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The student news source of Iowa City West High

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Ethan Titus 22 has been a member of CrossFit Kilo 2 since 2018 and hopes to continue after high school.

Crossing the limits

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 11, 2022

One step into Iowa City’s CrossFit Kilo 2 and all you can hear is Eminem’s ’Till I Collapse, barbells rattling, stationary bikes roaring and sweat hitting the floor as it drips off of everyone's...

Moustafa Tiea 25 runs at the UNI-Dome during the Dickinson Relays on March 8.

Rising star: Moustafa Tiea ’25

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor April 7, 2022

West Side Story: What made you first want to do track and cross country? Moustafa Tiea '25: When I was a kid, in like second grade we would have these races and I would do really well. We would also...

As March begins winding up, so do West Highs spring athletics.

Spring sports preview

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor March 11, 2022

With the second trimester coming to a close and the last trimester of the year starting, we know spring is coming. The melting of the snow and the longer days can only mean one thing, spring sports are...

Christian Barnes 22 reacts as he makes his way off the court for the final time as a Trojan after the substate semifinal against Burlington on Feb. 25.

Trojans struggle in substate semifinal against Burlington

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 26, 2022

Riding their longest losing streak of the season the boys basketball team came into the substate semifinal game in desperate need of some confidence if they wanted to keep their hopes up for a trip to...

Alex McKane 22 and Seth Cheney 23 try to separate from the crowd at the start of the 3200-meter race at the Class 4A district track and field meet on May 13.

Boys track and field preview

Barry Diallo, Sports Reporter February 23, 2022

A premature ending to the 2020 outdoor track season was a major setback for success throughout the 2021 season. Seniors Alex McKane and Caden Noeller, both state qualifiers, along with newcomer Asher...

Keiko Ono-Fullard 23 pushes the ball up the floor against Cedar Falls in the regional semifinal on Feb. 19.

Girls basketball takes control of Cedar Falls in regional semifinal

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief February 19, 2022

BJ Mayer and the girls basketball team had a chance to do what they do best on Feb. 19 against Cedar Falls: win in the postseason. The Trojans faced off with the Tigers in the Class 5A Region 8 semifinal...

Pete Moe 22 gets fouled on his way to the hoop against Western Dubuque on Feb. 17.

Boys basketball falls short in their regular-season finale

Krisha Kapoor , Print Co-Editor-In-Chief February 18, 2022

After honoring seniors Noah DeSaulniers, Pete Moe, Christian Barnes and John Conrads, the boys final regular-season game tipped off.  The Trojans had a quick start with three from Jacob Koch ’24,...

 Max Gerke 24 dives into the pool to start the 500 freestyle state final on Feb. 12.

Trojan Bolts place second at state

Hanah Kitamoto and Heidi Du February 12, 2022

With seven seniors on the state team roster, the Trojan Bolt swim team headed to the state meet in hopes of making it the most memorable season finale yet. In the first event of the meet, the 200 medley...

Jacob Koch 23 attempts a three pointer from the wing against Jefferson on Feb. 8.

Boys basketball gets back on track with win over Jefferson

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 9, 2022

After picking up back to back conference losses Steve Bergman's boys basketball team was in despite need of a win as they faced off with Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Feb. 8. The Trojans improved to 14-5...

Drake Davis 22 shakes his opponents hand before wrestling during a dual meet against Waterloo West on Feb. 3.

Boys wrestling takes down Waterloo West

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 3, 2022

After placing second as a team at the Mississippi Valley Conference meet this past Saturday the boys wrestling team was back in action at home for the last time this season to celebrate senior night and...

West High athletes weigh in on the underappreciation and oversexualization of girls sports.

Equal footing

Heidi Du, Krisha Kapoor, and Lily Prochaska January 24, 2022

It is the final meet of the season — hundreds of hours dedicated to a three-minute race that determines whether her team takes home the state title. A disqualification in the form of a false start or...

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