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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


Submissions are Open for The Vision!

By Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

Submissions to the The Vision, Hammond’s award-winning literary magazine, are now open.  Students must fill out the Vision’s digital submission form (at, as well as email their submissions to the Vision at or turn in a hard copy to Mrs. Goff.  The current submissions deadline is January 1st.

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Volume II, Issue II of The Vision, as well as Volume III, won awards from NCTE. The literary magazine is currently accepting submissions for this school year! 

This year, The Vision is under the leadership of Jasmine Joseph and Ina O’Ryan, with faculty advisor Mrs. Goff.  The previous two years, The Vision was led by Tess McRae, who brought The Vision from a paper pamphlet to a glossy, color-printed magazine.  Under the leadership of McRae, The Vision also won two awards: Volume II, Issue II of The Vision earned an “Above Average” ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Volume III of The Vision earned a “Recommended for Highest Award” ranking from the NCTE as well.

O’Ryan spoke on the magazine’s goals for submissions.  “We want a wide range of submissions, from people all over Hammond in any subject.”  The Vision is especially seeking submissions related to math. “We’re hoping to reach out to the math department and have students submit their projects from math, like how physics students submit their [extra-credit] pictures.”  Specifically, students can submit art projects required for math classes, such as geometry or transformation projects.

Students can also participate in The Vision’s Winter Poetry Contest, which will take place the week before winter break.



NFL Week 7

NFL Week 7:

Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Sports Editor and Photography Editor

Oakland Raiders 31 Kansas City Chiefs 30

One of the most intriguing division delivers one of the most iconic games of this season on short week notice.  Kansas came into the game with heavy favorites and Oakland came into the game with 4 straight losses. Alex Smith and the chiefs offense had a great game and so did the Oakland Raiders offense. Both defense struggle heavily giving up more than 300 YDS.

Baltimore Ravens 16 Minnesota Vikings 24

The Baltimore Ravens traveled up north near to the home of the biggest mall in America to face the impressive Minnesota Vikings. This game was a kicking battle between Justin Tucker and Kai Forbath with a combining 28 pts just of of field goals and neither one of them missed together they made 9 of 9 attempts. Joe Flacco had an acceptable game throwing 186 yards and a touchdown at the end of the game in the loss. The Vikings running backs won the game for them, Latavius Murray had 113 yards on 18 carries and a couple of big runs with one being a 35-yard touchdown (the only touchdown for the Vikings) to secure the win.

New England Patriots 23 Atlanta Falcons 7

The Rematch of Super Bowl 51 was most talked about game of this week but Tom Terrific fizzled out the hopes of a thrilling game with 249 YDS passing and 2 TDS. Atlanta had no answer for the high blazed Patriots offense. Matt Ryan has not looked very good last 2 games and that drought continued against the struggling Patriots defense. Julio Jones had a great game despite a loss racking 99 YDS and 1 TD for the stat line. Patriots now look like the old patriots from last year and Falcons need find a rhythm fast if they want to stay in the playoff picture.

Arizona Cardinals 0 Los Angeles Rams 33

The Cardinals are coming off a big win last week with a “rebirthed” Adrian Peterson after acquiring him in a trade last week took a trip to London along with the Los Angeles Rams to try to bring the sport to different countries of the world. The Rams are the sleeper of the league surprising the whole NFL with their impressive play and sitting with a winning record at 5-clearly had an outstanding game. Sophomore quarterback Jared Goff threw 235 yards and a touchdown in the win. Up and coming star running back Todd Gurley has 22 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown showing that he’s going to be an elite back in the future. The Arizona Cardinals weren’t the team they were a week ago. Carson Palmer started this game but did not finish it suffering an injury in the loss leaving the game and didn’t return leaving backup Drew Stanton to finish the game against the dominating Rams defense.

Buffalo Bills 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

The Buffalo Bills continue to find ways to win. They dominated the early offensive plays, ran the ball well, and Tyrod Taylor made some big plays off play action and the bootleg.
Perhaps more importantly, Buffalo seems to have found some receiving help. Logan Thomas had a big touchdown grab for the bills. the Bills need him to contribute with Charles Clay out. Deonte Thompson had a breakout game with 4 catches and 107 yards. If these receivers can help add an explosive element to the offense, Buffalo could be one of the most polarizing team of this year. This is already a balanced team, and the defense isn’t going to beat itself. The one concern is that Buffalo lacks the kind of cornerbacks who can consistently play man defense. Against elite receivers, this has and will continue to be an issue.

New York Jets 28 Miami Dolphins 31

Matt Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdowns passes in the final 12 minutes to lead the Miami Dolphins to their biggest comeback victory – since last week. Rallies are becoming routine for the overachieving Dolphins, who pulled off another improbable win Sunday by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Jets 31-28. Josh McCown threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another for the Jets, but his interception in the final minute set up the winning field goal. Bobby McCain stepped in front of a pass intended for Jermaine Kearse to give Miami the ball at the Jets 27 with 39 seconds left. Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds to go for the Dolphins’ first lead of the game. It was the second consecutive comeback win by the Dolphins (4-2), who overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half a week ago for an upset victory at Atlanta. They’ve won 12 games in a row when the margin is seven points or less. The NFL record is 14 consecutive games.

Philadelphia Eagles 34 Washington Redskins 24

What’s better than a Monday night NFC east divisional battle? Well…nothing. The Eagles have the best record in the league at 6-1 coming in to the game and came out 7-1 with help of potential MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Wentz is a big 240lbs and a toppling 6’5” is a hard guy to take down because he leads the game in rushing yards with 68 yards on 8 scrambles including a Houdini-esque escape and scramble for 17 yards. He also shredded the defense through the air throwing 268 yards and 4 touchdowns combining for over 300 all-purpose yards, he also had an astonishing and MVP worthy game. The Skins started off strong but the eagles’ defense was too much in the second half of the game. D.C’s Pro-Bowl QB had a great game as well with 303 passing yards completing 30 of 40 passes and 3 touchdowns, but unlike Wentz he isn’t very mobile which could have been a deciding factor. The Skins’ running game couldn’t get past one of the top defenses in the league, they had 75 combined rushing yards and 18 carries. If they want a shot at the playoffs they have to get the rushing game going or it’s going to be a long season.

Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs

By Ethan Daucher
Staff Writer

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Photo Credit: Dailymail

Almost everyone has heard of the Rolling Stones, and if they haven’t, they have probably unknowingly heard one of their many famous songs. The Rolling Stones is a widely popular British rock band that had been around for many years, ever since the British Invasion in the 1960’s. The band is made up of many members, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. The Stones have been known to change their style of music throughout the many years that they’ve been around. From genres such as Rock n’ Roll to blues, pop, disco and even country, thus appealing to many. Because of such diversity in music, they have many great and influential songs that have reached top charts countless times throughout the many years they have been together. Hate them or love them, here are the top 5 Rolling Stones Songs that you should listen to, in no particular order.

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The Wedding of Mr. Osborne and Ms. Stevens

By: Kristina Dombek
Staff Writer

Two teachers from Hammond High, Mr. Osborne and Ms. Stevens, had their wedding this past summer on July 2nd, 2016 in Morehead City, NC. The two met at Hammond in 2009 when Ms. Stevens was a first year math teacher and Mr. Osborne was a student teacher in English.


Ms. Stevens and Mr. Osborne exchange their vows on July 2nd, 2016.

The next year, Mr. Osborne recounted their first “date.” Along with a group of teachers, the two decided to go see the varsity football game one Friday. After the game, they hung out and talked for the rest of the night, and Mr. Osborne recounted that like many of his students, “that was our first real date, a high school football game.”

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Varsity Football Preview: Hammond vs Mt. Hebron

By Aaron Walton, Staff Writer

After a 28-0 loss to Marriotts Ridge last week, the Golden Bears are looking to bounce back tonight as they play the Mt. Hebron Vikings at 7:00 on Hammond’s home turf.

The players expressed a positive attitude about getting the season back on track. Linebacker Juan Mercedes said they need to work together as a team. Mercedes went on to say, “the whole team is bonding together and we’ve had a good week of practice.”


Senior Linebacker Juan Mercedes, #3

Right Guard Aaron Powell feels that the game tonight is “very winnable.” And he hopes it is a jump-start to what will eventually become their playoff run. Coming into the game the Vikings are 1-1 after a 21-14 win to a better Centennial team. This puts the Vikings in the hot seat and look for another win tonight as well.

Mt. Hebron finished their season last year with a record of 1-9 and had absolutely had no chance to make the playoffs. Hammond, on the other hand, had a 3-7 season under former head coach Justin Carey, now the head coach at Atholton. But Hammond’s new head coach Shawn Fredrick is certainly looking to turn around that record with new offensive and defensive schemes and a new coaching staff.

#HaHSMusicAwards Abound in Hammond Music Department: #HaHSClassOf2016

By Kevin Baker

@Kevin_B_Baker on Twitter

On June 1, 2016, the Class of 2016 will graduate and we will say goodbye to one of the best senior classes Hammond has ever seen.  To commemorate their four years at Hammond, The Bear Press will be publishing a series touting the accomplishments of the seniors and showcasing their advice for future classes via our website and Twitter (@hhsbearpress) leading up to our livetweet of Graduation.  We joined the Hammond Music Department at their end-of-year banquet to celebrate the marvelous musical gifts of Golden Bears.  Here’s our livetweet of the action!

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