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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.


Blazers serve the Titans a loss

By Morgan Aronson | Oct. 14, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Oct. 14, NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMANISUM— The Blair girls' varsity volleyball team walked onto the court tonight after a win against Whitman on Monday, confident that they could again emerge victorious against the Einstein Titans. The Blazers exceeded even their own expectations, as the team played the best they have all year, winning 25-13, 25-11, and 25-22, exhibiting impressive serving and communication throughout the match. Blair showed excellent teamwork and energy in the first two sets, but was forced to come from behind in the last set to clinch the win tonight.


Change of face

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Oct. 13, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

Last year marked the emergence of a new era in the Eastern Conference. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat rebounded from years of stagnancy with sudden playoff appearances and a promising future ahead of them. As players' contracts expired and organizations looked at the market for new talent, these teams, along with numerous other organizations around the league, shuffled their lineups in preparation for the 05-06 season. Here before you, are the top three offseason transactions in the NBA:


Cross country beats Blake and Paint Branch

By Lois Bangiolo | Oct. 11, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Both the boys and girls cross country teams achieved wins against Blake and Paint Branch at today's meet at Blake. The girls' team also beat Sherwood, but the boys lost by ten points.


Blazers pummel Damascus

By Alexis Egan | Oct. 11, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Blair girls' junior varsity soccer team beat the Damascus Hornets yesterday, four to two.


MLB Championship Series Preview

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 11, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

The Chicago White Sox swept the reigning World Series champ Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series last week, meaning baseball will crown a new champion this fall. The White Sox will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who are coming off an emotional series-ending victory over the Yankees on Sunday. In the National League, the slugging St. Louis Cardinals face off against the Houston Astros, who beat the Atlanta Braves in a series that included the longest postseason game in baseball history, an eighteen-inning marathon. So as we get going in round two, here are my amended predictions:


Blazers conquer Whitman Vikings

By Merlyn Deng | Oct. 11, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Oct. 10, BLAZER COURTS- The girls tennis team solidified its place in Division I and improved its record to 6-4 after winning a decisive divisional match today against the Whitman Vikings, 5-2. Their win insures Blair's girls tennis a place among the top five teams in the county.


JV Football out-battled by Wolverines

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 9, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

OCT. 6, 2005, BLAZER STADIUM As the JV Football team left Blazer Stadium Thursday night, a deafening silence filled the air, broken only in intervals by the joyful cries of Watkins Mill supporters. Blair continued its losing streak with a heartbreaking 20-13 loss to the Watkins Mill Wolverines. The loss marks the Blazers' third in a row, putting their record at 2-3 on the season.


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 lose five set marathon to Bengals

By Morgan Aronson | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Oct. 5, NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM— The Blair girls' varsity volleyball team made a valiant effort in a down to the wire contest against the Blake Bengals tonight. The Blazers played some of their best volleyball of the year, but eventually lost a tie-breaking fifth set after splitting the first four. In the first two sets, a lack of communication doomed Blair to losses, but more evident teamwork in the final three sets made for a very close contest.


Boys and girls win against Paint Branch, but fall to Magruder

By Lois Bangiolo | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

The girl's cross country team achieved two victories today against Damascus and Paint Branch, but suffered their first loss of the season to Magruder, who narrowly defeated Blair by one point. The boy's team won over Paint Branch, but fell to Magruder and Damascus.


Blake follows Dixon to Portland

By Abe Schwadron | Oct. 5, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

The Washington Wizards announced last Wednesday they will not match the offer sheet signed by backup point guard Steve Blake, officially making him the newest member of the Portland Trailblazers. Blake becomes the second Wizard to sign with the Blazers this offseason, joining former Maryland backcourt mate Juan Dixon in Portland.


2005 MLB Division Series preview

By Abe Schwadron Josh Zipin | Oct. 4, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

With steroid scandals, violence on and off the field and embarrassing play (sorry, Royals fans), the 2005 Major League Baseball season could have been marred by bad publicity and mediocrity. But the most compelling storyline of the year turned out to be the great division and wild-card races, which came down to the wire in both the American and National Leagues. The teams who did get in are ready to rumble, and we can't wait to see what happens. In honor of the start of baseball's fall classic, we broke down each series by starting pitching, bullpen and hitting and added a final word about our favorites.


Blazers get served by Barons

By Morgan Aronson | Sept. 29, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 29, BETHESDA CHEVY CHASE— Excitement was brewing this afternoon as the varsity girls' volleyball team made its way towards Bethesda - Chevy Chase high school. The Blazers hoped to ameliorate their losing record, end their current losing trend and gain some momentum for the rest of the season with a win against a talented Baron team. Unfortunately, Blair was unable to overcome difficulties in communication and focus, and they lost in three sets, 14-25, 22-25, and 14-25, simultaneously lowering their record to 2-5.


Blazers get clawed out by Wildcats

By Merlyn Deng | Sept. 28, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's girls tennis team dropped to 3-4 after losing 1-6 to the Walter Johnson Wildcats, suffering a string of decisive defeats from the currently undefeated Wildcats.


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.


Blair routs Blake Bengals

By Phillip Allen | Sept. 27, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Sept. 26, BLAKE— The Blazers first half performance showed no inclination of a team about to win 7-0. The boys' varsity soccer team started the game slowly, even against a Blake opponent fielding only 10 players due to disciplinary reasons. After a motivational half time speech and a spark from the bench, the Blazers erupted for seven goals in the second half. The drastic turn-around marked Blair's highest offensive output of the regular season, giving the team a second straight victory, while improving their record to 3-2.


Blair beats Blake Bengals 2-0

By Natasha Prados | Sept. 27, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Maybe magic is in the air or maybe the rain is giving the Blazers extra energy, because the JV girls' soccer team opened phenomenally in the game against Blake. Ten minutes and twenty seconds into the first half, sophomore forward Katie Scott made a beautiful shot over the goalie's head, which rippled the net and evoked cheers from the team.


Blazers succumb to Trojans

By Morgan Aronson | Sept. 23, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Sept. 22, NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM— Blair's varsity girls volleyball added another loss to their record with a humiliating defeat to the Gaithersburg Trojans tonight. The Trojans easily defeated the Blazers in three overmatched sets, 14-25, 15-25, and 15-25. Blair was unable to combat Gaithersburg's superior power, teamwork and endurance, extending Blair's losing streak to three and bringing their record down to 2-3.


Warriors wallop boy Blazers

By Phillip Allen | Sept. 22, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Sept. 20, SHERWOOD— The Blazers lost their second straight game in particularly disappointing fashion to defending state champion Sherwood High School. The 6-0 score resulted from the team's dismal defensive performance. This combined with a complete lack of offensive cohesiveness led to the Blazers' first goalless game this year.


NHL struggles to skate on solid ice

By Josh Zipin | Sept. 22, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

This year is a rebuilding year—literally. The National Hockey League (NHL) is building piece by piece to form a profitable enterprise. Nearly a year ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners halted the 2004-2005 season before it began by locking the players out. The NHL was losing money under their current collective bargaining agreement, and the owners were paying too much money to the players to make a profit. Bettman locked the NHL's doors and for months the NHL Players' Association and the owners negotiated. Unfortunately, when the two sides finally reached an agreement, it was too late to save the season. But the NHL has returned and this year it will have to prove to their disenchanted fans that hockey is back and worth watching. Not much is certain regarding what this season will bring for the NHL, but it is shaping up to be another rebuilding year from a financial perspective. However, the NHL has taken steps to reclaim its fan base with new rule changes and what promises to be a faster-paced game.


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 shut down by Sherwood

By Natasha Prados | Sept. 20, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Fans and players alike were holding their breath early in the second half of the JV girls' soccer game when forward Susan Branson took a shot on the Sherwood goal. The ball sped closer and closer to the net only to come into contact with the utmost tip of the Sherwood goalie's fingertips. Deflected by the goalie, the ball then glanced off the pole and back onto the field.


Defense and deep ball help Blazers blindside Blue Devils

By Abe Schwadron | Sept. 17, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

As the final whistle blew at Blazer Stadium on Thursday night, a sea of red swarmed in triumph, jumping up and down in celebration. The Blazers could hardly hide their emotions, smiling wide and thrusting their scarlet helmets in the air. Despite minor injuries to starting tailback Clifford Gossin and quarterback Terrance Kelly Jr., the JV football squad improved their record to 2-0 with a 13-2 win over archrival Springbrook.


Blair falls short in the clutch

By Morgan Aronson | Sept. 16, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

Sept. 9, Nelson H. Kobren Memorial Gymnasium— Still suffering from a loss against Churchill, the Blair varsity girls' volleyball endured an agonizing defeat against the Quince Orchard Cougars tonight. The Blazers played a suspenseful four sets, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, and 24-26, unable in the end to hold off the rallying Cougars. Lackluster playing and a lack of teamwork cost the Blazers a much-needed win.

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