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Baseball team not lacking effort


Westland High School baseball coach Dave Daniels is disappointed with his team's record but not his players' effort.

The Cougars were 1-16 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Dublin Coffman on April 26.

"We are frustrated, but not broken," Daniels said. "We play hard and as a team and I'm proud of that. Sometimes it's not easy to keep it together when you're so outmatched nightly, but we have done so. If anything, we'll hang our hat on that."

Through 17 games, senior Korey Browning (P/INF) had a team-high .359 batting average, followed by sophomore Nolan Lee (P) at .333. Westland was hitting .196 as a team.

Boys tennis team earns first victory

The boys tennis team won its first match of the season, defeating Hamilton Township 3-2 on April 19.

Winning for the Cougars were Roman Novikov 6-2, 6-0 at third singles, Grant Bare and Jonathan Marshall 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles and Zach Prak and Bryan Moreno 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.

Westland was 1-9 before playing Hilliard Darby on April 25.

"I like the effort and like the fact that we practice hard," coach Dan Witteman said. "I like the fact that we're getting better. But if you look at wins and losses, I don't like that. I'm playing two seniors and five underclassmen and I'm looking to what we can do to get better, try to win some matches and get experience so next year they'll be a better team."