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First ever Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival deemed a success

First ever Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival deemed a success

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 7, 2019

The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival was held at West High on Saturday, April 6. With an emphasis on qualifying for the Drake Relays, the meet did not disappoint. 20 athletes achieved the Drake Relays Blue Standard including West High's Kolby Greiner '19 in the 3,200 meter run, Peyton Steva '19 in the 100 ...

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

A new tradition will begin this Saturday at West High: the Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival. Teams and individuals from across Iowa will show up and compete in hopes of qualifying for the Drake Relays later this month. The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival will sound familiar to those who h...

Girls track and field hosts first outdoor meet of season

Girls track and field hosts first outdoor meet of season

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

March 27, 2019

The sun shined brightly and so did the Women of Troy as they competed in their first outdoor meet of the season. Peyton Steva '19 placed first in the 100 meter hurdles race with a time of 15.15, breaking the previous meet record set by Valerie Welch '17. Katie Severt '19 placed first in the long jump...

Parent perspectives

Parent perspectives

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

March 8, 2019

The stands are filled with cheering fans decked out in green, gold and the student section theme for the night. The illuminated scoreboard shows that you are down in the last quarter. It’s hard for you and the team to stay positive when the game isn’t going your way. You look back into the stands b...

Boxed out: the exploitation of college athletes

Boxed out: the exploitation of college athletes

Joe Goodman, Reporter

March 8, 2019

They rise before the sun and return home well after dark. Division I college athletics is not merely fun and games. Most days are filled with conditioning, weightlifting and team meetings before their first class. In addition to practicing on a professional level, most college athletes are full-time st...

Boys basketball ends season at state quarterfinals

Boys basketball ends season at state quarterfinals

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

March 7, 2019

The boys basketball team competed in the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament for the ninth consecutive year on Wednesday, March 6. After defeating Dubuque Senior earlier in the season by two points, the Trojans took on the Rams again in a rematch in the quarterfinal round. In a close fi...

Walking into a reputation

Walking into a reputation

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

March 4, 2019

She was an athlete. She would push her body past its breaking point in hopes of seeking perfection. The stage was her canvas and with her body, she became an artist, painting a picture for all to see. As she grew, the love for what she did grew with her. One day, she found a group who had a passion for d...

Boys basketball moves onto state tournament

Boys basketball moves onto state tournament

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

February 27, 2019

The boys basketball team took on Davenport Central in a showdown to secure a spot in the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament. In a close first quarter, the Trojans led 18-12 going into the second. Marcus Morgan '21 led West with 11 points. As the second quarter progressed, the Trojans gained more momentum, opening up the second quarter with a 10-1 run. Going into the second half, Morgan and Patrick McCaffery '19 led the Trojans with 13 points. As the second half opened ...

Fueled up

Fueled up

Natalie Katz, Print Feature Editor

February 27, 2019

For most high school students, breakfast may not be a priority in the morning. Sleeping in until the last minute and finishing last night’s homework results in students rushing out the door, often not having time to fuel their body. With athletes training for years, dedicating hours every day to perfect...

Attending athletics

Attending athletics

Ken Wilbur and Carmela Cohen-Suarez

February 26, 2019

The bell rings, signaling the end of yet another long school day. The halls are abuzz with excitement about tonight’s big event. Athletes' lockers are covered with posters wishing them luck for the game. Students rush through the hallways sporting their green and gold, and athletes wear their je...

Rising Star: Hunter Garvin ’22

Rising Star: Hunter Garvin ’22

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

February 23, 2019

West Side Story: When did you start wrestling? Why did you keep wrestling at that young of an age? Hunter Garvin: [I started] when I was in kindergarten, so 10 years ago. It was just really fun, and … the teammates I did it with … are my teammates right now, so it’s always fun to hang out wit...

400 meter dash added to Drake Relays

400 meter dash added to Drake Relays

Marta Leira, Reporter

February 20, 2019

The Drake Relays announced on Monday, Feb. 11 via Twitter that it would be adding the 400 meter dash to its long list of track and field events. This announcement very fittingly came on the first scheduled day of the 2019 high school track season. The Drake Relays have been a track and field...

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