The Lion's Tale

PVAC cancels winter sports competitions, forcing sports teams to shift focus

Freshman Shani Schwartz shoots a free throw at a basketball game.
January 19, 2021

The Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) has officially canceled winter sports, but winter teams will continue practice through the end of February without league competitions. The winter sports offered...

JDS sports give students a sense of community during pandemic

Freshman Yaeli Greenblum swims laps during practice.
December 24, 2020

After a long day of virtual learning, freshman Yaeli Greenblum goes to the school building for track. She then socializes with friends before starting her warmup. Since the pandemic limited social interactions,...

Sports leagues, players advocate for social justice reform

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard took part in protests of police brutality over the summer.
December 7, 2020

Sparked by the brutal deaths of Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and George Floyd, sports leagues have begun using their platforms to advocate for social justice. While individual players have advocated for...

Wizards select Israeli Deni Avdija in the 2020 NBA draft

Wizards select Israeli Deni Avdija in the 2020 NBA draft
November 24, 2020

Teenage basketball phenom Deni Avdija will become the second Israeli to play in the NBA this upcoming season, after being drafted to the Washington Wizards as the ninth pick.  Avdija, who is only 19...

How teachers are working out

Upper School STEM Coordinator Cassandra Batson takes a selfie with her dog while taking a break during a home yoga session.
November 17, 2020

“I workout or go for a run every morning before school starts. At first, it was a lot harder [to fit in a workout during quarantine] because I used to go to a gym, … but once I made it a routine it...

Profile: New JDS athletic trainer Victoria Simonetti

Athletic trainer Victoria Simonetti wraps a student's wrist with elastic tape.
November 9, 2020

Victoria Simonetti joined the CESJDS community as the new head athletic trainer and anatomy teacher at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. She previously worked at Richard Montgomery High School...

Senior and junior girls face off in socially-distant powderpuff

Senior Abby Alter prepares to throw a ball in the second round of dodgeball.
November 6, 2020

On Tuesday night, the senior and junior girls played their traditional powderpuff game, but with a twist. While they normally play touch football, they played socially-distanced dodgeball this year because...

Lakers win NBA finals during interrupted playoff season

Lakers star Lebron James's jersey, which has been number 23 for most of his career.
October 13, 2020

An exciting NBA Finals capped the return of professional sports following recent nationwide quarantines. The Los Angeles Lakers, led by Lebron James and Anthony Davis, defeated the underdog Miami Heat...

Fantasy football excitement returns in new NFL season

ESPN has one of the most common fantasy football apps along with companies such as CBS and Yahoo.
October 12, 2020

As fantasy drafts approach, excitement for a long-awaited NFL season mounts for students participating in this year's fantasy football across the country. After one of the longest off-seasons ever, the...

Opinion: Why it’s important to play multiple sports

Opinion: Why it's important to play multiple sports
June 12, 2020

In America, kids who generally play a sport at the college and professional level start to focus on playing one sport at some point during their school years. However, middle and high school students should...

Canceled: Potential recruits stay on top of their game despite losing spring season

June 8, 2020

With the spring travel and AAU seasons being canceled, many athletes were forced to change their expectations of what the season would entail. These cancellations have caused drastic changes to an athlete’s...

March Madness tradition grinds to a halt due to Coronavirus

The NCAA March Madness competition will not continue this year due to the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
March 31, 2020

Every March, tensions run high at school as students and teachers fill out their March Madness Brackets in anticipation of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. But this year, all of that...

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