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Alex McKane 22 leads the pack while running the 3200-meter race at the Class 4A district track and field meet on May 13.

Boys and girls track and field qualifies for state in 24 events

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 14, 2021

Many runners and throwers got their tickets to state punched at the Class 4A district meet on May 13, giving Trojan fans plenty of athletes to watch at the three-day state meet at Drake University. Both...

Eli Young 21 eyes the ball as he prepares to make a play while playing singles at the IHSAA Boys District Tennis tournament on May 12.

Boy tennis wins districts

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

It's not common to see teammates playing against each other during matches. However, when one team dominates a tournament, it's normal to see a couple of teammates face off for the better seed in...

Aurora Roghair 21 waits to jump into the water to swim her leg of the 400 freestyle relay at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Oct. 17.

Roghair qualifies for 2021 U.S Olympic Trials

Hanah Kitamoto and Owen Aanestad May 1, 2021

After finishing off the last high school meet of her career with two state records and four state championships on Nov. 14, Stanford University commit Aurora Roghair went right back to work in the pool...

Ella De Young 23 eyes the ball as she waits to take a swing against City High at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center on April 29.

Boys and girls tennis dominates City

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 29, 2021

As the only high school in the state able to claim the best boys and girls tennis teams so far, for the first time all season, both teams had a chance to showcase their talents not only at the same place...

For some West High athletes, sports become more than an after school pastime.

The cost of excellence

Caroline Chandler, Krisha Kapoor, and Soomin Koh April 26, 2021

"Where excellence is a tradition” has been a true testament to the West High athletics department for decades. The halls of West are packed with gold trophies and plaques, and state championship banners...

Garrett Hartwigs football team will face off with some of the best teams in the state in 2021.

IHSAA announces 2021 football schedules

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 26, 2021

With summer workouts quickly approaching the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the 2021 football schedules for all seven of their classifications this morning. For the first time ever...

Owen Smith 21 heads the ball into the back of the net to put the Trojans up 2-0 against City High at Ed Barker Field on April 23.

Boys soccer fights past City

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

For any high school sports team, beating a cross-town rival is a memorable experience. Both the boys and girls team did just that this week after the boys team took control over the Little Hawks 3-1...

Meena Tate 23 is swarmed by her teammates as they celebrate her goal to put the Trojans up 1-0 against City High at Ed Barker Field on April 22.

Girls soccer edges out City 1-0

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

For the first time in a long time, the famous Ed Barker Field welcomed not only a City-West matchup but stands full of Iowa City soccer fans. The girls soccer team faced off with their cross-town rival...

Haider Nasr 24 takes a shot on goal from the top of the box against Linn-Mar on April 20 at Ed Barker Field.

Boys soccer team shuts out Linn-Mar 4-0

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 21, 2021

Coming off of three straight wins of scoring four goals or more, Brad Stiles' boys soccer team was determined to not only light up the scoreboard once again but pick up their second Mississippi Valley...

Ella DeYoung 23 returns the ball after her opponents serve April 15.

Girls tennis stays undefeated after rallying past Prairie

Krisha Kapoor, Print Sports Editor April 15, 2021

Both the chilly weather and the Prairie Hawks were no match for the girls tennis team. The Trojans celebrated a 9-0 dual win over the Hawks on April 15. Sophomore Ella DeYoung took down Prairie’s...

Eli Young 21 makes a play on the ball against Cedar Rapids Washington on April 14.

Gross picks up 300th career win over Cedar Rapids Washington

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief April 14, 2021

In his 20th year as West High head varsity tennis coach, Principal Mitch Gross has made a name for himself in the world of high school tennis. With eight team state championships, five singles state championships,...

Miguel Cohen Suarez 22, Michael Nelson 23 and Marko Migambi 21 celebrate a goal towards the end of the first half against Liberty on April 13.

Boys soccer takes down cross-town rival Liberty

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor April 14, 2021

Despite the strong winds, the boys soccer team crushed the Liberty Lightning 5-0 on April 13. Within the first five minutes of the first half, junior Teo Gonzalez scored, which was closely followed by...

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