A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

Soccer Stand Out Ray Mackey

October 15, 2019 9:29am | Thomas Emery and Alyssa Karner

He is one of the fastest players on the West Ottawa boys soccer team. Clocking in at 18.56 mph on a new program the soccer team is using this season called PlayerTek    He is the strongest player on the team. He is only 5’11, […]

Reel it in

October 14, 2019 9:56am | Payton Ouankeo

 “Fish on!”     This past weekend, I woke up at four AM to start my morning with a two-hour ride to Betsie River. It was going to be a big day for me because it was my first time fishing for salmon. My cousin started telling […]

Inside look at the girls volleyball team

September 27, 2019 9:22am | Sophia Walsh

  The ball is served and in play, Sr. Anna Harmon bumps it to Sr. Teeghan Sauer, who sets a perfect ball for Sr. middle blocker Logan Terpstra to spike down for a point. This strong play is typical for the West Ottawa girls’ volleyball […]

Kevin Maas: Continuing the legacy

September 25, 2019 9:30am | Haley Menghini

It’s 5:45 in the morning when Soph. Kevin Maas dives into the cold water to begin his grueling day as a swimmer. After swimming 3,150 yards he’s ready to go to class. Only to come back later and practice for another two hours.  He’s following […]