West Side Story

Rising stars: Emma Ingersoll-Weng ’22 & Avery Vest ’22

Rising stars: Emma Ingersoll-Weng ’22 & Avery Vest ’22

Caroline Chandler, Assistant Sports Editor

November 23, 2019

West Side Story: Who first got you into basketball? Emma Ingersoll-Weng:  I'd say my older brother with Down Syndrome did. I started at the age of three at one of his basketball games. I just took a basketball on the court and started dribbling and I fell in love with the game ever since.  WS...

Mind over matter

Varsity wrestler Will Hoeft '20 jumps ropes during his open period as part of his weight cutting process. Hoeft placed sixth at the Iowa high school state wrestling meet last year competing with a torn ACL.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 17, 2019

One can of tuna. That’s all wrestler Brett Pelfrey ’22 allowed himself to consume on the day of last year’s dual meet against City High. In the weeks leading up to the meet, Pelfrey, who plays tackle for the Trojan football team, made a choice to enter into the 195-pound weight class. After bulkin...

Three West High athletes sign to compete at Division-I schools

West High senior athletes Even Brauns, James Pinter and Lily Ernst pose for a photo in their school's colors on the fall sports signing day, Nov. 13.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 13, 2019

The smell of cupcakes and cookies drifted into the main commons after school on Nov. 13 as two West High swimmers and a Trojan basketball player signed their National Letters of Intent to compete and study at the Division-I level next fall. A crowd filled the West High cafeteria as athletic director C...

No cap recap: Fall sports

No cap recap is a sports podcast with sports editor Joe Goodman '20 and assistant sports editor Owen Aanestad '22.

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

November 10, 2019

With the fall sports season wrapping up, we figured it was time to drop our very first sports podcast of the year. This first installment of No cap recap serves as a satirical, light-hearted attempt to translate the skills of West High's fall sport athletes onto the basketball floor. The skills o...

West/Liberty girls swim team impresses at state

West's girls swimming team poses after winning regionals on October 27

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

November 9, 2019

The last two years of the combined West and Liberty swim teams were strong seasons. But this year, they were even stronger. The swim team finished in fourth place on Nov. 9 at the state swim meet at YMCA Marshalltown with a score of 184.5 points. The team improved their performance by jumping up two...

Best Buddies and PALS hold third annual basketball game against faculty

Byamungu Omari '20 high fives the faculty after the third annual Best Buddies and PALS basketball game against faculty on Nov. 7.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

The Best Buddies and PALS lead the West High faculty wire-to-wire en route to a 33-29 victory on Nov. 7 in the West High gymnasium. This was the third year of the school-wide event that featured a lively student section and performances from the West High band. Every one of the Best Buddies was able to get ...

Budding girls wrestling team prepares for season

Assistant boys wrestling coach Kody Pudil speaks to a group of about 10 girls after school about uniforms, coaching and the season.

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

The girls wrestling team is becoming a reality. In informative meetings held before and after school on Nov. 6, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil went into detail about his vision for the program.  Practices will begin Dec. 2, the Monday after Thanksgiving break, and the season will end on Ja...

A day in the life of a swimmer

Members of the West High swim team sit as a team to watch the diving portion of the meet on Sept. 17, 2019.

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

November 5, 2019

Imagine spending two hours swimming back and forth doing a combination of sprint, distance and drill sets. Now, imagine doing that twice in one day. For the athletes on the West High girls swim team, days start and end with swim practice. While most high school athletes practice after school and some ...

Cross country teams compete at state

Nicolo Schianchi '22 and Alex McKane '22 work together at the one mile marker during the state cross country meet on Nov. 2 in Fort Dodge.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2019

Swarming from one place to the next to see and cheer on runners is a cross country meet norm. It’s the the Iowa High School Girls and Boys Cross Country State Championships in Fort Dodge that takes swarming to another level. Schools from all around the state, representing all classes, create crowds o...

West High officially announces girls wrestling team

Follow West Side Story on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date coverage concerning West High.

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

On Friday Nov. 1, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil announced the addition of a girls wrestling team to the sports roster through an email to female West students. This news comes on the heels of Pudil announcing his interest in the idea in May. The season will last from right after Thanksgiving break until Jan. 21, with practices occurring 3-4 times a week. The season will see the tea...

Recruiting Trail with Lily Ernst

Lily Ernst '20 sits on the edge of the pool for a photo on Monday, Sept. 10.

Joe Goodman, Interviewer

November 1, 2019

Welcome to the second episode of the Recruiting Trail, a series where we follow the recruitment process of West High athletes looking to take their talents to the next level. This episode features a state-qualifying swimmer, senior Lily Ernst. See the path Ernst took to commit to the University of Northern...

The student news site of West High School