Good Counsel hired Mike Hibbs yesterday to be its boys' basketball coach.
Hibbs coached at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Md., last season but is known in the Washington area for his successful tenure at Bullis, where he led the Bulldogs to six Interstate Athletic Conference titles and an overall record of 195-109 the previous 12 years.
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Hibbs, 42, takes over a Falcons program that went 11-16 last season, posting three regular season wins in the competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He replaces interim coach Mike Haight.
"I've always thought that Good Counsel has had the potential to be a strong program," said Hibbs, a 1980 graduate of DeMatha. "That, combined with good academics and solid support from the administration, makes it a very attractive place to coach. It's a great opportunity. It's been one of my goals to be a part of the WCAC and that tradition."
Hibbs will also teach English at Good Counsel next school year.
Mount Vernon Wins
Freshman midfielder Leslie Fajfer collected a pass from sophomore midfielder Caitlin Riley, beat a defender and scored from 25 yards seven minutes into the second half to give Mount Vernon its first girls' soccer victory in three seasons, 2-1 over visiting Falls Church.
Mount Vernon is 1-5-0, 1-0 in the National District. Falls Church is 2-4-1, 0-1.
"They never stopped believing in themselves," Mount Vernon Coach Brooke Warner said. "Losing becomes a mentality. Hopefully we can build on this. As a coach, I try not to measure success with wins and losses. However a win changes a lot." . . .
Tenth-ranked Damascus rallied from a three-run deficit for a 7-5 victory over Richard Montgomery yesterday in a Montgomery 4A East softball game.
Swarmin' Hornets freshman center fielder Amanda Nagy went 3 for 4 with three RBI, including a two-run single in the sixth inning, to help Damascus (5-0, 1-0) stay unbeaten. . . .
Junior left fielder Danielle Tanner's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted Wilde Lake past visiting Reservoir, 4-3, in a Howard County softball game. Tanner went 3 for 5, and her game-winning hit scored senior pitcher Cindy Moe from third base. . . .
Sophomore attack wing Sheelagh Bates scored her third goal of the game off an assist from senior attack Jessica Reed to help Sherwood to an 8-7 victory over visiting Quince Orchard in a Montgomery 4A girls' lacrosse game.
Quince Orchard attack wing Natalie Ellenberger (three goals) made the score 8-7 with 1 minute 51 seconds left in the game, and Sherwood hung on. Warriors junior goalie Samantha Debow made her eighth save with 30 seconds left before senior center Cristin Begley gained possession and ran out the clock.
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