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Boys swimming team finishes undefeated dual season with win over City High

Luke Nichols '21 swims in the 100-yard butterfly against City on Jan. 21.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2020

Step one: completed. After a seventh-place finish at the state meet last year, the Trojan Bolts have set themselves up for another year of success with the help of senior leaders James Pinter and Izaak Hajek. To finish their dual season undefeated with nine commanding wins was step one on the road...

No cap recap: Barker wrestlers

Ashton Barker '21 tries to turn his opponent during his match at 182 pounds. Barker pinned Hempstead's Andrew Hefel '20 in 1:08.

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

January 19, 2020

It's a good time to be a West High sports fan. The boys basketball team is currently on a four-game winning streak while the girls basketball team is looking for their third straight win on Monday, Jan. 20 at Linn-Mar. The boys wrestling team defeated Muscatine and Liberty in their latest meet whil...

The progression of the girls’ wrestling team

Mayowa Dokun '22 is exhausted, but holds her hand up in victory after her first win of her wrestling career.

Maddy Smith, Photographer, Yearbook Student Life editor

January 18, 2020

The addition of the girls’ team to the wrestling program had been in the air for a while, with student polls being sent out throughout the 2018-19 school year. It was questionable whether it would happen or not, due to lack of response and how new the idea was. On Dec. 3, 2019, history was made at W...

Boys wrestling team beats Muscatine, Liberty in triangular meet

Parker McBride '22 pins his Liberty opponent at 120 pounds on Jan. 16.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

January 16, 2020

The boys wrestling team defeated Muscatine 50-24 behind two major decisions from Ashton Barker '21 and Graham Gambrall '21. After dropping the first two matches, Barker got the team on the board with a lengthy match at 170 pounds that featured plenty of reversal points on both sides. Barker held of...

Women of Troy crush Waterloo East 71-28

Matayia Tellis '21 dribbles the ball down the court on Jan. 15.

Camille Gretter, WSS Intern

January 15, 2020

Following their previous win against Dubuque Hempstead, the girls basketball team took another victory against the Waterloo East High Trojans. The team kept a steady lead throughout the game, and finished it off with a final score of 71-28. This is the team’s fifth win of the season, and second win of the ...

Boys basketball knocks off highly-ranked Dubuque Hempstead

Students and players storm the court after beating Dubuque Hempstead on Jan. 7.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2020

Call it a comeback. With one of the best atmospheres yet this year it was only right for the Trojans to find a way to escape the floor with a win. Without starters Marcus Morgan '21 (11.8 ppg) and Nick Pepin '20 (8.8 ppg) the boys basketball team scrapped and fought to beat number two ranked Dubuque ...

Beneath the surface

Jordan Christensen '22 is congratulated by his teammates after breaking the 100-yard breaststroke school record in a time of 58.97 seconds during a dual swim meet against Linn-Mar on Dec. 17.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

December 27, 2019

Imagine if all five players on the basketball team were shooting at a different basket, or a soccer match with 11 different goals. Unlike cooperative team sports like volleyball or football, swimming uses a collection of individuals, each competing independently, to accomplish a common goal. Each swimmer ra...

Wrestling with stereotypes

Amelia Stevens '23 and Emily Elizalde 
'23 joined West High's first girls wrestling team, gearing up with their game faces.

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

December 23, 2019

At first glance, wrestling mats might look soft. That's what people thought about female wrestlers. But if you take a closer look, both are extremely tough. It took decades of dodging stereotypes and doubters for girls to settle into the wrestling room. Forty years ago, female wrestlers took these ste...

No cap recap: Pleasant surprises and biggest questions of the winter sports season

No Cap Recap is a sports podcast with sports editors Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad. This episode looks at the first few weeks in West High winter sports and offers some insightful takeaways from the team's early matchups.

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

December 23, 2019

On this episode of No Cap Recap, sports editors Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad discuss the last few weeks in West High sporting events and provide insight into the wins and losses that have made up the winter sports season so far. Stick around to hear both Goodman and Aanestad give their 'pleasant surprise' of the winter sports season as ...

Recruiting Trail with Will Hoeft

Will Hoeft '20 tries to keep City High's Joe Ring '19 from escaping on Thursday, Jan. 3. Hoeft pinned Ring in 45 seconds.

Joe Goodman and Tosh Klever

December 20, 2019

The Recruiting Trail gets its first official commitment in its third episode featuring four-year varsity wrestler Will Hoeft '20. Throughout high school, Hoeft has seen interest from schools such as the University of Chicago and New York University in addition to local Iowa colleges as well. Hoeft is p...

Boys swim team makes a statement in dual win over Linn-Mar

Jordan Christensen '22 cheers on the Trojan Bolts during a dual swim meet against Linn-Mar on Dec. 17.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

December 17, 2019

For many returning varsity swimmers, this dual meet against Linn-Mar was circled in red. Last season the Trojan Bolts faced the Lions on five different occasions with wins in all four except at the state meet; it seems the Trojan Bolts got their revenge, as West High took down Linn-Mar 119-51 in a dual...

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