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Top 20 DMV Girls' Basketball Rankings for week of Jan. 13: McNamara remains 1st

Top 20 DMV Girls' Basketball Rankings for week of Jan. 13: McNamara remains 1st

McNamara blew out Paul VI to solidify its spot at the top of the WCAC. In Week 6, the Mustangs also took down Carroll, Ryken and Seton. Jada Brown of Bishop O’Connell took down St. John’s (DC) at the buzzer on Saturday night, two days after Bishop Ireton defeated O’Connell behind strong performances by Laila Jewett and Olivia Brooks.

1. McNamara (16-3)

McNamara has been on a 13-game winning streak. The Lady Mustangs are clicking on all cylinders. 

Upcoming Games: 1/14 vs. Holy Cross, 1/19 vs. Crestwood, 1/21 @ St. John’s

2. PVI (16-2)

After back-to-back losses to Long Island Lutheran and Bishop McNamara, PVI is on a three-game winning streak.

Upcoming Games: 1/14 @ Carroll, 1/17 vs. O’Connell, 1/23 @ Bishop Ireton

3. St. Vincent Pallotti (14-3)

Pallotti is on a three-game winning streak led by standout point guard Eniya Russell.

Upcoming Games: 1/15 @ Roland Park, 1/17 @ John Carroll, 1/22 vs. McDonogh Catholic Prep

4. James Madison (14-0)

Still undefeated, James Madison continues to move up the charts. Madison defeated Oakton this past week.

Upcoming Games: 1/14@ Chantilly, 1/17 @ Westfield, 1/21 vs. Centreville

5. Riverdale (14-3)

Riverdale is back in the Top 5 after a big win again TPLS.

Upcoming Games: 1/17 vs. National Christian, 1/22 @ Capitol Christian

6. Elizabeth Seton (10-4)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 vs. CSHC

7. Howard (12-0)

Upcoming Game: 1/15 @ Long Reach

8. Dunbar (14-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 vs. Banneker

9. Bishop J. O’Connell (12-4)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. St. Mary’s Ryken

10. St. Johns (9-4)

Upcoming Game: 1/17 vs. Carroll

11. New Hope (14-7)

Upcoming Game: 1/17 vs. Benson Tech 

12. Stone Ridge (11-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 @ Holy Cross

13. Sidwell Friends (10-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/17 @ Bullis

14. C.H. Flowers (7-1) 

Upcoming Game: 1/13 @ Duval

15. National Christian Academy (13-5) 

Upcoming Game: 1/17 at Riverdale Baptist

16. Churchill (10-0)

Upcoming Game: 1/15 @ Whitman

17. South River (10-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. Glen Burnie

18. Maret (8-4) 

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. Flint Hill

19. Bishop Ireton (9-7)

Upcoming Game: 1/15 vs. Elizabeth Seton 

Kevin Durant MLK Classic aims to provide athletes unique experience

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Kevin Durant MLK Classic aims to provide athletes unique experience

Maryland native Kevin Durant aims to bring culture to the basketball court with the Kevin Durant MLK Classic.

More than a traditional basketball tournament, the classic hopes to provide student athletes with a unique community engagement and education experience in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Top high schools from the DMV and beyond will compete on the court Saturday and Monday at The St. James in Springfield, Va., while spending Sunday touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” address in 1963. The schedule allows for student athletes to walk away with more than participation trophies.

“Most basketball events you leave with ‘W’s’ and ‘L’s,’ but we wanted them to leave with more than that,” said Durant’s father and event organizer, Wayne Pratt. “When you think about Dr. King, you think about access, you think about legacy, you think about his fight for equality. These things have always been important to Kevin, and we wanted to make sure the students could take some of these principles with them.”

Durant starred locally at National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian before becoming the first freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year at the University of Texas. As a professional in the NBA, he has won an MVP award and is a two-time champion. According to Pratt, doors were opened for Durant as a youth and he hopes to do the same.

“It took a village for Kevin to get to where he is. So many people have given to him and he just wants to give back in any way he can,” said Pratt. “He started off with The Durant Center, and then he built courts all over the world and now he wants to do an event for the kids here at home that also pays homage to one of the greatest African-Americans that ever lived.”

The MLK weekend event will see teams traveling from as far as Canada to compete with local talent from Archbishop Carroll, Bullis, Wilson and Rock Creek Christian Academy.

Gonzaga QB Caleb Williams commits to play in 2021 All-American Bowl

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Gonzaga QB Caleb Williams commits to play in 2021 All-American Bowl

Gonzaga quarterback Caleb Williams has committed to play in the 2021 All-American Bowl.

Williams, a 5-star recruit, is largely considered the No. 1 ranked dual-threat QB in the nation. The 2018-19 Gatorade State Player of the Year (D.C.) is no stranger to big games. He led Gonzaga to the WCAC championship game as a freshman before helping the Eagles win the title as a sophomore. He’s had his eyes set on testing his talents in the bowl for some time now.

“I’ve always watched the game,” said Williams. “I always saw people like Trevor [Lawrence]. I always watched the highlights -- like Adrian Peterson being there -- so being able to join that family means a lot.”

Williams and his father attended the lead-up to the 2020 All-American Bowl earlier this month, where he had the opportunity to meet current and future participants. While there, he witnessed fellow DMV 5-star standout Bryan Bresee be honored as the national defensive student athlete of the year. Williams and others in his class then took in the game and all of its festivities from field-level. With the option of committing to play in any of the major all-star events, Williams chose the All-American Bowl because he feels participants were able to separate themselves from the competition.

“I chose the All-American Bowl because NBC and Adidas provided a stellar experience when I showed up.” said Williams. “Both sides were real professional, and I want to be a part of that.”

Williams was chosen for the game by the All-American Bowl selection committee and 247Sports. Only 100 of the top student athletes nationally will have such an opportunity. But for Williams, playing in the game has a meaning that stretches far past the white lines that outline even the largest of stadiums. He hopes his accomplishments affect more than just the game -- he wants to help the next wave of student athletes here at home.

“I believe success opens up doors for others and that’s really all I’m here for,” said Williams. “I’m here to have a successful career and open up doors for other kids in the DMV, because we don’t get as much credit as we really should.”

The twenty-first edition of the All-American Bowl will be played on January 2, 2021 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.