By Ekene Ezeh
Anthony Davis during his introductory press conference for the Lakers after demanding a trade from the Pelicans
Photo credit: Forbes
Player trades are a big part of sports. From the Hershal Walker trade in 1989, to Kobe being traded to the Lakers in 1996. Every year, fans look forward to seeing who their team has traded for. They are anxious to see how much better or worse their team has gotten, and whether or not the trade will bring them closer to a championship. But what happens to a fanbase when a star player decides to demand a trade? Athletes like Jalen Ramesy, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, and others have all demanded trades and gotten their wish, which has sprung up plenty of controversy amongst the fans and the media. Is it a problem that athletes are forcing their way off teams despite being under contract? Or is it a good thing that players are taking control of their careers and making decisions that are better for their future? There are always two sides to this argument, but I believe that athletes should be allowed to demand trades.
By Sydney Phillips and Ekene Ezeh
The Hammond High School Cross Country team has had another strong season after lots of hard work and team effort over the summer. The team had run counties, and finished strong this season.
One cross country meet that really stood out to Freshman Wayne Low was the Howard County Invitationals. The Howard County Invitational took place on Saturday, September 14th, and the cross country team started their season off strong. “It was my first meet, and I saw a lot of schools there,” he said.
Photo Creds: Coach Kim Williams
As Coach Kim reflected on what impressed her about the team this season, she said, “The improvement. We have a really young team. We don’t actually have any seniors on our team. Most of the kids we have are ninth and tenth graders. This is the first time we have had four kids in the 18 minute range and one kid in the 17 minute range.” But what impressed her even more was her team and the hard work that the runners put in over the summer.
“We had five kids over the summer run over 400 miles,” she said, “So I think that shows where we stand because they put in the work.” To discuss next year’s team, and reflecting on all of the work the team did over the summer, Coach Kim responded saying, “I think going into next year, I think we are going to be a totally different team. I think that [work] really shows where we stand.”
Within the impressive team, there were a few runners that really stood out this season. One of the runners was Marie Pejcic. The junior received very high praise from her Coach. “She is probably going to make it states,” Coach Kim stated, “and she has the second fastest time in Hammond records.” Pejicic was able to run an impressive 20:55. The only girl to have a faster time the Pejcic was Nicole Dawson at 20:32 back in 2008. But Pejcic wasn’t the only runner that stood out to Coach Kim during the season. Freshman Mackenna Hunter was a runner who caught Coach Kim’s eye as well. Hunter was one of the most improved runners on the team “She’s done really well,” Coach Kim spoke. Coach Kim also mentioned Wayne Low. Although Coach Kim did not have her running times available, she said that both of them have dropped 5-6 minutes off of their time.
Low said that he really likes the cross country team. “It was really fun,” he said. He is looking forward to doing cross country again, running, and pushing himself. He stated that he would like to improve his time and his scores.
For next year, Coach Kim believes that “the varsity squad is going to work together and get even faster.” She said that she feels as if they are at a place now where they’re going to see the amount of work they have put in this season. “If they run over the summer, they are going to be able to get into the seventeens and they will probably be able to put us in place on the result charts.”
Overall, the Hammond High School Cross Country Team has had a great season, and they are looking forward to their next season!
By: Ekene Ezeh and Caleb Angus
Over the years, the NFL has seen its fair share of outstanding MVPs, from Patrick Mahomes throwing 50 touchdowns, to Tom Brady going 16-0, to Peyton Manning breaking the single season touchdown record with 55. This year there are plenty of reasonable candidates for MVP, but which one will end up on top by February? Here are this year’s top MVP Candidates and why they should all be considered.
By: Abike Orenuga and Chisom Ibezue
Hammond’s Varsity field hockey team has had an outstanding season so far, making significant improvements since last year’s season.
Hammond’s Varsity field hockey team started off the year with a streak of three wins in a row. All the girls are in high spirits and hopeful that their seasons will be coming to a good end, as they are already two months into a roughly three month season, occasionally longer if the team wins their first game at playoffs.
Photo Credits: Girls Field Hockey
By: Jenna Kreh
Hammond’s golf season has already come to an end for the 2019 fall season, but both the girls and boys teams had several exciting wins and personal bests along the way!
The boys team had two major wins this year, beginning with their first win against Mount Hebron on September 19. Later in the season they also beat Long Reach at the Iron Skillet Tournament on September 24, despite a loss to Oakland Mills. Coach Osborne said that the entire boys team improved a lot throughout the season, but a few specific players really stood out. “Tim Stryker really made leaps and bounds this year in his game,” the coach said. “He came very close to qualifying for the post season and improved to the number one position by the middle of the season.” Additionally, the coach spoke very highly of sophomore Connor Walls, saying that he “really turned it on for the second half [of the season].”
By: Jenna Kreh and Emma Terry
In the first two weeks of the 2019-2020 school year, Hammond has won games in almost every sport. There has been a tremendous improvement to our fall sports program thanks to our amazing players and coaches. Football started off their season with a win against Oakland Mills, leading to their current record of 1-2. Boys soccer started off the season with two wins, giving them a record of 2-1. Volleyball’s winning record now stands at 3-1, and golf now has one win for both the girls and boys teams leading up to the match to defend the iron skillet.
Photo Credit: Girls Varsity Soccer
By: Kayla Hendershot and Chinyere Godfrey
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On September 6th 2019, Hammond’s Varsity Football Team leaves the Oakland Mills field with a spectacular win, ending the game with a score of 34, and Oakland Mills with a score of 21. This win has players and coaches excited for upcoming games and looking forward to the competitive season ahead. “After the first game I’m really looking forward to a winning season,” says Senior Isaiah Halloway, “Hammond hasn’t had a winning season in years, since my Freshman year we’ve always been 0 and 10, so for this year, to start off with a winning game against Oakland Mills is a lot of motor for the rest of the season.”
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The players noticed the improvement and positive changes to the team and were able to adjust and train before the new season, leading to their big win at Oakland. The players were also ecstatic about the big win! Senior Noah Jackson says “It feels like the start of a new era. We have a new coach, Coach Bell, he’s great. We hadn’t beaten Oakland Mills since around 2013, so having that big win against them was really empowering.”
Hammond didn’t just get this win handed to them though, it took a lot of work and preparation for the Bears to get this win over OM. “To prepare, we had a tough week of practice. Kids were very focused the entire week. We have new coaches and staff members and we changed our game plan on both sides and had a really good scout against them and had our kids prepared for what they’re gonna run and when they’re going to run it.” Said new Varsity coach, Coach Bell.
Although realizing there still is room for improvement, Coach Bell is still excited about the win, and for the season to come. “I feel great about the win,” says Bell, “I’m just happy for our players, happy for our coaches, happy for the school and it’s something that I think this whole school needed to kick start the year off that way. Hopefully we keep taking it one at a time and win again this week and continue that repeat.” Coach Bell is ready to push the players, and the players are ready to work their hardest throughout the season.
Hammond Football is ready for the new season and to show Howard County how we can play and how we can win. Senior Sam Mercedes says,“Our defense put on a clinic the first half and we really showed the county that we aren’t the same Hammond. But we still have a lot of improvement and we need to continue to prove that this is a new era for Hammond Football, week in and week out.” So far, Hammond’s Football team has proved themselves, and Hammond should have hope for the future.
Hammond’s Varsity Football team showed their improvement and determination to win after the defeat of the Scorpions, and are ready to show the county how we play, as a team, as a school, and as winners. Go Bears!