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Sisters in swimming

Sisters in swimming

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Co-copy editor and entertainment editor

September 29, 2019

Three short whistles pierce through the chatter of swimmers and spectators, eight swimmers make last-minute adjustments to their caps and goggles before they step onto the blocks at the sound of one long whistle. When the announcer says “take your marks” heads lower to face the water beneath in an...

Defense responds for Trojans’ first win of season

Defense responds for Trojans’ first win of season

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

September 27, 2019

It was worth the wait. Head coach Garrett Hartwig and his young squad had to wait until week five for their first win of the season, but they certainly made the most of the rough conditions Friday night. The Trojans collected themselves after a 7-0 deficit to run up 24 straight points, including...

Trojan Bolts continue win streak against City

Trojan Bolts continue win streak against City

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

September 25, 2019

Many girls on the West, Liberty and City swimming teams swim for the Iowa Flyers Swim Club and are usually seen under the same cap. However, the rivalry remained heated as some club teammates faced each other as opponents last night in the West vs. City dual meet last night. The swim team carried...

Gridiron Girls: West’s female linemen

Gridiron Girls: West’s female linemen

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

September 24, 2019

What began as a normal school lifting class became an opportunity for two girls to participate in one of the United States’ most male-dominated school sports.  Without schedule flexibility for other lifting classes, Phoebe Burt '21 and Salima Omari '20 were told to lift with the football b...

Football team loses to Rams 23-21

Football team loses to Rams 23-21

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

September 21, 2019

Last week, the Trojans lost to the Southeast Polk Rams 23-21. This week, the team dropped their fourth straight game, to the Dubuque Senior Rams, by the same score they suffered last week. The offense sputtered early on, failing to convert first downs in the first half. After Morgan found Gr...

Pedaling through life

Pedaling through life

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

September 20, 2019

Although West High seems to have no shortage of sports to offer, there is one that does not make the list. Competitive cycling. While cycling is not available for athletes to participate in at West, there are options for those who are interested. Awelu Abdalla ‘20, Devon Skyles ‘20  and Victor K...

Gold out for a cure

Gold out for a cure

Misha Canin, Reporter

September 18, 2019

Excitement lingers over the crowd. A rambunctious group of highschoolers decked out in gold attire bang on the rickety metal bleachers of the student section. West High Dance Marathon members hand out gold balloons to the spectators. The cheerleaders rev up the crowd with a cheer, “FTK, FTK, FTK” ec...

Trojan Bolts fly past Golden Eagles in home swim meet

Trojan Bolts fly past Golden Eagles in home swim meet

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

September 18, 2019

Head girls swim coach Byron Butler has managed to merge two schools into one of the most successful swimming programs in the state this fall. The Trojan Bolts feature a mix of athletes from both West and Liberty High School. Even their logo, a green 'W' with a lightning bolt through it, displays a...

Please stop extending Gary Barta

Please stop extending Gary Barta

Jack Harris, Reporter and Film Critic

September 16, 2019

Gary Barta was hired as the new athletic director (AD) for the University of Iowa on Aug. 1, 2006. On Aug. 7, 2019 the University gave him a $3.35 million extension to keep him at the University until at least 2024. Why the University would do this is incomprehensible, considering that you can make a very ...

An uphill battle

An uphill battle

Abby McKeone, Reporter and Graphics Editor

September 16, 2019

They walk in unison to the open field, all singing the Trojan cross country song. The girls line up and cramp together as tightly as possible. They try to suppress the feeling of anxiety and focus on staying calm. For Emma Kearney ‘21,  the pressure to remain level-headed is greater than most ...

Meet the boys golf captains

Meet the boys golf captains

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

September 15, 2019

The Trojan golf team is all about having fun. In golf, where failure is commonplace and perfection is elusive, being able to stay positive after mistakes is as beneficial as any great drive or putt. Head coach Don Bristow entered his 17th season leading the West High golf team this year and has...

Trojans show grit, resiliency in 23-21 loss to SEP

Trojans show grit, resiliency in 23-21 loss to SEP

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

September 14, 2019

The Trojans may not have walked out of Pleasant Hill with a win, but they can certainly walk out of Friday's loss against Southeast Polk with pride. The football team lost to Southeast Polk 23-21 on Sept. 13, despite 14 catches from Grahm Goering '21, strong defensive plays from Mason Applegate '22...

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