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Football preps to make a run in the playoffs

Raising his hands in the air, junior quarterback Isaac Kittrell celebrates a touchdown. The team defeated Oakville 28-0 Sept. 6, and as they prepare for districts, they hope to have a similar outcome. “If we follow our assignments, make the right decisions and overall play well, we’ll have the potential of making a deep run,” Kittrell said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

As you look at the football field, you see a group of determined and focused boys getting ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. “It's win or go home at this time.  We will be the underdog in all of our games from this point on, so we know that we have to play our best football of the season in...

Fall sports sweep Parkway South

Junior forward Ali-Raza Rizvi dribbles the ball across the field as he searches for a teammate to get an open shot. The boys JV soccer team came out on top with a win 3-1 at Parkway South to give momentum heading into the rest of the season. “Although in soccer I try to keep my mindset the same against every team I play, against rivals the intensity rises before the game even starts,” Rizvi said. “In order to prepare for these types of games, I let the intensity fuel me to play even better than normal games.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

#BeatSouth was the motto for the beginning of the fall season when the varsity softball, field hockey, all levels of the football and soccer teams and all levels of the tennis team came out with wins over South.  “Our athletes certainly spend a lot of time improving their craft and preparing and focusing...

“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record

Hustling on the field, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks records at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17. Wayne broke two school records for rushing yards and all purpose yardage. “That record stood for 52 years, and he hit it as a sophomore. I think his ceiling is very high,” assistant football coach Zaven Nalbandian said.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

October 25, 2019

Under Thursday night lights at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne carried the ball 463 yards, breaking a record set in 1968, the school’s first year. The first record was for rushing yards: the total number of yards gained by a single player as the result of a rushi...

Longhorns hoping to trample Colts at annual Mayor’s Cup game

Set on the line of scrimmage, senior Chris Atkinson and his fellow Longhorns face off against Oakville Sept. 6. “Because we’re playing for the Mayor’s Cup and it’s our senior night, throughout practice we’ve been a lot more in it and focused,” Atkinson said. “We’re really confident for tonight, and on a scale of one to 10, we’re a nine. It's going to be a fun game, but it’s just sad that it’s senior night.”

Madi Foppe, Ava Kayser, and Megan Hoenecke

October 17, 2019

Once a mere placeholder on the varsity football schedule, the annual Mayor’s Cup game against Parkway Central has evolved into a highly-contentious affair between the two crosstown rivals. Fresh off a historic victory last year, the Longhorns look to defend their home turf–and possession of the Cu...

Practice makes perfect: Varsity football coach Melvin Bethany trains football players for the field and the classroom

Leading the running backs, coach Melvin Bethany uses his own experience playing football to help Varsity football against Ladue High school. Bethany has been the running back coach for the last 11 years. “He does a great job teaching the game,” sophomore Tyree Simms said. “He really wants to help players get better and meet their goals.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

NFL Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott, Super Bowl champion Carey Davis and sophomore Tyree Simms. These athletes all have one thing in common: coach Melvin Bethany. Bethany not only coaches varsity football, freshman boys basketball and track and field, but he also manages Running Performance, an athleti...

Girls cross country travels cross-state to experience new course

At the Sioux Passage cross country meet Sept. 21, junior Emily Sipp rounds a bend in the course. Sipp has been running since second grade when she began a track program through her church. “My favorite part is probably just [being with] the people that I get to run with daily. Outside the sport, we probably wouldn’t really all be friends. When you get to know each other, and push each other and work hard together, it's really fun to [share] that experience with other girls,” Sipp said.

Kathryn McAuliffe and Fatema Rehmani

September 27, 2019

Always on the run, the girls cross country team is traveling cross-state for a race Saturday, Sept. 28 to familiarize themselves with the new state course in Columbia, Mo. The state course was relocated from Jefferson City, Mo. for the first time since 1976 following the University of Missouri’s construction...

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

JV tennis coach Audra Hartwell gives sophomore Betsy Weaver parade line up details before the Homecoming parade begins. Hartwell made a point to her players about having fun while also competing at a high level. “ I want tennis to be the best part of their day because it keeps them coming back,” Hartwell said. “I want them excited to come to practice or a match.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Turning right at the stoplight into 14653 Clayton Road is not out of the ordinary.  Gearing up in Columbia Blue Longhorn apparel seems like an old habit. After a six-year hiatus from playing softball and running cross country, during high school, 2013 alumna Audra Hartwell has returned to coach the JV gi...

Field hockey: new teams and new titles

Making a pass down the field, senior and varsity midfielder Carly Anderson strikes the ball past a Clayton defender. Anderson has played varsity all four years of high school.

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

September 20, 2019

From the first day of fall sports tryouts, the field hockey program has been breaking traditions. With more than 50 players, the program formed three teams and welcomed their first Pool Championship in the Gateway Classic Tournament in program history. Head coach Dawn Callahan attributes the grea...

Attendance is Mandatory: Behind the scenes of @PWest Superfan

Cheering on the varsity football team, seniors Cameron Neisler and Garrett Larsen get the crowd ready for a victory at the homecoming football game. Neisler and Larson run the @PWestSuperfan Instagram account which promotes sporting events and activities around the school. “I’ve had the account since May of last year,” Neisler said. “The reason I created the account was to spread the word about different sporting events and show love to all the teams and players.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

After noticing a lack of school spirit and attendance at sporting events in previous years, seniors Cameron Neisler and Garrett Larsen found a way to motivate the student body and boost attendance through an Instagram account called @PWestSuperfan. “Since freshman year, I felt the school spirit h...

Senior Kristin Wilson and freshman Kelsea Wilson take advantage of the chance to dance as teammates

Fresh off their first performance at Red and Blue Night, freshman Kelsea Wilson hugs her sister, senior Kristin Wilson, excited that they completed their first routine together. Both tried out for poms and were excited to make varsity, it being the only year they will both be on the team. “My favorite part is the games, getting ready with her beforehand and having our parents get to watch us both perform,” Kristin said.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

September 11, 2019

Sisters share lots of things, whether it be clothes, shoes, a car or even a room. This year, senior Kristin Wilson and freshman Kelsea Wilson are sharing a one time experience of dancing on the varsity poms team together.   Coming from a competitive dance background, Kelsea was eager to try out for p...

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