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Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week four

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.
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...

Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week three

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.
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...

Athletics return with restrictions

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.
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...

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

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.”
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...

Spring Edition: Seniors commit to their school for collegiate sports

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.”
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...

A time to remember: Inside senior Robert McKnight’s tennis career

Holding their third place medals from districts, senior Robert McKnight stands alongside his teammate Matt Boyd and tennis coach Katelyn Arenos after a practice during their junior year. They spent most of their season playing doubles matches with each other. “Playing tennis has taught me a lot. Staying committed to my training has taught me discipline. Struggling through back injuries has taught me how to always find the silver lining. Most importantly, my tennis career has taught me a lot about humility and respect,” McKnight said. “Respect is earned in many ways. It’s about correcting your mistakes and putting others first, and improving the lives of those around you, because you [can] personally have an impact.”
May 12, 2020

After placing third in the district doubles tournament his junior year, team captain and senior Robert McKnight is poised to become a tennis star. Even though his final season has been postponed due to...

Meet the new “Jett-setting” softball coach

Junior varsity baseball coach Andrew Jett swings his arms while coaching third base telling senior Jason Reilly to run to home plate.  Jett feels at home when coaching baseball. “ I hope that in 10 years I meant so much to them that they invite me to their weddings,” Jett said.
April 16, 2020

It is safe to say that Math teacher Andrew Jett will be coaching the varsity softball in the 2020 season. Social Studies teacher Jeff Chazen has coached the softball team for 11 years and recently stepped...

The underlying price of high school sports

Between all the sports, the average cost to play and to buy equipment is $275. Athletes have to spend  not only their health and time but also their money or their families money.
March 3, 2020

Whether it is fees for a club team, equipment, travel, event admission or other sports costs, families can spend thousands of dollars on athletics. In addition to the cost of club sports, when kids reach...

Scarcity of striped shirts: Why there is a lack of referees

Shaking hands with the official, senior Walker Piles prepares to take the field. Due to the lack of officials, the football team was forced to play Thursday, Oct. 17, opposed to the regular Friday night games. “One reason is a lot of the officials are older and nearing retirement and are not physically able to do it,” varsity football coach Jeff Duncan said. “I think the most significant reason is a lot of refs, just due to the nature of parents and the way that they act and yell along with the coaches and players, makes it not an enjoyable experience for them.”
February 25, 2020

In recent years, it has become a far too frequent sight that sporting events turn into two teams versus the officials. While these events are meant to be a safe and competitive environment for the student-athletes...

Seniors place top 10 in state wrestling championship

Getting ready for the state championship, seniors James Griffin and Brayden Eddy finish their practice as they stand with their friends, holding a poster of the competition bracket. On Feb. 15, they practiced at St. Charles High School. “As soon as I found out that I was going to state, I instantly knew that all my hard work had paid off to this moment,” Griffin said. “It felt awesome to be able to represent our school at the state-level competition.”
February 25, 2020

As loud cheering echoes throughout the stadium and cameras flash to capture the perfect image, seniors Brayden Eddy and James Griffin celebrate their victories at the state wrestling championship, completing...

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