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The underlying price of high school sports

The underlying price of high school sports

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

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 high school, parents must pay what is required to participate in high school athletics. “We...

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

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...

4. In memory of Joe Ross

4. In memory of Joe Ross

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

Alumnus Joseph Alan Ross passed away on Jan. 20 at age 19, while studying economics at the University of Chicago. Joe, as he was more commonly referred to, graduated in the class of 2016 as the president of the Math Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was a member of the Science Honors Society, Beta C...

Tennis team ramps up for season

Tennis team ramps up for season

Grant Aden, Sports Editor

March 18, 2017

With winter transitioning into spring, members of the tennis team find themselves making the daily walk up to the courts with goals for the season. “I hope to get better, I want to make my serve harder and more consistent because my goal is just to lose as few of matches as possible. I think Ke...

Townsend retires from coaching tennis after 13 years

Townsend retires from coaching tennis after 13 years

Grant Aden

October 17, 2016

After 13 years of coaching, Jason Townsend is stepping down as the head coach of the girls tennis team. “It is a really difficult decision for me to step away from the kids and the parents and the family that we have built because it is such a great thing,” Townsend said. “I am going to still be ...

Swinging to State

Swinging to State

Allie Collins, Staff Writer

October 16, 2015

The Missouri State Tennis Tournament begins in Springfield, MO, today. For the second time in a row,West will be sending their top-ranked doubles team to the competition. Last time, it was alumni William Tong and junior Kenji Yanaba. This time, it will be juniors Claire Martin and Ava Larson playing for their own state title.

Tennis for a lifetime

Tennis for a lifetime

Grant Aden, Staff Newscaster

May 18, 2015

Stepping into a back hand, sophomore Kenji Yanaba returns the ball after sliding down the base line. Yanaba was ranked number two on the varsity team behind senior William Tong. " I started playing in local tournaments when I was young, and I still play in them when I'm not playing for West. Those are...

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