Hammond Football Crosses County Line Looking for a Win

By: Crystal Mwende
Staff Writer

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Coach Frederick Instructing Hammond’s Offense

On Friday October 27, 2017, the Hammond Varsity Football team will travel across county lines to play Kent County High School. This game was originally supposed to be played against Centennial High School but due to their lack of a varsity team, Kent County was added.

When compared, the two teams are quite similar. Hammond has had a pretty rough season with a record of 0-8 and Kent County’s standings are currently 1-7. Both teams are also relatively small in size.

The Bear Press recently spoke to the captains and coaches of varsity football to gain some insight on their thoughts going into this game. Junior captain, Tayo Ojo, expressed his optimism about the upcoming game. “I feel great about going into this game, it’s an opportunity to show the county that we are not the same team from previous years even though we are playing an out of county team.” The Bears are preparing for Friday by looking over game footage, practicing, and focusing on the goal.

Senior Captain Guy Spring echoed Ojo’s optimism, and reinforced the rededication to football fundamentals that it will take to get a win on the board. “We have the potential to win however it would require people to focus and work harder,” Springer stated.

The Golden Bears have struggled to overcome injuries this season. Currently, junior Tre Smith is officially done for the season due to an arm injury and as for senior William Aung, he is looking forward to possibly playing for the rest of the season after returning from injury last week against Howard.

 

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Hammond Boys Varsity Soccer goes into Playoffs Strong

By: Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

There were twenty five minutes left in the half.  Hammond was down 3-0 to Oakland Mills.  Most of the student section had left at halftime to attend the football game at Reservoir high school.  It quickly became clear that they should not have left:  Hammond scored three goals before the end of the half, and held Oakland Mills to a 3-3 tie after two ten-minute halves of overtime.  Those that stayed were happy with their choice.

Hammond ended the county season with a strong record: 7-5-2 (wins-losses-ties) overall, 5-4-2 in county–the best record for Hammond for over five years.  Hammond leads the county in goals scored, with 56 goals, most by forward duo Brennan Reamer and Anderson Mejia Marroquin.  Notable wins include a 5-3 win over Mount Hebron, last year’s county champs, and a win over Reservoir. Continue reading

The Bear Press Debates: The Controversy Surrounding the #TakeAKnee Movement

Around this time last NFL season, fans were burning San Francisco 49ers jerseys with a number 7 and the name “KAEPERNICK” written in bold white letters due to the #TakeAKnee movement. Now, a year later, and with Colin Kaepernick as a free agent, the majority of the NFL stands together to support the #TakeAKnee movement and show the current president and his administration that they are united. The movement began when Kaepernick decided to “take a knee” last season while the National Anthem was performed at a football game. His reasoning for the act was to bring awareness to police brutality against African-Americans, and many in the NFL have followed his lead this season. President Trump has made various statements against the #TakeAKnee movement, which has sparked further controversy about the topic.

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NFL Week 4

By: Shehzan Dahya and Aaron Walton
Staff Writers

Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders

The biggest game of this week was the showdown of the AFC West between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos.The Raiders tried to rally after getting shut down by the Redskins’ defense, but the flew into the mile high altitude to face another monster. Derek Wolfe was howling to bury Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland running game. Denver’s run defense last year was ranked 28th in the league, and this year improvements were made and now it’s the best defense in the league all around. Denver’s offense looked outstanding against the Chargers and also the Cowboys before getting busted by the Bills in week 3. Now they had to face Khalil Mack and even though it wasn’t their strongest performance and was unable to put the game away, they did enough to stay in the game and gave defense a calm edge to win the game. Derek Carr left the game with an injury in 3rd quarter but later was reported that it was not a long term injury. With Oakland getting stomped by hungry Broncos are looking up to beat the undefeated Kansas. Continue reading

Theme Day Winners

Congratulations to our winners for Theme Day!

1st Place: Skeleton Siren

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Cade Delker

2nd Place: The Boat

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Hannah Wehermeister and Mandi Bhatt

3rd Place: The Army Men

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Jade Ridgell, Taylor Ligouri, and Amanda Weirich

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Preview

By Kylie Potter
Editor-in-Chief

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ), the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Fans have waited with bated breath since The Force Awakens (TFA) first came to theaters in December of 2015, and many showtimes for TLJ have already been sold out since tickets became available on October 9th.

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TLJ will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. Photo Credit: IMDb

While a teaser trailer for TLJ was uploaded 6 months ago, and a behind the scenes reel was released 3 months ago, the first extended trailer did not premiere until two weeks ago. The trailer, which was showcased at halftime during Monday night football, has many fans speculating about the events that will take place in the upcoming movie.

TFA, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, left off with Rey, the main protagonist of the story, finally tracking down the fabled Luke Skywalker. Her mission was to deliver his lightsaber to him and convince him to come out of exile and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Continue reading

Cross Country Player Profile: Polina Sobol

By Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

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Senior Polina Sobol finished 10th place out of 146 female varsity runners at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational.

As senior Polina Sobol crossed the finish line at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational September 23rd, she was not worried about her place–she was worried about her hair.  “My hair went out!  Like my hair tie flew off and my hair went floush!  It was terrible.”  Not too terrible, though, as she finished 10th place, out of 146 women varsity runners.

Polina has seen great success this season.  Her time at Spike Shoe, 22:06.29, occurred in ninety-degree heat.   At the Howard County Invitational, she placed 24th in 21:29.4, a three-mile personal record.  Most recently, Polina placed 8th at the Crossfire Invite, beating her time at Spike Shoe and setting a new personal record for 5000 meters, 21:20.9. Continue reading