Springing Into Action

The use of intimidation in sports

In the world of sports, athletes are always looking for a way to get any edge that they can in order to succeed. Athletes will go out and exercise to improve stamina, or just simply go practice whatever sport they are in. While the athlete is doing this, the coach is also looking for ways […]

Unified Track and Field runs for charity

This spring season West Lafayette became one of 15 Indiana schools with a Unified Track and Field team. The program is being managed by coach David Joest. Unified teams are made up of “approximately even numbers of athletes with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities,” said Joest On Friday, May 9th, the West Lafayette Unified […]

William Mbongo soars

In sports there are some athletes that soar above the rest, and one such athlete is William Mbongo’14. He always liked running and physical activity in general, which is why he started sports. He stumbled upon basketball and never looked back. “I started playing basketball in 7th grade on the B team and worked my […]

Olympics are marred by scandal

St. Louis, USA, 1904 –Thomas Hicks, gold medalist in the marathon, was given strychnine (a performance enhancing drug) by his coach. Rome, Italy, 1960 — Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen fell from his bike in competition and later died. Coroners found he was under the influence of amphetamines. Mexico City, Mexico, 1968 — two African-American sprinters (Tommy […]

IHSAA refereeing is too easy

Being a high school sports referee is a serious job.  Referees have to be unbiased and make tough decisions on calls that could have crowds booing them for the duration of the event.  If this is the case, why does it seem that referees get more calls wrong than right?  I’ve witnessed bad refereeing at […]

Seriously Speaking 2/27/14

If you had to rename the school mascot, what would you name it?    

Teammate chemistry is at its max

“It’s nice to have played with Parker for so long, there’s kind of a chemistry.  We both understand football pretty well and if either of us see something, we can easily talk it out and see whats happening.  It’s nice because we both are on the same page all the time,” said Woodard. “Because we’ve […]

Grace Malone ’14: The Amazing Grace

Ever since she was young, Grace Malone has been playing and dominating every sport that she could get her hands on. Whether it be soccer, track, softball, swimming, or gymnastics, Malone has been highly active and working hard to make herself one of West Side’s most prominent athletes. “She’s just really hard-working, and always positive […]

March Madness lives up to its name

When the seasons change from winter to spring, college basketball fans everywhere think of a couple of things more than anything else. One thing  is the fact that the season is almost over which means their favorite seniors  will be graduating and some exceptional stars will leave to be drafted into the NBA.  But most […]