Jack Estrin


Name: Jack Estrin
Position: Online Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2014


Stories (52)


Blazers fall to Cougars in state semifinals

By Jack Estrin | May 21, 2014, 10:51 a.m. | In Blair »

On a warm Tuesday evening in Glen Burnie, MD, the Blair softball team (19-3) fell to the Chesapeake Cougars (17-6) 5-2 in the Maryland 4A state semifinal.

Blazers come up just short against Whitman

By Jack Estrin | March 6, 2014, 8:43 a.m. | In Blair »

In front of an electric crowd, the Blazers went on the road and played the Vikings even throughout the game before coming up just short at the end, and ultimately falling 41-40.

NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 14, 2014, 2:19 p.m. | In Professional »

With NBA All-Star Weekend set to kick off on Friday, there is much to look out for. Stephen Curry will team up with his dad in the Sears Shooting Stars competition, emerging mega-star Paul George will compete in the dunk contest and local studs Bradley Beal and John Wall will make their All-Star Weekend debuts. Here is the ultimate guide to the weekend's four main events.

2013-2014 NBA preview

By Jack Estrin Michael Gerbasi | Oct. 28, 2013, 6:21 p.m. | In Professional »

NBA fans need wait no longer: introducing the official SCO 2013-2014 NBA preview.

SCO Says: Girlfriends, weather and homecoming experiences

By Rohan Oprisko, Jack Estrin, Caroline Gabriel, Emma Yeager | Oct. 20, 2013, 8:17 p.m. | In Humor »

This year was kind of a fail for me getting girls at homecoming. How do I get a girl to dance with me next year? -Desperate to dance

Blair evacuated due to microwave fire

By Jack Estrin Aanchal Johri | Oct. 10, 2013, 8:51 p.m. | In Local »

Today, around 8:40 a.m., students were evacuated from Montgomery Blair High School after a staff member accidentally left food heating in the microwave unattended, causing a small fire.

"Oblivion" fails to obliterate

By Jack Estrin | April 28, 2013, 4:25 a.m. | In Movies »

"Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski is back with another sci-fi film, but unfortunately the product is abysmal and mediocre. Although the film has ample star power with versatile actors such as Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise, Oblivion simply lacks any kind of "wow" factor.

Mr. Allen: no jokes (VIDEO)

By Jack Estrin | April 15, 2013, 12:52 p.m. | In Features »

"Stevie killed the teacher, Stevie killed the teacher!" And so goes one of math teacher Ty Allen's most legendary stories. But don't let his colorful personality and humorous anecdotes give you the wrong impression about his classroom: his class is no joke. Allen has found the perfect combination of fun, entertainment, discipline and math and combined it into one unique teaching style.

Allen, Tyrone

By Jack Estrin | April 13, 2013, 6:23 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Allen's teaching style is self-described as three things: structured, no-nonsense and organized, and these qualities are apparent. He controls his class, and will not put up with anything but civility. His style ensures complete focus from the students, whether he's lecturing or performing one of his classic solo music acts.

News Chips: Proposed minimum wage increase could have unintended effects

By Jack Estrin | March 14, 2013, 2:24 p.m. | In News Blog »

The bill was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and it could potentially give over 30 million Americans a pay raise. Although at first glance, it appears that this bill would bolster America's middle class, the bill could certainly have some unintended effects.

Blazers open playoffs with 50-37 win over Trojans

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 27, 2013, 1:21 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (15-8) brought fire and intensity in their 2013 playoff debut against the Gaithersburg Trojans (6-17). Thus, it came as no surprise when senior captain Justin Kung dove headfirst into the scorers' table late in the fourth quarter to save a loose ball.

5 Spring Training Storylines

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 24, 2013, 1:57 p.m. | In Professional »

As Spring Training starts around the league, every Major League Baseball (MLB) team has its eyes on the World Series. The Giants will look to defend their title, but they may have a hard time winning the battle of California. Meanwhile both local teams tasted success last year, but only time will tell how the Nationals and Orioles will handle expectations.

Blazers finish strong on Senior Night

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 23, 2013, 5:38 p.m. | In Blair »

With 3:36 left in the first half, the moment he had been waiting for finally arrived. A Wheaton guard controlled the ball near the top of the key and then tried to swing it to his teammate in the paint. The pass was intercepted by Blair senior forward Julian Smith-Jones who took it the length of the court for a slam-dunk.

Couch Potato: More viewers needed for NBA all-star game

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 19, 2013, 6:29 p.m. | In Television »

Sunday's National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star game drew 8 million viewers according to TNT, a 13 percent increase over last year's game.

Whitman sinks Blair 48-47 with last second three

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 14, 2013, 10:58 p.m. | In Blair »

With 12.6 seconds left in the game, the Blazers (12-8) found themselves up by one against the visiting Vikings (11-9), well on their way to win number 13 on the season. Junior co-captain Damar Bess was at the free throw line, and Bess had already scored 10 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Summer Delights closes

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 10, 2013, 8:11 p.m. | In Local »

At the end of January, the Takoma Park ice cream shop Summer Delights closed. A new restaurant owned by Jeff Black will be built in the open space following the closing of Summer Delights.

Ray Lewis: football star or criminal?

By Jack Estrin | Feb. 8, 2013, 12:36 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

When Ray Lewis took the field for the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in the Super Bowl, many saw a hall of fame middle linebacker, famous for his motivational speeches and hard hits.

NFL Divisional Round Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Jan. 12, 2013, 1:28 p.m. | In Professional »

The Redskins' season is over, and now the spotlight switches to the Ravens, who take on the top seeded Broncos in Denver. The Ravens are huge underdogs, but they proved a lot int their big win over Indianapolis last week.

TechnoLogical: Social media: a crime stopper

By Jack Estrin | Jan. 7, 2013, 12:37 p.m. | In News Blog »

Many police forces all around the country are using social media pages to investigate criminal activity.

NFL Wild Card Round Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Jan. 4, 2013, 10:28 p.m. | In Professional »

Once again, three rookie quarterbacks are taking the spotlight. Andrew Luck and the Colts suit up against the Ravens on Sunday, followed by a Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III showdown at FedEx Field.

What's In and Out in 2013

By Jack Estrin Richard Chen | Dec. 31, 2012, 2:10 p.m. | In Entertainment »

PLOT TWIST: "YOLO" is dead.

NFL Week Sixteen Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Dec. 21, 2012, 9:53 p.m. | In Professional »

Only two weeks left in the regular season and both local teams are battling it out for playoff spots. The Ravens have been sliding after beginning the season 9-2 they have now lost three in a row and must face the Giants and the Bengals with their playoff hopes on the line.

News Chips: Bullets for bucks

By Jack Estrin | Dec. 20, 2012, 7:53 p.m. | In News Blog »

Guns and violent crime have been a problem in Prince George's (PG) County for years. That being said, the county looks genuinely interested in revamping its image, and making crime stopping a key priority.

Cougars hand Blair their first loss of the year

By Jack Estrin | Dec. 20, 2012, 1:44 p.m. | In Blair »

Coming into the game 4-0, the Blazers (4-1) had yet to be legitimately challenged. Quince Orchard (3-2) gave Blair all they could handle, en route to a dominating 64-43 victory over the Blazers.

NFL Week Fifteen Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Dec. 16, 2012, 2:17 p.m. | In Professional »

This weekend will be filled with big time matchups with playoff implications.

Winter Sports Preview: 2012-2013

By Melissa Arias, Jack Estrin, Grace Hill, Temi Ibirogba, Sam Lewando | Dec. 11, 2012, 12:51 p.m. | In Blair »

Winter sports are back as the 2012-2013 season gets off to a rousing start.

NFL Week Fourteen Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Dec. 9, 2012, 1:26 p.m. | In Professional »

The Redskins take on the Ravens this week in a battle of the beltway. The 9-3 Ravens are on paper the favorites but our SCO experts are voting 4-0 in favor of the Skins.

Blair dominates Northwood in Battle of the Boulevard

By Jack Estrin | Dec. 8, 2012, 7:58 p.m. | In Blair »

It looked like Northwood (0-2) might have a chance against Blair as they scored first, taking a 2-0 lead over the Blazers. That only lasted for a minute however as Blair (2-0) went on to dominate the rest of the game en route to a 56-20 thrashing of their archrivals.

Blair routs Gaithersburg 67-48 in opener

By Jack Estrin | Dec. 7, 2012, 4:43 p.m. | In Blair »

Down 39-38 in the fourth quarter, the Blazers (1-0) were just on the cusp of breaking through against Gaithersburg (0-1).

NFL Week Thirteen Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Dec. 1, 2012, 4:45 p.m. | In Professional »

A relatively boring weekend of football will be saved on Monday Night as the Redskins face off with the Giants on national television.

NFL Week Twelve Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Nov. 20, 2012, 9:14 p.m. | In Professional »

It's Thanksgiving, which means a day filled with football, food and fun and this year's Thanksgiving football slate is more exciting than ever.

Wizards lack magic touch in NBA draft

By Jack Estrin | Nov. 19, 2012, 8:59 p.m. | In Professional »

Ever since the 2008-2009 season, the Wizards have been flat out terrible. But their continued struggles and lack of improvement can be almost entirely blamed on their inability to draft good players.

NFL Week Eleven Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Nov. 18, 2012, 3:09 p.m. | In Professional »

It will be an exciting weekend of football. The Redskins are back as they face off with the Vick-less Eagles at home and the Ravens play the Steelers on Sunday Night Football to kick off another edition of the much anticipated rivalry.

"Skyfall": James Bond is back

By Jack Estrin | Nov. 13, 2012, midnight | In Movies »

Agent 007 is back in action, this time with the reputation of MI6 at stake. Directed by Sam Mendes, "Skyfall" is one of the best James Bond films to date, with high octane motor chases, witty dialogue and a very satisfying plot twist that will excite most fans.

NFL Week Ten Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Nov. 11, 2012, 3:04 p.m. | In Professional »

While the Redskins sit at home and watch during their bye week, DC fans will have to find another game for their Sunday fun. The Houston Texans against the Chicago Bears will be that game.

Affirmative action: socioeconomic status is the way to go

By Jack Estrin | Nov. 11, 2012, 1:25 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court should rule in favor of Texas, but with one caveat. They should state that affirmative action should now solely be based on an applicant's financial status and social background.

The Blair Boogie: Best albums to look out for

By Jack Estrin | Nov. 9, 2012, 12:57 p.m. | In Music »

As the year winds down, there are still several big albums that have yet to hit the online marketplace. 2012 has been a big year in the music world, and only time will tell what the rest of the year holds for us.

NFL Week Nine Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Nov. 4, 2012, 2:53 p.m. | In Professional »

The NFL has reached its halfway point and still many questions remain unanswered. Can anyone but the Giants compete in the NFC East? Are the Falcons too good to lose?

NFL Week Eight Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Oct. 28, 2012, 2:13 p.m. | In Professional »

RG3 was great once again and yet the Redskins dropped to 3-4. The Redskins are living proof that one man doesn't make a team.

Sideline Report: The case for Mike Trout

By Jack Estrin | Oct. 25, 2012, 4:51 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

Last time I checked, the MVP award went to the player who contributed most to his team's success. Judging by this rubric, Angels' rookie outfielder Mike Trout should be a runaway for this year's American League (AL) MVP award.

NFL Week Seven Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Oct. 21, 2012, 1:43 p.m. | In Professional »

The Ravens finally seemed to be getting healthy with Terrell Suggs' imminent return when last week against Dallas both Ray Lewis and LarDarius Webb went down with serious injuries.

NFL Week Six Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Oct. 14, 2012, 12:14 p.m. | In Professional »

Now that the Nationals' and Orioles' seasons have been abruptly ended, local sports fans will be looking to the Redskins and Ravens for hope.

SilverStyle: Halloween guide for guys

By Jack Estrin Sam Lewando | Oct. 10, 2012, 4:16 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

We're here with the first ever fashion blog on SCO written by guys to give you some ideas on what to wear for the most important holiday of the fall season.

Blazer wins essay competition

By Jack Estrin | Oct. 8, 2012, 8:55 p.m. | In National »

On Sept. 26, senior Tommy Raskin was named the winner of the Humanist Essay Contest, which was sponsored by The Humanist magazine. Raskin discovered the contest through an advertisement in an issue of the magazine.

NFL Week Five Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Oct. 3, 2012, 8:16 p.m. | In Professional »

A week of boring match-ups is to come but Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady will liven it up. It may not be the same as in years past but it should be interesting to watch.

Sideline Report: In New York, it's Tebow Time

By Jack Estrin | Oct. 2, 2012, 4:50 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

The New York Jets' offense hit rock bottom this past week when they were shutout 34-0 by the San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Mark Sanchez posted a dismal 2.8 quarterback rating and completed less than half of his passes.

NFL Week Four Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Sept. 27, 2012, 10:52 p.m. | In Professional »

It is about time. Three weeks of missed calls and unruly play was enough to get Roger Goodell and the NFL to finally finish their failure of an experiment with replacement referees.

Athletic Department wants new scoreboard

By Jack Estrin | Sept. 26, 2012, 4:51 p.m. | In Blair »

The Athletic Department is looking into the purchase of a new scoreboard for its stadium, which could potentially cost up to $60,000.

NFL Week Three Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Sept. 20, 2012, 4:53 p.m. | In Professional »

Week two showed that nobody is invincible as the Ravens, Patriots, Jets and Broncos tallied their first loss of the season. Here are our picks for Week 3.

NFL Week Two Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Sept. 12, 2012, 8:02 p.m. | In Professional »

A lot happened week one, but the question is what was a predictor of things to come and what was a result of a lot of luck (Kevin Ogletree) or not enough luck (Eli Manning).

For the Nationals, the time is now

By Jack Estrin | Sept. 11, 2012, 3:16 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

Sept. 7 marked Stephen Strasburg's last start of the season because of the Nationals' self-imposed innings limit. From day one, the team has said that they will shut down Strasburg after around 160 to 180 innings.

NFL Week One Predictions

By Jack Estrin, Michael Gerbasi, Jacob Buchholz, Josh Schmidt | Sept. 4, 2012, 3:51 p.m. | In Professional »

The NFL is back and after an offseason, which included the uncovering of a bounty scandal, an unresolved labor dispute with the referees union and an unending array of lawsuits filed against the league, we need football more than ever.