The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


Ken Block: more than a driver

Ken Block: more than a driver

Henry Tabor, Guest Reporter
March 24, 2023

The moment I walked through my house door on Jan. 2, 2023, the unexpected news hit me like a cannonball. "It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile...

Continuing to compete: seniors commit to schools for academics and athletics

Continuing to compete: seniors commit to schools for academics and athletics

Ben Williams, Staff Reporter
March 22, 2023

As the school year comes closer to an end, several athletes are committing or have already committed to colleges to further their academic and athletic careers.  Mark Hamper and Jackson Shelstad, both...

It’s that time of year: top five storylines to follow for March Madness 2023

It’s that time of year: top five storylines to follow for March Madness 2023

Noah Horey, Staff Reporter
March 16, 2023

64 teams, six rounds, four weeks, one champion. March Madness 2023 is underway, and this year is full of things to watch, including teams like Alabama, Houston, and Kansas and players like Zach Edey, Brandon...

Maura Gilday, senior, was awarded the OCCA academic scholarship alongside two cheerleaders from other Oregon high schools.

Closing a chapter

Lillian Gottschling, Copy Editor-in-Chief
March 14, 2023

At the OSAA Cheer State Championship competition, the varsity cheer team placed second in the state and earned a spot for the national competition in late February. While the team did not win the competition...

Behind the scenes of Softball Media Day

Audrey Krake, Guest Reporter
March 13, 2023

wlhsNOW staff members host a media day as the softball team begins their season. Check out this behind the scenes video to see what goes into a sports media day. Stay tuned for the release of profiles...

From deep. Shelstad launches and makes a three-pointer towards the end of the third quarter. The leading scorer of the game with 41 points, Shelstad made seven three-pointers.

Men’s team moves past Jesuit Crusaders for quarterfinal spot

Joseph Murphy, Photography Editor
March 6, 2023

It’s official. The men’s team, previously ranked number one in the nation, punched their ticket for the state quarterfinals after defeating the number 16-seeded Jesuit Crusaders in front of full...

Anika Sukumar and Kaia Schmidt are school record-holders in running and jumping. Schmidt holds the 5k record and Sukumar holds the triple jump and long jump records.

Running to the next level

Lily Sewell, Sports Editor
March 1, 2023

Track season is on the horizon, and Anika Sukumar and Kaia Schmidt, seniors, are ready to improve times in their respective events and possibly break an Oregon high school state record before continuing...

The Lions Unified Basketball team played against the Wilsonville Wildcats on Monday, Feb. 13. Dr. Ryan Jordan has been the assistant coach of the team since fall. “I am really proud of the unified athletes because they go out there and they just play really hard,” Jordan (pictured far left) said.

Impact of inclusion

Eden Pepos, Features Editor
February 24, 2023

Unified Sports are about more than just the activity itself; the Special Olympics mission statement states, “Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.”...

On Dec. 9, 2022, an official closely watches as Audrey Sepp, junior, gets trapped in the corner. Though the referee shortage is a local problem, it’s also a national issue–over 50,000 referees have left since the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents and athletes perpetuate ref shortage

Joseph Murphy, Photography Editor
February 21, 2023

You can hear the swish whisper throughout the gymnasium and the crowd, on their feet, go crazy. Though not all— some are sitting down, sullen, stunned. The buzzer blares. The losing team is sent home,...

Panda’s plans to get Nintendo to shut down other grassroots tournaments is only speculation, but it has a lot of evidence to back it up. They’ve obviously received a lot of backlash from the community. If this is true I think it’s pretty messed up. The idea of one company trying to take control of everything and restrict everyone else from doing anything is sleazy.

Nintendo strikes again

Eli Ballesteros, Staff Reporter
January 31, 2023

The competitive Super Smash Bros community is riled up with rage and confusion after Nintendo forced the Smash World Tour event organizers to shut down the Dec. 11 event date and the 2023 tour cycle. Although...

Winning the Les Schwab Invitational, Jackson Shelstad (left) and Adrian Mosley (right) placed on the Les Schwab Invitational first-team.

The lion kings

Lily Sewell, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2023

Prior to this month, an Oregon high school men’s basketball team had only been ranked on the national level once. This is no longer the case. The men's basketball team rolled past ranked teams like Sierra...

Tom Bradys journey with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady’s journey with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Justine Pashley, Staff Reporter
December 13, 2022

It seemed like no one saw it coming when Tom Brady, who had played with the New England Patriots for 20 seasons, left and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His first two seasons with the Buccaneers...

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