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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Seniors from the volleyball team wear celebratory leis on their shoulders with posters in hand. Players celebrated their win as they walked down a line and posed for photos with loved ones. “I’m grateful for the time we’ve had together,” said senior Jason Irie.

West Victorious at Senior Night Volleyball Game

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

   Watch out, a triple block wall coming your way! Will you go for it? Pass? Or will you feint a shot and throw off the blockers? The audience peers in anticipation! It’s moments like these that are ingrained into the fundamental thrill of volleyball....

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After one year the South Bay Champs Track and Field meet is back, and the athletes sprang into action in all events. The Warriors competed against teams from all over Los Angeles County, and it turned out as a great success with West coming home with 1st place. First time South Bay Champs participant Justin Hernando (9) described how it felt to be at the meet, sharing, “It was really fun for my first time, I liked the environment and everyone was super chill.

Racing Into Action

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

   After almost a year, the West High Track and Field Team got the opportunity to participate once again in the South Bay Champs Competition on April 15 and 16. “The energy everyone brought and the level of competition brought forth a lot of competitiveness...

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The West High Track Team competed in a Tri-Meet against South High and Torrance High on March 30. In Boys Varsity events, placing first was Tyler Vo (12) in the 100 meters and long jump, Conor Gibson (12) in the 3200 meters, and Karim Grissett (12) in discus. For Girls Varsity: Amor Jones (12) was first in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump, Sophia Rabang (11) in the 800 meters, Lily Ball (12) in the 3200 meters, and Isabel Reynolds (12) in the high jump.

Track Tri-Meet

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer April 21, 2022

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West High’s Cheer team poses at a football game. Cheerleaders typically perform for football games, occasionally at basketball games, or even for soccer. A lot goes into practicing for these big games: “People get thrown up in the air… we practice our cheers, we’ll do some stunts, [and] we’ll throw in some tumbling.” Photo courtesy of Natalie Foronda (9).

Athlete Of The Week: Natalie Foronda

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

   While cheerleaders support home teams in sports, Cheer could be seen as  its own sport as well. Performing stunts, dances, and gymnastics, cheerleaders use as much energy and effort to execute each move as any other sport. Nearly all her life, Natalie...

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As the sun moves across the sky, many intense games take place all at once on the tennis courts. In their game against Beverly Hills, many of West High’s athletes had difficult matchups against players much more experienced than they were: “Yes, I was nervous! They were 6’3” and wore Air Force Ones,” sighed Shoaib Hasnain (10).

League Game Win For Boys’ Tennis

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

   With their season now in full swing, West High’s Boys’ Tennis Team has been working hard to improve their skills and do well this year. On March 3, they had a game against Beverly Hills. As matches began, students waiting for their turn to play...

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After a tough loss against El Segundo High, the West Girls Soccer team came together to uplift each other. Kathryn Harris (10) expressed,“All of us love this team . . . I think this loss will help us bounce back and push each other to go as far as we can go.”

A Bittersweet Night for Girls’ Soccer

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer March 14, 2022

   West High hosted the CIF finals for Girls’ Soccer between the West and El Segundo teams on Saturday, February 26. They had played them at the beginning of the season and won 2-1. Having won most of their games of the season, the girls went in...

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Athletes make their final dash to the finish line, pushing themselves to their limits with adrenaline pumping through their veins. After delays caused by COVID-19 in previous years, Track and Field was glad to finally return to normal.

Track and Field Sprints into New Season

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

   Run, jump, and throw! February 23 marked Track and Field’s very first home meet where West High’s athletes went up against El Segundo. Students participated in a large variety of events including pole vault, hurdles, long jump, discus, and more.     As...

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Despite an overall loss to the Culver City Centaurs, the Warriors have an optimistic outlook on their upcoming season. Varsity player, Nick Hoang (12) expressed, “I look forward to making new bonds with my teammates and our new coach, especially given how COVID played a role in our last two seasons.” With their first official League match on March 3, the team continues to persevere on and off the court in hopes of going far this season.

Starting Anew: Boys’ Tennis, 2022

Sarah Han, Staff Writer February 26, 2022

   For some people, spring means that flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the leaves are turning green. For others like the boys on the West High tennis team, the turning of the calendar signals the beginning of a new season of tennis as they...

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Lucy Hasenmayer (10) is the goalkeeper for West Girls’ Soccer. During games, Hasenmayer looks out into the field and guides her teammates whenever necessary. She reflected, “I was not so good at [playing] field, but [my dad] wanted me to try goalkeeping . . . turns out I was actually pretty good at it.” Photo courtesy of Lucy Hasenmayer.

Athlete of the Week: Lucy Hasenmayer

Sarah Han, Staff Writer February 25, 2022

   The most self-reliant position in any soccer game belongs to the goalie. It’s the pressure of holding the possibility of winning or losing on your shoulders. To Lucy Hasenmayer (10), however, goalkeeping is a part of her blood. Entering the West...

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Pictured proudly with her team, captain Leah Sullivan (12) expressed: “This week at our Street Dance competition
I am super excited to showcase our
routines that weve put so much time and
dedication towards. Im determined that
we will all be satisfied with each our
performances, despite whatever place we
take.” Photo courtesy of @westdrillandallmale via Instagram.

Putting the “W” in WDAAM

Kate Phan, Staff Writer February 25, 2022

   West High’s Drill Team is a star standout during football season and rallies, always entertaining without fail in their shimmering costumes and synced routines. Now entering competition season, the Drill Team has worked hard and continues to impress...

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Peter Emmanuel Fabie IV (12), mask on, stops to pass the ball to a teammate. Because of the new cases brought on by Omicron, safety precautions that were previously lenient are strict again. Protocols called for extra health checks and a wave of canceled games. “It was one of [the] hardest things I’ve ever faced,” Mason Nishikawa (11) on Boys’ JV expressed. Photo courtesy of Kami Kwong (12).

Basketball and Omicron’s Surge

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

Like all sports at West High, Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball have been affected by the recent wave of Omicron cases. Players are missing, games are being canceled, and everything’s a little chaotic. Mason Nishikawa (11) and Gabriel Hernandez (10),...

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All five seniors on the Boys’ Basketball team hold gift packages and wear leis around their necks. Around them are their parents, coaches, and loved ones, celebrating the day that the boys had been working up to for the past four years. Matthew De Luna (11) of the Varsity team commented “They’ve worked so hard the whole time they’ve been with the program and it was their night.”

Boys’ Basketball: Thank You, Seniors!

Sarah Han, Staff Writer February 14, 2022

   At the end of every season, the time comes to say goodbye to the seniors that have played for the team for the past four years. On Friday, January 28, Boys’ Basketball celebrated their senior night during their last game with Torrance High where,...

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