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March Madness Bracket Experiment

March 21, 2019 10:18am | Elizabeth Snider & Braden Griffin

It’s March Madness and the question remains, what is the best bracket strategy? We decided to experiment by creating eight brackets using a wide variety of methods. Follow along with this link: http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2019/en/group?groupID=3450709 Seed This is fairly straightforward. I simply selected the better seed of […]

March Madness: Five things to watch for

March 20, 2019 8:09am | Dylan VanderWal

March Madness is about to kick off, and it has every NCAA fan hoping that their favorite team goes all the way. Even if your team gets knocked out, it is exciting to watch who makes it through the battle to the championship game. Here […]

It’s all in the details: Jr. Jamahl Hogan

March 6, 2019 8:08pm | Evan Pepper

It is West Ottawa versus Hudsonville, one of the biggest meets of the year.  Jr. Jamahl Hogan steps up to the block, knowing that his team needs the points he could earn from the 100-yard butterfly. The horn blasts and Hogan dives into the water […]

Girls basketball district preview

March 4, 2019 9:27am | Avery Marzynski

The MHSAA girls’ basketball District 10 tournament starts Monday, March 4 at Zeeland East High school. District 10 contains six teams fighting for the title.   The Playing Field   Holland It has been a season to forget for Holland. Despite good play from Faith […]

District basketball: One down, two to go

February 26, 2019 10:57am | Braden Griffin

Down one early in the first quarter of Monday’s district game against Jenison, Shawn Trammel dribbled left over a Tanner Wiegerink screen. As Wiegerink rolled to the hoop,  Trammel  lazered a left-handed pass to him, leading to an and-one layup and a two-point lead.   The […]

It’s all in the details: Jr. Tanner Wiegerink

February 25, 2019 9:53am | Joel Scheneman

Early in the third quarter of the West Ottawa Boy’s Varsity basketball matchup against Caledonia, Jr. Tanner Wiegerink receives a sharp bounce pass to the outside of the lane. Using his strength and stature, he holds off the opposing defender while holding the ball up […]

From high school to college: Liam Cavanaugh

February 22, 2019 9:36am | Dylan VanderWal

On a mild October Friday night two seasons ago, tight end Liam Cavanaugh waits at the 37 yard line, his head turns, watching the ball. As Quarterback Isaac Van Dyke signals his offense, he starts his run towards the 20 yard line. He gets there […]

The key to success? Over 500 miles of practice

February 18, 2019 6:41am | Maddy Eppard, Mac Strobel

At 5:30 am on a Tuesday, 41 swimmers walk into the high school. Class won’t start for another two hours, but for swimmers, their day started with a 4:45 alarm. The swimmers wait in the hall for only a minute to be let into the […]

Sports in college? Tough decision

January 21, 2019 9:12am | Elizabeth Snider

It was May 1. West Ottawa Sr. Drew Pederson stared at his computer screen late at night. He wasn’t watching Netflix or refreshing Twitter; he was attempting to decide where he will attend school for the next four years. At the end of the night, […]

Westside Boxing: “Humbleness. I teach that before anything.”

January 17, 2019 11:47am | Ryleigh Hyma, Ayisha Afrik

The Escape Ministries’ building is unassuming. The plain bricks covered in artistic graffiti, the red paint chipping from the heavy door, it is a small building that’s easy to overlook. But appearances are deceiving; on top of being a safe haven for troubled youth, Escape […]