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Softball starts spring training

Softball starts spring training

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports

Softball season is starting, and the Portage Northern Huskies are hard at work to begin the softball season. The Varsity team is amped up for the 2018 season after coming off a strong 28-12 season.  “Last year we were 28-12 and played one of the hardest schedules in the state,” said coach Edward B...

Athletes transition to spring sports

Athletes transition to spring sports

Malcolm Gaynor, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under All, Sports

The long winter sports season can be difficult and tiring. For student athletes who participate in both spring and winter sports, the quick transition between the two can be challenging. It can be hard for athletes to quickly shift their schedule from one season to another, and the lack of an offseason ca...

Varsity basketball ends season after post-season run

Varsity basketball ends season after post-season run

Lexi Doll, Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under All, Basketball, Sports

Portage Northern men’s varsity basketball season has once again flown by and has come to an end. Though the boys started off with some shaky legs, they finished strong and hard. “I didn’t want the season to end, as they were finally developing into a solid team made up of individuals buyin...

Assessing the NBA playoffs

Assessing the NBA playoffs

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

March 16, 2018


Filed under All, Non-School, Sports

Ballin’ like March Madness part III: the final chapter

Ballin’ like March Madness part III: the final chapter

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 13, 2018


Filed under All, Non-School, Showcase, Sports

I wonder if this is the year I actually get something right. Probably not. I guess I’ll try and give it a shot anyway. As a senior this year, here’s the third and final installment of my March Madness predictions.   Biggest impact player: Admiral Schofield, Tennessee forward Tennessee...

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


Filed under All, Sports, Swim

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


Filed under All, Non-School, Sports

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


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

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


Filed under All, Non-School, Sports

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


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports, Water Polo

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


Filed under All, Non-School, Sports

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


Filed under All, Alpine Ski, Sports

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...

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