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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...

Students who have waited patiently for COVID to loosen its grip are excited to start their athletic seasons. But is the combination of short seasons and new learning schedules too much for them?

Overworked

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

A student athlete returns home from her volleyball game to a messy bedroom and piles of homework. She sighs in defeat, already exhausted, but has to push through. As the clock races into morning hours,...

Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs, Becky Hammon, has made history acting as the head coach for a recent game. Hammon acts with power and confidence as she coaches her team to victory.

Hammon steps in as Spurs head coach

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

 Becky Hammon, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, became the first woman head coach of an NBA team  when former head coach Gregg Popvich was ejected from the game. After he argued with the...

A student athlete jumps between blocks in the West Campus weight room on March 3 during a training day. As more seasons start, more students are utilizing MCHS's weight rooms.

The benefits behind training

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

An athlete walks into the West Campus weight room to go train. They walk toward P.E. teacher John Beerbower and get their temperature checked, then start to follow the workout for the day. They look around...

The girls basketball team practices in Buckner Gym at West Campus on March 3 while other athletes train in the weight room. Two- and three-season athletes have had to make tough decisions about which sports to play — and which not to play — during overlapping seasons.

Wild ride

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

The weight room slowly fills up with athletes who stretch and prepare for practice. The coach comes in and begins the training, requesting that they focus in and work hard. This seems like a simple task,...

A girls bowler rolls a ball down the lane at Raymond's Bowl during a practice on March 3.

Girls bowling season finally underway

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 4, 2021

Now that COVID-19 cases are low and the vaccine is being rolled out, athletics have been able to proceed with their seasons including the girl’s bowling team. Getting to this point, however, has been...

Gisselle Sandoval serves the birdie over the net during a badminton practice on February 16 in the West Campus Main Gym. The team’s first match takes place on February 22.

Back in the swing of things

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

Recently, this girls badminton team has begun to practice in preparation for their upcoming season. This will be their first season back since 2019 due to COVID-19. Many of the athletes are excited to...

The varsity girls basketball team cheers together during a practice in the West Main Gym on February 2.

Basketball teams start season Wednesday

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

MCHS’s boys and girls basketball teams start their season this week. Players are very happy to be back playing basketball and to start to play against other teams.  Each team practices almost everyday....

Alejandro Animas-Szczepanik tosses the ball down the lane during a boys bowling practice on January 14, 2020 at Raymond's Bowl in Johnsburg. Both the boys and girls team will play their first games of the season this week.

Boys and girls bowling starts season amid pandemic

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

Both the girls and boys bowling teams at MCHS have gone through many changes during COVID-19 in preparation for the winter season.  With the beginning of the season fastly approaching, the boys and...

The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium, marking the first time that a Super Bowl team will be playing on their home stadium.

Unprecedented Super Bowl kicks off Sunday

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

With two talented lineups going head to head in Tampa, either team could emerge victorious in Super Bowl LV this Sunday. In his first year with Tampa Bay, Tom Brady has surprised many with his successful...

As a Warrior, Tonyan set the school record for passing yards with 5,000 and was named to the All Conference team as a junior and senior. Now a Green Bay Packer, Tonyan tied for fifth in the league in touchdowns during the 2020 season.

Making it big

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 1, 2021

He jumps off of the line of scrimmage and dodges a defender. With his head down, Robert Tonyan runs straight into the end zone. He turns around quickly, and receives a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers....

Varsity wrestling coach Jake Guardalabene addresses his team during a match against Hampshire on December 21, 2019. Up to this point, the varsity wrestling team and other winter sports have not been allowed to practice.

IHSA announces a return to high school sports

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer January 22, 2021

Following the removal of Tier 3 mitigations, the Illinois High School Association will proceed with winter sports.  The highest risk sports may take part in non-contact practices and training. Medium...

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