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Jonathan Willis

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer

Jon is a senior and this is his second year on the Catalyst staff. He loves sports and spends most of his time watching and studying them closely. He commentates a lot of varsity sports, and is looking to continue commentating after high school. Jon hosts a podcast, is an analyst on a weekly fall football show, and founded the “Millard Media Team”.

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Best Play by Play

May 21, 2021
Senior Kyan Lodice sizing up a pitch as it is on the way to the catcher’s glove. Lodice had the go ahead hit to the second basemen that led to the Wildcats winning the game. “Now that we are at the end of the season, I am very excited to see where this team is going to go,” Lodice said. “We are playing very solid baseball right now, and I believe there is good potential in this team to make a run in the state tournament.”

Wildcats get revenge

April 30, 2021
Junior Jaxson Cahoy pitching early in the game against Millard South. He finished the day only allowing one hit and 11 strikeouts. “After the four losses, our mentality switched as soon as the week started,” Cahoy said. “I think it meant a lot to the seniors, considering it’s their last year and for the other guys with Millard South being our rival made them want to win just as bad as everyone else.”

Wildcats bounce back

April 15, 2021
Millard West celebrates after their 55-54 win over Westside. They play Lincoln Pius X in the state tournament on March 9. “It felt like I was on cloud nine for the night,” junior Chase Hultman said. “Celebrating with all of the guys and our friends in the student section was a lot of fun and knowing that we would get a chance to play in Lincoln is really cool, but we still have to approach it as any other game so that we can keep playing in Lincoln instead of being one and done.”

On to State

March 8, 2021
Senior Corbin Hawkins pitching in a doubleheader against Grand Island on March 28, 2019. Millard West won both games by a combined 11-3 score. “The team morale is higher than ever,” Hawkins said. “We have some young guys and obviously some transfers who are eager to make an impact early. Most of these guys have not played in a spring game in over a year, so naturally everyone is antsy to get this season rolling.”

Defend the title

March 5, 2021

Sports Corner 01.15.21

January 14, 2021
Senior Laney Schipper fighting for the ball in a game against Omaha Bryan. This is Schippers third year on varsity and she is the most experienced player on the team.“Laney knows what it takes to compete at this level,” head coach Marc Kruger said. “We are looking for her to be a consistent scorer and defender.”

New faces

December 1, 2020

Sports Corner 11.13.20

November 12, 2020
Millard West volleyball players waving to the crowd after their thrilling five set victory over Lincoln Pius. There were 500 tickets allowed for each team in the state tournament. “It really just added fuel to our fire,” junior Maddie Mactaggart said. “It was super exciting to hear the crowd go crazy when we scored a point and really helped keep the momentum going.”

Ready, set, state

November 11, 2020
Millard West players celebrating after a home run hit by junior Bella Bacon. She had over five home runs this year. “I feel like we did a good job of staying positive and together even through our schedule was very tough,” senior Hannah Roberts said. “We could have done better, but we had good chemistry and effort all season.”

Ups and downs

October 27, 2020
Millard West volleyball members celebrating during a match against Millard South. The Wildcats won this match in a sweep over the Patriots. “We’ve had some ups and downs this year but we are all very close and have a really great culture throughout the team,” senior Bridget Smith said. “We always find a way to push through a tough match and we learn from each game.”

Finish the job

October 13, 2020

Sanitary solutions

October 9, 2020
Former Millard West baseball player and current Nebraska freshman Max Anderson and senior Corbin Hawkins celebrate a home run hit by Anderson in a 6-3 win against Westside in the second round of the metro tournament. Millard West won this game, but ended up losing round 2 of the Metro tournament. “My favorite game was when we beat Westside at the end of the year,” head baseball coach Steve Frey said. “They were the most talented team we played this past summer and it was well pitched by Jaxson Cahoy and we played our most complete game of the summer.”

A different summer

August 27, 2020
Junior Hunter Sallis and senior Latrell Wrightsell combined for 72 points in Centrals win at Millard North

The game of the year

February 23, 2020
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