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The girls basketball team practices in Buckner Gym at West Campus on March 3 while other athletes train in the weight room. Two- and three-season athletes have had to make tough decisions about which sports to play — and which not to play — during overlapping seasons.

Wild ride

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

The weight room slowly fills up with athletes who stretch and prepare for practice. The coach comes in and begins the training, requesting that they focus in and work hard. This seems like a simple task,...

A girls bowler rolls a ball down the lane at Raymond's Bowl during a practice on March 3.

Girls bowling season is finally underway

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 4, 2021

Now that COVID-19 cases are low and the vaccine is being rolled out, athletics have been able to proceed with their seasons including the girl’s bowling team. Getting to this point, however, has been...

Gisselle Sandoval serves the birdie over the net during a badminton practice on February 16 in the West Campus Main Gym. The team’s first match takes place on February 22.

Back in the swing of things

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

Recently, this girls badminton team has begun to practice in preparation for their upcoming season. This will be their first season back since 2019 due to COVID-19. Many of the athletes are excited to...

The boys swimming team meets in the West Campus pool before a match on February 5th. The IHSA has limited most seasons as the state continues its battle against COVID-19.

Winter and spring sports seasons begin

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor February 17, 2021

The IHSA has allowed sports to move forward with shorter seasons and safety precautions. Some winter sports have already begun, including high-risk sports like boys and girls basketball and lower-risk...

The Super Bowl LV crowd engages in after-game celebration after the Chiefs win on February 7.

Buccaneers dominate Chiefs in Super Bowl LV

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

Super Bowl LV was held last Sunday, February 7. The Buccaneers hosted the Chiefs at their own home field in Tampa, Florida. The Chiefs battled against the Buccaneers, but were unsuccessful in staying ahead...

The varsity girls basketball team cheers together during a practice in the West Main Gym on February 2.

Basketball teams start season Wednesday

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

MCHS’s boys and girls basketball teams start their season this week. Players are very happy to be back playing basketball and to start to play against other teams.  Each team practices almost everyday....

Baseball legend Hank Aaron speaks during the Tom Johnson Lecture Series at the LBJ Presidential Library on January 22, 2015. Aaron died on January 22.

Remembering a legend

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

Baseball superstar Hank Aaron passed away on January 22, 2021. Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves in the MLB for twenty-one seasons. After that, he went on to play another two seasons for the Milwaukee...

Alejandro Animas-Szczepanik tosses the ball down the lane during a boys bowling practice on January 14, 2020 at Raymond's Bowl in Johnsburg. Both the boys and girls team will play their first games of the season this week.

Boys and girls bowling starts season amid pandemic

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

Both the girls and boys bowling teams at MCHS have gone through many changes during COVID-19 in preparation for the winter season.  With the beginning of the season fastly approaching, the boys and...

The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium, marking the first time that a Super Bowl team will be playing on their home stadium.

Unprecedented Super Bowl kicks off Sunday

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

With two talented lineups going head to head in Tampa, either team could emerge victorious in Super Bowl LV this Sunday. In his first year with Tampa Bay, Tom Brady has surprised many with his successful...

A billboard in St. Petersburg, FL painted by the Vitale Brothers honors the career and history of Tom Brady, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will lead the team to his tenth Super Bowl appearance on Sunday.

Brady edges into another Super Bowl

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

In a series of events that nobody could have predicted a year ago, Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to Super Bowl LV.  This Super Bowl, Brady’s tenth appearance, will be historic...

Varsity wrestling coach Jake Guardalabene addresses his team during a match against Hampshire on December 21, 2019. Up to this point, the varsity wrestling team and other winter sports have not been allowed to practice.

IHSA announces a return to high school sports

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer January 22, 2021

Following the removal of Tier 3 mitigations, the Illinois High School Association will proceed with winter sports.  The highest risk sports may take part in non-contact practices and training. Medium...

Sophomore Mara Torres plays with her travel game during a soccer tournament this summer despite concerns about COVID-19. With IHSA sports paused or changed, athletes and their have to carefully consider whether to continue travel sport

Outpacing the pandemic

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 8, 2020

A travel soccer player dribbles her way down the field, using her skills that she’s practiced for so long, she makes it past the other teams defense, then kicks the ball past the goalkeeper and scores....

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