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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...

Shooting in Downtown Kalamazoo: shooter is dead, officer is recovering

Shooting in Downtown Kalamazoo: shooter is dead, officer is recovering

Cameron Myers, News Editor

March 15, 2019


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On Tuesday, March 12th at 11:30 am, the Kalamazoo Police Department received information about an active shooter in the Biomat USA Plasma Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Officers were called near the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, off from Kalamazoo Avenue near N. Burdick Street. The police department has sur...

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...

When cancer strikes close to home

When cancer strikes close to home

Lexi Doll, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2019


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The second you’re born, you expect your mom to take care of you.  She cares for you when you’re sick, when you’re sad, when you’re mad.  When you have such an amazing and hard working mother you don’t expect anything bad to ever happen to her, which is why my world was rocked this last F...

Friendship: the story of an eighth grader’s journey

Friendship: the story of an eighth grader’s journey

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


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“I just don’t want to be friends anymore.” I tried to act normal as the words from my best friend came crashing down; I tried to seem like it was all okay when it wasn’t. Tried to keep on a mask of composure in my French classroom. I tried to say reassuring things, all the while ...

Unafraid: band director Josh Bartz navigates a serious illness using the power of faith

Unafraid: band director Josh Bartz navigates a serious illness using the power of faith

Cameron Myers, News Editor

February 18, 2019


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If someone had told band director Josh Bartz that the evening after successfully completing a triathlon  that he had spent months preparing for he would suffer a frustratingly debilitating illness that would keep him out of school for an entire year, he would have responded with an incredulous side-eye. H...

Senior Dorah Stephen: Houston award winner, African immigrant, inspiration

Senior Dorah Stephen: Houston award winner, African immigrant, inspiration

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment editor

February 18, 2019


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IB student, passionate leader and exceptional friend are all ways to describe senior Dorah Stephen. At school, she can often be found socializing with friends or participating in National Art Honors Society, track or Empowered Club. However, Northern High School is not where her story starts. Stephen’s...

Huskies end football season in regional play against Mona Shores

Huskies end football season in regional play against Mona Shores

Gabbie Byers, Social Media Manager

November 13, 2018


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An end of an era, the last dance. The varsity football team took on the number one seed Mona Shores Sailors in Muskegon on November 9, holding them to 21-26 at the half but finishing the game with a 58-28 loss.   The team ended the season with a 9-4 record. “It was a good season” says Senior T...

XC mens team competes at state; Peyton Witt competes solo on the women’s side

XC mens team competes at state; Peyton Witt competes solo on the women’s side

Cameron Myers, News Editor

November 6, 2018


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The mens cross country team as a unit and Peyton Witt on the women's side competed at the state cross country meet at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, November 3rd. The men's team finished 25th in the state with a team score of 555. Leading the pack was senior Luke Daniel, who finished in ...

Marching band finishes fourth at state

Marching band finishes fourth at state

Cameron Myers, News Editor

November 6, 2018


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Through the weekend, the Portage Northern Marching Band took home the win of placing 4th in the state, which ties their best-ever finish.  Performing at Ford Field, the marching band woke up early to play in the early morning group and earned a school-high score of 89.525. "I was excited, ne...

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