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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Successfully avoiding the opposing team, forward Zachary Mercieca (11) scores yet another goal in a game against Palos Verdes. Mercieca has been playing on West’s Varsity Soccer team since his freshman year, showing amazing plays with every returning season. Coach Shimizu of Boys’ Varsity Soccer described Mercieca as “a devastating player who a single defender cannot stop.” Photo courtesy of Zachary Mercieca (11).

Athlete of the Week: Zachary Mercieca

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

   Pick up the speed, rush past the opposing team, and kick! Another goal has been scored by none other than Zachary Mercieca (11). Mercieca, a forward on the field, has been playing soccer for 13 years, and has made multiple outstanding achievements...

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The West Warriors Cross Country team celebrates their state championship victory on top of a double decker bus. The celebration led by Coach Druten and his runners was well-deserved after a long and hard season. Varsity Runner Matthew Frey (12) felt amazed by what the team had accomplished, recognizing how “it feels great to be a part of the fastest team ever at West High, and [the] second fastest team time in the whole state.”

West High Celebrates Cross Country State Championships

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

  Pop! A confetti cannon fires from atop a bus. Streamers and bits of colorful paper float through the air and onto the crowd. Slowly moving down the street is the West High Band, a firetruck, Santa on a unicycle, the Cross Country team on a double-decker...

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West’s 2021 manleaders work together to build a connecting pyramid –impressive for guys who’ve only had a few weeks of experience. This Winter Rally was jam-packed with entertainment, with special courtesy of the manleaders and Powderpuff players, whose athleticism really got the crowd on their feet.

Powering Through Powderpuff

Sarah Han, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   Every West student watched the football field, anticipating the main event of the winter rally: the Powderpuff Game. The Powderpuff players were split into two teams: the Trophy Wives and the Blitz Babes. Cheering for them were the manleaders, or...

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Practicing shooting during warm-ups, West High Girls’ Varsity Soccer player #8 Cherrie Cox (12) prepares for the game against Palos Verdes High School on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Cox has played soccer her entire life and recently committed to playing for Cal State Long Beach.

Athlete of the Week: Cherrie Cox

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   Soccer is known as the most popular sport in the world. The excitement and drive soccer creates among fans and players is incomparable. West High Varsity Soccer player Cherrie Cox (12) has experienced this since a young age. Cox started playing soccer...

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On December 2, 2021, West High’s Boys’ Wrestling Team threw it down in the ring in their duel against Redondo Union High School. This season, the team put in great efforts to get back at the SeaHawks since last year’s hard-fought loss, but unfortunately lost to Redondo Union for the second time, though putting up quite the fight. The team plans on continuing to put great efforts into practice every day in hopes of huge accomplishments this season.

Intense Wrestling Duel Against Redondo

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   The intensity in the ring entranced the crowd; every slam, chokehold, and throw elicited roars of support. On December 2, wrestling teams from West and Redondo Union met in West’s main gym for a duel.    Wrestling duels are organized in...

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Butting heads, wrestlers Michael Barretto (12) and David Lee (12) practice their skills. They have prepared hard to win their competitions and have a successful season!

West High’s Winter Sports!

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

   The weather gets colder and the nights get longer: As the sports season shifts from fall to winter, football games and cross country meets are now over. In the meantime, other athletics have been preparing for their time to shine. Now that fall sports...

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Shant Mazmanian (12) catches a wave as he practices on a sunny Saturday morning. Surfing is a sport that requires great passion and dedication, and Manzmania has both. His perseverance has allowed him to compete against South Bay’s top high school surfers.

Athlete of the Week: Shant Mazmanian

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 3, 2021

   This week’s athlete of the week has strong game skills, an outgoing personality and a drive to succeed. Cold weather, waves, and longboards accompany Shant Mazmanian (12) each morning. Mazmanian is part of West High’s Surfing Team and started...

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Varsity outside linebacker and running back Reave Comer (12) hugs Varsity outside linebacker Tyler Schlappatha (11) before the start of the game. “There was a lot of emotion in the air,” Comer commented.

Senior Night: One Last Time

Sarah Han, Staff Writer November 11, 2021

   Flowers, shining lights, and sashes: October 29, 2021 marked the final football game of the season. This was more than just a night to celebrate the team’s season this year ― it was Senior Night, when students from six different programs...

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The North tennis court is swarmed with intense games and good attitudes. West Girls’ Tennis team trained hard to bring out their best performances, concluding their October 25 match with a clever save at the end of the last set. “We won literally by two points!” Coach Jin of West’s team exclaimed. “It was a close one… but we came out with the victory!” Photo courtesy of Samantha Takeda (11).

Girls Tennis Steals Last-Minute Win Against North

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 9, 2021

   On October 25, West’s Girls’ Varsity Tennis team had a stunning match against North High. The result of every game led to the tense moments of the last set: the teams were both on edge and exhausted. The initial set was at a tie, so the last...

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After a long wait, the Warrior Mile was back and better than ever! On a beautiful Wednesday evening, with a great west coast breeze, the long beloved Cross Country Meet kicked off. Runners, parents, and coaches from all across the South Bay arrived at West to be a part of the ecstatic event. JV Runner Aaron Liu (11) described his experience at the meet: “With everyone cheering us on and the music playing, it always gets us in the groove to run fast.” The night ended with so many personal records (PR) for many of our Warrior runners, and it was a great success.

The Warrior Mile is Back in Business!

Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer November 8, 2021


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Varsity Golf member Kami Kwong (12) delivers another one of her perfectly precise swings on the challenging golf course. Kwong has played golf her entire life. She recently celebrated her commitment to playing golf for Hawaii Pacific University. In regards to the recent payoff for her dedication, Kwong explained how “Golf is such a big challenge and it makes you keep wanting to do better and better. I just want to strive to keep improving more and more.

Athlete of the Week: Kami Kwong

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

    Leaving behind the typical rush and chaos of sports, golf is a game of precision and strategy. Though she has definitely faced challenges, Kami Kwong (12), golfer of 12 years, has proven herself in many golf achievements throughout her time playing.     Adopting...

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The West Warriors huddle up for one last break, after a tough and hard-fought loss to the Lawndale Cardinals. Varsity safety and receiver Dominick De La Torre (11) expressed, We do as much as possible to motivate each other to get better… whether its with tough love or with relentless positivity.”

The Foundation of Football at West High

Kate Phan, Staff Writer November 1, 2021

   A roaring crowd, perfect fall weather in the 70s, and the “Pink Out” theme: on the night of October 15, conditions were set for an amazing home game experience. Supporters of West High’s football team came out to cheer on the players who persevered...

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