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Melae Lacy 24 and Helen Penning 24 jump to block a ball against Waterloo West Sept. 12.

West volleyball competes in Xtream Arena for the first time

Marie Stier and Anna Song September 17, 2023

For the first time since it was built in 2020, West High volleyball competed at the Xtream Arena against Waterloo West in a close game, winning 3-2. West lost the first set 13-25, but returned with...

Rowan Russel 26 hurdles into her fifth dive of the meet on Sept. 13.

Diving a little deeper

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor September 15, 2023

The West High Girls Swimming and Diving Team is well known for their numerous awards in swimming meets, state champions and even Olympic trials. Nonetheless, a small group competes at a high standard...

The Trojan football team runs out to the field Sept. 8 against Muscatine.

Football team shows offensive power in win over Muscatine

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor September 13, 2023

On a clear night with temperatures in the mid-70s, the Trojans were ready to play some football against the Muscatine Muskies Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. West won with ease, securing a 42-20 win. Muscatine...

Gianna Liu 25 reaches to return the ball over the net during a point against Mid-Prarie Sep. 9.

West volleyball hosts annual Live Like Line Tournament

Marie Stier and Anna Song September 12, 2023

The 2018 movie "The Miracle Season" first introduced the world to Caroline Found’s legacy, but for West’s volleyball team, Found’s legacy has been motivating the Trojans since 2010 after her...

West High cheerleaders perform a cheer during the second half to keep the crowd excited.

Let’s get fired up

Grace Bartlett, Reporter September 8, 2023

The Iowa City West Cheer team traveled to Urbandale for the first away football game of the season on Sep. 1. The team showed off many new dances, cheers, and stunts to keep the crowd excited and entertained....

The Trojan team celebrates after Elle Barnett25 digs up a ball against Western Dubuque.

Volleyball wins first home game of the season

Gianna Liu, Print Sports and Photo Editor August 31, 2023

The excitement in the air is electric as the light dims for the season’s starting line-up. With a majority of the varsity team graduating last season, senior players Emma Stammeyer '24 and Melae Lacy...

The cross country teams travelled to Ashton Cross Country Course to participate in the Trojan Early Bird meet Aug. 28.

Cross country teams take on Ashton

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor August 31, 2023

The boys and girls cross country teams crossed the street to compete in the Trojan Early Bird meet Aug. 28 at Ashton Cross Country Course. The girls looked to improve their No. 20 ranking while the boys...

West football lines up to run on the field

Battle for the Principal’s Bell

Elena Garcia Van Auken, News Editor, Social Media Co-editor August 29, 2023

West High Trojan football faced off against the Liberty at 7 p.m. Aug. 25, to open the football season. With the Trojans seeded 10th in 5A, there were high hopes for this new team and a competitive edge....

As girls golf comes to a close, see how the team has made memories throughout the season.

Family in unfamiliarity

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor June 2, 2023

Although the golf team did not make the state tournament, they are still proud of themselves for improving throughout the season. The team was relatively new this year, with most members having little...

As they grew up, Corentin and Erwann Charles have continued to engrain themselves into soccer while using the sport as a catalyst for their relationship.

Sharing the Field

Reem Kirja, Print Profiles Editor June 2, 2023

Sitting with their grandparents and a close-knit group of French community members, two young boys stare at the iridescent television screen, mesmerized by the little dots racing across the field. As they...

Female athletes have to make sure they receive enough food to perform at their best.

Ironed out

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor June 1, 2023

Most teenagers don’t think much of their diet, especially their iron intake. However, for female cross country and track runners, iron and other supplements can make all the difference between a great...

Jay Mascardo ’23 hits a serve in the semi-finals of the individual state tournament May 27.

Girls tennis competes at individual state tournament

Marie Stier, Print Features Editor May 30, 2023

  Jay Mascardo and Mohana Sunkara qualified for the individual state tournament by placing first and second in singles respectively during the regional competition on May 10th. In the first...

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