Category: Sports

Summer Olympics 2021: What to Expect

By Kevin Barry

Staff Writer

Tokyo Olympics 2021: 10,000 volunteers drop out of participating in Games,  likely due to COVID-19, per report - CBSSports.com

Image Source: Wikipedia

The long awaited summer Olympic games are back on this summer after a 5 year absence, here’s what you need to know. The summer Olympics includes 28 different sports with 38 disciplines, and those sports include swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer, and more. There are 206 countries/ territories that are able to participate in the Olympic games, so this year like many others will be a good one.

The Olympics this year last a total of 17 days taking place from July 23rd to August 8th. As many know, the competition will be occurring in Tokyo this year which has led over 10,000 volunteers to drop out due to covid concerns. This year, there will be more new people participating in or helping to run the games more than ever.

Keep an eye out for American competitors such as  gymnast Simone Biles (as she can become the first woman to win back to back titles since 1968), Katie Ledecky (the young swimming prodigy is looking to bounce back from her underwhelming performance in the world championships in 2019), and Serena Williams (as the 39 year old tries to continue the family legacy and take yet another singles title).

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An Intro to Spring Sports

By Sarah Linthicum

Sports Editor

Pictured Above: Coach Holly with Hammond’s Lacrosse Team

With the fall season in the books, Hammond athletes and coaches have begun preparing for the exciting upcoming spring season. Tryouts officially began on April 17, and the season will continue throughout May, and finish up in June. Seeing as Hammond was able to have a safe and successful fall season, athletes and coaches can remain hopeful for a successful spring season as well. 

Girls JV Lacrosse Coach, Mrs. Holly shares she is looking forward to, “just being together especially since we missed out on our last season.” This season is especially rewarding after athletes and coaches unfortunately were unable to participate in a spring season this time last year.

Mrs. Holly further shared that in their off-season the team had been participating in, “weekly Google meets where we’ve played Jackbox games, done mindfulness art, wrote thank you notes to people working, and looked for volunteer opportunities and more.” She explained that weekly workouts were also sent out to athletes along with their Google meet check-ins. 

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Jackie Robinson and His Impact on Baseball

By Jordan Rodriguez 

Staff Writer

Baseball is one of the oldest sports in America’s history. It always consisted of the same rules and the same type of players until April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson, at age 28, debuted his first major league game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in major league baseball. He was the first African American in the majors, and by the end of the 1947 season he was named the Rookie of the Year. By the end of his entire career, he was a six time all star, a World Series winner in 1955, and the first ballot Hall of Famer in 1962. 

With all that Jackie Robinson did for baseball and that community he had been celebrated for his courage since 2004 on the day he played his first game in the majors. The commissioner at the time, Doug Selig, retired his jersey number, number 42. By 2009, all teams within the major leagues would wear his number on Jackie Robinson Day. With each sale of a 42 logo baseball cap, it would get donated to the Jackie Robinson foundation which is a national organization founded by his wife in 1973 to conserve his legacy and his achievements, it provides college and graduate school scholarships for motivated students of color. Since the introduction of Jackie Robinson Day, the MLB and “30 clubs have contributed approximately $20 million to the foundation,” as reported by Newsweek.

The Player Alliance is a non-profit organization founded by present and former MLB players. They seek to bridge the gap of racial inequality and improve the representation of black Americans in baseball. “On April 15, we honor Jackie Robinsonas the first player to break the color barrier, a reminder there is still much work to be done in our game.” This was said by the president of the Player Alliance, Curtis Granderson. Those in the organization on the day of Jackie Robinson Day donated either their full or partial game day salaries, they raised over 1 million dollars last year. The organization consists of 143 current and former players that have raised 41.7 million dollars so far that have been donated to black communities. They want to change the diversity through baseball, be inclusive within baseball and the community, and provide great opportunities in black communities on and off the field. 

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Why Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid

By Kevin Barry

Staff Writer

NCAA should pay its athletes – The Budget

Should collegiate level athletes be paid? An age old question that the NCAA has been dancing around for years upon years. Back in the days of normality in October of 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a bill to allow California Collegiate athletes to be able to sign endorsement deals (where they could be compensated for their craft) and even hire an agent. This is to ensure that the top level athletes can get their money and to prevent schools from being under fire for overpaying or underpaying their student athlete

A study by the NCAA back in 2017 found that even some D3 sports like mens swimming on average can take up 45 hours of their week, 5 hours more than their 40 hours a week average spent on academics. Leaving only 83 hours a week left for sleep, social life, family time, and meals; which is only about 11 hours per day. Despite the rules of only 20 hours per week max of college athletics, it’s nearly impossible to make a name for yourself without doing double that. My point here is that with no real break given all day, these athletes should at least be compensated for their hard work and dedication.

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Hammond High School’s Volleyball Season: Pandemic Edition

By Allison Diaz and Erin Peters

Staff Writers

Hammond High School’s varsity volleyball team

The most important time of the year for the majority of athletes is the beginning of the high school season. This year changed it all as COVID-19 hit the world and ruined the season for high school sports. However, coaches and athletes did not let that stop them from playing. The season was pushed back and the time was cut, but they still managed to have a season. The fall season began on February 16 of this year and since then, the girl’s volleyball team has played in a total of 10 games, winning three of them.

“The record does not affect our team, it’s how we play the game. If everyone is hustling, giving it their all and we still lose, nobody would be upset about that because we know we gave 100%,” says varsity volleyball athlete Abigail Weirich.

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Hammond Boys Soccer On the Rise

By: Morgan Lane

Staff Writer

HaHS varsity players celebrate after scoring a goal against Glenelg Hs. Source: “Scott E’s Blog” on facebook.com )

The 2021 fall sports season was different to say the least, but Hammond boys’ varsity soccer continues to show perseverance and hard work to be successful on the field. 

Boys’ varsity soccer has flourished this year, and has been performing exceptionally well. During the season opener on March 5th, 2021, they came out strong beating Atholton 4-1 and starting off with a winning record in the books. This was a big win against one of their rival teams, and a good way to liven up the start of the season. 

The current record of the team is 4-3, and the team is hoping to come in the top 8 of HoCo teams in order to qualify for playoffs. Right now, they’re in a good spot, standing 5th out of all the boys’ teams in the county. In order to reach this goal, there is work to be done, but they’re getting better everyday.

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Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Comments on Fall Season

By Leaana Khan

Co-Editorials Editor 

Nichole Lainez, Senior
Megan Gould, Senior

Despite numerous challenges this season, Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer team is back and is persevering through them all, according to Coach Schaefer. When asked how the season is going so far, Schaefer said, “The season is going well; we are having a lot of fun just being together and getting out to play. We waited a long time for the season to get started and so we are grateful for the time to be playing together. We have learned a lot about each other and have made tremendous progress in terms of our understanding of the game.” She also mentioned the amazing performance of the three captains: seniors Camryn Johnson and Grace Yodzis and junior Laura Keister.

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Cross Country: COVID edition

By Ada Wang

Staff Writer

Photo of Hammond Track, by Wayne Low

As the cross country season comes to a close, some of the members of the team and coaches about this unprecedented season have described how COVID-19 has created new challenges for many high school sports teams.

Mr. Kosisky, a coach with Hammond’s cross country team, discussed some of the challenges, saying that, “The most significant changes and challenges would be preparation, weather, and health concerns due to the pandemic. For example, paying attention to the student’s well-being is more important than ever. We have some athletes that have been running during the pandemic and we had athletes that were not running. We also had some athletes that did not want to join the team this season due to COVID, which we understand. It has been different trying to bring a team together in a short amount of time. However, the students have been awesome and dedicated.” 

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Hammond Cheer Update: Fall Sports Season 2021

By Lydia Jensen 

Co-Editorials Editor 

Pictured above: Hammond Cheer Team in Fall 2020. Photo provided by Bella Deblasio. 

This fall season, Hammond’s varsity cheerleading has continued and the team will be present to cheer at every home football game, but is restricted from cheering at away games for now. Cheerleaders are still allowed to cheer, stunt, and tumble, but must wear a mask at all times and sign in. 

In addition to this, the schedules for the games are very flexible and change often because of the pandemic, and the best way to know what games are next is to keep in contact with athletes and their coaches because of their tendency to change. 

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Hammond Football Update: Fall Sports Season 2021

By Kevin Barry

Staff Writer

Pictured: Hammond Students Jordan Campbell (#6) and Nick Thomas (#13)

Hammond High football has hit the ground running, starting their season as soon as they could due to previous delays. With the absence of playoffs and a championship, players are eager to show their skills in the little allotted playing time that is available this year. 

Hammond’s senior starting quarterback and team captain Eric Grinwis gave his own insight on the start of the season, saying “so far everything has gone well; in my opinion, we are probably the best team altogether to come through Hammond.”

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