Sprinting toward the finish line, senior Ryan Caton races at the Missouri Sectionals meet at Parkway Central High School Nov. 2, which was one of the last cross country races of his career. He finished the race in 14th place and qualified for state the following week. “My teammates [were] everything. Nobody was motivated for themselves; everyone was motivated for the whole team, and that is something I can’t thank them enough for,” Caton said. “I felt very happy that I was able to end my season at state. Not very many people were able to do that.”

Senior Ryan Caton reflects on his running career after his final season is postponed

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer April 29, 2020

After three months of preparation and running more than 500 miles during the off-season, senior Ryan Caton is one of many spring athletes seeing their final season slip away due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

Hands in the air, members of the softball team, celebrate together at home plate. The team played kickball during practice Oct. 5 for some team bonding. “[After team bonding activities] girls who I didn’t feel like I could talk to before I was able to talk with because I now knew we had things in common and could joke around,” Leahy said. “It helped expand my friendships of the team.”

Softball team carries on annual prank and other long standing traditions

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator October 19, 2018

What do toilet paper, donuts and sticky notes have in common? They are all key aspects of the softball team’s unique traditions. Each season the team has a sleepover where they teepee the coach’s...

Huddling up, members of the boys tennis team prepare to practice. “On and off the court, tennis taught me how to persist, find my voice, and forge relationships,” senior and captain Chris Nariskin said.

Boys tennis team prepares for districts

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator May 7, 2018

After losing their top four of six varsity players to graduating last May, this year has been a rebuilding season for the boys tennis team. “This season my goal was to see our team this season have...

With her eye on the ball, freshman and midfielder Megan Leahy competes for the ball in a game against Marquette. This is Leahy’s first year to play competitively. “I like that the game is really fast paced, but I also really like that in lacrosse, you have to rely on other people to make everything happen,” Leahy said.

Varsity girls lacrosse prepares for playoffs

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator May 1, 2018

With a 6-3 record, the varsity girls lacrosse team now has their sights set on making it to the semi-final round of playoffs, which begin May 14. “Since there are a lot of underclassmen on the team,...

After winning the Memphis Twilight race, the varsity team gathers for a picture.

Boys cross country team take on Memphis Twilight Classic

Carly Anderson and Sarah Lashly September 6, 2017

The boys cross country team traveled to Memphis, TN for a meet on Sept. 2-3 where varsity placed first and JV placed second. “We left at about 10 [a.m.] and we got there pretty late. We only had...

West's swim and dive team competes at South.

Swim and dive make waves at state

Gabriel Weber, Staff Writer March 3, 2017

The swim and dive team closed the winter season out with five wins and four losses.   “The season went well. We had three top eight finishes at Conference including first and second finishes. Sophie...

ABC News claims that Obama signed an executive order banning the pledge of allegiance in school. This fake news article got over 150,000 views.

Students and teachers are effected by fake news epidemic

Claire Smout January 26, 2017

With 2016 being a presidential election year and 2.3 billion active social media users increasing, fake news has never been more prominent. “I have only encountered fake news on social media. I typically...

Fighting for the ball, senior Ally Wagner, plays against parkway south on Sept. 27

Girls field hockey prepares for postseason

Claire Smout October 13, 2016

Postseason for girls field hockey begins Oct. 18, and the team hopes to make into the top 16 in the state tournament. “To accomplish this goal we just need to push ourselves and our teammates outside...

Receiving the set, senior Jordan Neisler goes for the kill.

Spring sports in full swing

Will Cremeens, Staff Writer March 5, 2016

Spring sports are in full swing. Baseball, boys volleyball, lacrosse, girls soccer, track, boys tennis, boys golf and water polo are amongst the sports currently in play.  Boys Lacrosse has gone...

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