Now at his third high school in three seasons, Cunningham said he expects to be back next year and graduate from the Prince George’s County public school.
“I’m liking DuVal,” Cunningham said. “That’s where I want to be.”
Kramek leads alma mater to fast start
A Poolesville graduate fresh out of the University of Maryland in 2006, Kenny Kramek took a job coaching a basketball team made up of local sixth graders. Now Kramek is in his first year as the varsity coach at his alma mater, and a few of those same players have helped get his tenure off to a strong start.
After winning the Clarksburg Holiday Tournament last week, Poolesville is 7-1 and unbeaten in Montgomery 3A/2A play, tied atop the league standings with Wheaton. The Falcons, who host the Knights on Thursday, have demonstrated remarkable balance with five different players reaching the 20-point mark at least once in their first eight games.
“Every game has been close in the fourth quarter,” Kramek said, “With the basketball IQ these kids have, they’re making the plays at the end and finding ways to win.”
Kramek, 29, inherited a squad that brought back three of its top four scorers, taking over in May after Tom Lang stepped down to spend more time with his family.
Last year, Poolesville rallied from a 3-5 start to finish third in Montgomery 3A/2A. The Falcons have carried the momentum under Kramek, following up a 34-31 loss at Gaithersburg on Dec. 8 with six straight wins. That run includes a 62-61 double-overtime victory over defending league champ Watkins Mill on Dec. 19.
“It’s kind of come full circle,” said Kramek, who was the program's junior varsity coach for two years before spending last season at Clarksburg. “I’ve known these kids ever since they were in 4th or 5th grade, so the transition has been very easy for everybody.”
Senior Kirby Carmack, who led the football team to the Maryland 2A playoffs this season as quarterback, runs the offense from point guard, while senior Collin Turner has emerged as the team’s most consistent scorer in his first season of high school competition.
Turner had struggled to get academically eligible before this year but has averaged 12.5 points per game and Kramek called him “as good as anyone in the county right now.” The 6-foot guard scored 23 of his career-high 27 points in the second half of a comeback win over Damascus on Dec. 17.