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The boys swimming team meets in the West Campus pool before a match on February 5th. The IHSA has limited most seasons as the state continues its battle against COVID-19.

Winter and spring sports seasons begin

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor February 17, 2021

The IHSA has allowed sports to move forward with shorter seasons and safety precautions. Some winter sports have already begun, including high-risk sports like boys and girls basketball and lower-risk...

The varsity girls basketball team cheers together during a practice in the West Main Gym on February 2.

Basketball teams start season Wednesday

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

MCHS’s boys and girls basketball teams start their season this week. Players are very happy to be back playing basketball and to start to play against other teams.  Each team practices almost everyday....

Alejandro Animas-Szczepanik tosses the ball down the lane during a boys bowling practice on January 14, 2020 at Raymond's Bowl in Johnsburg. Both the boys and girls team will play their first games of the season this week.

Boys and girls bowling starts season amid pandemic

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

Both the girls and boys bowling teams at MCHS have gone through many changes during COVID-19 in preparation for the winter season.  With the beginning of the season fastly approaching, the boys and...

Varsity wrestling coach Jake Guardalabene addresses his team during a match against Hampshire on December 21, 2019. Up to this point, the varsity wrestling team and other winter sports have not been allowed to practice.

IHSA announces a return to high school sports

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer January 22, 2021

Following the removal of Tier 3 mitigations, the Illinois High School Association will proceed with winter sports.  The highest risk sports may take part in non-contact practices and training. Medium...

Sophomore Mara Torres plays with her travel game during a soccer tournament this summer despite concerns about COVID-19. With IHSA sports paused or changed, athletes and their have to carefully consider whether to continue travel sport

Outpacing the pandemic

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 8, 2020

A travel soccer player dribbles her way down the field, using her skills that she’s practiced for so long, she makes it past the other teams defense, then kicks the ball past the goalkeeper and scores....

The 2019-20 boys basketball team gets fired up before a game against Cary-Grove on January 8 in the West Main Gym. This season's basketball season has been disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions handed down from both the governor and the IHSA.

Running out of timeouts

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor December 4, 2020

Basketballs dribbled up and down the court, sneakers squeaking from the freshly waxed gym floors, crowds cheering as another three points are scored — these were the dreams of many basketball athletes...

Assistant coach Ray Currie congratulates last year's varsity softball team between innings during a game on April 6, 2019. Spring sports and other extracurriculars were among cancellations in the wake of coronavirus.

IHSA considers extending spring athletics seasons

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer April 3, 2020

With the delay of the spring sports seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IHSA is considering the extension of the season, according to a letter from Craig Anderson, the IHSA’s Executive Director.  “We...

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