By: Alara Sheriff and Marcia Herrero
The Boys Varsity Soccer season had its ups and downs, but improvement and friendship could clearly be seen throughout. “So far we’re doing alright, but we had a rough start” said Junior Brandon Eschman.
In the beginning of the season it was very rough for the boys. The players barely knew each other, and were not really working as a team. “We had a shaky start, but now we’re getting used to playing as a team” shares Sophomore Brandon Sindjui. One player shared that in the beginning he was shy, and felt that everyone was bigger and stronger than him.
Their first game against Marriotts Ridge resulted in a loss, but the team felt as though they achieved a small victory due to the close final score: 3-2. They knew they had things to improve upon, but overall it was a pretty good start. The boys’ second game was a tough loss to Oakland Mills by a score of 1-0. However, as the boys got closer to each other, they began to pose quite a challenging matchup for their rivals in the coming games.
By: Laura Mosier, Victoria Vander Putten, Amanda Russell
The Lady Bears Golf Team had their winningest season yet with an impressive record of 5-6, and were the Iron Skillet tournament champions for the second year in a row. The Boy’s Golf team had a record of 0-11, but their record did not reflect the strength and spirit of their team. Both teams have improved on their skills and increased their passion for golf.
Coach Osborne is ecstatic with how both teams played this year. “I couldn’t be more proud of both teams from improving from last year. Overall Hammond has now brought home the Iron Skillet four consecutive years; two for the boys and then the subsequent two for the girls. So I’m excited to keep that streak going and hopefully bring them both home next year,” says Osborne. Osborne, who has coached this golf team for 7 years now, is so proud of how these teams have been able to achieve something for the first time in Hammond history. It was a great accomplishment for the girl’s golf team.
By: Taylor Liguori
With many changes occurring this year, such as a new coach and a team made up of 8 freshmen and 5 sophomores, the Hammond High Girls Varsity Soccer team made sure they were prepared for this year, but really prepared to build the program to rock the county in the upcoming years.
Going into playoffs with an overall record of 0-12, Hammond is at the bottom of the standings for the playoff berth. Now bringing up 4 more sophomores for the first round, the team is yet again at a disadvantage with the age of their team. The season may not have been one for the record books, but certainly many positives came out of the season as a whole. Senior captain Tori VanderPutten took time to reflect on the season and tell about how they have already seen improvements since last year. “Our endurance and our fitness [improved] because our new coach has done a lot of mile runs, push ups and squats. Also, our basic ball skills [improved] because we spend at least 20 minutes every practice doing ball skills and just working on those things.”
With a new coach comes new adjustments which is not always easy. Coach Mo came into Hammond High in the 2018 season and people knew change was coming. “ The biggest expectation was to evaluate where they were and see what the foundation of the team was as far as skills and tactical sense. I realize that they had a tough season last year and I wanted to see where we needed to start and build on that.”
By: Claire O’Rourke and Carlos O’Ryan
Hammond’s Cross Country Runs Strong Through the Season
Hammond’s very own Cross Country team has been having a fantastic season! Over the course of the fall, the runners have all improved their times and ran strong, setting
personal records in their latest meet, and taking races against other teams throughout their season.
Coach Kosisky offered kind words and optimism on the season that unfolded under his first year of coaching. “ [The] season has been great overall. There’s definitely room for improvement, but in terms of the kids improving over the course of the season, they absolutely have.” Continue reading
By:Uma Ribeiro and Casandra Arreola
Hammond’s Cheerleading team spotted some great moves over the past month at various football games, and they are nowhere near over yet! With the end of the Pep Rally, parade and Homecoming Game just two weeks ago, the girls are more ready than ever to work together to spot some new routines and perform in two competitions at the end of this month.
When the music came on and the cheer team came out at the pep rally, the crowd of Hammond Students began cheering louder than the speakers booming with music, whether cheering for their friends on the squad, or just excitement from seeing the team perform.
The group was recognized at the pep rally, with many upperclassmen and a few freshmen on varsity, before giving an astounding performance, with several counts and stunts in which two bases threw a teammate into the air.
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.