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Westlake High School

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Buffington, Westlake dominate on the court again

Jun 07, 2012 - The 2012 season was definitely one to remember for the Westlake boys tennis team. And it definitely was a spring Colton Buffington will never forget. Buffington, the team’s number one singles players, led the Demons to their fourth straight Southwestern Conference team championship. To top that off, he made his fourth trip to the OHSAA state championships in Columbus and came away...    (5545 reads)

Westlake falls short in bid for state championship

Jun 04, 2012 - Throughout the 2012 tournament, the Westlake baseball team had come up with the winning combination of solid pitching, clutch hitting and strong defensive play. The result was a run all the way to the Division I championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Under sunny skies at Huntington Park, however, the Demons fell short in all three categories against perennial state powerhouse Cincinnati Moeller. Even so, they made the Crusaders squirm until the very end. Westlake scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little, too late as Moeller came away with a 9-6 win and its sixth state championship since 1972. The Crusaders prevailed despite getting outscored...    (5510 reads)

Demons do it again, face Moeller for state crown

Jun 01, 2012 - In winning 20 of its last 22 games, the 2012 season has come down to this for the Westlake baseball team: The Demons have a date with destiny. After needing back-to-back seventh inning rallies to make it to Columbus, Westlake took the lead for good in the fourth inning in Thursday’s Division I state semifinal game at Huntington Park. The Demons built their lead from there and went on to a 6-2 win over Massillon Perry...    (5642 reads)

State Bound! Westlake nine rally for regional title

May 26, 2012 - For two straight days, the Westlake baseball team starred straight into the eyes of a season-ending defeat. Down to their final at bats, the Demons had their backs against the wall against two tough opponents in perennial powerhouse St. Ignatius and state-ranked Ashland. And for two straight days, those Demons had the standing-room-only crowds at Nobby’s Ballpark walking away stunned and amazed. And, in the case of the Westlake faithful, celebrating in a total state of euphoria. The Comeback Kids were headed to Columbus...    (4876 reads)

DI Baseball: Demons nip Eagles for district crown

May 21, 2012 - It has been said that pitching is the number one component to winning a championship in baseball. If that is indeed the case, the Westlake Demons are feeling pretty good about their chances this week. The Demons have advanced to this week’s Division I regional semifinals on the strength of stellar back-to-back pitching performances last week. On Wednesday, Ben Neumann went the distance and out-pitched Kentucky recruit Eric Lauer in a 4-2 win over Midview at The Pipe Yard in Lorain. Then on Thursday, his cousin Kevin threw a four-pitch shutout as the Demons blanked top-seeded Avon, 1-0...    (5880 reads)

DI Baseball: Westlake advances to district finals

May 16, 2012 - Under sun-drenched skies at The Pipe Yard, the Westlake baseball team faced one of its biggest challenges in the Lorain Division I district semifinals. In the third base dugout was Midview, co-champions of the West Shore Conference. The Middies featured a potent offense, a solid defense and junior lefty Eric Lauer, who had recently given a verbal commitment to pitch for the University of Kentucky. The Demons, however, had been on a roll...    (4431 reads)

DI Fastpitch: Gambetta, Demons topple Amherst

May 15, 2012 - As it turned out, the third time was the charm for the Westlake fastpitch softball team... ...with a big assist from Mackenzie Gambetta. During the regular season, the Demons had lost both games to Amherst in Southwestern Conference play. But on Monday at North Ridgeville, the Westlake senior broke a 4-4 tie with her one out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning...    (4793 reads)

DI: Latham, Lackner lead Demons to sectional title

May 11, 2012 - Down 6-0 early against visiting Lakewood, the Westlake baseball team was in trouble. The Demons needed something big to change the momentum of the game, some kind of offensive explosion to jump start a comeback. In the bottom of the third inning, Kyle Latham set the fuse and Jamie Lackner provided the match. Latham’s leadoff double was followed up by Lackner’s grand slam home run to spark a five-run rally. Another leadoff hit by Latham...    (5911 reads)

Softball: Bay, Westlake ready for tournament play

May 09, 2012 - After a rainy start to the week, the 2012 OHSAA Fastpitch Tournament should get back on track on Wednesday. Most Westshore teams will be in action, including Bay and Westlake. The Rockets are coming off a doubleheader loss to Westlake on Saturday. The Demons blanked Bay, 5-0, in the first game on Jesse Moracz’s shutout, then came back with a 9-1 win in the second game. Westlake, now 14-8, scored eight runs in the second inning on three hits, four walks and three Bay errors. “It was a good day to get refocused,” said Westlake head coach Tom Shiban, whose team had lost...    (5330 reads)

Bees catch up to Westlake in SWC fastpitch race

May 03, 2012 - Throughout the 2012 season, the Westlake fastpitch team has been able to pull out some important games with some late-inning rallies. Just last week, the Demons rallied in the final two innings to top Avon Lake, then capped off their week with an extra inning 6-5 win over North Ridgeville in non-conference play. A narrow 2-1 win over North Olmsted on Monday had them in a tie for first place with Amherst in the Southwestern Conference race. But on a warm, breezy Wednesday afternoon...    (4207 reads)

Demons remain in first, rally late past Shoregals

Apr 26, 2012 - For five innings, head coach Tom Shiban and his Westlake Demons probably felt like they were at a casting call for a sequel to the movie Ground Hogs Day. On Monday, the Demons gave up a three-run homer early and dropped a 4-0 decision to Amherst, throwing the Southwestern Conference fastpitch race into a three-way tie. On Wednesday, a three-run homer in the first inning off the bat of Avon Lake’s Alexis Thomas led to another 4-0 deficit. But when Julia Kosco was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, the ending of that sequel was edited out and left on the cutting room floor. Westlake scored...    (6046 reads)

Big second quarter gets St. Edward past Demons

Apr 22, 2012 - With the final seconds of the first quarter ticking away, Westlake’s Adam Sandor took a pass from Jake Bechtel and zipped the ball past St. Edward goalie Drew Simpson. That gave the Demons a 3-2 lead over the Eagles, a lead that proved to be short-lived. The visitors exploded for eight goals in the second quarter and fought off a second-half rally by the Demons for a 17-10 win Friday night at Read Field. It was just the third loss of the season for the young Demons, who fell to 6-3...    (5464 reads)

Westlake's Neumann silences North Olmsted bats

Apr 13, 2012 - For the better part of the game, Thursday’s Southwestern Conference baseball matchup between Westlake and North Olmsted was a pitchers’ duel. Seniors Dan Doyle of the Eagles and Ben Neumann of the Demons matched each other pitch for pitch, making base runners hard to come by. Both pitchers were on their game. Neumann was just a bit better. Neumann threw a gem, blanking the potent Eagle offense on six hits to lead Westlake to a 4-0 win at North Olmsted Park. The win got the Demons back to even at 2-2 in the SWC and tied them with the Eagles in the league standings behind front runners Amherst, Avon Lake and Brecksville. The lanky righty went the distance, striking out six and walking just two in moving to 2-1 on the season. “He’s been consistent for us so far this season...    (5862 reads)

Errors costly for Shoregals as Westlake prevails

Apr 10, 2012 - So far this season, Westlake head softball coach Tom Shiban has been searching for more consistency from his team’s offense. Monday afternoon at Avon Lake, Shiban was still looking. The Shoregals’ defense, however, was more than happy to lend a hand in the meantime. The Demons evened their record, both overall and in the Southwestern Conference, using five errors to their advantage in a 5-2 win over Avon Lake. Westlake and Avon Lake are now 1-1 in the SWC, tied with Midpark and Olmsted Falls behind unbeaten Amherst and Brecksville. “The first inning, we hit the ball really well,” said Shiban, whose team jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game...    (6109 reads)

Miscues lead to extra-inning loss for Demon nine

Mar 28, 2012 - After an opening day loss at Avon, the Westlake baseball team was looking to regroup in its home opener against Elyria Catholic. A disastrous sixth inning, however, played a big part in the Demons’ second loss in as many days. The Panthers scored six runs on just two hits that inning, turning a 7-3 deficit into a 9-7 lead. The visitors would later score a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning...    (4689 reads)

DI Boys: Radjen, Bees end Demons' district hopes

Mar 09, 2012 - When Shawn Hood looks back at Westlake’s 46-41 district semifinal loss to Brecksville, he’ll more than likely blame it on these three things: Too many missed free throws. Too many missed shots in the fourth quarter. Way too much Danilo Radjen. Radjen, held in check by the Demons through the first three quarters, scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Bees rally for the win in front of a vocal crowd at Midview. The loss ended Westlake’s season at 19-3 and sent 18-4 Brecksville to Saturday night’s Division I district...    (4634 reads)

DI Boys: The Rematch is set, Demons to face Bees

Mar 05, 2012 - The rematch. Ever since a 53-37 beating at the hands of Brecksville last month, the Westlake boys basketball team had hopes of getting another shot at the Bees come tournament season. The top-seeded Demons will get their wish Wednesday night when they take on No. 2 Brecksville in a Division I district semifinal at Midview High School. The matchup came to fruition last Friday night after a pair of sectional championship games. Brecksville shot 56 percent from the 3-point line and took out Strongsville, 62-41, in the first game of the doubleheader. Then Westlake took the court and held Amherst to nine first-half points...    (4230 reads)

DI Girls: Magnificat tops Westlake for district title

Mar 05, 2012 - It had been 10 years since the Magnificat basketball program had won a district championship. The last time was back in 2002, and the Blue Streaks made it all the way to state final four that season. In their efforts to get back to the Sweet 16, the third time proved to be the charm for the Streaks. Magnificat broke open a close game with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and defeated Westlake, 64-53, for a Division I district championship Saturday at Elyria Catholic. The Blue Streaks advanced to the Norwalk regional tournament and will take on Wadsworth Tuesday night at Strongsville High School. The past two seasons, Magnificat had been stopped short of a Parma district title by Midpark. The move out to the new Elyria district brought a new challenge...    (6118 reads)

DI Girls: Big fourth quarter puts Demons in finals

Mar 01, 2012 - Ever since the tournament brackets were announced, girls basketball fans were anticipating a potential matchup between Westlake and Lorain. Wednesday night at Elyria Catholic, those fans got their wish as the second-seeded Demons took on the third-seeded Titans in a Division I district semifinal. And for the better part of three quarters, the game lived up to all the hype and expectations. But as the fourth quarter began, it soon became evident this was going to be the Demons’ night. Westlake dominated the game...    (3992 reads)

Westlake's SWC share is one for the record books

Feb 28, 2012 - When the final buzzer sounded last Friday night, there was plenty of smiles to go around in the Westlake gymnasium. A little bit of history was made as well. The Demons had just gained a hard-fought win over Olmsted Falls, 69-63, to win a share of the Southwestern Conference boys basketball championship. For Westlake, 18-2 overall and 12-2 in the league, it was the second hoops title in four years and...    (5334 reads)

Demons fight off Falls, claim share of SWC crown

Feb 25, 2012 - With no less than a share of the Southwestern Conference championship on the line, Westlake found itself in a precarious situation. Visiting Olmsted Falls, which for years had been the flagship boys basketball program in the league, was embracing its new role as the spoiler. The Bulldogs had come to play and sent that message early by running out to a 23-11 first quarter lead. The Demons, in front of a packed house, were able to right themselves and tie the game by halftime. And in a second half flurry of fast breaks, steals and rugged play under the boards, Westlake emerged victorious, 69-63, to claim its share of the SWC crown Friday night. The hard-fought win ended the Demons’ regular season...    (4088 reads)

DI Girls: Westlake rolls again, to face Lorain next

Feb 23, 2012 - It’s safe to say the Westlake girls basketball team has barely had to break a sweat in its first two games tournament play. It’s also safe to say things will get much tougher for the Demons from this point on. For the second straight game, Westlake overwhelmed its opponent in the first quarter. The Demons blanked John Marshall, 22-0, in the first quarter, went to their bench early and often, then cruised to a 63-27 win Wednesday night in a Division I sectional title game at Elyria Catholic. No. 2 seed Westlake, however, walked off the Coliseum floor...    (4295 reads)

New foundation aims to improve Westlake's fields

Feb 22, 2012 - 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...    (5936 reads)

DI Girls: Westlake dominates in EC tourney debut

Feb 20, 2012 - The Midview Middies never knew what hit ’em. Westlake, a defending district champion, opened the new Elyria Catholic Division I district tournament with a bang Saturday afternoon. The Demons could do no wrong, hitting 10 of 21 shots from the floor and forcing 12 Middie turnovers in the first quarter alone. By the end of the quarter, the game was virtually over. Up 25-0 after the first eight minutes, the Demons led by as many as 35 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 71-24 sectional semifinal win...    (4013 reads)

Mustangs next: Demon icers get first district win

Feb 19, 2012 - In this season of firsts, the Westlake hockey team managed to add one more this week. On Wednesday, the Demons won their first ever OHSAA district tournament game with a 4-0 shutout win over Lakewood at Brooklyn’s Coyne Recreation Center. The win also gave the Demons their 20th victory of the season. Westlake, now 20-7-2, will take on Strongsville Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Mustangs, who play in the Red Division North, bring a record of 14-12-1 and a six-game losing streak into the game...    (4636 reads)

Demons vanquish Meteors, keep pace in SWC race

Feb 18, 2012 - With just under two minutes left in the third quarter at Westlake, Midpark’s Christian Calton hit a driving floater to give the Meteors a 30-27 lead. In a game that had been a defensive struggle for both teams, a 3-point lead at the time seemed huge. If the Demons were experiencing a deja vu moment, no one would have blamed them. But with vision’s of last month’s 46-38 loss at Midpark lurking in the shadows, the Demons responded with an explosive 15-2 run. When it was all said and done, Westlake had erupted...    (4228 reads)

Red-hot Bees swarm Demons, tie up race in SWC

Feb 11, 2012 - Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Westlake Demons. Brecksville came into Friday night’s Southwestern Conference showdown one game behind the first-place Demons. When the smoke cleared, The Hive was buzzing about the Bees’ convincing 53-37 win that tied up the race with two games remaining. “I believe we were a little frozen by the magnitude of the game early on,” said Demons head coach Shawn Hood, whose team made just two field goals...    (4225 reads)

Cold shooting dooms Demons, Meteors claim SWC

Feb 09, 2012 - Prior to Wednesday night’s Southwestern Conference showdown between Westlake and Midpark, both teams had visions of adding another league title to their respective trophy cases. When it was all said and done, the end result was a dream come true for the Meteors. For the Demons? It was an utter nightmare...    (4474 reads)

Depth pays dividends for Demons against Eagles

Feb 08, 2012 - Throughout the season, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood has consistently used a 10-man rotation. No matter what the score, no matter who has the hot shooting hand that night, the non-stop march to the scorer’s table has remained the norm. The result coming into the week? A 14-1 overall record and sole possession of first place in the Southwestern Conference. Hood’s philosophy paid some additional dividends Tuesday night. With two starters out of action, the Demons still had enough...    (5297 reads)

Avon, Westlake approved for entry into GCHSHL

Feb 03, 2012 - After two years of growing their programs from scratch, the Avon and Westlake hockey teams are taking the next step in their development. Both programs have been accepted into the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League and will begin division play during the 2012-13 season. Westlake is taking the biggest leap, moving into the White Division West, while Avon will compete in the Blue Division West...    (6504 reads)

Bees, tourney draw next as Demons roll by Eagles

Feb 02, 2012 - With just three regular season games remaining, the Westlake girls basketball team is on target to attain its goals. This coming weekend will more clearly define what road the Demons will take to achieve them. On Wednesday night, the Demons used a tenacious defense and opportunistic scoring to take out visiting North Olmsted, 49-29, in a Southwestern Conference matchup...    (5562 reads)

Demons run by Shoremen, take over lead in SWC

Feb 01, 2012 - Avon Lake head coach Eric Smith was looking for his Shoremen to buck a trend and get off to a good start Tuesday night at Westlake. Less than four minutes into the game, however, the Demons already had Smith’s team in catchup mode. Westlake came out of the gates with a 9-2 burst and built its lead from there. Despite a rash of turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Demons came away...    (5659 reads)

Demon D sends Shoregals home with SWC defeat

Jan 26, 2012 - Down just three points at halftime, Avon Lake got a pair of 3-pointers to start the third quarter and looked poised to pull off an upset of twice-beaten Westlake. That’s when the wheels came off for the Shoregals. Westlake turned up the defensive pressure and started to convert turnovers into points. An 11-0 run ensued, and the Demons kept pace in the Southwestern Conference race...    (5730 reads)

Video: Demons back on track, roll past Bulldogs

Jan 25, 2012 - Westlake got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a convincing 85-58 win at Olmsted Falls. The Demons raised their record to 11-1 overall and remained tied for first place in the Southwestern Conference at 6-1. Brecksville stayed tied with Westlake as the Bees buzzed past Avon Lake, 50-45. The Demons had five players in double figures, with Gavin Skelly leading all scorers with 22 points. Larry was there to capture the action with his photos and video...    (3815 reads)

Hockey: Despite loss, Demons continue to grow

Jan 20, 2012 - So far, the 2011-12 hockey season has been one to remember for the fledging Westlake program. The Demons, in just their second year of existence, take a record of 18-5-1 into Saturday night’s game with Avon. Last weekend, they went 3-0 in pool play at the Southwestern Conference Tournament and advanced to Monday afternoon’s title game. Awaiting them was defending Baron Cup II champion Amherst...    (5600 reads)

Video: Eagles split at Westlake mat quadrangular

Jan 15, 2012 - The Westlake wrestling team hosted Southwestern Conference foe North Olmsted, along with North Ridgevile and Norwalk, last Saturday in non-conference action. The Eagles split their two matches, defeating North Ridgeville, 44-24, but getting edged out by the Truckers, 39-31. The Demons dropped a 43-24 decision to Norwalk, and ended their day with a narrow 37-36 loss to the Rangers that came down to the heavyweight bout. Larry stopped by to capture some of the action with these photos and video...    (5210 reads)

Strong starts, finish get Demons past Brecksville

Jan 14, 2012 - Despite leading the entire game, Westlake had a fight on its hands. It was the fourth quarter, and Brecksville was threatening. The Demons’ offense was sputtering against the Bees’ zone defense. A 3-pointer from Mark Chrzanowski had brought the visitors to within three points, 38-35, with ample time for a game-winning run. With the fans on the edge of their seats, the game took a dramatic turn. With just over two minutes left in regulation, Gavin Skelly...    (4219 reads)

Bay icers step up, but fall short to Westlake, 3-0

Jan 13, 2012 - Since mid-December, the Bay hockey team has gone through a tough stretch of games. But even in Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss to Westlake, Rockets head coach Rick Kirk had reason to be optimistic about his young team’s future. “We had 32 shots on net tonight, so that’s a pretty good showing for us,” Kirk said after his team’s loss to the Demons at Hamilton Ice Arena in Rocky River...    (5541 reads)

Meteors get the best of Demons, take SWC lead

Jan 09, 2012 - More times than not, a 28-point win over your main league rival and sole possession of first place would have a coach smiling from ear to ear. But Saturday night, it was evident Midpark head coach Stephanie Mentz had higher aspirations for her Meteors in 2012. Midpark, the defending Southwestern Conference champions, fought off visiting Westlake with a 10-0 run in the third quarter...    (4467 reads)

Fourth-quarter run pushes Westlake past Eagles

Jan 07, 2012 - For the better part of three quarters, North Olmsted and Westlake battled each other on even terms in a key early-season Southwestern Conference hoops matchup. As the third quarter ended, however, the game would change dramatically. That’s when point guard Ezzat Assad’s long-range 3-pointer to beat the buzzer pushed the Demons’ lead to 45-35. That shot ignited a 12-4 Westlake run...    (5755 reads)

Video: Demons ground the Rockets, 66-44

Dec 28, 2011 - Westlake Demons men\'s basketball grounded the Rockets in a Holiday match at the Launching Pad. While Jim is on vacation, I captured stills and video of the game. Enjoy. Happy New Year!    (4866 reads)

Westlake remains unbeaten with win over Eagles

Dec 18, 2011 - For the better part of the first half, North Olmsted and Westlake looked like mirror images of each other. Both teams were pressing and pushing the ball up the floor at a frantic pace, but not doing much at the offensive end of the floor. The song remained the same in the second half except for one thing: The Demons found their scoring touch...    (5327 reads)

Westlake runs, stuns its way past Braves, 67-53

Dec 17, 2011 - Back in the 1980s, Cleveland State used its “run and stun” style of basketball to make a name for itself in the college basketball world. If Friday night was any indication, the “run and stun” is alive and well in Westlake, Ohio. Westlake hit visiting Berea hard with a 15-3 run in the second quarter, then used a 21-4 run in the third to stun the Braves, 67-53, in a big early-season Southwestern Conference matchup. With the win, the Demons remained unbeaten...    (4568 reads)

Video: Demons host Avon Lake in SWC meet

Dec 16, 2011 - Westlake hosted Avon Lake last Thursday in a Southwestern Conference swimming and diving meet at the Westlake Recreation Center. Larry captures the action with these videos...    (5525 reads)

Westlake icers close out strong in win over Eagles

Dec 12, 2011 - Seems like it was only yesterday. Just a little over a year ago, Avon and Westlake started their respective hockey programs. Since then, the Eagles and Demons have gotten to know each other well, even sharing practice time on the ice from time to time. On Saturday, the two club teams met on their shared home ice at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. The Demons, thanks in part to an early goal by freshman Nathan Greenberg...    (5633 reads)

Pressure defense helps Demons get by Shoregals

Dec 12, 2011 - Avon Lake head coach Dave Zvara knew the answer to the question before it was even asked. “It’s been our one downfall so far this season,” Zvara said. “Turnovers.” Westlake, despite some problems of its own, remained undefeated by pressuring the Shoregals into 30 turnovers to come away with a 45-40 win Saturday afternoon at the Avon Lake Fieldhouse...    (6040 reads)

Video: Magnificat hosts gymnastics competition

Dec 12, 2011 - The Magnificat gymnastics team hosted a seven-team meet last Thursday, including local rivals Rocky River and Westlake. Hudson won the team title with 126.65 points, edging out Medina (1220 and Brunswick (121.25). Magnificat was fourth with 119.8 points, followed by Westlake (102.3), Midpark (92.45) and Rocky River (33.3).    (6122 reads)

Demons seize the moment, top River in overtime

Dec 07, 2011 - After trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, Rocky River had come all the way back. Visiting Westlake, with two key players already fouled out of the game, was on the ropes. With the partisan Pirate crowd already whipped into a frenzy, the decibel level rose even higher when River eventually tied the game to send it into overtime. And with a 52-49 lead early on in OT, the momentum was clearly in the Pirates’ favor. The Demons, however, had other ideas...    (5101 reads)

Hood, Demons brace for River as new era begins

Dec 05, 2011 - A new era in Westlake boys basketball begins Tuesday night. That’s when Shawn Hood, the former Cleveland State standout, makes his debut as the Demons’ head coach. Hood, who was hired last summer, takes his team to Rocky River for a non-conference matchup with the Pirates. “I think we’re right where we need to be,” said Hood after a recent practice session. “I would imagine everyone’s at the same place and wishing they had a little bit more time to prepare. “I feel good about our team...    (5162 reads)

Experience paying off in Demons' second season

Dec 04, 2011 - One year ago, the Westlake hockey program was hitting the ice for the first time. A roster full of freshmen and inexperienced players went through its fair share of growing pains as the season went on. But the bottom line was this: The blueprint for the program was finally off the planning board and put into action. With the 2011-12 season now underway, the Demons have put all of that learning experience to good use...    (4205 reads)

Demons build early lead, roll past Rockets 52-36

Dec 01, 2011 - In last Friday’s season opener against Chardon, the Bay girls basketball team fell behind early and had to rally for a 60-57 win. On Wednesday night, the Rockets again fell behind early, this time against rival Westlake. This time, however, there was no comeback as the Demons rolled to a 52-36 win to move to 2-0 on the young season. Westlake, coming off a big 57-40 win over Rocky River, jumped out to an 11-1 lead...    (5019 reads)

Avon blanks Demons, earns first DI district crown

Oct 30, 2011 - There was a time not too long ago when things weren’t going very well for the Avon girls soccer team. “The wheels were coming off,” said Eagles head coach Tony DiMacchia. “It was midway through the season, and we were dealing with a lot of adversity and a lot of injuries. We weren’t playing well, and we weren’t finishing well.” All that seemed like ancient history as DiMacchia addressed the media at sun-drenched Reed Field. His Eagles had just finished beating top-seeded Westlake...    (5062 reads)

State Tennis: Golick leads contingent to Columbus

Oct 20, 2011 - And then there were six. Six girls from the Westshore area have advanced to the 2011 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament in Columbus this weekend. Leading the field is Westlake’s three-time state qualifier Lauren Golick, who last week won the Oberlin Division I district championship at Oberlin College. Also advancing to state in the singles competition is Magnificat’s Emily Witt. The sophomore is making...    (5353 reads)

Bees leave Westlake with 1-0 win and SWC crown

Oct 17, 2011 - Saturday’s Southwestern Conference championship game was a tough enough assignment for the Westlake girls soccer team. Brecksville came to Reed Field with an overall record of 10-1-2 and an undefeated SWC mark of 6-0. The Bees were voted the top seed in the upcoming Division I Kent district tournament and had received votes in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll. Throw in dealing with a stiff wind from the west in the second half, and the task became even tougher for the Demons...    (3758 reads)

Westlake fights back to take Eagles in five sets

Oct 05, 2011 - In the first set of Tuesday night’s volleyball match at Westlake, North Olmsted made enough mistakes to last an entire match in dropping a 25-19 decision. The Eagles battled back, taking a 2-1 lead on Volley For The Cure Night. But with a chance to close things out in the fourth set, those mistakes crept back into the picture. The Demons were all but happy to take advantage...    (5469 reads)

Class dismissed: Demons return to field, win big

Sep 29, 2011 - The Westlake boys soccer team is “starting to get there,” according to its head coach, Mike Besu. That doesn’t bode well for the Demons’ future opponents, as visiting Midpark found out Wednesday night. Westlake got on the board early and kept the onslaught going in the second half in a convincing 9-0 win over the Meteors at Reed Field...    (4594 reads)

Unbeaten Shoregals hold off determined Demons

Sep 28, 2011 - Despite a 2-0 lead over Westlake, Avon Lake suddenly found itself with a match on its hands. But when push came to shove, the state-ranked Shoregals responded. The up-and-coming Demons rallied and took the third set, 25-21, then took a quick 3-1 lead in the fourth. Avon Lake, however, came up with a rally of its own...    (4909 reads)

Goal line fumble gives Eagles OT win over Demons

Sep 24, 2011 - Was it a fumble, or wasn’t it? For a moment, nobody on the field seemed to know for sure. But when the officials finally ruled that North Olmsted had recovered the ball in the end zone, all the Eagles knew was that they were leaving Westlake with a crazy, hard-fought 21-14 overtime win Friday night. “We needed that one,” said North Olmsted head coach Mike Ptacek with a smile as his Eagles broke a three-game losing streak and climbed back into the Southwestern Conference race...    (5481 reads)

State ranked Demons dominate in SWC three peat

Sep 20, 2011 - Total domination. Those are the only words that can describe Westlake’s run in the 2011 Southwestern Conference Tennis Tournament Saturday in Medina. Oh wait. There are two more words: Three peat. The state-ranked Demons, ranked third in Division I in the first Ohio Tennis Coaches Association poll Tuesday, got out the brooms and swept the rest of the field away...    (4920 reads)

Demon defense helps turn away Magnificat, 3-0

Sep 18, 2011 - As it turned out, the tone was set in the early moments of Westlake’s battle with arch rival Magnificat. Late in the first minute of Saturday’s girls soccer matchup, Blue Streak forward Shannon Fulton ripped a shot that was headed for the upper part of the goal. Westlake keeper Alexis Carpenter, however, made a leaping save, deflecting the ball off the crossbar. That was one of the few scoring opportunities Magnificat would have the entire game...    (5756 reads)

Westlake tennis squad ready, seeks SWC 3-peat

Sep 16, 2011 - Before the season started, the Westlake tennis team set a number of goals. One of them was to win a third straight Southwestern Conference championship. The time to reach that goal has arrived. Saturday, the Demons will head south with their 8-1 record to participate in the annual SWC Tournament in Medina. They tuned up for the big day with a 5-0 league win over Brecksville...    (4508 reads)

Bees too much for shorthanded Westlake spikers

Sep 14, 2011 - With starting setter Jesse Moracz already out of the lineup due to injury, the Westlake volleyball team was already up against it. When middle hitter Lexi Schmidt left the match with an ankle injury early in the second set, things couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Demons. With state qualifier Brecksville on the other side of the net, the task was already tough enough. But despite the holes in their lineup, the Demons fought the Bees down to the wire...    (4173 reads)

Goal line stand helps Demons edge past Pirates

Sep 10, 2011 - There’s really no other way to describe Friday night’s football game between Westlake and Rocky River. It was an all-out brawl. At Lou Duchez Field, the two long-time rivals pounded away at each other from the opening kickoff to the final gun. Big defensive plays and hard hits took center stage. When it was all said and done...    (5823 reads)

Demons, Tolman outlast Eagles in five-set victory

Sep 09, 2011 - Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference volleyball match between Westlake and North Olmsted featured two teams looking for consistency in their respective games. Today, both teams are continuing that search. As it turned out, a five-play onslaught by Westlake’s Johanna Tolman in the fifth set made the difference. That brought the Demons back from an 8-3 deficit...    (5697 reads)

Demons, Pirates look for continued improvement

Sep 08, 2011 - Two young football teams looking for continued improvement will square off Friday night at Westlake’s Lou Duchez Field. Westlake, coming off a 34-24 win over Bay, will host Rocky River in the final non-conference tune-up for both squads. The Pirates come into the game with a 2-0 mark after last Saturday’s 19-13 win over Trinity. Pirates head coach Rick Adams brings in a defense that is allowing just 152 yards per game...    (5512 reads)

Konrad, Demons dominate Braves in 8-0 SWC win

Sep 08, 2011 - The three-goal performance of Megan Konrad would have been good enough Wednesday night. Westlake’s sophomore forward, however, had plenty of help. The Demons dominated play from start to finish in a convincing 8-0 win over Berea in a Southwestern Conference girls soccer matchup at Reed Field. After missing on their first few shots of the game, the Demons began their onslaught...    (4735 reads)

Demons make progress as grid season approaches

Aug 14, 2011 - With scrimmages against Bedford and Lakewood in the books, Westlake football head coach Mark Campo admitted his 2011 Demons were still a work in progress. “We improved today, but we’re young,” said Campo after his team’s scrimmage session with Lakewood at Lou Duchez Field Saturday.    (4500 reads)

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