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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/14/2010

Summer Camps for 2010

The kids are puttin' down those pencils and getting ready for SUMMER. A new blog with info on summer SPORTS CAMPS in the D.C. region. Click the link HERE

By Dave Yanovitz  |  June 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Boys' basketball , Football , Girls' basketball , Summer camps , baseball , boys' soccer , girls' soccer  
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Posted at 3:05 PM ET, 03/19/2010

R.I.P. William Brockenberry

William Brockenberry, one of the most unlikely standout quarterbacks in the history of D.C. high school football, who subsequently did yeoman’s work coaching Ballou’s girls’ basketball, volleyball and softball teams for more than a decade, died Thursday morning from complications following heart surgery. He was 45.

According to his cousin, McKinley boys’ basketball coach, Eric Brockenberry, William underwent scheduled heart surgery Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, but complications arose afterward.

“He just never recovered,” Eric Brockenberry said. “I can’t believe he’s gone.”

Built like a lineman at 6-feet-5 and weighing as much as 280 pounds during his All-Met career at Dunbar, William Brockenberry was among the most highly-touted players in the country before graduating in 1982. But since no other quarterback was built like him, colleges didn’t recruit him at that position, and Brockenberry didn’t want to change positions. He wound up playing quarterback at Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, a Division II school, where he was named all-conference.

Brockenberry had an NFL tryout in 1986 with the Indianapolis Colts before giving football one last hurrah with a semi-pro league for nearly a decade. He subsequently worked for the District’s Youth Services Administration and once said he found his calling working with teenage athletes.

Brockenberry was a fixture at Ballou athletic events over the past decade. He was outgoing and always quick to joke with his company and slow to praise himself. While discussing his girls’ basketball team a couple of years ago, Brockenberry said, “I’m gotten my press, so you don’t have to write about me. Write about my kids.” While discussing his girls’ basketball team a couple of years ago, Brockenberry said, “I’m gotten my press, so you don’t have to write about me. Write about my kids.”

Brockenberry was not retained this year at Ballou, and served as the dean at Hart Middle School in Southeast.

By Alan Goldenbach  |  March 19, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ballou , DCIAA , Dunbar  
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Posted at 2:12 PM ET, 03/ 1/2010

Indoor Track: Gonzaga, Coolidge shine at Mid-Atlantic

It seems like every season--whether during cross-country, indoor track or outdoor--Billy Ledder can be counted on for at least one especially fast time.

This indoor season is no different. Ledder won the 800 meters at the Mid-Atlantic Track Classic on Sunday in 1 minute 52.81 seconds, the fastest time in the country this season.

“I’m not really a morning person and that race was at 10 a.m.,” said Ledder, a senior at Gonzaga. “I was just trying to wake myself up.”

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By Carl Little  |  March 1, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coolidge , Cross-Country , Gonzaga , Sidwell Friends  
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Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 02/22/2010

DeMatha tops Gonzaga, 73-69, behind Victor Oladipo's 26 points

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer

Victor Oladipo provides plenty of highlight-reel dunks for second-ranked DeMatha. But on a team loaded with offensive firepower, he usually focuses more on other aspects of the game — such as rebounding, blocking shots and playing defense — than trying to be a prolific scorer.

But with the Stags in an unusual predicament Monday night — blowing a big lead and then trailing in the second half with star guard Quinn Cook on the bench in foul trouble — Oladipo helped fill the void created by Cook’s absence.

The Indiana-bound Oladipo scored eight of his career-high 26 points in the fourth quarter as DeMatha rallied for a 73-69 victory over top-ranked Gonzaga to wrap up the top seed in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs before 1,500 at Trinity University.

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By Camille Powell  |  February 22, 2010; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Boys' basketball , DeMatha , Gonzaga , WCAC  
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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 02/15/2010

More from Private School indoor track

Carl Little has some interesting nuggets from Saturday's Georgetown Prep Private School Invitational. Check out his full Sunday story here.

By Carl Little  |  February 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DeMatha , Gonzaga , St. Albans  
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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Indoor Track: the DCIAA's marathon meet

There was a full slate of events contested at the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track and field championships on Monday, and marathon wasn’t one of them. But that’s exactly what they got at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Several coaches said they arrived at the Landover facility around 10:30 that morning and, although the meet was scheduled to end at 7 p.m., didn’t leave until closer to 9.

In a way, the meet continued until Thursday when scoring was finally finalized and team champions were crowned. A deep Dunbar girls’ team breezed to its fourth straight title by 170 points, followed by H.D. Woodson and Coolidge. Coolidge won the boys’ championship over H.D. Woodson and Dunbar.

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By Carl Little  |  February 5, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Posted at 8:29 PM ET, 02/ 2/2010

Ice Hockey: IAC Rematch Goes Landon's Way

For the second time in less than a week, No. 1 Landon and No. 6 St. Albans met on the ice, this time at Fort DuPont in the District. But this game was much closer than last Wednesday's 7-1 Landon win. The top-ranked Bears got a goal three minutes into the final period from freshman David Lachner to open up a two-goal lead, held off a pesky Bulldogs rally spearheaded by Eric Sade's goal with 70 seconds to play, and triumphed, 4-3.

Landon led 3-0 in the second period on goals by Graham Shue, Will Joyce and Nick Malone, but St. Albans fought back to within 3-2 later in the period with goals from Sean Heaslip and Will Stabler.

Early in the third, Lachner made the play of the game. He split two St. Albans defenders, and then while falling down roofed a shot over the shoulder of St. Albans goalie Chris Smith to make 4-2. Smith had 30 saves in the game, while Landon goalie Connor Jones had 15.

With just over a minute left, St. Albans' Austin Palmer fed Sade for a goal to pull within, 4-3, leading to a frenetic finish in which St. Albans pulled its goalie and got off several shots on Jones. But the senior netminder was up to the task and preserved the win.

Landon (16-2-2) wraps up its season against Good Counsel on Friday, while St. Albans (10-7-2) hosts Baltimore's Mount St. Joseph on Thursday to end its season. The IAC tournament begins next Wednesday, followed by the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League playoffs on Feb. 15

By Dave Yanovitz  |  February 2, 2010; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ice Hockey , Landon , MSHL , St. Albans  
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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/ 2/2010

Gonzaga hires football coach

Aaron Brady, an assistant coach at Landon the past two seasons, has been hired as Gonzaga’s new football coach. He succeeds Joe Reyda, who resigned in December but remains the Northwest Washington school’s athletic director.

“There is so much history at Gonzaga, it’s a storied program and a good academic place,” Brady said. “Obviously, they’re in the best league in the area. I’m very excited about that and the opportunity to compete in the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference]. I want to be at the highest level I can. They’re committed to winning and that league is not easy.”

Brady, 33, previously was the head coach at Bullis for two seasons, guiding the Bulldogs to a 4-16 record in 2006 and 2007.

By Josh Barr  |  February 2, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Football , Gonzaga  
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/28/2010

James Tillerson, 1939-2010

Former Theodore Roosevelt football coach James Tillerson died last night after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 70.

After serving as an assistant for two seasons, Tillerson took over the Rough Riders in 1969. During a 12-year span from 1973 to '84, Tillerson guided Roosevelt to seven appearances in the Turkey Bowl, winning three times (1974, ’76, ’79). Only Willie Stewart, Bob Headen and Craig Jefferies have coached on more Thanksgivings than Tillerson.

Tillerson also led Roosevelt to a 41-7 victory over St. John’s in the last City Title football game in 1974. He stepped down after the 1993 season.

In 2008, after Roosevelt’s field was renovated, the school dedicated it in Tillerson’s name. Last November, more than 30 former All-Met Roosevelt players attended a luncheon in Tillerson’s honor.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

By Alan Goldenbach  |  January 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCIAA , Football , Theodore Roosevelt  
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Posted at 11:10 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Ice Hockey Notebook

Reversal of Fortune For St. Albans
A year ago, St. Albans was mired in a 10-game losing streak for seven weeks and finished the season 5-14. But this year, the No. 6 Bulldogs are the surprise of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League, going unbeaten in January until a 7-1 loss to No. 1 Landon on Wednesday.

Last Friday was the team’s watershed triumph, a 1-0 win over defending MAPHL champion Calvert Hall in which junior goalie Chris Smith (23 saves) and defensive stalwarts Eric Sade, Sean Heaslip and Will Stabler held off Calvert Hall for 44 minutes, preserving Dan Sade’s goal in the game’s second shift.

“Walking out of that rink with the win, now I think they believe they can get over the hump,” St. Albans Coach Dan Ryan said. “For our guys to hang on for 44 minutes gave them some confidence.”

Several factors have contributed to the complete turnaround. Freshman forward Taylor Dremluk has provided an offensive spark; defenseman Stabler is back after spending most of last hockey season studying abroad. Smith, a kicker on the football team, is healthy now that a football-related injury has healed; scoring is up, led by Henry Sisson and Ryan Dougherty, who had hat tricks in wins over O’Connell and Bullis this past week.
The next seven days will be grueling for the Bulldogs, who face No. 2 Georgetown Prep, Landon once again, and Mount St. Joseph to wrap up the regular season. Those teams are a combined 29-11-4.

Vikings Topple Defending State Champions
Whitman found itself trailing league rival and two-time defending league champion Wootton last Friday after Patriots junior Josh Bretner scored less than four minutes into the game, but the Vikings responded in a big way. Zach Wolfe, Seth Butler, Dan Berman, Nick Girard, and Lucas Karron scored consecutive goals spanning the first and second periods, and by the time the barrage was over, the Vikings had secured an eventual 6-2 victory that forged a first place tie with Wootton and Churchill in the MSHL Montgomery Division.

Butler’s goal came on the power play, and there were plenty of extra-man situations: the game featured 17 minor penalties (mostly cross-checking, roughing and interference), 10 against Wootton, seven against Whitman.

Whitman had come close to beating its county rival the past two seasons, but, in the words of Coach Thomas Sneddon, "could never quite close the deal". Sneddon reminded his players that while this regular-season win was satisfying, there is still much hockey to be played -- perhaps even against Wootton in the playoffs, which begin mid-February.

"They are still the champs, it wasn't a playoff game and until someone takes them out of the playoffs they are still the favorites to win the whole thing," said Sneddon. "We like where we are positioned right now in the standings, We think we are playing some of our best hockey now coming down the stretch."

Whitman outshot Wootton 34-16 and held Bretner, one of the MSHL's most talented players, to just one goal. He came into the contest averaging three goals per game. the Vikings finish the season against Walter Johnson on Friday and Damascus on Feb. 5.

By Dave Yanovitz  |  January 27, 2010; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ice Hockey , MSHL  
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