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Jenkins, No. 9 Gonzaga roll past Riverside

January, 14, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Kris Jenkins is used to being the little big man who’s got to contend with the human skyscrapers night in and night out.

At 6-foot-5, Jenkins, a junior forward at Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.), isn’t going to win a jump ball or fly over his defender for a monster slam, but by the end of the game he finds different ways to outplay his man.

“I’m just really confident in my abilities on the court,” Jenkins said. “I think the game through and I find weaknesses that I’m able to expose. That’s worked for me my whole career.”

It worked again Saturday.

Jenkins scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles, ranked No. 9 in the POWERADE FAB 50, past No. 50 Riverside (Reserve, La.) 77-65 at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Nate Britt chipped in with 16 points and Ricardo Gathers led Riverside with 22 points and eight rebounds.

“It’s another great win for our team,” said Britt, a junior point guard who is committed to North Carolina. “We just came out and forced the tempo and the best part was we finished even stronger than we started.”

Jenkins got going early, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first half to give the Eagles a 36-29 lead at the half.

The Eagles shot 66 percent in the second half and forced 12 turnovers to secure the comfortable win over the Runnin’ Rebels.

Britt said that three years ago when the Eagles won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference they went in to conference play undefeated.

“It’s just like our scenario this season,” Britt said. “I really feel like wins like these over great competition gives us the confidence we need to make it happen this year.”

Added Jenkins: “We really believe that this is the year that we win it. This win just builds us as a team.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.

Friendship Collegiate's Albert Reid named Gatorade POY in D.C.

December, 1, 2011
Friendship Collegiate running back Albert Reid was named Gatorade D.C. Football Player of the Year this morning.

Reid, a senior, tallied more than 1,700 rushing yards and reached pay dirt 17 times to help the Knights to a 9-1 mark this fall. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder has pledged to play at West Virginia next season.

For a breakdown on Reid's award, click here.

Greater D.C. football playoff primer

November, 11, 2011
We sifted through this week’s slate of playoff games and keyed in on four contests you should check out.

DeMatha (6-3) vs. Gonzaga (7-3)
Gonzaga bounced back from a three-game losing streak to win its final five contests, including a 17-9 win against a battered DeMatha squad, to secure the No. 2 seed and a home game in the WCAC tourney. DeMatha has endured a roller coaster season but with a win it can return to the WCAC finals for the eighth straight fall.

H.D. Woodson (6-4) vs. Coolidge (7-2)
Coolidge has seen enough of Woodson's DCIAA dominance and are hoping to knock off the reigning champs en route to a berth in the Turkey Bowl. Coolidge had its five-game win streak snapped in OT by Dunbar last week but looks to rebound behind a passing attack piloted by Femi Bamiro (19 total TDs). He will do his best to avoid Woodson corner Kenny Crawley, a ball-hawking Tennessee recruit who also has contributed six TDs on offense.

Lake Braddock (6-4) vs. Oakton (8-2)
The Cougars didn't have the type of finish you want heading into postseason play. Oakton dropped decisions to Westfield and Centreville by a combined score of 77-24. They can take a step in the right direction by beating a Lake Braddock squad, which has struggled in its first season after QB Michael Nebrich graduated. The Bruins ended the regular season on a high note, rebounding from back-to-back losses with a three-game win streak to grab the six seed.

Suitland (9-1) vs. Wise (9-1)
These two squads have been playoff regulars in Class 4A action in recent years, and each has a legitimate shot at the state crown. Suitland is tough to stop once senior Nyema Washington gets in sync with his receivers and junior Anthony Squire starts churning out tough yards on the ground. As usual, Wise is powered by a stingy defense and a strong rushing attack. Uriah Bethea and Chase Powell lead the effort on offense, while the defense has held seven opponents to single digits.

All-Area Hoops: Greater D.C.

November, 8, 2011
See all 51 All-State teams.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Greater D.C.

We’ve broken down the top 20 local players into four teams based on their talent, and included several other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

Click the following links for a list of the top senior basketball recruits in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

First team

G: Nate Britt II, Gonzaga, 6-1/165, Junior
Reigning Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year and this month’s cover.

G: James Robinson, DeMatha, 6-3/195, Senior
Pitt recruit helped Stags repeat as WCAC champs last year.

F: Justin Anderson, Montrose Christian, 6-6/215, Senior
Superior finisher above the rim; committed to Virginia.

F: Jerami Grant, DeMatha, 6-7/190, Senior
Exceptional perimeter defender will play for Syracuse next winter.

F: Ishmail Wainright, Montrose Christian, 6-5/205, Junior
Averaged a near double-double playing in Missouri last winter.

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Final regular season football rankings

November, 7, 2011
Six local squads finished the fall unbeaten, led by No. 1 Good Counsel. The Falcons were rarely tested this season and went wire-to-wire at No. 1. Westfield and Quince Orchard round out the top three, while Hylton, Roosevelt and Old Mill all finished with perfect records. Those marks will be put on the line when the postseason begins later this week.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated Carroll, 35-0 (last week No. 1)
2. Westfield — defeated Herndon, 63-7 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Magruder, 48-0 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Roosevelt, Suitland ready to battle for No. 1 seed in region playoffs

November, 4, 2011
If you're not ready for this week's games yet, check out the video above as ESPNHS's Phil Murphy takes you through Westfield's upset over Centreville in his Weekly Update. Then keep reading for a look at this week's top games.

No. 7 Eleanor Roosevelt (9-0) at Sutland (9-0) — Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
This contest will settle the top seed for the 4A South Region playoffs. Roosevelt swept the series last season, winning in Week 10 then bouncing Suitland from the playoffs with a 20-14 victory two weeks later. The Rams are out for revenge and will look to QB Nyema Washington (County-best 1,574 yards and 13 TDs) to lead the way. He forms a nice 1-2 combo with senior RB Anthony Squire, who has found the end zone 15 times. Roosevelt counters with its own duo of QB Shawn Petty and WR Tyrone Temoney. Petty has accrued nearly 1,500 total yards and 12 scores, while Temoney is his main target with 19 catches and six TD grabs.

No. 10 Bullis (8-1) Episcopal (3-4)
Senior RB Kevin Jones hopes to power the Bulldogs to their first IAC crown with a win tonight.

Gonzaga (6-3) at St. John's (4-4) — Saturday
The Eagles could lock up second place in the WCAC tourney with a win over the Cadets.

Oakton (8-1) at No. 4 Centreville (8-1)
Centreville looks to capture a two seed in the Division 6 Northern Region tourney, while Oakton hopes to head into the postseason with some momentum.

Westfield gets by Centreville to move to No. 2

October, 31, 2011
Westfield survived a rally by Centreville and recovered a late fumble to upend then-No. 2 Centreville, 13-10 in OT. The contest had major ramifications on this week's rankings as Centreville drops out of the No. 2 spot for the first time in several weeks, falling to No. 4. Westfield slides into the vacated spot at No. 2 followed by undefeated Quince Orchard.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated O'Connell, 54-19 (last week No. 1)
2. Westfield — defeated Centreville, 13-10 OT (last week No. 4)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Gaithersburg, 35-0 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Week 9 Games of the Week

October, 28, 2011
Here's are three matchups to keep an eye on this weekend:

No. 8 Friendship Collegiate (7-1) at H.D. Woodson (5-3)
Three-time defending DCIAA champ H.D. Woodson looks to make a statement when it hosts one-loss Collegiate. Watch out for the defensive backs in this one. Woodson's Kenny Crawley is a game-changer at corner and has committed to Tennessee, while junior Jalen Tabor is a ballhawk in Collegiate's secondary and is coming off a three-TD effort last week.
Pick: Friendship Collegiate

No. 4 Westfield (8-0) at No. 2 Centreville (8-0)
You better arrive early if you want a seat for this marquee matchup between undefeated top five teams. Westfield has dominated the series in recent years, including a 35-14 drubbing at home last season. Centreville's calling card this fall has been its impenetrable defense, which has allowed a paltry 82 yards and has the star power to wreak havoc on the area's most-prolific attacks.
Pick: As much as I want to roll with Centreville, I'm going to heed the advice of ESPNHS Multimedia Editor and Virginia native Phil Murphy and picking Westfield in an upset.

Damascus (7-1) at Seneca Valley (7-1)
The Zach Bradshaw show rolls into Seneca Valley for a late-season tilt with the rival Screaming Eagles. The junior receiver has ignited a Hornets' attack that has scored 97 points in three contests since being held to three in a loss to Sherwood. RB James Jones-Williams (985 yards, nine TDs) and Seneca Valley would love to exact some revenge after last season's six-point loss at Damascus.
Pick: Damascus

Bullis, Old Mill make their debut in this week's FB rankings

October, 24, 2011
We want to welcome Bullis and Old Mill to the rankings. A quick look at each team will show you that these teams are getting it done on the ground. Bullis features the area's top rusher in senior back Kevin Jones, while Old Mill has a power rushing attack powered by Rob Chesson. Both teams appear to be among the contenders in the playoffs. The top eight teams remained the same other than Eleanor Roosevelt leapfrogging Friendship Collegiate. This week's big matchup will pit No. 2 Centreville against No. 4 Westfield.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated St. John's, 28-14 (last week No. 1)
2. Centreville — defeated Chantilly, 38-13 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Clarksburg, 21-14 2OT (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Battlefield-Broad Run highlights weekend's best FB action

October, 20, 2011
We take a look at four of the weekend's top contests in this week's edition of Games of the Week.

Battlefield (6-2) at No. 9 Broad Run (6-1)
Battlefield rebounded from its loss to Osbourn by routing Freedom-South Riding, 35-0, last week. They will look to maintain momentum as they travel to Broad Run this week. The two-headed attack of Michael Tolliver and Andrew Smith has fueled Battlefield’s rushing attack, while Ryan Swingle has made opposing DBs pay with nine TDs through the air. Broad Run has been in the top 10 discussion all season long and has won back-to-back games after losing to Stone Bridge. Senior QB Connor Jessop has three multiple TD games and passed for 246 yards and a pair of scores last week.
Pick: Brad Run — The Spartans’ vaunted passing attack could be the difference in this one.

No. 2 Centreville (7-0) at Chantilly (5-2)
These two Concorde District rivals will settle things on the field this weekend after splitting a pair of games last season. Centreville outlasted Chantilly in a double OT thriller last fall then fell to their rivals later in the playoffs. This year, Centreville has ridden its defense and high-octane offense to a No. 2 showing in the POWERADE Greater D.C., while Chantilly is reeling after consecutive losses to Westfield and Oakton.
Pick: Centreville — This defense is equipped to slow down Chantilly’s run-heavy attack.

North Point (6-1) at No. 7 Friendship Collegiate (6-1)
The Knights take a break from their out-of-state schedule to host a tough North Point team that has held opponents to 52 points this fall. Collegiate RB Albert Reid (WV recruit) is one of the area’s toughest backs to bring down and has already topped the 1,200 yard mark this season.
Pick: Collegiate — With Reid and Eddie Goldman, the Knights have too many weapons for North Point.

Seneca Valley (6-1) at Gaithersburg (4-3) — Saturday
Three straight losses has cast some concerns around Gaithersburg, while Seneca Valley is hot, outscoring its last two opponents, 80-0.
Pick: Seneca Valley — They have been a consistent team this season and their offense is among the area’s most prolific attacks.

Montrose earns top billing in preseason hoop rankings

October, 19, 2011
Montrose Christian already fielded a loaded roster with the return of seniors Justin Anderson and Kevin Larsen. The addition of former Missouri standout Ishmail Wainright catapults last year's NHSI winners into the national championship discussion. Stu Vetter's troops open the season at No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and tops in Greater D.C. play.

Joining them in the national rankings are WCAC heavyweights DeMatha (No. 13) and Gonzaga (No. 19). Each team boasts a playmaking point guard with DeMatha featuring Pitt commit James Robinson and Gonzaga returning reigning Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year Nate Britt II. Paul VI is the top team in Virginia, while 4A champ North Point leads the way for Maryland Public Schools.

The top three teams at the start of the season look like this:
1. Montrose Christian
2. DeMatha
3. Gonzaga

Here's a closer look at the area's top hoop teams.

Oakton debuts, Chantilly drops out of Week 7 football rankings

October, 17, 2011
We're nearing the final lap in the 2011 season and the top five teams appear locked into their respective spots. Neither Good Counsel nor Centreville have been tested much this season and Quince Orchard, Westfield and Stone Bridge have all been dominant in recent weeks. The one new team to the mix is No. 10 Oakton, which knocked Chantilly out the rankings with a 21-14 victory last week.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated McNamara., 35-0 (last week No. 1)
2. Centreville — defeated McLean, 42-7 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Richard Montgomery, 44-0 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Football pick 'em for Week 7

October, 13, 2011
There are several intriguing contests going down in Greater D.C. this weekend, and we're going to do our best to predict the winners of five of the best matchups. Throw us some feedback in the comments section or tweet your picks to @ESPNHSAuguste. We'll try and highlight a few of the top comments in next week's edition. Here we go.

Oakton (6-0) at No. 9 Chantilly (5-1)
Oakton has had the edge in this matchup with three wins in the last four games. Chantilly creeps closer to evening things out after they win this one.
Pick: Chantilly, 35-24

C.H. Flowers (5-1) at No. 8 Eleanor Roosevelt (6-0)
Shawn Petty has been a beast finding the end zone. Expect more of the same this week.
Pick: Roosevelt, 42-31

DeMatha (3-2) at St. John’s (4-2)
Upset alert. We highlighted this game in the October mag because it will mark St. John’s QB Ben Onett’s first contest against his former teammates. The Stags’ defense will make it hard on him, but we can’t go against the Cadets, who have been playing inspired ball since dropping their first two games.
Pick: St. John’s, 24-14

McLean (4-2) No. 2 Centreville (6-0)
Centreville’s defense is too tough to score on. McLean will learn that the hard way.
Pick: Centreville, 42-14

Osbourn (5-2) at No. 10 Broad Run (5-1)
Derril Thomas has scored two or more times in each of the last four games. Look for him to continue that streak in a winnign effort.
Pick: Broad Run, 35-14

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

The Wise guys are looking up in this week's Greater D.C. Stock watch

October, 12, 2011
It's All-Area Stock Watch time again when we put the area's top teams and players under a microscope to see who is Doin' Work by meeting or exceeding expectations and who is Falling Back by failing to live up to their individual hype or team ranking.

Doin' Work — Wise
Losing a player the caliber of senior RB Uriah Bethea might cripple some offenses, but the Pumas were able to tread water without him to keep pace with No. 8 Eleanor Roosevelt in Prince George's County play. With Bethea sidelined by a high ankle injury, junior Chase Powell stepped up with a pair of 100-yard efforts as Wise beat Bowie and Northwestern by a combined score of 51-22. Wise has a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch and with Bethea rounding back into his preseason All-Area form, look for this team to make a deep run in the postseason.

Falling Back — Urbana
It's hard to get a read on just how good the 2011 Urbana Hawks are. The team appeared to have things in order after a surprising opening-season loss to Westlake by outscoring Westminster and Century 85-14 to move to 2-1 on the fall. The roller coaster year continued, though, as they dropped the next two games to fall under .500. Last week's win at Thomas Johnson pulled Urbana's record to an even 3-3 with four games to play (three on the road). The road to a repeat in Class 4A will be tough, but having ESPN All-Area senior DL Colton Kmetz and senior QB Michael Spahr around should help elevate the play of the team down the stretch.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Westfield beats Chantilly to jump to No. 4 in Week 6 FB rankings

October, 10, 2011
Losses by Friendship Collegiate, DeMatha and Chantilly shook up the top 10 in this week's installment of the POWERADE Greater D.C Football Rankings. Good Counsel's 35-21 victory over the Stags knocked DeMatha out of the top 10. With the win, the Falcons soared to No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Collegiate fell for the first time to New Jersey Power Bergen Catholic and tumbled to No. 7, while Westfield's win over Chantilly propelled the Bulldogs to No. 4. New to the rankings is No. 10 Broad Run, which will face a tough test against Osbourn Friday night.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated DeMatha., 35-21 (last week No. 1)
2. Centreville — defeated Robinson, 41-14 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Whitman, 31-10 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.