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Zach Bjorklund (10) leaps over hurdles at a Viroqua meet.

Crossing the finish line

Marissa Klum, Writer May 18, 2023
Coach Yanske stated, “being a part of the process, observing the growth of student athletes whether it's on the track and field or outside of the sport, and watching them succeed” is a favorite part of coaching track and field. Although Coach Yanske has been coaching track and field for 39 years, he mentioned, “when this is all said and done I don’t want this to come up short, I want to give everything I got. I don’t want to play the what if game. No regrets, no excuses, no what if’s, bring my best each day. You always want to grow as a coach, I’m still challenging myself even after all these years.”
Westby students (grades 10-12) show off their letters at the 2022 NHS banquet.

W Club

Kristal Levendoski, Entertainment Editor February 13, 2023
Westby's W Club is a club that's composed of anyone who has earned a letter through their extracurricular achievement.
The winter cheer team poses together in January 2023.

Winter Cheer Updates

Kari Ofte, Publicist February 9, 2023
Captain Bella Turben and fellow cheerleaders Madi Sloan (10), Kari Ofte (12), Maddy Berg (11), Sydney Sill (10), and Rhianna Steiger (11), cheered at their last home wrestling meet, which combined multiple honors as our school celebrated the parents and seniors of our winter cheer and wrestling teams.
Boys Basketball players listen to the coaches during a time-out.

Boy’s Basketball – Improvement is Key

Jade Levendoski, Editor in Chief February 9, 2023
Halvorson says that the definition of "success" is different every year and with every team. "You set goals for your team based on characteristics of each player. Improvement is key. If there is improvement throughout the year then that is success."
Coach Kirner talking to his wrestlers at the Bi-State Classic wrestling tournament.

Wrestling Update

Marissa Klum, Writer January 26, 2023
The wrestling team has been working hard this season. Their main goal is to make sure everyone improves in their ability to wrestle, and coaching the kids to the best of their abilities. Coach Drew stated “everyone has stuck with it and is turning into the family the wrestling team is.”
Some of the Westby Gymnastics team watching  teams compete at the 2nd meet of the season.

Gymnastics Update

Marissa Klum, Writer January 26, 2023
Gymnasts have already seen results in their hard work and determination. Coach Tiffany said “Our team score high for 2021-2022 was 107.45 with an average score of 102.69. This year with only 3 meets under our belt and only one meet with our entire team, our high score is 105.6. We have extreme potential to beat last year's team score high as the season continues.” There are 8 more meets this season, 5 of which are home meets that are on Jan. 23 and 27th and Feb. 6th, 11th, and 17th.
Girls play volleyball in a gym

Norse Volleyball

Tricia Klum, Contributor December 2, 2022
The Norsemen volleyball team had a historic season in the fall of 2022. There were record numbers of seniors, creating a full Varsity with just two juniors, a Varsity Reserve Team, as well as a C Team. This year's Varsity Girls team surpassed expectations and past records, going 33-2.
Golf team stands posed

Girls Golf Season Recap

December 1, 2022
The Westby-Viroqua girls golf co-op team has won 2nd place, as well as Maddie Fletcher (9) having won individually multiple times.
Norse Football players advance towards the win.

Football Season Recap

Ben Roethel, Writer December 1, 2022
The Westby Football team had high hopes going into their season. They started in their annual scrimmage at Prairie Du Chien and unfortunately lost a key member of the team, Blake Sutton, to a season-ending leg injury. The first two summer games went well. The team led off at home against Richland Center winning 41-0 and continued on to beat Benton 29-14 the week after. They hit their first roadblock against West Salem ending in a 44-7 loss. After that loss, they left that game in the past and prepared for the Mega Bowl. 
High school cheerleaders pose with a trophy for the Megabowl

Westby Takes the Megabowl Win

Ryan Rogalsky, Writer October 11, 2022
"If we play Viroqua, people know to show up and support. The student section was amazing that night."
Top five Girls Varsity Cross Country runners proudly display their award. Audra Johnson (12), Meghan Nelson (12), Denali Huebner (12), Lizzy Curtis (9), and Natalie Miller (10).

Cross Country’s Spectacular Season

Elizabeth Curtis, Sports Editor October 7, 2022
The Westby Cross Country team finished with a wonderful season. In particular, the girls team had seasoned leadership that created a phenomenal season.  Seniors: Denali Huebner, Audra Johnson, Meghan Nelson, Aubrey Jothen, and Montana Lindahl were a huge part of this years success, and their leadership and success will be missed next season.
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