New communication was sent out to the MCPS community by MCPS Athletics. The letter to the community can be seen below:

Dear MCPS Community:

As communicated by MCPS, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Now more than ever, we are calling on every member of our community to recommit to the procedures and protocols outlined in the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Plan. Here are some important program reminders, per guidance from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services:

●  All contests during Winter Break (December 23-January 2) have been cancelled; optional practices are allowed.

●  If a team has three or more active positive COVID-19 cases, all team activities must be paused for 14 days. The 14 days begins from the last exposure.

●  All stakeholders should be prepared to implement additional measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.


Reporting Positive Cases

Reporting will align with MCPS systemwide procedures. Additional team notifications will only be sent if a team is conducting optional practices over winter break.

1. Positive cases will be reported using the MCPS Reporting Form.

2. Student-athlete informs the head coach.

3. Head coach informs the athletics specialist. Team notifications will only be sent if a team is practicing over winter break.

4. The athletics specialist informs the director of systemwide athletics.

5. If necessary, team activities will be paused.


Say Yes to the Test – Consent to Both Random and Rapid COVID-19 Testing

One significant mitigation tactic in MCPS is random COVID-19 screening tests and rapid testing across grades. MCPS, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, is offering COVID tests to students at no cost. Testing requires parent permission to “Say Yes to the Test”.

Fill out the consent form

Learn more

Return to R.A.I.S.E. Plan Operations

The Return to R.A.I.S.E. Plan will continue to drive program operations in regard to COVID-19 procedures and protocols. The plan is reviewed on an ongoing basis by the COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics. The latest version is always available on the COVID-19 Athletics Information webpage.

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Communication and Resources

Our COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics will continue to evaluate and implement the latest safety measures. Updates and guidance from the Task Force will continue to be provided and are available on the COVID-19 Athletics Information webpage.

We appreciate your continued commitment and support. Specific questions should be directed to your school’s athletics specialist (AD), athletic coordinator (AC), or coach.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing winter break and joyous holiday season! Montgomery County Public Schools


The Montgomery County Varsity Volleyball Coaches have decided on their 2021 All-County teams.  Each varsity coach gets one vote in determining the County Player of the Year, 1st Team-All County, 2nd Team All-County and Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to all the girls selected this year!

Below are the selections:

Player of the Year:  Samantha Bolze / Sr / Setter-OH / Wootton
1st Team (listed alphabetically)
Ema Djordjevic / Fr / Opp / Richard Montgomery
Emily Genau / Sr / Opp / Damascus
Gwen Eustace / Sr / MH / Sherwood
Kristen Jennings / Jr / OH / Magruder
Lauren Smith / So / OH / Wootton
Maria Filippova / Jr / OH / Northwest
Pelin Altintas / Sr / Setter / Quince Orchard
Sophia Kluska / Sr /  OH / Sherwood
Vivi Liquorie / Jr / Setter / Churchill
Second Team
Bella Fenton / Sr / OH-L / Churchill
Bianca Gutierrez / Sr / OH / Quince Orchard
Giselle Kleinbussink / Sr / OH / Wootton
Isabella Neumann / Sr / OH / Northwest
Kaija Frassrand / Sr / Setter / Einstein
Madeline Schamaun / Jr / OH / Wheaton
Morgan Conner / Sr / MH / Sherwood
Wendy Liu / Jr / Opp-MH / Walter Johnson
Honorable Mention
Alexa Chambergo / Sr / L-OH / Kennedy
Camilla Galeano / Jr / Setter / Damascus
Celine Wu / Jr / Setter / Blair
Ela Karamete / Jr / Libero / Quince Orchard
Emma Weinstein / Sr / OH – MH / Blair
Grace Wu / Jr / Libero / Churchill
Hannah Ankerbrand-Ochoa / Sr / Setter / Clarksburg
Jessica Chen / So / Libero / Wootton
Joie Allen / Sr / OH / Magruder
Kelsey Alfaro/ Sr/  Libero / Poolesville
Landis Bernota / Sr /  OH / Damascus
Neve Norris / So / OH / Gaithersburg
Sage Barnedo / Sr / Setter/ Springbrook
Samanta Rodriguez / Sr / OH-L / Blair
Sammy Silins / Sr / Setter / Northwest
Sierra Evans / Jr / MH / Kennedy

Tiffany Moore / So / MH /  Seneca Valley


Featured Photo, courtesy of Scott Zanni, shows Player of the Year Samantha Bolze (Wootton)


Whitman Girls’ Soccer (14-2-1) has outscored opponents 55-2 since losing to Walter Johnson back in early October.

The team defeated Parkdale 13-0 in the State Quarterfinals before going on to beat fellow MCPS school Sherwood 8-0 in the Semifinals.

Last night Whitman played undefeated Broadneck (17-0-1), who squeaked past Quince Orchard 1-0 in the Semifinals, and won the State Championship by defeating them 2-1.

This is the the program’s first state championship since 2014 and fourth overall.

The team’s roster can be seen below:




As a D.C. suburb, Montgomery County plays a big role in helping make Washington D.C the 7th ranked “large sports city” in the country, according to a new report. While many have jumped ship on the Football Team, the Wizards fast start this season, and the recent success of the Capitals and Nationals has likely been helpful.

With NCAA athletes now able to make money from sponsorships using their name, likeness and image, potentially earning them thousands of dollars per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s Best Sports Cities.

To determine the cities where the game is always on regardless of season, WalletHub compared 392 small to large cities across the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

D.C. ranks 19th in terms of football and 24th when it comes to baseball, but is in the top ten for basketball (9th) and soccer (8th), while coming in 13th for hockey.

Best Large Sports Cities
1. Boston, MA
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. New York, NY
4. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Denver, CO
7. Washington, DC
8. Dallas, TX
9. Chicago, IL
10. Miami, FL


Best Midsize Sports Cities
1. Buffalo, NY
2. Green Bay, WI
3. Salt Lake City, UT
4. Orlando, FL
5. Glendale, AZ
6. Durham, NC
7. Ann Arbor, MI
8. Baton Rouge, LA
9. South Bend, IN
10. Norman, OK


Best Small Sports Cities
1. Clemson, SC
2. West Point, NY
3. Fayette, MS
4. East Lansing, MI
5. Tuscaloosa, AL
6. Hanover, NH
7. State College, PA
8. Buies Creek, NC
9. Stanford, CA
10. Morgantown, WV

Best vs. Worst

  • Cookeville, Tennessee, has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for a college football (FBS and FCS) game, $36.00, which is 31.9 times lower than in South Bend, Indiana, the city with the highest at $1,150.00.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, has the lowest average ticket price for an NBA game, $32.05, which is 3.9 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $125.43.
  • NHL fans in Pittsburgh are 28.1 times friendlier and more engaged than their New York counterparts.
  • Pittsburgh has the lowest average MLB ticket price, $20.75, which is 2.9 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $60.09.
  • Atlanta has the highest attendance rate for MLS games, 163.06 percent, which is 8.1 times higher than in Chicago, the city with the lowest at 20.04 percent.

To view the full report, please visit:


Below you’ll see the MoCo school games that will be played in the second round of the regional games in the Maryland state playoffs (public schools).

4A Games

Friday, November 12th at 6:30pm

5 Walter Johnson Wildcats @ 1 Quince Orchard Cougars

3 Churchill Bulldogs @ 2 Northwest Jaguars


4 Einstein Titans @ 1 Paint Branch Panthers

3 Laurel Spartans @ 2 Blair Blazers


4A/3A Games


5 Howard Lions @ 1 Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles

4 Springbrook Blue Devils @ 1 Sherwood Warriors

3 Magruder Colonels @ 2 Blake Bengals


3A Games

Friday, November 12th at 6:30pm

3 Damascus Hornets @ 2 Frederick Cadets


2A/1A Games



We’ll have updates of the scores as they come in on Friday night.


Below you’ll see the most recent updates or final scores of the week 9 MCPS football games. They’ll be updated as we receive them.

If a score isn’t listed, it’s because we didn’t receive a report from the game.

Thursday, 10/28

Clarksburg 6 at Quince Orchard 38

Poolesville 27 at Manchester Valley 37

Sherwood 23 at Magruder 7

Friday, 10/29

Blair 28 at BCC 19

Churchill 7 at Gaithersburg 35

Damascus 7 at Seneca Valley 10 (3:30pm)

Northwest 55 at Whitman 13

Northwood 0 at Einstein 46

Rockville 10 at Richard Montgomery 35

Springbrook 0 at Blake 7

Walter Johnson 27 at Wootton 8

Watkins Mill 0 at Paint Branch 54

Wheaton 0 at Kennedy 30

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The Clarksburg/Quince Orchard varsity football game has been moved to this evening.

A letter was sent out to the Quince Orchard communities alerting them of the change. It can be seen below.

“Attention QO Community!

Due to the significant rain forecasted for Friday and
into Saturday, the varsity football game vs
Clarksburg will be moved to Thursday, October 28 at
6:30 p.m.

This change has been approved by the
coaches, athletics specialists, and administrations at
both schools and allows the natural grass field at
Quince Orchard High School to host multiple playoff
events on Saturday (2 home soccer playoff games)
and Monday (home field hockey playoff game).

We appreciate the flexibility of both school communities to allow for the games for all sports to be played on the highest quality playing field possible.

Go Cougars!”


Below you’ll see the most recent updates or final scores of the week 8 MCPS football games. They’ll be updated as we receive them.

If a score isn’t listed, it’s because we didn’t receive a report from the game.

Quince Orchard 31 at Northwest 0 (4:30PM)

Blair 41 at Wheaton 6

Einstein 36 at Blake 13

Gaithersburg 7 at Clarksburg 8

Kennedy 0 at Poolesville 40

Magruder 28 at Watkins Mill 11

Northwood 0 at Rockville 42

Paint Branch 33 at Sherwood 0

Richard Montgomery 14 at Churchill 34

Seneca Valley 42 at Walter Johnson 7

Springbrook 27 at Damascus 48

Wootton 14 at Catonsville 17

BCC at Whitman (Saturday 2:30pm)


Below you’ll see the most recent updates or final scores of the week 7 MCPS football games. They’ll be updated as we receive them.

If a score isn’t listed, it’s because we didn’t receive a report from the game.

Blake 40 at Wheaton 8

Clarksburg 0 at B-CC 10

Damascus 34 at Rockville 17

Magruder 7 at Einstein 42

Northwest 22 at Seneca Valley 0

Paint Branch 57 at Northwood 0

Poolesville 26 at Churchill 34

Quince Orchard 51 at Gaithersburg 12

Sherwood 28 at Blair 26

Walter Johnson 32 at Richard Montgomery 47

Whitman 0 at Wootton 35

Winters Mill 12 at Springbrook 17

Watkins Mill vs. Kennedy (Saturday at 2pm, @Wheaton High School)


Tomas Minc, a junior at B-CC High School, is a member of the DMT (Double Mini Trampoline) National Team and will be competing next month , in November, at the 2021 World Trampoline & Tumbling Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tomas and his partner at that time, won the Synchronized Trampoline competition for their age group (13-14 y.o.) at WAGC (World Age Group Competition) in St Petersburg, Russia in 2018.

Per a 2018 KidsPost article, Tomas practices about 18 to 20 hours a week at the Rockville location of the Dynamite Gymnastics Center. If you’re unfamiliar with DMT, the same article describes it as when “a gymnast races down the runway, bounces on the front part of a trampoline, does a flip and lands on the back part of the trampoline and does another aerial trick.”

Prior to B-CC, he attended Westland Middle School, where he also played soccer.


Larry Hurd, current head coach of the Walter Johnson High School football team, will be inducted into the Quince Orchard High School hall of fame this evening.

Hurd, who attended Quince Orchard from 1988-1992, was a member of the state championship winning football team in 1991.

He won’t be able to attend the ceremony due to coaching obligations, but had the following to say:

“Good Morning Family and Friends,

Tonight, I will not be able to make the Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Quince Orchard High School football game due to coaching responsibilities at Walter Johnson, where I currently serve as the Head Football Coach. Please extend my most sincere thanks to Quince Orchard High School, the 1991 Football Team and all the fans and community members that supported us in our state championship journey of 1991. Thank you to the committee members for the selection. It is a true honor.

Congratulations to all of this years inductees and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at the banquet.

Larry Hurd Jr.
Quince Orchard High School


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