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Steady between the posts

February 14, 2018 9:55am | Jack Hendrick

There were 59 seconds left in the third period. West Ottawa goalie Jr. Caleb VanHeest had just lost his stick after an encounter with Forest Hills Northern’s Tyler Kaminski. The Panthers fought to push the puck back toward the Rangers’ goal. Then VanHeest had to […]

Practice players assist girls’ basketball

February 12, 2018 9:57am | Ben Hoey

A quick outlet pass gave Sr. Sam Beetham the ball at the free throw line extended. He looked up the court as he ran by one of the opposing players. Beetham drove toward the three-point line, immediately drawing the three defenders toward him. He took […]

Sports for diplomacy

February 12, 2018 9:18am | Alec Behrendt

Games can tear children apart. Everybody remembers fighting a sibling over a game of Monopoly or Candy Land. But we’re grown up now.     The truth is that games also can bring people together, even on an international scale. Even though it seems ridiculous to […]

Local basketball league to start soon

January 10, 2018 9:18am | Angel Garcia

Basketball season is here and non-school players are looking for a place to play. The Lakeshore Premier Basketball League (LPBL) is the best place to look. It is a great way to have fun, meet new people, and get buckets. LPBL is an intermediate league […]

Making the tough decision

December 18, 2017 9:41am | Gabriella Hall

Nine years of gymnastics, 12 years of dance, one big choice. 2016 State AA Champion, Jolie LaBarge, had to make a big decision last year, either leave gymnastics or leave dance.     In her first year competing in gymnastics, LaBarge was the 2015 Junior H […]

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 […]