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Westlake’s Jenkins to The Citadel, Carpenter to Miami

Westlake High School college signees for 2014 are sitting L-R: Alexis Carpenter and Grace Jenkins, and are supported by their coaches standing behind them L-R: Shaun Koski, Scott Jones and Travis Haselswert. Photo courtesy of Westlake High School

Courtesy of Westlake High School

Grace Jenkins will leave Westlake High School as one of the top cross country athletes in the history of the school and continue her academic and athletic career at The Citadel. Jenkins owns seven top-10 team records and is a two time second team All-Southwest Conference performer for the Lady Demons and earned first team All-SWC this past season. She is a three-time Most Valuable Runner for the team and served as a captain.

Jenkins also is a member of the SWC-Champion Demons ice hockey team. Not only did she excel on the course but she excels in the classroom as she carries a 3.8 GPA.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that Grace has earned this opportunity as she is by far the hardest working and most dedicated runner I have ever been associated with,” Westlake girls cross country coach Travis Haselswert said. “As a runner, Grace transitioned from an individual to a team leader, one who would put her own successes aside for that of the team and one who became the finest of captains and leaders.

“She is always positive and upbeat and she leads both by example and by her words. She was a driven, dedicated athlete and we were lucky to have her as a teammate and as an example for the younger runners. She has left a great legacy and will be hard to replace.”

Alexis Carpenter will continue her academic and athletic career at Miami University of Ohio.

She was a first team All-SWC goalie in both 2013 and 2012 as well as second team in 2011. She was named as first team All Greater Cleveland in 2013 and second team All Greater Cleveland in 2012, and was also named as first team Scholastic All-Ohio in 2013 and second team Scholastic All-Ohio 2012.

This past season she was named as second team All-Ohio and has twice been named as the Lady Demons MVP (2012,2013). She led the Lady Demons to OHSAA District Titles in both 2010 and 2012 and the team finished as district runner-ups in 2011 and 2013. She was also the goalie of back to back SWC Championships in 2012 and 2013 and ranks 4th all-time in school history in saves and 3rd all-time in WHS history in shutouts. Her club team, Cleveland United also won the 2013 Outdoor National Championships. Alexis is also a great student as she carries above a 4.0 GPA.

“Alexis will go down in WHS Lady Demon Soccer history as one of the best goalies ever,” Demons girls soccer head coach Scott Jones said. “She was the backbone of our SWC Championship teams and allowed our other players to play with reckless abandon as they knew she was behind them to make the big save.

“Her leadership from the goal was both verbal and non-verbal and her hard work in the offseason allowed her to accomplish all that she has and opened up opportunities for her in the future. I have no doubt that she will continue to work on her skills tirelessly to make her a great college goalie.”



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