Patriot Boys Bounce Back At Gwinn

The Westwood boys basketball team got back to winning ways Wednesday night, topping MPC rival Gwinn 46-37 at E.L. Miller Gymnasium.

The Modeltowners raced out to a 9-2 lead but went scoreless for a nine-minute stretch that allowed Westwood to close the first half on an 18-7 run.

The Patriots held a 32-24 lead after three quarters and led by as many as 11 points in the fourth. Gwinn rallied to cut the deficit to 38-33 with under ninety seconds to play but could get no closer.

Zach Carlson led all scorers with 17 points while Zach Beckman added nine. Westwood is now 4-1 and hosts Iron Mountain on Friday.

Westwood Girls Top Gladstone, Boys Suffer First Loss

The Westwood girls basketball team topped visiting Gladstone 56-48 in Mid Peninsula Conference action Monday night at Westwood High School.

Gladstone led by as many as eight points early on but Westwood outscored the Braves 16-5 in the second quarter to take a 24-21 halftime lead. An 18-0 run gave Westwood their largest lead at 39-21 but the Braves rattled off nine consecutive points to get within single digits. The Patriots built a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter and Gladstone never got closer than within eight down the stretch.

Tessa Leece led Westwood with 15 points while Madelyn Koski and Natalie Prophet each added ten. The Patriots are now 5-1 and host Calumet on Thursday.

The Westwood boys suffered their first loss of the year, falling at West Iron County 50-42 on Monday.

The Wykons led 26-21 at halftime and led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Patriots cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. Zach Carlson led the Patriots with 18 points as Westwood falls to 3-1 and will visit Gwinn on Wednesday.

Strong Third Quarter Propels Westwood Past Hancock

A 17-5 third quarter run helped the Westwood girls basketball team open the second half of the season with a 59-34 victory over Hancock on Friday.

Westwood scored the first five points of the game and never trailed. The Patriots held multiple ten-point leads in the second quarter but a Bulldog three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half brought Hancock within 24-18 at the break.

The Patriots opened the second half on an 11-1 run and led by double digits the rest of the night, outscoring the Bulldogs 27-9 in the third frame.

Natalie Prophet led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, Karlie Patron added 12 and Madelyn Koski ten. Westwood forced nine steals and committed just three turnovers. The Patriots improve to 4-1 and host Gladstone on Monday.

Westwood Boys Rally Past Kingsford In OT Classic

The Westwood Patriot boys basketball team is undefeated heading into the Christmas break after topping Kingsford 68-65 in an overtime thriller Friday night in Kingsford.

The Flivvers scored the first five points of the game off of Westwood turnovers before building an early 7-2 lead. The Patriots responded with seven consecutive points and the two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the opening quarter.

The Flivvers used an 11-2 run to build their largest lead of the night at 26-17 midway through the second frame but Westwood resounded with a 12-2 run to retake the lead, capped by a Marcus Boase three-pointer. Kingsford rallied to take a 33-31 advantage into halftime.

The Flivvers build a seven point lead midway through the third quarter before Westwood rallied to get within 44-42 in the final minute of the frame. Taylor Dellangelo forced a steal near midcourt but collided with an official and the ball rolled out of bounds with two seconds left. Kingsford was awarded possession and connected on a half court buzzer beater to take a 47-42 lead into the fourth.

Westwood clawed their way back and got within one possession late. Kingsford missed five free throws in the final minute of regulation, including three in the final five seconds. Trailing 56-54 with 2.9 seconds to play, Zach Carlson calmly sank two free throws to tie the game and Kingsford’s half court heave at the buzzer was off the mark.

Mason Mariuzza converted an old fashion three-point play to open the overtime session but the Flivvers responded with an 8-0 run. Trailing 64-59 with 90 seconds left, Mariuzza and Taylor Dellangelo scored back-to-back layups to get the Patriots within a point. Kingsford split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession and Matt Paavo’s layup with 33 seconds left tied the game at 65-all.

Dellangelo picked off a Flivver pass near midcourt, was fouled and sank both free throws with 22 seconds to play. The Patriots got the ball back with 13 seconds remaining after forcing a jump ball and Mariuzza was promptly fouled. Mariuzza split two free throws and Kingsford never got a three-point shot off before the final buzzer.

Carlson led Westwood with 18 points before fouling out early in the overtime period. Dellangelo finished with 16 points, Ty Alderton added 12 and Mariuzza 10 to lead four Patriots in double figures. The Patriots move to 3-0 and return to action January 6th at West Iron County.

Patriots Roll Past Manistique

The Westwood Patriot girls basketball team quickly rebounded from a five-point loss at Menominee, trouncing Manistique 72-21 on Thursday.

Westwood scored the first 16 points of the game and after Manistique’s first field goal at the 3:52 mark in the opening quarter, the Patriots went on to score the next 16 points. Westwood led 25-2 after one quarter, 49-12 at halftime and 59-19 after three.

Ellie Miller and Mallory Leece each scored 13 points, Madelyn Koski finished with 12 and Natalie Prophet added 11 to lead four Patriots in double figures. Westwood heads into the break at 3-1 and returns to action January 3rd at Hancock.

Patriot Girls Fall At Menominee

The Westwood Patriot girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Wednesday night, falling to Menominee 52-47 in a non-conference matchup.

Westwood scored the first four points of the game but the Maroons took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. Menominee took their biggest lead at 25-16 midway through the second quarter before the Patriots ripped off eight consecutive points to get within one. However the Maroons netted the final bucket of the half and led 27-24 at the break.

Westwood rallied to tie the game at 33 midway through the third quarter but Menominee ended the frame on an 8-2 run. The Patriots got within three points on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

Tessa Leece turned in a team-high 15 points while Natalie Prophet added 12 and Madelyn Koski finished with 11 to lead three Patriots in double figures. Menominee’s Emma Anderson drained seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points. Westwood is now 2-1 and hosts Manistique on Thursday.

Westwood Hoops Teams Roll, Koski Reaches Another Milestone

Madelyn Koski cemented her spot in Westwood basketball history on Monday as the Patriot girls downed rival Ishpeming 64-33 in Mid Peninsula Conference action.

Westwood led 9-7 midway through the opening quarter before a 15-2 run put the Patriots ahead by double digits for the rest of the night. Westwood led 22-7 after one quarter, 37-19 at halftime and 50-25 after three.

Koski became the fourth player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark when she converted a layup with 2:38 left in the third quarter. Natalie Prophet led a balanced offensive scoring attack with 14 points while Tessa Leece added twelve. All nine Patriot players scored in the game. Westwood improves to 2-0 and visits Menominee on Wednesday.

The Patriot boys basketball team flexed it’s offensive muscles, racing past Hancock 91-44 on Monday.

Westwood set the tone early, jumping out to a 26-13 lead after one quarter before stretching their advantage to 52-26 at halftime. Ty Alderton turned in a game-high 29 points while Zach Carlson added 16, Mason Mariuzza 15 and Taylor Dellangelo 14 to lead the Patriots.

Westwood is now 2-0 and visits Kingsford on Friday.

Strong Second Half Propels Patriot Boys Past Rival Ishpeming

The Westwood boys basketball team started the 2019-2020 season on the right foot, pulling away from Ishpeming for a 59-48 victory on Friday.

Westwood raced out to a 10-3 lead before the Hematites rallied to tie things up at 12-12 late in the first quarter. However, a Taylor Dellangelo layup just before the buzzer put Westwood ahead 14-12 heading into the second frame. Ishpeming took a brief lead at the 5:29 mark but Westwood scored 15 of the next 22 points and led 32-27 at halftime.

The Patriots were held to one field goal in the first six minutes of the second half as Ishpeming rallied to tie the game at 34-all. That’s when Mason Mariuzza scored a put-back layup before connecting on a three-pointer the following possession, igniting a 13-0 Patriot run and Ishpeming never got within nine points the rest of the way.

Taylor Dellangelo turned in a game-high 24 points while Zach Carlson added 23 to lead the Patriots. Westwood (1-0) finished the game 27/41 at the free throw line and host Hancock on Monday.

Westwood Girls Cruise Past Kingsford In Season Opener

The Westwood girls basketball team opened the new season in dominant fashion, cruising past Kingsford 63-27 on Friday.

The Pats raced out to a 5-0 lead but the Flivvers scored eight of the game’s next eleven points to tie things up. However a fast break layup followed by a pair of Madelyn Koski three-pointers ignited a 38-5 run that stretched well into the third quarter.

Koski turned in a game-high 23 points while Natalie Prophet added 13 to lead the Patriots. Westwood (1-0) shot 52% from behind the arc for the game and forced twelve steals defensively. The Patriots return to action Monday when they visit Menominee. The game will be broadcast on ESPN UP.

Patriots Rout Negaunee In Regular Season Finale

The Westwood Patriots are heading into the postseason with plenty of momentum after topping rival Negaunee 42-14 in West PAC football action Friday night in Ishpeming.

Taylor Dellangelo punched in a one-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive. Stephen Kangas recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up a second Dellangelo one-yard score and Westwood led 16-0 before Negaunee’s first offensive play. Erik Anderson raced seven yards into the endzone with 8:49 to play in the second quarter and Westwood would carry a 22-0 lead into halftime.

Negaunee marched into the Patriot redzone on their first offensive series of the second half but the Westwood defense forced a stop on 4th-and-3 from the Pats’ 19-yard line. Westwood then drove 83 yards down the field, capped by a three-yard rushing touchdown from Dellangelo, to take a 30-0 lead with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

Negaunee quarterback Jason Waterman connected with Alex Munson on a 40-yard touchdown pass at the 8:48 mark in the fourth quarter but one play later Anderson ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run to regain the thirty point lead.

Waterman laced a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Cain to bring Negaunee within 36-14 before Kangas raced into the endzone from seven yards out in the final minute of the game.

Westwood improves to 7-2 and enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak while Negaunee drops to 6-3 overall. The MHSAA playoff field will be revealed on Sunday, October 27th.