A Project for Better Journalism chapter


2017-2018 boy’s basketball: a remarkable season

January 16, 2019 12:02pm | Blake Pedersen

The 2018-19 season has begun. The new look Panthers look to capture their fourth straight conference title. In honor of the new season starting, we must not forget the remarkable season the Panthers had last year. West Ottawa’s varsity basketball team competed in the state […]

Kaepernick’s inspiring protest

January 16, 2019 11:55am | Kobe Hescott

“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Ten-year-old me, wearing my 49ers beanie, watches in amazement as Colin Kaepernick slices through the Packers defense. He starts the game by throwing a pick-six and giving the Packers a 7-0 lead, but he recovers immediately […]

Hard knocks: the life of a Browns fan…

January 14, 2019 9:27am | Kobe Hescott

Jr. Holden Leffman paces his living room, anxiously waiting for the Cleveland Browns to make their first pick of the 2018 NFL draft. The Browns are coming off of the second ever 0-16 season in NFL history, so Leffman knows this pick is important for […]

When it’s over

December 17, 2018 9:17am | Mac Strobel

On October 15, I had a surreal feeling, unlike anything I had felt before. The entirety of my soccer career came to an end in a single moment. As I stood in the middle of Jenison’s field, I wasn’t sad or devastated but instead stunned […]

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 […]