By: Shehzan Dahya and Aaron Walton
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
By: Crystal Mwende
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.
By Molly Schreier
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
By Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Week one jitters are gone and week two has just come to an end, and already a lot has changed. Predictions have taken a sudden turn, some for the better and some for the worse.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots redeemed themselves in week two after a hard loss in week one. In this week’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 447 yards and was on target
30 of his 39 passes, three of those passes ending in touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints however couldn’t get the running game going with two elite running backs in the back field, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, getting their team 16 carries and 78 rushing yards. Drew Brees and the passing game was the Saints last hope, and it resulted with Brees throwing for 356 yards. Brees was on dot 27 of his 47 passed, and threw 2 touchdowns in the process, but it wasn’t enough to take down the reigning champs, losing 20-36. Continue reading
By: Aidan Borsh Caitlin Pettengill
Halfway through the season, Hammond varsity field hockey is going strong as the winningest team at Hammond with a 4-3 record. Field hockey started their season with a three game win streak, unheard of as far as Hammond’s records go back. Their latest win against Glen Burnie was a shutout with a final score of 14-0.
Despite losing nine seniors, seven of them being starters, from the previous season, Hammond gained two new valuable starting seniors, Rachel Wattanarungsikajorn and Tiana Swierski. Wattanarungsikajorn has been a key player at center defense, and Swierski has racked multiple goals as right wing. Other top scorers include senior captain Rachel McClanahan with the highest goal count and senior captain Caitlin Pettengill leading in assists. Their third captain, Aidan Borsh, has also been a key player, playing low center midfield and consistently keeping the ball out of the circle.
By Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Week one of the NFL has come and gone and there is a lot to take away from this past week’s game.
Tom Brady disappoints in home opener against Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. Kareem Hunt, a rookie from Toledo college, gashed out the Patriots defense with the aid of Tyreek Hill and Alex Smith air attack. Eric Berry left the game with an injury and later found that he will miss the whole 2017-18 season with a ruptured achilles. The loss of Eric Berry will certainly hurt the Chiefs, and with the soaring Raiders and Broncos it will be a spontaneous AFC west first place fight.
By Aaron Walton
Maryland men’s and women’s basketball have been top notch this year, with the men reaching rank No.24 with a record of 22-5, and the women currently ranking 5th with a record of 27-2. The women’s team is led by player Shatori Walker-
Kimbrough, one of the country’s best scorers, and the men’s team by Melo Trimble, one of the best point guards in the country and a potential first-round draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
In the opinion of many fans, the men’s team has been underperforming this year with Trimble, a junior who is on the hunt for a national title before he enters the draft. The Terps still have two games left in the season and are fighting to keep a high seed in the tournament this year. They are predicted to enter the tournament as the 7th seed in the West, playing Syracuse in the first round. The West is arguably the most challenging division of the bracket, with the number 1 team in the nation, Gonzaga, and a tough Oregon team looming down the road at March Madness. The usual top teams, such as Duke, UNC, and Kansas, have been getting upset all year, and if Maryland wants a chance they have to hope that these upsets continue.
For the women’s team, the situation is the opposite. They are one of the most elite teams in the nation. The Lady Terps are the 2nd best team in the country, only behind the UCONN Huskies (who have a 100 straight win streak), and are predicted to be seeded number 3 in the bridgeport division, the same division that UCONN is predicted to be in. Maryland is most likely making the elite 8 this year and playing against a better UCONN team that has not lost in 2 years. However, the Lady Terps have enough support and talent to pull off an upset.
Tournament selection day is March 12th, an opportunity for watching both of the Terps teams being selected. Hopefully, they will be cutting down the net in Arizona.