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The Catalyst

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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Senior Drew Borner celebrates his first inning run. The Cats erupted for an eight run first on their way to the state title. “I’ve never felt anything like it,” Borner said. “ It’s surreal and I still haven’t fully grasped it yet. This team battled adversity from the end of last year all the way to this final game. I love my boys.”

Millard Best

Evan Vaslow, MWHS Wildcat News co-Editor-in-Chief
May 24, 2022
This could have been the last game of the season, so the Wildcats made sure to step up their level of play. They made a goal, and delivered on that quickly. “Our main goal was to play team ball and work together, which we did very well in this game,” senior Asher Thomas said. “I think we came out with a win because we had a good game plan and worked together.”

West takes quarters

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
May 23, 2022
Senior Sadie Millard celebrates after becoming the state champion of the 400 meter dash. Millard finished with a time of 56.80 seconds, and added to a strong showing from the girls team all around. “I couldnt be more proud of my teammates,” Millard said. “Each one of them came out and gave their all in each of their races. We have gotten super close this season and I will always be super proud no matter how they run or what place they get.”

State season

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
May 23, 2022
Senior Sam Kirchner ran the one mile and two mile at state last year.  He is looking forward to taking home a gold medal to end his senior season with a bang. “I would like to place better than I did last year.” Kirchner said. “Going to state, I want my mindset to be focused on making sure I am able to perform at my best ability.”

Going D1

Alex Van Gerpen, Staff Reporter
May 13, 2022
senior Drake Pietryga gets ready to set up his gun at the state meet. The team finished first place in the High Overall category. I was really happy with my performance on the first day, Pietryga said. I shot a 47 out of 75 on the second day because of the wind, so that was a little rough.

Shooting to success

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director
May 12, 2022
Millard West had a great showing this weekend. Although they came out fast and shut out both teams, they always have ways to improve. “Our team overall can work on feeding off each other’s energy and keep the offense going when there are runners on base,” senior Andrew Tauber said. “I think we all expected to play the way we did Saturday. We all came ready to play and ready to win.”

West sweeps in Districts

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
May 11, 2022
Millar West had a hard fought game, although theres room for improvement. They will look over these details and adjust for next week. “Well it was a very tough game, and Lincoln was a well disciplined team,” junior Josh Mclure said. “I think the best take away would be that we need to be more prepared for games and practices.”

Lincoln comes out on top

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
May 9, 2022
Freshman Amaya McLauren works to get behind her opponent during her second match.

Off-season improvement

Halle Opat, Photo Editor
May 6, 2022
The Wildcats celebrate a big win earlier in the season against Millard North. This year the Cats finished with a regular season record of 24-5, and they will be a number one seed in their District tournament bracket, however there is always room for improvement. “I think we need to score more runs in the middle innings,” senior Sam Novotny said. “We usually put up runs in the first and last couple innings but I think it would really help if we could put a few more runs on the scoreboard for the middle innings and put more pressure on the other team.”

Postseason bound

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
May 5, 2022
Millard West has had a great season thus far, and learned a lot better as a team. Although they have had a steady level of play, there are always things to improve. “One thing the team needs to work on is reading the game better and anticipating where the ball is going,” senior Johnson Lu said. “A lot of the time we’re too slow to react when we know a pass is coming.”

The battle

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
May 3, 2022
Senior Drew Borner lines a ball into center field for an RBI single to tie the game against Creighton Prep. The Wildcats would go on to win in extra innings. “The Prep game felt like a state tournament game,” Borner said. “We love playing in these games. They mean more and they are just fun to be apart of. Whenever you’re in a game like that, your adrenaline fuels your game.”

Cats’ streak continues

Evan Vaslow, MWHS Wildcat News co-Editor-in-Chief
May 2, 2022
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