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A reflection on various notable events throughout our unusual school year.

2020-2021: A Year in Review

Pathfinder Editorial Board June 4, 2021

It’s safe to say that the 2020-2021 school year will be remembered as a year like no other. Cancelations and modifications of many school-year traditions have been chalked up to the disaster that this...

Freshman Raj Jaladi and senior Sri Jaladi pose for a photo after tennis practice. The brothers and teammates had high hopes to play in state but ended their season losing to Priory’s doubles team in the second round of districts. “It’s not like we don’t get along at home, but we communicate best at a tennis match,” Raj said.

The dynamic duo: Jaladi brothers ace the season

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator June 2, 2021

Working side by side for their varsity tennis season, freshman Raj Jaladi and senior Sri Jaladi were the top two players on the team. They got to play as a doubles team in districts but their season ended...

Freshman and goalie Rachel Livak reaches out to save the ball from going in the net and prevents  a point for Ladue. Livak made the varsity team and has led the St. Louis area in saves with 213. “The most memorable part of my season was when they were telling us what teams were going to be on, I honestly kind of knew when I was told to go talk to Lovercheck and Herpel, but it was still an amazing feeling to know that I did it,” Livak said.

From softball catcher to lacrosse goalie, freshman Rachel Livak defends her rankings

Tre Bell, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

In her first year ever playing lacrosse, freshman Rachel Livak is leading the St. Louis area in goalie saves with 213. “I was convinced to play lacrosse by my parents, because I love to play sports...

Posing for his image on media day, sophomore Kosta Radoman palms a water polo ball and holds it towards the camera. Radoman, although attending Whitfield, has been playing for Parkway West for the first time this season. “It is definitely challenging for an athlete who is committed to a sport when their high school does not offer it,” Radoman said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Parkway West has given me.”

Whitfield student, Longhorn athlete

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer April 19, 2021

Sophomore Kosta Radoman is enrolled at Whitfield High School, a private institution that does not offer water polo as a sport. Fortunately for Radoman, who has been playing water polo since he was five...

Lined up on the brick wall behind the baseball field, fans and younger players sit and watch varsity defeat CBC 16-6, Wednesday, March 31. The team rallied for eight runs in an explosive fifth inning, leading to an inevitable mercy-rule finish after five innings. “The student section at baseball games was really laid back and a lot of fun as we talked about the game more and explained certain situations to people who were confused or interested in learning,” senior fan Carson McCormack said. “The fans were able to be around the great weather and talk with friends.”

No spectator regulations leads to huge fan turnout at varsity baseball games

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

Varsity baseball has started their season with seven wins and one loss, their best start since 2006 when the team finished 14-10. A big difference between this year and years past? Fan turnout. Because...

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41, right) celebrates his second touchdown of the game as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) turns away during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 13, in New Orleans, La.

Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week four

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer October 1, 2020

In week three of the NFL season, teams had to get creative with their game plans, because most had injuries in their starting roles. But when the NFL gets creative, it forces fantasy owners to do the same. There...

Gardner Minshew II (15) of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass in the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week three

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer September 24, 2020

As we roll into week three of this year's NFL season, managing your fantasy team will be painful after the amount of injuries from the previous week. Don’t worry though, I’ve got your back. With...

Junior Gordon Yu submits the PWest Athletics Screening Form to Coach Kevin John in order to participate in cross country practice. The screening form includes the athlete's and their emergency contacts' information, along with a list of symptoms; Coaches and athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to practice again.

Athletics return with restrictions

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer September 21, 2020

Masks, six feet distance, no balls or pennies, no sharing water and no tryouts or cuts are among the changes coaches, staff and players must adjust to during fall sports. The rules change frequently, but...

Standing on the practice field after an intense scrimmage, new football coach Mario Patton is adjusting to the new playing style at West. Patton energizes the team everyday with his personality. “ I want our kids to think of me as one of the most passionate coaches that they have been around, also someone who truly cares about the best interests of kids,” Patton said. “When it is business time I think the kids know the difference.”

New football coach and alumnus Mario Patton, despite strict COVID-19 rules, still makes connections with athletes

Tre Bell, Staff writer September 18, 2020

Handing off his knowledge to football athletes, coach Mario Patton is the new running back coach. Patton has coached for 16 years, but this year is more meaningful than others. “I had an opportunity...

Senior Lauren Beard finishes her last lap at a swim meet. Beard plans to continue swimming at the collegiate level. “It’s such an escape from life’s craziness,” Beard said. “It allows me to take a step back and get out all of the anger and frustration I have built up. The community is so supportive and it’s like a second family.”

Spring Edition: Seniors commit to their school for collegiate sports

Zoe DeYoung, Ridwan Oyebamiji, and Lydia Roseman May 28, 2020

Tia Reed-Basketball Senior Tia Reed couldn’t imagine the idea of playing collegiate basketball, but that changed when she began to hear offers from Missouri Baptist University, Lyon College, Fontbonne...

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