Jon Berger


Name: Jon Berger
Position: Print Ombudsman
Graduation Year: 2007
Jon Berger is a junior in the magnet. He likes ipods, poker, mountain biking, Batman, and listing some of his favorite bands. So : Fugazi, GY!BE, Kid Dynamite, At the Drive-In, Comeback Kid, Envy, Christie Front Drive, Rites of Spring, Neutral Milk Hotel, Hot Cross, and Phish. Also he is pretty obsessed about Die Hard and will watch all 3 movies marathon-style any chance he gets.


Stories (34)


Girls' Lacrosse advances in playoffs

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | May 6, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

In an exciting post-season opener, the Blair girls' lacrosse team, 5-7 in the regular season, demolished the Paint Branch Panthers to advance to the second round of playoffs for the first time in two years. The Blazers will face the Blake Bengals this Saturday.

Blazers push past Cavaliers

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | May 4, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The girls' lacrosse team beat out the Kennedy Cavaliers tonight in a fast-paced, high scoring game to pick up their fourth win of the season. The Blazers took control with early goals by juniors Rachita Sood and Helen Anderson, and stayed comfortably ahead for the remainder of the match.

Blazers crush Northwest Jaguars

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | May 2, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The girls' lacrosse team (3-7) faced the Northwest Jaguars today in an exciting game that finally ended the Blazers' seven-game losing streak.

Trojans push past Blazers

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | April 25, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair girls' lacrosse team (2-5) took on the Gaithersburg Trojans in a well-fought but disappointing game that ended in the Blazers' sixth straight loss. The Blazers began the game with a solid defense, carefully protecting the goal. However, the girls had trouble bringing the ball downfield, and a powerful Gaithersburg offense scored their first goal after only three minutes.

Girls' lacrosse hits 2-0

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | March 23, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

Early in the season, the girls' lacrosse team (2-0) has shown a marked improvement over last season, when the team ended their season with a 2-11 record. The Blazers sped past the Richard Montgomery Rockets today in a game that showed promise for the rest of the season.

Springbrook bedevils Lady Blazers in 9-2 rout

By Jon Berger Adam Yalowitz | March 13, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The girls' lacrosse team lost to the Springbrook Blue Devils, 9-2, extending a four-game losing streak and bringing their record to a disappointing 2-4. The game started off sloppy, with poor handling and passing from both teams.

Ombudsmen: A two-way street

By Jon Berger Jordan Fein | Dec. 18, 2006, midnight

The relationship between a reporter and a source is founded on mutual trust. Reporters must trust their sources to provide accurate information, and in return, sources must trust reporters to represent them fairly. But before a source, whether anonymous or named, consents to appear in a story, he or she must always weigh the potential consequences of that decision.

Wrestlers slapped down in season opener

By Jon Berger | Dec. 6, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

Though the Blazers never expected to pull out a win against the consistently solid Springbrook team, they were nevertheless disappointed by a lopsided 9-69 loss in the wrestling squad's first dual meet of the season. The team has few returning varsity wrestlers, and even with the use of rookies was forced to forfeit five of the fourteen matches.

Blake KOs Field Hockey

By Jon Berger | Oct. 26, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

OCT. 26, BLAKE— After one of its best seasons in recent memory, the Blair field hockey team (4-9) was knocked out of the 4A Regional Playoffs tonight in a tense, 0-2 match against the sixth-seeded Blake Bengals. Although the Blazers played at Blake's level, they could not compete with Blake's superior stickwork and speed and were unable to break through the Bengal defense.

What's in a name? Credibility and responsibility

By Jon Berger Jordan Fein | Oct. 8, 2006, midnight

"Sleeping at her desk, senior Xenadra looks just like the Blazers who surround her. At first glance, it's tough to tell that she is in fact a drug-addicted gang member and illegal immigrant from a war-torn nation, struggling to come to grips with her bisexuality in an overcrowded school."

Field Hockey tramples Cavaliers for second win

By Jon Berger | Oct. 4, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

OCT. 4, BLAZER FIELD– The Blair field hockey won its second game in a row in a 5-0 blowout match against the Kennedy Cavaliers. The Blazers, who are now 2-5 on the season, dominated the game from start to finish, just as in their previous match against the Northwood Gladiators.

Field Hockey stands firm against Cougars

By Jon Berger | Sept. 25, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 25, BLAZER FIELD– Losing a game is almost never fun. But after today's 0-3 loss against the Quince Orchard Cougars, the Blair field hockey team was in the best mood they've been all season. The Blazers (0-5), coming off last week's frustrating loss to Seneca Valley and a weekend with no practice, played their "best game in three years" according to one spectator.

Blazers fall to Bengals

By Jon Berger | Sept. 15, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

Sept. 15, BLAZER FIELD– The Blair field hockey team was defeated by the Blake Bengals 0-1 today in their first home match of the season, bringing their record to a dismal 0-3. The Blazers had several strong individual performances, but could not connect offensively and were unable get near the goal.

Blazers trample over Knights

By Jon Berger | May 10, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

After last week's win over the Kennedy Cavaliers, the Blair girls' lacrosse team was raring to go tonight for their final regular season game against the Wheaton Knights. They were in good spirits and a giant sign reading "We Be Beatin' Wheaton" showed their confidence about finishing the season with a win.

Lacrosse cut down by Warriors

By Jon Berger | April 27, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

It was the same story that has played out again and again for the girls' lacrosse team this year. The Warriors scored easily in the first minute of the game and took off from there. By the end of regulation, the Blazers had been beaten down 2-14 to extend their losing streak to nine games.

Colonels march past Blazers

By Jon Berger | April 20, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

Apr. 19, BLAZER STADIUM— It started just like so many of the other girls' lacrosse games this season. An opposing player won the face-off and drove straight downfield to the goal, scoring in the first minute of play. Although the game brought forth frequent "flashes of brilliance" for the Blazers, according to Coach Mike Horne, they could not keep up with Magruder and lost 8-14, to extend their losing streak to seven games.

Gymnasts fall to seasoned Wildcats

By Jon Berger | April 4, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The gymnastics team lost to the Walter Johnson Wildcats today in an uneven contest that ended with a final score of 164.9 to 142. Coming off of a close 1-point win over Blake last week, the team had high hopes for the match, but injuries and missing gymnasts prevented the team from coming close to a win.

Girls lacrosse mauled by Bengals

By Jon Berger | March 31, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair girls' lacrosse team fell to the Blake Bengals tonight 8-14, stretching this year's losing record to 0-4. Despite the lopsided score, the team was positive about their ability to keep the game competitive. The eight Blair goals were scored by a combination of six different players, a definite improvement over previous games where seniors Maddie Driskill and Diana Frey dominated the offense.

Titans smash through Blazers

By Jon Berger | March 28, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers were defeated tonight by the Einstein Titans 8-4 in a frustrating game that highlighted the team's inexperience. They had trouble connecting with their passes and recovering ground balls for much of the match, and sorely missed the leadership of injured senior captains Julie Spatz and Diana Frey.

Wolverines slip by Blazers

By Jon Berger | March 21, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

Mar. 21, BLAZER STADIUM—

Magruder beats down Blazers

By Jon Berger | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Community ice hockey team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Montgomery Blair High School athletic program or Montgomery County Public Schools. The team is an independent group of Blair students.

Blake edges past Blazers

By Jon Berger | Feb. 6, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Community ice hockey team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Montgomery Blair High School athletic program or Montgomery County Public Schools. The team is an independent group of Blair students.

Blue Devils roll over Blazers

By Jon Berger | Jan. 31, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Community ice hockey team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Montgomery Blair High School athletic program or Montgomery County Public Schools. The team is an independent group of Blair students.

Trojans slip past Blazers

By Jon Berger | Jan. 28, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Community ice hockey team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Montgomery Blair High School athletic program or Montgomery County Public Schools. The team is an independent group of Blair students.

Patriots fly by Blazers

By Jon Berger | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

After last week's disappointing loss against Damascus, the Blair Community ice hockey team hoped to turn around their season tonight against Wootton. To their dismay however, the Blazers were demolished by the Patriots in a 10-0 shutout that lasted less than five minutes into the second period.

Blair hockey falls to the Barons

By Jon Berger | Dec. 15, 2005, midnight

Less than three minutes into the first period, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) player skated around the back of the net and slammed the puck past junior Robbie Ginsberg, scoring the Barons' first goal of the night. They kept up the pressure for the rest of the game, demolishing the Blazers in a 7-0 shutout for Blair's third loss of the season to drop their record to 0-3.

Blazers pummeled by Panthers

By Jon Berger | Dec. 2, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair Community ice hockey team lost a tough 5-3 slugfest against the Paint Branch Panthers; a defeat that highlighted their inexperience due to the graduation of key seniors from last year's team.

Blue Devils knock out Blazers

By Jon Berger | Oct. 27, 2005, midnight

The Blair varsity field hockey team finished their season with a 1-11-1 record after being soundly beaten in a 7-1 loss against the Springbrook Blue Devils in the first round of county playoffs. The Blazers have struggled for much of the season, and were clearly outmatched by the Blue Devils, who were divisional champions last year and are seeded first this year. Springbrook's crisp, aggressive offense overwhelmed the Blazer defense, and Blair's offense could put enough pressure on the Blue Devils.

Paint Branch slips by Blazers

By Jon Berger | Oct. 21, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The field hockey team was handed a frustrating, double-overtime loss by the Paint Branch Panthers, despite the strongest performance they have had all season. Playing on a muddy field in a frigid rain, the Blazers had an intense game with solid passing and excellent individual performances in the last game of the regular season. Yet it was not enough, as Blair fell 2-1 in sudden death.

Blazers falter against Blue Devils

By Jon Berger | Oct. 15, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair field hockey team was defeated this afternoon 4-0 by the last year's divisional champions, the Springbrook Blue Devils. Led by their seven departing seniors, the Blazers played well against a difficult opponent but were hurt by a lack of cohesion and aggressive play.

Field Hockey ties Gaithersburg

By Jon Berger | Oct. 9, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

OCT 6, MONTGOMERY BLAIR— Blair's varsity field hockey team tied the Gaithersburg Trojans today in a frustrating 1-1 match that went into double overtime, bringing the team's record to 1-5-1 following last week's win against Kennedy. The Blazers dominated the game but once again failed to capitalize on their many scoring opportunities.

Blazers mauled by Jaguars

By Jon Berger | Sept. 27, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's field hockey suffered a 4-0 loss to the Northwest Jaguars today, dropping their record to 0-5. The Blazers came out of the gate sloppy and disorganized, allowing all four of the game's goals in the first 15 minutes. Although the team greatly improved after halftime, they were unable to score and ended up with their fourth goalless game of the season.

Eagles soar over Blazers

By Jon Berger | Sept. 20, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair field hockey team lost their third game of the season in a difficult but encouraging 4-1 loss against the Seneca Valley Eagles. Despite the score, the Blazers are satisfied with their improvement over previous games.

Blazers dominated by Poolesville

By Jon Berger | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair varsity field hockey team got off to a bad start to their season in a frustrating 6-0 loss against the Poolesville Falcons. The Blazers were unable to muster a consistent offense and were forced to play defensively for most of the game.