The Westland High School softball team entered the season with high expectations. Though those goals weren't achieved, Westland still managed some highlights.

The Westland High School softball team entered the season with high expectations. Though those goals weren't achieved, Westland still managed some highlights.

The Cougars finished 7-17 overall and 3-11 in the OCC-Central Division.

"We had a tough schedule," coach Mike North said. "We battled every game, so I guess that is all you can ask for."

Westland won a Division I district tournament game, defeating Dublin Scioto 4-0 in eight innings on May 10 at Scioto. Senior Brandi Rees pitched a one-hitter for the complete-game win.

Gahanna eliminated Westland 5-0 on May 13.

Rees capped her stellar career at Westland by finishing the season with a 2.05 ERA and 209 strikeouts. She leaves the program as its all-time leader in strikeouts (721) and wins (49).

Rees also led the Cougars at the plate, batting a team-high .357. She was named first-team all-OCC and all-district.

"These four years went by so fast," Rees said. "I had a great time. I wouldn't take back a single second of it. I was really glad that we won our first tournament game."

North also will look to replace senior outfielder Lori Undeutsch.

The Cougars should return a solid nucleus, led by freshman first baseman Ashley Haulter, who committed just one error at first base. Haulter was special mention all-OCC and honorable mention all-district.

Junior Brittany Clutter, who was the team's catcher for most of the season, was honorable mention all-OCC.

Other players expected to contribute next season include juniors Kaitlyn Chadwick (2B), Bethany Emmons (OF), Chrissy Emmons (OF), Courtney Kimmel (3B), Samantha Porter (utility/P) and Katie VanOrder (SS/OF), sophomore Brooklyn Harris (OF) and freshman Michaela Williams (C), who missed the second half of the season with a concussion.

Westland struggled at the plate, finishing with a .202 average and 49 runs scored in 24 games. It tied for seventh in the OCC-Central with Worthington Kilbourne behind Upper Arlington (12-2), Central Crossing (11-3), Hilliard Davidson (10-4), Hilliard Darby (7-7), Thomas Worthington (6-8) and Dublin Coffman (4-10).

The Cougars' OCC-Central wins came against Darby 8-4 on April 22, Coffman 8-0 on April 23 and Thomas 4-3 on April 28.

"At the beginning of the season we were probably a 7-17 team, but I don't think we were at the end of the season," North said. "I thought we had advanced beyond that. I could have dealt easier with a .500 record obviously."

•Senior track and field standout Courtney Francis hoped to extend her career another week last Friday at the Division I regional meet at Pickerington North.

Francis represented the Cougars in the long jump after winning the event (15 feet, 8 1/4 inches) at the district 2 meet at Dublin Coffman on May 18.

Francis, who tied for sixth in the high jump (4-6), was the lone Westland athlete to qualify for regional.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Division I state meet at Ohio State last Friday and Saturday.

The girls team finished 11th (16 points) at district behind first-place Reynoldsburg (115).

The boys team tied East for 14th (6) behind first-place Olentangy Liberty (121).

Placing sixth for the boys team were Dillon Barclay in the 400 meters (53.67 seconds) and Randy Hall in the shot put (46-9 1/2).

"I'm proud of the kids," coach Tim Eckard said. "They competed at district. We had a few PRs thrown in. I'm proud of how they handled themselves."


At a glance

SOFTBALL

Record: 7-17 overall, 3-11 (tied for seventh) in OCC-Central Seniors lost: Brandi Rees and Lori Undeutsch Key returnees: Brittany Clutter, Ashley Haulter and Courtney Kimmel