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All-DMV Basketball Team: Kiki Rice is the student-athlete of the year

All-DMV Basketball Team: Kiki Rice is the student-athlete of the year

At NBC Sports Washington, we're celebrating the great high school basketball talent in the DMV with our first All-DMV Team.

Kiki Rice, G (Sidwell Friends) Student-Athlete of the Year

Following a freshmen season that put the DMV on notice, the USA Basketball alum entered her sophomore campaign with high expectations. She did not just meet them — she exceeded them.

Rice was a proficient scorer as a freshman. She often used her raw talent and abilities to out-athlete her opposition. This year, a more seasoned Rice showed off her ability to run the offense, get her teammates involved and pick her spots to dominate. 

Her leadership, drive and determination led Sidwell to the DCSAA championship game.

Madison Scott, F  (Bishop McNamara)

Madison Scott concluded an illustrious career at Bishop McNamara by leading the Mustangs to victory in the WCAC championship. 

The Ole Miss commit used length and athleticism to dominate the interior, while finding opportunities to show off her polished mid-range game. She was a program builder who will leave her legacy at Bishop McNamara.

Lee Volker, G/F (Paul VI) 

Lee Volker unleashed an inside/outside game that made her a match-up nightmare for opponents. When operating on the interior, Volker displayed polished post moves putting her in place to score at the basket. She extends defenses by shooting from distance and she is capable of putting the ball on the floor getting to the rim.

Volker led PVI to the WCAC final.

Eniya Russell, G (Pallotti)

Eniya Russell of Pallotti is a generational talent. The six-foot guard is electric off the dribble, can shoot from distance and is a terror on the boards. 

The South Carolina-commit led the Panthers to the IAAM championship.

Chetanna Nweke, F (Stone Ridge)

The 6-1 Princeton commit can score from anywhere on the court. She is a proficient three-point shooter with a polished mid-range game and Nweke plays with her back to the basket when called upon. 

She led the Gators in scoring, averaging 18.7 ppg.

Azzi Fudd, G  (St. John’s)

Azzi Fudd returned from a knee injury with a vengeance. After sitting out the early stages of the season, Fudd led the Cadets to their fifth consecutive DCSAA championship.

She utilizes supreme court vision to see things on the court before her opponent has a chance to. She is effective off the handle at setting up her teammates or getting her own shot. She has enough range to scare defenses from anywhere on the court, and she uses body control to get to the rim on command.

Fudd is smooth and polished in a manner rarely seen at the high school level. She is a true basketball savant and the junior is coveted by major college programs across the country. 

Elizabeth Martino, G (Riverdale Baptist)

Martino is an athletic combo-guard who uses her activity to control the flow of the game. She is effective at leading fast break opportunities and equally adept at attacking the rim in traffic. 

The Rutgers commit is an excellent defender who showed an ability to consistently knock down open jumpers.

Kaylah Ivey, G (Riverdale Baptist)

Kaylah Ivey is a playmaker extraordinaire. The 5-8 guard is a willing passer who puts the ball in the hands of her teammates in a position to score. The Boston College commit is aggressive off the dribble which allows her to penetrate with ease and finish at the rim.

Liatu King, F (Bishop McNamara)

King is an athletic wing who competes hard on the glass and uses her athletic ability to sprint out and finish in transition. She has the size to shoot over smaller defenders and the handle to blow by traditional bigs. 

The Pitt commit is a mismatch waiting to happen. She helped McNamara win the WCAC championship. 

Alyson Jefferson, G (Banneker)

Alyson Jefferson was the DCIAA player of the year. She averaged over 20 ppg helping to lead Banneker into the playoffs. 

Jefferson has a quick first step and is fearless in attacking the rim. Throughout her career, she thrived in big moments and consistently asked that the ball be in her hands in clutch time. 

Coach of the Year

Tamika Dudley, Sidwell Friends

In her first season at Sidwell, Dudley was tasked with replacing the Quakers' longtime head coach, Anne Renninger. As if that task weren’t enough, Dudley set out to do so with a roster that contained zero seniors, one junior and 10 freshmen/sophomores.

How did the Dudley-led Quakers respond? By going 25-6 and making it all the way to the DCSAA championship game in which they fought valiantly before falling to perennial powerhouse St. John’s.

Sidwell plays a beautiful brand of basketball: Crisp passes, timely cuts to the hoop, and they routinely pass up good shots for better ones. 

Sidwell is primed to challenge for championships for years to come.


Second Team 

Isabella Perkins, G  (Paul VI)
Kelis Corley, F  (St. John’s)
Adrianna Smith, F (O’Connell)
Jadyn Donovon, G  (Sidwell Friends)
Ava McGee, F (Maret)
Laila Jewett, G (Bishop Ireton)
Kaniyah Harris, G (Flowers)
Tajha Jackson, G/F (Ballou)
Brianna Scott, F (South Lakes)
Deja Bristol, F (New Hope Academy)
 

Honorable Mention

Synia Johnson, F (Riverdale Baptist)
Tedi Makrigiorgos, G (Madison)
Kamryn Anthony, G (Anacostia)
Taylor Webster, F (Georgetown Visitation)
Taylor Napper, F (St. John’s)
Cameron Wilkes, G (Dunbar)
Delaney Thomas, F (St. John’s)
Page Greenburg, G (Maret)
Zy’aire Hairston, G (Dunbar)
Nycerra Minnis, F (Parkdale)
 

A high school senior reflects on having his final high school baseball season canceled

A high school senior reflects on having his final high school baseball season canceled

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from Riverside Rams senior baseball player Philip Barbe.

I woke up ready to go play a scrimmage and found out school was canceled. Before I knew it, school was canceled for the rest of the year leaving my teammates and me without a season. 

As a senior, it has affected me heavily. I have always looked forward to my senior night and being able to show all the hard work I’ve put in the past four years. It’s been a challenge waking up every day not being able to do the thing that I love. 

The cancelation doesn’t just affect me because of my baseball season being lost—It’s also because I’m missing out on some important high school memories: senior prom, graduation, and all the other great things that come with being in high school. It’s not even just about me - my parents and family have been waiting for these moments as well. 

The effect this has had goes beyond the players and affects everyone involved.

It’s been completely heartbreaking but I hope that they find a way to give us some sort of season again. Even if we play games like a travel tournament I’d be okay with that.

Just one more opportunity to go on the field is all I want right now.

READ MORE FROM HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HERE AND HERE.

Top 10 defensive linemen in the DMV for the class of 2021

Top 10 defensive linemen in the DMV for the class of 2021

The game of football has evolved. As offenses shift to spread formations and focus on pace, it has become imperative for defensive student athletes to become faster, more agile and capable of playing in space.

The most proficient way to slow down a high-octane offense is to beat them with a dominant front-four. Here’s a look at the DMV’s top defensive linemen in the class of 2021.

1. Demeioun Robinson | Quince Orchard (MD)

WDE: 6’4", 225

Offers: 24, including Maryland, Georgia, Ohio State

Demeioun Robinson has amazing get-off. His first step is electric, his movement is smooth with no false steps and little wasted motion. He routinely beats his blocker before the quarterback has a chance to get from under center and once he’s in the backfield, he closes like a heat-seeking missile.

Robinson has excellent length, but he plays with a low center of gravity. He’s a natural pass rusher -- his quickness off the edge is unparalleled in his class. The only hope of getting him blocked is with a strong double-team at the point of attack. He’s too fast, too active and too athletic to be run away from.

Robinson possesses the playmaking ability of an offensive star -- he just so happens to line up at defensive end.

2. Marcus Bradley | Quince Orchard (MD)

DT: 6’4", 275

Offers: 34, including Maryland, Oregon, Ohio State

Marcus Bradley is one of the hottest recruits in the country and it’s for good reason.  He plays big and with bad intentions.

Bradley is a physical specimen and unlike many young men his size, he’s not afraid to use his girth to punish the opposition. Bradley tosses around would be blockers en route to the ball carrier. He has a quick first step and moves well in space which allows him to line up at defensive end when needed.

Bradley is a smart pass rusher -- he often angles his pursuit to create direct pathways to the QB, and when he cannot get home, he does a great job getting his hands up to deflect passes.

3. Taizse Johnson | St. John’s (DC)

DT: 6’1", 290

Offers: 13, including Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Florida

Committed: University of Maryland

Taizse Johnson is an offensive lineman’s worst nightmare; he has the strength of a bear and the feet of a ballerina.

Johnson is stout at the point of attack. When lining up as a 1-technique, he beats one-on-one blocking with ease. He has excellent hands and uses them to get off blocks, allowing him to get penetration and make tackles in the backfield. Johnson plays with a high-motor and routinely pursues runners down the line as well as downfield.

As a pass rusher, he gets excellent push up the middle and his quick feet allow him to be an effective stunt partner with outside defenders. Johnson is both supremely talented and technically sound, a combination not often seen at the high school level.

4. Monkell Goodwine | National Christian Academy (MD)

SDE: 6’4", 260

Offers: 23, including LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee

Goodwine is a quick and powerful young man who has prototypical size and backs that up with a high motor.

Goodwine has a D-1 physique. He’s strong at the point of attack, making it difficult to run at him and he chases the ball aggressively when opponents attempt to run away from him. As a pass rusher he is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback. His quick first step allows him to get upfield with ease and he is disciplined enough to double back and close on unsuspecting QBs who think they’ve gotten away.

5. Katron Evans | St. Frances (MD)

DT: 6’4", 320

Offers: 37, including Clemson, Alabama, Georgia

Katron Evans is a force of nature capable of dominating the interior from his 1-technique. Evans is a mountain of a young man who forces, and subsequently splits double teams. He eats up blockers thus allowing his linebackers to run to the ball unabated.

He is effective at clogging rushing lanes. He is strong at the point of attack and is proficient at sliding down the line to make stops.  He uses his violent hands to get push up the middle in passing situations.

6. Colin Mobley | DeMatha (MD)

SDE: 6’4", 250

Offers: 25, including Penn State, Florida State, Maryland

The first thing to notice about Mobley is his size; the young man looks the part. His long arms, strong foundation and tight core give him the necessary physical attributes to exceed all expectations -- and those expectations are high.

Mobley does a great job using hand fighting techniques to disengage from blockers. He is stout at the point of attack and is an efficient pass rusher. Mobley is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

7. James Gillespie | Woodbridge (VA)

DT: 6’2", 300

Offers: 10, including Michigan, Penn St., Maryland

James Gillespie has a quick first step and excellent burst for a young man his size. He routinely gets penetration and is a sure tackler once in the opponent’s backfield.

Gillespie’s athleticism is off the charts. His quick feet allow him to track runners down the line and his ability to maintain gap integrity make it challenging to run at him.

8. Terion Sugick | National Christian Academy (MD)

DT: 6’3", 287

Offers: 16, including UVA, Maryland, NC State

Terion Sugick plays the game with bad intentions. A physical young man, he believes in imposing his will on opponents until they give in. He’s a punishing hitter -- his style of play sets the tone for his team.

Sugick does a good job splitting double teams and getting penetration. He has quick and active feet which allow him to routinely disrupt plays in the backfield. He plays the game with an energy and zest that his teammates can easily feed off of.

9. Kenjuan Manuel | St. John’s (DC)

DT: 6’1", 296

Offers: 6, including East Carolina, UMass, Ohio

Manuel is an anchor in the interior of the Cadets’ defensive line. He displays the requisite power needed to beat one-on-one blocking and holds his ground when double-teamed.

Manuel shows short-range burst and stellar lateral movement. When motivated to do so, he lives in the opposition’s backfield. Manuel is a high character young man and will be an asset to any program. Look for him to take major strides this season and bring his potential to fruition.

10. Andre Porter | Ballou (DC)

SDE: 6’3", 260

Offers: 12, including Maryland, Boston College, Pitt

Andre Porter is equipped with size and freakish athletic ability. The strong-side defensive end stands 6-foot 3-inches, weighing 260 pounds, while maintaining the straight-line speed and quick twitch muscle reflexes of an offensive skilled player.

Porter has the potential to be truly special and undoubtedly will prove to be one of the top defensive linemen in the nation, once he is able to get back on the field.

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