Regional preview: WO vs. Northview


The WO squad hopes to earn another trophy tonight with a win against a talented Northview team.

Fiona Das

West Ottawa has played some of its biggest games on the Grand Haven court. Monday’s 68-60 win over the Wyoming Wolves qualifies as another big game, with an even bigger one to follow. 

Leading WO to the win was Brady Bosma, dropping 27 points. Colin Shriver added 17 points, and Reid Reimink 11.

The Panthers are headed to the final regional game against Northview tonight at 7:00 in Grand Haven. 

WO has grown tremendously over the season, improving from a disappointing start to the regional finals. Sr. Nash Bosma discussed his appreciation and confidence. “This season, we really showed a lot of chemistry and team bonding. We have the assets to win,” he said. 

WO enters the game as underdogs.  Northview sits at 23-1, with its sole loss coming to Grand Rapids Christian in early February. Their path to tonight’s game includes impressive wins over Rockford and Muskegon. Northiview also beat a highly-regarded Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice team earlier in the season, possibly their most impressive performance.

Nonetheless, WO brings a lot of confidence. “I think we definitely have a shot of beating them. They’re definitely a really strong team. They play well together, but I think if we play together and play the right way, we have a shot of winning,” Sr. Colin Shriver said.

The Wildcats are led by the 6’4” Sr. Kyler Vanderjagt, who will be playing at Belmont University next year. Sr. Jalen Charity also is a force for Northview. The 6’5″ shooting guard will play at Grand Valley next year.

“We’re considered the underdogs but we got a good chance to beat them,” Sr. Brady Bosma said. 

The winner of tonight’s game will go on to play the winner of  Kalamazoo Central vs. Okemos. That state quarterfinal game will be held at Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at 7:00 next Tuesday, March 22.