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

Varsity football player Max Smits poses during media day at McCracken Field on Aug. 17.

A fresh start

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer August 26, 2022

It's a breezy summer morning, and the air is crisp and football practice has just begun. There are so many new aspects and changes to the team — a new coach and field among them — and  it is all...

Varsity baseball players celebrate runs earned against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The team fought its way through sectionals and super-sectionals on its way to the state championship for the first time in school history.

Championship or bust

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor June 23, 2022

The crowd goes silent as the pitcher tosses the ball across the plate. Ricky Powell, a varsity baseball player, hits the ball and the team runs a double, winning the game for McHenry to head on to the...

Richard Powell closes a varsity boys baseball game against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The Warriors won 10-1.

All the hits

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 23, 2022

It’s the bottom of the eighth inning. The Warriors are up to bat and down by one run. They gain one run and then, with 2 outs and 2 strikes, hit a home run, winning the game. As the season continues...

Starting early this summer, McCrackens grass football field will be replaced with turf to help with drainage. Improvements will also allow other teams to compete on the field.

Turning to turf

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 19, 2022

 A soccer player packs their bag to bring to school the night before the first game, thrilled with anticipation of playing. However it rained the day before, during a rainy spring, and it is a home game,...

A varsity water player polo looks to shoot the ball at his opponents goal during a match in the Upper Campus pool against Vernon Hills on April 20.

Water polo makes a splash

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 18, 2022

Ryan Story, a sophomore varsity player, works around the defender and throws the ball into the net. He celebrates quickly with his teammates and then prepare for the other teams response. This was the...

It doesn’t matter what sport an MCHS student plays. There’s a good chance that, if they excel, they will be noticed by a scout and recruited to play in college. Some might even be offered scholarships.

Committed

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

The paper is placed on the table in front of the newly committed athlete. When they look up, a crowd of supporters are celebrating their accomplishments. As they sign the paper, their hand shakes with...

The winner of this years NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament was No. 1 seed Kansas, who beat No. 8 seed North Carolina 72-69.

Time of madness

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant April 13, 2022

A March Madness fan watches his favorite team play in overtime. It is a tie with 20 seconds left when his team gains possession and is dribbling down the court. There is now 5 seconds left in the game...

Though most think of student athletes as devoted students of their sports, having played and practiced for years, many students — looking forward to creating memories as upperclassmen — try a new sport their junior or senior year.

Running into a new sport

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor March 24, 2022

An upperclassmen has just tried out for a sport they have never played in high school before. While scared of the reality they are now at a high school level, they love and feed into the competitive atmosphere...

Girls track team members Ali Casey and Jennifer Orozco practice at the track at McCracken Field on Mar. 14 in preparation for their first meets of the season.

Boys and girls track and field teams hit the starting blocks

Logan Vincent and Ali Casey March 23, 2022

Boys Track and Field A boys runner stretches in the center of the new indoor track at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa. All around him, runners, jumpers and throwers of all ages — underclassment...

A baseball with MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Locked out

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant March 15, 2022

A baseball fan sits down to watch the latest news on the 2021-2022 MLB lockout, disappointed that spring training and Opening Day for the MLB season has been delayed. He then realizes that it is out of...

Emma Keesey and Lucia Smith practice hand offs during girls track and field practice Feb. 25 at the Freshman Campus. Most spring sports held tryouts and first practices in February.

Springing‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌spring‌ ‌season‌

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor March 10, 2022

As the winter season comes to an end, spring sports are beginning. Tryouts have come and gone, and the season is officially in full swing. This brings excitement to many athletes and coaches. It allows...

New athletic director Joel Beard gets a tour of MCHS athletic facilities on Jan. 26 in Buckner Gym at the Upper Campus.

Advancing athletics

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor March 3, 2022

Joel Beard will replace MCHS’s current athletic director Barry Burmeister after he retires at the end of the school year. Beard has already begun his transition here after being officially hired in January.  When...

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