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Varsity Basketball: five things to look for

December 10, 2018 9:27am | Jevic DeVries

Early into the first quarter of a preseason scrimmage against Shrine, Jr. Blake Pedersen passed to Jr. Kobe Hescott, and the pass was tipped and stolen. Shrine’s point guard was on a breakaway sprint for an “easy” two points. However, what Shrine’s point guard didn’t […]

Joe Dummer brings a military approach to West Ottawa

November 9, 2018 9:39am | Jamahl Hogan

“In!” Joe Dummer says, a slightly indignant look on his face.   “One!” responds the group of 12 high school boys as they slowly climb out of the water. This is what the boys water polo team calls “up-and-outs,” or jumping in the pool and then […]

Girls can’t yell

November 9, 2018 7:49am | Mayzie Ruby, Ryann Schurman

The bleachers rumble with a low “Ohhhhhhh,” as fans await the kickoff of a rainy Friday night football game. The kicker, Max Voet, takes a few steps back and then charges forward. As he gets closer and closer to the ball, the low rumble becomes […]

Big goals: Boys swim team will work to win State

November 8, 2018 9:33am | Evan Pepper

   The West Ottawa swim team has gone on a 38 meet win streak without a state championship. Last year, they were one of the fastest teams in West Ottawa history, leading to second place in the State meet. Losing the championship stung, but according […]

Holland used to be home to semi-pro basketball

November 7, 2018 9:49am | Owen Israels

   You’re at a semi-pro basketball game. The crowds are cheering on their team and eating obscene amounts of pretzels and nachos. Usually these games are in a large city, but who would’ve guessed that the small town of Holland had four of their own […]

Downsize not a downgrade

November 2, 2018 9:36am | Jevic DeVries

It’s 1st and 10 on Rockford’s own 25-yard line. Andrew Pratt is lined up over the right guard. His knees are bent slightly less than the average linebacker so he can see just over the linemen. The ball is snapped and the right guard goes […]

The greatest sports teams WO staff have been part of

November 2, 2018 9:25am | Blake Pedersen

Undefeated seasons. Multiple Division I players on the same high school team. Winning a State championship. There are various historical teams that people have experienced in their lives. I was a member of the Junior Varsity basketball team and we finished our high school season […]

Should Middle School Teams Have A and B Teams?

October 18, 2018 9:25am | Kobe Hescott and Blake Pedersen

   The middle school basketball tryouts will happen on October 15. Let’s imagine eighth-grader Baker Collins is a talented basketball player. He plays on a travel team during the summer, he plays at the Courthouse on the weekends, and he plays point guard for his […]

Morning practice: harmful or helpful?

October 16, 2018 9:19am | Ayisha Afrik

Standing on the edge of the pool deck, my body reluctantly prepares itself for the inevitable temperature shock. As I put on my goggles, all I can think about is the warmth of my bed I grudgingly rolled out of at 5 am. The digital […]

The new face behind WO sports

October 5, 2018 9:31am | Elizabeth Rauckhorst

With two minutes left in our rivalry game at Rockford, Sr. Quarterback Isaac Van Dyke plowed in for a go-ahead touchdown. Only a few feet away, new Athletic Director Bill Kennedy reacted with a dramatic fist pump and a jump of enthusiasm; we were down […]