Category: Sports

Winter Varsity Cheer 2022: A Season to Remember

By Lily DeBlasio

Features Editor

Pictured above: Hammond Varsity Cheer at the state championship competition

Hammond Cheerleading just wrapped up the winter season after an incredible few months of perseverance and impressive accomplishments. The winter cheer season began in November, with the start of winter sports, giving the team around 2 months to prepare for their county competition in January. The winter season came with its challenges though; the loss of girls, less practice space, inflexible schedules, and a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Like the fall season, the team fell victim to the several other indoor sports that needed practice space in the school. Between having to yield to other sports practices and county regulations suspending most athletics, there was very little time for the team to be able to practice safely. Despite their underdog status and external hardships, the girls pulled through in their performances. 

Due to the start of competition season for girls on all-star teams outside of school and other spring sports starting, Hammond Cheer had to compensate for the loss of a lot of girls. Because of this, head varsity coach, Katie Charnok, thought it best to reduce the size of girls competing, resulting in the nine girls who “made mat.”

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Varsity Field Hockey: Captains and Players Comment on End of Season

By Camille Pendleton

Staff Writer

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Pictured above: Hammond Varsity Field Hockey Player, Kate Haber

The Hammond High Varsity Field Hockey Team ended the 2021 season with seven wins and five losses. A majority of those wins came at home. Two were achieved at away games, one being against Long Reach High School on October 7th. The Golden Bears are ranked 7th in the county ahead of Reservoir and Long Reach. 

The senior captain of the team, Isabella (Izzy) Stalnaker attributes those wins to the “team dynamic.”

She says, “…everyone worked well together and created a team we’ve never played like before.” Along with Lauren Johnson, the team is able to play to their full potential and have fun doing so. 

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2021 Season Recap: Boy’s Varsity Soccer

By Alec Hennessy

Staff Writer

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After a year online, we are welcoming back the Hammond Men’s Varsity Soccer team. The Bear Press was able to get a look into all the in’s and outs of one of Hammond’s oldest and most well-known teams.

The training is very rigorous and the players are devoted. The team ended the season with a record of 1-13. Though this was a rough start back from virtual school, they still persevered and have a plan to come back stronger next season. 

While many of the Hammond players have been together for years, the Golden Bears started off this year with a new head coach, Hammond alum Elliot Quinteros. 

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The Start of the NBA’s 75th Season

By Ryan Moshasha

Staff Writer

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The NBA’s 75th Year started on October 19th, 2021. Only 3 weeks has gone by since, and yet it has been one of the most entertaining starts to an NBA season ever. The NBA officially listed its top 75 players for the 75th Anniversary Team. 

When the official list was released, there was a lot of controversy regarding the NBA and the voting system due to the fact that two Important names were forgotten on the list. One of these names was the 8x All Star and 4x Champion, Dwight Howard, and the other was the 5x All Star, 3x Champion, and record holder for most 3 pointers in a game, Klay Thompson. 

Most NBA fans and players were shocked when the NBA didn’t include these two names in the Anniversary list, especially considering how much these guys have put towards the game of basketball. 

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NFL Taunting: Why is it a problem?

By Eli Glenn    

Staff Writer

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A big topic of conversation in football this year was the National Football League’s new rules regarding taunting penalties. The NFL defines taunting as “…baiting or taunting acts or words that may engender ill will between teams.”

There have been cases of taunting in the past in the National Football League, like when Tyreek Hill threw up the peace sign at the Tampa Bay Bucs defense while running into the end zone for a 75 yard pass from Patrick Mahomes.

For this small act he was fined almost $8,000. He then did the same thing against the Denver Broncos and was fined $10,000. All of these fines were before the NFL taunting rule that in addition to the fine, there will be a 15 yard penalty for players.

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Varsity Girls Soccer: Coach and Captains Comment on Fall Season

By Jariah Nash

Staff Writer

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Image Source: @HaHSWSoccer on Twitter

When it comes to soccer, Hammond’s program has a strong group of girls. With the soccer season coming to an end, it is always such a bitter-sweet moment for the team. There is no doubt that Hammond’s girls soccer played their best games this season.

The soccer team only had one win this season, but even with one win they grew as individuals and as a team. 

This season, Hammond’s soccer program had 10 seniors. The Bear Press got the opportunity to talk with some of the seniors and ask them questions about the season overall. 

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Hammond Cheer Team’s Fall 2021 Season: A Wrap-Up

By Lilianna DeBlasio

Features Editor

Pictured above: Varsity Hammond Cheer at Counties 2021

As Hammond’s fall sports season comes to an end, the cheerleading program is just getting started. Most people have seen the cheer team in action. Whether at Friday night football games or performing at pep rallies, they’re a crucial part of Hammond’s student spirit. But supporting football isn’t the only thing they’re capable of. Every year, our cheerleaders go to counties, a competition between all Howard County high school cheerleading teams, designed to rank each team and choose which will advance to regionals. 

Each team choreographs a 2 and a half minute routine to showcase their skills for the variety of judges. They are judged on skills such as jumps, stunts, tumbling passes, dance, and overall performance and energy. Between all of these categories, each team can score up to 130 points.

This year, on October 27th, cheer performed at Marriotts Ridge High School scoring 110.75 and earning 3rd place overall. This was extremely impressive and a huge shock to the girls and coaches. When asked what place they thought they were going to get, junior cheerleader Bella DeBlasio said “11th. Dead last. Because we had such little practice space and so many injuries, we were not expecting to be able to perform so well. Especially compared to the other teams who have had so much more time to practice and overall better conditions to prepare.”

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Hammond XC: A Season Wrap-Up

By Kevin Barry

News and Managing Editor

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This year’s cross country season was full of highs and some lows with an honorable finish breaking several dry spells and creating hope for the future of the team with a total of 5 meets (those being 3 invitational meets and 2 tri meets).

A tri meet is a meet between 3 teams while an invitational is a much bigger meet in between a couple dozen to even a 100 teams in some cases. Hammond secured the number one spot for one of the tri meets and had respectable placings for the very competitive invitationals. Overall the season was a huge success, paving the way for some of the younger runners and being led by a strong veteran group.

The group this year was led by some familiar faces. Some of the team’s strongest runners this year were seniors Josh Speich, Ben Johnson, and Bennet Freeman. A very strong core combined with well run practices helped the team out massively this year.

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Soft Serves Are For Dairy Queen, Not Hammond

Hammond Volleyball’s Fun & Intense Season

By Joseph Lee

Backpage Editor

Image source: Jariah Nash

“All Ace! Whoosh!”

The team cheers and can soon be heard again as their words are echoed by the crowd. An “all ace” is when someone serves the ball and the opposing team can’t pass it, giving the server’s team the point. 

Hammond is playing their 5th set, the first and only time they’ve done it this season against Marriotts Ridge. This was their second game against the Mustangs, so after their first loss, it was a surprising turn of events. Even though they still lost the second game, it was close and a great moment for the team. 

Erin Peters, a senior player, commented on what happened afterward. “Even though we lost, the coach complimented us [on] how we’ve gotten so much better over the years which made it all the better.” 

Coach Corey even mentioned that, “The girls played, at that point, the best game they played all season.”

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A Look Into Hammond Football’s Recent Season

By Billy Liguori

Sports Editor

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After almost two years of modified games and practices, Hammond football has returned to normal for the 2021-2022 fall season.

Hammond football ended the regular season with a record of 1-8. They started their season on the road, with a bit of a rocky start, as they were defeated by Glenelg High School. The Bears put up a score of 14, trailing the Gladiators who scored 35.

Eager to play their next game, Hammond quickly turned it around. For game 2, the Bears were back at home, competing against Centennial High School. With great performances from starting quarterback Jordan Campbell and running back (RB) Nathaniel Lamb, Hammond was able to take down the Eagles 26-7. 

With a little over 300 rushing yards, RB Nathaniel Lamb was able to march the Bears down the field, allowing the team to outscore and outplay their opponent. Jordan Campbell was asked to elaborate on the game and  share a few words on the team. 

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