family while teaching these young men to be student-athletes. “All players worked hard in the classroom and worked hard in practice. This team looked out for each other on and off the court. The team would sit with each other at lunch and walk in the hallways together. The players even would meet on the weekend at the recreation gym to go over plays.”

In addition to the four returning players, this year Parkland added 8th graders Robera Higi, Zach Nguyen, Giovanni Smith and Jerry Udensi. They also added four new seventh graders– Osiris Puente, Solomon Stephen, Jonathan Wiltshire and Noah Mbaitoloum. “This season was full of tough battles against other teams but as we encouraged players to work as a unit they pushed each other to achieve their goals. Our team was led by the top scorer Maxwell Joshua and Noah Mbaitoloum. Solomon, Jonathan and Zach were ball handlers and locked the other teams up! Outstanding defense was played by Jerry, Osiris and Noah Severino!” Coach Fleming and Coach Flanagan would like to thank everyone who came out to support Parkland during their historic run.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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