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

Arlington Park International racecourse in Arlington Heights on Sept. 29, 2021. The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, the near-century-old facility that likely hosted its final horse race last year.

Opinion: The Chicago Bears should move to Arlington Park

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

A Chicago Bears fan prepares to watch the game that they have bought tickets to. They are excited for the game to begin for the Bears are playing at their home field Soldier Field in Chicago. But the stadium...

MCHS students hang out at McCracken Field during the Homecoming football game on Oct. 7.

Real Warriors: Homecoming football game

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer October 28, 2022

On Friday, Oct. 7  McHenry High School students got together at McCracken Field to watch the Homecoming football game. But not all students took part in watching the game. Some came to socialize with...

On the sidelines of McCracken Field, varsity football players soak up the action and excitement of their final game of the season against Burlington Central, who they beat 28-13.

Gallery: From the sidelines

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor October 26, 2022

On Friday, October 21, the football, cheer, and dance teams celebrated senior nights during the last game of the season against the Burlington Central Rocket. The varsity team won the game 28-13, finishing...

Homecoming week came to a close with the Homecoming football game on Friday, where Warriors came together in camo to support the varsity football team.

(Updated) MCHS celebrates Homecoming 2022

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor October 3, 2022

McHenry High School's Homecoming kicked off on Sunday, Oct. 2 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Homecoming dance. Between them, students will show their school spirits at a number of events,...

A student from Art Club paints a window at Green Street Cafe on Sept. 29 in preparation for Homecoming next week.

MCHS kicks off Homecoming the first week of October

Ella Trimingham, Staff Writer September 30, 2022

Homecoming is an exciting time for many students, and this year MCHS has created new traditions for students to look forward to. This year's spirit days at MCHS are based on trends from social media...

The varsity football team played Prairie Ridge during the first game of the season — the first ever at the revamped McCracken Field — on August 26.

Gallery: First football game of the season

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 2, 2022

On Aug. 26, the varsity and JV football teams played the first game of the season against Prairie Ridge at McCracken on the newly completed turf field and in new uniforms.  Throughout the night, the...

Varsity football player Max Smits poses during media day at McCracken Field on Aug. 17.

A fresh start

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer August 26, 2022

It's a breezy summer morning, and the air is crisp and football practice has just begun. There are so many new aspects and changes to the team — a new coach and field among them — and  it is all...

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,...

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy yells at an official in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Oct. 14, 2018.

Opinion: Chanting against Nagy is wrong

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor December 13, 2021

Imagine you are at your child's high school football game, rooting for them to win their semi-final game. Your two sons are both on the field, when you notice that they are both extremely distracted. All...

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....

Niemic directs his varsity football team during the Homecoming football game.

Two-in-one

Krystal Zamudio, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

Prepared to start teaching his third period class in a freezing room with a blue gatorade in his hand, Mr. Jon Niemic is ready to start teaching his Honors American Study history class. Niemic is striving...

Mr. Jon Niemic sits with his students, working with them one-on-one.

Passing on the passion

Madelyn Roush, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

Enthusiastically, a young Mr. Jon Niemic participates in a conversation with his high school football coach at Crystal Lake South High School. He listens to his coach intently, wanting to better himself...

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