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The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The Iowa City West High Women of Troy became the Trojans this fall.

New name, same game

Caroline Chandler, Assistant Sports Editor November 25, 2020

Exhilarating wins and devastating losses are engraved in the culture of sports, and West High is no stranger to these experiences. For years, Trojan athletes have dominated in numerous spheres of athletics...

Football team manager Jordan Caperon 23 poses at his house on Nov. 2.

A second family

Maya Chu, Print Feature Editor and Artist November 24, 2020

The bright floodlights and cheering crowds of Friday night football games are always met with excitement from many. For one student, however, these games mean more than just entertainment and school pride....

An athletes performance is heavily determined by their mental state.

The mental block

Alaina Greenlee and Camille Gretter November 19, 2020

Students at West High are notoriously hard workers. They can be seen working hard at a sport, club, academics or all three. Especially in these unusual times, the stress of keeping themselves safe, while...

The girls swim team placed second at the state meet in Marshalltown with a total of 277.5 points Nov. 14.

Trojan Bolts swim team makes history at state meet

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief November 14, 2020

After the West and Liberty girls swim team capped off another undefeated regular season and an overpowering regional meet win, Byron Butler's Trojan Bolts had some bigger ideas. In hopes of making history...

This episode of No Cap Recap discusses the end of fall sports season.

No cap recap: postseason

Owen Aanestad and Camille Gretter November 13, 2020

On this episode of the No Cap Recap WSS sports editors Owen Aanestad '22 and Camille Gretter '23 recap the fall sports season, the Trojans' success in the postseason and look into the winter sports shutdown...

Six West High athletes signed their National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 to continue their academic and athletic careers at schools across the country.

Trojan athletes sign National Letters of Intent from home

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief November 11, 2020

Amidst a world of sports that seems like a rolling dice, seniors Graham Gambrall, Liv Williams, Nola Femino, Aurora Roghair, Rylee Goodfellow and Audrey Koch made one thing certain in 2020: their college...

Craig Huegel and Brianna Nigg make up West Highs athletic department, and use everyday to improve the organization.

Outside the playbook

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor November 10, 2020

In West High’s athletic department, there is no such thing as a “typical day.” For Athletic Director Craig Huegel, his day can consist of many different things, like interviewing a new coach or mapping...

Greta Kraske 23 and the Iowa City West girls swim team after they placed first during a conference meet at Linn-Mar on October 26, 2019.

Thrown in the deep end

Alaina Greenlee, Video Editor November 7, 2020

You step onto the West High softball field for the very first time, ready to represent the Trojans with pride. The thought of a life-altering injury, let alone two, is unimaginable. Greta Kraske '23 never...

Aurora Roghair 21 announced her commitment to Stanford University Aug. 7.

Life in the fast lane

Hanah Kitamoto, Owen Aanestad, and Tosh Klever November 4, 2020

For many high school athletes, some of their best memories are a big win over their cross-town rival or a trip to the state tournament, but not for Aurora Roghair ’21.  Only a couple of months before...

The Trojans defensive line prepares for the next play Oct. 30.

Morgan leads Trojans to state quarterfinals

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 31, 2020

In what was supposed to be a week four matchup between the two best teams in eastern Iowa, the Trojans finally had their time to shine tonight — but with more on the line than a Mississippi Valley Conference...

The boys cross country team poses for a picture before racing in the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 30.

Boys cross country team makes tenth consecutive appearance at state meet

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 30, 2020

The 2020 cross country season has brought nothing but adversity to Josh Kidman's squad this fall. From injuries to shutdowns, countless miles around Iowa City came together in Fort Dodge this morning as...

The offensive linemen take position to prepare for the next play Oct. 23.

Football team advances to third round of playoffs

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief October 23, 2020

With the temperature sitting around 40 degrees, it may have been a chilly night for the limited spectators, but Garrett Hartwig's squad was plenty warm after their 35-7 win against the Little Hawks Oct....

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