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

Mackenzie Sroka

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor

Mackenzie Sroka is a sophomore at McHenry High School's Upper Campus. She enjoys spending time with friends and in nature, traveling, and photography. This is Mackenzie's second year on the Messenger's staff.


“Coming home” (JEA)

“Gallery: Volleyball Veterans Night” (JEA)

"Hybrid continues strong despite challenges" (IJEA)

"Basketball teams start season Wednesday" (IJEA)

"One year later" (Best of SNO)

"Becoming one" (Best of SNO)

All content by Mackenzie Sroka
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

May 19, 2022
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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

May 18, 2022
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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.


May 12, 2022
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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

March 24, 2022
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New athletic director Joel Beard gets a tour of MCHS athletic facilities on Jan. 26 in Buckner Gym at the Upper Campus.

Advancing athletics

March 3, 2022
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Brody Hallin wrestles at the Barrington Sectionals tournament on Feb. 12.

Wrestling to success

February 18, 2022
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504 plans and IEPs are lists of special accommodations that students with special needs receive in order to level the academic playing field. But many “mainstream” students don’t even know that such plans exist and what they are for.

[Photo] Equal access

February 28, 2022
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Senior Carly Bondinus, varsity wrestling manager, observes the IHSA State Wrestling tournament at Barrington High School on Feb. 12.

[Photo] Talk to the manager

March 2, 2022
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Varsity bowler Tyler Houston, posing with his bowling ball, hopes the boys bowling team can keep the momentum of their already successful season going.

Striking success

December 16, 2021
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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy yells at an official in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Oct. 14, 2018.

Opinion: Chanting against Nagy is wrong

December 13, 2021
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[Photo] Spring break tired

December 15, 2021
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Even though they have had to maneuver around a pandemic, many MCHS student athletes have signed intent letters to play sports at the college level next year.

[Photo] Making the commitment

November 22, 2021
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Danielle Jensen poses for a photo after her successful season. This season Jensen competed at State after placing 15th in sectionals and having great successes in the races prior to sectionals.

Running into success

November 17, 2021
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Though the many tout the benefits of athletics, from team-building to physical fitness, less is said about the toll that sports play on adolescents physically, mentally and emotionally.

Wrapping it up

November 10, 2021
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Andrew Hoffman talks with teammates during the Homecoming football game against Dundee-Crown.

Gallery: Homecoming football

October 12, 2021
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