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Justin Avila 25 fights for position during a dual meet against Dubuque Senior on Dec. 9.

Boys wrestling dominates Dubuque Senior in home opening dual

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 10, 2021

Only 24 hours after losing former West High wrestling coach and national champion wrestler Mark Reiland the boys wrestling team honored him in the best way possible, with a win. The Trojans dominated the...

Coach Mark Reiland with Nelson Brands 18 and Francis Duggan 18 at the 2018 Wrestling State Championship. Both Brands and Duggan won titles.

Former wrestling coach Mark Reiland passes away at 52

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor December 9, 2021

Hawkeye and Trojan wrestling faced a tough loss on the evening of Dec. 8 when the passing of Coach Mark Reiland was announced. Reiland is a wrestling legend at the University of Iowa and brought his expertise...

Lucy Wolf 24 eyes the ball as she settles in on defense against Cedar Rapids Washington on Dec. 3.

Trojans improve to 2-0 with win over Cedar Rapids Washington

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 4, 2021

Only two games into the season BJ Mayer's Trojans have faced what some people would say is their greatest weakness this season: the post. After facing Bishop Garrigan's Audi Crooks '23 and future Hawkeye...

The Trojans cheer for teammate Abdelrahman Abdalla 23.

Boys basketball shows promise in season opener

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor November 30, 2021

The Trojans had nothing short of a show-stopping performance against Davenport West. With promising talent from young players, the boys basketball team proved that this is only the beginning of their success....

Carolyn Pierce 23 aims to shoot as the opposing team attempts to shut her down.

Girls basketball 2021-2022 season preview

Zoe Smith and Maddy Smith November 22, 2021

Last year’s sports seasons were like no other and brought unprecedented challenges. Now, as COVID-19 numbers become more manageable, athletes are hoping for a normal season. With players coming out of...

West High athletes Olivia Taeger, Caden Noeller and Noah DeSaulniers compete in their sports.

Overlooked

Miguel Cohen Suarez and Lily Prochaska November 22, 2021

Friday night lights can be deceiving. Packed stands, painted chests and an overwhelming sense of school spirit aren’t part of the experience for many West High sports teams—even the most successful....

According to pediatricians athletes and people in general under the age of 18 should avoid performance-enhancing supplements like creatine.

Fueling the fight

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief November 18, 2021

In this day and age, being a high school athlete is easier said than done. They squat over 300 pounds, run just over four-minute miles and are recognized nationwide for their work in the classroom. From...

Scarlet Martin 22 swims the 100 yard butterfly during the IGHSAU State Swimming and Diving Championships in Marshalltown on Nov. 13.

Trojan Bolts place third at state meet

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief November 13, 2021

When one has to step down, others have to step up. The Trojan Bolts did just that at the girls state swimming and diving meet when one of their key swimmers had to miss the state meet due to illness....

Marissa Goodale 22 stares down her opponent while wrestling at the third annual state tournament in Coralville.

Pinning stereotypes

Zoe Smith, Assistant Sports Editor November 12, 2021

 Besides the rolling hills and endless cornfields, Iowa is known for its wrestling. The Hawkeye state is a factory for wrestlers with 13 Olympic gold medalists being Iowa natives. Since 1920, at least...

Kerry Wang 25 celebrates a students bucket during the PALS and Community Inclusion Clubs annual basketball game against the faculty on Nov. 11.

PALS and Community Inclusion Club defeats faculty in annual basketball game

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief November 11, 2021

After a year of no traditions, PALS and Community Inclusion Club played in their annual basketball game against West High faculty after school on Nov. 11 in the West High Main Gym. PALS and CIC defeated...

All ten Trojan athletes that participated in the signing ceremony after school pose for a picture in the cafeteria on Nov. 10.

10 Trojan athletes sign their National Letters of Intent

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief November 10, 2021

Almost a year ago, Athletic Director Craig Huegel celebrated the class of 2021's fall signees virtually via Twitter as the winter sports season waited to begin and students hoped to return to school in...

The Trojan football team highlights the front page of the Nov. 17, 1995 issue of the West Side Story.

Looking back: Championship football

Barry Diallo, Sports Reporter November 1, 2021

"We're Number One: Football Success at State" Published in the Nov. 17, 1995 edition of the West Side Story  by David Brenneman After 28 seasons of heartbreaking struggle, the Trojans have finally...

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