A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

Soph. Lily Baker battles back from a concussion

June 6, 2019 6:49am | Miranda Garcia

  “5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4, LET’S GO W”–up went a stunt group, and right back down. This stunt group lifted their flyer to do a challenging “lib extension” on the sidelines of a football game on Thursday, October 18. As the […]

Pepper Says: Iowa high schools play baseball in the summer

June 5, 2019 9:36am | Evan Pepper

  Sr. Mac Strobel stood shivering in the outfield during the West Ottawa Varsity baseball matchup against Hudsonville. The temperature hovered around 37 degrees, and he could feel the cold dew of the grass covering his white New Balance cleats.    The final Hudsonville batter […]

UEFA Champions League is organized unlike US sports

May 28, 2019 8:40am | Braden Griffin

 Students feel as if the 36-week school year is an eternity, but the league that determines the best soccer club in the world lasts even longer than a school year. Throughout the school year, the NFL and the MLB complete their own season with similar […]

US soccer training is inadequate

May 16, 2019 9:47am | Braden Griffin

Ostfildern, Germany is a town of 35,612, comparable to Holland. A 16-year-old athlete in Ostfildern grew up with a passion for what is often referred to as the beautiful game,  soccer, and wanted to be the best in the world. He had the drive and […]

Headed to nationals

May 8, 2019 9:11am | Elizabeth Snider

Family and teammates of Frosh. Stephanie Lebster sat tightly packed in the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. They were quite literally on the edge of their seats. Their eyes were constantly shooting back to the scoreboard to see where Lebster stood in the rankings. After […]

Must-see athletes

May 8, 2019 8:30am | Dylan VanderWal

Zion Williamson gets an easy steal from Clemson guard Shelton Mitchell and sprints down the court for what seemed like an easy 360 dunk. These types of plays make athletes must-see. Williamson’s crazy in-game dunks get lots of attention and make fans jump out of […]

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