James Sleigh




Name: James Sleigh
Position: Online Sports Editor
Graduation Year: 2016
Hi there! My name is James and I'm on SCO's staff this year. I like expressing my views on as many different platforms as possible, so follow me on twitt-... just kidding. I like writing Op/eds and covering sports, especially if that sport is soccer. See you around!


Stories (24)


Smartphone programming club chartered by SilverQuill

By James Sleigh | March 30, 2016, 5:48 p.m. | In Local »

SilverQuill, Blair's literary arts magazine, has enlisted the help of the Smartphone Programming Club in order to reach a more diverse and technology-inclined audience.

Boys' basketball mounts playoff comeback to advance

By James Sleigh | March 3, 2016, 3:35 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' basketball team (13-9) beat the Richard Montgomery Rockets (18-4) in stunning fashion to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Blazers had a strong showing in the second half to beat the top seeded Rockets. Although Blair got off to a slow start, crucial big-man play from twins Julius and Jordan Cobb contributed to Blair's late success.

El Nino forecast

By James Sleigh | Nov. 15, 2015, 11:16 a.m. | In News Blog »

Meteorologists and experts predict that the 2015-2016 El Niño will be one of the strongest ever recorded.

MCPS alters Algebra curriculum to align with Common Core

By James Sleigh | Oct. 26, 2015, 8:08 p.m. | In Local »

National Common Core standards which Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high schools introduced last year have now made their way into Blair's algebra courses.

"Laugh Riot" roars

By James Sleigh | June 9, 2015, 7:53 p.m. | In Plays »

Without many technical aspects of the show, the five short student-produced plays were witty, hilarious and raw with the thespians' talent.

Driving humans away

By James Sleigh | May 13, 2015, 7:19 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Driverless transportation is projected to phase out human-driven transportation in the near future. However, with the move towards automated mobility, entire sectors of the U.S. economy will crumble.

Boys' tennis cruises past Kennedy

By James Sleigh | May 6, 2015, 12:56 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' varsity tennis team (6-5) capped off their season with a 7-0 sweep against the Kennedy Cavaliers on senior night. Senior co-captains Ishaan Parikh and Rahul Bahle each had a memorable game with 6-0 sweeps against their respective opponents.

Blair boys tennis routs Northwood

By James Sleigh | April 30, 2015, 1:19 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys tennis team (5-4) swept Northwood Gladiators (2-8) 7-0 to improve to a winning record. Despite blustery winds and patches of rain, the weather did not distract the team as they crushed the Gladiators

MCPS to consider testing cuts

By James Sleigh | April 26, 2015, 6:57 p.m. | In Local »

On March 30, the President of the Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Board of Education, Patricia O'Neill wrote an open letter to students, parents and teachers regarding the amount of testing occurring during the 2014-2015 school year.

Partisan bickering masks success of Obamacare

By James Sleigh | April 15, 2015, 9:48 p.m. | In News Blog »

Republicans must stop spreading myths and enforcing a negative attitude towards Obamacare, so that every American can be insured.

Boys' tennis bests Sherwood

By James Sleigh | April 15, 2015, 1:46 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys varsity tennis team (1-2) prevailed over the Sherwood Warriors (0-2) in the season home opener. After two straight losses to divisional power houses Wooton and Whitman, the Blazers were able to beat a weaker Sherwood team 5-2, mainly because of strong singles play. The boys singles completed a sweep, winning all four matches.

DC's legalization battle

By James Sleigh | March 25, 2015, 1:35 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Feb. 26, Washington D.C.'s city council semi-legalized marijuana after a long battle with Republican-controlled Congress.The whole saga reveals continuing issues with D.C.'s statehood.

Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe

By James Sleigh | March 22, 2015, 1:31 p.m. | In International »

Hate crimes against racial and political minorities have sharply increased in many western European countries, a sentiment that demonstrates Europe's political shift to more conservative values.

MCPS requests snow day waiver

By James Sleigh | March 18, 2015, 1:59 p.m. | In Local »

On March 17, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) sent a request to the Maryland State Board of Education, the governing body that determines the length of the school year, asking for the school year not to be extended due to snow days.

Blair hockey wins playoff appeal

By James Sleigh | March 1, 2015, 11:15 a.m. | In Local »

The Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) granted the Blair hockey team a playoff berth after the team struggled for a place. The decision came after the team had two other appeals rejected by the smaller hockey governing bodies of the county and state hockey leagues.

After uncertain start, Blair hockey in front

By James Sleigh | Jan. 8, 2015, 1:52 p.m. | In Blair »

Before the puck dropped on Blair's Nov. 7 opener against the Rockville Rams, there were many questions about whether Blazer Hockey would even be able to field a team. Due to an unusual influx of underclassmen (see Sasha Tidwell's Sept. 25 story detailing the problem here) the team was under threat from being registered as a multi high school (co-op) team.

O'Malley legislation remains untouched

By James Sleigh | Dec. 4, 2014, 5:49 p.m. | In News Blog »

Despite the election of Republican Larry Hogan as Maryland's next governor, Republicans failed to force veto referendums that would have challenged the liberal legacy of the exiting O'Malley.

The Pink Out's true colors

By James Sleigh | Oct. 30, 2014, 9:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which once again reminds Americans both about the disease and the controversy surrounding the organizations and nonprofits working for a cure.

Deer herd thinning is good for everyone

By James Sleigh | Oct. 29, 2014, 10:04 a.m. | In News Blog »

Humans have become the only predators to deer, and because of their large population and limited predators, we must take the initiative to curb the herd.

The verdict on 'The Judge'

By James Sleigh | Oct. 21, 2014, 5:13 p.m. | In Movies »

In his newest production, director David Dobkin has spliced all of the typical Hollywood clichés from family drama and courtroom genres into one generic, cheesy movie. With a star-studded cast, including the wry comedic and dramatic actor Robert Downey Jr. and Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall, Dobkin tells a predictable and drawn-out tale of a small-town family's buried problems.

The NFL's broken suspension policy

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Regardless of the National Football League's (NFL) decision earlier this last week regarding Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, it is clear that the League's internal justice system is completely nonsensical.

TI: same since ‘84

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Because of the outsized cost of Texas Instruments calculators, school districts should not encourage students to buy TI's brand, and should instead recommend other calculator brands, like Casio.

MCPS sees biggest growth in years

By James Sleigh | Sept. 13, 2014, 2:18 p.m. | In Local »

MCPS saw an increase of over 2,000 students entering the county's elementary, middle and high schools since last school year, which prompted a county-wide school expansion and renovation of its schools.

Sea level rise will be coastal states' demise

By James Sleigh | July 28, 2014, 11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Scientists recently produced evidence that sea level rise will continue into the foreseeable future. Several low-lying islands and coastal areas are already experiencing the effects of rapidly swelling oceans and seas.



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By James Sleigh | May 5, 2016, midnight

Photo: Sleigh, James

By James Sleigh | Feb. 1, 2016, 2:14 p.m.