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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

Drake Davis 22 shakes his opponents hand before wrestling during a dual meet against Waterloo West on Feb. 3.

Boys wrestling takes down Waterloo West

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief February 3, 2022

After placing second as a team at the Mississippi Valley Conference meet this past Saturday the boys wrestling team was back in action at home for the last time this season to celebrate senior night and...

West High athletes weigh in on the underappreciation and oversexualization of girls sports.

Equal footing

Heidi Du, Krisha Kapoor, and Lily Prochaska January 24, 2022

It is the final meet of the season — hundreds of hours dedicated to a three-minute race that determines whether her team takes home the state title. A disqualification in the form of a false start or...

Kirk Brotherton 22 and the rest of the boys swim team celebrates the Trojan Bolts 400 yard freestyle relay win during a dual meet against Waterloo on Dec. 14, 2021.

Boys swimming has record-breaking day at MVC

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 22, 2022

The Trojan Bolts did not have the MVC meet last year due to COVID-19, however, the team had a chance to compete and defend their MVC title this year. The Trojan Bolts did just that at the University of...

Lexi Nash 23 hand fights with Osages 
Leah Grimm 22 in the consolation bracket at the Xtream Arena in Coralville during the 2022 girls state wrestling tournament on Jan. 22.

Girls wrestling finishes season at state tournament

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 22, 2022

After four state tournaments, over 40 champions and a handful of t-shirts, Iowa High School Girls Athletics Union will sanction girls wrestling next season. But before handing over the reins to the IGHSAU...

Kyle Chi 23, Cindy Wang 24 and Matthew Jetton 22 participate in their respective sports.

Trojans of all trades

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor January 19, 2022

“Where Excellence is a Tradition” West High's motto is written in big bold letters at the front of the school. West High’s community has known that saying to be true by witnessing Trojans doing...

Gavin Keeney 22 swims the 100 yard Breaststroke during the annual Battle for the Golden Speedo on Jan. 18.

Trojan Bolts dominate in Battle for the Golden Speedo

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 19, 2022

In their final dual meet of the season and first time repping their newly bleached hair, the boys swim team traveled across town to face off City High for the Battle of the Golden Speedo at the newly renovated...

Pete Moe 22 gets double teamed in the paint against Cedar Falls on Jan. 15.

Boys basketball loses second straight to Cedar Falls

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 15, 2022

Coming into the week ranked and undefeated the Trojan basketball team had two chances to really prove themselves as one of the top teams in the state. After falling to Dubuque Hempstead on Jan. 11 54-71...

Keiko Ono-Fullard ’23 reaches for a loose ball against Waterloo West on Jan. 7.

Trojans fall to highly ranked Wahawks

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief January 7, 2022

Head Coach BJ Mayer and the girls basketball team faced off with the Waterloo Wahawks on Jan. 7 for the first time since seeing them in the 2020 State Quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena where the Trojans...

Mic’d Up: Noah DeSaulniers

Owen Aanestad, Mohana Sunkara, and Alaina Greenlee January 4, 2022

In the second episode of Mic'd Up, West Side Story gets a behind-the-scenes look at a varsity basketball game with senior Noah DeSaulniers.

Christian Barnes 22 and Jacob Koch 24 celebrate freshman Jack McCafferys and-one to give the Trojans the lead in the second game of the doubleheader against Xavier on Jan. 4.

Basketball teams win low-scoring thriller over Xavier

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 4, 2022

Two points. At first, two points may not seem like a lot. However, even two points can determine whether a team wins or loses — especially in a close game. Those two points are what got both the girls...

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