High expectations and a decorated history follow varsity girls' soccer. Blair has averaged 12 wins per season over the past four years and has consistently been a top contender in the county. The team had a tough starting schedule and are 4-2-2. They are hoping to improve their record by capitalizing on games to come. Coach Robert Gibb is optimistic about the rest of the season. "We could have a playoff breakthrough this year," he said.
Blair's defense is looking promising, especially after they held rival B-CC scoreless in the first game of the season. The Blazers followed up the B-CC game with a tough loss to Quince Orchard, but then bounced back by trouncing Northwood with a ten-point lead.
Gibb is hopeful that the team will succeed because they have a force of talented players. "We have a lot of depth on this team which help us stay fresh on the field," he says.
With the success of two straight eight-win seasons in their past, the boys' varsity soccer team must attempt to recreate that success with a new set of players. The team wants to go further in the playoffs than they have in the past. Two years ago, the team was knocked out in the second round, and last year they were eliminated in the first round.
The captains of the team this year are seniors Kevin Fallet, Sebastian Soto and George Hernandez. The team will look to this leadership as a new cast of younger players take on key roles at the varsity level for the first time. Coach John Haige doesn't feel the lack of experience though. "I don't feel like there's any inexperience. Our younger players play on high level club teams which eases the transition."
Hoping to build off of last year's successful 8-4 season, Coach David Ngbea believes the team will have a strong showing this year. "We have been successful in the past," Ngbea said. "But we will still be able to improve this year."
The team will be led by the senior co-captains Stella Bartholet, Jane Lee, Anna Lu, Olivia Nono and Victoria Pai. Freshman Leslie Chen and Camilla Arias, both singles players, will support the team and bring fresh talent. Ngbea was forced to skip some veterans over in the lineup because they had not improved as much as he had hoped.
Blair field hockey will have a different experience this season because they will be facing a new set of teams. The Montgomery County divisions were been shuffled this season, and the Lady Blazers will play different teams than previous years. In the past two years, the team has had a solid 7-6 performance, but these records may not be an indicator of how the team will perform this coming season.
Denny says that the team should be better this year after turning their focus to fundamentals. "We've been working on implementing basics during practice," says Denny. The team is going to have to move beyond the basics soon if they are to rebound this season and make a competitive bid for a winning record.
With very little to build off due to poor records in the past, the Blair football team has tried to remain confident, but nonetheless are off to a rough start. The Blazer community has been disappointed in recent years, with the team finishing with an embarrassing record of 3-7 last year. The Blazers are off to a heartbreaking 0-5 start, and have been outscored 159 to 30. They will need their captains, seniors Robert Clingman, Jonathan Shaw, Kevin Dupalis, Peter Gondor and David Chow to motivate the team and get them to win some games. The team has lost two games that they were expected to win this season, one to Wheaton and the other to rival Northwood. The team was shut out the past two games and was outscored 77 to 0 during the course of the two blowouts.
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