by Katie Willoughby
Basketball was created in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. The game became well known quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed. First in America and then throughout the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed. The American National Basketball Association (NBA) established in 1946 grew to a multibillion-dollar company by the end of the century and basketball became an important part of American culture. Basketball is an important sport at West Hills our teams have won numerous awards and have a great reputation among other high school teams. Right now the girls basketball season is in play and will end the 16th of February.
by Avila Ashland
West Hills offers many sports giving students opportunities to work with others on a team and grow physically and mentally. I interviewed a former soccer player, John Draney. He shared with me the ups and downs of playing a sport in high school. Playing on a team, you make many good relationships with people because you’re all working hard together with a common goal and the same interests. The competitiveness of it offers a challenge that is always pushing you to work to be your best. Staying in a sport also keeps you in shape while having fun. It was also reported that staying in a sport while managing school can be a bit of a struggle. Managing time is a big part of playing a sport because you still have to fit in all the school work to make sure you’re able to play on the team. Especially at the end of a long practice you often want to just go home and nap, but you have to stay committed to school and get all your work done. Playing a sport in high school is a big commitment, but overall it is a great experience where you bond with others and learn life lessons.