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

Varsity baseball players celebrate runs earned against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The team fought its way through sectionals and super-sectionals on its way to the state championship for the first time in school history.

Championship or bust

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor June 23, 2022

The crowd goes silent as the pitcher tosses the ball across the plate. Ricky Powell, a varsity baseball player, hits the ball and the team runs a double, winning the game for McHenry to head on to the...

Richard Powell closes a varsity boys baseball game against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The Warriors won 10-1.

All the hits

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 23, 2022

It’s the bottom of the eighth inning. The Warriors are up to bat and down by one run. They gain one run and then, with 2 outs and 2 strikes, hit a home run, winning the game. As the season continues...

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.

Committed

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

The paper is placed on the table in front of the newly committed athlete. When they look up, a crowd of supporters are celebrating their accomplishments. As they sign the paper, their hand shakes with...

Freshman basketball player Caleb Jett and freshman softball player Tatum Kornfeind are two of many freshmen who made varsity teams during this year’s athletic seasons.

Leveling up

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 6, 2022

A freshman races to see what team they were placed on for the upcoming sports season after the tough tryouts — varsity, it reveals. Their heart begins to beat faster with mixed emotions of fear and overwhelming...

A baseball with MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Locked out

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant March 15, 2022

A baseball fan sits down to watch the latest news on the 2021-2022 MLB lockout, disappointed that spring training and Opening Day for the MLB season has been delayed. He then realizes that it is out of...

Emma Keesey and Lucia Smith practice hand offs during girls track and field practice Feb. 25 at the Freshman Campus. Most spring sports held tryouts and first practices in February.

Springing‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌spring‌ ‌season‌

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor March 10, 2022

As the winter season comes to an end, spring sports are beginning. Tryouts have come and gone, and the season is officially in full swing. This brings excitement to many athletes and coaches. It allows...

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.

Making the commitment

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

As senior year comes to an end, athletes must face the hard decision of where they will be attending school next in the fall. Decisions may be easier for some students, however, seniors cannot escape the...

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 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 years season, this years 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...

During the modified 2020 season, every MLB game featured a designated hitter, which meant more hits and more runners on base. Losing the DH would be a shame.

Opinion: Keep the universal DH

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

When Major League Baseball announced their new rules for the 2021 season, many fans were disappointed with their choices. The most notable decision was the players association’s rejection of a proposal...

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