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The girls cross country starts their race Aug. 28 at Ashton Cross Country Course.

Two trojans earn first-team honors in divisional cross country meet

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor October 18, 2023

The Trojan cross country teams traveled to Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids to take on their divisional opponents Oct. 12. The No.15 ranked girls team kicked off the day, battling through the wind...

Sam Abdel-Malek leads the Iowa City West Wings team

WINGS guiding force

Carter Birch Houchins-Witt, Reporter October 17, 2023

West Side Story: What is WINGS? Sam Abdel-Malek: It's for any age group, any part of high school. [Also] any skill level. Anyone can join in. Even if you have never touched a disc before. We meet twice...

The seniors pose together with their coaches.

Girls swimming and diving hosts senior night

Minna Abdalla, Assistant Sports Editor October 6, 2023

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, girls swimming and diving headed down to the Coralville Recreation Center and hosted their last home meet of the season. It was a dual meet, with West competing against Kennedy High...

Rising stars

Gianna Liu and Tyler Shane October 6, 2023

Hannah Geng '27 Q: How did you get into swimming? A: My sister started [swimming] when she was ten, so I started when I was 5.   Q: What's the difference between club swimming and school...

Kathryn Croco 27 reaches up in a competition dance at Spotlight Dance Competiton

Q & A with Kathryn Croco

Maddy Cook, Reporter October 5, 2023

Kathryn Croco ’27 is a dancer at Nolte Academy and is the only freshman on the dance team at West High. Read more to learn about how she started dancing, and how she manages dance and school. West...

Last chance

Minna Abdalla, Assistant Sports Editor October 3, 2023

It is senior year for Daniel Robinson '24, and this is his last chance to show scouts and colleges his full potential as a multi-sport athlete. Sadly, this is all taken away due to an ACL injury during...

The boys cross country team start the 5K race at Ashton Cross Country Course.

West wins home meet with a near perfect score

Henry Timmer-Hackert, Print Assistant Opinion Editor October 2, 2023

On Sept. 26th the West High hosted their boy's cross country invitational at Ashton cross country course. Despite some weather issues and delays, the boys successfully managed to take the meet with a near-perfect...

Senior Jocelyn Jacobsen reaches over the net to block during a point against Kennedy.

Trojans celebrate senior night with a win

Anna Song and Marie Stier September 28, 2023

    Being both the final home game of their season and senior night, the Trojans were determined to secure a win against Cedar Rapids Kennedy Sept. 26. Before the game, West recognized...

Cole Collier walks on the golf course, preparing for his next swing.

Q and A with West High golfer Cole Collier ’24

Helen Orszula, Artist, Designer September 27, 2023

West Side Story: How did you first get into golf? Cole Collier: I got into golf before my freshman year. It's something that a lot of my family members played. So I thought I'd give it a try. I like how...

Offensive lineman Jeffery Karr 24 lines up against City High Sept. 15 against City High.

West falls to City in Battle of the Boot

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor September 19, 2023

The West High football team traveled across town to Bates Field to take on the City High Little Hawks. The Trojans had some fantastic plays, but in the end, they couldn’t get it done, losing 23-8. The...

Melae Lacy 24 and Helen Penning 24 jump to block a ball against Waterloo West Sept. 12.

West volleyball competes in Xtream Arena for the first time

Marie Stier and Anna Song September 17, 2023

For the first time since it was built in 2020, West High volleyball competed at the Xtream Arena against Waterloo West in a close game, winning 3-2. West lost the first set 13-25, but returned with...

Rowan Russel 26 hurdles into her fifth dive of the meet on Sept. 13.

Diving a little deeper

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor September 15, 2023

The West High Girls Swimming and Diving Team is well known for their numerous awards in swimming meets, state champions and even Olympic trials. Nonetheless, a small group competes at a high standard...

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