A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Special Olympics basketball perspectives

March 18, 2020 2:37pm | Alyssa Karner

It was only 9:15 on a Saturday morning, but the parking lot at West Ottawa High School was full.  West Ottawa Instructors Jenna Plewes and Joe Diekevers pulled into the high school, but it wasn’t to grade papers. West Ottawa’s Junior Varsity girls’ basketball team […]

Playing puck with the boys

January 13, 2020 9:26am | Haley Menghini

Ever since she could remember, Jr. Timberlyn Mazeikis has been around the violent, testosterone-driven sport of hockey. Growing up, she’d spend hours snuggled up alongside her dad on the couch watching as the Red Wings fought to put a hockey puck in a net. After […]

Top 10 athletes in West Ottawa history

January 7, 2020 9:17am | Thomas Emery and Jamahl Hogan

The 1962 West Ottawa Boys Baseball team won the school’s first-ever conference championship. That was only the beginning. Since then, West Ottawa has won countless conference, regional, and even state titles in a variety of sports, with the most recent being just last year. The […]

Sometimes it’s hard to be a good teammate

December 12, 2019 10:07am | Timberlyn Mazeikis

I remember the stabbing feeling in my stomach like it was yesterday. I lay on the cold examination table, knee throbbing, and knew my season was over.  The words brace and crutches rang through my ears like the bells to end a day. May 8 […]

Brecken Panse: Her diving comeback

November 25, 2019 9:25am | Sophia Walsh

  Only two months into dive season, Jr. Brecken Panse got a concussion during soccer practice. Her teammate threw a ball in bounds and hit her in the head. Panse immediately felt the symptoms especially headaches and dizziness. “I took the impact test and was […]

Kendall Vaara: hard work beats talent

November 22, 2019 9:49am | Haley Menghini

It’s conference, the biggest swim meet of the season for the Lady Panthers. Soph. Kendall Vaara looks out the foggy bus window after a long day at school. Teammates are excited singing along to the team tradition Party in the USA, in the background. Vaara […]

Tracking the West Ottawa soccer team

November 19, 2019 9:15am | Jamahl Hogan

Joel Scheneman ran 6.5 total miles, with an average of 3.6 miles per hour, and a top speed of 18.2 miles per hour. No, this data is not from Schenemans most recent cross-country meet. These are Scheneman’s game statistics for West Ottawa’s soccer team, in […]

Competing at the collegiate level

November 11, 2019 10:14am | Haley Menghini

As coaches and schools were trying to catch her attention, one night it hit her. “I don’t know if I want to swim in college.” Caroline Sisson had what it took to compete at the college level, but was still not sure if she wanted […]

The Olson sisters: Born to run

November 1, 2019 9:59am | Jocelyn Sweeney

On Saturday, August 23 at Allendale high school, West Ottawa’s women’s cross country team was ready for their first race of the season.  Fans and supporters watched as the runners came around the practice football and past the baseball dugout for the last quarter mile.  […]

The unlikely success story of Gavin Temple

October 21, 2019 9:01am | Jamahl Hogan

11 All-Conference members.    5 All-State members.    3 All-American relays.    1 state championship.     These are a few of the accomplishments of last year’s West Ottawa Boys Swim Team. By now, if you follow West Ottawa athletics you know how it happened. You know about the tight […]

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