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Athletes should not have to compete during the holidays regardless of their professional or amateur status.

Competing in the cold

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor December 20, 2023

As the winter holidays approach, many families — including mine — look forward to watching sports, from football to college basketball, on their days off. It’s easy to get swept up in the luxury...

Harper Chase 25 gets her hand raised after pinning her opponent.

Lady Trojans wrestling finishes with 3 top 3 finishes at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Helen Orszula, Artist, Designer December 19, 2023

The West girls wrestling team was one of eight teams competing at the second annual Kennedy Girls Wrestling Invite Dec. 11. The top finisher of the night was Peyten Van Dyke ’27, earning first place...

Elle Barnett ’25, Alyson Skala ’24, Grace Fincham ’26 and Lucy Wolf ’24 celebrate their 50-42 victory against Liberty.

Trojans basketball dominates against Liberty in double-header

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor December 13, 2023

Girls basketball The Trojan Fight Song fills the air at Xtream Arena on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Filled with a pep band, Hector the mascot, cheerleaders, baton twirlers, parents, students and coaches, the girls...

A group of varsity runners start their long run on a Monday afternoon. Although its currently light out, the sun will be completely down by the time they get back.

A week at West: winter conditioning

Henry Timmer-Hackert, Print Assistant Opinion Editor December 12, 2023

When temperatures cool and snow starts falling, most high school students retreat to their houses to take out warm drinks and cozy blankets. The thought of being out in the cold seems far away, with the...

Dylan Colleran 26 attempts to turn his opponent on his back Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque.

Girls and boys wrestling compete in their first home dual of the season

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor December 11, 2023

Girls fall to Western Dubuque The girls wrestling team had their first home dual of the season Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque. Lila Bihun ’27 started off the night at 125. Her opponent got a few...

Ethan Landon 27 swims the last stretch of the 100-yard Breast Stroke.

Trojan Bolts fall to Cedar Falls in home opener

Gianna Liu and Marie Stier December 7, 2023

The Trojan-Bolts returned to the pool after last year’s 18-6 season and took eighth place at the 2022-2023 season state meet. Last week, in their season opener, the Trojan-Bolts defeated Cedar...

The West High Dance team poses right before competing their lyrical routine.

Dance team places in top ten at state

Maddy Cook, Reporter December 5, 2023

Last Friday the West Dance team competed at the ISDTA state competition at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy Vee Hall  in Des Moines. West competed against many top teams in the state including Linn- Mar, Waukee...

Since 2007, Sheila Stiles has been West Highs athletic trainer.

Training with style

Lilly Graham, Print Managing Editor November 20, 2023

As a four-sport athlete at Boyden-Hull High School in northwestern Iowa, Sheila Stiles had no idea what athletic training was. In fact, her school didn’t even have a weight room. The only space dedicated...

Ahmed Mohammed 24 talks about having a diverse set of interests and how it impacts his life.

Hobby duality

Mrudani Ramkumar, Print News Editor November 17, 2023

Bright lights shine down on the football field as players run onto the wet grass. Energy radiates through the stands, and the sound of the band warming up fills the atmosphere. Amidst the chaos, Ahmed...

No Cap Recap is a sports podcast with sports editor Yaya Orszula and staffer Anna Gibson.

No cap recap: fall sports in the review mirror

Yaya Orszula and Anna Gibson November 16, 2023

As the ground begins to freeze and days get darker and darker earlier at night, the West High athletic teams finished out a terrific fall season, complete with MVC championships and state meet births. Results: Boys...

Peyten Van Dyke 27 attempts an arm bar against her opponent Nov. 14 at the Little Hawk Invitational.

Trojans reach the podium in first girls wrestling meet of the season

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor November 16, 2023

The West High girls wrestling team traveled across town to rival City High for a tournament Nov. 14. In the first meet of the season, several returners made statements while newcomers shined as well. Junior...

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