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

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...

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 juniors and seniors face off during the Homecoming Powderpuff football game on September 29 at McCracken Field.

Clash of the classes

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

Junior Sarah Duginske walks onto the field to warm up for her first ever Homecoming Powderpuff football game that she can play in. She is filled with hope and excitement for the chance to beat the senior...

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...

The marching band leads the varsity football team toward McCracken Field before the first home game of the season on September 3.

Gallery: March of the Warriors

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 9, 2021

On Friday, the varsity and frosh-soph football teams played at McCraken field hosting Huntley. The dance team, marching band and color guard led the team to the field before the varsity game. 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...

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...

Spanish teacher Jordan Diener meets with both teams before the Powder Puff football game on April 20 at McCracken Field.

West tackles East during annual Powder Puff game

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 22, 2021

On April 20, under the lights of McCracken field, the senior girls of East and West went head to head in MCHS’s 8th annual Powder Puff flag football game in celebration of Homecoming week.  “Powder...

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