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Hannah Longmire 26 poses by the pool after swim practice.

Triple threat

Maya Chu and Marie Stier October 10, 2022

Not many 14-year-olds are training for the Olympics — even without a disability. Four years ago, freshman Hannah Longmire didn’t think she would be either. Longmire was born with a congenital limb...

Demetrius Harper both teaches and coaches football at West High.

Coach Harper

Heidi Du, Print Copy Editor October 10, 2022

On Friday nights, the freshman football team gears up for their game, running routes and trading passes across the field. Demetrius Harper stands close by, calling out tips and instructions to his athletes....

West High athletes, Meena Tate 23 and Jack Wallace 25, share their perspectives on NIL.

Money moves

Ella De Young and Lily Prochaska October 9, 2022

A person’s name, appearance and personality are all qualities that others remember them by. But in this competitive day and age, it is unlikely an individual will make money based solely on those attributes....

Cindy Wang 24 leads the Trojan pack at the beginning of the race. Gabby Moniza 24 and Kate Van Waning 26 follow close behind her.

Trojans look to improve at MVC supermeet

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor October 7, 2022

The girls’ and boys’ cross country teams traveled to Seminole Valley in Cedar Rapids for the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) supermeet. The girls looked to enter the rankings in order to get a...

Melae Lacey 24 and Alaina greenlee 23 look to eachother after winning another point on Oct, 4, 2022.

Trojans win Battle for the Spike against the Little Hawks

Zoe Smith and Alaina Greenlee October 5, 2022

Three years. Three years have passed since the Spike was in Trojan hands. However, in an electric senior night five-set thriller in the historic Battle for the Spike, the West High volleyball team ended...

Mic’d Up: Trojan Games

Alaina Greenlee, Video Editor October 2, 2022

The seniors and juniors went head-to-head last Thursday in the second annual Trojan Games with one notable change: powderpuff. Instead of last year's kickball game, powderpuff made its return in this year's...

Coach Don Bristow chats with the first seed golfers from all teams before the start of the tournament on Sep. 29, 2022.

Boys golf hosts senior night

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor October 2, 2022

On Thursday, the boys' golf team headed down the road from west high to Finkbine golf course where they competed against Prairie, City and Liberty High School. Along with the tournament, they also celebrated...

BJ Mayer has been coaching girls basketball at West for 15 years, and is now passing the reins to take on a new title.

Moving up

Camille Gretter, Online Editor-In-Chief October 1, 2022

The Little Hawks and Trojan-Bolts dive into the pool to start a race in the dual meet on September 27, 2022.

Trojan-Bolts sink the Little Hawks

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor September 29, 2022

Byron Butler’s girls’ swim team was back again at the Coralville Recreation Center for another dual meet victory. All sides of Iowa City were represented with Liberty High School being combined with...

West and City clash during the second half of the Battle for the Boot game on Friday, September 23.

Homecoming showdown for the Battle for the Boot

Zoe Smith and Paige Albright September 27, 2022

The Iowa City community gathered at Trojan Field on Friday night for the annual Battle for the Boot game against the Little Hawks from City High. The Trojans lost 49-0, the boot staying with the cross-town...

Ahmed Haroon 23 takes the field for warmups.

The route to recovery

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor September 26, 2022

For many people, senior year is usually a time that most soon-to-be high school graduates look forward to. Aside from the stress of college applications and figuring out where you may end up at the end...

West High is triumphant over Dubuque Hempstead with a score of 40-15

Iowa City West dominates in Dubuque hempstead matchup

Isabella Tisdale, Feature Editor, Visual Editor September 13, 2022

Trojan football had an impressive win of 40-15 last Friday. With a total of 6 touchdowns and 151 tackles, West did not disappoint. Mason Woods '25 tied the school record for longest interception return...

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