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
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
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.