• The Choir Swing Show will take place at both 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25

  • Coe College Jazz Festival will be on Feb. 24

  • The WHS Library will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for finals studying

  • Bowling State will take place on Feb. 22

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The cost of college sports

The cost of college sports

Ellie Gretter, Assistant Sports Editor
February 23
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Participating in any level of athletics can increase stress, especially when you reach the highest level of athletics that most will ever achieve due to the low number of athletes that will become professional . However, sports can also be a way to escape the frenzy of normal college life. “Tee...

Rising star: Cole Mabry ’19

Rising star: Cole Mabry ’19

Deniz Ince, Reporter
February 23
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

One of the ultimate goals as a high school athlete is to make it to state. Despite only being a sophomore, Cole Mabry has already achieved this--in two sports. With a background in sports stretching back to early elementary school, Mabry is no stranger to competition. “I used to live in Oklahoma,...

Women of Troy defeat Southeast Polk, make it to state tournament

Women of Troy defeat Southeast Polk, make it to state tournament

Deniz Ince, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Basketball, Girls Substate Win, Showcase, Sports

West finished the first quarter tied and the second quarter up by only one point in an intense and fast-paced game, needing to make a change in the second half of the game. “In the second half we all just went and laid it all out there. We were really amped up on defense and we kind of slowed it d...

2017 State Wrestling Hub

2017 State Wrestling Hub

Leah Dusterhoft
February 16
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

Five Trojan wrestlers moved onto the  tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on February 16-18. See how the wrestlers fared during each session below. Follow @wssathletics on Twitter for live updates from the tournament.   Session 1: Thursday Feb. 16 9am   106: Hans vonRabenau '18 won 11 - 9 over Thomas Edwards '20 (Joh...

Wrestlers gear up for state

Wrestlers gear up for state

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

This Wednesday through Friday, West High wrestlers will take the mat and attempt to claim a state title for themselves. The West Side Story asked each of the five state-bound wrestlers questions on how they're preparing for state, what they expect out of it and how their season went for them...

Guy Snow ’18

Guy Snow ’18

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wrestling

West Side Story: How have you done so far this season? GS: We haven't had the best season, but we've got a few individual guys that are good. WSS: How have you improved from the beginning of the season or from last season? GS: I've definitely improved from last season. Last season, I was a match...

Carter Rohweder ’17

Carter Rohweder ’17

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wrestling

West Side Story: How have you done so far this season? CR: Pretty good, not bad. WSS: How have you improved from the beginning of the season, or from last season? CR: Definitely improved. Last year I was hurt, pretty much the entire season. So, yeah this year [I] get to wrestle. WSS: Who was the ...

Hans von Rabenau ’18

Hans von Rabenau ’18

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wrestling

West Side Story: How have you done so far this season? HR: I'd say I've done pretty well. I've done a lot better than last year, above 500 and only lost seven matches. WSS: How have you improved from the beginning of the season, or from last season? HR: I've improved quite a lot. Last season I had below 50...

Alex Aguirre ’17

Alex Aguirre ’17

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Sports, Wrestling

West Side Story: How have you done so far this season? AA: I'd say I've done alright. WSS: How have you improved from the beginning of the season or from last season? AA: I think I've gotten more aggressive and have been able to finish my shots. Better on top than on bottom. WSS: Who was the most ...

Nelson Brands ’18

Nelson Brands ’18

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wrestling

West Side Story: How have you done so far this season? NB: I'm fifty and one. My only loss is to Austin O'Connor from Illinois; he's number three in the nation. WSS: How have you improved from the beginning of the season, or from last season? NB: I'm a lot more, I'd say, dominant. I've had a lot mor...

Secrets behind the shoes

Secrets behind the shoes

Deniz Ince and Ethan Goers
February 6
Filed under Showcase, Sports

With winter sports well underway and springs sports' seasons beginning soon, West Side Story looked into the different types of shoes that are used in several sports. Click on a sports to learn more about its shoe.

Boys swim qualifies in nine of 11 events for state meet

Boys swim qualifies in nine of 11 events for state meet

Gabby Skopec, Sports Editor
February 6
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Swimming

On Saturday, Feb 4, the boys swim team traveled to Southeast Polk for the state qualifying meet. The Trojans came away successful with eleven total qualifications. The team also finished third out of eleven teams at the meet. The state meet will take place Saturday, Feb 11, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at...

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