2013 - 2011
Westlake High School
River lax rolls past Westlake, tournament up next|
May 18, 2013 - In their final regular season games of 2013, both Rocky River and Westlake were looking to build up some momentum with the tournament draw on the horizon.
When the final gun sounded, all that momentum was clearly in the Pirates’ favor.
Senior middie Eric Sperli scored four goals wirth a pair of assists as Rocky River rolled past the visiting Demons, 12-1, last Friday night at River Stadium.
Rocky River bounced back from a narrow 10-9 loss to Chagrin Falls earlier in the week. The Pirates closed out the regular season at 11-2 and began to look ahead toward their goal...
Lew's pitching, Brown's speed advance Westlake|
May 16, 2013 - The Westlake Demons managed just one run against Avon in their Division I sectional championship game with Avon.
Thanks to freshman pitcher Katie Lew, the one run proved to be enough.
Lew blanked the visiting Eagles, and her teammates made a second-inning run stand in a 1-0 victory. With the win, the fourth-seeded Demons advanced to next week’s district tournament at North Ridgeville.
Westlake scored what proved to be the game-winner when Erin Brown...
Hartsel throws a gem as Rangers blank Westlake|
May 04, 2013 - Marty Hartsel probably remembered the game like it happened yesterday.
It was a 2012 Division I sectional title game, and Hartsel took the mound with his Lakewood Rangers up 6-0 at Westlake. Two innings and nine runs later, Hartsel was out of the game and the Rangers were on their way out of the tournament in a 10-6 defeat.
Friday night, Hartsel again took the mound to face the Demons. The results were as different as night and day.
The Ranger righty hurled a masterpiece, blanking the visitors on just three hits to lead Lakewood to a 7-0 win at Lakewood Stadium. The win...
Shoregals top Demons, stay in thick of SWC race|
May 03, 2013 - The Avon Lake Shoregals remained tied with Brecksville for the Southwestern Conference lead after a 6-1 win over Westlake Thursday afternoon.
Pitcher Annie Wennerberg moved to 12-1 on the season, allowing just a single run in the top of the first inning. Avon Lake tied the game in the bottom of the frame, then added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Shoregals put the game away with a 3-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth.
Offensively, Ali Balthaser led the way for Avon Lake (16-1) with three singles. Westlake fell to 9-9 on the season. On Saturday, Avon Lake will head east and participate...
Westlake track & field teams race past Avon Lake|
May 02, 2013 - Westlake swept Avon Lake in a Southwestern Conference track and field meet Wednesday afternoon. The Demon boys came out on top 76-47, while the girls scored an 85-51 win.
Here are the results from the meet, as well as links to Larry’s photos:
Boys: Westlake 76, Avon Lake 47
Shot put: Seiple (AL) 51-1; Discus: Seiple (AL) 152-6; High Jump: Kallash (W) 5-10; Long Jump: Hardy (W) 18-7 1/4; Pole Vault: Sedlak (W) 12-0; 4x800: G.Kelly, L. Kelly, B. Hood, Squeri (W) 8:30; 110m H: Novel (W) 16.1; 100m: Keppler (W) 11.4; 4x200: Snyder, Ohm, Sharp, Novotny (AL)...
Demons build early lead, hold on to best Bombers|
Apr 27, 2013 - In the first 2:15 of the game, Westlake got goals from juniors Paul Columbro and Adam Sandor to get a leg up on visiting Kenston. While that 2-0 lead didn’t last for long, it still managed to set the tone for the Demon lacrosse team.
Westlake, getting a hat trick from junior Jake Bechtel and a big defensive play from Columbro down the stretch, held on in the final seconds to beat Kenston, 9-8 Saturday afternoon at sun-drenched Reed Field.
“Our goal is to start out fast and get out on top of people,” said Westlake head coach Bill Bongers, whose team moved to 6-3 on the season. “Usually we play better when we’re...
Big inning not enough as Westlake falls to Eagles|
Apr 24, 2013 - So far, the 2013 season has been one of peaks and valleys for the Westlake baseball team. Tuesday at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Demons experienced all of those highs and lows in a single game.
St. Edward broke open a 3-2 game with a six-run third inning to take a 9-2 lead. Westlake one-upped the Eagles in the top of the sixth, sending 11 men to the plate and rallying for seven runs to tie the game. But in the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Wasil’s...
Eagles rally twice in late innings to edge Demons|
Apr 16, 2013 - The North Olmsted Eagles have been involved in a number of close games so far in 2013. So when they found themselves trailing visiting Westlake 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning they were in familiar territory.
“We’ve been on the field against some pretty good teams so far this season,” said North Olmsted head coach Tim Murphy. “In our five losses, we’ve been either tied or had the lead in the middle of the game.
“I don’t think we’re ever out of a game,” he added.
The persistence of Murphy’s Eagles paid off against the Demons. They rallied not once, but twice in the late innings Monday afternoon to claim a 2-1 Southwestern Conference win in nine innings at Victory Park. North Olmsted moved to 6-5 on the season and evened their SWC slate...
In a deja vu moment, Demons rally past Bulldogs|
Apr 03, 2013 - It was the bottom of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, it was deja vu time for the Westlake baseball team.
The Demons, down 3-1, had been here before. Even the new faces in the lineup got into the act.
A two-run double by Justin Runevitch brought home the tying and go-ahead runs as Westlake rallied for a 5-3 win over visiting Olmsted Falls in the Southwestern Conference opener...
Westlake's No. 1 Fan bids adieu with state sendoff|
Mar 29, 2013 - It was the end of an era at Westlake High School Thursday afternoon.
Westlake’s No. 1 Fan, Chad Dilillo, was given the school’s traditional State Sendoff as he prepared to leave for the next chapter in his life. After a trip to Florida where his family has a home, he will begin a job with Bridges, according to athletic director Tony Cippolone in a press release.
In honor of Chad’s departure, the school conducted a State Sendoff, a longtime Westlake tradition reserved for a team or individual athlete who qualifies for an OHSAA championship. The marching band and the cheerleaders lead the honorees throughout every hallway...
Bees break district drought with win over Demons|
Mar 10, 2013 - Somehow, some way, high school hoops history was going to be made Saturday night at the Grafton Division I district championship game.
It took nearly all of the game’s 32 minutes, but in the end it was Brecksville that made the night one for the record books.
The Bees, looking to win their first boys district basketball championship in 33 years, did just that with a hard-fought 58-53 win over Westlake. The Southwestern Conference champions advanced to the Sweet 16 and a regional semifinal matchup with Nordonia Wednesday night in Akron.
“Thirty three years...That’s a long time,” said Brecksville head coach Steve Mehalic as his team prepared to cut down the nets.
“We got some emails from some of our former players like Eric Musselman and other guys...
Intense Demons topple Elyria, reach district finale|
Mar 08, 2013 - This morning, the Westlake Demons are exactly where they wanted to be:
In the Division I district championship game.
The Demons, playing with what head coach Shawn Hood called “tournament intensity,” jumped out to an early lead and held off a determined Elyria squad in the second half. That effort allowed them to come away with a 70-55 win over the Pioneers in a district semifinal matchup at Midview High School.
“We stepped our intensity at the beginning more than we did the first time we played them,” said Westlake’s senior point guard Shawn Turk, who had 10 points and six rebounds. “We took care of the ball better. I don’t know if I took better care of it, but as a team I think we did.
“We moved the ball around and played our offense...
Season ends for Westlake in OT loss to Pioneers|
Feb 21, 2013 - After trailing by 17 points in the first quarter, Westlake had battled all the way back.
A tenacious defense, along with a monster of a game by freshman Monica Fury, had the Demons poised to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. With a 40-36 lead, all that was needed was one more score, one more defensive play...
One more free throw.
But none of those materialized for the Demons. Instead, Elyria got a pair of baskets from Alexis Middlebrooks in the final minute, then scored...
Bees get past short-handed Demons in OT thriller|
Feb 16, 2013 - If the final Southwestern Conference boys basketball game at Westlake’s gymnasium had been televised, it would have certainly qualified for ‘instant classic’ status.
Regardless, Friday night’s SWC barn burner between arch-rivals Brecksville and Westlake proved to be one for the ages.
The Demons, playing without leading scorer Gavin Skelly and head coach Shawn Hood, gave the SWC champion Bees all they could handle. And because of that effort, it took an extra four minutes of play for the visitors to leave town with a hard-fought 66-63 overtime win before an enthusiastic packed house at Westlake High.
Brecksville, which wrapped up its third-straight SWC championship and first outright title last week, had its collective hands full with a determined band of Demons. Prior to the game, Westlake found out Skelly and Hood would be unavailable for the game due to an OHSAA rules violation. But after spotting Brecksville a 21-9 first-quarter lead, the Demons...
Swimming: Streaks take runner-up honors at CSU|
Feb 10, 2013 - Magnificat and Avon Lake finished second and fourth, respectively, at the girls Division I Swimming Sectionals at Cleveland State University. Westlake was the area\'s top boys team at CSU, finishing sixth.
Individual champions for the girls were Erin Pettegrew from Avon in the 100 Butterfly; Brittany Menzer of Avon Lake in the 500 Freestyle; and Ellen Hutchinson of Magnificat in the 100 Backstroke.
Strongsville dominated the day, winning both the girls and boys team championships. The Mustangs set three meet records in the process, with the girls claiming two...
Demons overcome slow start to dominate Eagles|
Feb 09, 2013 - With 5:30 left in the first half, the North Olmsted Eagles had visiting Westlake Demons right where they wanted them.
On a well-executed give-and-go play, Jason Brent took a pass from Sean Needles, then hit him cutting down the lane for a layup. With the score 16-16, the Orange and Black looked like they might have a shot at breaking their Southwestern Conference winless streak.
That outlook changed drastically over the next 5:26.
After a chat with head coach Shawn Hood durning a timeout, the Demons went on a 15-3 run to close out the half. The onslaught continued in the third quarter as the Demons left town with a convincing 64-34 win Friday night.
“We needed to play with high energy. We needed to play with hunger,” said Hood, whose team was coming off a tough 61-58 loss to Berea...
Demons play their game, turn tables on Shoremen|
Feb 02, 2013 - Looking back at their first meeting with Avon Lake, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood said he felt the Shoremen caught his Demons “off guard.”
On a cold, snowy Friday night in late-January, there were no surprises this time around.
The two teams battled on even terms for the better part of three quarters. But Westlake used a 9-0 spurt late in the third quarter and left Avon Lake with a 54-47 win in this Southwestern Conference rematch.
“In the first game, we didn’t respect them like we respected them this time,” Hood said. “Before the first game, I hadn’t seen them play or had an opportunity to have them scouted. Their athleticism and quickness caught us off guard.
“This time it didn’t. We were prepared...
Late fourth-quarter rally gets Demons past Bears|
Jan 24, 2013 - After three straight losses, the Westlake girls basketball team needed a win.
Early on in the fourth quarter against North Royalton, the Demons were staring loss No. 4 square in the face. A Nikki Newman basket inside had given the visiting Bears a 45-39 lead and some momentum heading into the final six minutes of play.
But despite the deficit, Westlake’s pressure defense was taking its toll on the young North Royalton squad. As a result, the Demons took advantage of numerous Bear turnovers down the stretch and scratched out a 52-49 win Wednesday night in non-conference play.
“That was a big win for us,” admitted Westlake head coach Chip Weiss. “It’s been like this the past couple of games where we just couldn’t hit any shots. Nothing has been falling in for us...
Eagles top Westlake, advance to SWC title game|
Jan 21, 2013 - In an up-and-down season, the North Olmsted hockey team found itself on a bit of an upswing heading into the 2013 Southwestern Conference Tournament.
That positive trend continued Saturday as the Eagles opened SWC play against Westlake. After a hard-fought 6-3 win over the Demons, the Eagles split their next two games and advanced to the SWC championship game Monday afternoon at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex.
Westlake, despite wins over Avon Lake and Brecksville in its next two contests,...
Demon defense dominates in win over Lakewood|
Jan 16, 2013 - After a convincing win over North Olmsted last Friday, Westlake faced a tough test as West Shore Conference co-leader Lakewood brought it’s trapping defense and fast-break offense to town.
But as the game’s final buzzer sounded, the Demons’ defense had passed the test with flying colors.
Westlake defused the Rangers’ potent transition attack and used a strong half-court game on the way to a 61-45 win Tuesday night. The win upped the Demons’ overall record to 8-3 heading into Friday night’s big Southwestern Conference game at Brecksville.
“I thought our guys played really good defense,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Hood, whose team allowed just 11 field goals on the night and just three 2-pointers overall.
“That was the goal. We wanted to guard them,” Hood said...
Walton's 3-pointer sends Westlake home with loss|
Jan 09, 2013 - With 37 seconds left in the game, Westlake’s Jamie Lackner found a crack in Elyria’s defense. From the top of the key, he drove the ball down the lane and hit a little floater that gave the Demons a 44-43 lead.
But just 12 seconds later, Elyria’s Isaiah Walton came up with a big shot of his own.
The 6-3 junior guard pulled up on the right wing and launched a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net. That shot proved to be the game-winner as Elyria downed Westlake, 47-44, Tuesday night in non-conference boys basketball action.
“Isaiah’s three was huge,” said Elyria head coach Brett Larrick, whose team moved to 8-2 on the season. “We knew we could get some shots. We’ve got two really good guards in Isaiah and Kody Bender. “Isaiah hit the big three, and Kody did a nice job taking care of the ball and getting to the free throw line...
Big third quarter powers Explorers past Westlake|
Jan 04, 2013 - As Corinne Furci’s fast-break basket floated through the net, Westlake was right where it wanted to be against visiting Hudson. The Demons trailed by only four, 25-21, after getting hit with a 10-2 run to start the game.
But with just over three minutes left in the first half, the Explorers’ length and athleticism began to take over.
Hudson used an 8-0 run to push the lead back out to 12, then came out of the halftime locker room with a 9-0 spurt. Those two runs led to a convincing 71-51 win over the Demons Thursday night in non-conference hoops action.
“We got to within four points, then there was a guick turn around on their part,” admitted Demons head coach Chip Weiss, whose team fell to 8-4 on the season.
“We had some opportunities to score layups, and we missed a couple in that stretch...
Demons swimmers host Avon Lake in SWC meet|
Dec 22, 2012 - Westlake hosted Avon Lake last Thursday in a Southwestern Conference swimming and diving meet at the Westlake Recreation Center. Larry captures the action with photos and videos...
Video: Magnificat hosts gymnastics competition|
Dec 20, 2012 - The Magnificat gymnastics team hosted a seven-team meet last Thursday, including local rivals Avon and Westlake. Magnificat won the team title with 131.8 points, edging out Medina (126.7) and Olmsted Falls (115.5). Westlake Green was fourth with (113.7) points, followed by Cuyahoga Hts. (113.6), Avon (113.3) and Westlake White (82.4).
Shoremen start fast, hold off Demons for SWC win|
Dec 15, 2012 - In Avon Lake’s first two Southwestern Conference games, getting off to a good start wasn’t enough as the Shoremen faltered late in losses to Brecksville and Berea.
But Friday night at Westlake, a few more pieces of that fourth-quarter puzzle fell into place for head coach Eric Smith’s crew.
Avon Lake again got off to a fast start, taking an 18-10 lead in the first quarter. This time, the Shoremen held on to that lead the rest of the way in a solid 48-40 win over the Demons in a hard-fought SWC hoops matchup.
With the win, the Shoremen evened their overall record at 2-2 and caimed their first SWC win of the young season. Westlake, the defending league co-champion, dropped its first game of the season in five outings and fell one game behind co-leaders Brecksville and Berea. “We gotten off to fast starts in every game we’ve played...
Westlake defense, intensity yields win over River|
Dec 05, 2012 - Westlake head coach Shawn Hood made no bones about what he expected from his Westlake basketball season early on this season.
One of those expectations was for his Demons to play with intensity. If Tuesday night was any indication, that intensity could be a big problem for future opponents to handle.
“I wanted to see another game - back-to-back games - of high-level intensity,” Hood said after his Demons got off to a hot start and took out visiting Rocky River, 68-45, to move to 2-0 on the 2012-13 season.
“I didn’t talk about strategy. I didn’t talk about our pressure,” Hood said. “I wasn’t really specific in terms of scouting. I just wanted to see...
Demons' pressure D leads to wins over Bay, Avon|
Nov 29, 2012 - Three games into the 2012-13 basketball season, Chip Weiss’ game plan has remained consistent:
Press. Force turnovers. Run.
So far, that game plan has worked to perfection. Weiss’ Demons are 3-0 following a 66-48 win over Bay and Saturday night’s 59-47 decision at West Shore Conference favorite Avon. Their next step will be trying to implement the strategy in Southwestern Conference play, beginning Wednesday night at home against Olmsted Falls.
“Our defense is key,” admitted Weiss after Wednesday night’s win over the Rockets. The Demons pressured...
Pirates swim past Westlake to open new season|
Nov 28, 2012 - The Rocky River swim and dive team opened the 2012-13 season this week by hosting Westlake. The Pirates got off to a solid start, as the girls team won 122-64 and the boys came out of the pool with a 100-83 decision.
In the girls meet, River won 11 of the 12 events. Emma Flynn had a strong performance, competing on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays while winning the 50 freestyle in 26.07 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.57. Haley Rosiak also had four wins, competing in two winning relays and taking the 500 free and 200 free. Flynn, along with Hallie McCue, Lauren Devorace and anchor Megan Jaite...
Video: Westlake icers get third season underway|
Nov 27, 2012 - The Westlake hockey team got it’s third season underway last weekend as the Demons made their first appearance in the Rocky River Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Demons are also beginning their first season as members of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League. They will compete in the White Division West with Amherst, Brecksville, Elyria Catholic, Normandy and North Olmsted.
Westlake went 2-2 in...
Demons' pressure leads to 51-39 win over Pirates|
Nov 24, 2012 - With 6:13 left in the first half, things were looking pretty good for the Rocky River basketball team.
The young Pirates, with two freshmen in their starting lineup, held a 17-15 lead and were more than holding their own against visiting Westlake. But for the next 13-plus minutes of the game, it was as if somebody had pulled the plug on River’s offense.
The Demons, sporting a new-look roster of their own, went on a 17-4 run during that stretch. That proved to be the difference as they held off the Pirates down the stretch and left town with a 51-39 win Friday night...
Frustrating day ends Demons' regional title hopes|
Nov 06, 2012 - Throughout the 2012 Division I soccer tournament, the Westlake boys had played sharp, crisp soccer. The Demons were opportunistic on offense and dominating on defense, having not allowed a goal in four games.
All that came to an end Saturday morning in Sandusky.
Westlake allowed a pair of unlikely goals and could not get through Sylvan Southview’s packed-in defense in a 3-1 loss in the Region 2 championship game at Cedar Point Stadium.
The loss ended Westlake’s season and prevented the program’s second-ever appearance in the state semifinals. It was a game that was played...
Medina defeats Demons with long-range OT goal|
Nov 04, 2012 - Through 80 minutes of tournament soccer, Westlake had battled state-ranked Medina on even terms in a scoreless draw. In fact, one could argue that the young Demons had given the Bees all they could handle in the second half.
But with one big swing of her right leg, Medina’s Nicole Bennett had her team moving on to the Elite 8.
With time running out in the first overtime period, Bennett launched a perfectly-placed 25-yarder on the move. The ball somehow found the back of the net and gave Medina a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Demons in a Division I regional semifinal Thursday night at Rocky River Stadium.
The win moved the ninth-ranked Bees...
Season over: Madison stuns Demons in overtime|
Nov 03, 2012 - As Kent Axcell rolled out of the pocket, there it was:
The end zone. There for the taking.
His intended receivers covered, the junior signal caller did what he had done time and time again during Westlake’s championship season. He made a move through the front line of the Madison defense, got into the open and turned up field.
A trio of Rams converged. Axcell made another move, but could not avoid the oncoming collision. Diving forward, he and the ball hit the turf at the muddied 1-yard line.
The Demons, stunned knowing their season had come to an end, could only watch as the visiting Rams and their fans began to celebrate their 14-7 overtime win in the first round...
Demons bedevil Bees, advance to DI regional final|
Nov 01, 2012 - Everybody knows that Halloween is a time for ghosts, goblins and trick or treat.
But Halloween 2012 will always be remembered for also having more than it’s fair share of Demons.
Westlake continued it’s winning ways on the tournament trail, drawing first blood in late in the first half and carving out a 3-0 win over Medina in a boys Division I Region 2 semifinal game at Nordonia’s Boliantz Stadium. Wednesday night’s win sends the Demons into the Elite 8 and Saturday’s regional championship game at Sandusky’s Cedar Point Stadium. There, Westlake will face a Sylvania Southview team that edged out Anthony Wayne...
CHAMPIONS! Demons stop Mustangs, win district|
Oct 30, 2012 - When Nick Wertman scored midway through the first half, the Westlake boys soccer team was one step closer to reaching a preseason goal.
And when the senior forward scored again with 19:02 left in the game, the Demons were able to cross another goal off their list and begin looking forward to the next one.
Wertman’s two goals were all the Southwestern Conference champions needed as the Westlake defense pitched it’s third-straight tournament shutout in a 2-0 win...
CHAMPIONS! Demons clip Eagles for district title|
Oct 28, 2012 - Baseball may be considered the game of inches, but on Saturday afternoon in the Division I girls soccer district final at Avon, the Westlake Demons won a match of inches.
In a contest featuring several missed opportunities and close calls, Westlake cashed in on a goal from junior midfielder Megan Konrad to post a 1-0 win over its Southwestern Conference rival North Olmsted.
The victory improved the Demons to 11-6-1 on the season and secured their spot in Tuesday night’s Rocky River Division I regional semifinal against Medina. The Bees punched their ticket with a 3-2 win over Copley in overtime. North Olmsted, which defeated top seeded Magnificat to get to the district final, closed out its season with a 5-10-4 mark.
“It’s been quite an up and down season for us,” said Westlake coach Scott Jones. “We have...
CHAMPIONS! Demons blank Bees, claim SWC title|
Oct 27, 2012 - Needless to say, Friday night’s pivotal Southwestern Conference game between Westlake and Brecksville wasn’t played under the best of conditions.
A late-October wind and torrents of rain were wipping through the stands, nearly sideways at times. The puddles at Lou Duchez Field were getting larger, and the mud even deeper. The stadium scoreboard was failing well before the opening kickoff, making the time remaining in each quarter a mystery to all. In the end, none of that mattered to anyone wearing the Green and White....
Week Nine: Area teams inch closer to the playoffs|
Oct 20, 2012 - With nine weeks of the 2012 high school football season in the books, the postseason prospects of four Westshore area teams continued to look bright.
In Division II Region 6, Avon and Westlake continued their winning ways.
Avon, behind a five-touchdown performance by Michigan recruit Ross Douglas, scored the last 21 points of the game and left Rocky River with a 42-21 West Shore Conference win. The Eagles, now 8-1, started the night as the No. 5 team in the region and all alone in first place in the WSC.
And Westlake, the No. 3 team in the region heading into it’s game with Berea, got four touchdowns from Logan Paul on the way...
Westlake passes first tournament test, tops Eagles|
Oct 18, 2012 - Last season in the Division I district title game, Avon came to Read Field and stunned a veteran Westlake squad with a 1-0 win over the Demons.
Wednesday night, two of the Demons’ more youthful players made sure history didn’t repeat itself.
Freshman Maya Bauer scored a first-half goal and sophomore Missy Murthy scored in the 58th minute to push Westlake past the visiting Eagles, 2-1, in a Rocky River Division I sectional title game.
The win moved the Southwestern Conference co-champions to 9-6-1 and into next week’s...
Football: Demons, Eagles move into playoff hunt|
Oct 17, 2012 - Last year, the Avon Eagles won the West Shore Conference championship, qualified for the OHSAA playoffs and advanced all the way to the Division II state championship game.
This year, with two regular season games remaining, the Eagles aren\'t the only Westshore area team thinking playoffs.
When this week\'s OHSAA Computer ratings came out Tuesday, the numbers revealed that five area teams have legitimate shots at playing in Week 11. Avon, Avon Lake, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake are all...
Early goals return the Dover Cup back to Rockets|
Oct 14, 2012 - The Dover Cup, and all the bragging rights that go along with it, once again belongs to the Bay Rockets and the West Shore Conference.
Behind a pair of first half goals from seniors Matt Toth and Ben Tepper, as well as some great work on the defensive side of the ball, Bay was able to take back the Dover Cup from Westlake in the battle of conference champions, 2-1.
The Rockets, who currently wear the WSC crown, improved to 9-4-3 on the season, while the Demons, champions of the Southwestern Conference, fell to 11-3-2. Both teams head into tournament play next week with high expectations.
“We set up the last two games as the conference championship (a 2-0 win over Rocky River) and a must win tonight to win back the cup. That’s what you want going into the playoffs,” said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty. “Westlake held the cup, and to get it back we had to beat them. We couldn’t tie, or else...
Westlake moves into first place, playoff contention|
Oct 13, 2012 - Even after defeating Avon Lake last Friday night, head coach Mark Campo knew there were still plenty of challenges ahead for his Westlake Demons.
One of those challenges came Friday night as Midpark, with it’s rifle-armed quarterback Doug Verbofsky, paid a visit to Lou Duchez Field. The 6-1 Demons needed a win, not only to stay in the Southwestern Conference race, but to make headway in the Division II state computer ratings.
Westlake, thanks in part to a career rushing night by Logan Paul, moved to 7-1 on the season and took another step toward the playoffs with a thrilling 39-28 win over the Meteors.
The Demons also moved into a three-way tie...
CHAMPIONS! Early goals give Westlake SWC title|
Oct 07, 2012 - Needing a win to lock up the Southwestern Conference championship, Westlake looked to set the tone early against Midpark.
Less than four minutes into the Saturday afternoon contest, the Demons began to do just that. And by the time the 10th minute ticked off the scoreboard clock, Nick Wertman and crew were well on their way to crossing one goal off their list.
Wertman scored four goals in that six-minute stretch, and the Demons went on to bring home a convincing 8-1 win over the Meteors. The win...
Coach Dlugosz: "They outplayed us today. Period'|
Oct 06, 2012 - As members of the media entered the Avon Lake locker room Friday night, they made their way past the Shoremen players on their way to meet with head coach Dave Dlugosz.
Most of them were still in full uniform, having just come off the field after a 28-21 loss to Westlake on their Homecoming Night. And most of them were quiet, going through a full gamut of emotions following a rare Southwestern Conference defeat on their home field. In the coaches conference room, Dlugosz offered...
Demons rally, end drought in win over Avon Lake|
Oct 06, 2012 - The year was 1984.
That was the last time a Westlake varsity football team had beaten Avon Lake. It was a time when players like John Kolesar roamed the turf at Read Field and longtime head coach Vern Long was leading the Demons to Southwestern Conference championships.
Friday night at Avon Lake, it was almost as if those ghosts of Demons past had returned to suport their 2012 brothers: Axcell, Paul, Massaad and Campo. The drought was over...
Eagles soar back to even after sweeping Demons|
Oct 05, 2012 - Consistency may be the word uttered most by volleyball coaches at all levels of the game when talking about their team’s play. The ups and downs in a match, along with the sometimes-drastic momentum swings, make it a crucial component to a team’s success.
Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference volleyball matchup between North Olmsted and Westlake was one between two teams looking for more of that consistency.
With the regular season nearing a close, North Olmsted seemed to have the edge...
Wertman, Demons take control with win over Bees|
Oct 03, 2012 - With undefeated Brecksville coming to town for one of just two Southwestern Conference games left on the schedule, the task for the Westlake boys soccer team was laid out in simple black and white:
Win, and take the lead in the SWC standings. Lose, and depend on a lot of help from Amherst and Avon Lake.
The Demons, behind a pair of first-half goals from senior Nick Wertman, managed to take the winning route Tuesday night at Read Field. They handed the Bees their first loss of the season, 3-1, to take control of the conference race and move to 5-0-1 in the SWC.
Brecksville, now 11-1-1 overall, dropped to 4-1 in the conference with games remaining against the Comets and Shoremen. Westlake can win the SWC outright Saturday when it faces Midpark...
Meisenburg's goal propels Rockets past Westlake|
Oct 02, 2012 - In the midst of a scoreless game at Westlake’s Read Field, Bay defender Sam Meisenburg lined up a free kick from just inside 40 yards out. With both the Rockets and Demons taking their positions, the Bay junior made her approach.
Meisenburg, who already had two goals on the season, had just one thing in mind as the ball left her foot:
Meisenburg’s kick soared through the air, over the Demon defense and past a fully extended Alexis Carpenter for the first...
Week Six: Demons bounce back; Eagles fall short|
Sep 29, 2012 - Everybody in the Southwestern Conference probably wondered how Westlake would react to losing its first game of the 2012 season.
The answer came quickly and decisively Friday night at Lou Duchez Field.
The Demons got three touchdowns in the first half from senior Logan Paul and shutout visiting Olmsted Falls most of the way in a 26-6 win on Homecoming and Alumni Night. Westlake, ranked ninth in the OHSAA Division II Region 6...
Rodriguez kicks Eagles past Westlake in overtime|
Sep 22, 2012 - With time expiring in regulation and the crowd on the edge of their collective seats, Tommy Rodriguez’s 25-yard field goal attempt sailed just wide of the right upright.
Not to worry. The North Olmsted senior didn’t have to wait long for his shot at redemption.
With the game moving into overtime, the Eagles’ defense stopped visiting Westlake on four straight plays. North Olmsted took over, and Rodriguez ended the game on a 22-yard field goal to give the Eagles an 18-15 win over the previously...
Thompson's goal allows Demons to salvage 1-1 tie|
Sep 20, 2012 - With just over 73 minutes played, North Olmsted was clinging to a 1-0 lead over arch-rival Westlake.
But the Demons, looking to hold on to first place in the Southwestern Conference, had just enough sense of urgency to make one last run.
With 6:50 left in the game, Dakota Swisher sent the ball to Adam Thompson on the left side. From just inside 25 yards, he launched a shot that found the inside of the far post. That allowed visiting Westlake to salvage a 1-1 tie and remain in the SWC race with two games remaining. North Olmsted, which got a goal...
Eagle spikers recover for SWC win over Demons|
Sep 12, 2012 - Trailing Westlake one set to none, the North Olmsted volleyball team knew it had some adjustments to make to get back into Tuesday night’s Southwestern Conference match.
Those adjustments were made, and the results soon followed.
North Olmsted, behind the one-two punch of outside hitters Tia McCord and Dana Borsz, cleaned up it’s game and went on a roll. The Eagles won the next three sets for a solid 23-25, 25-14, 25 16, 25-15 win over the Demons that kept them in the thick of the SWC race.
“We told our kids after the first game that they just needed to stay aggressive,” said Eagles head coach Jason Krucek, whose team...
Demons break through in second half, top Pirates|
Sep 11, 2012 - With both teams coming off a loss on Saturday, the Rocky River and Westlake boys soccer teams had plenty to play for as the two teams renewed their old Southwestern Conference rivalry Monday night.
With both teams coming into the game tied for first place in their respective conferences, some big-time bragging rights were on the line.
And with 55-plus minutes of scoreless soccer in the books, something had to give.
With the Pirates playing tough defensively, Westlake tried a more direct approach offensively, and it paid off. In the 56th minute...
Westlake remains unbeaten, rolls past River 29-13|
Sep 08, 2012 - Before the season started, Westlake head coach Mark Campo knew he had a slew of offensive weapons at his disposal. Rocky River head coach Rick Adams felt his team’s defense was the core his Pirates would build around in 2012.
Something had to give Friday night at Rocky River Stadium.
Westlake took the opening kickoff and drove down field for a touchdown. The Demons would build a 20-0 halftime lead, then hold off the Pirates in the second half on the way to a 29-13 win that kept them undefeated...
Blue Streaks strike early, prevail 2-0 over Demons|
Sep 07, 2012 - In a battle of unbeatens, Magnificat drew first blood in Thursday night’s matchup with Westlake at Rocky River Stadium.
With both teams playing lock-down defense, it was the only goal the Blue Streaks would need.
Junior Natalie Coury took advantage of Anne Ubbing’s hustle play in the seventh minute to score to only goal of the night against the Demons’ staunch defense. The Blue Streaks added a penalty kick goal late in the second half to come away with a 2-0 decision and remain undefeated.
Magnificat, now 4-0, made it two big wins in as many nights. The Streaks earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at North Royalton Wednesday night before facing their longtime Westshore neighborhood rivals...
Video: Demon defense keeps The Jug in Westlake|
Sep 03, 2012 - It’s Labor Day 2012, and the Little Brown Jug has resumed the same spot it has called home over the past 11 years:
In the Westlake trophy case.
The Demons sputtered offensively, but dominated on defense Friday night in a 13-3 win over Bay before a huge crowd at Memorial Stadium. Westlake moved to 2-0 on the season, mostly by holding the Rockets to 160 yards of total offense.
“We gave up a couple of plays here and there, but overall we held things together defensively,” said Westlake head coach Mark Campo last Friday night. “They couldn’t do much...
Westlake blanks Amherst 3-0, wins fourth straight|
Sep 02, 2012 - Westlake boys soccer coach Mike Besu may not have gone as far as to say his team won ugly. But knowing what still lies ahead for the Demons, he is quick to take the win and move on.
Behind goals from senior Nick Wertman and juniors Adam Thompson and Dakota Swisher, Westlake remained perfect on the season, posting a 3-0 victory over visiting Amherst. The Demons improved to 2-0 in Southwestern Conference play and 4-0 overall on the season. But head coach Mike Besu knows...
Week Two: Demons, Rockets battle for 'The Jug'|
Aug 31, 2012 - Bay’s Memorial Stadium will be buzzing with activity Friday night for a number of reasons.
Bay will be honoring its latest entries into its Athletic Hall of Fame, and it will also be the Rockets’ football home opener. The game with neighborhood rival Westlake was also voted the Cleveland Browns’ High School Game of the Week by the fans of both schools.
Both teams are coming off Opening Night wins for the first time in years. And, to top it all off, they’ll be playing for the cherished Little Brown Jug, a symbol of the lone-time rivalry between the two schools.
“This is a rivalry that’s been going on for a long time,” said Westlake head coach Mark Campo of the annual game that has been played since the two teams were both in the Southwestern Conference.
“Tradition is always a big thing, so playing for the Little Brown Jug is meaningful for our team, our school...
River rolls in three set win over youthful Westlake|
Aug 27, 2012 - A three-set loss in the season opener probably wasn’t what first-year head coach Meghan Mental and her Westlake Demons were looking for Saturday afternoon.
But from Mental’s perspective, brighter days are ahead despite a 25-11, 25-17, 25-21 loss to visiting Rocky River that officially opened the 2012 volleyball season in the Westshore.
“Since were so young, I’m trying to get the girls to stay positive and move on to the next play,” Mental said after the match. “Sometimes we tend to let our mistakes get to us,” she said. “We’re getting better, though, at shaking those off...
Physical Demons ride roughshod over Ridgeville|
Aug 25, 2012 - Throughout the preseason, Westlake head coach Mark Campo talked about the potential strengths of his 2012 football Team.
He talked about the weapons the Demons had on offense. He felt the program was starting to develop depth, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. He looked forward to seeing what his up-and-coming underclassmen could contribute.
But he wanted to see one thing seemingly more than anything else: He wanted to see his Demons play a physical brand of football. On Friday, Campo and a large crowd at Lou Duchez Field...
Tennis: Streaks, Demons open season with wins|
Aug 16, 2012 - Magnificat and Westlake, two of the top girls tennis programs in the Westshore area, got their respective 2012 seasons off on the right foot this week.
Westlake, the three-time defending Southwestern Conference champ, opened defense of its crown with a convincing 5-0 win over Olmsted Falls. Magnificat had a tougher go of things Monday, but came away with a 3-2 win over Avon, the defending West Shore Conference champion.
Magnificat took the first and second singles matches, then came away with...
Video: St. Marie takes runner-up honors at Mastick|
Aug 09, 2012 - It was a homecoming of sorts for Westlake’s Jack St. Marie.
The former Westlake distance ace competed in the annual Classic at Mastick 5K Wednesday and nearly came away with a win. St. Marie took second overall in the Men’s 5K with a time of 16:06.6, just seconds behind the winner, Andrew Cranes and his time of 15:56.9.
Many of the area’s high school cross country runners competed in the race. Jonathan Albaugh won the Male 15-16 bracket with a time of 17:12.3, while Rocky River’s Ryan Gallagher...
Optimistic Demons look for improvement in 2012|
Aug 05, 2012 - There was a palpable sense of optimism hovering over the football practice fields at Westlake last week as the 2012 season officially began. The frustration of the 2011 season was nowhere to be found.
After a promising 3-1 start last season, things didn’t go as planned the rest of the way for the Demons. They lost five of their last six games, a number of those losses coming late in the game.
This year, head coach Mark Campo and his staff welcomed back a balanced group of Demons, with hopes of turning some of those tough losses into wins.
“We have a good mix of juniors and seniors,” said Campo, who begins his fourth season in charge of the Demons’ program. “We have a strong senior class and a pretty good junior class, and some of them played for us last year as sophomores. The ones who played...
News: Demon nine honored, new coaches named|
Jul 10, 2012 - The 2012 Westlake baseball team earned another honor Monday as Mayor Dennis Clough deemed July 10 Westlake High School Baseball Team Day.
Mayor Clough attended Monday’s Board of Education meeting and read a proclamation honoring the Demons, who won a share of the Southwestern Conference championship on the final day of the regular season. Westlake, of course, was just getting started as it rolled through the Division I tournament and advanced all the way...