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

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.”

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. Parkway officially announced April 9 that all schools and athletics, including track and field, were...

Softball team carries on annual prank and other long standing traditions

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.”

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 house. The tradition began eight years ago when Hal Whittaker was the head coach. Now, head coach...

Boys tennis team prepares for districts

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.

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 good spirits since we lost a lot of seniors last year, so it was going to be kind of a rough year...

Varsity girls lacrosse prepares for playoffs

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.

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, one of our goals is to just really learn the game and get better at it together,” freshman and m...

Boys cross country team take on Memphis Twilight Classic

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

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 30 minutes to warm-up before we raced and we didn’t really have much free time,” junior and JV ...

Swim and dive make waves at state

West's swim and dive team competes at South.

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 Wojdylo, a junior diver, qualified for state and finished 14th. We had a lot of injuries an...

Students and teachers are effected by fake news epidemic

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.

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 see people sharing and posting things that are clearly not true and asserting them as fact,” Engli...

Girls field hockey prepares for postseason

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

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 of our comfort zones and keep working on improving everyday and believing in ourselves,” coach D...

Spring sports in full swing

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

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 into the season defending their State Championship title. “We just need to keep working hard i...

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