Donahue wins another state championship for Westfield Wrestling team
Junior Westfield High School wrestler Beau Donahue did it again. He became Virginia’s 152-pound high school state-champion wrestler Saturday night at Robinson Secondary School. The victory gave Donahue back-to-back titles, as he won the 140-pound weight class in 2011.
Coach Chuck Hoskins and his Westfield Bulldogs earned a top-ten finish as a team and had five of its eight competitors finish in the top ten, including Donahue: Brett Campbell (fifth), Stephen Aiello (sixth), Derek Arnold (seventh) and Tyler Morson (seventh). Four of the five standouts return next season for a shot at repeating, while Campbell will graduate in June.
Bulldogs suffer heartbreaker to Rams in District title game, still advance to region
Westfield High’s 20-4 varsity boys’ basketball team had reached the game it strived for all season. And after 16 minutes of play, Coach Doug Ewell’s squad took a solid 26-17 lead against Robinson into the half of the Concorde Championship game Friday night at Centreville High School. The Bulldogs looked a sure thing to bring home the banner.
Unfortunately for Ewell and his team, Robinson hit everything it put up in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 23-12 in the period. Westfield would not close the gap in the fourth. And Westfield’s dream of a Concorde Championship in 2012, disappeared in the loss, 62-60.
However, the second-place finish was good enough to advance the Bulldogs to the Northern Regional tournament. Ewell will try to get his boys back on track tonight (Monday, Feb. 20) for a shot at redemption.
In spite of the loss, at least three Bulldogs scored double figures: Julius Rosa (17), Quentin Basil (13), and Zach Elcano (11). Rosa got hot beyond the arc once again, hitting four of his team’s five three-pointers on the night. Yet the Rams drained seven threes, which would help make the difference in the game.
Westfield plays Wakefield in round one of the region championship tourney Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Westfield girls’ basketball squad eliminated in first round of playoffs
Coach Pat Deegan’s Bulldog varsity girls’ basketball team (12-11, 3-7) faced an evenly matched rival in Centreville (12-11, 3-7) in the first round of the Concorde Championship tournament on Valentine’s Day. Westfield’s offense sputtered while just one Bulldog, Jules Abruzzo scored double figures (14). The Wildcats drained five big threes while Westfield’s failed to make one, and Centreville outscored the Bulldogs in three of the four quarters to knock Deegan and his girls out for the year, in the 36-27 loss.
The ‘Dogs got off to a hot 9-2 start to the 2011-12 season, but ended the year in a rut. Westfield lost three in a row, including the Centreville game, and six out of its last seven. Still, Westfield showed aggressiveness and dominant offense at times throughout the season. And Abruzzo, Maggie McInturff and Lauren Hayden finished the season with solid scoring averages of 9.2, 9.1 and 7.6 respectively.
Nine of 11 players will return next season, but Deegan will have to find replacements that can light up the scoreboard, as both McInturff and Hayden graduate this June.
Bulldog boys win Indoor Track & Field Regional title
Coach Kelly Deegan and her boys’ Indoor track and field team will proudly hang another banner from Westfield High School’s gymnasium rafters after winning Virginia’s Northern Regional Championship last Saturday at George Mason University with a total score of 76.5 – besting the second place Seahawks by more than 16 points.