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Better in black and white

December 3, 2017 9:56pm | Jevic DeVries

On a warm September Friday evening, the West Ottawa defense took the field against the Caledonia Fighting Scots. Starting in his first OK Red conference game, Sr. defensive lineman Angelo Mata lined up against the huge six foot one, 200 lbs, Sr. Ryan Tedford of […]

Family first: Coach Pete Schwallier makes a difficult choice

November 29, 2017 9:34am | Anika Seguin

“I didn’t want to just be a dad, I wanted to be a super dad, and I didn’t feel like I was earning any super dad awards,” Instructor Pete Schwallier said, who recently resigned as Boys’ Varsity tennis coach. Schwallier has been thinking about stepping […]

We beat Rockford

November 29, 2017 9:25am | Jared Andrews

For many West Ottawa sports programs, Rockford is the team to beat. Playfully dubbed “The University of Rockford,” most of their teams have been strong for many years. This fall, though, the Panthers have toppled the Rams in numerous sports.   Soccer   Previous WO […]

Caleb McNitt: Making the college transition

November 29, 2017 7:16am | Qwaymont Burton

On a bright Saturday afternoon in 2014, West Ottawa Varsity Football participated in a rematch against Grand Ledge. The WO offense got the ball on the 48 yard line. WO Alumni, then senior, Caleb McNitt calls “hut” and receives the ball. He drops back for […]

Returning state champions

November 23, 2017 6:59pm | Qwaymont Burton

Five minutes into the game, Alejandro Ferrer lines up as a wing. He receives a pitch from teammate Anthony Lopez on the 22 meter line. As he catches it, he stumbles. Momentarily, he regains his balance and starts to sprint for the try zone. Ferrer […]

Interceptions: the breakdown

November 14, 2017 10:07am | Jevic DeVries

Michigan’s fifth-ranked team, East Kentwood, took on the West Ottawa Panthers. While Jr. Kyle Dent takes a three-step drop back on the 50-yard line while looking downfield for an open receiver. While looking downfield, Dent finds what looks to be an open receiver across the […]

The transformation of Liam Cavanaugh

November 10, 2017 10:12am | Bryan Johnson

In the second quarter of the West Ottawa vs. Jenison football game, Sr. Liam Cavanaugh, West Ottawa’s tight end, lined up on the right side of the ball and ran a post corner, leaving him around 15 yards from the line of scrimmage square in […]

Cross country: A look back

November 8, 2017 9:44am | Erik Heindlmeyer

I stood in starting box number seven at the Cross Country Conference meet. I felt a strange calm wash over me; unlike any other race I had ever been in, I was not nervous. I had one chance left to run in high school. I […]

Best of the best

November 8, 2017 9:31am | Jake Holstege

It was a cold and windy Friday night, the lights were shining down on the field and tension was high. West Ottawa was in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. Sr. Xavier Wade took off down the field as he made a move on […]

Freshman to varsity: a challenging transition

October 24, 2017 9:10am | Jevic DeVries

It was a windy, but warm summer afternoon in late August. The WO JV football team walked out of the locker stoked for their first full-contact practice. But, instead of Soph. Eric Paauwe heading out to the field with his JV teammates, he took a […]