COVID-19 spike before NFL playoffs sparks discussion within school community

The NFL’s COVID-19 crisis was fully exposed during its twelfth week of the season, affecting the school’s many passionate fans and forcing the coaching staff to analyze the league’s safety protocols to create a safer sports experience throughout the upcoming weeks. With star players including quarterback Lamar Jackson and all three of the Denver Broncos […]

School maintains COVID-19 confidentiality

The athletics department, which has allowed students to continue practicing on campus, has not notified families if any athletes have contracted COVID-19, though Head of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Ari Engelberg said he is not aware of any positive cases. “It is the school’s responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of student and employee personal health […]

COVID-19 influences athletic coaches’ lifestyles

COVID-19 influences athletic coaches’ lifestyles

When tennis program head Bo Hardt checked his email and saw that the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) had announced the cancellation of the spring season, he was overcome by emotion. “As a coach, it was frustrating to miss the team bonding and teaching moments that each season brings,” Hardt said. “The memories on the bus, […]

Stealing the Spotlight from Performing Arts

Stealing the Spotlight from Performing Arts

On a late Wednesday afternoon, Shanti Hinkin ’22 listened to the combination of voices that comprised the Chamber Singers as they sang Brahms’s “Der Gang zum Liebchen.” However, this year, something was very different: she was sitting alone, watching her fellow choral members through a computer screen. This is because choir, along with almost every […]

A child’s role model: do as I say, not as I do

A child’s role model: do as I say, not as I do

With the rise of social media activism, athletes feel increasingly pressured to be leaders on and off the court. This past year, many NFL and NBA athletes, including Malcolm Jenkins and LeBron James, have become more vocal on public topics, explicitly taking stances on issues ranging from election rights to social justice. These actions put […]

As cases rise, future of on-campus athletics appears to be in jeopardy

As cases rise, future of on-campus athletics appears to be in jeopardy

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in California according to the Los Angeles Times, new restrictions may affect on-campus sports practices. In an all-school email sent by President Rick Commons, the school announced the cancellation of all on-campus activities from Thanksgiving Day to Dec. 4 in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during […]

Wolverines Only

Wolverines Only

How can I explain to the Harvard-Westlake community what field hockey means to me? Well, that is a difficult question, since not a lot of people are familiar with the sport. Not only are people unfamiliar with field hockey at Harvard-Westlake, but the sport is also relatively unknown in all of America. However, in the […]

There’s no us in team

There’s no us in team

When point guard Melissa Zozulenko ’21 packed her bag on the last day of in-person school, she didn’t realize she would have to say goodbye to her basketball team for over six months. Since then, she has been isolated from the majority of her teammates and coaches, even though she has recently returned to the court […]

Students reflect on in-person practices

The school started its first phase of athletic practices Aug. 24, allowing athletes to return to campus while still practicing social distancing protocols. Athletes in the baseball, boys basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls water polo, field hockey and football programs all made their way back to campus […]

Students unite in hopes of winning championships for City of Angels

Students unite in hopes of winning championships for City of Angels

On a dreary Wednesday afternoon in the middle of  quarantine, Collin Assil ’22 sat down in front of his computer to cheer on the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs with his best friends. As he watched his Lakers, he instantly forgot  the challenges that had resulted from the pandemic. “During quarantine, I really haven’t been able to […]

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