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Senior Sam Novotny battles against Gretna in the Metro tournament last season. This off season Novotny worked on blocking out the noise and focusing while on the mound. “One of my biggest focuses this off season has been blocking out everything on the mound and really being able to zone in and focus for the whole time I’m on the mound.”

[Photo] A fresh start

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2022
Senior Cade Owens fired up after their second round matchup against Millard South. They won this game 4-3 off of an RBI single by junior Drew Borner in the top of the seventh.

[Photo] Wildcats fall one game short

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
May 21, 2021
Junior Drew Borner celebrates in a game against Gretna in the Metro Tournament. Millard West would win this game 6-1 to advance to play Millard South in the second round. “Most of us hadn’t really played varsity baseball so we had no idea what to expect,” Borner said. “I think we handled it very well. We went through lots of ups and downs, but played our best ball in the games that mattered the most.”

[Photo] Looking ahead to the postseason

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
May 6, 2021
Alumni Laura Ferguson Foral receives her plaque for being induced into The Hall of Fame.

[Photo] Honoring the past

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
May 5, 2021
Senior Tyler Merkel swinging big at a pitch in the home opener. He finished the day with a total of six RBIs and three doubles. “Our momentum from winning the first game carried over into the second one and I think that just overwhelmed the Northeast guys,” Merkel said. “We have a lot of trust in each one of our teammates to get the job done.”

[Photo] Dominating day on the diamond

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
March 24, 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.”

[Photo] Defend the title

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
March 5, 2021
Early in the game, the Spartans took the lead and gave the Wildcats a complication. This made Millard West adjust their gameplay to stop Lincoln East’s shots. “Their best player started out scoring the first seven points,” coach William Morrison said. “Most games start off close in the first quarter, so we weren’t worried. We made an adjustment to how we guarded him, and it seemed to work.”

[Photo] The streak continues

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
February 5, 2021
Senior Dominic Humm leads the team to a 10 point victory against Millard South. Humm had 13 points including one three-pointer. Overall, it was a fun game, Humm said. It’s always a good feeling to go out and beat your rival team, especially twice in one year. The game started off a little rocky, but we took control of it in the second half and came out on top.

[Photo] Double domination

Miguel Paredes Reyes, Sports Director
February 5, 2021
Senior Aiden Schollmeyer sizing up senior Shay Bailey from Blair. Schollmeyer won the match with a quick pin in the first period. “I think weve had a good season but we could have worked harder and pushed each other more in order to secure our spots at state,” Schollmeyer said. “Ive just been practicing harder and teaching the younger guys new moves and pushing them as much as I can so my legacy at west will be with the next generation.”

[Photo] Bears outduel the Wildcats

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
February 5, 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.”

[Photo] New faces

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
December 1, 2020
Sophomore quarterback Brady Brau evades defenders on a run. Friday night was his first start on varsity, and he threw for 25 yards while rushing for 63 yards. “I loved watching Brady Brau step up at the quarterback position,” senior linebacker Will Ekborg said. “He kept his cool the entire game and really looked like he knew what he was doing out there.”

[Photo] Spartans devastate the Wildcats

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
October 6, 2020
Millard West Administrators thank teachers for all their hard work with a surprise Cupcake Cart.

[Photo] Teacher Appreciation Cupcake Cart

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
September 18, 2020
The defense played lights out during the game, with five turnovers on the night.

[Photo] Bouncing back strong

Miguel Paredes Reyes, Sports Director
September 15, 2020
During the pandemic, students are being restricted from attending different sports events. The administration is allowing limited people into some of the games, and other sports will have no attendees.

[Photo] Sports distancing

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
September 4, 2020
Junior Nathan Pederson avoids defenders to get his second rushing touchdown of the night. He would end up having 136 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. “I’m excited to see what our team can do,” sophomore tight end Brandt Pickrell said. “I know Thursday wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but we have a very talented team and I’m excited to see what we will do the rest of the season.”

[Photo] Football season kicks off with a bang

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
September 2, 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.”

[Photo] A different summer

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
August 27, 2020
The Millard West defense waits anxiously for the snap against Elkhorn South in last year’s second round matchup against the Storm. The Wildcats beat the Storm in this game 35-21. “I was really proud of how far we got as a team last year,” senior running back Zach Coleman said. “I wouldn’t trade last season for anything else.”

[Photo] Wildcats look to weather the Storm

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
August 27, 2020
Mississippi State’s Elijah MacNamee crouches on the field after a tough loss to Louisville in the 2019 College World Series. 

For the first time in 70 years, Omaha won’t be hosting the eight-team tradition, which is an extreme blow to the city. The city has long prided itself on hosting the tournament and in 2009 spent $100 million to build TD Ameritrade Park in exchange for an NCAA promise to keep the CWS through at least 2035. Canceling the CWS alone will cost the local economy $70 million, and is a huge loss for the businesses and vendors that surround TD Ameritrade Park.

[Photo] Omaha suffers devastating blow

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
April 14, 2020
Pictured above are Millard West teachers Tim Royers and Brooke Phillips.

[Photo] I Heart Public Schools

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
January 30, 2020
The Wildcats hype up their teammates before they take the court. Conway (42) ran through his teammates tunnel onto the court before the game. The Wildcats have great team chemistry and work well as a group and that leads to a successful turnout on the court.

[Photo] Wildcats pounce on Panthers

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
December 19, 2019
Odermann celebrates a touchdown play with his teammates. He has been a key member of the Wildcat offense this season. Ive loved my time as a Wildcat, Odermann said.

[Photo] A dream come true

Carson Fox, Staff Reporter
October 15, 2019
Millard West’s first football coach Dan McLaughlin shakes the hands of many as he receives his Hall of Fame plaque. He was a part of a special ceremony held at halftime of this year’s first football game. “I don’t know if people really understand how special this place is,” McLaughlin said. “When we first played here in 1995, we went 0-9, didn’t win a single game, and none of them were even close. Look where it is now. The crowd, the atmosphere, the new scoreboard and field; it’s a great place.”

[Photo] Not your average coach

Dana Summers, Staff Reporter
October 14, 2019
Senior Brock Wyman and his teammates celebrate a defensive stop. After going down 13-0, the Wildcat defense allowed just 50 yards.

[Photo] Wildcats beat the Bearcats

Carson Fox, Staff Reporter
October 10, 2019
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