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Gym Rats

Gym Rats

Gianna Liu and Esther Park January 21, 2023

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘gym’? Maybe you think of a stack of dumbbells and a row of treadmills or pictures of muscular men hogging the racks. However, to many students and teachers...

Alex Pierce 26 looks to win by fall at 106 at City High, Jan. 12.

Wrestling teams come up short against City High

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor January 19, 2023

Girls put up a good fight against City High The girls traveled to City High Jan. 12 to take on the Little Hawks in a crosstown dual meet. Natalia Gentiluomo ’25 started off the girls at 115 but after...

Ian Caballero 23 prepares for the 50Y Freestyle

Trojan Bolts Secure the Golden Speedo 2023

Marie Stier and Gianna Liu January 17, 2023

Max Gerke '24 took 1st in the 50Y Free, finishing in 22.2. Holden Carter '24 placed 1st in both 100Y Butterfly and Backstroke, finishing in 51.33 and 53.59 respectfully. Relay team Winston Fan...

Grace Fincham 26 dribbles the ball Jan. 13 in the West High Main Gym while facing off against Cedar Falls.

Girls basketball falls short against Cedar Falls

Ella De Young, Print Managing Editor January 14, 2023

Coming off of a dominant win over cross-town rival City High Jan. 8, the girls basketball team was ready for a battle against the Cedar Falls Tigers Jan. 13. With a four-game win streak coming into the...

The Trojans and Little Hawks shake hands after the girls game on Jan 8, 2023

Trojans take on the Little Hawks in double-header

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor January 10, 2023

Girls dominate the Little Hawks The girls were up first against the Little Hawks. After an exciting one-point win against 2022 3A state champion Xavier on Thursday night, the Trojans were excited to bring...

The team and their coaches, Kayla Drow and Maddy Floss 18, pose in front after competing their pom routine.

Road to Nationals: Dance team takes on UDA regionals

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor January 9, 2023

The West High dance team competed this past weekend at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Regionals held in the Mall of America. As the team had already qualified for UDA Nationals this past summer...

New place, same game

New place, same game

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor December 20, 2022

To the American high schooler, attending a traditional American public high school filled with student sections, sports teams and spirit week was always on the agenda. For senior Nomi Wang, packing up...

Senior Keiko Ono-Fullard stares down a Linn-Mar player at the game on Friday, Dec. 16.

Trojans take on Linn-Mar in double-header

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor December 17, 2022

Name, Image and Likeness allow collegiate athletes to gain profit off of partnerships with brands and companies.

A fatal balancing act: New power adds pressure to stressed college athletes

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor December 8, 2022

Student-athletes are tasked with managing a complex and demanding schedule: balancing practices, class work, and physical therapy, along with maintaining their sleep, fitness, and diet. We see them almost...

The West High Dance team hits the ending position for their pom routine that placed fourth.

Road to regionals: recapping dance team state

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor December 7, 2022

The state dance team competition was held at Wells Fargo arena, dance teams from across the state compete against schools of similar size for state titles. West High moved up this year in a school-size...

Dillon Croco 24 honors Owen Skelley with his swim cap

Trojan Bolts dominate in first meet of the season

Gianna Liu and Marie Stier December 2, 2022

The Varsity 200 medley relay started the first meet off strong. Max Gerke '24, Winston Fan '26, Holden Carter '24 and Ian Caballero '23 took first place, followed by Matthew Staber '23, Josh Trent '25,...

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