The Golden Lion Tamarin Roars for Help



The Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species that very few people know about.

The Golden Lion Tamarin is a species that is all about family.  They are very unique in the way they raise their young.  They are usually born in sets of twins and as the mother nurses them, the father carries the load literally by hauling them on their back in between the mother feeding them.

The things that makes them one of the most appealing felines in the world, is their fascinating golden hair.  The combination of the gold hair with the black face is what makes the them so attractive.

“They are so cute and they have really nice looking tails,” Shaylin Wallace, 20, said after a  trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo.  “Thats what made me attracted to them.”

In the 1970s, there was only about 200 of them in the entire world.  However, through research and conservation, there about 3200, although there number could be extinct over the next few years.

They have become endangered through the loss of habitat and the evaporation of rain forests in Brazil’s Atlantic Coasts.

Planting trees and replanting native forests is a way to help the tamarin not disappear for good.  There are also reforestation projects to restore river banks and wildlife habitats in South America.

“I think it is so sad about what is going on with them,” Sabrya Cruz, 20, said.  “That’s what I think they should do more to help them so they all won’t be gone.”













Who Really Knows the First Amendment???


When it comes to the First Amendment, only 1% of Americans can name all five freedoms, according to a 2019 survey by the Freedom Forum Institute.

This bilingual phone survey was conducted as a dual-frame with 1,007 adults.The average age of the respondents was 51, with 62% being males and more than two-thirds being white.  In addition to only six of the 1,007 respondents being able to name all five freedoms, 29% could not name any freedoms at all, which is down from 40% last year.

“What’s more hurtful to me is that 16% thought the First Amendment guaranteed the ‘right to bear arms,’” First Amendment Center Executive Director Lata Nott said.  “When people get worried about their freedom, they become more educated about them, more politically active and they become more involved.”    

In addition to the ‘right to bear arms’ answer, 14% of Americans also thought that “the right to vote” was apart of the First Amendment as well.  Also, 2% named something else that wasn’t a freedom. 

Social Studies, which is not offered in the high school curriculum anymore, was a subject that informed students about the First Amendment and other amendments as well.

“If people are ignorant about the First Amendment, I don’t believe it is their fault,” Lott said.  “You grow up knowing about the First Amendment in a colloquial sense. You know you have free speech, but nobody knows exactly what that means.”

Of all five freedoms that were recalled by the surveyors, 64% knew freedom of speech.   




POTOMAC – Last season, the Potomac High School boys varsity basketball team dispatched Oxon Hill three consecutive times including a two-point victory in the playoffs.

On Jan. 12, the rivalry continued as the two faced off for a Friday night showdown.

January 11, 2019: Oxon Hill guard Ronald Polite (1) goes for a layup during HS boys basketball action between Oxon Hill and Potomac in Glassmanor. Photo by Chris Thompkins/Prince Georges Sentinel.

Both teams came into the match with only one loss during the season. Led by the team play of their starting five, all scoring in double-figures, the Clippers got their long-awaited payback from last season with an 82-73 road victory over the Wolverines.

Oxon Hill junior point guard Ronald Polite finished with a team-high 18 points.

“I just want to get up good shots, manage the team, keep my team intact and make great plays for my team,” Polite said. “If I’m doing good moving the ball and they are knocking down shots, then that’s good. If they are missing, then I have to try and get a bucket…Whatever is best for my team.”

The first half of the game was tightly contested. The Wolverines were the aggressors in the beginning as they fed off the home crowd and got off to a fast start. Potomac closed out the first period with a four-point lead (17-13).

In the second quarter, Oxon Hill played well enough to tie the game up at 35 by halftime.

“We weren’t rotating well enough on defense in the first half,” said junior combo guard Michael Sumner, who finished with 14 points, two steals and two blocks. “Our defense picked up in the second half really well.”

January 11, 2019: Oxon Hill forward Marcus Gorham (12) drives past Potomac forward Elijah Crawford (2) during HS boys basketball action between Oxon Hill and Potomac in Glassmanor. Photo by: Chris Thompkins/Prince Georges Sentinel.

Not only did the defense for Oxon Hill pick up, after halftime but the offense did as well. They looked like an entirely different team than they did in the first half.  A big part of that second-half surge was due to the play of senior forward Marcus Gorham. After a rough first half due to some turnovers, Gorham scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half.

“I just wanted to win the game,” Gorham said. “We haven’t beat them in the last two years. They went more pass and spread out in their zone in the second half.  My job is to score, rebound and do whatever else I need to do.”

Oxon Hill had their best period in the third when they scored 24 and held Potomac to just 17 points, which gave them a seven-point lead.  Senior guard Kalonji Parker was a key contributor to that third quarter success with his play on both sides of the ball. Parker finished the game with 17 points (five three-pointers) and four steals.

“On offense, I’m just a run and shoot guy,” Parker said. “They get the rebound, pitch it to me and I am ready to shoot all the time. When I get my shots, and my team gets me the ball, we have a better chance of winning.  When I start hitting shots, the other team starts keying on me, and that opens up the floor for my team.”

January 11, 2019: Potomac guard Sincere Jones (3) attempts an layup during HS boys basketball action between Oxon Hill and Potomac in Glassmanor. Photo by: Chris Thompkins/Prince Georges Sentinel.

In the final quarter, Oxon Hill sealed the deal as they went up by as much as 15 points. Potomac made a strong effort in the closing minutes as they cut the lead down to single digits, but it was too late. Potomac was led by senior point guard Sincere Jones, who scored a game-high 20 points, and junior guard Corey Dyches who scored 18 points.

Senior forward Jorarei Bile was the X-factor in this game. Bile is known as a defensive specialist but finished the game with 17 points, which was tied for second highest on his team.

“My teammates were setting me up today,” Bile said.  “I was setting screens, moved around, got open and executed.  In the first half we were kind of gambling on plays, but in the second half we were sharper.”

With the win, Oxon Hill now improves to 5-1, while Potomac falls to 6-2.

“We are just trying to continue to build off successes,” Oxon Hill Head Coach Lewis Howard said. “Winning this game propels us to the next game, and we will see Potomac again.

“We need just need to improve on rebounding the basketball. I thought in the second half we did a better job at rebounding the basketball and that created opportunities for us in transition, and we go some easy buckets.”


Douglass Eagles defeat Fairmont Heights Hornet in MPSSAA 1A regional playoff.Douglass Eagles defeat Fairmont Heights Hornet in MPSSAA 1A regional playoff.

TOP: November 16, 2018: Douglass Eagles wide receiver Malik Pettaway (4) stiff arms Fairmont Heights Hornets middle linebacker Ricardo Jackson (6) during the MPSSAA 1A Football Playoff game between the Douglass Eagles and the Fairmont Heights Hornets at Fairmont Heights High School in Fairmont Heights, Maryland. Photo by Cory Royster/The Prince George’s Sentinel.

BOTTOM: November 16, 2018: Fairmont Heights Hornets running back Kemani Rhodes (1) is met by a host of Douglass Eagles defenders during the MPSSAA 1A Football Playoff game between the Douglass Eagles and the Fairmont Heights Hornets at Fairmont Heights High School in Fairmont Heights, Maryland. Photo by Cory Royster/The Prince George’s Sentinel.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS – Last season, Frederick Douglass High School and Fairmont Heights High School met in the regional semifinals of the playoffs.

This season, both teams took it a step further and had a thrilling Friday Night Lights showdown on Nov. 16 for the 1A south regional football championship.  Douglass shutout Fairmont Heights in the regional semifinals game last year after a masterful 38-0 victory.

Although this year’s match was much more competitive, the result remained the same. Led by their staggering defense and balanced offensive game, Douglass came away with the regional championship with a hard-fought 20-12 win over Fairmont Heights.

This playoff game did not disappoint as both teams came out ready.  With less than two minutes into the game, Fairmont Heights quarterback Anthony Craven had some miscommunication with his team and fumbled the ball. Defensive end senior James Izzard, who played football for the first time this year, recovered the fumble for Douglass and took it to the opponent’s one-yard line.

Following the turnover, senior running back Cameron Munoz ran in from one yard out for the first score of the game.

With playoff intensity on their mind, Douglass went for the two-point conversion early and made it an 8-0 game.

“When it came down to that play, I was just sitting there like this is amazing,” Izzard said with watery eyes.  “I’ve never seen something like that coming, but when I got it, I knew that was going to be a game changer. I wanted to make a point and set a tone so that we can come out here do what we do every single game and that’s work hard and love on each other every single day.

“We come out here every single time and tell each other, ‘we got to do this, and we got to win.’  We come together as brothers, and if we don’t do that, then we fall apart, and I pray to God we don’t fall apart any day.”

That play by Izzard changed the momentum as Douglass forced two more turnovers, scored another rushing touchdown and held Fairmont Heights to zero points all in the first half. Douglass was the underdog on paper, but they played like they were right at home.

“We watched a lot of film on the dominant guys for Fairmont, and they don’t go down easy,” junior safety Geo-Di Tolbert, who had a second quarter interception, said. “We tackled good, we covered good and got out with the W.”

Although Douglass was off to a good start with a 14-0 lead at halftime, they lost their starting running back Munoz to a lower-body injury.  Despite that, Douglass had other players step up to fill that void like junior running back Zavier Price. Price had 17 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown as he was a key factor to the success of the offense.

“I give credit to all of my line and my lead blockers,” Price said. “All you have to do is read them, and they do a great job, work hard. I feel like everybody played as a team. It’s not like one person doing a good job, and it’s a team effort. I feel like just have to look at the mistakes that we did offensively and defensively and get better at practice. Just keep moving and pushing and we going to go all the way.”

In the second half, Fairmont Heights came out with a different energy. In the third period, they forced a turnover and on their next offensive drive, running back Kemani Rhodes ran the ball into the end zone for their first touchdown of the game, which made it a 14-6 game early in the third quarter.

The defense stepped up as well as they made multiple big plays, such as forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and numerous stops on fourth down.  Even though things started to look up, the offense could not turn the stops by the defense into points, and time was not on their side.

In the final quarter, Douglass played clock management with a 14-6 lead, and things looked bad for Fairmont Heights.

With 2:29 left in the game, Douglass got too comfortable and passed the ball. Michael Howard for Fairmont got the interception and ran it back for a touchdown, which made it a 12-14 game.

With the game on the line, Fairmont Heights went for two points but came up short.  To put the icing on the cake, Price broke off a 29-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds left in the game that sent Douglass the state semifinal game.

“We knew that Fairmont Heights had been tough all year,” Douglass Head Coach Julius Pinkney said. “They were dynamic, and that was definitely a concern of ours, trying to keep them out of the end zone.

“Offensively we struggled getting points but we moved the ball all season, but I knew we had to score points tonight to beat a team like this because they are so dangerous. I believe Dunbar is our next opponent and they are built similar to Fairmont Heights, so that’s a good thing for us in preparation being a little bit familiar with them.

“At this point, we just have to get healthy.  We’ve been here before with the injuries, so we are going to put our best guys out there and see how it goes.”



Left: October 27, 2018: Crossland running back Darius McBride (28) carries the ball during a PG County high school football game at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, MD. Photo by Michael R. Smith/The Prince George’s Sentinel

Right: October 27, 2018: Quarterback Justin Holloway (3) carries the ball during a PG County high school football game at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland. Photo by Michael R. Smith/The Prince George’s Sentinel

TEMPLE HILLS – Players of the Crossland Cavaliers football team ran up to the coaching staff on the sideline with Gatorade buckets and poured water all over them in celebration for something that has not been done for a while.

For the first time in 23 years, Crossland High School is heading to the postseason after securing a 34-12 victory over the Parkdale Panthers on Nov. 3.  Crossland was led by their senior quarterback Justin Holloway, who finished the day with four total touchdowns.

“Our offense was so successful today because it starts with our offensive line,” Holloway said.  “Without the O-line, you can’t do nothing on the field.  You can’t get a yard, and all you are going to do is keep going back.

“So, I had to keep them up and keep pushing them forward. We just have to keep our heads tall so that we can go all the way.  “We made it to the playoffs now, so why not go all the way?  We need to just improve on some discipline and work on our strategies.  I like us to just play as a team.”

Crossland did not waste any time as they got off to a hot start.

On their first drive of the game, senior running back Darius McBride broke off an 88-yard touchdown that set the tone for the rest of the game.  McBride was a pivotal piece to Crossland’s offense and finished the day with the game with 15 carries for 156 yards and one touchdown.

“We had good discipline today,” McBride said.  “Everybody was doing their part and fighting for each other. The offense is a team game.

“You have to fight for each other, block for each other, run hard, and we have to want it. We just need to condition more, keep our heads in the game and stick together for the playoffs.”

After that run by McBride, Holloway threw his first touchdown pass of the afternoon to junior wide receiver Anthony James, Jr., which put Crossland up 12-0 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Parkdale responded with a one-yard quarterback sneak by senior Ta’Ron Hewan that cut the score down to 12-6 late in the first half.  However, Holloway threw a 50-yard bomb to sophomore Jeremiah Gibson for a touchdown to end the half and gave Crossland a 20-6 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Crossland forced three turnovers and turned them into points. Holloway continued to lead the way as he threw and ran for his third and fourth touchdowns of the contest; Holloway finished with two rushing and two passing touchdowns.

Although Crossland had three passing touchdowns, they were more effective with their ground game as they finished with 262 rushing yards as opposed to 73 passing yards.

“I thought we ran the ball well today, but toward the end there, I thought I was going to the air a little bit too much, and we weren’t able to take time off the clock at the end,” Crossland’s fourth-year Head Coach Eric Knight said. “We ran the ball because we thought we outmatched them size-wise.  The plan was to run the ball when we are going into the wind and when we had the wind at our back we passed the ball.”

With Crossland going into territory they have not been to in more than two decades, this win showed the tenacity and perseverance of the Cavaliers.

“It’s been since 1995 that Crossland has been in the playoffs,” Knight said. “I been in the playoffs most of my career, so I just feel like it’s a special time of year. It’s a time where you have to make sure you practice hard every day because it’s one-and-done in the playoffs.

“So, you can’t have any halfway practices or anything like that. You just have to prepare and come out there and give it your best shot every play, every day. We just have to work on our penalties and work on not having breakdowns in pass protection and other areas like that.”