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The boys swim team waves a flag saying OS14 to remember their late teammate Owen Skelley

Finding a family through loss

Isabella Tisdale and Zoe Smith January 25, 2023

Crowds cheer as the boys swim team crowds onto their bleachers. They wave flags, one is purple with a lighting bolt and reads “OS14”, the other has waves and reads “just keep swimming”. Both these...

WSS explores Fantasy Footballs presence in West High students lives.

Fantasy frenzy

Lily Prochaska, Print Sports Editor January 25, 2023

Sitting around a table with sweat dripping down their backs, students carefully pick their team for the next fourteen weeks. As students shuffle through tabs on their computers, looking closely at statistics...

Cheering for the Cheerleaders

Helelia Wa Kalala, Social Media Editor January 24, 2023

Cheer can often be an overlooked sport, many do not know or understand the work that goes into a performance or stunt. From long hours at practice everyday after school to cheering for multiple games a...

Brady Simcox 23 looks for a layup opportunity Jan. 20 while away at Linn Mar.

Girls and boys basketball both lose in tough battles to Linn Mar

Ella De Young and Lilly Graham January 23, 2023

A gym packed full of students and families cheering for the opposing team — that's not an easy scene to compete in. Yet, being a part of that setting away at Linn Mar Jan. 20, during Linn Mar's crowded...

West athletes prefer a variety of food to prepare for competition.

Pregame fuel

Zoe Smith and Krisha Kapoor January 22, 2023

Girls basketball, Lucy Wolf  '24: “Cosmic Stardust Alani Nu and a banana because I like to keep it light.”  Boys basketball, Ben Hoefer  '23: “My favorite pregame fuel is usually just some...

Gym Rats

Gym Rats

Gianna Liu and Esther Park January 21, 2023

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘gym’? Maybe you think of a stack of dumbbells and a row of treadmills or pictures of muscular men hogging the racks. However, to many students and teachers...

Alex Pierce 26 looks to win by fall at 106 at City High, Jan. 12.

Wrestling teams come up short against City High

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor January 19, 2023

Girls put up a good fight against City High The girls traveled to City High Jan. 12 to take on the Little Hawks in a crosstown dual meet. Natalia Gentiluomo ’25 started off the girls at 115 but after...

Ian Caballero 23 prepares for the 50Y Freestyle

Trojan Bolts Secure the Golden Speedo 2023

Marie Stier and Gianna Liu January 17, 2023

Max Gerke '24 took 1st in the 50Y Free, finishing in 22.2. Holden Carter '24 placed 1st in both 100Y Butterfly and Backstroke, finishing in 51.33 and 53.59 respectfully. Relay team Winston Fan...

Grace Fincham 26 dribbles the ball Jan. 13 in the West High Main Gym while facing off against Cedar Falls.

Girls basketball falls short against Cedar Falls

Ella De Young, Print Managing Editor January 14, 2023

Coming off of a dominant win over cross-town rival City High Jan. 8, the girls basketball team was ready for a battle against the Cedar Falls Tigers Jan. 13. With a four-game win streak coming into the...

The Trojans and Little Hawks shake hands after the girls game on Jan 8, 2023

Trojans take on the Little Hawks in double-header

Zoe Smith, Editor-in-Chief January 10, 2023

Girls dominate the Little Hawks The girls were up first against the Little Hawks. After an exciting one-point win against 2022 3A state champion Xavier on Thursday night, the Trojans were excited to bring...

The team and their coaches, Kayla Drow and Maddy Floss 18, pose in front after competing their pom routine.

Road to Nationals: Dance team takes on UDA regionals

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor January 9, 2023

The West High dance team competed this past weekend at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Regionals held in the Mall of America. As the team had already qualified for UDA Nationals this past summer...

New place, same game

New place, same game

Zoe Smith, Editor-in-Chief December 20, 2022

To the American high schooler, attending a traditional American public high school filled with student sections, sports teams and spirit week was always on the agenda. For senior Nomi Wang, packing up...

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