Twenty Demons hit the stage for spring college commitment day
By Ryan Kaczmarski
Westlake High School had so many student athletes on the stage May 2 – on its spring college commitment day – they could barely fit into one picture. The number was 20, to be exact, which was an extremely impressive sight to see.
This event is staged every spring to showcase the student athletes who are, for the most part, going to smaller Division II-III schools. Here is a short spotlight on each of them:
Julia Kosco will be playing softball at Hillsdale College. She is a co-captain, four-year letterman and starting third baseman for the Demons. She has earned All-Southwestern Conference honors twice in her career and was a key member of the 2010 SWC championship team. She carries an overall 4.0 GPA, which helped the Westlake varsity softball team have the highest GPA in the state of Ohio.
David Mauerer will be playing baseball for Northern Kentucky University. The left-handed pitcher is a three-time letterman. He also played for the Midwest Pelicans, one of the top summer-league teams in the area, and will continue that this summer. He has been clocked in the high 80s with his fastball and has faced some of the top competition in the nation, including teams from Florida, New Jersey and Indiana. He plans to major in criminal justice or political science with hopes of entering the FBI one day. For more on Mauerer, see the article in the March 7 issue of West Life, or go to the sports archives on www.westlifenews.com, keywords “college signings.”
Alyssa Zollos will attend Hiram College and play volleyball. She is a three-year letter winner for the Westlake volleyball team and also participates in softball and track. She is still undecided on a major.
Jonathan Brick will be playing football at John Carroll University. He was a co-captain of the Demons football team last fall, and participated in the “Rush for a Cause” charity, where he raised more than $2,000 in donations. He was named to the Academic All-Ohio team and earned a Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association scholarship. Besides football, he played baseball, where he was a three-time letterman in each sport. He has earned several SWC awards for both football and baseball.
Rachael Trujillo is attending Walsh University and will be playing basketball. She transferred from Magnificat High School in her junior year to become a two-year letter winner for the Demons. In her junior year, she was second-team All-SWC, and in her senior year she was voted team captain and MVP, and was first-team All-SWC. She was WEOL’s player of the game twice in her career. She plans on majoring in physical therapy.
Collin Brooks will be playing lacrosse at Mercyhurst University. He has been a team captain on the varsity lacrosse team for the past two years, and has won letters in all four years on the team. In 2011, he received All-Region recognition. He plans on majoring in business intelligence.
Zach Maxey will attend the University of Mount Union and play lacrosse. He played lacrosse all four years at WHS and lettered twice. He plans on majoring in nursing.
Lexi Schmidt will play volleyball for Juniata College, which is regarded as one of the top Division III teams in the nation. She is a three-time letter winner, and was named the Demons’ Best Offensive Player in 2011. She also played for the Quicksilver Volleyball Club, which won the East Coast championship in 2010. She was vice president of the debate team for three years. She plans on majoring in biology.
Lauren Choban will be swimming for Oberlin College. She is a four-time varsity letter winner, and a four-time district qualifier in swimming and two-time state qualifier. She is a three-time first-team All-SWC and three-time SWC champion. She was instrumental in starting the Westlake swim team book drive, which has led to the donation of more than 1,200 books to MetroHealth Medical Center. She will graduate with a 4.81 GPA and plans on studying neurology this fall.
Chris Boardman will attend Hiram College and be a member of the swim team. He was captain of the Demons district championship swim team. He twice earned SWC honorable mention recognition. He will major in integrated studies with a teaching licensure in history.
Phil Brusk will be playing football at John Carroll University this fall. He is a two-time letter winner in both baseball and football. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was a past participant in the Leadership Challenge. He will major in pre-medicine.
Yasmine Hirbawi will attend John Carroll University and play soccer. She is a varsity letter winner and Team Achievement Award winner. She was a member of three district championship teams. She suffered a torn ACL that prevented her from playing last season, but should be fully healed this coming fall. She is also the student council president and a member of the National Honor Society.
Jordan Sanders will attend Denison University and be a member of the cheer squad. She has been the editor of the WHS Yearbook Club for three years and is also a member of the AFS Club. She has earned eight varsity letters and four captain’s pins. She plans on majoring in education.
Sammie Sposet will attend Cleveland State University and compete on the diving team. The four-year letter winner was also a three-year captain for the Demons. She was an SWC champion this year, holds six school diving records and also was a two-time state qualifier. She will major in biology/pre-med.
Jesse Moracz has signed to play softball for the University of Mount Union. The starting pitcher is a current co-captain and four-year letter winner. She earned All-SWC honors three times and was a key member of the 2010 conference champion team. She carries a 3.5 GPA.
Corey Bowers will attend Penn State-Behrend and play baseball. He is a two-time varsity letterman and is the Demons’ starting left fielder and leadoff hitter. He plans to obtain a master’s degree in business/marketing, while hoping to coach in college.
Spencer Offredo will attend Ohio Weslyan University and play baseball. He is a two-time letterman, primarily playing in right field. This summer, he plans to continue playing baseball for the J & A Baseball Club team. He will study economics/business management.
Lauren Wichman will attend Case Western Reserve University and play soccer. She is a three-time letter winner and All-Greater Cleveland selection, and a two-time All-SWC selection. She was also a first-team Academic All-Ohio member and received the team Coaches Achievement award. She was also an All-SWC selection in basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will major in pre-med.
Charlotte Tate will continue her soccer career at Cornell University. She was named first-team All-SWC, All-Greater Cleveland (twice), All-Region IV and All-Ohio. She was the team captain and a four-time letter winner. She is also a member of the National Art Honor Society and received the Kiwanis Academic Excellence award for four years. Tate is the WHS record holder for the 1600-meter run in track and was a district finalist and regional semifinalist.
Matt Bogard will attend The Ohio State University and compete in fencing. He began fencing at age 10 under the instruction of Walter Dragnetitetti. He has been competitive in National American Cups, Junior Olympics and overseas competitions. He is a three-time Ohio state champion fencer and most recently won the National High School Champion award. He plans to compete in the U.S. Nationals this summer in Anaheim, Calif.