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Student first, athlete second

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 athlete's favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play. “Don't focus on things that you can't control and always do your homework before you do anything else to be able to play,” senior and student athlete Kyle Burton said.
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...

Falcon athletic standouts

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.
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...

Serves up

“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.”
The inside scoop on West’s girls tennis team
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...

Wings of winter

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.
Falcons participate in Quad Cities Blues hockey team
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,...

Bowling team rolls on

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

Wrestling at West

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

Dance team dismantles gender stereotypes

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

Winter sports kick off excites Falcon athletes

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

Second in the state

Senior and flyer Miranda Schwein in the midst of her stunt, preparing to be caught by juniors Hailey Hansen and Ivori Bly and senior Addison Flynn. This stunt was performed at one of the many late night practices required to perfect their routine for state.
Falcons receive second place for coed cheer dance at state competition
November 5, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 3, West’s cheerleading team headed to the Iowa State Fairgrounds to compete in the Iowa High School State Cheerleading Championships. The team placed second for their coed cheer dance...

Falcons race to state

Senior Alex Schwindt pushes past a competitor.
Cross country teams prepare to compete at state competition
October 23, 2018

“Get focused, get ready, this is it,” girls cross country coach Arron Rietz said. The 20 minute bus ride from West High School to Crow Creek park was full of excitement and tension. On Thursday,...

Freshman volleyball takes a win over Assumption

Middle Kaitlyn Leuenhagen faces off an assumption player.
September 18, 2018

Brimming with high energy and intensity, the freshman volleyball team took a satisfactory win over rival Assumption in one of last night’s sets. “We had a couple plays that got us down, but we got...

Friday night fights

The West varsity football game against Clinton was cut short when head football coach, Justin Peters, called the game in the fourth quarter.
West unites after quarterback falls injured
September 6, 2018

Football is a heavy contact sport, but sometimes that contact can go too far. On Friday, Aug. 31, the Falcon football team got a first hand glimpse at what “too far” means when they versed the Clinton...

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