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Max Gerke 24 holds up the peace sign before the 100-yard Butterfly at the IHSAA State Championships Feb. 9.

Trojan Bolts break a state record and place 5th at State

Gianna Liu, Print Sports and Photo Editor February 13, 2024

The Trojan Bolts boys are back on home ground, competing at the CRWC for the 2024 State Championship swim meet. After scoring 136 points and placing 8th place last season, the swimmers are ready for another...

The West High Dance Team smiles for a picture after making it to the final round at UDA Nationals.

West High Dance Team places in top twenty at UDA national competition in Orlando Florida

Maddy Cook, Reporter February 11, 2024

  After a very successful season, the West High Dance team ended their season with even more success, making finals at the UDA high school national competition. UDA nationals has three rounds,...

Carston Guess follows through after hitting his mark, finishing with a 437 series.

West High Bowling Teams take home the King Pin against City High

Samuel Rosenthal, Podcaster and Reporter February 11, 2024

This year marked the 22nd year of the annual fight for the King and Queen Pin against City High at Colonial Lanes. On Feb. 9, West High faced City while also celebrating its last regular meet of the season...

Kareem Earl 24 goes up for a dunk after escaping with the ball from the Cougar offense during the game on Feb. 6, 2024.

Photos: boys basketball falls to Kennedy

Zoe Smith, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2024

The West High gym was home to another intense basketball game last night. The stands were packed on Tuesday night with students sporting Hawaiian shirts and leis for "beach-out". The Cougars are currently...

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...

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