The team demolished almost all of their competition – with scores like 25-0 – and, according to Hoelman, only played one bad game (which they won). Hoelman believes that they played their best in their 11-0 loss to Sherwood on April 7. Hoelman said that this team showed a strong level of maturity and worked well together. "One of our best parts was our team unity," he said. "They just bonded together and played outstanding ball." With six seniors graduating from varsity this year, Hoelman expects that many of his JV players will be moving up.
It was a heartbreaking season for the JV baseball team (5-8): they started off the season with a weak record of 2-6, but rebounded after spring break to win four out of their next five games. In games against teams like powerhouses Churchill, Whitman and Magruder, Blair was victorious by large margins. These teams had outstanding records before the Blair match-up but the Blazers put them in their place. However, because of Montgomery County regulations, the team was not able to play the extra game it needed to break 500, a real blow to such a comeback team.
JV Girls' Lacrosse
The JV girls' lacrosse team finished off the season with a losing record of 3-8, but coach Christine Denny does not believe that the record is at all reflective of how well the team played. "The record sounds awful," she said. "But it was actually a really successful season." They kept the scores close in games against three of the powerhouse teams in the region, Magruder, Sherwood and Walter Johnson. These teams generally demolish the Blair squad.
The team was focused on learning the basics of the sport, and performed well despite their lack of training. "They were a group of girls committed to playing and practicing," Denny said. "They trusted each other." Denny is disappointed that the record does not show the progress the team has made. However, if these players continue progressing at the same rate, Denny is confident that they will be an asset to the varsity squad.
JV Boys' Lacrosse
During their 11 game season, the boys' lacrosse team won eight, lost one and tied two, to close the season with one of the most successful records the team has had in years. Coach Adrian Kelly believes that the team played an excellent season, although he would have liked to have seen them go undefeated.
The team kicked off the season with a 5-2 win against powerhouse Whitman that proved to be a confidence booster for the remainder of the season.
The team relied heavily on freshmen power and new finds because there were only four returning players to the JV squad. According to Kelly, the team's strongest suits were an athletic and physical defense, and an able goalie. Having this strong defense took pressure off the offense and allowed the Blazers to keep the scores tight in key games.
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