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Nathan Delaney

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter

Nathan is a senior at Millard West and this is his second year on the CATalyst staff. He is taking Advanced Journalism, Broadcast Journalism and Yearbook this year. This summer he went to multiple journalism camps and went on a family vacation to Alaska. He also worked with the President of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Jim Timm, on the High School Radio Project. He is looking forward to expanding to new parts of journalism and furthering his skills this year.

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After winning the Metro Conference Championship, senior Taylor Hansen is handed the trophy to celebrate the victory. Led by a strong defensive and all-around team effort the team was able to go all the way. “It felt really good to hold the plaque and celebrate with my teammates,”  Hansen said “It was one of our goals this year to win the tournament and it felt good that our hard work has paid off.”

Cats take Metros

Nathan Delaney, Sports Director
January 22, 2024
Late in the game, freshman Kylee Millard runs the offense. With the Wildcats having a big lead coach made a point to get everybody in the game. “It is important, of course there are JV games but it’s not the same thing,” head coach Marc Kruger said. “Getting them out there with a chance to prove themselves to us coaches is important. It can lead to them possibly getting a larger role when we need bench players to set up.”

Wildcats survive the Storm

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
December 20, 2023
Toddler Day

Toddler Day

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
December 13, 2023
Unified bowling team getting ready for a match against Omaha North. “The athletes bowl in a baker’s format,” ACP teacher and coach Bret Seipker said. “This allows all members to participate equally.”

Bowling as one

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
November 20, 2023
Extra opportunities

Extra opportunities

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
November 9, 2023
Returning a kick with his brother on the field, senior Jackson Williams slices through the defense for a big return. Having both brothers on the field is super important to his family because his parents get to watch both their sons every Friday night. “I hope that I can show him how to be apart of a team and how to watch film,” Williams said. “It is amazing being able to be on the same team as my brother cause it is the first time it has ever happened.”

Brotherly love

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
November 2, 2023
As a HOSA volunteer Junior Spencer Ford checks in donors for the blood drive. HOSA helps the Red Cross run the blood drive each year with different behind the scenes tasks.“I volunteer at the blood drive because It helps out with my interest in learning more about what things are like in the health field,” junior Spencer Ford said. “I enjoy being able to help out the Red Cross and help make sure people are able and comfortable donating blood.”

Giving life

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
October 25, 2023
Senior Logan Moseley is upset over certain websites being blocked on school laptops. The school has a firewall set up to block certain websites from students. “I just want to play my immaculate grid dynasty, daddy, immaculate gridiron game,” Moseley said. “It’s my favorite game to play and I get very sad when I cannot play every single day.”

Social media in schools

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
September 19, 2023
In Home Maintenance, STS teacher Anothony Anderson teaches senior Bobby Joseph how to hook up the wires for an outlet. Anderson had a great experience taking shop class in high school, such a great experience he decided he wanted to do it as a career. “My high school shop teacher was really influential,” Anderson said. “I had a really good connection with him starting my freshman year. I had such a great experience with him, the more I thought about things in high school I was really good at working with my hands and helping other students in class.”

Fresh faces

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2023
Photo by Luke Lombardo

Battle of the undefeateds

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
April 28, 2023
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
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
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
Defensive tackle Hudson Meier and linebacker Braedyn Kiger rally to sack the South Sioux City quarterback. Millard West’s defense was attacking all day and held the Cardinals to just 49 total yards. “It feels great when the defense is able to get the shutout,” sophomore Jake Blackman said. “It gives us the confidence that we can lean on the defense to keep us in the game when the offense is struggling.”

Wildcats clean house

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
September 29, 2022
Millard West prepares to kickoff against Omaha North. The wildcats were looking to rebound after a tough loss against Millard South. “We wanted to make sure we started off strong,” junior Trey Mittelstedt said. “When we scored on the opening drive it gave the whole team a boost in confidence.”

Wildcats battle Vikings

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
September 9, 2022
The Wildcats are preparing to start the second half of football against Millard South. The goal coming out of the locker room was to strike first and crawl back into the game. “We tried to make a couple adjustments at half,” senior Brady Luther said. “We were trying to see what we had for this game and the rest of the season.”

Wildcats fall to Patriots

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
September 2, 2022
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