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The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

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BJ Mayer addresses his team during a timeout versus Dubuque Hempstead on Jan. 12.

Girls basketball gets back on track with win over Dubuque Hempstead

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

As one of the only few West High winter sports remaining when it comes to COVID-19 quarantines, BJ Mayer’s squad came into the night hoping to get back in the win column after dropping three straight...

Joshua Thomas 22 releases the ball Jan. 7.

Trojans lose annual Battle for the Pins

Alyssa Skala, Yearbook Managing Editor January 8, 2021

Being the sole bowling alley in the Iowa City area, Colonial Lanes is home ally to all four ICCSD high schools and Clear Creek Amana. Tonight, West and City faced off in the annual Battle for the Pins...

Audrey Koch ‘21 swings the ball around Southeast Polk defense for two points Jan. 2.

Girls basketball defense falters against Southeast Polk

Alyssa Skala, Yearbook Managing Editor January 3, 2021

The Trojans last faced the Rams in the 2020 Region 5 Sub-State Championship. The two teams haven't competed against each other in a regular game season since 2017. In spite of the Trojans' aggressive defense...

Pete Moe 22 goes up for a layup over his defender against Burlington on Jan. 2.

Trojans pick up first win of the year against Burlington

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 2, 2021

Coming into 2021 not only was Steve Bergman's squad only two games into the season, but they were winless for the first time in a long time. The team's new years resolution was evident this afternoon as...

Emma Ingersoll-Weng 22 looks to score against Linn-Mar on Dec. 22.

Girls basketball flies past Linn-Mar

Hanah Kitamoto and Alyssa Skala December 23, 2020

After an impressive win over City High last Friday, the Trojan girls basketball team stepped back on the West High court to show off their strong offense yet again on Tuesday in a 54-35 win against Linn-Mar. The...

The new esports club is an up-and-coming activity at West High.

The esports report

Caroline Chandler and Rosemary Timmer-Hackert December 20, 2020

With the thrill of securing a win in mind, esports members know a thing or two about laser sharp focus. Only the slightest slip-up could cost their team victory. The dreams of many West High gamers became...

Ryan Bys 22 bowls a strike against Kennedy on Dec. 18.

Bowling teams fall in season opener

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief December 19, 2020

Colonial Lanes was packed with emotions Friday night as the Trojan bowling teams faced Cedar Rapids Kennedy in their first game of the season. West's girls team fell 2044-2341, with returning varsity...

All around the state West High athletes are fortunate enough to be able to compete at not only a high level but in and at some of the nicest facilities in the nation.

Top 10 places to play

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 19, 2020

No matter what sport you play, the West High athletic program is fortunate enough to be able to not only compete at the highest level of high school sports in the state but compete at some of the nicest...

Nathan Deyak 21 swims in the 100 Butterfly against Waterloo on Dec. 15 at the Coralville Rec Center.

Boys swim team sets a tone in first dual meet

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 15, 2020

No practice, no problem. When the school district decided to move to all online learning two weeks ago, the defending state champions were suddenly taken out of the pool until only a day ago when the...

Christian Barnes 22 pushes the ball up the court against Linn-Mar on Dec. 20.

No cap recap: winter sports preview with Christian Barnes

Owen Aanestad and Camille Gretter December 13, 2020

Sports are back. The school district announced on Dec. 11 that students and teachers will return to hybrid learning starting Dec. 14 which allows the start of winter sports. The boys and girls basketball...

Although athletes may not be able to have a conventional season, they are still finding ways to continually improve and focus on the big picture. Whether that’s practicing at home, safely going to a gym, or getting in shape for their season.

Club sports unmask potential amidst pandemic

Alaina Greenlee and Camille Gretter December 8, 2020

2020 has demanded continuous adaptation and perseverance. A mere spike in COVID-19 cases isn’t going to stop dedicated athletes from finding ways to keep up the grind. Masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizers...

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