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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Churchill takes Blair 3-0

By Natasha Prados | Sept. 14, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

Blazers dominated by Poolesville

By Jon Berger | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

Patriots dominate in NFL season opener

By Josh Zipin | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

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.

JV Football wins season-opener in dramatic fashion

By Abe Schwadron | Sept. 10, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

Blair rams through Rams

By Morgan Aronson | Sept. 10, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

2005 NFL Preview

By Phillip Allen, Abe Schwadron | Sept. 6, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

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.

Blazers build strength at soccer camp

By Devon Madison | July 18, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

Mr. Rogers' not-so-friendly neighborhood

By Abe Schwadron | July 16, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

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.

Root, root, root for the home team?

By Josh Zipin | July 13, 2005, midnight | In Professional »

Robert F. Kennedy stadium in Northeast Washington, D.C., sits alone by the banks of the Potomac River. It is almost in seclusion — like a secret kept only for those who care about D.C. baseball.

Blair jumps into Woodward Relays

By | April 9, 2005, midnight | In Blair »

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.

Foul Ball

By Armin Rosen | Dec. 16, 2004, midnight | In Professional »

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?

Blazer golf stumbles

By | Sept. 10, 2004, midnight | In Blair »

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.

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