A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

Are super teams detrimental to professional sports?

January 17, 2019 7:36am | Jamahl Hogan, Blake Pedersen

It was the bottom of the ninth. One out left before the Red Sox could be crowned World Series champions. Seven time all star Chris Sale, who the Red Sox had traded for back in 2016 was on the mound in relief for Cy Young […]

The amazing academic and athletic accomplishments of Derek Maas

January 17, 2019 7:28am | Blake Pedersen

West Ottawa has several gifted student athletes. Some play a sport in college, and some receive a full-ride scholarship for academics. Some earn both options. Get to know Derek Maas.   Maas is the third of four children in his family. His older siblings have already […]

“They wanted it more”

January 16, 2019 12:17pm | Joel Scheneman

It’s 4th down with two yards to go, 30 seconds left in the game. You’re the star linebacker of City Bay High School, and your team is up one. If you make the stop on the play, you win. If you don’t, the other team […]

News flash: swimming is the hardest sport

January 16, 2019 12:13pm | Ryleigh Hyma

Sr. Ayisha Afrik was finishing up her last practice before the OK Red swim and dive conference meet. The training exhausted her after three hours of extensive distance swims, including nine 200s that got faster as they completed each. Her core muscles and quads burned […]