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

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

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...

Portage Northern baseball wins districts, rolls on through the regional and on to the state final four

Portage Northern baseball wins districts, rolls on through the regional and on to the state final four

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

June 10, 2019

**All interviews courtesy of Tom Sielatycki. Watch the full interviews and video highlights of each game here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPSGlGxJO565i92iMZYmDqQ/videos **   With an early 4-2 lead in the 2nd inning of their first district game, a crash of lighting and the following two...

MLB Projections

MLB Projections

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

There have been some surprise teams so far that have division leads. While other World Series contenders have stumbled in the early going. Here are my predictions on how the rest of the season will play out based on the 1st month and a half of baseball.

The anticipated debut of Vlad Guerrero Jr.

The anticipated debut of Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019

Over the weekend, we finally got to see the the other Guerrero make his anticipated debut against the Oakland A’s as baseball’s number 1 overall prospect arrived in Toronto for his first major league game. The anticipated debut of Vlad Jr. on Friday April 26th began as an ordinary day for al...

NCAA Tournament in Review

NCAA Tournament in Review

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019

This year's tournament was a great one and concluded with Virginia redeeming themselves from last year’s upset loss to 16 seed UMBC, winning it all this year. This is the ultimate redemption story and tournament was full of surprises. These are follow ups from predictions made before the tournament...

Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019

The building of Huskie Stadium and Huskie Field, the $144 million turf football and soccer fields, has given Portage Northern some of the best high school sports facilities in the area. However, there have been studies done tying turf fields to increased injury risks. While multiple studies have sug...

March Madness Predictions

March Madness Predictions

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

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...

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

“We pushed ourselves to new lengths and never gave up,” says junior Alyssa Edison after the varsity cheer team placed 5th placed fifth at the district tournament and set a new school record with their score.   While the team did not make it to regionals, they are still very happy and prou...

NCAA basketball conference championship predictions

NCAA basketball conference championship predictions

Zach Quinn, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

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...

Are long term MLB deals a good idea?

Are long term MLB deals a good idea?

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

March 13, 2019

With star outfielder Bryce Harper signing for 13 year and $330 million shortly after Manny Machado inked a 10 year, $300 million contract, a standard has been set in the MLB that star players should sign huge, long term deals. For players, the desire for long term contracts is understandable. With guar...

Wrestler Derhammer qualifies for state

Wrestler Derhammer qualifies for state

Komalpreet Kaur, Feature Editor

March 12, 2019

Starting when he was just 5 years old, senior Mitchell Derhammer has wrestled for most of his life. After 13 years on the wrestling mat, he finally fulfilled his goal of making it to state. The state tournament has been Derhammer’s main goal for the last three years.  In his freshman and sophomore...

Huskie hockey team approaches playoffs

Huskie hockey team approaches playoffs

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

March 8, 2019

The Portage Northern hockey team is looking to take some late season momentum into the MHSAA tournament. The Huskies are 10-15 so far this season and coming off two wins against Kalamazoo United. In the first 7-1 victory over the KU squad, senior Connor Sorge, who leads the team with 9 goals, s...

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