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Girls Junior Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Golf · Alumni: Taylor Wogenstahl has a nice weekend at the Kiawah Island Classic


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Article found at nkunorse.com

Good luck this season Taylor! #westpride


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Girls Junior Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Golf · Alumni: Ashley Jeffers Leads Women’s Golf in Benbow Invitational


Article found at goleathernecks.com

Great Job Ashley! #westpride


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Girls Junior Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Golf · Alumni: Ali Green Helps Ashland Golf Finish 3rd At Desert Classic


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Article found at goashlandeagles

Keep up the Hard Work Ali! #westpride


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Multiple Teams · Alumni: Stacie Lee named Tourney MVP and USCAA Women’s Division II National Basketball Champ!


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2008 LW Graduate Stacie Lee completes her collegian career by averaging a double-double thru the USCAA Division II National Tournament and being named the Tournament MVP. Stacie graduates this April with an Early Childhood Ed degree. Congrats Stacie! #westpride

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Multiple Teams · Bw’s BLAZIN’ Athletes of the Week 3/3/14 – 3/9/14


Bw’s Blazin’ Athletes of the Week
PAST Athletes of The Week
3/3/14 -3/9/14
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Nia Staples
Sophomore, Basketball
Nia achieved two career highs in Saturday’s regional final game at Wright State’s Nutter Center. Staples high marks were 20 points and 7 assists.  She handled the ball at the point guard position in a fast paced game against the states top team without being charged with a single turnover.  Staples added her new bests to a 17 point, two assist effort in Wednesday’s win over Centerville.  She led the team in assists for the two regional games combined, while finishing second on the team in scoring.
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Lauren Canatelli
Junior, Basketball
Lauren led the Firebirds in scoring with a career best 30 points against the states top ranked team, Princeton.  Her performance came in the regional finals at Wright State.  Cannatelli tallied 24 of her 30 by making a school record 8 three point field goals.  She  scored a team leading 48 points for the week having also had the team best of 18 points in West’s win over the states ninth ranked team, Centerville on Wednesday.

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Multiple Teams · Firebirds fall to the Vikings in Slugfest…88-75


Picture by Jenny Walters Photography

Box Score

Summary by Bob Ashby:

West opened the game with their vaunted full court press causing Princeton to turn the ball over four times in the first 85 seconds which enabled the Firebirds to score the first five points of the contest.  After the initial shock the veteran Vikings regrouped and launched a comeback to put themselves ahead to stay (10-7) with a made three point field goal.  They also adjusted to the aggressive Firebird defense and after their initial flurry of turnovers only lost the ball five more times the rest of the night.  Still Princeton could not get away from the determined Firebirds and had only increased their lead to four points by the end of the high scoring first quarter (21-25).  This high scoring slugfest continued through the third stanza with West scoring 23 points.  Even with 23  they could only gain a single point on the Vikes leaving them 7 behind entering the last quarter.   With 6:24 remaining in the game the Vikings had opened their lead to thirteen and just when it appeared they had the game under control West strung together a trey by Ellie Kivell, followed in quick succession by two Lauren Cannatelli treys, and capped off by two Elisabeth Carter made free throws.  When the smoke cleared the Firebirds were back within a single possession (71-74) with over three minutes to go and the momentum seemingly going in their direction.  Not to be denied, Princeton’s senior star Kelsey Mitchell launched a 9 point run of her own putting West back in the hole again (71-83) with only 1:25 to play.   Lauren Cannatelli scored a career high 30 points, which included 24 from 8 made three point field goals, thought to be the most ever made in a single game by a Lakota West player.  Thirty points gave her a new career high.  Nia Staples also recorded career highs of 20 points and 7 assists.  Staples playing point guard against the ball hawking Vikings was on the court for all except the final 21 seconds without committing any turnovers.  Arianne Whitaker led all rebounders with 13.

Article found at journal-news.com

Article found at cincinnati.com

Pictures by Jenny Walters Photography

Full Video of the game courtesy of ICRC


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Multiple Teams · If It Happened Once It Can Happen Again! written by Bob Ashby


The Lakota Boys were expected to have a very good basketball team in 1991-92, and they did.  The problem was that another GMC school, Hamilton, had a great team.  Hamilton was led by Chris Kingsbury.  Kingsbury could do incredible things like throw nearly full court passes behind his back and lay 30 or more points on you as well.  Kingsbury went on to star in the Big 10 while playing for the University of Iowa.  As expected Hamilton won the GMC championship that year.  Lakota was not even 2nd outright but just tied for second in the league.
 
Lakota first met Hamilton that season in a home game and lost by 12 (56-68).
 
Lakota then traveled to Hamilton and lost by 25 (62-87).

In the post season tournaments Lakota won the district championship and advanced to the regional, which was hosted by Wright State University at the Nutter Center and who was waiting for them but Hamilton who had won at another district.  This was a Hamilton team at full strength, highly ranked among Ohio division 1 teams, and chomping at the bit to get to Columbus.
 
This story happened before any of the members of our Lakota West girls team were born but perhaps it’s  beginning to sound familiar.
 
So how did the game go?
 
                                                Lakota 64
                                                Hamilton 58


Lakota featured an outstanding player of their own, Keith Gregor.  He has since been voted into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame.  Keith averaged about 20 points per game and had as many as 30 in a single game.  He also led the Thunderbirds with 9 rebounds per game.
 
So how did Lakota beat Hamilton?  Did Keith Gregor have a great game?  Actually Keith had a good game scoring 15 points, but well under his average, and had 8 rebounds, good but again under his average.  His 15 points was just tied for the team high that night.
 
So again it may be asked how did they win?
 
The only answer I can provide is that 7 or 8 players on that good Lakota team went out, and played good together, none great but all good and when the final horn sounded it was more than Chris Kingsbury and Hamilton could handle.

The Thunderbirds coach, Mike Mueller, who will be inducted into the Lakota Hall of Fame himself in just a few weeks often told his teams, “Boys, If everyone does a little, nobody will have to do a lot.”  Granted that was a bit of an exaggeration but it was understood that coach Mueller’s point was that if everybody pitches in as a team and can play good nobody will need to play over their heads to get the best possible results.
 
If you don’t know and wonder what happened to that team after the win over GMC champion Hamilton at the Nutter Center, they went on to Columbus and will forever be known as,
 
The 1992 Ohio Division 1 State Champions
Good Luck Girls! Repeat History!! #westpride

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Multiple Teams · Alumni: Alexis Rogers Clinches Outright MAC Division Title against former Firebird Teammates!


Article found at bgsufalcons.com

Article found at muredhawks.com

Alexis Rogers leads Bowling Green with 21 points and 6 rebounds to win the 2014 MAC Division Title. The picture below shows former teammates Alexis Rogers (BGSU) Kindsay Brandt, Erica Almady (MIAMI) Brigit Reder (Professional Soccer Player) and Riley Fishman showing their “W”s after the game. #westpride

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Multiple Teams · West beats Centerville 69-58! Up Next…Princeton in the Elite 8! (Video & Pics)


Box Score

Summary by Bob Ashby:

West took an early lead and moved out to an 18-11 first quarter advantage making it look like a win might come easy.  Centerville, who came into the game with a 23-3 record and ranked 9th in the state, used the second quarter to dispel that notion. By half time they had taken the lead, 27-29.  The rejuvenated Elks started the second half  with a trey and had their maximum lead of 5 (27-32) just 20 seconds after the intermission.  The Firebirds responded  with an eight point run to regain the lead, 35-32, with 5:38 remaining in the third period.  Nia Staples sparked this run with a three point field goal and three free throws capped at the end by a Danielle Wells field goal.  Centerville could never regain the lead or even force a tie but they continued to challenge West.  The Elks got within two or less points  four more times in the third quarter but the Firebirds got out of that stanza holding a 46-42 advantage.  Still leading by a scant four points Nia Staples ignited another Firebird run by hitting a trey and then making an old fashioned three point play.  Lauren Cannatelli then made five out of six free throws to finish off the unanswered eleven point run to give the Firebirds a double digit lead (59-44), with only 3:33 remaining in the game.  Centerville was unable to mount a serious challenge after that and the two teams just traded points till time ran on the Elks.  Lauren Cannatelli led all scorers with 18 points.  Nia Staples followed  with 17, 15 coming in her run igniting streaks in the second half.  Danielle Wells played a solid all around game which included 10 points, 5 rebounds (second high on team), and a team leading 3 assists.  Arianne Whitaker battled 6′ 5″ Centerville post player Shannon Coffee, matching her two shot blocks, and pulling down a team best 6 rebounds, just two shy of Coffee’s total.  Coffee, the Elks leading scorer, was also held four points below her season average.   Ellie Kivell was called upon to play extra minutes due to Cannatelli’s early foul trouble.  Kivell responded with 9 points in 10 critical minutes by knocking down a trey, hitting on 3 of 4 from the field, and getting to the foul line twice for 2 more points.  In addition Kivell kept busy by assisting on another basket, picking up a steal, and darting in to claim two rebounds.

Article found at todayspulse.com

Picture from the journal.com

Article found at cincinnati.com (Video)

Girls Basketball:

OHSAA Div.1 Girls Basketball Tournament Info at swdab.org (Cincinnati4)

NEXT GAME: Lakota West vs. Princeton on Saturday, March 8, 7:30pm at Wright State University-Nutter Center (3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy #420, Dayton, OH 45435)

Presale tickets can be purchased in the athletic office from 8am-3pm.  All presale tickets are $6.00.  Tickets are $8.00 at the gate.  *Lakota West Athletic Department receives a portion of PRESALE tickets only

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Multiple Teams · Firebirds come up short against Wilmington 68-59! (Pics)


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Box Score

After a couple of lead changes Wilmington came out of the first quarter with a 16-17 lead and then held on for the close fought win.  The sixth and last tie of the game, 43-43, came with 3:49 to play in the third period. Still the Firebirds were only two points in arrears (59-61) with just 1:12 remaining on the clock.  The Hurricane’s superior free throw shooting ultimately spelled the difference.  Wilmington made 25 of 30 from the charity stripe while West could only get 9 of 18 to fall.  Sixteen of the Hurricane fourth quarter points, their last twelve consecutive scores, came from made free throws.  Tyler Williams was hampered by picking up his third foul early in the contest limiting his playing time to 22 minutes.  He closed his career with a scoring flurry tallying 8 points, West’s last 8 points, in the final 3 minutes of the game. Malik Grove kept the Firebirds in the game with both his scoring and his defensive efforts which slowed Wilmington star Jarron Cumberland.  Cumberland scored 10 first quarter points and had 18 by the intermission.  Grove played Cumberland man to man in the third quarter, twice stealing the ball, and matching his scoring with each getting 5 in the period.  Two other Firebird seniors closed their high school careers with double figure scoring games;  Latrell Tidwell with 13 and Tyler Bowling with 11.  With Williams forced to the bench by foul trouble, Rod Griffin stepped in to give the Firebirds 16 outstanding minutes.  Griffin accounted for 12 points, 6 by making 3 of 3 field goal attempts and 6 more by dishing off a team leading 3 assists. Griffin also added 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

Link to Journal News Article

Pictures by Ferland Fotos

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