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Stretching the limits

Student-athletes hold a position during the yoga session on Sunday, Mar. 8.

Ken Wilbur, Podcast Editor

March 8, 2020

Club West has sponsored an instructional yoga series for student-athletes on Sundays during the spring. The program aims to help athletes increase their flexibility and mobility while also proactively preventing injuries that can occur due to inflexibility. The sessions, which take place at 1:45 in the south gym, are ope...

Prospect of lacrosse at West

Prospect of lacrosse at West

Maddy Smith, Photographer, Yearbook Student Life editor

March 7, 2020

Over the years, the variety of sports at West has changed drastically. In 1969, the only female sports offered were tennis and track, with the boys having football, wrestling, track, tennis, swim and dive, baseball and golf. As the years progressed, sports such as softball, girls golf, volleyball, basketb...

No cap recap: state championship edition

No Cap Recap is a sports podcast with sports editors Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad. This episode looks at the first few weeks in West High winter sports and offers some insightful takeaways from the team's early matchups.

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

March 6, 2020

What a winter sports season it has been for West High athletics. The boys wrestling team produced three individual state champions in Will Hoeft '20, Hunter Garvin '22 and Graham Gambrall '21 in addition to senior Salima Omari's heavyweight state championship in the inaugural girls wrestling seas...

Transfers on the rise for West athletics

The ICCSD has seen an increase in the number of intradistrict transfers since the opening of Liberty High in 2017.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

It’s almost an unspeakable phrase in Iowa high school sports: transfer. Whenever a student-athlete transfers to a new school, particularly without changing their residence, rumors and speculations inevitably begin to circulate. The word “transfer” itself conjures up accusations of recruiting a...

Boys basketball team advances to their 10th consecutive state tournament

Nick Pepin '20 and his teammates celebrate as they advance to the state tournament in their win over Pleasant Valley on March 3.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

March 4, 2020

Ten straight. There is only one school in the state that has made 10 consecutive state tournaments in Iowa High School Basketball history and that is Iowa City West. Future Hall of Famer Steve Bergman and his team advanced to this year's state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena with a 55-36 win over Ple...

Boys basketball team advances to substate final

Grahm Goering '21, Even Brauns '20, and Marcus Morgan '21 celebrate a Nick Pepin '20 and-one against Ottumwa on Feb. 28.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2020

In what seemed to be a sea of red, the boys basketball team started on their road back to Wells Fargo Arena in the substate semifinals on Friday. The Trojans with the help of some big runs defeated Ottumwa 58-28 to have a chance to punch their ticket into the state basketball tournament on Tuesday. ...

Beneath the jersey: the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West

West Side Story takes a deeper look into the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West High.

Joe Goodman and Natalie Katz

February 20, 2020

Forest green and Vegas gold.  The colors that so classically represent West High athletics, or at least are supposed to. For athletes competing under the West High name, having a high-quality uniform is meaningless without these colors on display. As integrated as they are into West High...

Women of Troy beat Kennedy in first regional game

Cora Saunders '20 shoots a free throw while playing Kennedy on Feb. 19.

Camille Gretter, WSS Intern

February 20, 2020

The Women of Troy won their first game on the road to a regional championship and state tournament birth by beating Cedar Rapids Kennedy 55-44 on Feb. 19. The girls basketball team picked up their second win over the Cougars on the year after their 69-45 win on Feb. 7. West started with a strong lead...

Trojan Bolts take home state title

Izaak Hajek '20, along with his teammates and coaches, celebrate as Jordan Christensen '22 recieves his medal on Feb. 15.

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

February 15, 2020

Step two has officially been checked off. After having another undefeated regular season, the team kept their winning streak alive by claiming the state champion trophy with 262.5 points, the third team title for head coach Byron Butler, who was an assistant coach back in the 2014 and 2015 season....

No cap recap: boys basketball JV squad

The West High bench celebrates a bucket against Linn-Mar on Dec. 20.

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

February 9, 2020

Some historic events unfolded in January for fans of West athletics. The boys wrestling and boys swimming teams both captured MVC titles in Dubuque while the boys basketball team held the number one ranking in the state for two straight weeks. In the girls wrestling team's inaugural season, Sal...

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