Pats Blank Archrival Ishpeming

The Westwood Patriot football team got back to winning ways Friday night, drubbing rival Ishpeming 38-0 in West PAC action.

Westwood scored on the game’s opening drive; a 60-yard march capped by a six-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Dellangelo to Chad Pohlman. The duo hooked up again on the two-point try and Westwood led 8-0 with seven minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Patriots doubled their lead with 6:35 left in the second quarter when Dellangelo raced 20 yards to the endzone then connected with Pohlman again for the two-point conversion.

Ty Alderton recovered an Ishpeming fumble near midfield on the ensuing drive and Westwood drove down to the four-yard line but the Hematites came away with a goal line stand to end the half.

Erik Anderson came up with an interception on the opening drive of the second half, then caught a 52-yard touchdown strike from Dellangelo. Anderson ran across the goal-line on the two-point try and Westwood led 24-0 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Dellangelo intercepted the Hematites on the following drive and followed it up with another touchdown pass to Anderson; this time from 33 yards out. The successful two-point conversion put the Pats ahead 32-0 midway through the third frame. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Pohlman snatched an interception of his own and ran it back for a Pick-Six to cap the scoring.

The victory was Westwood’s second against Ishpeming in the last 20 meetings and their first since 1998 in which a contest was held. The Patriots are now 2-2 and return home next Friday to take on Manistique for homecoming.

Copper Kings Win Defensive Showcase At Westwood

Defense reigned supreme but Calumet did just enough offensively to come away with a 14-8 victory at Westwood on Friday.

Calumet marched down to the Westwood 25-yard line on their opening possession but were stopped on fourth down. However the Copper Kings got the ball back one play later, recovering a fumble at the Patriot 29-yard line. Once again the Westwood defense came up with a stop deep in their own territory as the two teams shut each other out in the opening quarter.

The game’s first score occurred with 43 seconds left in the first half as Calumet quarterback Scott Loukus connected with Dean Loukus on a ten-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion put the Copper Kings ahead 8-0 going into halftime.

Westwood opened the third quarter with a 40-yard drive into Calumet territory but turned the ball over following a fourth down incomplete pass. The Copper Kings responded with a 60-yard touchdown drive that lasted 4:49, capped by a 35-yard fourth down touchdown toss from Loukus to Nick Djerf. The conversion failed and Calumet led 14-0 after three quarters.

Westwood got within one yard of the endzone midway through the fourth quarter but a Calumet goal line stand preserved the shutout. The Patriot defense forced the Kings to punt from their own endzone, setting up a 32-yard scoring drive that was capped by a five-yard rushing touchdown from Chad Pohlman. Patriot quarterback Taylor Dellangelo connected with Mason Mariuzza on the two-point try to bring Westwood within 14-8 with 55 seconds left but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.

Calumet moves to 3-0 while Westwood drops to 1-2 on the season. The Patriots return to action on Friday, September 20th at archrival Ishpeming.

Patriot Record Evened At Iron Mountain

The Westwood Patriots suffered their first loss on the football field this season, dropping a West PAC contest at Iron Mountain 42-22 on Friday.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first quarter but Iron Mountain quarterback Colin Visintainer exploded for a 25-yard touchdown run with 8:45 to play in the second frame. The Mountaineers doubled their lead with 5:02 left in the half when Dante Basanese plunged into the endzone from five yards out. Iron Mountain knocked on the door again just before halftime but the Westwood defense came up with a stop on 4th-and-1 from the 11-yard line and the Mountaineers went into the break with a 14-0 lead.

Two plays into the second half Westwood‘s Taylor Dellangelo scampered 61 yards to the endzone and got the Pats within 14-6 but thirty seconds later Visintainer connected with tight end Jake Dumais for a 76-yard touchdown strike, igniting 28 unanswered Mountaineer points.

Chad Pohlman raced 53 yards to paydirt with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter and Stephen Kangas scored from 14 yards out with 1:15 to play for his first career varsity touchdown.

Westwood racked up 398 yards compared to Iron Mountain’s 369 but the Patriots were hampered by nine penalties that totaled 75 yards. Westwood drops to 1-1 and welcomes Calumet next Friday.

Patriots Overwhelm Houghton In Season Opener

The Westwood Patriots never trailed Thursday night, opening the 2019 football season with a 24-12 victory over West-PAC rival Houghton.

Westwood marched 70 yards down field on their opening drive, chewing up 8:39 of the first quarter clock before Taylor Dellangelo connected with Chad Pohlman on a 30-yard touchdown strike.

The Patriots then forced a stop on 4th-and-2 in Houghton territory, setting up a 39-yard scoring drive capped by a six-yard rushing touchdown by Pohlman to give Westwood a 12-0 lead. The Gremlins responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Milo Schafer on 4th-and-long to get within six points late in the first half.

Westwood appeared to regain a two-score lead but a 47-yard passing touchdown to Pohlman was negated by a penalty and Dellangelo was intercepted on the next play.

After the Pats forced another fourth down stop, Dellangelo capped a 76-yard scoring drive by racing 53 yards into the endzone, putting Westwood up 18-6 with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

Dellangelo increased the Patriot lead to 24-6 early in the fourth frame with a rushing touchdown from 12 yards out but Houghton responded immediately as Nathan Erva broke free for a 57-yard scoring scamper to get the Gremlins within twelve points with 8:03 to play.

Following a successful onside kick, Houghton drove deep into Westwood territory but Travis Uren‘s first career interception ended the threat and Houghton never possessed the football again.

Westwood improves to 1-0 and travels to Iron Mountain on Friday, September 6th. The Mountaineers topped Negaunee 17-14 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Leece, Corcoran, Westwood Sweep UPSSA Postseason Awards

It was a great day for Westwood at the 44th Annual UPSSA girls basketball meeting. The Patriots were named the Upper Peninsula Class C Team of the Year, Tessa Leece earned the title of UP Class ABC Player of the Year and Head Coach Kurt Corcoran captured UP Class ABC Coach of the Year. Leece along with backcourt mate Madelyn Koski were also the top two vote-getters on the all-UP Dream Team while Karlie Patron garnered Special Mention.

Leece, the Player of the Year in both the Mid Peninsula Conference and the West PAC, turned in 15.2 points per game and tallied 98 total assists. She shot 46% from the field, 42% from behind the arc and 83% at the free throw line. Leece also collected 141 total rebounds and represented the Patriots at the state three-point contest.

Koski averaged 15.8 points and four assists per game, both team bests. Koski also anchored the team defensively with a team-high 65 steals. She shot 41% from the field and connected on 60 three-point baskets this season. Koski was an 86% free throw shooter and participated in the state free throw contest last weekend. She also eclipsed 100 total assists for the season compared to just 56 turnovers.

Corcoran, now in his seventh year at Westwood, guided the Patriots to a 24-2 record as the Patriots reached the state quarterfinals for the first time in eleven years. He is the first Westwood coach to win UP Girls Basketball Coach of the Year since Tom Hammer in 2008.

Patron averaged 8.4 points per contest and led the team with 145 total rebounds. She was the team’s most efficient shooter, knocking down 53% of her field goal attempts. She also finished with 56 assists and came up with 35 steals.

Patriot Boys Claim UP Postseason Honors

Several members of the Westwood boys basketball were recognized at the 69th annual UPSSA basketball meeting this week.

Nathan Beckman was named Second Team all-UP while classmate Blake Hewitt earned Special Mention. Beckman, a First Team selection in both the West PAC and the MPC, averaged a team-best 13.3 points per game and connected on 37% of his three-point attempts. Hewitt turned in eight points and seven rebounds per night while shooting 44% from the floor. 

Junior big man Ty Alderton and senior defensive specialist Zach Niemi each received Honorable Mention. Alderton averaged 8.6 points per game and shot 51% from the field. Niemi, an all-defensive pick in the MPC, started all 22 games for Westwood this season. He averaged five points per night while cementing himself as the team’s top defensive option.

Patriots Fall In State Quarterfinals

A storybook season came to an end for the Westwood girls on Tuesday, falling to Lake City 50-46 in a State Quarterfinal matchup played in Gaylord.

Westwood went up by seven early in the first quarter and led 14-12 after one. A buzzer-beating tip-in put the Pats ahead 26-22 at halftime and Westwood scored the first five points of the third quarter to take their largest lead of the night.

But Lake City gained momentum with a stifling 1-3-1 zone defense and ended the quarter on the 13-4 run to tie the game at 35-all. Tied at 40 late in the fourth, Lake City went on a 6-0 run and Westwood never got within three the rest of the way.

Madelyn Koski led the Pats with 15 points, Tessa Leece added 12 and Natalie Prophet had nine. Westwood closes at 24-2 with no seniors on the roster.

Patriots Rout Charlevoix, Punch Ticket Downstate

The Westwood girls basketball team is headed below the bridge for the state quarterfinals after taking down Charlevoix 47-29 in a regional championship game played Wednesday in Sault Ste Marie.

Westwood never trailed, racing out to a 27-14 lead at halftime. The Patriots led by as many as 15 early in the second half but the Rayders ripped off ten consecutive points to get within five. That’s when Mallory Leece came off the bench, canned a three-pointer that ignited a 15-0 run and Westwood led by double digits for the rest of the night.

Madelyn Koski led the way with 14 points while Karlie Patron turned in a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Westwood improves to 24-1 and advances to the state quarterfinals for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Patriots will square off with Lake City (21-2) Tuesday night in Gaylord.

Second Half Rally Sends Westwood To Regional Championship

March Madness was on display in full force Monday night as Westwood rallied to beat West Iron County 50-46 in a regional semifinal played in Escanaba.

Westwood scored the first seven points of the game and it took the Wykons more than half of the first quarter to record their first field goal. But West Iron County scored eight of the next eleven points to get within 10-8 after one. The Wykons took their first lead midway through the second quarter but the Patriots roared back and grabbed a 23-18 edge late in the first half. However, West Iron County scored the final six points before halftime and led 24-23 at the break.

The Wykon’s largest lead was 35-28 late in the third quarter. That’s when Westwood called timeout and changed the tempo of the game with a stifling full court press. The Patriots got within 35-32 at the end of the third and used a 13-3 run to retake the lead for good. Westwood outscored the Wykons 22-11 in the final ten minutes of play.

Madelyn Koski scored 12 points in each half for a game-high 24 while Tessa Leece added 13 to lead the Pats. Westwood improves to 23-1 and will play for a regional championship Wednesday night. The Patriots will match up against Charlevoix (19-2) who advanced with a 48-47 triumph over Elk Rapids.

Patriot Girls Claim District Title

The last time Westwood played on Gwinn’s floor, the Patriots clinched the West PAC and the Mid Peninsula Conference titles. Now they’ve secured a district title there, topping the host Modeltowners 58-51 on Friday.

Gwinn used a 6-0 run to take a three-point lead late in the first quarter but Westwood scored the next four points to go up 11-10 after one. The Patriots‘ largest first half lead was nine and led 30-23 at halftime.

Westwood went up by as many as 11 early in the third quarter but Gwinn rallied back to get within 45-44 heading into the fourth. The Patriots extended their lead to seven in the final minutes and knocked down enough free throws late to hold off the Modeltowners.

Tessa Leece poured in 22 points while Karlie Patron added 14 to lead the Patriot attack. Natalie Prophet scored 11 and Madelyn Koski ten to lead four Patriots in double figures. Westwood is now 22-1 and will face West Iron County (19-2) in Monday night’s regional semifinal at Escanaba. The Patriots topped the Wykons 49-34 on December 11th in their only regular season meeting.