Andy Kostka

Sports intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

University of Maryland Class of 2020. Former sports editor of The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper.

Four Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. Seventh-place finish in Hearst Sports Writing Competition.

RM alumnus Sam Deutsch wins Jeopardy College Championship

It all started with Maruchan Ramen Noodles, and ended with $100,000 in his pocket, and Vice-President Joe Biden giving him a shout-out. Richard Montgomery alumnus Sam Deutsch won the Jeopardy College Championship, which aired on February 12. How does one even get on Jeopardy? Well, for Deutsch, a junior at the University of Southern California, the journey began at RM with the It’s Academic Club. RM’s nationally ranked club helped acclimate Deutsch for the Quiz Bowl environment, but also introd

Water damage leaves RM gymnasium out of commission

Winter Storm Jonas and its 30 inches of snow not only canceled MCPS schools for a week, it also closed Richard Montgomery High School’s main gymnasium for the foreseeable future. The melting snow on top of the flat gym roof leaked into RM’s gym and warped the wood playing surface in two places. MCPS contractors will arrive this week to identify the exact location of the leak, and efforts are already underway to repair the gym’s playing surface. “When water sits on wood, it soaks it up and then

Volleyball fall to Blair in playoffs, season comes to a close

One final set would decide if the season would continue or slam to an abrupt finish. For the six RM seniors, the fear was for this to be one final high school girls volleyball set. The fear became reality in just a few moments. Blair would once again break the hearts of the Richard Montgomery girls volleyball team, winning the fifth and final set 8-15 in the second round of the playoffs Monday night. The Blazers ended a five-game winning streak by the Rockets earlier in the regular season, and

RM football defeat Clarksburg, move closer to playoff berth

Richard Montgomery honored their 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees on the field during RM’s 20-13 victory over Clarksburg on Friday. The question remained, would any current players one day join this illustrious group? Senior Daniel Alexander emphatically made his case with two interceptions against Clarksburg, one a 99-yard return for a touchdown. “Coach [Wheeler],” the defensive coordinator for the Rockets, “switched up the defense, so that means I’m playing over top of everything,” Alexa

Chaotic scene after RM's September 18 football game at Rockville explained, but questions remain

On September 18, just after Richard Montgomery High School’s 54-26 victory over Rockville High School, a fight and a student seizure unrelated to the fight occurred as fans exited from Rockville’s Joseph B. Good Stadium.  The scene drew a large crowd and police presence right outside the school gates. Rumors abound about what happened after the game, but the story is not at all one fueled by Rockville vs. RM sentiments. Based on eyewitness accounts from students and parents, as well as intervie