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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

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

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 19, 2022

 A soccer player packs their bag to bring to school the night before the first game, thrilled with anticipation of playing. However it rained the day before, during a rainy spring, and it is a home game,...

Senior Mackenzie Cutler and coach BJ Macdonald embrace during the girls swimming teams banquet following their senior night meet.

Varsity girls swim team celebrates season during banquet

Campbell Bitterman, Contributing Writer November 23, 2021

Senior night is an annual event that honors the team’s seniors and provides them the chance to say goodbye to their teammates. Sophomore swimmers, Riley Byron and Allison Tomaszewski, helped Andrea Avila,...

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...

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

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor November 17, 2021

As Danielle Jensen crossed the finish line during the sectional cross country race, hoping that her time and place was good enough for her to be able to go to state this year. When her breath slows she...

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

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor November 10, 2021

Aspen O’Brien steps off the court after being hit in the head. As she walks to the trainer and begins to be assessed, she feels the effects of the hit. She feels tired and has a headache constantly....

Andrew Hoffman talks with teammates during the Homecoming football game against Dundee-Crown.

Gallery: Homecoming football

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

The varsity and frosh-soph A football teams played Dundee-Crown on October 1 at McCracken Field for the Homecoming football game. Warrior Nation dressed for the theme of construction in support for the...

The varsity team strategize during half time against Grayslake North on September 16.

Gallery: Varsity boys soccer

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 24, 2021

On Thursday, September 16, the varsity boys soccer team played Grayslake North on their home field at the Upper Campus. The crowd and teammates cheered for the team throughout the game. After a hard...

The JV volleyball team competes against Dundee-Grown during a match on September 9 in the Freshman Campus main gym.

Gallery: Volleyball Veterans Night

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

On Thursday, September 9, the varsity and JV volleyball teams played Dundee-Crown at their home court in the Freshman Campus main gym. Between the two games, veterans were honored and walked to the...

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...

The varsity volleyball team meets mid-court to strategize during a game against Johnsburg on March 24 in the East Campus main gym.

Bouncing Back

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

MCHS’s volleyball teams have worked very hard to produce a successful season. The players are so excited to be back and to even have their season after waiting since the IHSA paused athletics in the...

Regina Anelli spikes the volleyball during a home volleyball match on March 22 against Lakes High School.

Gallery: Spring volleyball season

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

When the Illinois High School Association "paused" high school sports in the spring, MCHS's volleyball teams were among the most impacted. Now that athletic seasons are back in full swing, each volleyball...

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