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Justin Glenn

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor

Justin is a sports fanatic.. you’ll most likely see him with a baseball cap of some sort throughout the hallways. If he isn’t writing about high school sports, he’s likely watching a D.C. sports team, NASCAR or some other professional league in his free time. Outside of sports, he enjoys the outdoors and watching Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, besides that, he’s an average out-going person.

  • 2023-24: Assistant Sports Editor
All content by Justin Glenn
TOTAL TURNAROUND - After multiple coaching changes, Jason Strickland is the new coach for Jackson-Reed football.

Football gets second new coach in just two months

Justin Glenn and Noa Gordon June 11, 2024

After three straight losing seasons, Jackson-Reed Athletic Director Patrice Arrington believed it was time to start a new era for JR football. In late January, despite his strong connection with players,...

VARSITY BASEBALL CELEBRATES - Baseball team holds up their DCSAA trophy after beating Maret in the finals. This is their first state championship since 2018.

A year to remember: varsity baseball crowned state champions

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor June 11, 2024

When Robinson Mateo took over the Jackson-Reed baseball program last summer, the new varsity head coach believed the team had something to prove. And they did. Winning their 31st straight conference...

GOLDEN MOMENT - The Varsity Baseball boys pose for a picture with their newly won DCSAA Championship banner. The team beat the Maret Frogs late Sunday afternoon.

Varsity Baseball crowned DCSAA State Champions in a walkoff comeback

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 19, 2024

Early on in Sunday’s DCSAA Baseball State Championship, almost nothing appeared to go right for the Tigers. Mistakes, heartbreak, failure, and head scratchers darkened a sunny, winner-take-all final...

The Jackson-Reed varsity baseball team poses for a team photo after their win over Gonzaga Thursday afternoon. Their final game of the season will be on Sunday versus Maret.

Dominant pitching lifts the Tigers past Gonzaga to advance to the DCSAA State Championship

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 18, 2024

On Thursday afternoon at Nats Academy, senior right handed pitcher Quinn Lindblom looked down at his glove on the mound and searched for an answer. In the second inning, the captain found himself in a...

ONE TEAM - The varsity baseball embrace after a March 21 win over the Landon School. Nearly two months later, the goal of a DCSAA title is near.

Rain? No Problem. Varsity Baseball advances to DCSAA Semifinal in win over Sidwell Friends

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 16, 2024

At around 1:30 p.m on Tuesday, the varsity baseball team reported to Fort Reno Park, two hours ahead of the DCSAA Quarter Final against Sidwell Friends. Opening the equipment shed, the players would normally...

ONE FAMILY: The Jackson-Reed Baseball Program poses for a team photo with the 2024 DCIAA Championship Trophy.

Mercy rule extends Varsity Baseball’s DCIAA Championship Streak to 31 Years

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 10, 2024

When he took to the mound Wednesday afternoon in the DCIAA Championship, sophomore Nelson Hayes did so with a purpose. In the third inning, the bases were loaded and the young right-handed pitcher found...

CAUGHT COACHING- Kelliann Jenkins stands among members of the boys’ varsity baseball team during a game. Jenkins is the team’s new pitching coach.

Breaking boundaries her way

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 3, 2024

Breaking barriers is something Kelliann Jenkins has done her whole life. From little league all the way up to collegiate ball, the pitcher-turned-coach has experienced, and broke, all barriers set against...

ROAD TIGERS: The Tigers’ team photo in their win over Landon from Mar. 21. The team is 3-2 on the road this season.

Early Spring Heat: Varsity Baseball’s early dominance

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 31, 2024

Often the phrase “stick to what you’re good at,” is thrown around frequently in sports. For the JR varsity baseball team, that’s been their bats complementing dominant pitching to begin their spring...

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: Senior guard Justin Gilmore on-court against St. John’s from March 1st.

Boys’ varsity basketball looks to rebound in National Tournament

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 26, 2024

Not often in sports do you wake up to a record of 33-3. And not often does a public school program reach ESPN’s Top-25. Despite a bump in the road of a monumental season, falling short in the DCSAA state...

ONE TEAM: The Tigers postgame following their win against Sidwell Friends at Fort Reno Park on Tuesday.

Varsity Baseball dominates Sidwell Friends in Shutout

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 20, 2024

Each pitch he threw came with precision. Each batter he faced on Tuesday evening came with a different card dealt out of his pitching arsenal. Senior right hander Casey Edwards’ seven strikeouts through...

CHASING MILESTONES: The Tigers having a postgame debrief after a scrimmage against Gonzaga from March 2.

JR Varsity Baseball Season Preview: Something to Prove

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 13, 2024

As the sun set last spring, so did another opportunity for the Tigers. When senior right-hander Quinn Lindblom walked off the mound after two innings against St. Albans School, the weight of a state final...

Boys’ varsity basketball’s great comeback falls short against St. John’s in DCSAA Semifinal

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 4, 2024

The boys’ varsity basketball team entered their locker room stunned. As they entered through the double-doored hallways of Georgetown University, the reality of being down a postseason high of 12 points...

SPOT UP: Senior small forward Scottie Hubbard attempting a three pointer against Dunbar from Feb. 15.

Boys’ varsity basketball dominates Dunbar to advance to DCSAA Semifinal

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor March 1, 2024

When the ball touched his hands on Wednesday night, his shot was pure. Each three pointer attempt that spun and snapped the net only added to the smokeshow that began to smother. Senior small forward Scottie...

PREGAME HUDDLE: The Tigers huddled pregame ahead of their DCIAA championship game against Cardozo High School from February 17.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball DCSAA States Preview: The Road back to GW

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor February 28, 2024

With their heads hanging low and confetti flying at George Washington University, the boys’ varsity basketball team knew they had missed an opportunity last March.  A feel good 28-8 season ended...

CITY CHAMPS: The Tigers post game in the locker room after beating Cardozo High School Saturday night.

Boys’ varsity basketball wins DCIAA Championship

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor February 18, 2024

The boys’ varsity basketball team’s “Run it Back” tour made a trip to Coolidge High School for the DCIAA championship on Saturday night. In a thrilling game, the Tigers beat Cardozo High School...

Boys’ varsity basketball advances to DCIAA Championship in win over Dunbar

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor February 17, 2024

Taking care of business at home is something familiar to the boys’ varsity basketball team. On Thursday evening the Tigers did just that, rolling the Crimson Tide of Dunbar High School, 73-28.  The...

Boys varsity basketball cruises to DCIAA Semi-finals in win over McKinley Tech

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor February 15, 2024

For the boys’ varsity basketball team, it only took 16 minutes to make a statement. In crushing fashion, the Tigers cruised to victory in the DCIAA Quarterfinals over McKinley Tech High School on Tuesday,...

EASY LAY - Senior Lucas Sekasi goes for a layup in the Den. The team has had a roaring season, acquiring the title of #21 in the nation.

Varsity boys’ basketball breaks ESPN’s Top 25

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor February 13, 2024

The boys’ varsity basketball team has been on a train of momentum that hasn’t stopped. The Tigers were ranked No. 22 nationally in ESPN’s Top 25 last week. Through February 9, the team boasted a...

ROGER THAT - Minoso Rodgers coaches the Tigers at home last season. The athletic department plans on starting a new chapter with the football team for the 2024-25 season.

Football coach Minoso Rodgers let go after three seasons

Justin Glenn and Alice Stillerman February 1, 2024

Varsity football coach Minoso Rodgers was fired this week after three seasons in which the team won just five games.  The decision, announced in a statement from Athletic Director Patrice Arrington,...

TIGERS ON-COURT: Senior Scottie Hubbard attempting a three point shot against Gonzaga College High School on Dec. 10.

Jackson-Reed Boys Basketball reaches 21st in ESPN’s Top-25 national rankings

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor January 24, 2024

Dominating competition both regionally and nationally draws waves of attention from many eyes. As the month of January has progressed, the Jackson-Reed boys varsity basketball team have continued their...

TIGERS ON-COURT: JR Boys varsity basketball during a game stoppage against Dunbar High School.  L to R: Scottie Hubbard, Jayden Fort, Lucas Sekasi and Joe McRae.

JR Boys basketball finds success on national stages

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor January 9, 2024

Life traveling on the road can be hard, but the Jackson-Reed Boys varsity basketball team have proven otherwise. Over the last few weeks, the Tigers experienced the national spotlight: three different...

TIGERS ON TV - The Jackson-Reed varsity basketball team now has a camera crew following them around for a documentary.

From Tigers to movie stars

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor December 18, 2023

Perennial success in sports is bound to get you noticed. For the Jackson-Reed boys basketball team, that means a documentary crew following them around all season.  Northern Virginia-based video production...

JR Boys Basketball: Tigers sweep weekend series in James Hampton Showcase

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor December 6, 2023

When it comes to taking care of business on a marquee stage, look no further than the Jackson-Reed Boys varsity basketball team.  The Tigers competed in the first annual James Hampton Showcase at Coolidge...

TIGER HOOPS: The 2023-24 Jackson-Reed Boys varsity basketball team.

Jackson-Reed Boys Basketball Season Preview: ‘Run it Back’

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor December 1, 2023

Ever since the clocks at George Washington University hit zero during the championship last season, the Jackson-Reed Boys varsity basketball team has been on a mission.  The Tigers fell short of both...

TIGERS ON DEFENSE - The Tigers at the line of scrimmage against the Roosevelt
RuffRiders. Pictured: #9 junior Cam Butler and #66 senior Chi Osuchukwu.

Fall 2023 football recap

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor November 21, 2023

Back in August, during their hours of training camp, the Jackson-Reed football team huddled together, full of hope. Two and a half months later, that belief has faded. Scars of nine losses marked the Tigers’...

Great Lakes, Chicago, Illinois: Mullen at Recruit Training Command in 1996.

JR Veteran’s Day Profile – Mark Mullen: a presence in the service and on the sidelines

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor November 8, 2023

In honor of Veterans Day, we celebrate a veteran of our own, Mark Mullen, In-School Suspension Coordinator and JR varsity football offensive coordinator.  Mullen is a military service veteran who served...

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -  The Tigers offense opening a drive against Dunbar.

JR football’s senior night turns upside down for the Tigers against Dunbar

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor October 19, 2023

What started out as a feel good Senior Night for the Jackson-Reed football team turned into a night of troubles quickly. The Tigers suffered their sixth loss of the season to Dunbar Senior High School,...

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS AT CARDOZO - L to R: #9 Cam Butler, #2 Mnason Wilson and #11 Brody

JR Football: Tigers look forward to senior night

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor October 12, 2023

During their summer training camp, the Jackson-Reed football team set two goals: improve dramatically from a 2-9 record in each of the last two seasons and end a 32-year DCIAA championship winning drought. With...

TIGERS PREGAME: L to R: Captains #50 Casey Wood, #1 Cole Mandaza, #15 Aidan Riley and #55 Will Howze 
(Game Four)

JR Football: Tigers fall at home in league-opener to Ballou, 43-3

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor October 4, 2023

The mistakes piled up again for the Jackson-Reed football team last Friday. The Tigers fell in a 43-3 loss to Ballou on Horace Fleming III Field, their fourth defeat of 30 points or more this season. The...

JR Football: Tigers Dissipate in Loss to St. Albans

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor September 20, 2023

On a blue-skied Saturday afternoon at Horace Fleming III Field, the Jackson-Reed football team saw glimpses of daylight early, but the beaming rays filled with hope faded— in a 40-3 loss to the St....

JR Football: Tigers sink Paul Pirates for their First Win of the Season

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor September 11, 2023

The Jackson-Reed football team played away from home, due to a light outage. However, the Tigers generated electricity of their own— in a 56-0 win over Paul Public Charter School.  Throughout...

No Friday Night Lights At Jackson-Reed

Simon Holland and Justin Glenn September 8, 2023

Friday night’s football game against Paul Public Charter School was moved from the Jackson-Reed field after the stadium lights and scoreboard malfunctioned earlier in the week. The game was relocated...

L to R: PREGAME COIN TOSS: Captains #50 Casey Wood, #55 Will Howze(game two), #15 Aidan Riley and #1 Cole Mandaza.

JR Football: Tigers Continue to Grow From Loss Against Yorktown

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor September 6, 2023

On Thursday night, the Jackson-Reed football team hit the road for their first away game of the season. Like their season opening loss to Bishop Ireton, the Tigers once again couldn’t find a rhythm—...

JR Football: Tigers Look to Grow From Season Opening Loss

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor August 29, 2023

In their season opener at home against Bishop Ireton High School on Friday night, nothing went right for the Jackson-Reed football team. Rain poured periodically throughout the game, and so did Bishop...

Jackson-Reed Football Season Preview: A New Era

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor August 24, 2023

When disappointment has rained down on the Jackson-Reed football team, it’s poured. In the last two seasons, the Tigers posted a combined record of 4-18. In 2022, they allowed 441 total points...

TRIUMPHANT TIGERS -. From advancing to the DCSAA finals to continued
dominance against DCIAA opponents, the Jackson-Reed Varsity Tigers have a
lot to look forward to next season.

Tiger Baseball: the road to success

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor July 20, 2023

After capturing their 29th DCIAA baseball championship title, another run in states fell just short as the Jackson-Reed Tigers finished as runners up for the third year in a row. Jackson-Reed finished...

Jackson-Reed baseball: moving forward together

Jackson-Reed baseball: moving forward together

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor June 1, 2023

You win some, and you lose some.. unfortunately baseball can present that sometimes. On May 21st the Jackson-Reed Tigers finished as DCSAA States runner ups; falling to the St. Albans Bulldogs 6-1, after...

Washington Nationals swing into their spring season

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 22, 2023

A pivotal year in the Washington Nationals’ rebuild centered around youth and development has welded a 17-23 record as of May 15th. The young roster has lacked consistent offensive production as development...

Jackson-Reed Baseball advances to DCSAA States Championship after numerous victories

Justin Glenn, Sports Editor May 20, 2023

The Jackson-Reed baseball team have found themselves in a position to collect another milestone, a DCSAA States Championship. As the #4 seed, they will matchup against the #2 seed St. Albans Bulldogs(24-9).  Prior...

Tigers look to extend their three decade dominance

Zach Isaacs, Natalie Gordon, and Justin Glenn May 17, 2023

The Jackson-Reed baseball team is aiming for its 30th consecutive city championship this season. On top of winning every DCIAA title since 1993, the team hasn't lost a single DCIAA game since 1999.  While...

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