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The MLB’s worst offseason decision

Welcome to another installment of Sports Minute with Malcolm where our editor in chief talks about the biggest sports news.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

March 25, 2020

This off-season has been devastating for the MLB. Following up an off-season headlined by the free agency of megastars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, this off-season has put the spotlight on something significantly less flattering: the Astros cheating scandal. The Astros used a camera in centerfield to...

Men’s basketball edges Gull Lake in triple overtime

Men's basketball edges Gull Lake in triple overtime

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

February 26, 2020

As if two overtimes in the last game wasn't enough, the Huskies took their next game against Gull Lake into three overtimes before winning in thrilling fashion, 65-64, with a last-second three pointer from junior shooting guard Jaleel Williams. The Huskies fell into a double-digit deficit after the...

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2020

Portage Northern vs Portage Central Basketball 2020 from Absolute Video on Vimeo. Headed into Friday night’s game, the Portage Central men’s basketball had only lost once. By the time they left the Igloo, their loss column had increased by 1 when the Huskies defeated them in double overti...

Slow motion: Myles Johnson diligently works his way back from a traumatic injury

Johnson continues to brave the harsh reality of his condition with a smile.

Carrie Jacobson, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

One second, junior varsity basketball player Myles Johnson was flying through the air for a dunk in an increasingly-physical league matchup against Niles high school. The next second, he was on the ground with a compound fracture of his right leg. 

On Ice: Hockey team works their way through challenging schedule

On Ice: Hockey team works their way through challenging schedule

Jackson Barnard, Journalism 1 Writer

January 7, 2020

Freezing rinks for the people in attendance, vicious hits, and the sound of the buzzer going off after a goal. Sound familiar? Well, it is indeed hockey season for the Portage Northern Huskies.  The team consists of seven sophomores: Owen Hobson, Abram Roseboom, Alex Luce, Brendan Schroeder, Mitchell El...

XC competes at Portage Invite

The boy’s varsity team (L to R: Ryan McCune, Drew Gonzalez, Logan Post, Matt Schieber, Kanishk Madhav, Dylan Butler) warms up for their 2:00 pm race. “The Portage Invite is the king of XC races, it is what you think about when you start the season,” says freshman Logan Post. “I felt good PRing in the race because it makes you feel that even though there were hundreds of good runners, you beat them, pushed through them.”

Astrid Code, News Editor

October 30, 2019

The Portage Northern XC team hosted the annual Portage Invite on October 5, 2019. The meet, which has been run for 22 years, featured 303 high school teams, 138 middle school teams, 7, 460 runners, and 7 food trucks.

Men’s soccer pushes into the post-season following silver division conference victory

Senior Jonah Pilnick drives past a Portage Central defender during their 2-1 loss in the regular season. The rivals are set to face off in a rematch in the second round of the District tournament. The Huskies have already taken revenge on Kalamazoo Central and Lakeshore this postseason following regular season losses, and will look to do the same to PC.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

October 17, 2019

With a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo Central and a 5-0 victory over Lakeshore, the Huskies capture a silver division championship in the SMAC conference. District tournament play begins Thursday the 10th, with a rematch against Jackson, the team that eliminated them last year.  During the regular season, the Huskies finished with a 5-5 record in conference, good ...

Soccer prepares for Districts following silver division conference victory

Senior Jonah Pilnick drives past a Portage Central defender during their 2-1 loss in the regular season. The rivals are set to face off in a rematch in the second round of the District tournament. The Huskies have already taken revenge on Kalamazoo Central and Lakeshore this postseason following regular season losses, and will look to do the same to PC.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

October 10, 2019

With a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo Central and a 5-0 victory over Lakeshore, the Huskies capture a silver division championship in the SMAC conference. District tournament play begins Thursday the 10th, with a rematch against Jackson, the team that eliminated them last year.    During the...

JV soccer team defeats Portage Central

Team members Brayden Andrews, Tyler Wells, Jack Thompson, and Mason Garcia sprinting down field to celebrate with their teammates after the victory. Photo courtesy of Luciana Weaver.

Jackson Barnard, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

On Tuesday, September 18th, the JV soccer team defeated the crosstown rival Portage Central at the Mustang’s home field by a score of 1-0.   The lone goal was scored by sophomore Marcel Jones. “It was exciting, I like that I was able to represent my school by scoring that goal and winning...

PN varsity soccer narrowly loses to PC

Senior Levi Crooks goes past a PC defender and down the sideline. Despite a Crooks goal, the Huskies fell 2-1 in a tight game. The two teams are lined up to face each other in a rematch in the second round of the district tournament if the Huskies beat Jackson, the team that elongated them last year. Photo courtesy of Katie Kean Steil.

Kristen Ammar, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The varsity soccer team lost a close game to PC during their regular-season match up on September 17. Senior Levi Crooks scored Northern’s only goal with five minutes left in the game, but the Mustangs scored twice,  and the final score was Mustangs 2, Huskies 1.  Crooks almost scored another time, but was u...

The crosstown SuperFan rivalry is strong in the 2019-2020 sports season

Portage Northern superfans cheer on their fellow huskies during the most suspense filled game of the season so far.

Gabi Ford, J1 Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

As the class of 2020 kicks off the school year boosting school spirit with some superfan action, Portage Central is doing just the same down the road. And with the big PN v PC football game producing such a huge aftermath, the rivalry is stronger than it has ever been. Through twitter and snapchat, t...

Portage Northern baseball wins first ever division 1 state championship in historic season

The Huskies celebrate on the field after winning the first ever state championship in school history.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

July 2, 2019

As former Huskie pitchers Tommy Henry and Ben Kizer capture national success in the College World Series, the current Huskie baseball team has done what the now U of M stars couldn’t: win a state championship.    The Huskies defeated Rockford 10-4 in the state championship game, capping...

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