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Juniors Ryne Vander Leest, Ryan Goodman and Owen Larson pose for a photo before recording a podcast on Dec. 14.

No cap recap: ‘West High Court Report’

Owen Aanestad and Barry Diallo December 15, 2021

On this episode of the No Cap Recap… Juniors Owen Larson, Ryne Vander Leest and Ryan Goodman have started to make a name for themselves with their very own podcast "West High Court Report" where...

Dillon Croco 24 swims in the 400 yard freestyle relay during a dual meet against Waterloo on Dec. 14.

Boys swimming team cruises past Waterloo

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 15, 2021

The boys swim team placed third at the state meet last season after battling COVID-19 regulations and a five-week hiatus. A new season is underway for Head Coach Byron Butler's squad and the goal remains...

Pete Moe 22 slams home a one-handed dunk against cross-town rival Liberty on Dec. 10.

Basketball teams sweep cross-town rival Liberty

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 11, 2021

Jade Ritchey 22 releases her ball down during the last qame of the meet.

Trojan bowling teams take on rival City High in Battle for the Pins

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor December 11, 2021

Colonial Lanes was packed full of bowling fans on Dec. 10 as the bowling teams from West took on their rival City High in the annual Battle for the Pins. Both the boys and girls teams played some intense...

Justin Avila 25 fights for position during a dual meet against Dubuque Senior on Dec. 9.

Boys wrestling dominates Dubuque Senior in home opening dual

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 10, 2021

Only 24 hours after losing former West High wrestling coach and national champion wrestler Mark Reiland the boys wrestling team honored him in the best way possible, with a win. The Trojans dominated the...

Coach Mark Reiland with Nelson Brands 18 and Francis Duggan 18 at the 2018 Wrestling State Championship. Both Brands and Duggan won titles.

Former wrestling coach Mark Reiland passes away at 52

Camille Gretter, Online Editor-In-Chief December 9, 2021

Hawkeye and Trojan wrestling faced a tough loss on the evening of Dec. 8 when the passing of Coach Mark Reiland was announced. Reiland is a wrestling legend at the University of Iowa and brought his expertise...

Lucy Wolf 24 eyes the ball as she settles in on defense against Cedar Rapids Washington on Dec. 3.

Trojans improve to 2-0 with win over Cedar Rapids Washington

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

Only two games into the season BJ Mayer's Trojans have faced what some people would say is their greatest weakness this season: the post. After facing Bishop Garrigan's Audi Crooks '23 and future Hawkeye...

The Trojans cheer for teammate Abdelrahman Abdalla 23.

Boys basketball shows promise in season opener

Camille Gretter, Online Editor-In-Chief November 30, 2021

The Trojans had nothing short of a show-stopping performance against Davenport West. With promising talent from young players, the boys basketball team proved that this is only the beginning of their success....

Carolyn Pierce 23 aims to shoot as the opposing team attempts to shut her down.

Girls basketball 2021-2022 season preview

Zoe Smith and Maddy Smith November 22, 2021

Last year’s sports seasons were like no other and brought unprecedented challenges. Now, as COVID-19 numbers become more manageable, athletes are hoping for a normal season. With players coming out of...

West High athletes Olivia Taeger, Caden Noeller and Noah DeSaulniers compete in their sports.


Miguel Cohen Suarez and Lily Prochaska November 22, 2021

Friday night lights can be deceiving. Packed stands, painted chests and an overwhelming sense of school spirit aren’t part of the experience for many West High sports teams—even the most successful....

According to pediatricians athletes and people in general under the age of 18 should avoid performance-enhancing supplements like creatine.

Fueling the fight

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief November 18, 2021

In this day and age, being a high school athlete is easier said than done. They squat over 300 pounds, run just over four-minute miles and are recognized nationwide for their work in the classroom. From...

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