Senior Evan Horne charges an opposing forward, gains possession of the ball, and sends it to the midfield. These types of plays are routine for the senior defender; he's one of the most reliable players on the varsity boys' soccer team.
Freshman Camilla Arias came into Blair as a newbie two months ago, but her tenacity on the courts gives the impression that she is really a pro in disguise. With her racket poised, her feet nimble, and her gaze dead set, Arias offsets and dazzles her opponent with the determination that would radiate from a professional tennis player. With the game spanning over an hour long, Arias puts an end to the volleys and takes another game point for Blair's tennis team.
Junior Linda Kang watches as her teammate sets, her eyes tracking the movement of the volleyball. She runs forward, leaps into the air and hits it hard. A second later, the ball smacks against the hardwood floor and Kang wins another point for the Blazers.
Morris shows that hard work and perseverance can lead to good things. Despite only being a sophomore, Morris usually places first for the boys' cross country team.
Senior Molly Flannagan is currently the starting goalkeeper for Blair's varsity field hockey team and has played field hockey for four seasons.
Senior setter Robert Huang leaps into the air above all other players and aggressively sends the ball over the net. It lands perfectly on the opposing side with a powerful thud.
As Coach Louis Hoelman puts it, the catcher is the "quarterback of the defense," meaning that it is senior Emily Haislip who calls the shots.
Once the game starts, junior Alex Stewart is all business. The first-year varsity starter has been a key member of Blair's middie line all year long.
Senior co-captain Peirce Marston's talent and his approach to baseball have made him a crucial member of Blair's varsity baseball team since his freshman year.
Chen sprints back and forth across the court, reaching for every shot. "He's like a wall," exclaims one teammate. "He gets everything back."
With one strong kick, junior center back Kevin Fallet sends the ball soaring across the field to another Blazer, who finishes the play with a short kick into the goal. Cheers erupt from the bleachers as Fallet retreats, grinning with pride from ear to ear.
With a burst of confident energy, senior co-captain Sofia Read sends the soccer ball high over the hands of the goalie. The ball lands perfectly in the corner of the net.
Junior captain Nika Lilley rhythmically bounces the ball as she waits for her cue to serve. She takes a deep breath, clears her mind of the distractions and sends the ball over the net.
Senior Caleb Furlow crosses the midfield, stiff-arms a safety and makes his way past the last defender.
Freshman Morgana D'Ottavi runs swiftly through the trees at Wheaton Regional Park. Minutes later, she is the first runner at the finish line, wearing a smile.
Amidst the tension and concentration that surrounds a girls' tennis match, senior co-captain Ann Choi, who always has a smile to share, emits a subtle calming aura.
Firmly holding her stick in both hands, senior co-captain Miranda Bernard digs her feet into the ground and sprints forward.
A stunning silence settles over the softball field while all attention centers on the pitcher's mound. The only thing to break this silence — the familiar whack of junior Eve Brown's fastball hitting the catcher's mitt as she completes her 48th strikeout of the season so far.
The second period has only just begun, but senior forward Jens Josephs' skates slice across the ice with urgent finesse. In one fluid motion, Josephs slams the puck into the back left of the net.
Senior point guard Inkera Patterson eagerly crouches in anticipation for the sound of the whistle. Her heart races as she focuses on the opponents around her. The shrill ring of the whistle shatters the tense silence and she springs into motion, gliding across the court with the ball.
Senior Nate Hukill stands on poolside bleachers in front of a mob of Blazers sporting sleek Blair swimsuits.
All season long, senior co-captain Aaron Baldwin has been one to watch. At any time during a game, Baldwin can be seen making a game-changing play or rallying the team to score a goal. Baldwin has appeared several times in the local Gazette for his exemplary performance.
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