A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Chasing the school record

September 26, 2017 9:09am | Cory Ives

Hanging above the bleachers of the basketball court, behind a well-kept glass case, lies the ink that immortalizes hard work. Written in bold letters, “West Ottawa High School Boys Cross Country Best 30 Individual 5k Performances” is sprawled across the top of a glossy sheet […]

Club Sports vs. School Sports at WO

September 26, 2017 9:00am | Linus Gugino

It was a blazing hot Saturday afternoon in mid July, and the end of a long soccer game; both teams had fought hard and were tied at 1-1. Senior Sam Beetham stole the soccer ball at midfield and headed toward the right sideline. He passed […]

Jake vs WO Lacrosse

June 7, 2017 11:49am | Jake Holstege

It’s back. The embarrassing sports moments I bring you are back. Losing in soccer, tennis, and swimming were not quite enough. I decided to take on the face off lacrosse Master Jr. Takoda Denhof in his own sport. I rolled into the parking lot and […]

Freddy and the funbunch

June 2, 2017 9:48am | Sam Beetham

West Ottawa Varsity soccer player and OK Red All-Conference center midfielder Sr. Freddy Romero dribbles down the field, passing one defender after another with ease. On the indoor grass the ball sticks like velcro on his feet. He pauses, accelerates, stops, spins and flies past […]

Tennis: Headed to State despite key injury

June 1, 2017 9:23am | Caroline Sisson

Frosh. Sammy Ockerland was sitting in her bedroom when her phone went off. Ockerland grabbed it off her bedside table and saw “iMessage: Pete Schwallier.” She opened her phone up and read the text message in disbelief. No. 3 Singles player Frosh. Tyliea Bethke had […]

Evil side of college athletics

May 23, 2017 12:12pm | Travis Bethke

College athletic programs grab high school students, lure them with scholarship money, and watch them chase after the education they so generously offered. This is not what colleges want the public thinking, but it is the reality.   The reason for attending a college is to […]

Tyliea Bethke: balancing act

May 22, 2017 9:25am | Caroline Sisson

Frosh. Tyliea Bethke steps into the court and returns her opponent’s shot. The ball comes flying back towards her and Bethke rips a backhand into the far right corner to end the game, set, and match. She quickly approaches the net to shake hands with […]

Girls tennis wins conference championship

May 19, 2017 9:52am | Taylor Nieboer, Ken Strobel

As the sun was beating down on the West Ottawa girls tennis team, they sat together on the east court at Rockford High School. Their matches were done, but they were waiting to hear the results of the Grand Haven vs. Rockford 4th Doubles match. […]

High jump: Technique is key

May 19, 2017 9:20am | Drew Pedersen

Sr. Anthony Charameda lines up to jump almost 25 feet away from the bar. He begins to start a slow jog, taking five steps forward, toward the left side of the 6’5” bar. Then he curves to run parallel to the bar. Charameda takes seven […]

Mission impossible: hitting a softball

May 15, 2017 9:35am | Sean Hoey

I threw on my cleats and put on my batting gloves. I walked out of the dugout and strutted towards the plate. I smoothed out the soft dirt in the batter’s box and dug into to face the pitcher. I visualized hitting the ball hard, […]