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Basketball District preview

by Ethan Israels The crowd, a buzz in a sea of purple and black, roars to its feet. Out come the Wyoming Wolves. Then comes WO. A chorus of boos is drowned out by the overflowing Black Hole student section. The two squads continue their warmups, the buzzer sounds, time for the tip. As the […]

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by Mac Strobel   For most fans, the drive to the gym will be longer than the game. In fact, warm-ups will be longer than the game. Heck, the national anthem will probably be almost as long as the game. And West Ottawa fans hope the net-cutting ceremony afterward lasts longer than the game. West […]

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Battle for the OK Red

by Ethan Israels   Control your own destiny. This is exactly what the West Ottawa Boys Basketball team has a chance to do this Friday.   The Panthers (15-2, 6-2) are playing with an OK Red Conference title on the line. They will go on the road to take on the Buccaneers of Grand Haven (12-5, […]

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Basketball Preview: East Kentwood

by Sam Strobel The Hype: The Panthers head to East Kentwood to play the biggest game in recent West Ottawa basketball history. The West Ottawa student section has already filled 4 buses to head to Kentwood Friday night. This is not only unheard of for West Ottawa, but unheard of from any Michigan high school. […]

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Panthers in college: Erica Kuiper

by Austin Book Erica Kuiper, a WO alumni of the Class of 2014, went to Hope College to cheer this past year. She was very enthusiastic to be a part of the team, but she is now seeking a more competitive atmosphere. “After my first year cheering at Hope, I realized how blessed I was […]

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WO high jump wins Team State meet

by Jared Miller On Saturday, May 23, West Ottawa competed in the Team State meet. This is the most important meet of the year for our track team. Many people competed well, but Sr. Brian Knowles performed exceptionally well leading the Panthers to first place on the high jump. There were other very tough competitors […]

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Baseball wins OK Red

The wind was still blowing out when Grandville slugger Jake Garbarino walked to the plate with a man on first and two out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Garbarino, headed to Northwestern University next year to continue his baseball career, was at the end of a difficult day, held in check by WO […]

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Teachers vs. Pros: Biondo, Becker, Schwallier

by Caleb McNitt This is the fourth installment in the series Teachers vs Pros. The first 3 editions have focused on: This edition will focus on WO teachers and Varsity coaches Nick Biondo, Rick Becker, and Pete Schwallier. Nick Biondo- Gym teacher and Varsity hockey coach   When I was 19 years old, I was […]

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Rest to be the best: Swimmers taper for the State meet

by Ryan Homik For nearly every sport, the harder you work, the better you perform; however, when swimming reaches the end of its season, if you take it easy and rest then you will perform your best. Even though resting and not working hard during the end of the season to perform better  may  not […]

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Boys basketball — District preview

The West Ottawa boys basketball team is starting to hit their stride at the perfect time. The Panthers are entering the District tournament this week on a two game winning streak. There are seven teams in the district, and before the season, West Ottawa drew the first round bye. The other six teams in the […]

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