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Season of changes: A recap of the 2018 West/Liberty girls swim and dive season

Season of changes: A recap of the 2018 West/Liberty girls swim and dive season

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Swimming

The class of 2018 brought a lot of talent to the West/Liberty High girls swim team, contributing largely to the varsity team’s undefeated dual meet season and ultimate eighth-place finish at the state meet last November. Their inevitable departure raised questions for head coach Byron Butler about t...

Staying afloat

Staying afloat

Alex Carlon, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Swimming

While most students spend their high school years hanging out with friends, stressing over assignments and trying new activities, Aurora Roghair ’21 has spent a majority of hers somewhere completely different: underwater. For as long as she can remember, Roghair has been a swimmer. Ever since a frightening pool incident led her parents to enroll her in s...

WSS staffers learn how to play volleyball

WSS staffers learn how to play volleyball

Grace Christopher, Broadcast Managing Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Video, Video, Volleyball

This year members of the sports coverage team on the WSS staff decided to learn how to play different sports at West High. They want to know how hard these sports actually are. The first sport they learned was volleyball; check out the video below to see how it went. ...

West to rematch Bettendorf

West to rematch Bettendorf

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

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports

After defeating City High 54-13 last week, the Trojans came into the first round of playoffs on a seven game winning streak. Will Hoeft '20 started the night off with a touchdown for the Trojans and Landon Green '19 added another touchdown at the end of the first quarter, making it 14-0 West. Cedar Rapids Kennedy fought ba...

Diving into a new sport

Diving into a new sport

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 25, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Profiles, Showcase, Swimming

The silence of an entire room weighs down across the pool. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the dive to be executed. Once the diver’s head breaks the surface, her team roars in approval of the feat. It may look seamlessly simple at first glance, but Austyn Goodale ‘20 did not always find it so...

West keeps the boot

West keeps the boot

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

October 20, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Football, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports

Trojan Field hosted the annual Battle of the Boot football game against City High. It was a busy night for the Trojans as they honored the senior football and cheer members. The Little Hawks challenged the Trojans early in the game by scoring the first touchdown in the first quarter. The Trojan...

West volleyball season over, Kennedy advances

West volleyball season over, Kennedy advances

Alyssa Skala, Photographer

October 18, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Volleyball

West volleyball battled Kennedy in the first qualifying round for the state tournament at Kennedy High School. West lost with a score of 1-3. ...

West topples Muscatine to become district champs

West topples Muscatine to become district champs

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

October 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports

The night began with a recognition for the Homecoming Court and seniors in band. Marcus Morgan '20 set the pace of the game by throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Gaudet '19 in the first 30 seconds of the game. Muscatine gave up a safety to add three points to the Trojan's score. Muscatine...

West sweeps Davenport North

West sweeps Davenport North

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

October 5, 2018


Filed under Football, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports

Owen McAreavy ‘19 set the pace by scoring the first touchdown of the night during the first quarter. Peter Breitbach ‘19, Jalen Gaudet ‘19 and Landon Green ‘19 all added touchdowns during the second quarter making it 28-0 for West going into the second half. Tate Crane ‘20 caught a 33 yard...

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