A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Raw Mana

February 18, 2021 7:33am | Ella Spooner & Will Truttman

Sweat dripped from the lifter’s brow as the Hawaiian sun beat through the windows into the gym. The words “RAW MANA” erupted from his throat as he pumped himself up for the next lift. Jesse Garza, another lifter in the gym, laughed at the man […]

Ben and Brady vs. WO: Swimming

February 9, 2021 12:30pm | Brady Bosma, Ben Riley

  Startled by the hair-raising cold water, I regained my composure and realized that split second had already put me in my competitor’s wake. It was all a catchup game from that point on, and judging by the growing distance between the two of us, […]

“Cancer does not stop, so neither should we.”

February 1, 2021 7:43am | Alyssa Karner

As the words of the national anthem and music faded away, my basketball team and I headed to our bench. If this was any other game, I’d sit down and wait for the announcement of my name. But this was not just any other game. […]

Reese Bentley: Master of mental toughness

January 28, 2021 7:30am | Kate Roudebush

“Reese, first and foremost, is an outstanding young man of character and integrity. It might sound cliched, but Reese is the type of young man everyone would be proud to call their son. When I reflect back on Reese, a quote from JFK really resonates […]

Ben and Brady vs. WO: Lacrosse

January 21, 2021 10:51am | Brady Bosma, Ben Riley

   I wound up my stick, hoping I had enough power and accuracy to hit the top corner, a shot most goalies would be hard-pressed to save. Everything Jr. Trent Mulder had coached me about shooting being taken into account on this attempt. As the […]

Ready for the end

January 14, 2021 8:22am | Grace Pedersen

Just 25 more yards. 25 more yards until you’re done. 25 more yards until there is one more meet. 25 more yards until you win the race. 25 five more yards until… the season is paused.    All the training and progress made leading up […]

“I just love gymnastics”

December 10, 2020 10:37am | Lauren Adamski

It all started with bouncing off the furniture.  Genna Lebster was placed in gymnastics at the age of three as a way to safely use all the energy she released by constantly climbing on the furniture at home. Genna’s mom, Cathy Lebster, recalls, “She loved […]

A tough decision leads to big accomplishments

December 9, 2020 7:40pm | Grace Gaul

“I’m going to do it, I am really going to do it.” Jr Gavin Hardy picked up his phone and called his club coach.“It was quite the tough decision but I think I am going to play high school soccer.”  After hours of consideration with […]

Positive team energy = positive results

December 7, 2020 6:11pm | Kaurina Sidhu

It was the final event of the girl’s 2020 OK Red Conference Championship Meet, which would determine if West Ottawa would win another conference title. The WO team gathered around the edge of the pool to watch four of their teammates swim the 400 free […]

Ben and Brady vs. WO: Tennis

December 7, 2020 7:59am | Brady Bosma, Ben Riley

 The snowy air whipped across the court. I braced myself for Jr. Teddy Schurman’s next serve, determined to actually hit it over the net. The past five had missiled past my racquet, giving me no time to think. There was something different about this serve, […]

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