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Morgan Sellek catches a throw at second base during a varsity softball game at West Campus on April 14. Softball players are among those who are allowed to play without masks, according to guidance from the IHSA.

IHSA lifts mask restrictions for some sports

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

As the runner makes the final lap around the track they push to get in front of the other runners. She breathes hard and thinks about finishing the race with a win. After the race while she cools down,...

For senior Paul Zunkel, high school football has been full of ups and downs. He attributes his perseverance to his success during his senior year.

Nothing but memories

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor May 13, 2021

Seasons end, school wraps up, seniors prepare to graduate. As they walk out the doors of MCHS, nothing but memories fill these students minds — especially athletes. For some seniors, especially football...

The varsity football team huddles before a home game and stokes their team spirit against Huntley at McCracken Field on April 1. Several senior athletes at MCHS, including football players, intend to play college-level sports next year.

Next level

Madison Harvey and Mackenzie Sroka May 11, 2021

Playing in college is the dream scenario for young athletes. They’ve all played out the fantasy of being the next big Olympic star with Nike sponsorships and their picture on a cereal box.  A special...

The last MLB All-Star Game took place at Progressive Field in July of 2019. Because of COVID, the 2020 All-Star Game was cancelled, raising the stakes for a match-up in 2021.

MLB All-Star Game moved

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

As a result of Georgia's controversial new voter laws, the MLB has chosen to not support that and has even moved the All-Star Game out of the state.  The law’s purpose is to help correct voting issues,...

The varsity volleyball team meets mid-court to strategize during a game against Johnsburg on March 24 in the East Campus main gym.

Bouncing Back

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

MCHS’s volleyball teams have worked very hard to produce a successful season. The players are so excited to be back and to even have their season after waiting since the IHSA paused athletics in the...

The varsity baseball team played Mundelein on April 15 at Peterson Park.

Baseball season winds up

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

The field has been raked, the bases are set, and the players are eager to start. The Fox Valley Conference’s baseball season has finally begun. The season, which was delayed by the IHSA, began with a...

The varsity baseball team played Mundelein on April 15 at Peterson Park.

Gallery: Varsity baseball

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

On April 15, the varsity baseball game lost to 0-10 to Mundelein at Peterson Park. Pitcher Lleyton Grubich started the game, and Anthony Fowler and Tyler Potter pitched stepped in as relief.  Since the...

The Chicago Bears have history of picking the wrong quarterback for their roster. This year's pick Andy Dalton may continue that tradition.

Opinion: Dalton won’t make a difference

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

In recent years, the quarterback situation for the Chicago Bears has been anything but ideal. From Jay Cutler to Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles, a number of players have filled that role for the Bears....

Regina Anelli spikes the volleyball during a home volleyball match on March 22 against Lakes High School.

Gallery: Spring volleyball season

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

When the Illinois High School Association "paused" high school sports in the spring, MCHS's volleyball teams were among the most impacted. Now that athletic seasons are back in full swing, each volleyball...

Varsity baseball players cheer for each other before a game during the 2019 season — the last season that the team played. Though COVID shut down last year's season, this year's spring sports will play — just a shorter season that stretches into the summer.

Warming up

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

As weather gets warmer, many athletic teams that typically play in the spring — including baseball, softball, boys tennis, track, lacrosse and wrestling — are beginning seasons that will stretch into...

Varsity football players warm up before the first football game of a delayed season against Prairie Ridge on March 19 at Huntley High School.

Football season kicks off

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 23, 2021

As the snow melts and spring approaches, players dust off their helmets, pull on their masks, and hit the football field sprinting. Anticipation builds as MCHS’s football team gears up to begin their...

Varsity football players warm up before the first football game of a delayed season against Prairie Ridge on March 19 at Huntley High School.

Gallery: First football game of the season

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

On Friday, March 19, the varsity football team played the Prairie Ridge Wolves under the lights at Huntley High School — the first in a season delayed by COVID and transformed by safety restrictions. Though...

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