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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Varsity Football takes a knee minutes before the game, receiving words of encouragement from their coach. “Youll be fifteen years down the line and youll remember that one Homecoming game … when you have kids you will be able to tell them how it was for you,” Varsity player Juan Garcia (12) joyfully said.

Last Homecoming Game for the Class of 2022

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer October 13, 2021

   Loud chants, colorful banners, and excited students: the West High community gathered at Fred Peterson Stadium on Friday, October 1st, 2021 for the Homecoming football game. It was definitely a night for the books, especially for Seniors, since it...

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Sports everywhere have felt the hit of the pandemic. In the larger wrestling world, masking and protection are required as shown. Until the pandemic is over, this will be the norm. Photo courtesy of Sean Simmers on pennlive.com

COVID and Wrestling

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

   The sports world is one full of sweat, energy, and contact. Even fans watching break out at the thought of their favorite teams losing! This competitive world thrives off the passion for these fun activities. Most sports require physical contact,...

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Brilliantly Shooting the ball, Boys Varsity Water Polo senior Tyler Reed (12) scores a point for his team in a heated battle against Culver City. Reed plays club water polo in addition to highschool water polo and this season, all those hours of dedication are paying off. Not only is he a valuable player, but according to Ian Noe (9), “he always acts like a team leader” and “brings positive energy to the team.”

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Reed

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer October 7, 2021

 This week’s Athlete of the Week is an athlete with strong game skills, a drive to succeed, and a shining personality. When teammates were asked to describe water polo point, Tyler Reed (12), this is what they came up with:  “Very skilled” “Incredible...

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Charging through a poster, West High’s Varsity football team arrives in style to the first football game of the season. On August 27th, West High welcomed hundreds of spectators and Culver City’s football team to Fred Peterson Stadium. Linebacker and receiver #22 Elias Overstreet (11) described the excitement of running out on the field: “It was like adrenaline because I knew it was game time.”

West Football Season Kicks Off with Excitement

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor September 14, 2021

   The Friday Night Lights are back. On August 27th, West High’s football season commenced as Varsity players stormed the field of Fred Peterson Stadium to the cheers of a roaring crowd. While the game ended with a 0-31 loss to the Culver City Centaurs,...

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Fiercely spiking the volleyball, opposite Abby Witzansky (11) gives Vistamar’s Girls’ Volleyball team a run for their money. Witzansky is a worthy opponent this volleyball season with 160 kills in 10 games. She said the best part about volleyball is “how fast the game is,” and that she loves “competition and winning.”

Athlete of the Week: Abby Witzansky

Kate Phan, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

   Abby Witzansky (11) is a left handed, 6’0” tall, right-side hitter on West High’s Girls' Varsity Volleyball team. She’s had 160 kills (points gained by attacking hits) so far this season and won’t stop anytime soon. Although Witzansky has...

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For the West High Girls’ Tennis Team, First Serve was an event filled to the brim with suspenseful games. During their first set, Sarah Han (11) and Jasmin Cuaresma (11) played to a tiebreaker against Rosemead. “It was super stressful, but we were still proud of ourselves since we put up a fight,” Cuaresma said.

West High Girls’ Tennis Team Victorious at First Serve

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

   After several challenging games, the West High Girls’ Tennis team pushed their way to victory at the First Serve Tournament on Saturday, September 4th.    This year marked the 20th First Serve event hosted by West High. Several schools from...

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End of 21 Football Season: Final Game vs. North

End of ’21 Football Season: Final Game vs. North

April 30, 2021

   Under the Friday night lights at North High’s football field stadium, the West High football team donned their helmets and charged onto the field for the last time this season. Friday, April 16th, marked the team’s final game of the season against...

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Despite the challenges, ASB was able to host a great week of competitions to bring students together through these isolating times. Track race runner Makena Young (12) stated, “It was nice that they recorded it so we can all share some school spirit!”

Courtesy of West High ASB.

Let the Games Begin!

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor March 30, 2021

   One event that many West High students look forward to every year is the Class Olympics: a chance for each class to show off their abilities and compete against one another. Lockdown took everyone by surprise just as ASB began to prepare for the...

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Seconds away from the finish line, Amor Jones (11) gives it her all in a battle for first against the Palos Verdes sprinter in the varsity girls’ 200m race. On Saturday, March 20th, West High Track & Field kicked off their season with a friendly dual meet against Palos Verdes High School. Jones described her feelings about returning to the track for races once again: “I can admit I was nervous, but me being nervous I feel made me more prepared... while I was running it felt like I was floating in a way.”

West Girls’ Sprints Team Kicks Off Season at PV High

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor March 27, 2021

   The bright spring sun shines down on the vast field below. Racers line up side by side, lane by lane with the rust-colored track beneath their fingertips and their feet ready to push off from the sleek metal starting blocks.     On Saturday,...

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On Tuesday March 9 at 3:00pm, the West Boys’ Tennis team started their season off with a tournament against Peninsula High School.

Boys’ Tennis Takes On Peninsula

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer March 24, 2021

  

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At tennis’ first League match of the season, the fence that was once engulfed by families and fans was replaced by a handful of supportive parents and teammates in response to the recent TUSD spectator guidelines.

On the Sidelines: Should Spectators Be Allowed?

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor March 23, 2021

   With the recent launch of certain West High sports competitions, it may seem not-so-surprising that it comes with limitations: no spectators allowed.     As of May 14th, West High’s principal Mrs. Murata sent out an email to West High families...

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Surf’s Up!

Surf’s Up!

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer March 15, 2021

   Did you know that West High has a surf team? While you’re enjoying the extra sleep you get every Wednesday morning, there is a group of surfers jumping into ice-cold water at 7:30 am at RAT Beach. This might seem like torture to some, but after...

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