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The JV volleyball team competes against Dundee-Grown during a match on September 9 in the Freshman Campus main gym.

Gallery: Volleyball Veterans Night

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

On Thursday, September 9, the varsity and JV volleyball teams played Dundee-Crown at their home court in the Freshman Campus main gym. Between the two games, veterans were honored and walked to the...

The varsity football team meets in the shadows behind the stadium during halftime at the first home game of the season on September 3 at McCracken Field.

Coming home

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

As Dominick Caruso ran through the inflatable Warrior helmet onto the field, the crowd roared, awaiting the first home varsity football game to start, screamed with excitement and anticipation for the...

Dylan Drumheller puts on his helmet before the first varsity football game of the 2020-21 season on August 27 at Prairie Ridge High School.

Gallery: Varsity Football v. Prairie Ridge

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer August 31, 2021

On Friday, the varsity and the frosh-soph football teams played at Prairie Ridge during the first football game of the season. Cheerleaders, teammates, and the fans in the stands cheered on the varsity...

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...

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