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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...

College football playoffs and New Year’s 6 Bowls

College football playoffs and New Year’s 6 Bowls

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


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The dust has finally settled and the committee has decided their four best teams. It took a lot of time, a lot of studying schedules, resumes, and championship games, along with a multitude of twitter experts tweeting vulgarities at each other while defending their team’s case for the playoff. The Colle...

College GameDay experience

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

November 26, 2016


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The Western Michigan Broncos are 11-0 on the season, and the ESPN show ‘College GameDay’ decided to feature the Broncos on this past weekend’s edition in Kalamazoo at Sangren Hall on Western’s campus. Rece Davis hosts the show, alongside Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, and Samantha...

Women’s swim team makes a splash at the conference championships

Lexi Doll and Annie Malek, Staff Writers

November 15, 2016


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The Huskie swim team had an amazing finish to their season on November 4th and 5th at the SMAC Championship.  They came in 3rd out of 9 teams in the conference and beat Battle Creek Lakeview, which was a huge accomplishment for these ladies.  “Throughout my high school swimming career, we have nev...

The Undefeateds: Alabama and …Western Michigan?

The Undefeateds: Alabama and …Western Michigan?

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

November 14, 2016


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After Iowa stunned Michigan at Nile Kinnick stadium on Saturday with a last second field goal, only two unbeaten teams were left standing: The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Western Michigan Broncos. Alabama’s dominance is not surprising by any means, but no one would have assumed that PJ Fleck and...

A true showing of dominance: Men’s soccer team playing phenomenally as playoffs approach

A true showing of dominance: Men’s soccer team playing phenomenally as playoffs approach

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

October 18, 2016


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This year’s Huskies men’s varsity soccer team is playing stellarly this season, with a 17-1-2 record (9-0-1 in the conference), ranking number one in the state of Michigan. They played for the conference championship Tuesday, October 11 against crosstown rival Portage Central, and gave them a proper...

More Pain Than Gain

Drayke Simpkins, Journalism 1 Staff

October 6, 2016


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  If you live in Michigan, there is a good chance you are familiar with and maybe even a fan of one or more Detroit sports teams. The NBA Detroit Pistons, NHL Detroit Red Wings, NFL Detroit Lions, and MLB Detroit Tigers are the four major professional American sports that our state has, whic...

2016 MLB Playoff Predictions

2016 MLB Playoff Predictions

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


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The playoffs are here, which is just what baseball fans need after the tragic death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. A great last month of baseball will take the fans’ minds off the most horrific thing to happen in the MLB in a very long time. The wild card games begin tonight, and it looks to ...

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