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The School Newspaper of West High School

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Rishabh Raikar (10) practices his serves before his singles match against El Segundo. At the start of the tennis game, players warmed up by hitting forehands, backhands, and readying their volleying skills. Photo courtesy of Dowon Kang (12).

Boys Tennis Continues to Fight Hard as the 2024 Spring Season Comes to a Close

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer April 19, 2024

 On Thursday, Apr. 14, the West High Warriors had a Varsity Boys Tennis away game versus the El Segundo Eagles. In addition to West missing two of their best players for this match, the Eagles have been one of the toughest teams the Warriors had to face...

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Pictured above, Top to Bottom and Left to Right, Rose Gifford (9), Lily Yuguchi (11), Devashree Misaal (11), Chrissy Lunde (11), Cierra Garcia (10), Avery White (12), Lauren Reed (11), Natalie Ou (11), Ayla Estrada (9), Kate Shepherd (9), Mona Sugawara (10), Precious Benitez (10), and Brooke Shepherd (12).

A Bittersweet but Memorable End to the Girls’ Water Polo Season

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer March 1, 2024

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, marked the bittersweet end of a long but overall successful season for the West High Girls’ Water Polo team. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is one of the pivotal competitions for all high school sports teams,...

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Ethan Rogers (12), post-wrestling-match, shares a triumphant moment with his family. With smiles written across their faces, this encapsulated the pinnacle of Rogerss wrestling journey.

Celebrating Senior Night for the Wrestling Warriors

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer February 15, 2024

A night adorned with the radiant glow of the gymnasium lights, beautiful flowers, and sincere cheers — all convened to pay homage to the six seniors of West High's Wrestling team. Following a memorable season, the grand senior night unfolded on Wednesday,...

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Despite winter break’s optional practice schedule, Boys Tennis players brave strong winds and cold weather to play on the court. In preparation for the spring season, the team has held many practices that include fundamental drills and conditioning.

Boys Tennis Gears Up for the 2024 Spring Season

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer January 8, 2024

With the winter season coming to a close, the high school spring sports are preparing for their upcoming season. This preparation includes tournaments, conditioning, and optional practices over the winter break for athletes who wish to improve their skills....

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After the wonderful halftime performance of their 2023 field show entitled “Shattered” at the first home football game, the team huddles up for a group picture. Color Guard tryouts typically take place in mid to late April.

Color Guard: West High’s Hidden Gem

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer November 10, 2023

  Colorful silks and equipment twirl through the air, followed by the satisfying snap of a solid catch. Despite its lesser known reputation as part of the West High Entertainment Unit, Color Guard is a sport that requires immense effort and behind-the-scenes...

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On Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, the West High Warriors prepare to compete in their Homecoming game against the Torrance High Tartars. Despite a 13–30 loss, the football team received unwavering support from the student section and entertainment units. Photo courtesy of Christine Huston.

West High Warriors Face Off Against the Torrance Tartars at the 2023 Homecoming Football Game

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer November 3, 2023

   On Friday, Oct. 20, the West High Warriors had their annual Homecoming football game against the Torrance High Tartars. Several starters couldn’t compete for West due to injuries, hindering their chances of victory. Nonetheless, students in the...

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West High Girls Volleyball graduating seniors of 2024. Congratulations to (top row from left to right) Sadie Hopkins (12), Annah Legaspi (12), Nina Mandic (12), Cyrene Anne Ronquillo (12), Masami Fuminoto (12), Karin Gargus (12), (bottom row from left to right) Lucy Hasenmayer (12), Amaya Sanles (12), Malia Mercieca (12), and Emersen Turner (12).

It’s Senior Night For Girls’ Volleyball

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer October 16, 2023

Floor-pounding music, animated conversation, and the thrill of excitement filled the gymnasium’s air last Tuesday, October 3. For onlookers and athletes alike, the evening was one to remember. Adorned with flower bouquets, gift baskets, and necklaces...

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Steeling themselves, Boys Cross Country athletes and coaches prepare for a lengthy three-mile race against Torrance High School. Despite coming in second place with a score of 44 points, JV runner Isaiah Kim (11) emphasized that patience was key in overcoming the first league game loss of the season: “Putting in work is only part of the process. Being able to wait and stay patient is just as important.” Photo courtesy of Isaiah Kim (11).

First League Race for West High’s Cross Country Team

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer October 6, 2023

   With West High commanding their division for the past decade, cross country has been one of West’s dominant sports. This year, the Boy’s team has been preparing for the past few months, with three-hour morning practices ranging from Monday to...

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West High Girls’ Flag Football play their first game in history against the Santa Monica Vikings. After a hard-fought battle, the Vikings defeated the Warriors 18 – 13. Defensive Starter Julia Camacho (12) expressed, “It was really exciting having the student section, and it was a super fun experience.”

New Girl’s Flag Football Team Makes Its Grand Entrance At West

Jackson Mancilla, Staff Writer September 30, 2023

  A fresh new addition to the West High sports roster created a huge buzz this past week: West’s Girl Flag Football team made its debut, and they made it clear that they’d be a force to be reckoned with.     On Thursday, September 14, their...

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Varsity field player Leo Garrison (9) handles the ball and scans the pool. West’s loss in last week’s match against Milken Community was largely due to a lack of communication in the pool as well as two dominating players on the opposing team. Despite losing, West continued to play and fight hard until the game was finished. Photo courtesy of David Ventura.

Boys Water Polo Ramp Up the 2023 Fall Season

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer September 20, 2023

   Contrary to what many people may believe, water polo is one of the most physically demanding sports. It is challenging because it requires extreme endurance and full-body engagement. Fortunately for West, the Boys' Water Polo team is ready to ramp...

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Even as a high school student, Kira Erikson (11) (right) has made  a name for herself in the fencing world. Training from a young age, Erikson dedicated herself to daily practices, always pushing herself to improve. Photo courtesy of Kira Erikson (11).

Kira Erikson: A Fencing Star at West

Jacob Usary and Sarah Han June 7, 2023

   Although West High is home to a variety of sports, it does not have a fencing team. Still, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t talented fencers at West. In fact, there is a current West High student, notable for her highly decorated fencing career:...

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JV Swimmer Shirilette Lacusong (12) aims to finish strong as she sprints down her lane for the 50-meter freestyle. With swim meet events ranging from long-distance feats like the 500 free to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 50 fly, knowing how to pace yourself is essential. Swimmers undergo intensive training throughout the entire season to build up stamina and change gears. Photo courtesy of Sally Yuguchi.

Swimming to Success

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor May 17, 2023

  Diving into spring with an undefeated winning streak, West High’s swim team has swept through the Pioneer League’s competition this season. The team has brought home five successive wins, even in the face of howling winds and heavy downpours.    JV...

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