Category: Sports

Varsity Girls Soccer: Coach and Captains Comment on Fall Season

By Jariah Nash

Staff Writer

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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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The Return of the Highlight King

By Joseph Gray

Staff Writer

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Fighting since the early 2000’s, Nick Diaz is ranked number 171 in the Middleweight Division and has been a fan favorite for two decades. Nick Diaz was always known for his taunting, and his borderline disrespectful attitude toward his opponents. 

Fighting legends such as Anderson Silva, Nick was carving himself permanently into the world of MMA with his wild boxing-BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) style and his taunts during and before fights. Nick was never supposed to be on the mic because of his bad mouth, but Joe Rogan loved him and his foul mouth on live television. In his career, Nick saw some trouble with his use of Marijuana and failure of drug tests.

In 2015, Nick Diaz, the famous Stockton Slapper, saw his career come to a halting stop. After a fight against the legendary Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz failed a drug test. Nick had already passed a drug test before the fight, and even two after, but on the third he failed, with THC popping up in his system. 

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Hammond’s Rising Volleyball Star

By Jariah Nash

Staff Writer

Pictured above: Hammond junior Safi Hampton

Over the last 2 years, let’s be honest, we have all heard a thing or two about Safi Hampton. But how much do we really know?

By now, many have heard that she is committed to play Division 1 volleyball. As a junior, she accepted an offer from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. A lot of students had questions about Hampton and how she committed. Why Chapel Hill? How did she do it as a junior in high school? Hampton gave us the opportunity to talk to her about her love for volleyball and her future with the sport.  

During Hampton’s club season, she had colleges coming to look at her from all over. 

“They weren’t allowed to say anything to any players they were looking at. They would just watch you play, and if they liked you, they would show interest. This involved getting your phone number and contact information,” said Hampton.

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Fall Sports: Covid and Renovation Changes

By Lily DeBlasio

Staff Writer

Hammond Cheerleading performing at Varsity Field Hockey’s senior game, Picture by Lori Donato

After missing a regularly scheduled fall sports season last year, Hammond athletics had to be prepared for any challenges that could occur this year. Last fall, all sports were postponed to spring of 2021 due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Many alterations were made to the way each program was run, in order to comply with CDC guidelines. 

Michael Lerner, the Hammond Athletic Director, explained one of the biggest issues athletics has faced during the Pandemic; buses. “The biggest thing [Covid-19] affected is transportation, like buses. With drivers getting sick, games are starting later, it’s a lot of late nights for athletes and coaches.” With late buses affecting game times, scheduling for every program has been more difficult than in previous years. Game times now have to be flexible, in the event a bus can’t make it on time and teams are late.

Aside from modifications made due to COVID-19, Hammond is also facing issues caused by the current renovations. Lerner explains “Hammond has the least amount of field space of any school in the county.” That being said, with the renovations occupying some of the practice fields for fall sports, Lerner says how “we have to be creative. What it’s forced us to do, is have teams practice off site, like field hockey does.” 

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Fall Sports Season: Team Captains Comment

By Billy Liguori

Staff Writer

Pictured above: Izabel Stalnaker, senior captain of varsity field hockey team. Photographed by Lori Donato.

By Billy Liguori

Staff Writer

As fall sports began to take off, The Bear Press checked in with one captain from each team. We asked them questions about team highlights, rivals, post season goals, and overall team performance. Here is what each captain had to say:

Connor Walls, Golf

“One highlight from the year that stands out to me was when we won the Iron Skillet! Our team practiced so hard for the match, and we were able to conquer OM. We haven’t won since 2017, so it felt good!”

Jordan Campbell, Football

“The optimal goal would be to take home a state championship, but we need to start by winning counties. We are going to get there by hard work, dedication, and giving the best effort in all practices. We need to give the best version of ourselves on and off the field, allowing a winning mentality day in and day out.”

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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

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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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