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

The McHenry Messenger

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

The McHenry Messenger

On February 28, the boys basketball team  won their sectional semifinals game against the Hononegah Indians by a score of 58-53. They will be playing in the sectional final on March 1.

One for the books

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer March 1, 2024

In every athlete's life there are games that we hold on to, we play until our body’s can not give us more. For the McHenry boys basketball team, their time is now. This year is the first time since 1976...

As the winter season comes to a close, spring athletes excitedly prepare for the return of sports like baseball, soccer lacrosse, tennis, badminton, and more.

Springing into a new season

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer February 29, 2024

As the snow starts to melt and the sun starts to peek through the clouds above our school, the springtime athletes have been putting in their hard work to have an amazing season. Every spring season...

McKenzie Owens, a sophomore at MCHS, will be attending nationals for archery after placing second in the state of Wisconsin.

Beyond the arrow

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer February 29, 2024

On Saturday, MCHS sophomore McKenzie Woods competed at Wisconsin S3DA State Indoor Target Tournament for archery at Fond Du Lac Expo Center in Fond Du Lac, Wisc. She competed on the Kenosha Bowmen team...

Junior and senior football players try to take each others flags during Homecomings Powder Puff football game on Sept. 27, 2023 at McCracken Field. Powder Puff is the closest that MCHS has ever gotten to a full flag football team.

IHSA announces girls flag football for next school year

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor February 27, 2024

The IHSA announced on February 5 that starting next school year, they are officially adding girls flag football as a new sport. The sport will include a state series and MCHS is trying to form a team starting...

Figure skater Brooke Gewalt, 22 MCHS alum, glides across the rink. Gewalt competed at the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Proving the impossible

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer February 15, 2024

Imagine you are a senior in high school, waking up at 5 a.m. everyday to chase the “impossible” dream. MCHS alum Brooke Gewalt did just that, waking up for early practices, training for Team USA all...

The boys and girls indoor track season has begun with practices inside of Upper and Freshman Campuses of MCHS.

Indoor track season underway at MCHS

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor February 7, 2024

The indoor track season has begun for the 2023-2024 season at MCHS, with players and coaches preparing for the indoor season by having indoor workouts before the invitational events start which are hosted...

Creating a history

Mackenzie Sroka, Editor-In-Chief January 29, 2024

As the girls shoulders hit the floor the pin is called and the match is won. It is always met with congrats and excitement, but this year is different. The girls all rush to congratulate as they all would...

On Friday, Jan. 19, MCHS Boys Varsity basketball competed against Jacobs High School at home in the Upper Campus.

Taking the court

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer January 22, 2024

Just as the timer ticks down Hayden Stone dribbles the ball making the winning shot for McHenry High School’s basketball team. The gym goes silent as everyone watches the ball hit the backboard, then...

Miami Dolphins linebacker Bradley Chubb (2) is assisted onto a cart after an injury during the game against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023.

Down for the count

Lily Adams, Features Editor January 17, 2024

Professional athletes often get injured while playing. It is just part of the job. They are knocked down and they get back up again. For most athletes, it is just a small injury that will heal overtime....

Chicago Blackhawks Corey Perry stands on the ice in the first period of a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023.

Chicago Blackhawks player Corey Perry fired

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor December 18, 2023

The Chicago Blackhawks currently have one of the brightest futures in the National Hockey League, with the team acquiring the number one overall pick, Connor Bedard. The team has made some moves in the...

New Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell speaks during a news conference at the teams office building in Wrigleyville on Nov. 13, 2023, in Chicago.

Chicago Cubs expected to be big buyers this offseason 

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor December 6, 2023

The Chicago Cubs have become the talk of the MLB so far during this offseason, as their surprising 83-79 finish shocked many around the league. With the hiring of new manager Craig Counsell, it seems the...

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is hit by Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) in the third quarter at FedEx Field on Oct. 5, 2023, in Landover, Maryland.

Opinion | Just when things could not get any worse for the Chicago Bears, they did

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor November 10, 2023

The Chicago Bears have been nothing short of a disaster this season, with multiple firings from coaching positions for unknown reasons. Seemingly every move that General Manager Ryan Poles makes turns...

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