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Shaving time: the story behind the swim team’s shaved heads

Shaving time: the story behind the swim team’s shaved heads

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


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All around the halls of Portage Northern, swimming boys are walking around with shaved heads or dyed hair. Earlier on, when heads were truly bald, a few students even took it upon themselves to draw blue arrows on their head and impersonate Aang from The Last Airbender. The kids take it seriously, but...

NFL Draft: Lamar Jackson’s situation

NFL Draft: Lamar Jackson’s situation

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 12, 2018


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How does a guy who played two incredible years at quarterback, posted a 57% completion percentage, 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns, just 27 interceptions, be asked to switch positions in the NFL? It seems that NFL scouts are lazily following a notorious path that has seen many QBs, who shared the same play s...

Boys and girls track teams prepare for the season

Boys and girls track teams prepare for the season

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 9, 2018


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The Portage Northern track and field team held a preseason meeting on Tuesday, February 27, headed by coach Ahren Kaylor. Kaylor has high hopes for the season in terms of returning athletes and new coaches. PN alumni and all-state athlete Derrick Sanders will be joining a talented group of veteran co...

Basketball: MSU vs U of M by the numbers

Basketball: MSU vs U of M by the numbers

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 9, 2018


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The Michigan State Spartans have been just about as good as anyone would have expected. But have they been much better than their rival in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Wolverines? Strength of Schedule: Michigan 62, MSU 108 Michigan has played tougher teams all year and only have one fewer win than MSU. In th...

Women’s water polo prepares to start the season

Women’s water polo prepares to start the season

Lexi Doll, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


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Spring is just around the corner and that means spring sports are on their way.  Instead of discussing how far the baseball and soccer teams are expected to go this year, why not talk about one of the most underestimated sports at Portage Northern, women’s water polo.   Water polo is an intens...

Transgender teens wins TX state championship two years in a row

Transgender teens wins TX state championship two years in a row

Demi Jensen, Opinion Editor

March 6, 2018


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Transgender teen Mack Beggs, the 2018 women’s title on February 24th in Texas’ girl division wrestling. The senior was heading to championships when he beat three girls at a tournament in Cypress, Texas. Beggs has a record of 32-0, steadily holding the undefeated title. Texas superintendent...

Linus Mallet prepares to help lead alpine ski team to success

Linus Mallet prepares to help lead alpine ski team to success

Malcolm Gaynor, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


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When Portage Northern students think about winter sports, the image that most likely comes to mind is basketball. Some may also think of wrestling, hockey, or even swimming. However, not everyone is aware of the alpine ski team. The team is combined between Portage Northern and Portage Central, and compet...

STARTING FIVE: Michigan State’s involvement in new FBI probe

STARTING FIVE: Michigan State’s involvement in new FBI probe

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 1, 2018


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The FBI has released a large amount of files regarding their investigation into the corruption of college basketball, most specifically the recruiting process. Names that came up were Duke’s Wendell Carter, Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Kentucky’s Kevin Knox, USC’s Chimezie Metu, and most notab...

Bowling team rolls through their regular season

Bowling team rolls through their regular season

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


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UPDATE (Mar. 7, 2018): The Boys team finished 9th at Regionals with Nate Curl finishing the highest at 14th in singles.  The girls finished 6th in the team event with Gracie Hatfield leading the way at 12th and Mandi Daniels finished in 22nd in singles. ORIGINAL TEXT: The bowling regular seaso...

STARTING FIVE: Weathering the MSU controversy as a Spartan fan

STARTING FIVE: Weathering the MSU controversy as a Spartan fan

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 16, 2018


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In one of the most demented and disgusting things in the sports world since Penn State and Jerry Sandusky, a recent ESPN Outside The Lines report found that the sexual assault culture at Michigan State goes far deeper than just the scandal regarding Olympic and former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nas...

Swim and dive team focuses on quality over quantity

Swim and dive team focuses on quality over quantity

Lexi Doll, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


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The Portage Northern Men’s swim and dive team is off to a good start with a basically brand new team.  With the team still on the smaller side, they are slowly growing.  Last year’s team consisted of 12 swimmers whereas this years team has 19.  With the team only having about a month left in th...

Super Bowl Lll Recap

Super Bowl Lll Recap

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 5, 2018


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In a good old shootout like we all expected, the Philadelphia Eagles stunned the New England Patriots and claimed their franchise’s first Super Bowl victory, 41-33. Quarterback Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching one on a trick play. T...

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