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West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

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Makenna Vonderhaar 22 gets past her defender as she looks to pass against Ankeny on April 6.

Girls soccer falls to Ankeny in penalty kicks

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor April 7, 2021

The girls soccer team is back in action after losing last season to COVID-19. Head Coach Dave Rosenthal led the team through a long and hard battle as they faced 2019 state champions, Ankeny. Both teams...

West High athletes reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the past year in sports.

Spring sports: A year later

Thayer Abu-Hijleh, Reporter April 3, 2021

A little over a year ago, in the infancy of the coronavirus pandemic, spring-sport athletes waited restlessly for news on their long-awaited seasons. Many had been training rigorously for months in preparation,...

Miguel Cohen Suarez 22 takes a shot after getting past his defender against Ankeny Centennial on April 3 during the Iowa City West Classic.

Boys soccer goes 2-0 in season openers

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 3, 2021

The weather couldn't have been any better for the boys soccer team and their first game back in over a year on beloved Ed Barker Field. Sixty-five degrees and sunny was the perfect temperature for goals...

Ella Woods 22 glides over the hurdle while competing in the 100-meter hurdles during the Iowa City West Invitational on March 30.

Girls track and field team returns after year off

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief March 30, 2021

The girls track and field team, who watched their season fall victim to the pandemic last year, finally had a chance to run, throw and jump once again at the Iowa City West Invitational this afternoon....

Pete Moe 22 drives past his defender into the lane against Cedar Rapids Washington on Feb. 16.

Let the countdown begin

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief March 26, 2021

As one of the most unusual high school basketball seasons wraps up with all-state honors and season reviews, just one part of this year's season felt reminiscent of years past: the absence of a shot clock...

Audrey Koch 21 drives into the lane looking to score during the state semifinal game against Johnston on March 4.

Girls basketball’s season comes to an end in state semifinals

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief March 4, 2021

After taking down Waterloo West on Monday, the sixth-seeded girls basketball team faced off against the Dragons of Johnston for a trip to the state championship. The last time BJ Mayer and the Trojans...

Meena Tate 23 drives into the lane during the state quarterfinal game against Waterloo West on March 1.

Trojans surpass Wahawks in state quarterfinals

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief March 2, 2021

After a regular season filled with uncertainty, BJ Mayer and the girls basketball team came into their seventh state tournament appearance as a team looking for something more than a win: revenge. Coming...

Despite progress made toward the inclusion of transgender and non-binary athletes in high school sports, challenges and stigmas are still prevalent in athletic programs throughout the state.

Beyond the binary

Hanah Kitamoto and Caroline Mascardo February 26, 2021

In the world of sports, there’s no in between.  The ball is either in or out. You make the shot or miss it. You win or lose. Even the way sports teams are categorized is firmly rooted in the binary:...

Steve Bergman’s squad is filled with former Hawkeyes sons, including Jeff and Pete Moe. The father-son duo is keeping the Moe legacy alive after moving back to Iowa City this fall.

Moe legacy lives on in Iowa City

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 24, 2021

Six foot nine Pete Moe ‘22 is easy to spot in the hallways, regardless of the recently crowded West High halls. Knowing almost no one beyond his new teammates on the basketball court, Moe found himself...

The girls basketball team poses for a picture after beating Davenport North and advancing to the state quarterfinals on Feb. 23.

Girls basketball punches ticket to state tournament

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 24, 2021

Wells Fargo Arena bound. For the first time since 2018 after winning the 5A state championship, BJ Mayer and the girls basketball team are headed back to Des Moines for the state basketball tournament...

After stepping off the court or getting out of the pool, being unsatisfied with a performance is difficult to overcome for athletes. Learning how to handle these off days is what separates novice athletes from the elite.


Camille Gretter and Alaina Greenlee February 19, 2021

When parents first sign their children up for a recreational soccer league or for tennis lessons, kids probably don't think of it as much more than an activity that takes up a couple of hours of their...

Pete Moe 22 goes up for a layup against Cedar Rapids Washington on Feb. 16.

Boys basketball comes up short against Washington

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 17, 2021

Coming off one of their biggest wins of the year on Saturday against a highly ranked Liberty team, the Trojans were looking to stay hot and come up with a win at home against the 11-7 Warriors. Cedar...

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