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Blazers say yes to competing at the next level

By Neva Taylor | Feb. 24, 2017, 2:24 p.m. | In Blair »

On Nov. 15 senior Madison Waechter committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and signed the letter of intent to officially join their swim team. Waechter finally made the decision to commit after considering offers from three different schools. "I loved everything about the school: the academics, the location and the swim team had a great atmosphere," she said.


Blair girls' basketball destroys Northwood 43-28

By Alyssa Berrios | Feb. 13, 2017, 2:13 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers' girls' basketball team (12-5) stole the win against the Northwood Gladiators (4-13) on Tuesday night after a tight first half. However, Blair pulled through during the second half and triumphed over Northwood, coming away with the 43-28 win.


Blair varsity boys basketball wins against Clarksburg

By Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 13, 2017, 1:45 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair's varsity boys' basketball team won 56-50 against Clarksburg on Friday night. Sophomore forward Ethan Ellis scored 13 points and senior center Julius Cobb dunked twice and scored 21 points.


Blazers demolish Northwood

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 13, 2017, 1:42 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' basketball team (9-8) flexed its muscles against the Northwood Gladiators (2-17) on Tuesday. With a full-court, man-to-man defense throughout the game, the Blazers put pressure on Northwood from the beginning and took advantage of opportunities on offense. After gaining a lead in the first quarter, Blair pulled ahead significantly and never looked back.


Blair wrestling beats Rockville on senior night

By Charles Lott Benjamin Yokoyama | Feb. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (9-0-4) beat the Rockville Rams (11-3-3) by a score of 38-30 during Saturday's senior night. Blair got out to a big lead early but had to fight hard to hang on in the waning matches. The team celebrated its graduating seniors, captain Nauman Funyas and wrestlers Tommy Norris and Zhaxi Zerong.


Boys' basketball is taken down by Magruder

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Feb. 5, 2017, 12:07 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers' boys' basketball team (7-8) threw different defensive looks at their opponents, but could not keep up with the Magruder Colonels' (11-6) accuracy from behind the three point arc. Even a big third quarter comeback that reeled the Colonels' lead to just three points could not keep the Blazers out of the loss column with a 64-55 loss.


Blair girls' basketball loses in final seconds

By Charles Lott | Feb. 3, 2017, 5:02 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (10-5) lost to the Magruder Colonels (5-12) 45-44 in the final seconds of Tuesday's girls basketball game. Blair got off to a great start, earning a 27-8 lead through superior physicality and rebounding in the first half, but numerous turnovers in the second half let the Colonels back into the game.


Blair boys' basketball suffers tough 59-52 loss

By Nate Bodner | Jan. 29, 2017, 12:55 a.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (7-6) lost to the Paint Branch Panthers (10-5) by a score of 59-52 on Wednesday night. Paint Branch had built a comfortable lead by halftime, but the Blazers nearly battled back to tie it before Paint Branch secured the victory. Missed free throws and countless turnovers cost Blair a chance at an upset over a Panthers' team that took down the locally ranked Kennedy Cavaliers last week.


Girls' basketball dismantles the Bengals 52-38

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Jan. 27, 2017, 3:08 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers girls basketball team (9-3) came back from a first half deficit to take down the Blake Bengals (2-13) on Monday night for their sixth consecutive win after a convincing victory over the Sherwood Warriors.


Blair boys' basketball team earns tight win against Sherwood

By Ryan Handel | Jan. 23, 2017, 1:13 p.m. | In Blair »

Neither team led by more than six points for the duration of the contest, and the game was tied at 46 with 30 seconds to play. However, the Blazers struck last on a tip-in by senior forward Julius Cobb with less than a second left on the clock to escape with a 48-46 win.


Blair girls basketball topples Springbrook

By Amy Forsbacka | Jan. 12, 2017, 10:36 a.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers won 60-24 on Friday against the Springbrook Blue Devils. The first quarter saw the Blazers start off slowly, allowing the Blue Devils to match them score for score. Despite the shooting ability of the Springbrook guards, Blair was able to take the lead in the second quarter.


Blair boys basketball wins an overtime thriller

By Nate Bodner | Jan. 11, 2017, 1:10 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (4-3) beat the Springbrook Blue Devils (3-4) 54-48 on Friday night. The intense game was neck and neck the entire way, with both sides coming up clutch at the right moments. Blair was able to come out victorious thanks to sound defense and great free throw shooting.


NFL Playoff Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Jan. 7, 2017, 4:03 p.m. | In Professional »

Congratulations to Ellie for winning the SCO NFL predictions this season! This season was full of unexpected surprises like the Cardinals and the Panthers, as well as more pleasant surprises like the Dolphins and Raiders, who have made it back to the playoffs. Now we're moving on to our playoff predictions.


NFL Week 17 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Jan. 1, 2017, 10:05 a.m. | In Professional »

As we enter the final weekend of regular season football, Ellie remains in a commanding five game lead. The playoff picture in the AFC is set, but the Raiders can grab the top spot in the conference with a win and losses by the Chiefs and Patriots.


NFL Week 16 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 24, 2016, 12:27 p.m. | In Professional »

Two weeks left in the NFL season means teams will be clinching divisions and playoff berths left and right. Some teams may do so without stepping foot on the field, like the Cowboys did on Thursday.


NFL Week 15 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 18, 2016, 2:08 p.m. | In Professional »

The NFL season is winding down, which means the playoff races are ramping up. The Seahawks became the second team to punch their ticket after a Thursday night win, following in the footsteps of their NFC counterparts the Cowboys.


Blair girls basketball triumphs over Walter Johnson

By Neva Taylor | Dec. 16, 2016, 9:14 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair's girls basketball team (3-1) beat the Walter Johnson Wildcats (1-3) 50-40 in a close game Wednesday. Both teams relied heavily on a fast-paced offense.


Blair girls basketball rolls over Einstein

By Zoe Friedman | Dec. 16, 2016, 2:02 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers' varsity girls basketball team (2-0) took down the Einstein Titans (0-2) Friday night with a final score of 55-21 in an easy game for the Blazers. Blair's strong offense and constant possession of the ball helped them build an early lead and never look back.


Blair boys basketball loses defensive battle

By Charles Lott | Dec. 14, 2016, 1:30 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (1-1) lost to the Richard Montgomery Rockets (3-0) 40-33 Monday. The low-scoring defensive battle remained close until midway through the third quarter, when the Rockets started to pull away thanks to solid free throw shooting and fast break points coming off of Blair turnovers.


Girls' varsity volleyball builds an all-around team

By Mehana Daftary | Dec. 12, 2016, 2:28 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair's girls varsity volleyball team had a strong season this year, finishing 13-6, similar to last year's record of 13-8-1. Though they were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by Walter Johnson, this season changed the Blazers' lineup orientation so that they were able to play off of each other.


NFL Week 14 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 11, 2016, 12:47 p.m. | In Professional »

With just four weeks left in the NFL season, the Cowboys have already clinched a playoff spot. This week the Redskins will face off against their division rivals in Philly, while the Ravens will play the Patriots in an attempt to prove they belong in the playoffs.


NFL Week 13 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 4, 2016, 12:24 p.m. | In Professional »

With the playoffs looming, the Patriots rocked the NFL with the news that tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing back surgery. Will the Pats' Super Bowl chances suffer because of this?


The NFL has it backwards

By Ryan Handel | Nov. 28, 2016, 2:21 p.m. | In Sports »

The punishments handed out by the NFL for drug offenses are extreme when compared to the punishments for domestic violence.


NFL Week 12 Predictions

By Nate Bodner, Ryan Handel, Ellie Williams, Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 24, 2016, 12:37 p.m. | In Professional »

Happy thanksgiving! The Redskins will face off against the Cowboys in an important division matchup on this Turkey Day, while the Ravens play the Bengals on Sunday.


An XC-ting end to Blair's cross country season

By Neva Taylor | Nov. 22, 2016, 2 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair boys' cross country (5-1) and Blair girls' cross country (6-0) both had exciting seasons this fall. Before the season started, Blair learned that they would no longer have any home meets.

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