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Davenport West Varsity Cheerleaders pose for the last picture of the 2020 season.

Tryouts in a Pandemic

Morgan Hauschild, Reporter April 1, 2021

You see them at football games. You see them up in the air, doing stunts with excited faces. Who might these people be you may ask? The Davenport West cheerleaders!  On March 7th, West held their 2021...

Steven Daily ‘22 bowls during a meet last season. Daily has lots of bowling experience when it comes to bowling. He began bowling seven years ago in seventh grade, at League at 30 Lanes bowling alley. “Bowling is fun, and you are usually independent, so you have to practice endlessly,” Daily said.

Falcons flying high

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 25, 2021

When you come to West High, you are immersed into the winning culture that the school possesses. You come in as a blank slate, and with the help of people along the way, you leave the school a champion....

Alyssa Broer ‘22 practices jumps right before she goes on with her team to do their state lyrical dance. In addition to their state competition the dance team danced at halftime for basketball and football games. “One thing I really enjoy about the dance team is our basketball season. It’s always so fun when we are in the hallway practicing before we go out because I get to hang out with my best friends. When performing we are closer to the crowd and it makes dancing for them so much easier,” Broer said.

Performing behind a mask

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 17, 2021

Sparkly costumes, faces full of makeup, and big smiles is what people usually think of when they hear dance, but the Diamond Dancers have proven that there is much more to it.  Since this summer, the...

Talk about a game face. Boys swimmer Nate Hagedorn 23 uses the breaststroke technique during a home swim meet vs. Muscatine. Hagedorn swam multiple races at the swim meet versus Muscatine. I like that [breaststroke] is more challenging than freestyle. It gives me more to do and its a fun stroke,  Hagedorn said.

Just keep swimming

Luke Loving, Reporter January 28, 2021

When you think of swimming with a mask, the first thought that comes to mind may be a scuba diver, wearing all of his scuba gear, swimming deep into the ocean, and looking for hidden treasure. After all,...

Good grades were required to play in the West versus Pleasant Valley boy basketball game on Feb 4. In fact, good grades are required to get play time. A student athletes favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play. “Dont focus on things that you cant control and always do your homework before you do anything else to be able to play,” senior and student athlete Kyle Burton said.

Student first, athlete second

Diana Garcia, Reporter February 7, 2020

Throughout the years West High School has been a competitive school with sports. In every sport, all  teammates and their coaches support one another, become close, and encourage academic success.  As...

Senior Erica Henderson is an example of just one Falcon athletic standouts. Henderson highest bowling score is a 279 and her goal is to surpass this score during her final season on the bowling team.

Falcon athletic standouts

Marissa Mendez, Reporter January 16, 2020

Every sport has that one outstanding player. A player that you know is going to be good as soon as they step onto the field, court, mat, or floor. A player that is passionate about what they do and how...

“It is important to become educated on the game. I played until I was a junior and so I just relied on my smarts and athletic ability. Somebody with more technique and who was more educated on how to hit the ball correctly ended up taking my varsity spot when I was senior,” science teacher and tennis coach Ian McCloud said.  “I don’t ever want to see that happen again, and I know I have gotten a lot better when I know how to play the game correctly, so get educated.”

Serves up

Sarah Bernick and Sophia Iniguez April 8, 2019

Figuring out exactly what you want to join in high school can be nerve-racking, but also an exciting journey. It opens up opportunities, while challenging people to do activities they would never think...

Quad Cities Blues hockey is a local high school team that consists of people from Illinois and Iowa such as Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, and Pleasant Valley. It is a part of the Midwest Hockey League, which contains teams from all over the midwest.

Wings of winter

Joseph Potts, Reporter March 20, 2019

Quad Cities Blues hockey is a local high school team that consists of people from Illinois and Iowa such as Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, and Pleasant Valley. It is a part of the Midwest Hockey League,...

The west bowling team, like many other groups at West is recognized for its excellence in teamwork through acknowledging and appreciating its members.

Bowling team rolls on

Tim O'Leary February 14, 2019

This past week the bowling team has proved their ability in the sport with 2 of the team’s bowlers, Zach Hainline and Erica Henderson qualifying for the all-district team. The team as a whole takes pride...

The Falcons will face the most intense competition of the year at the state meet in Des Moines on Feb. 14.

Wrestling at West

Joseph Potts, Reporter February 11, 2019

As the winter sports season is getting closer to a conclusion, the wrestling team will be competing to qualify for state in their next tournament. Currently they are getting themselves ready to be in their...

Freshmen Nasir and Nasiah Kolwey dance at the halftime show at the basketball game on Jan. 4th.

Dance team dismantles gender stereotypes

Tori Dierikx, Reporter January 16, 2019

Those who attended the Jan. 4 basketball game may have been expecting a fun 15 minutes between the second and third quarter due to the annual dance to be put on by the dance team. This time, however, there...

 The Diamond Dancers performed their pom routine at the kick off before leaving for state on Nov. 30.

Winter sports kick off excites Falcon athletes

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief November 15, 2018

On Nov. 14 the winter sports kickoff was held in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.. The night started off with Athletic Director Kevin Petersen handing out the fall sports awards. Petersen congratulated...

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