Junior midfielder Marcus Price highlighted Bell Multicultural's fifth District public schools championship by scoring two goals last year in a 3-1 victory over Wilson at RFK Auxiliary Field. This season, Price has picked up where he left off, and leads the Griffins with 23 goals.
Bell enters the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament this season as the No. 2 seed -- behind top-seeded Wilson -- and will face the winner of the Cardozo-School Without Walls game, in a semifinal on Wednesday at Theodore Roosevelt at 3 p.m. The final is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at RFK Auxiliary Field.
"I think our chances are good," Bell Coach Victor Molina said. "I don't want to say for sure until we play on Wednesday, but I think our chances are good . . . I'm very optimistic."
WCAC Semifinals Today
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys' and girls' soccer tournament has been postponed again because of the weather. The semifinals, originally scheduled for last week, were supposed to be played yesterday, but will be held today. In the girls' bracket, O'Connell will host Bishop Ireton at 3 p.m. Paul VI Catholic will host Good Counsel at 5 p.m.
On the boys' side, Gonzaga will host Carroll at 3 p.m. at RFK Auxiliary Field. St. John's will play Paul VI, which eliminated top seed DeMatha earlier in the tournament, today at St. John's at 3 p.m. Weather permitting, the championship games will be Wednesday at Paul VI Catholic at 5 and 7 p.m.
Md. All-Star Game Rescheduled
The Montgomery County All-Star Game, which was supposed to be played on Sunday, has been rescheduled for Thursday at Blair High. The girls' game will start at 5 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7 p.m. The game features the top players from the county, including seniors Chris Wielgus and Jeff Saber from Maryland 4A champion Churchill, who will represent the East team. The West will feature No. 10 Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Nigel White and goalkeeper Nick Reifschneider, who led the Barons to the 2A South Region championship. Magruder Coach Scott Alexander will direct the West squad, and Sherwood Coach Hector Morales will guide the East team.
Two Titles for Montgomery County
Despite playing a shortened season that was interrupted for a month by the October sniper shootings, Montgomery County's girls' soccer teams returned home from last weekend's championships at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County with two state championships and one second-place finish.
Poolesville won its first 1A title in overtime on Thursday, and Quince Orchard's overtime victory in the 4A championship game on Saturday clinched its first state title.
Third-ranked Bethesda-Chevy Chase lost to Century in the 2A championship game, while No. 8 Walter Johnson lost to Severna Park in a shootout in the 3A semifinals on Wednesday.
"There was a point where we didn't even know if we would be playing soccer at all again this year," Quince Orchard Coach Peg Keiller said. "So before the playoffs I just told our girls to go out and have fun, and do the best they could."
The sniper shootings led to the cancellation of all outdoor activities in Montgomery County for more than three weeks. While many jurisdictions, including Prince George's County, rescheduled games at secured locations outside the area, Montgomery County never made up its games.