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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

A sendoff for West High football

A sendoff for West High football

Leah Dusterhoft, Reporter
November 17, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Video

The West High football team hasn't been in the State Football Championship game since they won back in 1999. Some players on the 2016 team weren't even born yet. So West Side Story reached out to family members, friends, and past West players to compile a good luck video for the team. ...

Ready for the next step: an interactive timeline

Ready for the next step: an interactive timeline

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
November 11, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Volleyball

When she was 11 years old, senior Ali Tauchen started playing volleyball. When she was 14, she made the varsity high school team at West. When she was 15, she knew playing in college was a goal of hers. And when she was 18, she played her final game for West High. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Tauchen and eight...

Women of Troy fall to Ankeny Centennial in state tournament

Women of Troy fall to Ankeny Centennial in state tournament

Gabby Skopec and Sarah Longmire
November 8, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Volleyball

The eighth ranked volleyball team fell to second ranked Ankeny Centennial in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

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Officials on the way out

Officials on the way out

Gabby Skopec and Deniz Ince
November 6, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Picture standing on the field of a football stadium, specifically Kinnick Stadium. Hoards of angry fans yell; curses, boos and screams collide into a wall of sound that hits you. Something else nearly hits you too: a water bottle. This was the case for officials and others on the field on Oct. 1 at the...

Trojans return to the Dome for the first time since 2002

Trojans return to the Dome for the first time since 2002

Leah Dusterhoft
November 5, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

The first time they met this season, Cedar Rapids Prairie stunned West High with a 39-20 loss on Sept. 23. The loss was West’s second this season and came right after a loss to cross-town rival Iowa City City High. But if you thought the game would be the same when these two met again in the sec...

West reacts to Cubs World Series win

West reacts to Cubs World Series win

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
November 3, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Showcase, Sports

West students respond to the Chicago Cubs World Series win in game seven on Wednesday, Nov. 2 after 108 years since their last win. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a ten-inning game....

The faces of cross country

The faces of cross country

Ethan Goers, Photographer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Showcase, Sports

Cross country, like other sports, is not known for beauty. Our photographers have noticed while sorting through their roll for images to post, it can be hard to find good (normal looking) photos. Photographer Ethan Goers decided to publish (with permission of the runners of course) a few of the photos...

Cross country state preview

Cross country state preview

Deniz Ince, Reporter
October 28, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Showcase, Sports

Last Thursday, both the boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the state tournament, held on Saturday, Oct. 29. Both teams are looking to improve from their finishes last year, with the boys finishing eighth and the girls ending up fifth. The Trojans finished third at the state qualifying meet with 64 ...

Meet the 2016 dive team

Meet the 2016 dive team

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
October 25, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Swimming

The West High dive team is just wrapping up their 2016 season, competing at the regional diving meet Thursday night. Throughout the season, the four member group has shared success, failure, and a multitude of inside jokes. Hover over the images below to read about some of the twisted tales of the springboard.   Photos by ...

The magic year

The magic year

Ellie Gretter, Assistant Sports Editor
October 25, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Although the last century has been filled with many sad losses for the Chicago Cubs, the team has managed to revive  themselves the last two seasons. Last year, the Cubs were the National League Division series champions but fell to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. Which was ...

Trojans command a win on senior night

Trojans command a win on senior night

Charlie Code, Reporter
October 25, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Last Friday, Oct. 21, the West High seniors took the field in the final regular season game of their high school careers. Devontae Lane ’17 was explosive in the first half, scoring four rushing touchdowns with a pick-six early in the second quarter and an additional interception in the second half...

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