Category: Sports

Hammond Golf Overview: A Strong and Successful 2019 Season

By: Jenna Kreh

Staff Writer

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].”

IMG_0795.jpgGirls’ team holding the Iron Skillet Trophy, from left to right: Gianna Caci, Chinaza Ezeh, Coach Scott Osborne, Ashleigh Louie, and Amarachi Mbadugha

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Hammond Sports Kick Off Season with a Strong Start!

By: Jenna Kreh and Emma Terry

Staff Writers

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. 

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Photo Credit: Girls Varsity Soccer

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Hammond Football: A New Era

By: Kayla Hendershot and Chinyere Godfrey

Editor-in-Chief and Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

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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Courtesy of Hammond Sports

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!

Baseball Strikes Up A Good Season

By: Kayla Hendershot and Chinyere Godfrey-Nwachukwu

Editor-in-Chief and Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Hammond’s Varsity Baseball team has just finished their 2019 season with a 2-14 record, ending their season with perseverance and hard work. Their indestructible morale carried them through the season and united them as a team.

Senior Nick Wiedorfer says, “Last season the team struggled to bring each other together with our record and lacking chemistry between the players. This year it was our goal to build up better chemistry as a team.” Their teamwork has improved over time, and Hammond’s baseball  is ready to move forward as a well oiled-machine.baseball.jpg

Photo Credit: Hammond HS Athletics / Twitter

The team’s determination and improving skills are also evinced in their stats. Colin Kosakowski, a Junior at Hammond, provided the team with their first home run of the season and advanced Hammond with 11 hits. Nick Wiedorfer led the team in the most amount of runs, 5 total, and Tim Stryker, Asa Roberson, and Brandon Eschman were close behind with 4 runs.   

Coach Medairy, Hammond’s varsity baseball coach, is impressed with his players, and their never ending perseverance and commitment to not just baseball, but to the team. He says “The team worked six days a week from March 1st to the end of the season. No practice was less than two and a half hours. It was a lot of hard work and committing and no one complained about it.”

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Tennis Recap: Serving Up A Great Season

By: Brian Paul

Sports Editor

Hammond’s tennis teams made a breakthrough this season, establishing themselves as one of the toughest, most competitive teams in the county. With the boys team finishing up with a record of 5-8-3, and the girls team finishing with a record of 4-9-3, it was a solid year for Hammond tennis, especially for the girls’ team, who improved on their record from last season.

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Photo Credit: Hammond HS Athletics / Twitter

The team faced plenty of challenges, but they were able to rise above and overcome them, a feat that represented the squad’s grit and resilience. Sophomore Devon Gorel spoke about thIs aspect of the team with The Bear Press, commenting, “I think one of the biggest challenges was that we were in some super close matches, but we kept falling short. Near the end of the season after all our practice, we got over the hump and we pulled through. The team really persevered and we really grew throughout the season to the point where we did really well in close matches…we never gave up and fought as hard as we could to win.”

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Varsity Softball Season Recap

By: Marcia Herrero and Alara Sheriff

Co-A&E Editor and Social Media Coordinator

Hammond’s Varsity Softball season this year has been one heck of a battle for the girls. This year they beat teams that they had not beaten in years. The Lady Bears ended the season on top of the League Standings and Section Standings with a 14-3 and 14-4 record— the highest in years, creating a new record for Hammond Softball.

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This season started off on a great note with a win for Hammond against Wilde Lake by a score of 15-4 on Monday, March 25th. But the day the season’s momentum changed was Wednesday, May 1st  when Hammond beat Howard with a score of 4-1 on their home field.

“The best part of the season [by far] was definitely beating Howard. Everyone was so excited, it was a really close game… until the last inning, so that was an intense moment” said Freshman Madison Berning.

Kelley Noppenberger, Sophomore, was happy as she recounted the best part of her season. “Beating Howard 4 to 1 which we haven’t [done] in about 10 years. Reportedly Senior Armonie Lane was sobbing happy tears and giving bear hugs to everyone on the team. The Lady Bears also won county championships which they have not done since 2007.

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Wrestling Wrestles Its Way to States

Bin Lin and Steven Pangburn

Staff Writers

With winter season sports soon coming to a close, the Wrestling Team at Hammond High School has once again outdone themselves. All of the new and veteran players have made improvements and sufficient progress in this most recent season.  

Senior Jordan Davis, one of three captains on the Wrestling Team, shared that to him wrestling is a lifestyle. Something that furthers his own personal skills. “It’s mostly about becoming a better person and developing good life skills and good habits.”

Davis believes that gaining experience is very valuable and he admires the process. “You could lose to a guy, in the beginning of the year, but when you meet him again in regionals you could destroy the kid because you remember how he wrestled you, how he wrestles, and how you could counter his mistakes.”

Davis also commented that Coach Yeo has been the MVP of the team because Coach Yeo has been encouraging wrestlers to work hard and teaching them how to overcome their obstacles. “Coach Yeo is the one person in the school, that I know, that really cares for his athletes. He has taken them out of bad situations and turned them around into some of the most respectful and hard working people that I met in my entire life. He has taken some people who had little to no experience in sports into the most dedicated people and I am confident to say that. ”

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