The girls soccer team (16–1) took home the Maryland 4A state championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday night at Loyola University of Maryland, beating the Quince Orchard Cougars (14–4) 2–0. 

With a chance to claim back-to-back state titles and a fourth since 2013, the Vikes headed into Saturday’s championship matchup full of energy and excitement.

Even though they were missing several key players due to injury, the Vikes had already beaten the Cougars twice during the regular season, boosting their confidence. The atmosphere was electric all night long thanks to a packed crowd and a loud drumline.

[The Sentinel]

County officials warn of higher risk of drunken drivers

Public safety agencies call the day before Thanksgiving “Blackout Wednesday,” “Drinksgiving” or “Whiskey Wednesday” because of the heavy drinking that takes place.

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To account for the heightened risks of impaired drivers on the roads, Montgomery County police will activate their “Holiday Task Force” this week, which includes stepped-up road patrols and more sobriety checkpoints.

County Executive Marc Elrich (D) said the county’s police force arrested 284 impaired drivers during the 2021 Holiday Task Force.

[WTOP]

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Holiday travelers face trio of illnesses, as RSV, flu spike in the DMV

As COVID numbers dipped slightly across the region in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Holy Cross Health hospitals in Maryland still filled up.

Very sick children and older adults suffering from other respiratory illnesses that have spiked far sooner and more sharply than expected this fall are again packing beds, disrupting plans to celebrate the holiday season after nearly three years of burdensome precautions and postponed social connections.

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“It has seemed unrelenting over the past three years,” said Ann Burke, vice president of medical affairs for Holy Cross Health in the Maryland region.

[The Washington Post]

Maury Povich inducted into JCC of Greater Washington Sports Hall of Fame

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TV host Maury Povich was honored Saturday with induction into the Bender JCC of Greater Washington Sports Hall of Fame in Rockville.

While noted for his self-titled TV show, which he has hosted for 31 years, Povich is being inducted for his exploits as a golfer in Rockville. He won the Woodmont Country Club championship five times and was a regular on the celebrity golf circuit.

Povich, 83, grew up in Montgomery County graduating from Landon School in Bethesda. For years, he worked at WTTG-TV (now FOX5) hosting the Ten O’ Clock News and Panorama. In 1986, he started “A Current Affair” then in 1991, “The Maury Povich Show” debuted, which morphed into “Maury.”

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