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The transformation of Liam Cavanaugh

November 10, 2017 10:12am | Bryan Johnson

In the second quarter of the West Ottawa vs. Jenison football game, Sr. Liam Cavanaugh, West Ottawa’s tight end, lined up on the right side of the ball and ran a post corner, leaving him around 15 yards from the line of scrimmage square in […]

Cross country: A look back

November 8, 2017 9:44am | Erik Heindlmeyer

I stood in starting box number seven at the Cross Country Conference meet. I felt a strange calm wash over me; unlike any other race I had ever been in, I was not nervous. I had one chance left to run in high school. I […]

Best of the best

November 8, 2017 9:31am | Jake Holstege

It was a cold and windy Friday night, the lights were shining down on the field and tension was high. West Ottawa was in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. Sr. Xavier Wade took off down the field as he made a move on […]

Freshman to varsity: a challenging transition

October 24, 2017 9:10am | Jevic DeVries

It was a windy, but warm summer afternoon in late August. The WO JV football team walked out of the locker stoked for their first full-contact practice. But, instead of Soph. Eric Paauwe heading out to the field with his JV teammates, he took a […]

School record: Six touchdowns

October 24, 2017 7:10am | Jevic DeVries

Last Friday, Sr. SeanKesse Townsend set a school record scoring six touchdowns in the Panthers win at home over Grandville, 41-18. The win clinched an outright conference title. Here is a look at each of Townsend’s scores.   First quarter, Grandville’s 13 yard line Townsend […]

Keeping balance in and out of the gym

October 19, 2017 9:17am | Maddy Eppard

On a recent Thursday night, Jr. Elizabeth Snider sprinted 62 feet directly at the vault apparatus. She hurtled and sprung off the board, launching herself into the air. Her hands hit the table and she pushed off, doing a double backflip through the air. Her […]

WO cross country conference meet

October 18, 2017 12:43pm | Linus Gugino

The West Ottawa Cross Country team is getting ready for their final conference meet at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.  Every year, scores of runners set new personal records at this race, and it is a course well liked by many WO runners and their […]

Swimming topples Rockford

October 12, 2017 6:58am | Kendra Erickson

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the Girls Varsity swim and dive team won their meet against Rockford High School. It was the first time they beat Rockford in six years. Throughout the meet, the scores were close, but WO ended up beating Rockford 165-150. Jr. Kacey […]

Kick return leads to huge win

October 9, 2017 1:44pm | Staff

The rain continued, halftime Homecoming activities had ended, and West Ottawa was down 23-7. Fans began to leave even before the second half kickoff, and the huge Black Hole section had lost some of their impressive energy.   That changed in 13 seconds.   Sr. SeanKesse Townsend […]

West Ottawa Football Changes

October 9, 2017 9:28am | Jake Holstege

“On you Panthers. On you Panthers. Wearing black and white.” The fight song is traditionally sung by the crowd and the players after a West Ottawa Varsity Football team win. It was not sung a lot in the 2016 season. However, this season the football […]