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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

During the modified 2020 season, every MLB game featured a designated hitter, which meant more hits and more runners on base. Losing the DH would be a shame.

Opinion: Keep the universal DH

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

When Major League Baseball announced their new rules for the 2021 season, many fans were disappointed with their choices. The most notable decision was the players association’s rejection of a proposal...

Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs, Becky Hammon, has made history acting as the head coach for a recent game. Hammon acts with power and confidence as she coaches her team to victory.

Hammon steps in as Spurs head coach

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

 Becky Hammon, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, became the first woman head coach of an NBA team  when former head coach Gregg Popvich was ejected from the game. After he argued with the...

A student athlete jumps between blocks in the West Campus weight room on March 3 during a training day. As more seasons start, more students are utilizing MCHSs weight rooms.

The benefits behind training

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

An athlete walks into the West Campus weight room to go train. They walk toward P.E. teacher John Beerbower and get their temperature checked, then start to follow the workout for the day. They look around...

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....

The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium, marking the first time that a Super Bowl team will be playing on their home stadium.

Unprecedented Super Bowl kicks off Sunday

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

With two talented lineups going head to head in Tampa, either team could emerge victorious in Super Bowl LV this Sunday. In his first year with Tampa Bay, Tom Brady has surprised many with his successful...

A billboard in St. Petersburg, FL painted by the Vitale Brothers honors the career and history of Tom Brady, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will lead the team to his tenth Super Bowl appearance on Sunday.

Brady edges into another Super Bowl

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

In a series of events that nobody could have predicted a year ago, Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to Super Bowl LV.  This Super Bowl, Brady’s tenth appearance, will be historic...

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