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West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The boys swim team placed third at the Iowa high school state swim meet in Marion on Feb. 13. The team finished with 208.5 points.

Boys swimming places third at state

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief February 13, 2021

Different pool. New team. Same goal. With the state meet moved to Linn-Mar due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, and many teams experiencing unpredictable...

Parker McBride 22 flexes after winning the district championship at 120 pounds on Feb. 13.

Trojans send 8 wrestlers to state

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 13, 2021

For the second year in a row, Athletic Director Craig Huegel and the boys wrestling team welcomed area schools to the West High gym for the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 3A District 5 wrestling...

Guard Christian Barnes 22 pushes the ball up the floor past his defender against Kennedy on Feb. 11.

Missed free throws cost Trojans the win against Kennedy

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 12, 2021

Coming off their first conference win of the year against Jefferson on Tuesday, the boys basketball team was looking to turn around their shortened season tonight in another Mississippi Valley Conference...

Kareem Earl 24 is the latest shining star on the Trojan boys basketball team.

Rising star: Kareem Earl ’24

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief February 10, 2021

West Side Story: When did you start playing basketball?  Kareem Earl: I started playing basketball when I was 3 years old. My dad used to coach and train other basketball players so I was always with...

Starters huddle before tip-off against Fort Madison on Feb. 6.

Trojans keep win streak alive with victory over Fort Madison

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 6, 2021

After not being able to practice or compete for two weeks, BJ Mayer and the girls basketball team faced off in a non-conference affair with talented 4A favorite Fort Madison (14-1). Mayer's squad didn't...

With limited amounts of fans in person some of this years proudest Trojan supporters have moved their cheers online while watching the livestream from home.

The rise of livestreams

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

Bringing sports back to West High has been one of the most challenging things the athletic department has had to deal with over the past several years. In hopes of keeping athletes, coaches, and fans safe,...

Pete Moe 22 calls for the ball on an inbounds play against Xavier on Jan. 29.

Boys basketball falls in rematch against Xavier

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 30, 2021

In the first game back after a two-week shutdown for the boys basketball team, the Trojans struggled to lock into their first game back against Xavier and fell short against the Saints 40-47 on Jan. 29. Xavier...

Phoebe Burt 21 looks to drive her opponent downward during her final match Jan. 23.

Girls wrestling competes at third annual state tournament

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 24, 2021

Four hundred and fifty-seven wrestlers. That's nearly five times the number of wrestlers that competed in the first state wrestling tournament back in 2019, and the number has been growing ever since....

Matayia Tellis 21 looks to pass Jan. 22.

Trojans prevail in close game against City

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 23, 2021

Every January BJ Mayer's squad faces the Little Hawks for what has become some of the best basketball in the state over the years. The Trojans have been able to steal only two out of the last five matchups,...

After a hard fought battle by Junior Brett Pelfrey in overtime, coaches cheer with excitement for the victory against Hempstead on Jan. 21.

Trojans drop dual meet to Hempstead despite four pins

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 22, 2021

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no secret that wrestling is by far one of the hardest sports to social distance. Only a couple of days into their season the Trojan wrestling program found themselves...

Andy Luo 22 swims in the 100 butterfly during a dual meet against Cedar Rapids Washington on Jan. 14.

Trojan Bolts show off young talent on senior night

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 14, 2021

Coming off another dual meet win at Linn-Mar just two days ago, Byron Butler's squad was looking for more as they hosted Cedar Rapids Washington at the Coralville Rec Center Jan. 14. The boys swim team...

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