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West Side Story

  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

  • Check @WSSAthletics on Twitter for updates on sports events this week

Track teams compete at state championships

Track teams compete at state championships

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer
May 26, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

The girls track and field team placed second overall at the track and field state championships that took place May 18-20, losing to Waukee. Individual state champions included Valerie Welch '17 who won the long jump, the distance medley relay and the 100 meter hurdles. Welch also placed third in the...

Rising star: Gabe Caruthers

Rising star: Gabe Caruthers

Ellie Gretter, Sports Editor
May 19, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

West Side Story: When did you start running? Gabe Caruthers: I’ve always done sports, but I have never really been good at them. Except for in football I could get down the field fast and in baseball I could get to the bases fast. So, I was kind of always liked running but just not as a sport yet....

Track and field state preview

Track and field state preview

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

Both the girls and boys track and field teams will travel in Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the state championships that will take place May 18-20. At the state-qualifying meet that took place last Thursday, May 11 at City High School, the Women of Troy put down the competition to...

Age of Amelon

Age of Amelon

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Golf, Showcase, Sports

Starting out at West High, Jordan Amelon ’17 was no star golfer. She saw herself in the “middle of the pack” and “definitely not a leader.” Since her freshman year, Amelon has grown to become one of the top golfers in the state, finishing sixteenth individually and leading her team to an eigh...

Pitching relief

Pitching relief

Ellie Gretter, Sports Editor
May 10, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Showcase, Sports

As the Trojans begin competition, they face a new pitching regulation. This regulation was implemented to minimize overuse related injuries by limiting the amount of pitches a pitcher can throw during a game based on their grade. “This is a model [based] on workload pitches. People will be on a ...

Boys track and field team snags MVC champion title

Boys track and field team snags MVC champion title

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

Top 5 placewinners: Team scores: 1. West High 100 meter dash: 5. Trumell Roberts '18 11.45 200 meter dash: 1. Gabe Caruthers '19 22.35 400 meter dash: 5. Chris Low '17 52.63 800 meter run: 1. Derek Nugent '17 1:57.10 2. Jeff Garbutt '18 2:00.29 1600 meter run: 2. Ali Ali '...

Highlights from the Drake Relays

Highlights from the Drake Relays

Kara Wagenknecht and Leah Dusterhoft
May 2, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

The Drake Relays took place April 27-29 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. These relays attract university, college and professional track athletes from all around the nation. High school athletes also compete, and to qualify they must have their jump, throw or run be among the top in the state, all classes...

Girls soccer team holds on to their undefeated record

Girls soccer team holds on to their undefeated record

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Soccer, Sports

The Women on Troy defeated Cedar Falls last Thursday, April 27, to remain undefeated this season. Here are some photo highlights from the game.

Boys and girls tennis undefeated

Boys and girls tennis undefeated

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Sports, Tennis

With regionals fast approaching, the girls and boys tennis teams are having competitive seasons. Boys tennis coach Mitch Gross is “really pleased with where [the team is] at this point in the season. “Everyone’s really stepped up,” he said. “This will be a very important week and we’ll...

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