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Sports Chatter (10-3-12)

The Westlake varsity girls cross country team won the team championship for the third time in four years at the Vermilion Invitational, while the JV team defended their title for the fourth year in a row.

Freshman Robyn Hageman and Sophomore Morgan Hansen led the way for the ladies for the second meet in a row while Junior Grace Jenkins and sophomore Madeline Lee packed close behind.  Indeed, Robyn looked strong the entire race, while Morgan had her second very strong performance in a row.  Grace and Madeline once again ran very fine races as they stayed within striking distance of the lead group.  Most impressive is that this group packed together throughout much of the race and crossed the finish line all within 30 seconds.

In the five spot, senior Nora Lee continued to show her importance to the team.  Not only did she round out the scoring for the team once again, but she put in her second career PR in as many weeks.

In the JV race, Rachel Collins led the pack with a 3rd place overall finish while Jasmine Welch finished close behind.  Gina Campo scored a PR by over two minutes and ran with the leaders for the first 2/3 of the race while Hannah McCarthy and Ingrid Wagner rounded up the scoring for the JV team.


The Magnificat cross country team competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Bradley High Scool on Saturday and finished 10th out of 12 teams in the varsity event, third in the freshman/sophomore race and seventh in the open race.
The day was led by the youth of the team in the freshmen/sophomore race. The team finished a strong 3rd place. Sara Paponetti was the first Blue Streak in16th place and in a personal best time of 21:44. She was followed closely by Katelyn Lenahan in 18th, Liz Fitzgerald in 23rd, Julie Whitmore in 25th and Mara Bedell in 26th.  Both Fitzgerald and Bedell also set personal bests.
The varsity team still is bringing together their talents after suffering from some injury setbacks. Macey Walker had the best finish of the day in 19:56 followed by fellow captain and senior, Katie Kerr. Junior, Angelina Kluzcnik and freshmen Katie Whitmore and Brooke McQuinn rounded out the top five.
The team looks forward to competing on Saturday at the Medina Cross Country Festival.

The Westlake Recreation Department announces its fall sports programs

Westlake Recreation is currently registering boys and girls in grades 1-6 for the Youth Basketball League. This program is open to any child who lives in Westlake, goes to school in the city or is a current member of the Westlake Recreation Center. The programs are designed to instruct youngsters in the fundamentals of the game of basketball. Volunteer coaches are needed for all divisions. The registration deadline is Nov. 2. Practices start Dec. 3 and games will be played on Saturdays, Jan. 12 through March 9. For more information, visit or call 440-808-5700, ext. 3426.

Hoopin’ It Up, for boys and girls grades K-6, will be held Sundays, Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. Getting ready for your season? Just want to learn more about the game? Either way, these preseason workouts will help you develop the skills to take your game to the next level. Each session will focus on the fundamentals of the game, building as the weeks go along to prepare players for game competition. Ball handling, passing, shooting footwork and defense will be the primary skills taught by coaches Jeff and Brianne Huber. Each player will be given drills to work on at the conclusion of the workouts so that their improvement will continue. Grades K-3 are from 12-12:45 p.m. and grades 4-6 are from 12:45-1:30 p.m. Fees: $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. For more information, call 440-808-5700, ext. 3428, or visit the website at

Rocky River City Schools is seeking high school varsity softball head and assistant coaches, head boys and girls freshman basketball coaches, a head middle school wrestling coach and assistant varsity boys and girls lacrosse coaches. These positions are for the 2012-13 school year. Applicants should have certifications in SRFA, CPR, NFHS and Fundamentals of Coaching. Please send letter of interest and resume to Mark Wagner, Athletic Director, c/o Rocky River High School, 20951 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116, or e-mail at

Westlake High School is seeking a boys assistant swimming coach. Any interested coach should e-mail a cover letter, resume and reference list to Tony Cipollone, director of athletics, at and/or apply online at No phone calls.

Lakewood High School is accepting applications for a head varsity softball coach. Interested applicants should e-mail resume to Bob Thayerat or mail to 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.

St. Joseph Academy is searching for a new head swimming coach. Interested parties should send information to athletic director Jennie Amodio at or call 216-251-5495.

St. Joseph Academy will be holding a father-daughter basketball clinic on Oct. 25. Grades 3-5 will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Grades 6-8 will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $20 per father/daughter(s). For more information, contact Maggie Ferrando at or to download form, visit



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