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Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019


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The building of Huskie Stadium and Huskie Field, the $144 million turf football and soccer fields, has given Portage Northern some of the best high school sports facilities in the area. However, there have been studies done tying turf fields to increased injury risks. While multiple studies have sug...

March Madness Predictions

March Madness Predictions

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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One of the most anticipated tournaments of the year is about to start: March Madness. This is a tournament of the best 68 teams in college basketball all competing for a chance at a National Championship. This year's tournament promises to be exciting, with strong #1 and #2 seeds and several teams with...

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


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“We pushed ourselves to new lengths and never gave up,” says junior Alyssa Edison after the varsity cheer team placed 5th placed fifth at the district tournament and set a new school record with their score.   While the team did not make it to regionals, they are still very happy and prou...

NCAA basketball conference championship predictions

NCAA basketball conference championship predictions

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


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With the beginning of march upon us, that means it's time for NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments. This year's conference champions involve who will secure an automatic bid to the Big Dance. These predictions will only be from the power five conferences in college basketball. Here are my predictions: The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has has 3 of the top five teams in the nation: Virginia, Duke, and North Carolina. Multiple teams have a shot at winning the crown, but Duke should win the tournament...

Are long term MLB deals a good idea?

Are long term MLB deals a good idea?

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

March 13, 2019


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With star outfielder Bryce Harper signing for 13 year and $330 million shortly after Manny Machado inked a 10 year, $300 million contract, a standard has been set in the MLB that star players should sign huge, long term deals. For players, the desire for long term contracts is understandable. With guar...

Wrestler Derhammer qualifies for state

Wrestler Derhammer qualifies for state

Komalpreet Kaur, Feature Editor

March 12, 2019


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Starting when he was just 5 years old, senior Mitchell Derhammer has wrestled for most of his life. After 13 years on the wrestling mat, he finally fulfilled his goal of making it to state. The state tournament has been Derhammer’s main goal for the last three years.  In his freshman and sophomore...

Huskie hockey team approaches playoffs

Huskie hockey team approaches playoffs

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

March 8, 2019


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The Portage Northern hockey team is looking to take some late season momentum into the MHSAA tournament. The Huskies are 10-15 so far this season and coming off two wins against Kalamazoo United. In the first 7-1 victory over the KU squad, senior Connor Sorge, who leads the team with 9 goals, s...

Boy’s basketball season ends with loss to Mattawan

Boy’s basketball season ends with loss to Mattawan

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

March 6, 2019


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After an up and down 11-11 season, the Huskie basketball team fell 50-36 to an undefeated Matawan team last Wednesday. This was the last PN basketball game for seniors Cameron French, Tori Jackson, and Devin Marshall, who have played a combined 9 years of varsity basketball at Portage Northern.   In addition to the ...

Bowling teams near the end of season qualifying two for state

Bowling teams near the end of season qualifying two for state

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment Editor

March 4, 2019


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PN’s 3 bowling teams are nearing the end of  an incredible season, with their boys team at 8-3, girls at 7-4 and with two players making an advance to the State meet. This season, the team did exceptionally well at several meets including the South West Michigan High School Bowling League meet an...

NFL free agency preview

NFL free agency preview

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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With the NFL season over, fans are eagerly awaiting March 14, when players can officially enter free agency. This season, many big names are becoming restricted/unrestricted free agents, and will have many suitors come the 14th. Such names include Nick Foles, Le’Veon Bell, and DeMarcus Lawrence. &...

MLB teams report to spring training

MLB teams report to spring training

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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With the beginning of March just a week away, that means baseball is officially back! All 30 MLB teams reported to Spring Training within the last week.   This means that it’s a clean slate for all 30 teams. Whether you were good, bad or in between, everyone is now tied. All teams can achie...

The American Association of Football

The American Association of Football

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

February 20, 2019


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