By: Taylor Liguori
The process of recruitment for a student-athlete is more than one would expect and is a rather tedious multi-step process. For each athlete, the process may vary a littlebit, but in the end there is a similar way that everyone goes about it. Seniors Tyler Walters and Mathias O’Neil had a similar experience to one another in the recruitment process with Senior Imani Reid’s varying in slight ways.
O’Neil’s process began in spring of his freshman year when he decided to become serious about recruitment and playing in college. “I started by putting together game film and I emailed the coaches the film with my team, some of my stats and my GPA.” The way that O’Neil went about this is much like most athletes do. The “unwritten” written rule of getting coaches attention is to email them like an annoying little bug and send them as many videos and emails as possible of game film and good plays.
By: Tori Vander Putten
Last May, Mr. Lerner informed the girls Varsity soccer team that Hammond English teacher Ms. Motaung would be taking over as coach in the following year. She has 20 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience under her belt. When returning players heard about this change, they were nervous but excited. Sophomore Ana Coman commented on this transition, “I was interested because we were going to get new experiences and try to build our team differently than we did last year.”
Due to last year’s record and the fact that this is Ms. Motaung’s second year at Hammond she described her feelings as “nervicited.” Ms. Motaung was passionate about the sport, but concerned about striking a balance with teaching. “I thought it was going to be a lot with teaching and coaching, which I’ve never done before, but I was actually really excited to get back into soccer. And I wanted to help build the program here.” Although it has only been about a month and a half the team has improved since walking in on the first day of tryouts. The team defeated Meade 1-0 and lost to Atholton 1-9 which is an improvement from their 0-10 loss last year.
By: Claire O’Rourke
Hammond Volleyball trades the Pink game for the Blue game this year, hosting Glenelg in the Hammond gymnasium on October 2nd, 2018, hoping to raise money and awareness for juvenile diabetes.
The Blue Game is close to many of the players’ and their families hearts, especially sophomore Lexi Wise, jersey numbers 14/34 on the Junior Varsity team, who has type 1 diabetes. She is appreciative of the change she hopes will bring more awareness to what she believes to be a forgotten disease.
By: Shehzan Dayha and Tyler Walters
Photo Editor and Sports Editor
As the best of the best battled for the NCAA national wrestling championship in Cleveland Ohio, our very own Coach William Smith received the Twenty Five Year Service Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Three Hammond coaches (William Yeo, Alex Abarmat, and Bill Smith) were in attendance.
Coach Smith has been apart of the Hammond family since 1983, coaching wrestling, football, boys soccer, boys lacrosse, and girls lacrosse. Hammond’s Athletic Directory, Mike Lerner, reflected on Coach Smith’s impact at Hammond. “Coach Smith has been helping student-athletes for over thirty years here at Hammond High School and throughout Howard County. I have never met another coach who was more passionate about helping student-athletes than Coach Smith. He has always and will always continue to help student-athletes reach their potential and help them learn life-lessons along the way.”
As an assistant, Coach Smith just finished the wrestling season with a record of 32-6. Many championships have been seen in the eyes of Smith. Wrestling captain, Jordan Davis, a junior at Hammond, says “Smitty is the most caring person I’ve ever met, and there is nothing he won’t do to help a student or one of his athletes. Without Smitty Hammond High School would not be the same.”
“Smitty is a person that would put his students and athletes in front of himself because that’s how much he cares,” says Caitlin Pettengill, #2 on the lacrosse field, “Even though he has retired from coaching girls lacrosse, we will carry his wisdom and great coaching with us.” Continue reading
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