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West Side Story

  • Student Senate Executive Board elections are on Wednesday

  • The Drake Relays for track start Thursday

  • The orchestra program has a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

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

Girls basketball team reflects on state tournament

Girls basketball team reflects on state tournament

Deniz Ince, Reporter
March 27, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The plan going into the girls basketball state tournament was to win it all. That all changed about halfway through the first quarter of the first game when Rachael Saunders ’18 fell and injured her knee, taking her out of the tournament. “We really wanted to win. That was the goal the who...

Boys basketball team takes home seventh state title

Boys basketball team takes home seventh state title

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
March 12, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The West High boys varsity basketball team defeated West Des Moines Valley, 64-50, in the 4A state championship game Saturday Mar. 11 at Wells Fargo Arena. After a loss to the Tigers in last year's championship game, the Trojans avenged their loss this year by taking home the team's seventh state title....

7 types of people who fill out March Madness Brackets

7 types of people who fill out March Madness Brackets

Leah Dusterhoft, Sports Reporter
March 11, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Humor, Showcase, Sports

It’s March, and in the world of sports, that means it’s time for March Madness. Though the games don’t start until March 14, any basketball fan will be sitting on their couch tomorrow for the revealing of the official bracket. That gives an estimated 40 million Americans just two days to fill out their perfect bracket before the games begin. So how do people pick their teams? West Side Story came ...

Boys basketball team heads to championship game

Boys basketball team heads to championship game

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
March 10, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase

After a 57-51 win against Newton High School in the 4A state quarterfinals on Wednesday Mar. 8 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, the West High boys varsity basketball team advanced to play Cedar Rapids Kennedy today ,and won 61-37. The Trojans will play against West Des Moines Valley tomorrow night...

Girls basketball team finishes season in state semifinals

Girls basketball team finishes season in state semifinals

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
March 4, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase

The West High girls varsity basketball team traveled to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Wednesday Mar. 1 to play in the girls state quarter finals against Waukee, where they won 40-38. West advanced to play West Des Moines Valley on Friday Mar. 3, but lost 55-48, making this West's last win of the season....

Rumor Buster: Olympic trial qualifier Ruby Martin ’18 considering swimming at West

Rumor Buster: Olympic trial qualifier Ruby Martin ’18 considering swimming at West

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
March 4, 2017
Filed under Sports, Swimming

WSS: There’s been a rumor that you’re doing high school swimming next year. Could you confirm/shoot down this rumor? Martin: I definitely am considering it for next year because it is my senior year and I have not done it throughout my high school career! It would be a new training environmen...

Girls basketball: down to the game

Girls basketball: down to the game

Nick Pryor, Photographer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The West High girls basketball team has had another great season this year, going 20-3 overall and 14-2 in conference as well as qualifying for state. With their first round game against Waukee on Wednesday March 1st, here’s a look into the team leaders in points, rebounds and assists. Mary Vander Weg...

Boys basketball to play in substate five final Tuesday

Boys basketball to play in substate five final Tuesday

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-chief
February 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase

Those who look solely at a team's record may have been surprised by the score of the West (19-3), Pleasant Valley (11-12)  boys substate basketball game at the end of the first quarter where Pleasant Valley held the Trojans to just 14 points to their 13. After having lost two games on th...

The cost of college sports

The cost of college sports

Ellie Gretter, Assistant Sports Editor
February 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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