Winter sports update; basketball play-offs and swim team state championships

The winter sports season begins to wind down as the playoff season kicks into gear. Indoor track completed their season with several strong individual performances at the state championship meet earlier this week. Here’s what’s happening this weekend: 

Tonight’s basketball double-header begins with the boys’ team taking on 8-12 Glenelg. The fifth-seed Gladiators have the same record as the fourth-seed hosts, setting up a close encounter in this first round of the basketball playoffs. Poolesville has four wins in their last six games dating back to the end of January, although they suffered defeat to a strong Richard Montgomery team in their final regular season matchup. With a win tonight, the boys would move on to the second round of the playoffs, and will head to 18-2 Walkersville to battle the Lions next Tuesday.

In the second game of the double-header, the 12-8 girls’ basketball team will take on the fifth-seed, Walkersville. 2A West Region II is one of the strongest in the state, with all six of the teams maintaining a winning record through the 20-game regular season. Despite being joint-bottom of the region, Walkersville still holds a record of 11-9. The girls enter the game off the back of a similar loss to Richard Montgomery in their final regular season game, and are 3-3 through their last six games. The winners will travel to 19-1 Williamsport for the regional semi-final.

Today at 5:00 PM the Poolesville divers will kick off their state championship event. Poolesville is sending two divers to compete after both won the regional championship. On the boys’ side, Gabriel Hermann will represent Poolesville as just one of six divers who qualified from the 3A/2A/1A West region. For the girls, Ava Lee will take part in the state championship meet for the second consecutive year.

Tomorrow afternoon at 5pm the Poolesville swim team will look to continue their state championship dominance and win their 11th in a row on the boys side and sixth in the past seven for the girls. The girls are favorites to win while the boys will face tough competition against Rockville, who they lost to by under 30 points at the regional meet.  

Friday and Saturday will see the wrestling team compete in the 2A/1A West regional championship meet. After the dual meet championships took place earlier this month, the path to states for individual competitors will begin this weekend at Manchester Valley.