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The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief

In addition to being the Web Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Murphy, senior, also enjoys running with the cross country team. Journalism has proved to be Murphy’s main interest due to the fun he has writing about sports and photographing sports games. In the future, Murphy hopes to be a photojournalist for a professional sports team.

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Breaking a record of that stood for over a decade, Hayden Williams-Downing holds the schools newest record for a womens javelin throw.

[Photo] Hayden Williams-Downing is ahead of the field in womens javelin

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief
March 14, 2024

Breaking a record of that stood for over a decade, Hayden Williams-Downing holds the school's newest record for a womens javelin throw.

On Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 both basketball teams picked up first round wins in the 6A OSAA state playoffs.

First round recap: basketball teams move on to second round

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 29, 2024

Both the mens and womens basketball teams are headed to Southridge High School for the second round of the 6A Oregon Sports and Activities Association (OSAA) state playoffs.  On Feb. 27, the 18th seed...

Max Juhala and Nick DiGuilio, both seniors, high five each other early in the first quarter.

[Photo] Mens basketball team wins 75—65 on senior night to close out regular season

Claire Lenarduzzi, Staff Reporter
February 26, 2024

Prior to the game, seniors from the basketball and cheer team gathered on the center court with their families.

On Feb. 17, the wrestling team became Three Rivers League district champions with 419.5 points at Lakeridge High School.

Wrestling team becomes district champions with five individual winners

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 19, 2024

The wrestling team has become the district champions. With a score of 419.5 points, the wrestling team placed first in team score as second place, the Oregon City Pioneers, scored 286 points. Held at...

Freshmen Kaylor Buse and Pat Vialva Jr. have stepped in as varsity starters for their teams.

Fresh in the spotlight

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 14, 2024

Freshmen are rookies— players who are in their first year at a given level. All professional leagues have a dedicated Rookie of the Year Award to recognize the rookies’ performance over the course...

On Sept. 15, 2023, the cheer team performed at a football halftime show. The cheer team won the 6A OSAA Large Traditional State Championship on Feb. 10.

[Photo] Cheer team wins first ever state championship

Finn Howell, Coverage Editor
February 12, 2024

On Sept. 15, 2023, the cheer team performed at a football halftime show. The cheer team won the 6A OSAA Large Traditional State Championship on Feb. 10.

On a given Flex Life class period, StudentVUE provides information on what Flex class you are going to.

The rundown on Flex scheduling

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
December 11, 2023

If there is a test to make up, a career to learn about, or a needed conversation with a particular teacher, don’t be afraid to utilize the new Flex scheduling, also known as “access” periods.  During...

Bernice Wayland, senior, is a captain on the womens varsity soccer team and was recognized as the Three Rivers League Player of the Year.

[Photo] Bernice Wayland wins Three Rivers League Player of the Year award

Nicholas Hull, Staff Reporter
November 6, 2023

Bernice Wayland, senior, is a captain on the womens varsity soccer team and was recognized as the Three Rivers League Player of the Year.

Every AP exam has a fee thats $89. If the student doesnt pay the money in time, there will be an additional $40 fee.

[Photo] The problem with the AP exam registration fees

Lucy Forest, Staff Reporter
October 26, 2023

Every AP exam has a fee that's $89. If the student doesn't pay the money in time, there will be an additional $40 fee.

Stampede. Competitors from different schools try to gain a distant advantage from one another, before being taken down by the mud.

[Photo] The cross country teams gear up for districts

Claire Lenarduzzi, Staff Reporter
October 24, 2023

Gaining ground. Ryan Lippert, junior, runs toward the front of the competing varsity athletes while on solid terrain. He would later go on to run a time of 17:50 and win first place for the high school...

Last night, Sofia Gomez and Jonathan Garcia were named Homecoming royalty.

Sofia Gomez and Jonathan Garcia named Homecoming royalty

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
October 6, 2023

At last night’s football game, the Homecoming royalty was announced. Throughout the past week, seniors were able to vote on a senior Homecoming court, which was announced at the assembly on Wednesday.  The...

For the first time ever, West Linn High School is offering an astronomy class.

Astronomy class aiming for the stars

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
October 5, 2023

Astronomy is a frontier science. In contrast to sciences that consist of models and law, frontier sciences rely on hypotheses and models that have yet to be widely accepted. This year, the school is...

Getting to know more about the mens soccer defenders

Getting to know more about the mens soccer defenders

Three Rivers League (TRL) games have begun. On October 2, the mens varsity soccer team opened their TRL schedule with a 6-1 win over the Oregon City Pioneers.  This win helped extend their unbeaten...

Kate Cheldelin dribbles past the defender in a game versus Beaverton on Sept. 7.

[Photo] Goals for gold

September 22, 2023

Kate Cheldelin dribbles past the defender in a game versus Beaverton on Sept. 7.

To give a complete overview of the season, wlhsNOW staff hosted a mens soccer media day, which included portraits in the photo studio and individual interviews with the players. Scroll below to see each player’s profile, which explains each players’ backstory and individual outlook on the season.

Getting to know the 2023 mens soccer team

Fourteen players from last year’s roster are returning. After finishing last year losing in the first round, the mens soccer team believes continuity is the key to success. Miles Miller, junior, is a...

Baseball team goes back-to-back

Baseball team goes back-to-back

Joseph Murphy, Photography Editor
June 6, 2023

The baseball team was going into the last inning up 2—0. Up to that point, Drake Gabel, senior, had allowed zero runs against the number two ranked Jesuit Crusaders. Though West Linn was ranked number...

The womens lacrosse team has seven graduating seniors. All graduates were starters.

[Photo] Lacrosse starters to fill senior voids

Eden Pepos, Features Editor
June 5, 2023

The women's lacrosse team has seven graduating seniors. All graduates were starters.

In the dugout, Gomez embraces Rylee Gaustad, junior, after the celebration. The softball team played the Lakeridge Pacers at 6:45 p.m. and lost 7—5.

Softball team loses to Lakeridge on senior night

Joseph Murphy, Photography Editor
May 15, 2023

Coming off back-to-back losses in two straight days, the softball team wasn’t able to shake off the losing streak on May 12. Though, this wasn’t any other game— this was senior night. Jenna Wheeler,...

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