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West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

Marcus Morgan 21 delivers a pitch in the Trojans season opener against Bettendorf on May 24.

Baseball team falls to Cougars

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief June 17, 2021

Coming off a tough loss to highly ranked Dubuque Hempstead, the baseball team faced off with Cedar Rapids Kennedy in an MVC doubleheader on June 16. The team lost both games of the doubleheader 6-8 and...

Kolby Godbolt 21 reaches for a steal against Pleasant Valley in the state championship game on June 5 in Des Moines.

Trojans come up short in state championship

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief June 6, 2021

In search of the program's tenth state championship, Brad Stiles' number one-seeded boys soccer team faced off with the state tournament's very own Cinderella story, six seed Pleasant Valley. The Trojans...

As prospective college athletes decide among collegiate divisions, some athletes face the stigma associated with lower-division athletic programs.

Sectioning stigma

Soomin Koh and Heidi Du June 4, 2021

High school athletes face arguably the most important decision regarding the future of their athletic career: committing to a college. This choice comes with many implications, such as determining what...

Hector the Trojan poses for a picture in the West Side Story newsroom on June 4.

Behind the mascot: “Hector” the Trojan

Owen Aanestad and Camille Gretter June 4, 2021

Every day you walk down the halls of West High, you can catch someone repping various amounts of green and gold apparel. Almost all of them include either a logo or reference to West High’s own mascot,...

The boys soccer team poses for a picture after qualifying for the state tournament on May 26.

Boys soccer qualifies for state with win over Bettendorf

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 26, 2021

After a year away due to COVID-19, the boys soccer team has qualified for the state tournament for the fifth year in a row. The team secured their spot in a 3-0 win against Bettendorf in the Class 3A Substate...

Keeper Nick McDonnell 22 puts the ball back into play as he defends the goal from North Scott.

Boys soccer demolishes North Scott in substate semifinal

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 24, 2021

The boys soccer team sealed their way into the state qualifying game with a win against North Scott. Ranked third in Iowa, the Trojans beat the Lancers 4-1 on May 24. Throughout the entire season, West...

The team gathers in the infield during a timeout in the first game of the doubleheader on June 18.

No cap recap: summer sports preview

Owen Aanestad and Camille Gretter May 23, 2021

On this episode of the No Cap Recap... Almost one year ago the baseball and softball team arrived back on campus for a chance at a shortened 2020 season. This year it's a little different. As mask mandates...

The girls tennis team qualified for the team state tournament May 22.

Girls tennis qualifies for state

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief May 22, 2021

The last time the girls tennis team appeared in the state tournament was in 2019. After a state runner-up finish two years ago, the team is one step closer to seeking revenge. The girls tennis team...

Jordan Caperon 23 points to the scoreboard after finishing the 100 meter race on April 15 at the Forwald Coleman Relays.

Jordan Caperon makes state track debut

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 21, 2021

For the first time in 26 years, the West High Boys Track and Field team will send a wheelchair athlete to state. The last state champions were John Jeter in 1993 who won the 100 meter, 200 meter and 800...

Rising stars: Gabby Moniza 24 and Erinn Varga 24

Rising stars: Gabby Moniza ’24 and Erinn Varga ’24

Paige Albright and Annie Schwartz May 15, 2021

West Side Story: How has your High School track and cross country experience been so far? ERINN VARGA: Pretty good, COVID has made a difference I know, but the upperclassmen have really made the whole...

Alex McKane 22 leads the pack while running the 3200-meter race at the Class 4A district track and field meet on May 13.

Boys and girls track and field qualifies for state in 24 events

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 14, 2021

Many runners and throwers got their tickets to state punched at the Class 4A district meet on May 13, giving Trojan fans plenty of athletes to watch at the three-day state meet at Drake University. Both...

Eli Young 21 eyes the ball as he prepares to make a play while playing singles at the IHSAA Boys District Tennis tournament on May 12.

Boy tennis wins districts

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

It's not common to see teammates playing against each other during matches. However, when one team dominates a tournament, it's normal to see a couple of teammates face off for the better seed in...

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