A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Differences in women’s sports

March 22, 2018 9:14am | Jocelyn Sweeney

It is 1970 and Sr. Deb Kiekover rebounds the ball and dribbles only three times before stopping at midcourt. She can’t take another step. Rules state that she can’t step past the midcourt line. When women’s basketball first started at West Ottawa, they played with […]

New coach: a proven winner

March 20, 2018 9:18am | Maggie O'Brien

Last year, the West Ottawa Girls Lacrosse team finished a season with an impressive record of 11-5, which is the best the team has ever done. They were led by their co-head coaches, Jamie Slenk and Lucy Hoogland. Unfortunately, Slenk couldn’t return to her head […]

Regional basketball preview

March 12, 2018 6:51am | Staff

Deja vu.   With no time left, West Ottawa could only watch as a three-point shot from the left wing arced toward the hoop.   A year ago, that same shot dropped in, ending the Panthers’ season in the regional finals.   This time it missed. Survive and […]

Let’s GOOOOO!!!! Three teams battle for championships

March 6, 2018 10:06am | Alec Behrendt, Jevic DeVries, Aidan Engle, Ben Hoey

SWIMMING The final race was over, and it was official: West Ottawa had once again won the OK Red Conference title. The entire team cheered in elation after defeating OK Red rivals and claiming the conference title. The swim team continued its dominant season by […]

Behind the scenes of round three

February 21, 2018 9:48am | Mariah Vongphachanh

Frosh. Abby Walton is held high by her stunt group, grabbing Soph. Anna Finnestad’s and Sr. Annie Nguyen’s hands as they are lifted one level higher by their own stunt groups, each of their outside legs boxed outwards, making a 90 degree angle. Those two […]

Steady between the posts

February 14, 2018 9:55am | Jack Hendrick

There were 59 seconds left in the third period. West Ottawa goalie Jr. Caleb VanHeest had just lost his stick after an encounter with Forest Hills Northern’s Tyler Kaminski. The Panthers fought to push the puck back toward the Rangers’ goal. Then VanHeest had to […]

Practice players assist girls’ basketball

February 12, 2018 9:57am | Ben Hoey

A quick outlet pass gave Sr. Sam Beetham the ball at the free throw line extended. He looked up the court as he ran by one of the opposing players. Beetham drove toward the three-point line, immediately drawing the three defenders toward him. He took […]

Sports for diplomacy

February 12, 2018 9:18am | Alec Behrendt

Games can tear children apart. Everybody remembers fighting a sibling over a game of Monopoly or Candy Land. But we’re grown up now.     The truth is that games also can bring people together, even on an international scale. Even though it seems ridiculous to […]

Local basketball league to start soon

January 10, 2018 9:18am | Angel Garcia

Basketball season is here and non-school players are looking for a place to play. The Lakeshore Premier Basketball League (LPBL) is the best place to look. It is a great way to have fun, meet new people, and get buckets. LPBL is an intermediate league […]

Making the tough decision

December 18, 2017 9:41am | Gabriella Hall

Nine years of gymnastics, 12 years of dance, one big choice. 2016 State AA Champion, Jolie LaBarge, had to make a big decision last year, either leave gymnastics or leave dance.     In her first year competing in gymnastics, LaBarge was the 2015 Junior H […]