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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

Jannell Avila pins her opponent during the state wrestling tournament.

First of the first

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor February 10, 2023

Jannell Avila ’23 was a well-known wrestler in Iowa for years before girls’ wrestling was sanctioned in the state. As a freshman, Avila won the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association State...

The dance team hits their ending pose of their pom routine during prelims at the Advent Health Arena.

Final destination: West High dance team at nationals

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor February 8, 2023

  Not many west high sports teams get to travel across state lines for competition, however, after qualifying for another year this past summer the West High Dance Team spent five days at Disney...

Alex Pierce 26 wins by major decision against his City High opponent on Jan. 12.

Rising Star: Alex Pierce ’26

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor February 8, 2023

West Side Story: When did you first start wrestling? Alex Pierce ’26: I started at six years old at the little kids' wrestling club here [at West]. WSS: Who has been your biggest mentor or inspiration,...

Seniors Seth Cheney, Tamiah Teran and Christian Janis signed their National Letters of Intent in the West High cafeteria Feb. 1.

Three athletes sign to compete at schools in the Midwest

Ella De Young, Print Managing Editor February 2, 2023

To start off the exciting, busy month of February at West High, three accomplished athletes in three different sports signed their National Letters of Intent in the West High cafeteria after school Feb....

New face on the mat

New face on the mat

Elena Garcia Van Auken, Podcaster, Reporter January 30, 2023

With the sanctioning of girls’ wrestling in Iowa, Iowa City West decided to induct a new coach for the team. Elijah Sullivan came to West with a positive attitude toward the job with high hopes. After...

In his first game back since recovering from a back injury that kept him benched for multiple weeks, Kareem Earl 24 was full of energy against City High Jan. 27.

Girls and boys basketball sweep City High

Ella De Young and Lilly Graham January 29, 2023

With West students decked out in white and City High students sporting camouflage, the cross-town rival student sections were packed and ready to witness two intense, back-to-back basketball games in the...

The boys swim team waves a flag saying OS14 to remember their late teammate Owen Skelley

Finding a family through loss

Isabella Tisdale and Zoe Smith January 25, 2023

Crowds cheer as the boys swim team crowds onto their bleachers. They wave flags, one is purple with a lighting bolt and reads “OS14”, the other has waves and reads “just keep swimming”. Both these...

WSS explores Fantasy Footballs presence in West High students lives.

Fantasy frenzy

Lily Prochaska, Print Sports Editor January 25, 2023

Sitting around a table with sweat dripping down their backs, students carefully pick their team for the next fourteen weeks. As students shuffle through tabs on their computers, looking closely at statistics...

Cheering for the Cheerleaders

Helelia Wa Kalala, Social Media Editor January 24, 2023

Cheer can often be an overlooked sport, many do not know or understand the work that goes into a performance or stunt. From long hours at practice everyday after school to cheering for multiple games a...

Brady Simcox 23 looks for a layup opportunity Jan. 20 while away at Linn Mar.

Girls and boys basketball both lose in tough battles to Linn Mar

Ella De Young and Lilly Graham January 23, 2023

A gym packed full of students and families cheering for the opposing team — that's not an easy scene to compete in. Yet, being a part of that setting away at Linn Mar Jan. 20, during Linn Mar's crowded...

West athletes prefer a variety of food to prepare for competition.

Pregame fuel

Zoe Smith and Krisha Kapoor January 22, 2023

Girls basketball, Lucy Wolf  '24: “Cosmic Stardust Alani Nu and a banana because I like to keep it light.”  Boys basketball, Ben Hoefer  '23: “My favorite pregame fuel is usually just some...

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