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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,...

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...

Morgan Sellek catches a throw at second base during a varsity softball game at West Campus on April 14. Softball players are among those who are allowed to play without masks, according to guidance from the IHSA.

IHSA lifts mask restrictions for some sports

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

As the runner makes the final lap around the track they push to get in front of the other runners. She breathes hard and thinks about finishing the race with a win. After the race while she cools down,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Students who have waited patiently for COVID to loosen its grip are excited to start their athletic seasons. But is the combination of short seasons and new learning schedules too much for them?

Overworked

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

A student athlete returns home from her volleyball game to a messy bedroom and piles of homework. She sighs in defeat, already exhausted, but has to push through. As the clock races into morning hours,...

Varsity football players warm up before the first football game of a delayed season against Prairie Ridge on March 19 at Huntley High School.

Football season kicks off

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 23, 2021

As the snow melts and spring approaches, players dust off their helmets, pull on their masks, and hit the football field sprinting. Anticipation builds as MCHS’s football team gears up to begin their...

Varsity football players warm up before the first football game of a delayed season against Prairie Ridge on March 19 at Huntley High School.

Gallery: First football game of the season

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

On Friday, March 19, the varsity football team played the Prairie Ridge Wolves under the lights at Huntley High School — the first in a season delayed by COVID and transformed by safety restrictions. Though...

The girls basketball team practices in Buckner Gym at West Campus on March 3 while other athletes train in the weight room. Two- and three-season athletes have had to make tough decisions about which sports to play — and which not to play — during overlapping seasons.

Wild ride

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

The weight room slowly fills up with athletes who stretch and prepare for practice. The coach comes in and begins the training, requesting that they focus in and work hard. This seems like a simple task,...

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...

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