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Westlake makes history with win over Rocky River

While it may be too soon to judge whether or not the torch has been passed, it was still a historic night Friday night at Westlake\'s Read Field. The Westlake boys lacrosse team, despite seeing its early five-goal lead vanish, scored a pair of goals in the game\'s final 3:10 to take down Rocky River, 11-9, in the regular season finale for both teams. It was the Demons\' first win since 2010 over the Pirates, who have been to the Division II state championship game the past two seasons. Westlake closed out the regular season winning eight of its last nine games to finish 12-4. Its only loss...    (5875 reads)

Knights rally in second half to down Demons in OT

For the better part of three quarters, the Westlake boys lacrosse team had held visiting St. Francis de Sales in check. The Demons had built a 3-1 halftime lead and took a 4-2 lead into the final 12 minutes of play. But in the game\'s final minutes, the Westlake offense sputtered and the Knights took advantage. Junior midfielder Terry Burns scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime. Then with just under a minute left in the first OT period, freshman Carter Pavain hit the game winner as St. Francis de Sales came away with the 5-4 win at Read Field. It was just the fourth loss of the season for Westlake...    (3556 reads)

Demons vanquish Shoremen, brace for a big week

A busy week lies ahead for the Westlake boys lacrosse team. The Demons, coming off a 12-5 win over Avon Lake Friday night, are scheduled to play four games this week. It all begins Tuesday when they travel to Orange. On Thursday, they come back to the west side and play at neighborhood rival Bay, which enters this week\'s play at 4-4. Westlake, 7-3 under first-year head coach Brian Stepanek, will return to Read Field...    (3788 reads)

Pitching, clutch hitting push Eagles past Demons

If baseball is a game of opportunities, the Avon Eagles made the most of theirs Saturday afternoon against Westlake. As for the Demons, those opportunities continued to be few and far between. Avon put a pair of two-run innings on the board and got solid pitching from freshman Logan Doenges to defeat Westlake, 4-1, at sun-drenched All Pro Freight Stadium...    (4961 reads)

Titans get the big inning, hold on to down Demons

Just two games into the season, Berea-Midpark head coach Chuck Salata was still waiting for his Titans to come up with a big inning at the plate. While they didn\'t exactly break out the heavy lumber, Thursday\'s second-inning output at Westlake was a step in the right direction. On a warm, windy afternoon, Berea-Midpark scratched out a four-run second inning and made the most of it. The Titans went on to build a 6-0 lead, then held off the host Demons in the final frames for a 6-4 Southwestern Conference win. \"We\'ve been waiting for that big inning,\" said Salata, whose team moved to 2-1 on the season. \"We had a couple more chances...    (6468 reads)

Eagles do it with defense in rematch with Demons

Back in late November, the Westlake girls basketball team came away with a 51-44 win over Avon. Both teams went on to have successful regular seasons, and they met again in a rematch Thursday night in a Division I sectional game. This time around, the Eagles\' defense came ready to play. Avon limited the Westlake offense to 10 field goals for the entire game and held off a second-half Demon rally. And its offense proved to be productive enough as the Eagles came away with a 36-27 win that gave them a sectional championship and a berth in next week\'s district semifinals at Valley Forge High School. Avon, now 17-6, will take on Wooster...    (4780 reads)

Demons beat Titans, SWC title remains undecided

With two Southwestern Conference games remaining, the Berea-Midpark Titans had an opportunity to wrap up the outright conference championship with a win at Westlake. But on this Monday night, the Demons had other ideas. After a tough 61-58 loss at Brecksville knocked them out of the conference race, the Demons returned home and put together one of their best performances of the season. They defeated Berea-Midpark, 68-55, to delay any title decisions and avenge a 71-54 thumping at the hands of the Titans earlier this month. The Titans, now 9-2 in the SWC, will host Olmsted Falls Friday night with the conference crown on the line. The Bulldogs will enter that game with three SWC losses and needing a win to force a conference title tie. That scenario developed as Westlake took an early 6-0 lead and never trailed from that point on. The Demons got a...    (5802 reads)

Third-quarter eruption powers Bees past Demons

Inconsistency has plagued the Brecksville boys basketball team all season. The cold-shooting Bees started off slow Friday night against Westlake and appeared to be on their way to a third straight loss. Then came the third quarter. Trailing 9-0 to start the game and down by 12 at halftime, Brecksville stormed out of the locker room and found the offense it was looking for. The Bees outscored the visiting Demons, 27-17, in the third quarter and held on for a 61-58 Southwestern Conference win on Senior Night, spoiling Gavin Skelly\'s record-breaking night for Westlake. The Bees cashed in on five three-pointers in the third period. Junior guard Luke Cipolla, who led the Bees with six three-pointers and 18 points, drained his second three of the quarter at the 2:18 mark to give Brecksville...    (5424 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Titans stifle Demons, take SWC title

When Berea and Midpark merged prior to the 2013-14 school year, there were those who wondered what would become of Midpark\'s vaunted girls basketball program. Could the winning continue? Would the new team, made up former Meteors who were used to success and girls from the struggling Berea program, mesh and work together? Could the Titans challenge for a Southwestern Conference championship? The answer to all those questions proved to be a resounding yes. The Berea-Midpark Titans capped off their first season Thursday night with a convincing 59-31 win over Westlake to clinch the outright SWC championship. The Titans finished 12-0 in the conference and 20-2 overall on the way to winning the school\'s first-ever girls team title. \"I think this is really special,\" said Berea-Midpark senior guard Jess Barnes, a former...    (5336 reads)

Titans all alone in first after demolition of Demons

Up 19-8, Westlake was having its way early in its big Southwestern Conference showdown with Berea-Midpark. But with 2:05 left in the first quarter, Titans head coach Duke Barther called a timeout. What happened next may have been the momentum shift to end all momentum shifts. The Titans picked up the defensive pressure, with Nolan Gerrity shutting down Westlake\'s inside game. The result was a 29-5 run to close out the half and an eventual 71-54 demolition of the Demons on a snowy Tuesday night in Berea. In the process, Berea-Midpark moved into sole possession of first place in the SWC...    (4899 reads)

CHAMPIONS: Bees take SWC swim and dive titles

The Brecksville Bees made it a clean sweep and broke some records along the way at the 2014 Southwestern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Westlake Rcreation Center. The Bees scored 370 points to swim past runner-up Amherst\'s 245 in the girls competition. Avon Lake finished third with 223 points, followed by Westlake with 176, Olmsted Falls with 149, North Olmsted with 133 and Berea-Midpark with 99. For the Brecksville boys, they won nine...    (8653 reads)

Hot-shooting Bulldogs send Demons to first defeat

During the first half of the 2013-14 basketball season, a lot of attention was being paid to the undefeated boys teams at Berea-Midpark and Westlake. The Titans and the Demons were the talk of the Southwestern Conference and looked to be the two favorites to win a conference championship. After last week, you can add a third team to the mix. Olmsted Falls sent shock waves through the SWC early last week with a 68-60 win over Berea-Midpark, sending the Titans to their first defeat. Then on a snowy Friday night in Westlake, the Bulldogs shot the lights out in the third quarter and held on for a 66-59 win over the Demons before a packed house in the Westlake Athletics Center. The Bulldogs, now 12-3 overall, find themselves in a virtual three-way tie with the Titans and Demons as the second half of the league season begins...    (5936 reads)

Demons top Bulldogs on way to SWC tourney title

The Westlake hockey team was putting together a run at the right time. The Demons imposed their will against Olmsted Falls Saturday night and defeated the Bulldogs, 7-1, at the North Olmsted Recreation Center to win their seventh straight. The victory put Westlake in the finals of the Southwestern Conference tournament Sunday against Brecksville. It was the second time the Demons had defeated Olmsted Falls by a 7-1 score this season. On Sunday, the Demons finished the job...    (5711 reads)

Hot-shooting Demons buzz by Bees in second half

With the first half winding down, the Brecksville Bees found themselves in familiar territory. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Tim Tupa and a conventional 3-point play from Luke Cipolla had given them a 30-21 lead over Westlake with 30.1 seconds left in the second quarter. It was just a week earlier, they had built a substantial first-half lead against Berea-Midpark, only to see the Titans rally in the second half to get the win. As the third quarter began, is was one of those deja vu moments for the visiting Bees. The Demons got a Makis Beach 3-pointer to close out the half, then came out of the locker room shooting. They scored the game\'s next 13 points and outscored Brecksville 18-2 in the quarter to run away with a 64-48 win in a key Southwestern Conference game Friday night. With the win, Westlake remained undefeated at 11-0...    (6154 reads)

Demons prevail over Angers, Rangers in shootout

Lakewood head coach Phil Argento called it a dogfight. Westlake\'s Shawn Hood said it was like \"the shootout at the O.K. Corral.\" When it came down to it, there weren\'t many words that could describe what took place Tuesday night at Lakewood. The Rangers, down 19 points at halftime, rode the hot shooting hand of Mike Angers to rally in the third quarter and eventually send the game into overtime. But despite a 37-point performance from Angers, the visiting Demons were able to pull away and win the game, 86-80, in a non-conference basketball thriller. Westlake remained undefeated at 10-0, but it took a gargantuan effort on the boards from 6-8 Gavin Skelly and some clutch shooting from fellow seniors Makis Beach, Joe Hadib-Nissan and Connor Meek. Lakewood, now 8-2, nearly pulled out the win with a furious 25-10 third quarter that was powered by the 5-4 Angers...    (4577 reads)

Demons do it with defense, rally late past Bulldogs

Things couldn\'t have looked any more bleak for the Westlake girls basketball team Saturday night. The Demons had made just one field goal in the first half. They were getting pounded on the boards to the tune of 25-12. Then late in the third quarter, Olmsted Falls sophomore Kara Marshall nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give the visiting Bulldogs a 26-19 lead. The fourth quarter, however, proved to be a totally different ballgame. The Westlake defense pitched a shutout in the final eight minutes of play, and Corinne Furci and Taylor Hood capped off an 11-0 run to give the Demons the improbable 30-26 win in a Southwestern Conference contest. Westlake, now 12-1 overall and 6-1 in the SWC, made only five baskets...    (5334 reads)

Demon girls, Titan boys swim on to SWC victories

One of the top swimming and diving matchups in the Southwestern Conference took place last weekend at the Westlake Recreation Center pool. When it was all said and done, it was Berea-Midpark that came one event away from a sweep. The Westlake girls won the final event of the night, taking the 400 Freestyle Relay to edge the Titans 93-92. But in the boys meet, Berea-Midpark got four-win performances from seniors Quenten Cipra and Ray Klebowski to come away with an impressive 111-74 win...    (6732 reads)

Video: Demons roll past Rockets, remain unbeaten

The Westlake Demons celebrated the holidays a bit early Monday night with a convincing 75-55 win over Bay in non-conference boys basketball. The Demons remained undefeated on the season at 7-0, taking an 18-11 lead after one quarter of play. They then used a 24-5 second quarter to pull away from the Rockets and never looked back. Senior Gavin Skelly led Westlake with a 30-point effort, while sophomore Andris Balodis added 12 points. Senior Joe Hadib-Nissan and junior Anthony Trujillo each chipped in with 11 points in a balanced Demon attack. Bay, now 4-3, was led by senior Jack Aleksandrovic and junior Brandon Morris, with each scoring nine points. This weekend, Bay continues non-conference play Friday night at Parma. Westlake also has a non-conference game that night, traveling to Medina Highland...    (4242 reads)

Demons rally, win defensive battle with Shoremen

Down 22-16 at halftime, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood still felt like his team would find enough offense to somehow, someway get the job done against visiting Avon Lake. After scoring just two points in the second quarter, that task may have seemed like a tough one to some. But the Demons turned up the heat defensively, and the offense followed suit in a hard-fought 44-36 win over the Shoremen Friday night in a Southwestern Conference slugfest. Westlake, now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SWC, went on a 10-0 run to start the second half to take a 26-22 lead. A 3-pointer from senior guard Makis Beach and a fast break hoop by 6-9 senior Gavin Skelly capped off the run and had the Demons on top for the first time since a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter. The run was a stark contrast to the second quarter...    (4613 reads)

Hood's free throw helps Demons sneak past Falls

Crunch time is nothing new to Westlake. Trailing by three late in the fourth quarter and tied with under a minute left, the Demons had things right where they wanted. Sophomore guard Taylor Hood sized up her defender at the top of the key, drove the lane and was fouled with four seconds left. Hood connected on one of two at the free throw line to give visiting Westlake a 37-36 girls basketball win over Olmsted Falls Wednesday night in the Southwestern Conference opener for both teams. After Westlake forced an Olmsted Falls turnover, Hood brought the ball up the court with about 20 seconds left and everyone on the edge of their seats. \"That\'s the play we like to do...\"    (4820 reads)

Westlake holds on, nips Pirates in season opener

With Westlake holding a precarious one-point lead, a loose ball sent both the Demons and the hometown Rocky River Pirates to the floor. Rocky River gained possession near its own basket with 10.1 seconds left in the game. The Pirates then ran an inbounds play, and the ball found its way to a wide-open Jimmy Kinsley to the left of the hoop. But what looked to be a game-winning layup turned into a stunning loss quicker than you could say Gavin Skelly. Skelly, Westlake\'s 6-9 senior forward, came out of nowhere to swat Kinsley\'s attempt away and preserve the Demons\' hard-fought 55-45 win Tuesday night in the basketball season opener for both teams. \"That\'s why I made the defensive switch...\"    (4536 reads)

Pirates start strong, top Demons in season opener

The 2013-14 swimming and diving season got underway this week as longtime rivals Rocky River and Westlake faced each other at the Westlake Recreation Center pool. The visiting Pirates came away with a pair of team wins, taking the girl meet 124-59 and the boys meet 105-81. In the girls competition, sophomore Lauren Devorace and junior Emma Flynn each took part in four first-place finishes. Devorace won the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, while also swimming in the Pirates\' winning 200 Freestyle...    (4734 reads)

Westlake rallies past Pirates in OT to win opener

With just under a minute remaining in overtime and the game tied at 45-45, Westlake held the ball high up top. Rebecca Essig, with the ball in her hand, looked to the sideline, then looked ahead. A few passes later, Essig had the ball again, this time at the top of the key as the final seconds ticked away. She made a move past one Rocky River defender and made it all the way in for a game-winning layup as the Demons came away with a 47-45 win in their season opener Friday night. It was the first official varsity game at the new Westlake High School, and Essig\'s late-game heroics made it one to remember. She hit the layup with 2.6 seconds remaining and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Taylor Hood picked off the Pirates\' long outlet pass...    (4491 reads)

Brecksville cheerleading squad takes SWC crown

Nearly two weeks ago, the Brecksville football team celebrated another Southwestern Conference football championship. Monday night at Westlake High School, the Brecksville cheerleading squad followed suit. The Bees scored 316.7 points to win the SWC Cheerleading Championships to give Brecksville a clean sweep among the league\'s Friday night competitors. Avon Lake, which also finished as runner-ups on the gridiron, came in second...    (6263 reads)

SWC champion Bees down Demons, playoffs next

The potent Brecksville offense was bottled up and the Bees as a whole looked out of sync. Then in just 13 seconds, everything changed. The host Bees scored two touchdowns in that span and three times in the final six minutes of the first half to break away from Westlake, 39-14, Friday night in the regular season football finale at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Southwestern Conference action. Luckily for Brecksville, it will be staying put for a week longer. The Bees, now 9-1, had already clinched a Division II playoff spot prior to Week 10. The victory over the visiting Demons...    (5392 reads)

Voloshen, Shoremen get past Demons in overtime

For 88 minutes, the two teams battled. With the Rocky River Division I District title on the line, Avon Lake and Westlake had fought to a scoreless tie. The Shoremen, winners of 10 straight games, had nearly pulled it out early in the 80th minute, but a Nathan Greenberg save sent the game into overtime. In the 89th minute, however, the Westlake keeper could not come up with another against Avon Lake senior Alex Voloshen....    (5004 reads)

Blue Streaks blank Demons to claim DI district title

The Magnificat soccer team completely dominated Westlake right from the start in the OHSAA Division I district championship match Saturday at Rocky River Stadium. That effort allowed the Blue Streaks to come away with a 6-0 decision and advance to the regional round. The Blue Streaks, now 14-4-1, advance to the regional semifinals Tuesday where they will face Medina, a 1-0 winner over Copley in the Brusnwick District title game. Magnificat was led by senior...    (4843 reads)

Demons knock off Eagles, take on Shoremen next

Neither rain, nor snow nor the North Olmsted Eagles could keep the Westlake boys soccer team from its appointed rounds. The Demons, fighting both the weather conditions and a challenge from its Southwestern Conference rivals, punched their ticket back to the Division I district finals Wednesday night. They defeated North Olmsted, 4-2, at soggy - and sometimes snowy - Read Field to advance to Saturday\'s title game. Avon Lake scored a late goal to nip Strongsville, 1-0, in Wednesday night\'s other Rocky River District semifinal match. The Shoremen will host Westlake Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium for the right to advance to the regional round. Westlake, the defending district champion...    (4631 reads)

Demons fight off Falls' challenge for sectional title

The field conditions may have been less than ideal, but that mattered little to Southwestern Conference rivals Olmsted Falls and Westlake. After all, an OHSAA Division I sectional championship was on the line. The Bulldogs and Demons battled each other tooth and nail for 80 minutes at soggy Read Field, with all the slipping and sliding failing to dampen the intense play between the two sides. When the final whistle sounded, it was Westlake advancing to next week\'s district soccer tournament with a hard-fought 2-0 win. Westlake, now 7-5-3, advanced to next Wednesday\'s district semifinal...    (6263 reads)

Titans finish, exorcize Demons in overtime thriller

The Berea-Midpark Titans weren\'t about to let another lead slip away. Berea-Midpark, leading at halftime against visiting Westlake, made the plays down the stretch to close out a 22-15 overtime win in Southwestern Conference play Friday night at George Finnie Stadium. It was a welcomed turn from a week prior when Berea-Midpark led 18-7 at North Olmsted and suffered a 21-18 loss. \"We talk about this so much,\" said Titans head coach Ray Hradek, whose team improved to 3-4 on the season. \"Everything that we\'ve done...    (9415 reads)

Tenacious Demons blank Rangers for tourney win

From the opening kickoff, it was obvious to anyone in attendance at Read Field that it was definitely tournament time for the Westlake Demons girls soccer team. A tenacious band of Demons opened with 40 minutes of relentless offensive pressure against visiting North Ridgeville. The result was was a convincing 4-0 win over the Rangers in a girls Division I OHSAA Sectional championship game Tuesday night. Westlake, now 8-3-5, has won four in a row and five of its last seven. The Southwestern Conference champions are now off until next Tuesday when they host the winner of Thursday\'s sectional final between Amherst and Berea-Midpark in a district semifinal. \"We\'ve got a lot of seniors, and they know that it\'s win or go home,\" said Westlake head coach Scott Jones, whose team...    (4568 reads)

Hardy, Demons edge River in offensive showdown

The old scoreboard at Westlake\'s Lou Duchez Field never would have survived. The new one got quite a workout. After over 47 minutes of a back-and-forth offensive explosion from both teams, Friday night\'s football game between Westlake and Rocky River came down to one final play. With the Pirates trailing by one, they decided to go for the win and lined up for a 2-point conversion play. It was a virtual student body right, with junior quarterback Matt Lowry tucking the ball under his arm, looking for blockers. All he found was Kent Axcell. The Westlake senior stepped up into a gap and stopped Lowry short...    (5289 reads)

Shoremen get revenge with domination of Demons

Avon Lake avenged last season\'s loss to Southwestern Conference co-champion Westlake with a dominating 35-3 victory over the Demons Friday night at Westlake\'s Lou Duchez Field. The Shoremen, who dropped a 28-21 decision to the Demons in 2012, moved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the SWC. Westlake dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Getting a complete team performance on both sides of the ball, Avon Lake head coach Larry Laird said the Shoremen have gone back to their roots to find success on the ground. \"I think we\'re a different team...    (4265 reads)

Shoregals fight off Demons, stay in the SWC hunt

The Avon Lake varsity volleyball team went into Westlake High School Thursday night and made a quick night of it, defeating the Demons in three sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a Southwestern Conference match. The match marked the third night in a row that Avon Lake had played. Even with the SWC victory, Shoregals head coach Dan Berkheimer thought his squad looked tired. \"I would have to say that my team was not the sharpest tonight,\" he said. \"Those other two matches took a bit out of us, but I do have to say that they worked extremely hard. I was really proud of the effort they displayed.\" The Shoregals led in the first set 4-0 behind the serving of...    (4439 reads)

Demons, Rockets renew rivalry, battle to 1-1 draw

After a scoreless first half of play, the soccer game between Bay and Westlake looked like it might wind up in a scoreless draw. Both defenses were proving to be rock solid, with the scoring opportunities few and far between. Then in the final 12 minutes, both teams found the mark as the intensity picked up exponentially. But when it was all said and done, the two longtime rivals had battled to a 1-1 draw Monday night at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium. Bay remained undefeated at 7-0-4, but came less than 12 minutes away from a win after a Jordan Holmes goal gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Westlake, now, 3-1-4, countered with a goal from Lauren Hurst less than three minutes later that ultimately forced the draw. The tying goal came with 9:08 left in the game. Senior midfielder Gabby Gravino got past a Bay defender...    (5231 reads)

Week Four: Demons rally to pull off comeback win

Saturday afternoon, the Westlake Demons did their best to win Comeback of the Year honors for the 2013 high school football season. On Friday night, the Demons trailed North Olmsted, 21-0, when severe weather swept through the area and caused the game to be suspended at halftime. When play resumed on Saturday afternoon, Westlake put together a vicious rally and won the game in the final seconds, claiming a 29-28 Southwestern Conference win at Lou Duchez Field. Westlake, now 3-1, finally got on the board in the third quarter when Paul Angala hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kent Axcell. North Olmsted countered with a 5-yard run by Matt Starcovic to keep the big lead at 28-7, but the Demons responded with a 22-point fourth quarter to pull out the win. Axcell started the rally with a 1-yard run, and Dakota Swisher\'s conversion kick...    (4238 reads)

Mother Nature takes the lead, games suspended

Mother Nature was not in a football kind of mood Friday night Nearly all of the local high school football games were suspended due to lightning and heavy rains. Games were scheduled to be completed on Saturday at times agreed upon by coaches and administrators from the schools involved. One game that did resume was Berea-Midpark\'s Southwestern Conference contest at Amherst\'s Memorial Field. The Titans - after a 95-minute delay - used interception returns for touchdowns from Jared Paul and Austin Heil to defeat the Comets, 19-7, for the first football win in school history following the merger of Berea and Midpark. Here\'s a look at what happened Friday...    (4928 reads)

Blue Streaks strike early, earn shutout of Demons

The Magnificat girls soccer team went into Thursday night\'s game against Westlake with intensity and a sense of purpose, attacking furiously and coming out with a 2-0 victory at Read Field. \"We knew this was going to be a tough game,\" first-year Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch said. \"There\'s a rivalry between these girls, and we knew Westlake was probably going to come out and be very physical. \"So what we\'ve worked on was to prepare ourselves, not only on the field, but mentally, for games,\" she added. \"We needed to stay focused, and the girls did a good job at that tonight...    (4502 reads)

Demons do it with defense in win over Strongsville

Both Strongsville head coach Tobey Cook and his Westlake counterpart, Mike Besu, knew the importance of this Saturday night soccer game. On a calm and sometimes rainy night, it was the visiting Demons who came away with the upper hand in this year’s Division I district tournament. Westlake scored a pair of first-half goals, then let its defense do the rest in a 2-1 win at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex. Westlake, which defeated Strongsville in the 2012 district title game on the same field, moved to 4-2-2 on the season. The Mustangs dropped...    (6017 reads)

'Lil Brown Jug stays put as Demons best Rockets

The \'Lil Brown Jug stays on Hilliard Boulevard at Westlake High School.   The traditional rivalry game matching Bay against Westlake, with the symbolic trophy (jug) awaiting the winner, seems to always bring the fans to their feet.   The 2013 version, played at Lou Duchez Field on the campus of Westlake High School Friday night, certainly had its share of big plays and exciting moments for all spectators to enjoy.  In the end, it would be the home team Demons making just enough of those big plays on both sides of the football to defeat the Rockets, 20-14.   \"Hey, I know I had fun tonight,\" said Bay head coach Ryan Gorius. \"This is always a big game...    (5451 reads)

Youthful Titan spikers sweep Demons for third win

It may be young, but the Berea-Midpark volleyball team has high expectations this fall. The Titans grabbed their third win of the season Thursday night by making quick work of visiting Westlake, beating the Demons, 25-13, 25-11, 25-20, in a Southwestern Conference clash. \"It\'s a lofty goal, but I\'d like to be in the top three in the conference,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Jeanne Osborne. \"I think we have the talent,” she said. “I think we have the ability to do so, but it\'s putting pieces together. It\'s a tough conference. But I think we could if we get all the pieces together.\" Berea-Midpark sure looked like...    (5323 reads)

Video: Slow start dooms Demons in 2013 opener

This wasn’t the way Westlake envisioned its 2013 season beginning. North Ridgeville, 1-9 last season, jumped out to a 28-0 first-half lead and held on in the second half to top the Demons, 34-21, Friday night on the Rangers’ home turf. Doing most of the damage was Demario McCall, who scored four touchdowns and ran the ball 25 times for 170 yards. Westlake did not score until a botched Ranger punt produced a safety with 5:39 left in the first half. After a 60-yard kick return by Nick Moracz, quarterback Kent Axcell hit Paul Angala...    (3134 reads)

Demons are determined to maintain winning ways

The 2012 high school football season was one Westlake fans will never forget. The Demons broke out with one their best seasons in school history. They went 9-1 in the regular season, defeated Avon Lake for the first time in years, tied the Shoremen for the Southwestern Conference championship and made the Division II playoffs. That season is now history as Westlake gears up for the 2013 opener at North Ridgeville. Head coach Mark Campo begins his fifth season and returns 11 starters. After a recent scrimmage at Lakewood, he was asked about the difference between this preseason and preseasons past...    (4269 reads)

DiBiasio makes Titans proud at SWC Preview Meet

Miranda DiBiasio made history Saturday morning. DiBiasio became the first varsity athlete for the new Berea-Midpark High School to win a championship, winning the Southwestern Conference Preview Meet individual title at the Lorain County Community College course. She won it with a time of 20:18.1. Overall, the Titans finished fourth in the meet. Brecksville and Westlake tied for the team title with 55 points each, while Amherst Steele came in third at 77. In the boys race, The Comets won the team title with 29 points, while Berea-Midpark took runner-up honors. Avon Lake was third at 61 point, followed by Brecksville with 83. Mike Kardos of Amherst Steele was the individual champion...    (5622 reads)

Demons strike early, shutout Rangers for first win

The Westlake boys soccer team came out shooting Wednesday night. The Demons scored their first goal just one and a half minutes into the game and went on to shut out the host Lakewood Rangers, 5-0, at Lakewood Stadium. “We’re doing pretty well,” Westlake head coach Mike Besu said. “We have a lot of young kids on this team – doing a little rebuilding – but we have a few guys returning (from last season) and we played good today.” The Demons’ scoring was started by junior midfielder Omar Salem’s unassisted goal with 38:38 left in the opening half, which came from just outside the Lakewood goal box. Salem tallied three shots in the first half, followed by one more in the second half. Although Salem had only four shots...    (5039 reads)

Demons, Explorers settle for 1-1 draw to open '13

Defense was the name of the game Saturday night at Read Field. Time after time, visiting Hudson advanced the ball into the box, only to be turned away by a staunch Westlake defense and goal keeper Nathan Greenberg. But the Explorers’ defense proved - on this night - to be just as formidable as the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in a boys 2013 season opener. “I thought we were a little sluggish the first 20 minutes,” said veteran Westlake head coach Mike Besu. “Some of the guys haven’t played varsity before. I mean, we had two freshmen out there who pretty much played the whole game. “What more can you expect? And hats off...    (3511 reads)

A Sporting Viewpoint: Welcoming in a new season

August has returned, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another high school sports season. The pads are popping at football practices throughout the state of Ohio. Soccer and volleyball teams are working their way through drills and scrimmages in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins Saturday. Cross country teams are out on road runs everywhere, while the tennis and golf squads are already playing for keeps. Things are no different here at as we gear up to bring you our third season of varsity high school sports coverage in the...    (3687 reads)

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