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Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

Nick Johnson is a third-year journalism student in his senior year. Nick is very involved around the school, as a peer counseling lead team member and doing PA announcing for the baseball team in the spring. He is also a leader of the Lakota West Student Broadcasting Club. Nick enjoys writing about sports, specifically football, as he is a huge NFL fan. Specifically, he is a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions. He also does writing for other sports, and you can read all of his articles and more here on the West Press.

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Bryce Curry and West Firebirds Sweep Lakota East as The GMC Heats Up

Bryce Curry and West Firebirds Sweep Lakota East as The GMC Heats Up

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief February 12, 2024

As the Firebirds headed into the heart of Liberty Township last Friday night, they were a hungry group that sat a game out of first place in the Greater Miami Conference standings. While they had come close many times in the season, the team struggled...

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A Recap of the East Vs. West Basketball Rivalry Ahead of Round Two

A Recap of the East Vs. West Basketball Rivalry Ahead of Round Two

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2024

In the first Friday night basketball matchup of the 2024 calendar year, the Lakota West Firebirds took down the Lakota East Thunderhawks on West’s home floor with a final score of 56-46. While the matchup was fairly even when looking at the GMC standings,...

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Hot Streaks and Breakouts: A Midseason Recap of the 2024 Girls Basketball Firebirds

Hot Streaks and Breakouts: A Midseason Recap of the 2024 Girls Basketball Firebirds

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief January 30, 2024

Entering the 2023-2024 season, the Firebirds were coming off of a building year where the team saw the breakout of key freshman talents: Katie Fox, Caroline Bayliff, Sydney Williams, and Jayda Neilson. While the team would end up making a first-round...

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Lakota West Boys Still in GMC Title Contention as They Play Late January Basketball

Lakota West Boys Still in GMC Title Contention as They Play Late January Basketball

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief January 23, 2024

Heading into December, there were many questions about what the new Lakota West Basketball head coach, Kelvin Moss, would be for the program. Now being able to look back with a retrospective lens, fans and players alike on the west side seem to be happy...

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Bolden Bests Kitna In A Blowout Victory Over East

Bolden Bests Kitna In A Blowout Victory Over East

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2023

The Lakota East Thunderhawks entered the game limping with only one win on the season after beating the Colerain Cardinals in week six. The Firebirds, on the other hand, came into the game riding an impressive five-game winning streak that helped them...

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West Dominates Sycamore - Continues To Roll Through GMC Competition

West Dominates Sycamore – Continues To Roll Through GMC Competition

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 28, 2023

Friday night marked yet another milestone on the Firebirds 2023 campaign as they defeated the Sycamore Aves on the road 34-14. Entering the contest, both teams held a 3-2 record kicking off the back half of the high school season. Though the records were...

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Old Friends And New Faces Push West Past Fairfield 33-0

Old Friends And New Faces Push West Past Fairfield 33-0

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 5, 2023

A few short days ago, the Lakota West Firebirds were off to a struggling start this football season. After dropping a week one rivalry contest at St. Xavier 0-10, the Firebirds continued to struggle in week two against a GMC competitor in the Princeton...

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A Breakdown and Recap of The Firebirds Magical 10-0 Season

A Breakdown and Recap of The Firebirds Magical 10-0 Season

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2022

The Lakota West Football Firebirds have completed their fourth regular season under the Coach Bolden regime. Their 2022 season marked The Firebird’s third consecutive GMC football title, but the Firebirds are still alive and well for the playoffs. Lakota...

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St. X Football Game Recap

St. X Football Game Recap

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief August 25, 2022

Friday night was a big night for our Lakota West Firebirds as they made their return to the field to take on their new rivals, the Saint Xavier Bombers. Lakota West and St. X have had a back-and-forth rivalry over the past few seasons. Friday was the...

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Swim Team heads to States

Swim Team heads to States

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief March 8, 2022

The Lakota West Firebirds swimming team just returned from a trip up to Canton, Ohio to represent us in the state tournament. The swimmers that made the trip were: Ashley Fryer, Sarah Glosson, Reagan Manning, Sofia Marini, Paige Striley, Cora Sperz, and...

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Dear Superintendent Matt Miller

Dear Superintendent Matt Miller

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2022

Dear Superintendent Mattew Miller,   I know that I am only the greatest and most humble West Press writer Lakota West has to offer, but I think even I can speak for the entirety of the Lakota District when I say that we saw your tweet regarding...

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NFL Playoffs Breakdown 2022

NFL Playoffs Breakdown 2022

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2022

It’s that time of year again where the NFL season has drawn to a close, the Jets and Giants are sitting at home, and NFL fans are all excited about the road to the Superbowl kicking off. This Saturday marks the beginning of “Super” Wild Card weekend...

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West v. Moeller Recap

West v. Moeller Recap

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2021

In the regional finals of the OHSAA football tournament, the Lakota West Firebirds took on the Moeller Crusaders in what would end up being the second and final loss for the Firebirds this season. The Firebirds put up a valiant effort against Moeller,...

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Milford @ Lakota West Recap

Milford @ Lakota West Recap

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief November 11, 2021

In an exciting tournament game, the Lakota West Firebirds took on Milford in round two of the OHSAA playoffs. Before the game, the West sideline seemed very confident in their ability to win. Players almost seemed a bit too confident, but we spoke with...

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Winners and Losers of the NFL Season: Second Quarter

Winners and Losers of the NFL Season: Second Quarter

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2021

The first half of the NFL season has certainly brought a lot of surprises. With another half to go, fans are starting to look back and judge their team's performance in the first half. However, what is arguably more important is how teams reacted to how...

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Browns @ Bengals Preview

Browns @ Bengals Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2021

After the biggest disappointment in Cincinnati sports history, which says a lot, the now 5-3 Cincinnati Bengals return to Paul Brown Stadium for the first time in 3 weeks to take on the Cleveland Browns (4-4) for the first time this season. The Browns...

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Student Government Association

Student Government Association

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief November 8, 2021

When: Mondays a couple of times each month Where: Cafeteria Adviser: Mrs. Miller The Student Government Association (SGA) is a student-run organization that is headed by Mrs. Miller and Gwyn Barnholtz (President), Marie Spruance (Vice President),...

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Battle for Lakota Recap

Battle for Lakota Recap

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2021

It was a dark, misty Friday night at Firebird Stadium that set the stage for one of the most anticipated games of Lakota West’s season: Our Firebirds vs. the 7-2 Lakota East Thunderhawks. This game was important to not just the Firebirds, who were looking...

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Bengals @ Jets Preview

Bengals @ Jets Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2021

I don’t think I have ever been more thrilled to be wrong. This Sunday, the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens so bad it should be considered animal abuse. With a final score of 42-17 against one of the best teams in the league right now, the Bengals...

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Bengals @ Ravens Preview

Bengals @ Ravens Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 19, 2021

The Cincinnati Bengals bounced back this Sunday in Detroit after defeating the Lions on the road 34-11. The scoreboard shows that the Lions put up 11 points on the Bengals, but if you watched that game, the real final score should have been 27-0. Joe...

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Bengals @ Lions Preview

Bengals @ Lions Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2021

After an ugly game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals look to improve to 4-2 this weekend in Detroit, as they take on the 0-5 Lions. I feel like I have said this in every article up to this point, but this Sunday’s game...

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First Quarter Winners and Losers of the 2021 NFL Season

First Quarter Winners and Losers of the 2021 NFL Season

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 5, 2021

The first 4 weeks of NFL football have definitely brought lots of surprises. Some teams have been revealed as potential sleepers, some contenders have shown a lot to worry about, and some teams were just downright okay. Here are my winners and losers...

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Packers @ Bengals Preview

Packers @ Bengals Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 5, 2021

After a thrilling Thursday Night Football performance, the Bengals advanced to a promising 3-1 record after taking down the Jacksonville Jaguars at home 24-21. The Packers are coming off a 27-17 win at Lambeau against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but suffered...

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Fairfield @ West Recap

Fairfield @ West Recap

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief October 5, 2021

Last Friday night brought another exciting blowout win for the now 6-1 Lakota West Firebirds after they dominated the Fairfield Indians 42-10. The offense had an impressive performance, the defense looked dominant, and some of the younger guys got some...

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Jaguars @ Bengals Preview

Jaguars @ Bengals Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 28, 2021

In a not-so-competitive week 3 AFC North matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-10. This win was a big one for the Bengals because this was their first win at Heinz field since 2015, and this is the first time the Bengals...

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Bengals @ Steelers Preview

Bengals @ Steelers Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 21, 2021

It’s that time of year again! This Sunday the Bengals are headed on up to Pittsburgh to take on Ben Rothlisburger and the 1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers got beat up by the Raiders in week 2 after a shocking upset over the Bills in Buffalo in...

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Whats Up With The Reds?

What’s Up With The Reds?

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 21, 2021

About a month ago the Cincinnati Reds were looking like the favorite to win the second wild-card spot in the NL playoffs. It seemed like the Reds were on a tear and the rest of the NL was on a losing streak with tough schedules remaining. Since then,...

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Bengals @ Bears Preview

Bengals @ Bears Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2021

After a crucial win in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings last week, the Bengals are packing their bags and heading on up to Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois to take on the 0-1 Chicago Bears. The Bears are coming off of a tough Sunday Night Football...

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Vikings @ Bengals Preview

Vikings @ Bengals Preview

Nick Johnson, Editor-in-Chief September 7, 2021

As backward as this may sound, it is a great time to be a Cincinnati sports fan. The Bearcats are looking to make a serious push to get to the playoff, the Reds are on the verge of going to the playoffs for the second year in a row (which hasn’t happened...

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