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

Varsity baseball players celebrate runs earned against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The team fought its way through sectionals and super-sectionals on its way to the state championship for the first time in school history.

Championship or bust

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor June 23, 2022

The crowd goes silent as the pitcher tosses the ball across the plate. Ricky Powell, a varsity baseball player, hits the ball and the team runs a double, winning the game for McHenry to head on to the...

Richard Powell closes a varsity boys baseball game against Jacobs on April 14 at Peterson Park. The Warriors won 10-1.

All the hits

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 23, 2022

It’s the bottom of the eighth inning. The Warriors are up to bat and down by one run. They gain one run and then, with 2 outs and 2 strikes, hit a home run, winning the game. As the season continues...

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,...

A varsity water player polo looks to shoot the ball at his opponents goal during a match in the Upper Campus pool against Vernon Hills on April 20.

Water polo makes a splash

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 18, 2022

Ryan Story, a sophomore varsity player, works around the defender and throws the ball into the net. He celebrates quickly with his teammates and then prepare for the other teams response. This was the...

It doesn’t matter what sport an MCHS student plays. There’s a good chance that, if they excel, they will be noticed by a scout and recruited to play in college. Some might even be offered scholarships.

Committed

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

The paper is placed on the table in front of the newly committed athlete. When they look up, a crowd of supporters are celebrating their accomplishments. As they sign the paper, their hand shakes with...

The winner of this years NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament was No. 1 seed Kansas, who beat No. 8 seed North Carolina 72-69.

Time of madness

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant April 13, 2022

A March Madness fan watches his favorite team play in overtime. It is a tie with 20 seconds left when his team gains possession and is dribbling down the court. There is now 5 seconds left in the game...

Students lift weights during Anna Centellas Strength class on April 5 in the strength room at the Upper Campus.

Up lifting

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 7, 2022

A powerlifting student-athlete is under the heavy weight of what could be a new personal record. Powerlifting has pushed them to accomplish weights like never before, but it's this moment to push themselves...

Freshman basketball player Caleb Jett and freshman softball player Tatum Kornfeind are two of many freshmen who made varsity teams during this year’s athletic seasons.

Leveling up

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 6, 2022

A freshman races to see what team they were placed on for the upcoming sports season after the tough tryouts — varsity, it reveals. Their heart begins to beat faster with mixed emotions of fear and overwhelming...

A baseball with MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Locked out

Hunter Blake, Freshman Correspondant March 15, 2022

A baseball fan sits down to watch the latest news on the 2021-2022 MLB lockout, disappointed that spring training and Opening Day for the MLB season has been delayed. He then realizes that it is out of...

Emma Keesey and Lucia Smith practice hand offs during girls track and field practice Feb. 25 at the Freshman Campus. Most spring sports held tryouts and first practices in February.

Springing‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌spring‌ ‌season‌

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor March 10, 2022

As the winter season comes to an end, spring sports are beginning. Tryouts have come and gone, and the season is officially in full swing. This brings excitement to many athletes and coaches. It allows...

Senior Carly Bondinus, varsity wrestling manager, observes the IHSA State Wrestling tournament at Barrington High School on Feb. 12.

Talk to the manager

Logan Vincent, Staff Writer March 2, 2022

As Carly Bondinus, a varsity wrestling manager, watches the wrestlers compete, she records their matches and writes their statistics. During tournaments, she and fellow wrestling managers record up to...

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...

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