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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, Staff Writer 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, Staff Writer 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, Staff Writer 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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West High’s Drill and All Male dance team came together to record their pandemic-style performance on the football field to enter into their first competition following an unprecedented year of COVID-induced stress and technical difficulties.

WDAAM Competes Through the Virtual Year

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer March 15, 2021

   Imagine arriving at school at seven in the morning for five days a week, dancing for hours in preparation for weekend competitions. Imagine the roaring crowd as adrenaline shoots through each dancer’s powerful movements. Imagine the silence as...

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A Social-Distanced Sports Season

Samantha Takeda, Staff Artist March 14, 2021

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West High’s Boys’ Cross Country athletes gather on the track of Fred Peterson Football Stadium on the morning of February 20, listening as Coach Druten speaks. Masked and distanced, the team prepares for their first race against El Segundo High, kicking off the 2021 season.

West Cross Country Wins First Race of the Season

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

   As cheering spectators lined up on Del Amo Boulevard, West High’s Cross Country teams ran three miles to victory at their first Pioneer League meet of the school year. On Saturday, February 20, West athletes competed on home soil against El Segundo...

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Following a pandemic-style tryouts, Sidney Hinks (10), a returning player for West High Girls soccer team notes: “I was pleasantly surprised to see that we were able to play together in smaller teams with masks. Although it’s not ideal, the coaches did a really good job at making it as normal as possible.”

Pandemic-Style Soccer Tryouts

March 2, 2021

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The Let Them Play Coalition is fighting for California sports to reopen with appropriate COVID protocols for the sake of student-athletes’ mental health.

The Let Them Play Movement

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer February 17, 2021

   At the start of the school year, student-athletes in California were told they would get to play in January. Then February. Now it’s become March for some sports. On January 25, 2021, California State Representative Laurie Davies and a few others...

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Kayla Luis (12), West High Varsity Football’s backup kicker, sports her jersey as she poses in front of West High’s Fred Petersen Football Stadium. She voiced one of the inspiring lessons playing football has taught her: “I believe there will be challenges in anything you do, but if you aren't willing to overcome them it will stop you from achieving what you really want. Being the only girl on the team, I struggle to keep up with the guys, but it allows [me] to push beyond my limits and get better.”

Trailblazing Women of 2020

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer December 20, 2020

   As we bid farewell to 2020, a reflection of the last 12 months brings out feelings of despair for many. It serves as another reminder that life is far from what we have hoped. However, within adversity and crisis comes opportunity for change. In...

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