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Alumni basketball tournament supports Springbrook graduate

The third annual Montgomery County Alumni Tournament was held Saturday at Paint Branch High School with proceeds going to former Springbrook High School basketball star Damon Brooks (Class of 2011), who was paralyzed after an accident in 2012.

Col. Zadok Magruder won the eight-team tournament, which raised more than $500 for Brooks through the HelpHOPELive non-profit organization, according to tournament commissioner Riley Inge.

“Damon is exactly what we all were, which was a former Montgomery County basketball player,” said Inge, Brooks’ former Amateur Athletic Union coach. “It just made sense to me to use this event to rally around one of our own and do something for Damon.”

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— Eric Goldwein

Whitman senior commits to Brown

Walt Whitman High School’s Anton Casey has committed to playing football at Brown University next year. The rising senior plays tight end and defensive end for the Vikings. lists Casey at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, with a 40-yard dash time of 4.77 seconds. According to, he caught 17 passes for 242 yards and a team-high 3 touchdowns in seven games last year.

— Prince J. Grimes

Spirits high after big win

The Washington Spirit defeated the visiting Chicago Red Stars, 2-1, Saturday in a National Women’s Soccer League game with major playoff implications. The Spirit (10-8-4) are now in third place — the top four teams make playoffs — with two regular season games remaining. Washington sits one point ahead of the Alex Morgan-led Portland Thorns FC, 34-33, and six points ahead of Chicago, which is now in fifth place with 28 points.

Midfielder Yael Averbuch scored Saturday’s game winner from 20 yards out in the 94th minute, marking the Spirit’s second stoppage time victory of the season. The play started with a remarkable slide by midfielder Diana Matheson to keep the ball in bounds off a counterattack from a Chicago corner kick. The Canadian National Team midfielder then dished the ball to speedy striker Lisa De Vanna, who recorded the assist.

Christine Nairn, who scored a stoppage time goal against Houston earlier in the season, scored the equalizer in the 48th minute of Saturday’s game after Washington fell behind with a fourth-minute goal from Lori Chalupny.

— Jennifer Beekman

Ledecky, Conger lead county charge at senior nationals

Rising Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart senior Katie Ledecky and 2013 Our Lady of Good Counsel graduate Jack Conger lead a Montgomery County contingent of swimmers headed for the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday in Irvine, Calif.

In the latest seeding-sheet released Sunday, Ledecky is seeded first in the 800-meter freestyle, an event in which she won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and holds the current world record (8 minutes, 11 seconds), and the 200-meter freestyle, in which she holds the American record (3:59.82). The world record holder in the 1,500-meter freestyle also trails Missy Franklin by less than a second in the 200-meter freestyle seedings and holds a top 12 time in the 400-meter individual medley.

Conger, a rising sophomore at the University of Texas, will compete for a top 3 finish in the 200-meter backstroke that also features Ryan Lochte. Conger is a top 10 seed in the 100-meter butterfly that is set to feature Lochte and storied Olympian Michael Phelps and the 100-meter backstroke, in which Phelps is also currently entered.

Rising Georgetown Prep senior Carsten Vissering is seeded in the top 15 of two events: 50- and 100-meter breaststroke.

Other county athletes scheduled to compete include, former Good Counsel swimmers Sarah Haase and Brady Welch and 2013 Bethesda-Chevy Chase graduate Andrew Greenhalgh.

— Jennifer Beekman