Westlake High School
Lacrosse '15: Demons top Pirates, tourney begins|
With the 2015 regular season completed, the area\'s boys lacrosse teams will begin OHSLA Tournament play this week.
Westlake gets a first round bye after defeating Rocky River, 8-4, last Friday night at Rocky River Stadium. The Demons will host the winner of Wednesday night\'s matchup between Avon Lake and Lake Catholic in Division 2 action. Friday night\'s game at Read Field is slated for 7 p.m.
Rocky River, which finished the regular season at 3-11, will travel to Bay for the second time this season on Wednesday night. The Rockets, who fell to the Pirates 7-5 back on April 15, reached...
Demons get past Titans to extend winning streak|
The Westlake softball team kept its recent hot streak going this week with a 4-2 win over visiting Berea-Midpark in Southwestern Conference action.
The Demons extended their win streak to nine games and improved to 8-2 in the SWC with two games remaining in conference play. Westlake was coming off back-to-back shutout wins, 2-0 over Amherst and 12-0 over Avon Lake in five innings.
Both the Demons and the Titans will be playing in the upcoming Avon Lake Division I District Tournament. Berea-Midpark...
Lacrosse '15: Demons, Pirates take on tough foes|
As the boys lacrosse season nears its conclusion, area teams are finding some big challenges ahead of them.
There were important matchups for both Rocky River and Westlake this week, with both the Pirates and the Demons facing a pair of conference leaders in OHSLA play. And in both games, the both Hudson and Chagrin Falls showed why they will be formidable opponents in the upcoming playoffs.
Chagrin Falls, the No. 11 team in Ohio and the leader of the Division 2 Northeast Conference, dropped Westlake 16-5 Tuesday night...
Bay nine rally late to snag a victory over Westlake|
When neighborhood rivals Bay and Westlake get together on the diamond, just about anything can happen.
On Saturday, the Rockets rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 6-4 win over the Demons. The win went to Mike Showalter, who picked up his first win of the season, while Griffin Watterson earned his first save in 2015.
Offensively, Liam Hanna went 3-for-3...
Jaguars claim runner-up honors at Ranger Relays|
The St. Joseph Academy Jaguars finished a strong second, while the Rocky River girls and boys squads both took third place honors at the Ranger Relays Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
SJA scored 106 team points, but got edged out by North Royalton\'s 112 for the championship. The Rocky River girls scored 77 points, while Bay (57) and Westlake (55) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Rocky River boys scored 69 team points to finish behind runner-up North Royalton\'s 86. Berea-Midpark dominated the meet and won the boys team title going away with 142 points.
SJA took the shot put and discus relays. In the shot put, the Jaguars went one-two-three in their flight behind senior Brittany Morrison (38-02)...,
Demons do it with defense in DI win over Rangers|
It was an 11-minute stretch of tournament basketball that neither the Lakewood Rangers or Westlake Demons will soon forget.
The Monday night memories will no doubt be fond ones for the Demons.
Westlake, clinging to a two-point halftime lead, held the high-powered Rangers to just two points over the first 11:41 of the second half. The Demons combined that with a string of 3-point shots and came away with a hard-fought 42-36 win over Lakewood in a Division I district semifinal game at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum.
The Demons, now 20-5, advance to Friday night\'s district championship game at EC. They\'ll face Westshore rival Magnificat, which defeated Medina, 47-27, in Monday\'s second semifinal matchup...
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to win SWC crown|
With one regular season game remaining, the Westlake girls basketball team was on a mission.
And they weren\'t in a sharing kind of mood, either.
The Demons, with a share of the Southwestern Conference already in their possession, had one more hurdle to overcome if they wanted the outright championship. And from the opening tip, they knew the Brecksville Bees would give them all they could handle.
But as the final buzzer sounded, Westlake had the SWC championship all to itself after a hard-fought 49-38 win over the Bees Saturday afternoon at the Westlake Athletic Center.
With the win, the Demons finished at 11-1 in the conference. They had captured a share of the title earlier in the week with a 59-25 win over North Olmsted, but weren\'t willing to settle for that, according to senior captain Allison Collins. \"It feels so...
Demons' Fury: Westlake downs Titans, leads SWC|
With first place in the Southwestern Conference on the line, both the Berea-Midpark Titans and the Westlake Demons were looking for an edge.
As it turned out, the Demons had two on this Saturday afternoon: Their defense and Monica Fury.
While Fury went off for 27 points and 14 rebounds, the Westlake defense was busy holding the Titans\' high-octane offense in check. That combination allowed the Demons to come away with an important 49-36 win at the Westlake Athletic Center and claim sole possession of first place...
Titans fight off Demons, maintain top spot in SWC|
With just four games remaining on their Southwestern Conference schedule, the Berea-Midpark Titans went into their game at Westlake knowing they controlled their own destiny.
But at the same time, head coach Duke Barther\'s team wasn\'t looking any farther ahead than Friday night\'s encounter with the Demons.
Westlake, which defeated Berea-Midpark on their new home floor last season, made a number of runs at the defending SWC champs throughout the second half. But the titans were equal to the task and left the Westlake Athletic Center with...
Demons down 'Horns in Coaches vs. Cancer game|
As their Saturday night game at Westlake moved into the second quarter, the Lutheran West Longhorns had things going their way. They had shot the ball well in the first quarter, and an Andrew O\'Hara jumper had them five points up on the Demons.
But as hot as the \'Horns had been in the first 10 minutes, things went just as cold for them in the next 22.
And the Demons took full advantage.
Westlake went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter, then added a 9-0 spurt in the third as the visitors continued to struggle offensively. In the fourth, they held off a late Lutheran West run and closed things out with a 59-48 win in the Coaches vs. Cancer game at the Westlake Athletics Center.
The win gave Westlake a modest two-game winning streak after a rough first half of the season. On Friday...
Demons bounce back with tough win over Medina|
Coming off a tough Tuesday night loss to North Royalton, Westlake faced another tough task Thursday night against the Medina Bees. Demons head coach Chip Weiss, knowing the narrow 48-43 setback was less than 48 hours old, was anxious to see how his team would bounce back.
As another tightly-contested game moved into the second half, Weiss had to like what he saw.
The Demons, after some first-half struggles, pulled away in the third quarter and finished off the Bees, 46-37, in a non-conference matchup at the Westlake Athletic Center.
\"We were really disappointed Tuesday night,\" admitted Weiss, whose team moved to 10-5 on the season.
\"We were there in that game the whole entire time,\" Weiss continued. \"And to come back tonight with...
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to retain SWC title|
With the score between Brecksville and Westlake deadlocked at 2-2, the championship for the annual Southwestern Conference Hockey Tournament was very much in doubt.
But in the second period, a staunch defensive stand and an opportunistic scoring opportunity nudged things the Demons\' way.
Adam Fife scored the go-ahead goal late in the period, and goaltender Joe Guay turned away shot after shot from the Bees. Guay and the Demon defense pitched another shutout in the third period to give Westlake a 4-2 win and...
Demons rally, hold off Bees to stay atop the SWC|
With both teams struggling offensively, Saturday\'s Southwestern Conference matinee between Brecksville and Westlake seemed destined to go down to the wire.
Westlake got a pair of free throws and a fast break hoop by Allison Collins in the game\'s final 33.7 seconds, allowing the Demons to get out of town with a narrow 39-33 win played at the Brecksvile-Broadview Heights Middle School gym.
Westlake, now 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the SWC, needed the win to keep pace with Berea-Midpark. But that proved to be no easy task against a Brecksville squad that just one week ago handed the Titans their first conference loss in 17 outings.
\"They\'ve been on a hot streak,\" admitted Westlake head coach Chip Weiss. His team trailed 20-19 at halftime...
Titans finish strong, claim SWC win over Westlake|
Over the holidays, the Berea-Midpark Titans ran the gauntlet as they took on some of the toughest competition they could find in Wadsworth, Revere and North Royalton. Three losses later, head coach Kevin Braaten felt the experience would pay off in the long run.
Wednesday night, it looked like his Titans began to cash in on the dividends.
The Titans found themselves in a tight battle with Southwestern Conference rival Westlake. Nursing a 43-40 lead, Berea-Midpark outscored the Demons 18-7 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 61-47 win at Purdy Gymnasium.
The win kept the defending SWC champions unbeaten in conference games at 4-0. Westlake fell to 3-1 in the conference after making just two of 16 shots in the final quarter. \"I think we\'ve played a tough schedule,\" said Braaten, whose...
Red-hot Rocket offense too much for rival Demons|
According to the Old Farmer\'s Almanac, winter arrived at 6:03 Monday evening.
The weather Tuesday night in Bay Village, however, was anything but winter like. And the Bay Rocket offense continued to blaze away like a mid-summer\'s day in the Mohave Desert.
Bay ignited its offense from the opening tip and put on a holiday performance for the ages in a 96-48 win over the Westlake Demons at The Launch Pad. It was the Rockets\' third straight win and third-straight output of 87 points or better.
\"I think we shot 57 percent overall, and that\'s a product of sharing the basketball,\" said Bay head coach Jared Shetzer, whose team evened its overall record at 3-3. \"It literally comes down to how much do you...
Bulldogs start off fast, defeat Demons for SWC win|
In search of their first Southwestern Conference win, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs were looking for a spark.
Head coach Chris DeLisio found just that in Ryan Hanna.
DeLisio inserted Hanna into the starting lineup Tuesday night at Westlake, and the senior responded in a big way. He scored 20 points, all in the first half, to get the Bulldogs off and running early on their way to a 67-61 win over the Demons at the Westlake Athletic Center.
The 5-11 guard came out shooting, scoring a 3-pointer and getting a steal for two in the game\'s first minute. The Demons knotted the game at 5-5, but Hanna nailed another trey that gave Olmsted Falls the lead.
Turns out he was just warming up. By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs had built a 23-10 lead...
Demons dominate early, beat Falls in SWC opener|
The Westlake Demons opened their Southwestern Conference season Saturday afternoon and were looking to get off on the right foot against visiting Olmsted Falls.
Looking at the numbers alone showed the Demons were able to accomplish just that.
Westlake came out of the gate strong, blanking the Bulldogs in the first quarter and rolling to a 51-26 win at the Westlake Athletic Center. The win moved the Demons to 3-1 on the season and more than set the tone for their SWC season.
\"That was a great start,\" said Westlake head coach Chip Weiss, whose team held the Bulldogs to just six field goal attempts and forced 11 turnovers in taking a 17-0 lead in the first quarter...
Westlake's Campo resigns as head football coach|
On Monday, Westlake head football coach Mark Campo submitted a letter of resignation to the administration at Westlake High School. His resignation is effective upon conclusion of the 2014 season, according to athletic director Tony Cipollone.
Campo informed the team of his decision Thursday evening.
Campo revitalized a Westlake program that had struggled prior to his arrival. The varsity team had just one winning season since 1989. Campo compiled a 30-31 record over six seasons...
CHAMPIONS! Reis' OT goal gives Eagles DI crown|
It took a few extra minutes Saturday night, but Avon\'s unbeaten 2014 season continued on.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Eagles rallied with a pair of goals in the second 40 minutes to force the match into overtime. Then in the 100th minute, Vithor Reis took a pass from Christian Giraldo and buried the ball into the back of the net to give Avon a 3-2 win in the Rocky River Division I District Tournament championship match at Joe Firment Stadium.
The state-ranked Eagles, now 17-0-2, will take on the unbeaten Copley Indians Wednesday night at Nordonia in a Division I regional semifinal. Copley,now 18-0-1, defeated Medina, 5-2, to win the Brunswick District championship...
Demons get by Titans, advance to DI district finals|
During the regular season, the Berea-Midpark boys soccer team came to Read Field and took a 4-1 decision over Westlake. The win was pivotal in helping the Titans claim a second-straight Southwestern Conference championship.
Wednesday night, the Titans returned to the Demons\' home pitch in the semifinal round of the Rocky River Division I District Tournament. This time around, Westlake turned the tables and came away with a narrow 2-1 win to advance to the district championship game.
Westlake, the tournament\'s second seed, will hit the road Saturday night to take on the No. 1 Avon Eagles, who defeated Strongsville 4-0 Wednesday night. Avon remained undefeated on the season, while the Demons moved to 14-4-0. \"We made it interesting...\"
Demons blank Bulldogs, earn rematch with Titans|
The meatgrinder that is the Rocky River Division I boys soccer tournament moves into the district round this week. And as usual, the Westlake Demons find themselves with some tough obstacles to overcome if they want to return to the regional level.
The Demons took their first step Saturday night at Read Field when they got past Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls, 2-0, in a sectional championship match.
The Bulldogs, who had defeated Elyria 5-0 in an opening round match, dropped out of tournament play at 10-5-3. Westlake, on the other hand...
Titans spin Demon miscues into another SWC win|
To say Westlake\'s football team handed its opponent the win Friday night isn\'t cliche. It\'s an understatement.
The host Demons turned over the ball six times in the Southwestern Conference contest, and Berea-Midpark graciously accepted their generosity. The Titans spun four of those snafus into touchdowns en route to their 42-0 win at Lou Duchez Field.
For the night, Justin Harris ran in a pair of touchdowns, Joey Bachie caught a couple, Shawn Epps ran in a fifth score and Matt Owens found the end zone on an 80-yard pick-6. Connor Kahl was a perfect 6-for-6 in PATs as the junior bettered the school record for most consecutive extra points kicked in a game.
\"We\'ve got to play mistake-free football to have a chance,\" said Westlake coach Mark Campo, whose team slid to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the SWC. \"We\'ve got young guys that are stepping up playing varsity football for the first time...
Demons finish strong, defeat Eagles in DI tourney|
There was rain and lightning on an already muddy field at Drive Morris Stadium in North Olmsted Thursday night, and there were some worries about the playability of the field surface.
But after a 30 minute delay, the third-seeded Westlake and second-seeded North Olmsted girls soccer teams took to the pitch. They battled for 80 minutes to claim the OHSAA Division I sectional crown in the Rocky River district, with the Demons pulling out the 4-1 victory with a three-goal second half.
\"With the field being the way that it was, we\'re a possession team, and we build...
Big-play Pirates return in time to run past Demons|
This wasn\'t the offense Rocky River head coach Rick Adams was accustomed to seeing.
Hosting Westlake, the Pirates trailed, 9-7, in the second quarter. That made it only 21 points scored in the previous five quarters for Rocky River, a team which had averaged 42 points per game in the first five weeks of the season.
However, Adams never hit the panic button and knew his Pirates would break out of it sooner or later. Well, in the second quarter against the Demons, they did. Rocky River exploded for 21 in the second quarter and cruised...
Football '14: Rockets roar into state playoff chase|
Don\'t look now, but the Bay Rockets are in a playoff chase.
With half the season in the books, Bay is tied for first with Perry in Division IV, Region 11 in this week\'s OHSAA Computer Ratings. The 4-1 Rockets have been bolstered by wins over Division II Westlake and Division I Lakewood in the first half of the season.
They\'ll travel to North Olmsted, another Division II school, this Friday night. A bevy of computer points will be on the line, and a win over the 3-2 Eagles would go a long way in getting Bay into postseason play.
Bay and Perry each have a computer point average of 8.75, with Jefferson Area close behind with an 8.45. In fourth is Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 8.2, with Mantua Crestwood in fifth at 7.9. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the tournament...
Eagles hold off high-powered Demons in SWC win|
Football coaches crave it, their players strive for it and a team\'s end result depends on it. Friday night at Drive Morris Stadium, a young North Olmsted squad added a good dose of consistency to their overall game and made it count.
The Eagles, behind a 170-yard performance from Joshua Hofstetler, built a 21-12 halftime lead and came away with a 35-26 Homecoming Night win over visiting Westlake in the Southwestern Conference opener for both schools.
The win bolstered North Olmsted\'s overall record to 3-1 and atoned for last year\'s storm-delayed loss at Westlake...
Football '14: Koz-to-Sunahara bomb nets The Jug|
With just 42 seconds left in the game and 91 yards in front of them, the Bay Rockets faced long odds in their Saturday morning comeback attempt against visiting Westlake.
One of the biggest plays in Bay High history allowed the Rockets to cash in.
With just :06 left on the Memorial Stadium clock and the ball on the Demon 42, quarterback John Koz took the snap, and rolled to his right against the Westlake rush. Up field, he saw his 6-6 wide receiver, Rex Sunahara, racing open...
Demons show heart in a tough win over Mustangs|
Every time Westlake\'s boys soccer team was looking for that little extra to get it going, Strongsville was happy to oblige.
It added up to a 3-2 win Saturday night by the Demons in a very entertaining non-conference tilt at Reed Field that felt more like a late postseason game.
The winner came on a penalty kick off the foot of Omar Salem, but heart was the difference as Westlake, now 4-1 on the season, had an answer when things looked like they were tilting in favor of Strongsville.
A step behind the Mustangs in the first half, Westlake gave up a direct kick from 20 yards out to Anthony Santell to give Strongsville a 1-0 lead just 8:30 into the second half. That set the alarm off as the Demons stepped things up drastically...
Football '14: Rockets fired up after win over Cards|
Over the past few seasons, scoring has not been a strong point for the Bay football team. In fact there were times where it was an outright challenge.
You never would have known that last Friday night.
The Rockets, under the guidance of new head coach Ron Rutt, scored 20 points in the first quarter alone and rolled to a convincing 40-0 win over visiting Brookside in the season opener for both schools.
\"It was a great team win,\" Rutt said during a break at Tuesday\'s practice.
\"Offensively and defensively, our kids...
Golf '14: Medina girls ready to defend NOC crown|
Bad news for the Northeast Ohio Conference: Medina\'s girls golf team isn\'t missing a beat despite losing state qualifier Mindy Herrick, who transferred to a school in Florida, and Amanda Rom, who graduated.
With the emergence of freshman Alyssa Drehs, the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year in the 13-15 age group, the Bees have picked up right where they left off.
The squad has logged third-place finishes in the Lady Rider, Medina, Ashland and Walsh Jesuit Invitationals. It also finished second at the Padua Invitational.
By putting itself in one meatgrinder after another, Medina has readied itself to defend its NOC Valley title for the third season in a row. Drehs has led the team in scoring in two of the five tournaments and finished second three times at the Lady Rider Invitational, Ashland Invitational and Walsh Invitational. The freshman is averaging 83.4 and has shot in the 70s twice. Throw out a 91 at the Walsh Invitational, and two strokes...
Physical Westlake looking to bounce back in 2014|
Westlake\'s football team doesn\'t need to go searching very far to find the reason it didn\'t repeat its 2012 playoff appearance last season. A sparkling team at home with a 5-1 record, the Demons couldn\'t find an answer once it left Lou Duchez Field as they lost all four games on the road.
Add it up and you get a 5-5 record and a seat in the stands if you\'re a Westlake football player when it comes to the postseason.
The approach hasn\'t changed much in the eyes of coach Mark Campo, who isn\'t looking at five games on the road right now. Instead, the veteran coach is using an analogy heard around Northeast Ohio with the season set to get underway. \"It\'s one...
River makes early goal stand in win over Demons|
Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey could finally exhale.
After the Pirates scored just over 10 minutes into their home boys soccer contest against Westlake on Monday night, the rest of the time was spent battling on the defensive end and holding on for dear life.
Zerbey\'s club withstood a late Westlake push to walk away with a 1-0 win over the visiting Demons in nonconference action. The Pirates improved to 2-0-1 on the season while Westlake was tagged with its first loss.
\"We beat them last year and it was kind of the same game,\"Zerbey said. \"There was a lot of back and forth, but it was 0-0 and we scored with a few minutes left.
\"You work and work and work, and the goal kind of came out of nowhere. It\'s nice to get up early for a change....
Bees break through in second half to top Demons|
Medina\'s girls soccer team peppered Westlake with shots all Saturday afternoon, thinking eventually it would salt away enough at the Demons\' defense to finally break through.
While it took the better part of the contest, the strategy paid off. The two-time defending district champion Bees walked away with a 1-0 win on the road at Westlake\'s Reed Field.
Before that, Westlake\'s Erin Langermeier, Rebecca Essig, Danielle Pelligrino, Missy Murthy and keeper Lauren Kriaris were giving nationally-ranked Medina all it could handle on defense. But the Bees, now 3-0, kept chipping away...
River spikers sweep Westlake, win season opener|
In each of the three sets played, a determined Westlake squad jumped out to an early lead on visiting Rocky River.
But volleyball is a game of momentum shifts. And when the momentum took a swing in the Pirates\' favor, they made the most of the opportunity.
Rocky River, with junior hitter Justine Coffman leading the way, built large leads from there in the first two sets. As a result, the Pirates opened their season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Demons Saturday afternoon.
\"There was some sloppy play overall, and we kind of started slow in all three games,\" said Rocky River head coach Kelly Bennett, who started freshman...
A Sporting Viewpoint: New things coming in '14-15|
Even as the 2013-14 high school sports season was coming to a close, plans were on the table for 2014-15 here at BeAFanatic.com. Throughout the summer, friends would often ask me about how things were going and what we had in store for 2014-15.
At the time, there were many things still up in the air and undecided. There were other things we simply needed to keep under wraps. As June turned into July, the questions continued. I would usually just smile and answer with a reply of \"we\'re under construction.\"
And as August practices begin, that\'s still not too far from the truth. We\'re far from a finished product as we begin this, our fourth season...
Wrestling '14: Bees, Assad shine on summer mats|
Bad news for the Southwestern Conference: The lead dog\'s bite just got a lot bigger.
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. sent Austin Assad, Austin Hiles, Sonny Lucas, Justin DeMicco, Jimmy Suhayda and Nolan Wochna to Fargo, South Dakota for the Cadet and Junior National Championships. The Bees also went out to the National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa.
What came back was a ton of confidence.
In Des Moines, Brecksville finished third, tying its highest finish at the event, and went 15-2 in the process. Assad wrestled at 126 pounds and was named tournament MVP and earned All-American honors along with Lucas (145) and Grayson Davis (170). The squad added bronze medalists...