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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,...

Nathan Heenan 24 winds up his bowl using a two-hand method.

West High Bowling team takes home a win against undefeated Cedar Falls

Samuel Rosenthal, Podcaster and Reporter December 22, 2023

In a head-to-head with Cedar Falls at Colonial Lanes on Dec. 18, the West High boys varsity bowling team took home a victory. Unfortunately, the girls varsity team fell to the nearly undefeated Cedar Falls...

Athletes should not have to compete during the holidays regardless of their professional or amateur status.

Competing in the cold

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor December 20, 2023

As the winter holidays approach, many families — including mine — look forward to watching sports, from football to college basketball, on their days off. It’s easy to get swept up in the luxury...

Harper Chase 25 gets her hand raised after pinning her opponent.

Lady Trojans wrestling finishes with 3 top 3 finishes at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Helen Orszula, Artist, Designer December 19, 2023

The West girls wrestling team was one of eight teams competing at the second annual Kennedy Girls Wrestling Invite Dec. 11. The top finisher of the night was Peyten Van Dyke ’27, earning first place...

Elle Barnett ’25, Alyson Skala ’24, Grace Fincham ’26 and Lucy Wolf ’24 celebrate their 50-42 victory against Liberty.

Trojans basketball dominates against Liberty in double-header

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor December 13, 2023

Girls basketball The Trojan Fight Song fills the air at Xtream Arena on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Filled with a pep band, Hector the mascot, cheerleaders, baton twirlers, parents, students and coaches, the girls...

A group of varsity runners start their long run on a Monday afternoon. Although its currently light out, the sun will be completely down by the time they get back.

A week at West: winter conditioning

Henry Timmer-Hackert, Print Assistant Opinion Editor December 12, 2023

When temperatures cool and snow starts falling, most high school students retreat to their houses to take out warm drinks and cozy blankets. The thought of being out in the cold seems far away, with the...

Dylan Colleran 26 attempts to turn his opponent on his back Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque.

Girls and boys wrestling compete in their first home dual of the season

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor December 11, 2023

Girls fall to Western Dubuque The girls wrestling team had their first home dual of the season Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque. Lila Bihun ’27 started off the night at 125. Her opponent got a few...

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