McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Students struggle to find the balance between good grades and committing to their sports.

A stressful balance

Eli Frommes, audio producer May 22, 2024

A student athlete goes to practice as they watch their grades drop asking their coach for a day off and the coach having the student prioritize their sport over their grades and school. Student athletes...

The McHenry Varsity baseball team takes a knee, as a team, on the field.

The nine-year fight

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer May 17, 2024

Over 1.9 million Americans suffer from cancer. As this can be one of the most deadly diseases, people from around the world raise money to help those suffering. One of these foundations is named The Jason...

MCHS coaches and athletic staff makes sure that players know about how to prevent concussions, but the dangers of CTE may require a lot more action, especially at the high school level.

Opinion | We need to warn student athletes better about traumatic brain injuries

Devin Collazo, Contributing Writer May 17, 2024

School sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and wrestling are the most prominent causes of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy for students, so coaches try their best to prevent injuries among students....

Caleb Williams, left, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected first overall by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on Thursday, April 25, 2024 in Detroit.

The Bears’ first pick

Grace Bellavia, Staff Writer May 16, 2024

On April 25, the Chicago Bears had the first pick in the NFL draft. It was a great night for the Bears, they received good picks and players. The Bears drafted five players. Round 1, No. 1 was Caleb...

Senior Elena Carlos passes the ball during a varsity girls soccer team at McCracken Field on April 23 against Burlington Central.

New season, new coach

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer May 10, 2024

Running up and down the fields, passing the ball back and forth from your teammates. Suddenly your teammate attempts the winning goal of the game. Silence went down on the crowd as everyone watched the...

As senior student-athletes approach graduation, their respective sports honor them on Senior Night. The Girls Track and Field Senior Night celebrated their senior team members at McCracken Athletic Field on April 15.

A night to remember

Ethan Rasmussen, Staff Writer May 7, 2024

A senior athlete walks down the court, the crowd cheering for the 2024 senior class. They link arms with their parents and walk into the line of seniors also being recognized, this is the night they have...

MCHSs girls lacrosse team took on Hoffman Estates High School at the McCracken Athletic Field.

Sticks up

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer April 18, 2024

Girls lacrosse players have been waiting all year for their turn on the fields. They dig their cleats into the turf and anticipate the whistle. Finally, it is their season. MCHS’s lacrosse season...

Boys volleyball players from Lakes play against Grayslake Central on April 2 at Lakes High School. If they can get enough interest, MCHS plans to put together a boys volleyball team together for next year.

Hit the court

Ethan Rasmussen, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

MCHS recently announced a survey that asked about the interest in a boy’s volleyball team. With enough interest this could start the process of creating a new sport for the Spring. The process will...

MCHSs baseball team prepares for the season, with the addition of their new home field.

Up to bat

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

As the pitchers are dusting off the mound and the team’s tying up their cleats, McHenry is getting pumped up for their beloved baseball season. As the season has slowly started to unfold, the players...

Karl-Anthony Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Western Conference All-Stars dunks the ball against the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the third quarter during the 2024 NBA All-Star Game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Indianapolis.

2024 NBA All Star game disappoints fans again

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor March 21, 2024

The annual NBA all star weekend was held from Feb. 16-18 in Indianapolis this NBA season. The game featured 24 of the best players in the league, ranging from veterans Kevin Durant to young superstars...

Varsity boys basketball coach Corky Card talks to the team during a time out on Jan. 19 in the Upper Campus main gym during a game against Jacobs.

Big changes, big wins

Ffion Curtain, Freshman Reporter March 20, 2024

The crowd waits in the loud gym, anticipating the game starting at any minute, as the varsity boys basketball team warms up and gets ready to play. This is their chance to advance to the Sectional finals...

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) approved a new rule in womens volleyball that legalizes double contact on the ball. This rule is a game changer for setters.

Double-touch rule change coming to volleyball

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer March 12, 2024

The NCAA recently changed one of the biggest rules in volleyball. Double contact from setters is now legal within limits in a match. The NCAA released some new rules for volleyball on Feb.20. These...

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