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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Junior Noah Blair enters the mat to wrestle. Blair had won the A182 State Championship the year before and was getting ready to do the same again. “I prepare for State the same way I do any other tournament,” Blair said. “Its more than just what you do on the mat, its eating habits, sleep schedule, recovery, et cetera.”

Taking State

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
March 7, 2023
During Millard West’s 74-66 loss to Elkhorn South, the Wildcats found themselves in a position to pull ahead, but were unable to do so. Junior Jordan Gassen (5), senior Zac Grandgenett (22), junior Cooper Fortune (23), senior Peyton Moore (12) and senior Jaden Giaus (14) all were crucial in the teams upset-watch game against the Storm. “We had so many close games throughout the season, each loss was a tough one every single time,” Gassen said. “I was happy we were able to finally get that win against Omaha Central. All of our seniors this year have been great teammates, and it was a pleasure playing with them, and I will miss you next year”. Though the team went 8-15, there is still a lot of promise going into next year.

Another tough season

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor-In-Chief, Striv Executive Producer
March 7, 2023
Junior Taylor Hansen scores a layup to help Millard West pull away for Omaha Westside. Hansen was able to consistently find ways to beat Westside from every part of the court. She ended up finishing the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. “Throughout the game, I tried to stay really confident,” Hansen said. “I think our team needed confidence in this game because we all knew that the stakes were high. I knew that we needed to play our best game so that we could continue our season. I also knew that it was important to win so that our Seniors could experience a win for their last home game ever.”

Season on the line

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2023
Millard West varsity competition cheer won their 12th national championship in Orlando, Florida, to receive white jackets.

A cheerful win

Maleah Arellano, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2023
After a long and demanding season, freshman Brooklyn Vaughn prepares for State. She is finally able to show that all her hard work has paid off.

Giving her all

Ariana Griffin, Catalyst Online Editor-in-Chief
February 22, 2023
For the first time ever, two brothers squared off in the Super Bowl. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (left) and Eagles center Jason Kelce (right), both Super Bowl champions in their own right, look for their second. After the Chiefs win, Jason went to Travis and showed him some brotherly love.

Chiefs and Eagles put on historic performance

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor in Chief, Striv Executive Producer
February 14, 2023
Junior Edwin Patchen skates down the ice to grab the puck for the Wildcats. Millard West was on a power play and Patchen wanted to get the puck back to offense as soon as possible so they had more scoring opportunities. “I think we were relaxed because we knew we could beat them cause we had beaten the teams that they had tied to or lost to,” Patch said. “But I also think as we were getting ready to step onto the ice we were starting to get serious and ready to win.” Millard West has finished the regular season and is now preparing for the playoffs.

Great goaltending

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
February 7, 2023
ACP students cheering at a varsity football game

New Unified Cheer program

Maleah Arellano, Staff Reporter
January 13, 2023
Sophomore Reese Wilson gets ready for a face off against his opponent. Wilson, the captain on the team, leads the team with nine goals and five assists on the season, good for 14 points on the year. “After losing in the state finals last year in triple overtime we were determined to come back stronger even with the loss of six seniors,” Wilson said. “This forced us to work even harder and bond on and off the ice.” The Wildcats take on the Junior Jays for their last game of the 2022 calendar year on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.

Shootout at Moylan

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor in Chief, Striv Executive Producer
December 20, 2022
West has a difficult season up ahead and coaches and players both notice this opportunity to shine. “We have a very tough schedule this year,” said head coach William Morrison. “Our defense needs to continue to get better. We need to find ways to score more points too.” Coaches aren’t the only ones who see the season ahead as players have a lot of faith for the season. “I feel like we will be able to compete with any team as long as we come to play,” senior Chole Kirschner said. “Once we get our injured players back we should be ready to get some big games.”

Wildcats shock the Bears

Reece Straley, Staff Reporter
December 12, 2022
Matt Rhule, the newly hired head coach for Nebraska Football, was the first of many in this years head coaching cycle. Other coaches that were hired, and potentially in the eyes of athletic director Trev Alberts include Deion Sanders (Colorado), Hugh Freeze (Auburn) and Luke Fickell (Wisconsin) to name a few. However, Rhule brings the highest floor compared to those coaches, as he has built programs from the ground up, and leaving it in good hands if, or when, he leaves. Photo from @huskerfbnation on Twitter.

Rhule the day

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor in Chief, Striv Executive Producer
December 5, 2022
Senior Jack Carrol getting ready to throw the bowling ball down the lane. “The athletes bowl in a bakers format,” ACP teacher and coach Bret Seipker said. “This allows all members to participate equally.”

Inclusivity and bowling

Jacob Hargens, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2022
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