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  • 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

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...

Wrestlers gear up for state

Wrestlers gear up for state

Ian Prescott and Jiung Jung
February 15, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

‘You’re on your own on this one:’ the story of a female wrestler

‘You’re on your own on this one:’ the story of a female wrestler

Deniz Ince and Jessica Doyle
February 5, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

Despite being a female, wrestling has always been a part of Laurel Haverkamp ’20’s life. “My dad used to coach at Regina [about] 30 years ago, so my sister and I grew up going to Iowa wrestling meets,” Haverkamp said. It wasn’t until seventh grade, though, that she officially stepped out onto the m...

Big Ten pushes for Friday night football games

Big Ten pushes for Friday night football games

Ellie Gretter, Assistant Sports Editor
February 3, 2017
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Many factors could cause complications to the already elaborate planning process of Friday night football games. Peter Cownie, an Iowa Republican state representative introduced a bill entitled, “An act prohibiting regents institutions from scheduling intercollegiate football games on Fridays.” ...

West defeats cross-town rival in double header

West defeats cross-town rival in double header

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
January 26, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

When the top-ranked Trojans took the court last night at City High, the first few minutes of play weren't as exciting as earlier in the season when the two teams faced off; On Dec. 13, when West won 78-27, Iowa commit Connor McCaffery '17 grabbed four via a field goal and two free throws in the first m...

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