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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

The JV boys basketball team meets in a time out during a game against Jacobs in the Upper Campus main gym on Friday.

Winning in JV

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer February 1, 2023

Dribbling the ball down the court, 5 seconds left on the clock, losing by 2 points, a JV boys basketball player passes the ball to his teammate on the left and gets himself open to receive the ball. It...

Joesph Thome releases the bowling ball down the lane about to strike success at Raymonds Bowl on Jan. 11.

One match at a time

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor January 23, 2023

Staring down the pins sixty feet away, the ball releases from their hand. Smoothly gliding down the lane to the pins. The silence of anticipation is broken by the ball knocking over the pins. It’s a...

Nathaniel Wirch prepares to wrestle his opponent from Antioch during a varsity meet on Nov. 23 at Libertyville High School.

Working on wrestling

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor December 21, 2022

As the last varsity match of the night is won by the McHenry Varsity Wrestling team, it secures the match win for MCHS. The wins have been adding up for the wrestling team, which has been proving their...

Lynette Alsot smiles as she hi-fives her teammates before a varsity volleyball game against Prairie Ridge on August 28 in the Freshman Campus main gym. Alsot, who also plays girls basketball, is the recipient of MCHSs High School Heisman this year.

The result

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor December 16, 2022

Since childhood, it’s always been school then sports for most student athletes. This rule has carried through to high school, where athletes may be offered  leadership opportunities on their teams ...

The varsity bench watches the game unfold against Crystal Lake Central on Nov. 29.

Starting the season

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer December 13, 2022

As the girls begin to run through their warm ups before the first conference game, girls basketball coach John Lunkenheimer prepares his different routes for the team to run before the away game against...

Doug Martin races in the IHSA cross-country state tournament.

Working through it

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer November 30, 2022

It's the day of sectionals, as the race begins, placed in the back of the crowd of runners, Douglas Martin begins to pass runners. Eventually he passes over 100 runners to qualify himself to go to the...

Members of the girls cross-country team march through the halls of the Upper Campus on Nov. 4 before departing for the IHSA State Cross Country Meet that weekend in Peoria. This was the first time in MCHS history that the whole team qualified for State.

Chasing success

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor November 21, 2022

As the last runner crosses the finish line, their team cheers them on and the whole team celebrates jumping up and down in the wet morning dew. Parents, coaches, and family celebrate as well, congratulating...

Athletes are under pressure to perform both on and off the field. Though the IHSA has eligibility requirements that students must be passing 5 classes to compete, many athletes want to do well, especially in their honors or AP classes, but practice and training can cut into homework time.

Balancing both

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor November 11, 2022

It’s a hot, sweaty, bumpy bus ride home after the game. The bus is silent, everyone reflecting on how the game ended. Another defeat after best efforts, but the pressure collapsed the team once again....

Andrea Avila flies through the pool during a girl swimming meet against Woodstock North on Sep. 7 in the Upper Campus pool. The Warriors won the meet 125-39.

Making a splash

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer November 9, 2022

As the steady water is broken, a varsity girls swimmer has begun to race, pushing the team closer to the end of a successful season. The girls varsity swim team finished in third place at the relay...

Aubree Lundin lines up a putt during a varsity girls golf match against Johnsburg on August 15 at Boone Creek Golf Course in Bull Valley.

Girls golf wins Fox Valley Conference for first time since 2003

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

The Girls Golf team at MCHS captured its first Fox Valley Conference championship trophy since 2003 at the FVC tournament at Crystal Woods on Wednesday, September 21. The team took home the FVC championship...

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...

Chicago Bulls guards Alex Caruso (6) and Matt Thomas (21) celebrate after a basket by Thomas in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

Bulls seeing red during first half of the 21-22 season

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant February 15, 2022

A Chicago Bulls fan is sitting down watching the end of a tie game with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. Bulls players Zach Lavine and Demar Derozen run the offense and pass the ball around. Five seconds...

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