Week 2 of the NFL is coming, and the prediction team is here with their picks for this week's games. Lots of unanimous choices this week by our writers. Will those favorites hold their ground against teams hunting for an early-season upset?
The Blair boys' varsity soccer team (2-0) defeated Springbrook Thursday night with a crucial last minute goal from Austin Kokkinakis to secure the 1-0 victory. The outcome of Blair's win over Springbrook was unpredictable up until the game's final moments.
After vaulting to number six in the Montgomery County football rankings, expectations were high for the Blair Blazers (2-0). But, the Blazers refused to let the pressure get to them. They pounded the BCC Barons (0-2) on Friday night by a score of 42-12, pummeling the Baron defense into the ground with 612 total yards of offense.
In a slow moving first game of the season, the Blair field hockey team (1-0) was able to squeak out a 2-1 victory over the Watkins Mill Wolverines (0-1) on Friday afternoon.
The Blair Blazers (1-0) soundly defeated the Northwood Gladiators (0-1) by a score of 35-0 in the annual Battle of the Boulevard rivalry game on Friday night.
Friday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was meant to be former starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick's last chance to prove himself, and earn the starting roll in San Francisco. But now, Kaepernick is making headlines not for his accomplishments in the game, but for what he didn't do before the game.
Buddy Hield, Brice Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon, local NCAA tournament hero Kris Jenkins. These guys all stayed in college for the long haul. Three seniors and Jenkins, the lone junior, who all made it deep into the tourney despite not being on the forefront of the NBA radar.
Junior Thierry Siewe Yanga won the Maryland boys' 4A 800 meter race with a time of 1:55.22 at the Maryland Track and Field State Championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Saturday, May 28. The day before, Friday, May 27, he also led the boys' 4x800 meter relay team, along with seniors Ben Geertsema and Alexander Mangiafico and junior Dominic Massimino, to win the state championship with a time of 7:58.58.
The Blair Blazers (16-5) and the Chopticon Braves (20-4) battled each other for six innings, but the seventh inning saw 14 total runs scored and ended when Chopticon's bats came alive and brought the winning run across.
After setting records and winning the Maryland 3A state championship for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets this past fall sports season, local running back Jake Funk is poised to make an impact at the college level. The former high schooler enrolled early for the spring semester at the University of Maryland, where he committed in October.
The Blair Blazers (10-7) beat the Clarksburg Coyotes (10-6) 3-2 in extra innings on Monday night after an extended absence from the field due to heavy rain. Strong pitching by both teams coupled with good infield play kept the score low despite the game lasting eleven innings. Clarksburg's numerous errors and walks in the final inning gave the Blazers the opportunity to take home a win on senior night.
The Blair Blazers (5-6) beat the Springbrook Blue Devils (5-6) 10-9 with nine seconds left in the first overtime period on senior night Tuesday. The first half of the game was played on Monday and a rain delay caused it to be postponed until Tuesday.
The Blazers started the game quickly against the Walter Johnson Wildcats and never let up. Strong batting and a no-hitter by senior pitcher Karylena Cruz held the Blazers coast their way to a resounding 19-0 victory.
Despite a strong start and consistent efforts throughout the game, the Blair boys' lacrosse team (0-5) was not able to fight off Magruder (2-4). The Blazers led early on, but as the game continued, they had no answer to the Colonels' continued offense, and lost 12-10.
The Blair softball team (3-0) took on the Paint Branch Panthers (1-2) on Friday night. Though the Blazers faltered early against the aggressive hitting of the Panthers, the team was able to mount a stunning comeback to win the game 12-8.
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.
The Blair Blazers (12-9) beat the Churchill Bulldogs (11-11) Friday by a score of 60-41. Blair struggled against Churchill the first time they played, winning by only four points, but in this matchup the Blazers' strong defensive play, comprehensive scouting report, and dominance in the low post bolstered them to a victory.
On Friday night in the first round of the playoffs, the stakes and intensity were high for the Blazers. Their convincing win over Walter Johnson earlier in the season had been long forgotten. Blair, having come off an emotional loss earlier in the week, was determined to make sure they wouldn't lose at home again.
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