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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

Schmitz, in the center,  alongside basketball teammates, boosts the team/s energy.

Emma Schmitz: Rising Varsity Athlete

Emerson Ritter, Staff Writer May 3, 2023

Emma Schmitz is a varsity basketball player in her freshman year, averaging 18 points per game. Unfortunately, Schmitz got a non-displaced fracture near her growth plate below one of her fingers at practice...

Westerns crew team poses together after a regatta in October.

Rowers Return from Crew Trip to Florida

Charlotte Pelton, Writer February 22, 2023

Craig Redinger, coach of the crew team, puts intense thought into his athletes and their improvement, including providing a trip to Florida. The camp, which is held annually in the winter to avoid the...

The Play for Preemies showcase is held annually.

Varsity Girls Basketball Wins Game in Play for Preemies Showcase

Maria Kinnan, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

The Play for Preemies Showcase is an annual charity event played by all-girls varsity basketball teams across the region. The showcase, held on the first Saturday in January, raises money for the Neonatal...

In his spare time, Owen Townsend enjoys football and fishing.

Owen Townsend: Freshman Prodigy

Noah C, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

Despite being a freshman at WAHS, wrestler Owen Townsend is making his mark in the wrestling program. Not only does he wrestle against college-level athletes, but Owen was also the Virginia State champ...

MacCleery says her biggest supporter is her sister, who plays with her.

Elsie MacCleery Has Found the Key to Success

Audrey Miracle, Assistant Editor February 17, 2023

For sophomore Elsie MacCleery, golf is all about finding the perfect shot. However, she knows that they’re not all going to be perfect.   MacCleery has been in the game for a while, first picking...

Sullivan ran the two mile at Fork Union Military Academy last year. His personal record for the event is 9:45.

Senior Nate Sullivan is on Track for Success

Quinn Eliason, Staff Writer January 4, 2023

Western Albemarle High School’s boys cross country team is known statewide for their constant success, winning 5 state championships, and continuing to acquire gifted runners. One such gifted runner...

Thomas Heilman is a 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships gold medalist in the 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay.

Thomas Heilman Smashes Records

Noah C, Staff Writer January 4, 2023

When thinking about the greatest swimmers in the world, Western sophomore Thomas Heilman might not come to mind. However, the 15-year-old Western Albemarle student could soon be a household name alongside...

“We practice in many different locations, some of them are upwards of 45 miles away.” -Darius Mehta, senior team captain.

Western Mountain Biking Team to Build Trails Around School

Annie Flamm, Staff writer November 4, 2022

Western Albemarle High School’s Mountain Biking Team has never had a home turf, until now. They have relied on courses elsewhere in the county to practice and compete. Now, members of the team are trading...

Natalie Rocco – Becoming Best in State

Sadie Spearin, Staff Writer November 2, 2022

Junior, co-captain, middle hitter, and #12 on the varsity volleyball team at Western Albemarle, Natalie Rocco, joined the team as a freshman and is now finishing her second year on varsity. First inspired...

Westerns Spring Sport Gallery

Western’s Spring Sport Gallery

Claire McMahon, Staff Writer June 6, 2022

The Story of Trevor Martin

The Story of Trevor Martin

Charlie Seaborn, Staff Writer May 13, 2022

Trevor Martin is a sophomore at Western who moved to Crozet earlier this year from Arlington, Virginia. Martin plays basketball and football for Western and is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan. Everyone who...