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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 […]

The avid football fans of WO

October 2, 2017 9:45am | Alec Behrendt

The crunches of pads, the squeals of whistles, the echoes of the roaring fans throughout the stadium. Millions of Americans await the annual return of these sounds in August. It marks the return of football season. Many people love to watch college and professional games […]

Not all superheroes wear capes

October 2, 2017 9:07am | Jevic DeVries

Fourth and goal on West Ottawa’s three-yard line, the Panthers are already leading big late in the third qurarter, Liam Cavanaugh blitzes his assigned gap and stops the running back from scoring a crucial touchdown. As Alejandro Ferrer emerges from under the big 190 lbs […]

Team bonding really works

September 29, 2017 9:33am | Maddy Eppard

“Chicken in the hen house,” yells cross country captain Sr. Dana Tippett. Chaos breaks out as the team runs in every direction to find their partner and act out the phrase before the time is up. Obviously, playing a simple game of chicken in the […]

Changing the game, one pirouette at a time

September 28, 2017 9:22am | Gabriella Hall

West Ottawa dance team coaches Susan Dennison and Allyson Whalen were sitting in their chairs behind the judge’s table against the mirrors in the dance room in the North building, preparing to begin tryouts. As the dancers were getting ready to stretch and hand in […]

Chasing the school record

September 26, 2017 9:09am | Cory Ives

Hanging above the bleachers of the basketball court, behind a well-kept glass case, lies the ink that immortalizes hard work. Written in bold letters, “West Ottawa High School Boys Cross Country Best 30 Individual 5k Performances” is sprawled across the top of a glossy sheet […]

Club sports vs. school sports at WO

September 26, 2017 9:00am | Linus Gugino

It was a blazing hot Saturday afternoon in mid July, and the end of a long soccer game; both teams had fought hard and were tied at 1-1. Senior Sam Beetham stole the soccer ball at midfield and headed toward the right sideline. He passed […]

Jake vs WO Lacrosse

June 7, 2017 11:49am | Jake Holstege

It’s back. The embarrassing sports moments I bring you are back. Losing in soccer, tennis, and swimming were not quite enough. I decided to take on the face off lacrosse Master Jr. Takoda Denhof in his own sport. I rolled into the parking lot and […]

Freddy and the funbunch

June 2, 2017 9:48am | Sam Beetham

West Ottawa Varsity soccer player and OK Red All-Conference center midfielder Sr. Freddy Romero dribbles down the field, passing one defender after another with ease. On the indoor grass the ball sticks like velcro on his feet. He pauses, accelerates, stops, spins and flies past […]

Tennis: Headed to State despite key injury

June 1, 2017 9:23am | Caroline Sisson

Frosh. Sammy Ockerland was sitting in her bedroom when her phone went off. Ockerland grabbed it off her bedside table and saw “iMessage: Pete Schwallier.” She opened her phone up and read the text message in disbelief. No. 3 Singles player Frosh. Tyliea Bethke had […]