MoCo360 Shining Stars 11-2-23

Each week, MoCo360 will select Shining Stars of the Week from Montgomery County public and private schools.

Here are the standouts from the week of Nov. 2:

Varsity Girls Soccer

Lauren Hemann, a freshman at Holton-Arms School, helped the Bethesda school advance in the Independent School League, or ISL, Soccer Tournament.

Holton-Arms soccer freshman Lauren Hemann. Credit Holton-Arms

Holton, the fifth-ranked school in the ISL Soccer Tournament defeated the top-ranked Georgetown Visitation on Nov. 1 in the semifinal. Hemann’s direct kick from the left corner sidelines tied the game 1-1 in the first half. Hemann’s heroics continued as in overtime, Hemann’s direct kick caused the goalie to fumble allowing another teammate to score the game-winner.

Varsity Football

Churchill running back David Avit led the charge in the Bulldogs’ 32-30 win over Walter Johnson on Oct. 27. Avit, a senior, rushed for 27 carried for 248 yards with a 9.2 average and three rushing touchdowns.

Churchill running back David Avit. Credit: Churchill

Avit extended his play in the passing game with three receptions for 56 yards and a receiving touchdown.


Next up for the 8-1 Bulldogs are the Richard Montgomery Rockets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2.   

The Rockville Rams’ dynamic running back duo of Josiah Garcia and Nicky Holloway were prominently featured in the 56-20 victory over the Northwood Gladiators of Silver Spring on Oct. 27.

Rockville Rams running back Josiah Garcia. Credit: Rockville

Garcia, a sophomore, carried 11 times for 207 yards with an 18.8-yard average and four touchdowns.

Rockville Rams running back Nicky Holloway. Credit: Rockville

Holloway, a junior, carried six times for 155 yards for a 25.8-yard average and two touchdowns.

Varsity Girls Field Hockey

Julieta Matus scored three goals for the Winston Churchill Bulldogs in their 6-0 victory over the Quince Orchard Cougars on Oct. 31. Matus, a junior, helped Churchill claim its seventh consecutive regional championship.

Churchill field hockey forward Julieta Matus. Credit: Churchill

Matus looks to help the Bulldogs advance against the Clarksburg Coyotes at 4 p.m. today.


Coaches and athletic directors, we want to hear from you!

Do you have a standout player you think should be considered for one of MoCo360’s Shining Stars of the Week? Email with their school and statistics from a game or week’s performance.

If MoCo360 keeps you informed, connected and inspired, circle up and join our community by becoming a member today. Your membership supports our community journalism and unlocks special benefits.