A Project for Better Journalism chapter


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 […]

Unsung heroes

October 2, 2018 9:24am | Maggie O'Brien

The West Ottawa varsity football team is off to an impressive 4-1 start. Success brings plenty of media attention for the players. Everyone has heard about Sr. Isaac Van Dyke’s touchdowns, Jr. Max Voet’s amazing runs, and Soph. Blake Bosma’s incredible catches, but behind every […]

New Harvest Bible Church frisbee golf course

October 2, 2018 9:07am | Benton Truttman

Excited yet intimidated, Jr. Josh White stepped up to the tee box on hole number seven.  His first throw had to be accurate because the cage was located around sixty yards across a pond.  If he wanted to play it safe, he would aim for […]


June 4, 2018 9:52am | Jevic DeVries

August 11, 2017. I was getting ready for our second varsity football practice of the day; strapping on my cleats and tightening my shoulder pads, I was ready to compete for ta spot on this team.   The next thing I recall from that day was […]

Review: Holland area disc golf courses

June 1, 2018 9:53am | Aidan Engle

I watched as my yellow Discraft Heat cut through the afternoon air. After about 7 seconds, it turned right and came down about 60 feet from the hole. Not a bad shot, I thought to myself, but I need to get this next one pretty […]

Keep the players safe

May 14, 2018 9:24am | Alec Behrendt

America’s favorite pastime: slapping some pads on kids and letting them go out and mangle each other, right? Football has been the most popular sport in America since the 1960s, but this may be in danger in the future. For the sake of the contact […]

An expensive postseason

May 1, 2018 8:59am | Jevic DeVries

On the surface it seems like being a fan should be free; however, for a West Ottawa basketball fan, this postseason cost a pretty penny. For a family of five to buy tickets for all eight basketball games this postseason, it cost a total of […]

Differences in women’s sports

March 22, 2018 9:14am | Jocelyn Sweeney

It is 1970 and Sr. Deb Kiekover rebounds the ball and dribbles only three times before stopping at midcourt. She can’t take another step. Rules state that she can’t step past the midcourt line. When women’s basketball first started at West Ottawa, they played with […]

New coach: a proven winner

March 20, 2018 9:18am | Maggie O'Brien

Last year, the West Ottawa Girls Lacrosse team finished a season with an impressive record of 11-5, which is the best the team has ever done. They were led by their co-head coaches, Jamie Slenk and Lucy Hoogland. Unfortunately, Slenk couldn’t return to her head […]