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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 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...

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...

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