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Hammond’s Cross Country Runs Strong Through the Season

By: Claire O’Rourke and Carlos O’Ryan
Staff Writers

Hammond’s very own Cross Country team has been having a fantastic season! Over the course of the fall, the runners have all improved their times and ran strong, setting personal records in their latest meet, and taking races against other teams throughout their season.

Coach Kosisky offered kind words and optimism on the season that unfolded under his first year of coaching. “ [The] season has been great overall. There’s definitely room for improvement, but in terms of the kids improving over the course of the season, they absolutely have.”

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How Hammond High’s Student-Athletes Have Prepared for Recruitment in College Athletics

By: Taylor Liguori
Staff Writer

The process of recruitment for a student-athlete is more than one would expect and is a rather tedious multi-step process. For each athlete, the process may vary a littlebit, but in the end there is a similar way that everyone goes about it. Seniors Tyler Walters and Mathias O’Neil had a similar experience to one another in the recruitment process with Senior Imani Reid’s varying in slight ways.

O’Neil’s process began in spring of his freshman year when he decided to become serious about recruitment and playing in college. “I started by putting together game film and I emailed the coaches the film with my team, some of my stats and my GPA.” The way that O’Neil went about this is much like most athletes do. The “unwritten” written rule of getting coaches attention is to email them like an annoying little bug and send them as many videos and emails as possible of game film and good plays.

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Senior, Mathias O’Neil playing soccer for Hammond’s Varsity team.

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Hammond Shows Spirit at Homecoming Game and Parade!

By:  Kayla Hendershot, Aubryanna Lee, and Chinyere Godfrey
Editor-in-Chief, A&E Editor, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief 

Hammond’s annual Homecoming Game marked the beginning of the end for Spirit Week for the Golden Bears, and the team was dealt a tough loss at the hand of the Wilde Lake Wildecats, finishing 43-0.

Despite the loss, the Hammond community came together to enjoy the game and honor new inductees into the Joe Russo Athletics Hall of Fame. Former teachers and students returned to catch up with classmates and colleagues.  “I saw someone from 2012 when I was at the game, Duane Echols, and I was his sponsor. I walked by and he called me by my maiden name, which I hadn’t heard in a while, and I was excited to see him, and he will be helping coach JV basketball so I will look forward to catching up with him.” Said Mrs. Osborne.

Homecoming games are very important to Hammond because they get the students even more excited for the rest of the football season. The coaches and the team were excited all week to see how the game turned out. Fans can see the school come together as a whole when generations of the Hammond family come out to support the Golden Bears. It is great to see faculty members, students, and alumni at the game to show their support and cheering the team on. “The homecoming game gets us in the spirit for homecoming and brings the whole school together as one. Everyone should’ve been there to cheer on the Bears,” said Senior Tayla Julius-Khumbah said.pastedImage (1)

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New Coach, New Experience: Girl’s Soccer Face Positive Changes with Coach Mo

By: Tori Vander Putten
Staff Writer

Last May, Mr. Lerner informed the girls Varsity soccer team that Hammond English teacher Ms. Motaung would be taking over as coach in the following year. She has 20 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience under her belt. When returning players heard about this change, they were nervous but excited. Sophomore Ana Coman commented on this transition, “I was interested because we were going to get new experiences and try to build our team differently than we did last year.”

Due to last year’s record and the fact that this is Ms. Motaung’s second year at Hammond she described her feelings as “nervicited.” Ms. Motaung was passionate about the sport, but concerned about striking a balance with teaching. “I thought it was going to be a lot with teaching and coaching, which I’ve never done before, but I was actually really excited to get back into soccer. And I wanted to help build the program here.” Although it has only been about a month and a half the team has improved since walking in on the first day of tryouts. The team defeated Meade 1-0 and lost to Atholton 1-9 which is an improvement from their 0-10 loss last year.

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Pictured is Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team

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Hammond Volleyball to Host “Blue Game” Oct. 2nd, 2018.

By: Claire O’Rourke
Staff Writer

Hammond Volleyball trades the Pink game for the Blue game this year, hosting Glenelg in the Hammond gymnasium on October 2nd, 2018, hoping to raise money and awareness for juvenile diabetes.

The Blue Game is close to many of the players’ and their families hearts, especially sophomore Lexi Wise, jersey numbers 14/34 on the Junior Varsity team, who has type 1 diabetes. She is appreciative of the change she hopes will bring more awareness to what she believes to be a forgotten disease.

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Coach Smith Honored by NCAA for 25 Years of Service

By: Shehzan Dayha and Tyler Walters
Photo Editor and Sports Editor

As the best of the best battled for the NCAA national wrestling championship in Cleveland Ohio, our very own Coach William Smith received the Twenty Five Year Service Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Three Hammond coaches (William Yeo, Alex Abarmat, and Bill Smith) were in attendance.

Coach Smith has been apart of the Hammond family since 1983, coaching wrestling, football, boys soccer, boys lacrosse, and  girls lacrosse. Hammond’s Athletic Directory, Mike Lerner, reflected on Coach Smith’s impact at Hammond. “Coach Smith has been helping student-athletes for over thirty years here at Hammond  High School and throughout Howard County. I have never met another coach who was more passionate about helping student-athletes than Coach Smith. He has always and will always continue to help student-athletes reach their potential and help them learn life-lessons along the way.”

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         Coach Smith watching his team compete in the Maryland State tournament.

As an assistant, Coach Smith just finished the wrestling season with a record of 32-6. Many championships have been seen in the eyes of Smith. Wrestling captain, Jordan Davis, a junior at Hammond, says “Smitty is the most caring person I’ve ever met, and there is nothing he won’t do to help a student or one of his athletes. Without Smitty Hammond High School would not be the same.”

“Smitty is a person that would put his students and athletes in front of himself because that’s how much he cares,” says Caitlin Pettengill, #2 on the lacrosse field, “Even though he has retired from coaching girls lacrosse, we will carry his wisdom and great coaching with us.” Continue reading