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West faces City in dual meet

West faces City in dual meet

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

January 4, 2019


Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

The fans were loud as West High and City High battled their crosstown rival in a dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 3. West fought hard, but ultimately fell to City with a final team score of 28-49. Will Hoeft '20, Landon Green '19, Parker McBride '22, Hunter Garvin '22 and Graham Gambrall '21 all won the...

A second chance

A second chance

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

December 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Swimming

The smell of chlorine hits him as he walks into the recreation center’s pool area. The lights are dim and the pool deck is empty besides him and his brother. The only sound in the building is the water lapping at the sides of the pool. He jumps in and begins another individual practice. The personal...

WSS staffers try cross country

WSS staffers try cross country

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 23, 2018


Filed under Cross Country, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Video

With help from the Iowa City West varsity girls cross country team, WSS staffers attempt to run cross country. To see how they did, check out the video below. 

Swimming into a different state

Swimming into a different state

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Profiles Editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Sports, Swimming

James Pinter '20 has been in pools since he was seven years old. This may be due to his family having no shortage of swimmers with his mom, Sheila Pinter, who was a national champion, and his three siblings who also swim competitively. Along with beginning at an early age, Pinter plans on continuing...

West defeats Grand View Christian

West defeats Grand View Christian

Alyssa Skala, Photographer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The West High Trojans hosted Grand View Christian High School on Saturday, Dec. 1. West's boys basketball team took their second win in a row this past weekend with a score of 64-54. During the game, Patrick McCaffery '19 reached over 1,000 points thus far in high school career. The next game is on...

WSS staffers learn how to play football

WSS staffers learn how to play football

Grace Christopher, Broadcast Managing Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports, Video

The second sport the WSS sports coverage team tried this year was football. Since they wouldn't try tackle football for safety reasons, they played two-touch football instead. Check out the video below to see how they did. ...

Wrestling room renovations complete

Wrestling room renovations complete

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

Just in time for wrestling season. A sizeable undertaking in itself, renovating the wrestling room was no simple feat. The project began near the beginning of the school year and concluded before the winter sports season began. Nate Moore, now in his first year as head coach following the resignation of longti...

West wins tight game

West wins tight game

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

For Audrey Koch '21, it can be considered a breakthrough performance. Just a sophomore, Koch led the defending state champions to victory against Cedar Rapids Prairie, scoring a total of 23 points. "Going into the game, my goal was to be more aggressive," Koch said. "It was exciting to lead in scor...

Silent tradition

Silent tradition

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Football, Sports

The rules are simple: be completely silent. No audible conversations. No getting up and walking around. Just sit, relax and take a few minutes to get a clear head and prepare for the night. This is what head football coach Garrett Hartwig expects for 15 minutes. This allotted time, deemed “quiet time,...

Rising star: Matayia Tellis ’21

Rising star: Matayia Tellis ’21

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

November 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

West Side Story: Why did you start playing sports? Matayia Tellis: I started to play sports because it brought me out to more people. I did it to basically meet new people and communicate. WSS: Which of the sports that you play is your favorite and why? MT: As of right now, basketball. [It...

Rumbling into a new era

Rumbling into a new era

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

Being criticized for going against the status quo didn’t come as a shock to either Hunter Kopf  ’19 or Keshawn Shaw ’19, seeing as they are the only males on the West High cheer team. “First, [people] were saying I was gay for joining [cheerleading]. I was like, ‘No, I’m not,’...

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