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History of the Prep vs. Westside Rivalry

Anthony Kowal, Jay Journal Staff

The rivalry between Prep and Westside has stretched over decades with bad blood between the two schools. The rivalry first started when Prep moved to its current location which was in the same district as Westside.

This move caused kids from the same neighborhood to join two different schools which naturally caused some form of tension between the kids in the same district.

“Most of the Prep guys and Westside guys came from the same neighborhood which made [the rivalry] intense at the start,” Dr. Dan Schinzel, Prep’s athletic director, said.

Both schools have left their mark on the other in different ways showing how strong this rivalry truly is. Long-time teacher and football coach, Mr. Greg Glenn says students from both schools have pushed the rivalry to its limits.

“Let’s just say Westside students left a certain insignia on the baseball field and a Prep student was to known to have streaked a Westside pep rally,” Glenn said.

This rivalry has been thought to boost not only the morale of the students, but the players as well. The athletes play harder knowing that if they win they will be seen as stars. It is even thought that the players play harder due their fear of losing and being shamed.

“I think it changes the energy of the players, because Westside versus. Prep [is] going to be a fight,” said Schinzel

Westside has been able to stay close rivals throughout the years due to the proximity of the two schools. The rivalry is not only hyped up by the two school’s student bodies but also alumni of both and even the Omaha World Herald.

“I think a lot of it is because the World Herald said since were in the same region in the city we must be rivals,” Glenn said.

The rivalry has lived on through many generations of students at both Creighton Prep and Westside, and still continues to this day. Any game against Westside is packed with students from each of the schools cheering on their athletes in hopes of victory over the opposing school.

“There have been times the Westside rivalry has been real intense and times it’s gone down, and now it’s fairly intense now,” Schinzel said.

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