Westlake's No. 1 Fan bids adieu with state sendoff|
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...
News: Lakewood, Midview to join SWC in fall 2015|
Rumors of big changes for the Southwestern Conference have been heard for weeks. Yesterday, those rumors became reality.
According to an official press release, the Southwestern Conference will expand to a 10-team format beginning with the 2015-16 season. Lakewood and Midview will leave the West Shore Conference and join the SWC, along with fellow WSC member Avon, to complete that expansion move.
“The addition of these two fine schools adds to the long-term stability of the conference” ...
Area athletes sign on to continue at college level|
A number of Westshore area high school athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level. We at BeAFanatic.com wish them nothing but success as they move on to the \"next level.\' Congratulations!...
A Sporting Viewpoint: Welcome back for Season II|
While out on a walk late last week, I made my way over to Westlake High School and took a few laps around the track at Lou Duchez Field.
It was very quiet and peaceful there that day. I stopped for a moment near the south end zone and chuckled. I knew that serenity wasn\'t going to last much longer.
In a few weeks, the Demons will be hosting North Ridgeville to kick off the 2012 high school football season. Already this week, football teams throughout Ohio are participating in two-a-days getting prepared for opening night on Aug. 24.
All the fall sport athletes are gearing up for the new season. In fact on Monday morning, I saw a number of Westlake cross country runners as they were getting their road work in. Official...
News: Demon nine honored, new coaches named|
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...
News: Bova Camp to make its return to Westlake|
School is out, temperatures are up and baseball diamonds are buzzing with activity throughout the Westshore area. Summer is officially here, and that also means the Phil Bova Baseball Camp is right around the corner.
The Bova Camp, one of the most popular youth baseball day camps in the Cleveland area, will take the field for the 39th time next Monday, June 18, on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center.
Boys ages 7 though 14 will enjoy five mornings and afternoons of baseball fun and instruction...
Football: OHSAA to add seventh division for 2013|
The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be adding a seventh tournament division in football beginning in 2013, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced. The addition of a seventh division was approved by the OHSAA’s Board of Directors by a 6 to 3 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday.
The plan will place the top 10 percent of schools based on enrollment in Division I, with the remaining 644 schools divided evenly among the next six divisions. This will leave 72 schools in Division I with the other six divisions averaging approximately 108 schools. Each of the seven...
A Sporting Viewpoint: A new SWC-WSC solution|
The bulldozer that tore into the landscape of Division I collegiate athletics was a hot topic in 2011. A number of universities, not wanting to wait until they were left behind, severed longtime conference affiliations and flocked to greener pastures.
And if you took the adjective \"greener\" in a monetary sense, we\'re definitely on the same wavelength.
As the 2011-12 high school sports season passes the halfway mark, many fans, coaches and administrators are talking - privately, if not publicly - about similar changes at the high school level. The ever-changing demographics...
New foundation aims to improve Westlake's fields|
Could the days of wet, muddy field conditions at Westlake’s Lou Duchez Field become a thing of the past?
It could happen in the very near future if a newly-formed citizens group has anything to say about it.
A private group of Westlake citizens has formed a new non-profit foundation dedicated to raising private money which would fund upgrades to the district’s outdoor athletic facilities. The new Westlake Athletic Development Foundation has taken on this project, which would include field turf installation at Duchez, along with...
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and followers|
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
We hope you and yours have a great day with family and friends as the holiday season begins. All of us have something to be thankful for as we look back on 2011 and prepare to welcome in 2012.
Those of us at the Westshore Sports Fanatic! certainly have plenty to be thankful for as we head into the fourth month of our new venture...
Vermilion decides to leave WSC, moving into NOL|
It looks as if the West Shore Conference will be looking for new members again.
On Tuesday morning, officials from the Northern Ohio League announced they had voted to accept Vermilion’s membership application, according to published reports. That move was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by Vermilion superintendent Phil Pempin and school board member Dale Dawson during interviews with The Westshore Sports Fanatic!
\"We are definitely going to the NOL,\" said Dawson...