Westwood Cruises Past BRH, Sets Up District Final Matchup Against Gwinn

Westwood never trailed Wednesday night, routing Bark River-Harris 63-45 in a district semifinal contest played at Westwood High School.

The Patriots scored nine of the game’s first eleven points and led 16-7 after one quarter. Westwood stretched their lead to 29-14 at halftime and 48-25 after three quarters. The Broncos never got closer than 15 points down the stretch as they close their season with an 18-3 record.

Madelyn Koski led all scorers with 19 points while Tessa Leece finished with 16 and Natalie Prophet had 15 to lead three Patriots in double figures. Westwood is now 21-1 and visits Gwinn in the district championship game on Friday. The Modeltowners beat Ishpeming at the buzzer on Wednesday, topping the Hematites 51-49 in overtime. Westwood won both regular season meetings against Gwinn; 51-41 on January 22nd and 49-26 on February 21st.

Patriots Top Negaunee, Set Up Semifinal Show With BRH

Westwood never trailed during Monday night’s district quarterfinal against Negaunee, topping the Miners 49-37 at Westwood High School.

The Patriots scored the first seven points of the game and raced to an 18-9 lead after one quarter. Westwood went up by as many as 15 points in the second stanza but Negaunee closed the first half on a 7-2 run to get within 28-18 at the break.

The Pats led by double digits for the entire third quarter and carried a 39-28 advantage in the fourth. Negaunee trimmed the deficit to nine points on multiple occasions but could get no closer.

Natalie Prophet led the Patriots with 17 points and seven rebounds. Karlie Patron added twelve points and collected eight boards while Tessa Leece scored in double figures with ten. Westwood is now 20-1 and hosts Bark River-Harris (16-3) in a district semifinal on Wednesday. Negaunee closes at 16-5 and graduates five seniors. Elsewhere in the district, Ishpeming downed Manistique 56-44 and will travel to Gwinn for a district semifinal on Wednesday.

Patriot Girls Win Regular Season Finale

The Westwood girls basketball team closed the regular season on a winning note, downing Kingsford 60-48 on Thursday.

The two teams traded buckets early on and Westwood led 13-10 after one quarter. The Patriots went on a 12-0 run midway through the second stanza and led by as many as 14 points in the first half. Kingsford knocked down a three-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter to get within 31-20 at halftime and scored 11 of the first 13 points in the third quarter to get within one possession.

Madelyn Koski canned a pair of triples in the final minute of the quarter to put Westwood up 39-33 after three. Westwood led by double digits for most of the fourth quarter and the Flivvers were unable to get closer than within nine points down the stretch.

Koski turned in a game-high 24 points while Tessa Leece added 15 to lead Westwood. The Patriots close the regular season at 19-1 and ride an eight-game winning streak into the district tournament. Westwood will host Negaunee on Monday in the first round of the playoffs. The teams split their regular season meetings, with each defending their own home floor.

Westwood Boys Fall In District Semis

The Westwood boys basketball season came to an end on Wednesday, falling to Negaunee 56-47 in the district semifinals.

The Miners raced out to a 5-2 lead but Westwood ended the first quarter on a 12-2 run, capped by a buzzer-beating half court heave from Zach Carlson. The Patriots led by as many as nine points early in the second quarter but Negaunee closed the half with an 11-1 run and led 20-19 at the break.

Westwood hit a dry spell offensively that spanned two quarters and went eleven minutes without a field goal as Negaunee built a 36-28 lead after three. Westwood could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Miners (14-7) punched their ticket to Friday night’s district championship.

Westwood was led in scoring by Carlson and Nathan Beckman who each finished with 11 points. Ty Alderton added nine points and Blake Hewitt had seven. The Patriots close at 12-10 and graduate six seniors; Beckman, Hewitt, Jacob Adriano, Zach Niemi, Troy Anderson and Dakota Rodda.

Big Second Half Propels Westwood To Victory In District Opener

The Westwood Patriots are moving on after topping Manistique 46-29 in their District 66 first round matchup.

Manistique led 11-9 after one quarter and neither team recorded field goal in the second stanza until Ty Alderton’s layup at the 4:00 mark. Westwood briefly took a one-point lead before halftime but the Emeralds led 17-15 at the break.

After being held to 15 first half points, the Patriots erupted for 16 in the third quarter. Westwood took the lead for good midway through the frame and led 31-23 entering the fourth. The Patriot lead never dipped below double digits for the final six minutes of the game as the team outscored the Emeralds 31-12 after halftime.

Nathan Beckman led the Pats with 15 points. Taylor Dellangelo added ten and seven of Blake Hewitt’s nine points came in the fourth quarter to help Westwood pull away. The Patriots are now 12-9 and visit Negaunee in the district semifinals on Wednesday. Negaunee (13-7) won both regular season meetings, 44-32 on February 6th and 49-46 last Wednesday.

Queens Of The Conference: Pats Take Home The Hardware

Westwood never trailed Thursday night, routing Gwinn 49-26 to claim a pair of conference championships. With the win, the Patriots have clinched the Mid Peninsula Conference title for the first time since 2013 and the West Peninsula Athletic Conference title for the first time ever.

Westwood raced out to a 10-0 lead, forcing a Gwinn timeout. The Modeltowners got within six points in the final minute of the second quarter but Tessa Leece knocked down her third three-pointer of the first half to put Westwood up 24-15 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Gwinn trimmed Westwood’s lead to six points but the Patriots responded with an 11-0 run and would lead by double digits for the rest of the night.

Leece poured in a game-high 23 points while Madelyn Koski added 15 to lead the Patriots. Westwood improves to 18-1 and closes the regular season next Thursday at Kingsford.

Westwood Boys Fall In Regular Season Finale

Westwood led after every quarter except the last one on Wednesday, falling at Negaunee 49-46 in the regular season finale for both teams.

The two rivals strung together three consecutive 5-0 runs in the first half as Westwood led 13-11 after one quarter and 27-26 at halftime. Neither team led by more than four points through the first two stanzas.

Negaunee scored the first four points of the third quarter but Westwood ripped off an 11-0 run and forced a Negaunee timeout. The Miners responded with an 11-0 run of their own to take a 41-38 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Westwood scored six of the next seven points to retake the lead before Negaunee tied the game at 44-all with 2:05 left to play. The Miners then got a defensive stop and retook the lead with a pair of made free throws at the 1:07 mark. Then Negaunee forced a turnover and the Patriots committed their tenth team foul on the defensive end. Negaunee made both free throws to go up 48-44 with 31 seconds remaining and Westwood couldn’t connect on a deep three-point try during their next possession. Negaunee split a pair of free throws attempts with seven seconds left and a Taylor Dellangelo layup before the buzzer was too little, too late.

Blake Hewitt finished with 15 points, Nathan Beckman had 12 and Taylor Dellangelo 11 to lead three Patriots in double figures. Negaunee‘s Jason Waterman turned in a game-high 18 points to top the Miners. Westwood ends the regular season at 11-9 and have now lost their last three games by a combined eight points. The Patriots begin postseason play on Monday at Manistique. Westwood won both regular season meetings against the Emeralds; 52-45 on February 1st and 62-48 on February 8th. The winner will play Negaunee (13-7) on Wednesday in the district semifinals.

Patriot Boys Fall To Gladstone In OT

The Westwood boys basketball team took Gladstone to overtime before ultimately falling 57-53 on Monday.

The Patriots led by as many as eight points in the first quarter but Gladstone scored the final four points of the frame to get within 16-12 after one. The Braves tied the game on multiple occasions in the second quarter but Westwood went into the halftime break with a 28-23 lead.

The Patriots maintained a slim lead through the third quarter and led 43-39 heading to the fourth. The lead changed hands several times in the final minutes of regulation. Tied at 53-all, Westwood turned the ball over with 38 seconds to play. Gladstone played for the final shot but a three-point try at the buzzer fell short.

Gladstone’s Reece Castor scored a layup to give his team the lead with two minutes left in the overtime session. Trailing by two, Westwood called a timeout with 16 seconds left but turned the ball over. Castor picked up the lose ball and scored a layup with five seconds left to seal the victory.

Ty Alderton led Westwood with 14 points. Blake Hewitt finished with 11 and Jacob Adriano had ten. Castor, a Northern Michigan commit, turned in a game-high 18 points as Gladstone improves to 11-7 overall. Westwood falls to 11-8 and will close the regular season Wednesday at Negaunee.

Patriots Down Negaunee, Clinch Share of MPC Crown

The Westwood girls basketball won their sixth consecutive game and clinched a share of the Mid Peninsula Conference championship on Friday, downing rival Negaunee 53-40 at Westwood High School.

Negaunee led 10-6 after one quarter but Westwood took their first lead with 7:07 to play in the first half when Madelyn Koski buried a three-pointer and the Pats remained on top from then on. Westwood scored the first eight points of the second quarter and outscored the Miners 18-8 in the stanza for a 24-18 halftime lead. Negaunee got within 40-35 after three quarters but that’s as close as they would get in the second half as Westwood opened the fourth frame with an 11-0 run to pull away.

Tessa Leece led the Westwood attack with 19 points. Natalie Prophet followed with 11 while Karlie Patron and Koski each added nine. Westwood is now 17-1 and can clinch the Mid Peninsula Conference championship with a victory at Gwinn next Thursday.

Patriots Fall After The Buzzer In Calumet

Will Twardzik was the hero for Calumet on Thursday, splitting a pair of free throw attempts with no time left in the fourth quarter to lift the Copper Kings over Westwood 45-44 in West PAC action.

Westwood scored the first six points of the game before Calumet answered with an 8-0 run. The Patriots used a second 6-0 run to take a 12-10 lead after one quarter. The two teams went back-and-forth early in the second frame but Westwood ended the first half on a 10-3 run and led 30-21 at the break.

Westwood’s biggest lead was 12 points early in the third quarter but Calumet roared back to get within 36-32 heading to the fourth. Westwood’s Taylor Dellangelo made a layup to put the Pats up 44-41 with 53 seconds to play but Matt Ojala tied the game with a three-pointer moments later. A deadball foul with 30 seconds left gave Calumet possession and Twardzik was fouled as time expired while trying to tip in an offensive rebound. The officials ruled no time was to be put back on the clock and Twardzik’s first free throw clanged off the left side of the rim. His second shot, however, was nothing but net to give Calumet the victory.

Nathan Beckman knocked down five triples and led Westwood with 17 points while Blake Hewitt followed with eight. The Patriots fall to 11-7 and host Gladstone on Monday. The Westwood junior varsity team topped Calumet 66-24 earlier in the evening.