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Junior Matt Cosgrove’s journey to becoming a Division I athlete

Jumping up in the air, junior Matt Cosgrove winds his arm back to serve the ball. Cosgrove turned down four other offers to commit to Pennsylvania State University to continue his volleyball career. “[Playing club] is a lot more competitive and challenging than playing for your school because you play kids all around the country, and it forces you to raise your level of play,” Cosgrove said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

After playing volleyball for three years, junior Matt Cosgrove committed to Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to continue his volleyball career.  “Penn State came to watch me play with my club team [High Performance] in Chicago last summer. I felt so loose, and I ended up playing really well there. T...

Sophomore Ethan Jennings unites with his team to obtain a bid for the USA Volleyball National Championship

Jumping to set a ball, sophomore Ethan Jennings assists an attack for junior Evan Conger. Jennings played JV volleyball his freshman year and continues to play for the High Performance Volleyball program. “Playing with older guys was great because it gave me a unique experience that most guys my age don’t usually have and pushed me to work harder,” Jennings said.

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

After playing a year for the highest level of the High-Performance Volleyball program, sophomore Ethan Jennings and his team obtained a bid for the USA national volleyball tournament in June.  Having only played a year of volleyball, Jennings feels his success is due to the consistent work he pu...

Senior Claire Goedde celebrates graduation a semester early

Goedde is escorted by her parents at senior night for volleyball.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018

One of just three students in the class of 2018 to graduate in the first semester of their senior year, Claire Goedde celebrated the end of her high school years early. “When I was registering for my senior classes junior year, I noticed that I had fulfilled a lot of my credits,” Goedde said. ...

Susan Dean earns place in the Hall of Fame

Susan Dean before a the varsity volleyball team, encouraging them during a home  match.

Grant Aden, Sports Editor

February 24, 2017

After 31 years of mentoring players, varsity volleyball coach Susan Dean has been selected for the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “Our organization has been around for a long time, and every couple of years they have an induction. Right now there are a total 18...

Dean reflects on retirement after 31 years of service

Coach Susan Dean stands with the varsity team on Alumni Night after winning two sets against Parkway South.

Sarah Lashly, Convergent Media Writer

October 24, 2016

“I think every memorable moment has a memorable kid in it, somebody that really grew as a player or had a life changing event happening in their life that we were able to be there,” Dean said.

Volleyball coach Susan Dean steps down after 18 years with longhorns

The varsity girls volleyball team huddles around Coach Dean in celebration of her 1,000th game.

Bridget Noonan

October 11, 2016

After 31 years of coaching volleyball, 18  instructing the Longhorns, varsity coach Susan Dean has decided to step down for retirement after this season. “It breaks my heart that this is Coach Dean's last season,” setter/ right-side hitter and senior Jamie Poppen said. “I feel so thankful tha...

Varsity volleyball hosts Webster Groves in historic reunion of coaches

During a time out, Coach Susan Dean points out the strengths and areas for opportunity during the game.

Emily Dickson

September 20, 2016

On Sept. 20 girl's volleyball will host Webster Groves in a showcase of head coach Susan Dean’s career. All varsity coaches at the game will have played for the Longhorns under Coach Dean during their high school careers. Dean is an alumni to the Longhorn volleyball program. In the early 2000s,...

Teams honor veterans by joining the Heroes on Helmets program

Teams honor veterans by joining the Heroes on Helmets program

Grant Aden

September 19, 2016

To honor fallen veterans, the girls softball team joined the Heroes on Helmets program, a nationwide initiative that commemorates veterans who perished in action by displaying memorial stickers on players helmets. West is one of eight schools from across the nation participating in the program. “...

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