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McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

The 2022 varsity boys baseball team earned a police escort through town and a special celebration after playing in the championship game, but not all winning teams at MCHS have been celebrated the same way.

Opinion | Sports inequity is deeper than a state sendoff

Ethan Rasmussen, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

Many students at MCHS can agree about specific sport biases that have been a common theme for years. Whether it is Tennis, Volleyball, or Bowling, oftentimes certain MCHS sports are underappreciated and...

Seniors on the girls swim team are honored on the walls of the pool at the Upper Campus. Senior nights, which have already occurred for most fall sports,  can be very meaningful and memorable for the athletes, parents, teammates, and coaches.

Saying goodbye

Mackenzie Sroka, Editor In Chief November 6, 2023

Walking into the decorated gym, the sight of the student section filled with supporters catches the eye. As the warm hand of each parent upon the either side wraps around the arm, tears fill the eyes....

The Class of 2023 throws their caps at the end of the graduation ceremony at McCracken Field on May 20 — the first combined graduation held on the newly-renovated football field.

Defining the Class of 2023

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 23, 2023

The class of 2023 has been described as the “torch bearers.” The class that carried every group, every club, and every sport through the pandemic. This final year has been their only normal, uninhibited...

Emerson Gasmann participates in MCHSs signing event to celebrate her commitment to playing a sport at a collegian level on May 9.

Catalog of the committed

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 18, 2023

As MCHS students move on from high school and into the next chapter of their life, some students are continuing the sport they have played for years. These students are committed to the college of their...

As the school year ends, teams are scheduling summer camps and practices. These opportunities arent just for players to hone their skills but also for coaches to a chance for the coaches to get a feel for which players they want on their team.

Break a sweat

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer May 17, 2023

With the school year quickly coming to a close, athletic summer camps are set to begin at the end of the May at MCHS. They are a chance for the coaches to get a feel for the future athletes that may play...

MCHS runners push themselves toward the finish line during a boys track meet on April 24 at McCracken Field.

Running up the season

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

The 2023 Boys Outdoor Track season is underway at MCHS, and the team looks to build off a strong start to the season. One of the major successes of the team was placing 3rd at the county meet with several...

Not all seniors can go on to play on Division I teams or earn scholarships to college. Some athletes who may have played sports their whole childhood have had to make decisions about what to focus on after graduation — and whether sports will still be a part of their lives.

It all comes to an end

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

The final play. The final day. The final game.  Four years in high school. Eight years before high school. One sport that has always been there. The passion, the drive, have always been there, for...

The varsity softball team hi-fives each other after ending an inning during an away game against Warren on March 21.

One pitch at a time

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer April 28, 2023

As the ball flies across the field, the outfielder for McHenry catches the ball and immediately throws to third base, getting the third out for the other team. The girls celebrate their win along with...

Kennedy OBrien carries the ball down the field during the Varsity Girls Lacrosse game.

Girls lacrosse jump starts the season with new players

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

As the season starts off, previous players along with many new players walk onto the field. Ready to begin their new season, the girls set personal goals and team goals to strive for. In previous years...

The school does not have a written rule stating that students cannot practice in sports bras — in fact, some athletes do. Still, many believe that doing so is inappropriate, which is an unfair double-standard.

Opinion: Female athletes should be allowed to practice in sports bras

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor April 25, 2023

As the sun beats down, sweat drips down the players faces. The heat of the spring has reached nearly eighty-five degrees. Players need more water and wear less clothing to keep cool from the hot day. However,...

Auria DAgostino dribbles down the field against Harry D. Jacobs High School on Tuesday, April 19 at Upper Campus.

Kick starting the season

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer April 21, 2023

The 2023 girls soccer season is underway at MCHS for the 2022-2023 school year, and the team is looking to build off a solid last season with a lot of young talent on the roster. The team began its...

Joel Beard, who was hired as MCHSs athletic director last year to replace outgoing Barry Burmeister, left the post earlier this month. Burmeister has stepped back into the role to finish out the school.

Regarding the resignation

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor April 12, 2023

Over the past month, MCHS has experienced a shift in the athletic department with the departure of Athletic Director Joel Beard.  Last year, MCHS’s Athletic Director, Barry Burmeister, retired, and...

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