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No cap recap: Fall sports

No cap recap: Fall sports

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

November 10, 2019

With the fall sports season wrapping up, we figured it was time to drop our very first sports podcast of the year. This first installment of No cap recap serves as a satirical, light-hearted attempt to translate the skills of West High's fall sport athletes onto the basketball floor. The skills o...

West/Liberty girls swim team impresses at state

West/Liberty girls swim team impresses at state

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

November 9, 2019

The last two years of the combined West and Liberty swim teams were strong seasons. But this year, they were even stronger. The swim team finished in fourth place on Nov. 9 at the state swim meet at YMCA Marshalltown with a score of 184.5 points. The team improved their performance by jumping up two...

Best Buddies and PALS hold third annual basketball game against faculty

Best Buddies and PALS hold third annual basketball game against faculty

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

The Best Buddies and PALS lead the West High faculty wire-to-wire en route to a 33-29 victory on Nov. 7 in the West High gymnasium. This was the third year of the school-wide event that featured a lively student section and performances from the West High band. Every one of the Best Buddies was able to get ...

Budding girls wrestling team prepares for season

Budding girls wrestling team prepares for season

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

The girls wrestling team is becoming a reality. In informative meetings held before and after school on Nov. 6, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil went into detail about his vision for the program.  Practices will begin Dec. 2, the Monday after Thanksgiving break, and the season will end on Ja...

A day in the life of a swimmer

A day in the life of a swimmer

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

November 5, 2019

Imagine spending two hours swimming back and forth doing a combination of sprint, distance and drill sets. Now, imagine doing that twice in one day. For the athletes on the West High girls swim team, days start and end with swim practice. While most high school athletes practice after school and some ...

Cross country teams compete at state

Cross country teams compete at state

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2019

Swarming from one place to the next to see and cheer on runners is a cross country meet norm. It’s the the Iowa High School Girls and Boys Cross Country State Championships in Fort Dodge that takes swarming to another level. Schools from all around the state, representing all classes, create crowds o...

West High officially announces girls wrestling team

West High officially announces girls wrestling team

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

On Friday Nov. 1, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil announced the addition of a girls wrestling team to the sports roster through an email to female West students. This news comes on the heels of Pudil announcing his interest in the idea in May. The season will last from right after Thanksgiving break until Jan. 21, with practices occurring 3-4 times a week. The season will see the tea...

Recruiting Trail with Lily Ernst

Joe Goodman, Interviewer

November 1, 2019

Welcome to the second episode of the Recruiting Trail, a series where we follow the recruitment process of West High athletes looking to take their talents to the next level. This episode features a state-qualifying swimmer, senior Lily Ernst. See the path Ernst took to commit to the University of Northern...

West volleyball season upended by Little Hawks in three sets

West volleyball season upended by Little Hawks in three sets

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 29, 2019

The West High volleyball season ended just as it began. Sort of. The Women of Troy lost in three straight sets to City High despite key assists from Emma Dunlap '22 and great all-around defensive play. Although the score resembles the outcome of the Battle for the Spike, this year's youthful group ...

West wins thriller over City High and keeps The Boot

West wins thriller over City High and keeps The Boot

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 26, 2019

"That was one of the best high schools games I've ever been to." That phrase was overheard from a passing City High fan following his team's loss on Friday night in the 51st annual Battle for the Boot. West and City produced an instant-classic, resulting in five lead changes and some enthralling four...

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 25, 2019

They are five of the biggest guys on any given football field, yet most fans hardly even notice they are there. Football fans eyes’ are almost always glued to the ball, meaning they focus on the quarterback and the rest of the skill position players. In spite of their cruciality to the offensive ...

Battle for the Boot preview

Battle for the Boot preview

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

October 22, 2019

The final week of the football regular season is here. The Trojans come into week nine with a 3-5 record which might seem like a slight disappointment compared to previous years, but a win over crosstown rival City High and a Battle for the Boot victory can make the season and increases the team’s...

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