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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Junior Varsity girls' soccer team lost to Churchill 3-0, bringing their season record this year to 1-1-1. The first half was especially trying for the Blazers, with one goal scored within the first six minutes of the game and the second following shortly afterwards.
The Blair varsity field hockey team got off to a bad start to their season in a frustrating 6-0 loss against the Poolesville Falcons. The Blazers were unable to muster a consistent offense and were forced to play defensively for most of the game.
If the first game is any indication, the Patriots look hungry for what would be a record third straight Super Bowl. On Thursday, September 8, the Patriots began the NFL season with a resounding 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium in Boston. Other than simply putting the Patriots in the win column, this game sent a message to the rest of the league: the Patriots are still the team to beat.
SEPT. 9, NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM— Two days after a victory against the Paint Branch Panthers, the varsity girls' volleyball team charged onto the court, defeating the Rockville Rams in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-19. Serves were very influential in the outcome with Rockville struggling to clear the net, while Blair had several aces in the second and third set.
With less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Blair clinging to a one-point lead and the Richard Montgomery offense moving deeper into Blazer territory, the Rockets' quarterback rolled out to his right and lofted a soft, mesmerizing spiral inside Blair's 20-yard line. Just as the Rockets' receiver reached out his hands, Blair freshman Terrance Kelly, Jr. came blazing into the ball's flight path and snagged the pigskin with a leaping, two-handed grab, sealing the JV Football's 7-6 season opening win.
The NFL is in the midst of a transformation, with young, energetic teams like the Cardinals and Lions will beat out aging, traditionally powerhouse teams like the Rams and Packers for playoff spots. The Patriots are the NFL's defending champions for the third time in four years, and the "dynasty" label has been slapped on Tom Brady, Corey Dillon, and the rest of the Patriots. But in spite of the Pats' dominance, the Indianapolis Colts' top-ranked offense and improved defense will finally beat the Patriots in the playoffs, something the team has never done with Peyton Manning at the helm. Here are the rest of our picks for the NFL in 2005.
On July 10, 2005, Blair Blazers packed their bags and headed off to soccer camp at St. Mary's college in Southern Maryland. The camp, which consists of about 200 campers, is run by the Seahawks men's head coach, Herb Gainey, and assistant coach Rich Edgar.
As he strolled in from the bullpen in the seventh inning of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Tuesday in Detroit, Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers was showered with boos from baseball fans disgusted by Rogers' actions during an early July incident involving a group of on-field cameramen.
While Ashlyn Sinclair took first in the steeplechase at the annual Woodward Relays Invitational Meet hosted by Walter Johnson Saturday, April 9, she didn't earn any points for the Blazers. This is because the steeplechase, the most anticipated race of the meet, is actually run for fun and not for points. The unique thing concerning this meet is that every event is a relay; there are no individual events. In the field events, individuals representing the same school have their scores added up together, and the sum is the "relay" score. Angela Hayes and Momo Reine, competing for Blair in the shot put and discus events, placed in the top six for shot put and second place for discus, with a total of approximately 174 ft. for the former.
What happened to the great visionaries in sports? Where did you go, Pete Rozelle? What happened to you, Roone Arledge? Where are the daring, farsighted few willing to look past the minutia of the present in order to create something lasting, something special for the future?
The boy' golf team started the season by finishing in last place in the first match against Gaithersburg, Rockville and Paint Branch bringing their record to 0-3. The Blazers combined for a total score of 232, just one stroke behind Gaithersburg and ten from the first place Rockville team.
This afternoon, the JV softball team defeated the Kennedy Cavaliers 23-13 in just five innings, overcoming the absence of five starting players. Their excellent batting and aggressive base running capitalized on the Cavaliers' weak defensive play, and changes in the pitching lineup provided a preview of fresh talent for the team's next season.
Players race up and down the floor of Blair's gym in a hotly contested indoor soccer match, while other teams eagerly wait on the sidelines for their chance to play while acting as spectators, shouting and celebrating the current game.
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