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PNHS Rugby: a team for everyone

PNHS Rugby: a team for everyone

February 16, 2017


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A sport with no pads but still hard hitting like football, the sport of rugby is a game based on technique and respect for the opponent. Because it’s not widely popular in the United States, rugby flies under the radar as a sport, but it should not be ignored that it is just as competitive and diff...

STARTING FIVE: Thunder-Warriors: KD’s revenge

STARTING FIVE: Thunder-Warriors: KD’s revenge

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 15, 2017


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On Saturday, February 11, tensions were high in Chesapeake Arena as Kevin Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time since leaving the team in July to sign with the Golden State Warriors. The departure of Durant was a bitter one for Thunder fans, because the Thunder lost in the Western Conference ...

STARTING FIVE: Patriots complete comeback to win Super Bowl 51

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 6, 2017


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The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51, 34-28, in the first ever Super Bowl that went to overtime. The Patriots overcame a historic 25-point deficit in the to win, scoring 19 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and getting the game winner on a James White rushing touchd...

National Signing Day: why doesn’t MSU get recruits?

National Signing Day: why doesn’t MSU get recruits?

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


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As high school football players prepared to make the biggest decision of their young lives thus far on Wednesday, February 1st, college football programs await those players’ talent and anticipate them changing their program. Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines feel they hit the jackpot, adding...

STARTING FIVE: MSU Basketball gets big win with recruits watching

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 31, 2017


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The Michigan State basketball team defeated their rival Michigan on Sunday, 70-62, at the Breslin Center. The Spartans shot 52% from the field as to Michigan’s 39%, and shot 45% from three point range compared to Michigan shooting 26%. Freshman star Miles Bridges continued his hot streak of play, posting...

Yordano Ventura dies at just 25 years old

Yordano Ventura dies at just 25 years old

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 23, 2017


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Tragic news from the baseball world Sunday morning, as Royals young and promising pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor. Ventura’s death is the fourth in the last two years of baseball players dying in a vehicular crash. Osc...

The Starting Five – SuperBowl Predictions

The Starting Five – SuperBowl Predictions

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 23, 2017


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Super Bowl 51 will feature MVP leading candidate Matt Ryan and the best offense in the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons for the first time since 1998, and they’ve got their work cut out for them playing the legendary coach Bill Belichick, best quarterback in NFL history Tom Brady, and the New England Patr...

Rowing the boat away: Coach Fleck leaves WMU

Rowing the boat away: Coach Fleck leaves WMU

Max Mayer, J1 Staff

January 17, 2017


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The Kalamazoo is saddened by the news of the departure of 4-year WMU football coach PJ Fleck. On January 7, Fleck announced that he was leaving WMU to accept the head coaching job at Minnesota. Fleck led his team to a 13-0 regular season record, winning the MAC championship against Ohio. There season...

Lead by strong performances, wrestling team continues successful season

Lead by strong performances, wrestling team continues successful season

Cameron Myers, J1 staff writer

January 16, 2017


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As the season still continues, the Portage Northern wrestling team continues to work hard and compete well against other schools. To achieve this goal, every day the team does strength and conditioning to build up themselves in order to defeat their competitors. “My favorite thing about the team is...

The Starting Five – NFL Playoffs

The Starting Five – NFL Playoffs

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 16, 2017


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The Divisional round of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs has concluded, and the championship games are set. Aaron Rodgers and the hot streak Packers head to Atlanta to play MVP front runner Matt Ryan and the explosive Falcons. The Steelers’ three headed offensive monster takes a trip to New England to face T...

STARTING FIVE: College Football National Championship recap

STARTING FIVE: College Football National Championship recap

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


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And so, the Goliath of college football has finally fallen. The Clemson Tigers defeated the previously undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night, 35-31, claiming only their second National Championship, and first since 1981. The Tigers rode a masterful performance from quarterback Deshaun Watson...

The Cowboys need Romo dawg

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

December 20, 2016


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Whenever a rookie has an unexpectedly phenomenal start to their career, fans of the team usually call for the ousting of the previous incumbent. Immediate success with a promising young talent can change someone’s mind about the guy who’s been leading the team for so long, commonly ending up dep...

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