Although his team is 0-5 in the OCC-Central Division and hasn't won a set in league play, Westland High School boys tennis coach Dan Witteman said some valuable lessons have been learned.

Although his team is 0-5 in the OCC-Central Division and hasn't won a set in league play, Westland High School boys tennis coach Dan Witteman said some valuable lessons have been learned.

"I'm not thinking I'm going to be the coach of the year," Witteman said. "I'm hoping that I can teach them a game that I love."

During a 5-0 loss at Upper Arlington on April 17, junior Tarrell Dixon approached Witteman following his 6-0, 6-0 loss at first doubles with Mike Carrico to discuss his play in the match.

Stan Bilyk at second singles, Bogdan Lysyuk at third singles and Devante Stevens and Grant Bare at second doubles shared their enthusiasm with Witteman after each won a game during their matches. Bare, a freshman, is in his first year in the sport.

Witteman realizes playing against more talented teams in the league is a challenge for his inexperienced squad. While several players in the league have competed in the sport year-round since they were young, his players began playing in high school and don't compete during the offseason.

"You don't want to lose, but ultimately you will be a better player because you've played very good competition," Witteman said.

Senior first-singles player Dylan Clanin, Lysyuk and Stevens have taken tennis lessons outside the high school team.

"I don't try to push them to do lessons, but I tell them it helps," Clanin said.

Before facing Grove City on April 19, Clanin was 2-8, with the wins coming against Ready's Jordan McVey 6-1 6-0 on March 28 and Franklin Heights' Aaron Maier 6-1 6-4 on April 5.

"We have our up days and our down days, but we keep trying hard," said Clanin, who is the team's captain. "We have seven new guys. They're learning really quickly. They've only been playing a month and a half."

Westland was 3-8 overall before playing Grove City. The Cougars defeated Columbus West 3-2 on April 4, Franklin Heights 4-1 and Hartley 4-1 on April 18.

"West is a pretty good city team," Witteman said.

The Cougars will play Hilliard Darby on Tuesday, April 24, and Groveport on Wednesday, April 25, before visiting Central Crossing on Thursday, April 26.

The Comets also are 0-5 in the league, and Witteman and his team are hoping for a competitive match against their South-Western City Schools rival.

"There's some rivalry," Witteman said. "They know some of the players there. We should have a good match with them."

•The baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak when it defeated host Thomas Worthington 4-3 on April 18.

The Cougars were 5-8 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Central before playing host to Thomas on April 20.

The win also ended a five-game losing streak in the league.

"This is the team I thought we could be all season long if we played smart, hit the ball and have good defense and good pitching," coach Dave Daniels said. "We've had pitching like this before and we've wasted it, but (April 18) we put it all together."

Brady Willis allowed 10 hits, but pitched a complete game. He struck out three and walked one.

Westland scored twice in the top of the seventh, with Lineurys Sanchez scoring the go-ahead run on Kris Carius' fielder's choice.

Sophomore left fielder Daniel McBee preserved the win in the bottom of the inning when he made a diving catch near the foul line on a drive hit by Thomas' Matt Hofacre with two outs and runners on second and third.

McBee was promoted from junior varsity during spring break and has been a valuable addition, according to Daniels.

"He has been a sparkplug for us," Daniels said. "He hits well, he's fast and he plays defense."

•The boys track and field team was looking to build on a good effort against Darby and Olentangy Orange on April 17 when it competed in the Best of the South-West Invitational on April 20 at Franklin Heights.

The Cougars finished second (55) behind Darby (74) and ahead of Orange (44).

Winners for Westland were DeShone Davis in the long jump (19 feet, 9 inches), Dayon Walton in the 110-meter hurdles (16.97 seconds), Bra'lon Williams in the 100 (11.69), Williams, Kris Davies, Giann Martinez and Chris Butcher in the 400 relay (44.95) and Erick Martinez, Butcher, Ryan Martin and Davies the 1,600 relay (3:38).

The girls team finished third (16) behind Darby (85) and Orange (76).

Finishing second were Jackie Barnhart in the discus (103-3) and Kacey Hill in the shot put (28-7 1/2).

"I like how both the boys and the girls are continuing to get better," coach Tim Eckard said. "We have most kids each and every meet lowering their times and increasing their distances in the jumps and the throws. We have really bonded as a team and these are truly a great bunch of kids who really represent the green and white in a respectful manner.

"I can't imagine a better group of kids to go to battle with each and every day."