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The Greatest Game

Thomas Leonard ‘15 | Staff Writer |

 

The year was 1990. George H.W. Bush was the president, the Berlin Wall had just been torn down, Vanilla Ice was one of the most popular musical artists, and Bishop McNamara Football was on top of the world. Their dominant regular season run through the highly competitive Washington Metropolitan Athletic Conference (WMAC) gave the fans of the Mustangs one of the most exciting and rewarding seasons in the history of McNamara football.

    The season began with a convincing 33-14 win over Madison High School, which was followed by a difficult 13-31 defeat at the hands of Garfield High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. This would stand as the Mustangs’ only loss in this season, as the next three games got the season back on track as McNamara dominated Holy Cross, Robert E. Lee, and O’Connell high schools by an average margin of 24 points.

As the season continued, Bishop McNamara prepared for their impending matchup against their conference archrival, the Stags of Dematha High School. One of the most important moments of the season occurred before that game. This event is especially memorable to current Math Department Chair Mrs. Angelina Diehlmann LR ‘85 who was a teacher at the time.

She remembers that the entire school gathered together for a pep rally. At this rally, the students and teachers sat in silence as the captain of the football team intently told his players that they had more heart and wanted to win the game more than Dematha.

Mrs. Diehlmann said that as the entire school community sat, “So quietly you could hear a pin drop,” they understood just how tight-knit and passionate the football team was. According to her, it was at this moment that everyone knew that they would win the championship.

However, going into the final minute of that game, the Stags, leading 3-0, were poised to end McNamara’s championship hopes. Dematha had the Mustangs right where they wanted them with 20 yards to go on fourth down.

The ensuing play, which the 1990-91 yearbook referred to as,“The most dramatic play in McNamara football history,” was vividly described in the October 7, 1990 issue of the Washington Post. Quarterback Girardeau “Junior” Bynum ‘91 got the snap, and lateralled the ball to wide receiver Asim Penny ‘91. Penny then threw downfield to wide receiver Andre Martin ‘92 who never stopped running until he reached the endzone. This touchdown proved to be the final score in the Mustangs 7-3 upset of Dematha.

Current McNamara teacher Garry Imes ‘92 has fond memories of this signature win that occurred in his junior year. He remembers that after this victory, the school community knew that the Mustangs were championship bound.

Although this was not the final game of the Mustang’s year, in many ways, it represented the climax of the 1990 season. After the Dematha game, the Mustangs easily dispatched the rest of their opponents, ending with a 47-3 rout of the Good Counsel Falcons; a game that was emblematic of the season as a whole in terms of McNamara’s dominance.

Despite the manner in which McNamara easily beat their opposition that season, they were still considered to be underdogs. Mr. Imes remembers how other schools would come to McNamara with bigger players, larger coaching staffs, and more expensive budgets. Despite the advantages the other schools had, McNamara still showed that it was one of the best teams in the area.

However, 1990 marked the end of the WMAC, as the next season was the first season of the current WCAC. 1990 also marked the last time the Mustangs have won it all, but if that season proved anything, it proved that the success of a team is not based on the price of their uniforms, the accolades of their coaches, or even the size of the players. It’s based on their will to win. As for the success of the current football team, many believe history has a way of repeating itself.

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Baseball sweeps St. Mary’s, moves into WCAC championship

On May 8, 2012, the McNamara Baseball team defeated the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights to sweep a best-of-three series and move on to the WCAC Championship Series, where they will face the Paul VI Panthers. The Mustangs beat the Knights 5-0 in a complete, shutout game pitched by Connor Hax ’13. The Championship is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 11-13 at the University of Maryland and will be a best-of-three series as well. Photos by Matt Nunez ’12, Editor-In-Chief

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Boys Basketball Falls to Nationally Ranked DeMatha

Seniors honored as Mustangs lose their hard-fought season finale

Jelani Scott ‘12 |Staff Writer

 

The BMHS Varsity Boys Basketball team (13-15) came to play in their tough Senior Night game against the #2 ranked DeMatha Stags (25-3) but fell short, 60-38. Mustang and Stag fans alike packed into the BMHS Main Gym for last Friday night’s anticipated matchup and the energy was electric. The rival schools had previously faced on January 18th and the Stags took that matchup at Showplace Arena, 90-75, so the Mustangs were looking for revenge.

DeMatha took control early by winning the tip-off but McNamara was able to play some tough defense and deny the Stags the game’s first basket. DeMatha standout Jerami Grant ’12 scored the first point of the game, going 1-2 at the free throw line, and, shortly after, Guard Stephan Jiggets ’13 scored the first field goal of the game with a layup followed by an and-one foul shot, giving BMHS a 3-1 lead. The game got testy early on as Forward Damian Prince ‘13 committed a hard foul on Grant as he was driving to the rim and the crowd was up in arms over the call, some cheering and some not. The remainder of the quarter saw both sides continue to play tough D and miss easy shots as the Stags took the lead to end the quarter, 11-9.

In the 2nd quarter, the Stags came charging out the gate and go on a 5-0 run that saw standout junior BeeJay Anya have a rim-rattling dunk and a block, as well as a 3-point basket from Marcellous Bell ‘12 . The Mustangs saw they were losing the momentum and took the game’s first timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Jiggets was able to hit a 3 for the Mustangs and cut the lead to 4. However, Bell would hit two more 3-pointers and the Stags would outscore the Mustangs 15- 7 and command a 31-16 lead at halftime.

The 3rd quarter saw a new energy from the Mustangs as they attempted to make a comeback. Seniors Kelsey Jenkins and Erik Thomas were two of the contributors to this effort with two key plays. Jenkins had a big rebound and putback layup while Thomas displayed superb hustle as he was able to save the ball off a missed Stag shot and throw it to Kevin Robbins ‘13, who had a clear path, setting up an easy layup. This basket cut the lead to 9 as the Mustangs trailed 24-33 and outscored the Stags 8-2 up to that point. The momentum seemed to be on McNamara’s side until a monster alley-oop was thrown down by DeMatha’s Grant changed it a bit. Still, BMHS was able to outscore them 15-14 and the score was 31-45 to end the quarter.

In the 4th quarter, the momentum shift completely took effect as the Stags were able to outscore the Mustangs 15-7 to secure the win. Mustangs’ guard Jiggets was the leading scorer with 11 points while the Stags had four players in double figures. This game marked the end of the high school careers of forward Kelsey Jenkins (4 points) and guard Erik Thomas (1 point), whose families were in attendance. The Mustangs end the season with a 13-15 record and are ranked 6th in the WCAC. The Stags have one more game left as they will play a huge game on Sunday against the #1 ranked PVI Panthers.

(NOTE: In a bit of good news for McNamara fans, the Girls’ Basketball team was able to defeat Elizabeth Seton, 52-50, in Seton’s Senior Night game and improved their record to 17-11 to end their season).

Lady Mustangs Fall to Good Counsel

Anthony Brown ’12
Sports Editor

The Varsity Basketball Lady Mustangs were outplayed in their loss to the Good Counsel Lady Falcons on January 31, 2012, losing by double digits. Talking to Coach Gary Lee  before the game, he said that it’s very important that they have a good run in their last five games of the season and it would definitely set them up where they need to be at as far as the playoffs are concerned; also saying that they want to be in a position where they don’t play the top teams to start the playoffs.” The game started with turnovers from both teams but the Lady Mustangs were able to score the first points of the game with a three pointer by Chanice Lee’12 and then Good Counsel went on a hot streak and ended up with a 7 point lead by the end of the first quarter with a score of 25-18. In the second quarter, the onslaught continued with junior forward Amanda Fiorvanti ’13 doing damage in the paint area in that quarter and the entire game which weakened the Lady Mustangs defense and allowed Good Counsel to score points. The Good Counsel Lady Falcons were able take the Mustangs off their game and increased their lead to double digits with a halftime score  of 41-30. The Mustangs were 3 for 10 from the free throw line, had 6 turnovers and shot 42 percent from the field in the first half.
Good Counsel kept their great play up in 3rd quarter and the baskets didn’t stop coming.  The Mustangs did however show promise in their shooting and fast break play getting to the basket and trying everything to get back into the game.  The Lady Falcons didn’t allow their lead to crumble increasing it to 15 by the end of the third with a score of 59-44.
In the fourth, Good Counsel sealed the victory by outscoring the Lady Mustangs 29 to 17 in the quarter losing the game 88-61.
When asked after the game how Amanda Fiorvanti’s destruction in the paint area affected the Mustangs defense, Coach Lee said, “It affected it very much; this is the second time that she has hurt us bad. We just have to find someone that’s able to guard her because we may see this team in the playoffs.”  He did also say that the team is going to go back to the drawing board and make sure that they do all the right things. He thought there were a lot of breakdowns on their end as far as the defensive rotations, turnovers and felt they were giving Good Counsel too many second-chance baskets. The Lady Mustangs play at St.Mary’s Ryken looking to win most of their games in a 5-game stretch with the season coming to a close.

 

Boys Basketball Tops Ryken in Big Win

Jiggetts has big night to lead Mustangs

Andrew Feather ‘13 | Sports Editor

Friday night in Forestville, behind a sensational shooting night from guard Stephan Jiggetts ‘13, the Bishop McNamara Mustangs defended their home court against St. Mary’s Ryken, galloping away with a 72- 53 victory.

The Mustangs (12-12 overall, 7-7 in conference), winners of two straight after dropping four in a row, handed the Knights (4-19, 0-13) yet another conference loss in a game that they ran away with in the second half. Coming out of the break up 36-28, McNamara went on on a 15-2 run to begin the third quarter and never looked back.

After the game Jiggetts, whose team-leading 24 points helped to fuel the Mustangs, said, “It was a team effort and it felt good to get the win.” Forward Wayne Johnson ‘13 added that the team’s attitude has been more positive since their win over Good Counsel last Tuesday.

Up this Tuesday for the Mustangs is St. John’s, a game both Johnson and Jiggetts said has been circled on their calender since they lost to the Cadets by 40 in early January. Bishop McNamara Basketball Coach Marty Keithline hopes the addition of forward Kevin Robbins ‘13, who had been in San Antonio at the United States Army All-American Combine at the time of the last game, will help to avenge the blowout loss. He said to have a chance to win and continue their current streak, that his Mustangs just need to “play better basketball.”

Mustangs Fall to PVI

Jelani Scott
Staff Writer

24 JAN 2012–The BMHS Men’s Varsity Basketball team fell to Paul VI, 67-77, on Tuesday after a hard fought, action packed game. The Panthers, led by standout Guard Stanford Robinson ’13, are 17-2 on the year and are the second ranked team in Virginia so it was understood that this wouldn’t be an easy contest. The Panthers won the tip to start the game and quickly hit a 3 point basket, proving that they looked to control the tempo of the game. However, the Mustangs were able to keep their composure, despite the tough defense being played by the Panthers, and ended the first quarter down 16-19.

To start the second quarter, PVI went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by a devastating alley-oop dunk that sent the crowd in an uproar on both sides. This run prompted Coach Keithline to call the game’s first timeout, as he and his staff were noticeably frustrated by their team’s play. Coming out of the timeout, the Mustangs appeared to gain some much needed momentum after a 3 point play from Forward Ryen Wise ’13. Following that pivotal play, the Mustangs outscored PVI 13-7 to end the quarter and were down 29-32 heading into halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Forward Kevin Robbins ’13 hit a big 3 pointer to tie the game at 32. Moments later, when the Mustangs were down 38-34, starting Forward Kelsey Jenkins ’12 suffered an injury and play was stopped. Following this brief pause in action, a technical foul occurred when Robinson held onto to the rim following a missed dunk, giving the Mustangs an easy 2 free throws, making the score 42-40. Even though they held their ground for most of the quarter, BMHS still trailed 48-53, heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, PVI scored a quick 5 points but Jenkins, who returned to the game, was able to answer that with a 3 pointer and cut the lead to 58-51. Soon after, bad defense from PVI resulted in the game becoming a free throw shooting contest for the Mustangs, as they hit 11 of 12 from the line, cutting the lead to 64-66. Unfortunately, there was too much time left as PVI made a key steal and layup and were able to draw fouls and hit the majority of their free throws and the Mustangs ended up losing by 10. After the game, one of McNamara’s assistant coaches said he felt that the team played very well, that they hustled, played together, moved the ball around well and got the shots they wanted. The MVP for the Mustangs was Robbins, who had 25 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Stephan Jiggets ’13 contributed 13 points and 5 assists, while Guard Jerron Martin ’14 shined as the sixth man with 14 points and 5 assists. The team has hit a slump recently as this was their third consecutive loss and hopefully they can turn things as the season comes to a close.

Boys Basketball keeps winning streak alive, against Bishop Ireton

Jelani Scott ‘12 | Staff Writer

13 JAN 2011 — Friday the 13th proved to be far from unlucky for the BMHS Men’s Varsity Basketball team as they defeated Bishop Ireton (9-6) 64-56. The Mustangs improved to 11-9 on the year and this was their third straight victory. The team looked impressive from buzzer to buzzer in front of the home crowd as they never trailed once. The Mustangs came out in a full sprint as they won the tip and went on a 6-0 run that prompted Ireton to take the game’s first timeout. Hot starts from Guard Stephan Jiggets ’13 and Forwards Kelsey Jenkins ’12 and Wayne Johnson ‘13 allowed the Mustangs to take a 17-12 lead at the end of the first. They combined for 15 of the team’s 17 points. The Mustangs continued to play aggressively in the second as they were able to steal the ball three times and convert them into easy baskets and they lead at halftime, 30-25.

In the third, despite a few missed free throws and untimely fouls, the Mustangs were able to increase their lead to 43-32 heading into the fourth. Early in the fourth, Cardinals Head Coach Neil Berkman, whose temper was flaring throughout the game due to his team’s performance, was hit with a technical foul following a questionable call and allowed BMHS to pick up an easy 2 points from the line. Shortly after, Ireton went on a 7-0 run, narrowing the Mustangs lead to 50-45. However, the Mustangs were able to bounce back and hit some clutch free throws and grab some key rebounds to secure a 64-56 win.

After the game, Head Coach Martin Keithline felt the team played well for good spurts but had 4-5 minute stretches where they “got into a funk and we missed shots we should’ve made.” Overall, he thought the team played well and next game they will look to bring the press better, break the other team’s pressure, and improve their free throw shooting (they were 22-33 from the line). The MVP for the Mustangs was Forward Kevin Robbins ‘13 with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Johnson contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds and Jenkins added on 11 points and 2 rebounds. Jiggets had a well-rounded game as he had 9 points, 4 steals, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds, while Guard Justin Ramey ’13 had 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, and a steal. The Mustangs seemed to have gained some needed momentum as they head into their January 18th matchup against the undefeated-in-conference Dematha Stags.

Girls Basketball Loses Tough Game

Seton bests McNamara in basketball by limiting turnovers, mistakes

Andrew Feather ‘13| Sports Editior

Last night in a game that displayed numerous missed layups, turnovers and simply an apparent lack of quality play, the Bishop McNamara Lady Mustangs fell to the Elizabeth Seton Roadrunners 52-41.

As the game started, the Roadrunners came out hot behind a wide array of scoring chances by guard Janelle Hubbard and forward Korin Harris among others to jump out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

During the second period the Lady Mustangs stayed ice cold on offense adding only six points but their defense improved drastically. The defense, led by the five senior starters, held Seton to only three points in the quarter, helping to cut Seton’s lead to four at the break.

Seton however came out to begin the second half extremely hot, scoring six consecutive points to jump ahead by ten. Despite a furious run by guard Chanice Lee ‘12 to begin the fourth when she scored eight points in a row for the Mustangs, the Roadrunners were able to run away with the victory.

Mustangs Solid Performance Gets It Done

Mustangs play well on all ends in win against Bishop O’Connell
Anthony Brown ’12
Sports Editor

Jerron Martin '13 goes against an O'Connell defender.

The Men’s Varsity Basketball team played great all-around in their win against O’Connell on Tuesday, January 10. Before the game, Coach Martin Keithline gave his thoughts on the team’s 8-8 start with half the season done saying, “Right now, we’re 8-8 for a reason. We play well in some games and don’t play so well in other games and that’s why we’re 50-50 right now.” He did say however that the team shoots the ball well and is able to hit a lot of threes and in other games they’re able to have some good ball pressure, get out in the open court and get some fast break points. The game plan was to stop dribble penetration, stop one of O’Connell’s best shooters, sophomore Melo Trimble, and to rebound more because O’Connells size.
The Mustangs came out strong with Juniors Stephan Jiggetts, Wayne Johnson, and Jerron Martin scoring the bulk of the Mustangs points in the first quarter and the three-ball helped them build a lead as well. By the end of the first, the Mustangs had a four point lead with a score of 19-15. The Mustangs lead grew to 10 halfway through the second quarter and defense was a key factor in helping them keep the lead the entire game and also helped them get fast break points. Kelsey Jenkins ‘12, Jerron Martin ‘13 and Justin Ramey ‘13 were key factors in increasing the Mustangs’ lead and Stephan Jiggetts ‘13 continued his impressive play scoring 8 of the 19 points the Mustangs had in the quarter. The Mustangs had a 12 point lead at halftime with a score of 41-29.
O’Connell came back in the third, cutting the Mustangs’ lead to 7 but the Mustangs defense held strong created plenty of opportunities for fast break points and some shots at the free throw line. The Mustangs had a 50-42 lead at the end of the third.
The Mustangs closed  the game out with tough defense and aggressiveness on offense getting to the foul line. The final score was 74-67.
After the game, Coach Keithline expressed that defense, rebounding and the three-point shot were key for the Mustangs. He felt they did a great job of making their rotations and getting in the passing lanes so they could get steals and layups at the other end and he thought rebounding was a huge bonus and rebounding on the defensive side was big in the second half. The three-point shot he felt was good as well because players like Kelsey Jenkins, Stephan Jiggetts and others made some of those to help the Mustangs boost their lead.
The high-point man for the Mustangs was Jiggetts with 25 points. Wayne Johnson had a double-double 14 points, 10 rebounds and added a few blocks to his stat sheet. Justin Ramey  had 11 points and Kelsey Jenkins had 10. The Mustangs have won two in a row and look to make it three in a row against Ireton on Friday January 13.

Lady Mustangs Get First Conference Win

Anthony Brown ’12

Sports Editor

 

The Lady Mustangs Varsity Basketball team got their first conference win of the season in a convincing fashion against the St. Mary’s Ryken Lady Knights.

Head Coach Gary Lee had this to say before the game,  “The game plan tonight is doing what we do best. Our transitional game is second to none. I think we’re going to wear them down in the third quarter, and you’re going to see a team that wishes they weren’t out on the floor with us because of our team speed.” When asked how well he thought the team has done after playing 11 games with a 7-4 record overall he said that the team is doing well and believes that they’re starting to understand exactly what the coaching staff wants them to do and the next step is execution.

The Lady Mustangs came out strong scoring the first 4 points of the game and played good defense. Carrie Alexander ’12 and Serena Brown ’14 combined for 9 of the Mustangs 16 points in the first quarter. The Lady Knights kept up with the Lady Mustangs and by the end of the quarter the score was tied 16 all. In the second, the Lady Mustangs were aggressive getting to the hoop, drawing fouls and making the most of their free throws. Seniors Carrie Alexander, Dreu Wilkins, and Chanice Lee helped the Mustangs build their lead with strong support from Serena Brown ’14, Dionna Joynes ’12 and Jordan Middlebrooks ’13. At halftime the Mustangs had a 15 point lead over St.Mary’s Ryken with a score of 39-24.

The Lady Knights cut the Mustangs’ lead to 8 by the end of the third quarter, which ended at 51-43. The fourth quarter was a very entertaining one with the Mustangs extending their lead to 10 at one point and the Knights battling back to try to get ahead. The game was closed out by free throws which led to a final score of 68-58 and the Mustangs getting the W. Free throws, the 3-ball and the Mustangs aggressiveness on both sides of the court helped them get the win.

Coach Gary Lee said after the game that he noticed the team was taking good and bad shots during the game but was fine with that because he knows that since they’re a fast-paced team, they’re going to take bad shots but feels they did a great job. He also said talked about freshman Kholby Oliver’s performance and how she makes three point shots in practice and games routinely and said that he definitely will use the 3-point shot more in his game plan. Following this game, the team is 8-4 overall with a 1-3 conference record.