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Defne Bayman
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(they/she) Defne Bayman is a senior this year, and has been on Print for two years and joined Web this year. They are the communications manager for all of WSS, along with an artist, designer, photographer,...

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No cap recap: leaving snow days behind

The winter sports season was full of snow days, but athletes gave it their all in their respective sports.

Results:

Boys basketball: The boys basketball team, ranked in the top 10 in 4A for most of the season, fell in an overtime nail-biter to the 17-6 Bettendorf team. Behind junior Jack McCaffery’s team-high 16.2 points per game, the Trojans finished 19-4.

Girls basketball: The girls looked to rebound after losing four starters last year. Grace Fincham ’26 stepped up to the role, averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game. Senior Lucy Wolf led the team in assists per game at 2.3, leading the team to a 13-10 record.

Boys bowling: Sophomore Carston Guess once again led the team for the Trojans. He averaged 210.28 points per game, leading the team to a 6-4 record in dual competitions.

Girls bowling: Although they didn’t find a lot of success as a team, Whitney Noeller ’24 stood out, averaging 162.46 points per game.

Boys swimming: The boys’ swim team only lost one dual meet this year and advanced several members to state. Placing fifth at the state meet, they broke the state record for the 200 medley relay with a team of Hayden Hakes ’25, Winston Fan ’26, Holden Carter ’24 (Liberty) and Max Gerke ’24.

Boys wrestling: Doubling their state tournament team from a year ago, the boys looked to finish the season strong. Three wrestlers took the podium with Alex Pierce ’26, Justin Avila ’25 fifth and Kyler Scranton ’24 fourth.

Girls wrestling: Three Trojans qualified for the state tournament, two more than a year before. Helen Orszula ’24, Trinity Myers ’25 and Peyten Van Dyke ’27 qualified for the meet.

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Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor
(she/her) Yaya is a senior and this is her second year on staff. She is the sports editor and enjoys running cross country and track, making bracelets and rock climbing.
Anna Gibson, FOJ Intern
(She/her) Anna Gibson is currently a sophomore and this is her first year as a FOJ intern. Anna loves to play volleyball and hang out with her friends
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