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The varsity girls basketball team stands for the Pledge of Allegiance before starting the game.

Girls Basketball’s season comes to an end in regional championships

Minna Abdalla, Assistant Sports Editor February 23, 2024

After taking down Southeast Polk on Saturday, the girls faced off against Waukee for a trip to state. With some great teamwork and effort, the girls were down 13 points during halftime to a top-seeded...

Peyten Van Dyke 27 goes for a cross-face Nov. 30 at the Donnybrook tournament.

Rising star: Peyten Van Dyke ’27

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor February 21, 2024

West Side Story: When did you first start wrestling? Peyten Van Dyke: I first started wrestling in seventh grade when my brother did it and I got interested through him. My dad helped coach our team,...

Justin Avila 25 pins his opponent Jan. 11 against City High.

Three Trojans take the podium at state wrestling meet

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor February 20, 2024

The boys wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers for state, doubling their total from last year. Held Feb. 14-17 at Wells Fargo Arena, the tournament yielded three podium finishes for the Trojans. At...

Kate Van Waning ’26 dodges her competitor to find a teammate.

Girls basketball defeats CR Washington during senior night

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor February 13, 2024

On Feb. 9, the West High girls basketball teams competed against Cedar Rapids Washington at West High’s Main Gym.  The girls junior varsity team defeated CR Washington 60-56 for their third win of...

Max Gerke 24 holds up the peace sign before the 100-yard Butterfly at the IHSAA State Championships Feb. 9.

Trojan Bolts break a state record and place 5th at State

Gianna Liu, Print Sports and Photo Editor February 13, 2024

The Trojan Bolts boys are back on home ground, competing at the CRWC for the 2024 State Championship swim meet. After scoring 136 points and placing 8th place last season, the swimmers are ready for another...

The West High Dance Team smiles for a picture after making it to the final round at UDA Nationals.

West High Dance Team places in top twenty at UDA national competition in Orlando Florida

Maddy Cook, Reporter February 11, 2024

  After a very successful season, the West High Dance team ended their season with even more success, making finals at the UDA high school national competition. UDA nationals has three rounds,...

Carston Guess follows through after hitting his mark, finishing with a 437 series.

West High Bowling Teams take home the King Pin against City High

Samuel Rosenthal, Podcaster and Reporter February 11, 2024

This year marked the 22nd year of the annual fight for the King and Queen Pin against City High at Colonial Lanes. On Feb. 9, West High faced City while also celebrating its last regular meet of the season...

Kareem Earl 24 goes up for a dunk after escaping with the ball from the Cougar offense during the game on Feb. 6, 2024.

Photos: boys basketball falls to Kennedy

Zoe Smith, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2024

The West High gym was home to another intense basketball game last night. The stands were packed on Tuesday night with students sporting Hawaiian shirts and leis for "beach-out". The Cougars are currently...

Ready to Wrestle

Ready to wrestle

Gianna Liu and Celia Sadewasser January 30, 2024

Fourteen rows of wrestlers line up in the middle of the Xtream Arena, each holding a sign with their respective weight class. Before the champion matches begin, the girls march onto the mat in the Parade...

Jacob Koch 24 moves past defenders and goes in for a shot Jan. 19 against Linn-Mar.

Trojans shine in recent games and tournaments

Yaya Orszula and Minna Abdalla January 29, 2024

Girls basketball The girls basketball team had a busy weekend filled with some losses and wins. On Jan. 19, the girls hosted a home game against Linn-Mar, and the next day, they headed down to Cedar Falls....

Seniors Holden Carter, Max Gerke 24 and Dillon Croco 24 smile after their senior recognition.

Boys swimming beats City High on senior night

Marie Stier, Print Features Editor January 17, 2024

  At the final home dual meet of the boys swim season and senior night, the Trojans Bolts secured a 93-77 win against cross-town rival City High Jan. 11.  Before the meet began, the Trojan...

Wrestlers often go to great lengths to rapidly lose weight.

Losing to win

Neema Ash and Yaya Orszula January 16, 2024

Trigger warning: This article contains content about weight loss and unhealthy eating habits. To compete at a high level of wrestling, one may feel required to cut weight to decrease their body fat,...

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