Prior to the season, Westland High School gymnastics coach Lavon Maynard had hoped to field a complete lineup so the Cougars could improve their team scores.
Instead, they again have lacked depth because of injuries, illnesses and academic issues.
"It didn't happen," Maynard said of having a full team. "We started off with six and it would have been great. It's very disappointing."
With the postseason quickly approaching, Westland has had just four gymnasts in the lineup. The Cougars have competed in the second half of the season without their top gymnast, as junior Kennedy Budd was ruled ineligible.
Budd paced Westland last season at district, finishing 41st in the all-around (31.425).
Promising freshman Hayley Branscome has missed the entire season with a lower back injury.
Senior Ines De La Fuente, who is closing out a four-year prep career, has been a bright spot for the Cougars.
"Ines is a great athlete (and) a great student," Maynard said. "She also does cheerleading and National Honor Society. She's involved in a lot of things. She's very committed. She's working on her personal bests."
De La Fuente is hoping to better personal-best scores on floor exercise (7.7), vault (7.4), balance beam (7.2) and uneven bars (6.5).
"We all work together giving each other tips," she said. "We're all a big team. I want to score higher."
Sophomore Heaven Manbevers has been Westland's other all-around competitor.
Sophomore Kaylee Seabolt has competed on floor and vault, and freshman Aileen Plascencia has competed on floor and beam.
"Aileen and Kaylee are beginners and we're trying to get them comfortable doing all four events, but they're just not there yet," Maynard said.
Westland will participate in a five-team meet Monday, Jan. 28, at Upper Arlington as Maynard will coach against her daughter, Brittany, who is in her first season with the Golden Bears. Brittany shared coaching duties with her mother at Westland the previous nine seasons.
Evans turns in two 25-point efforts
The boys basketball team was 2-13 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central Division before playing first-place Dublin Coffman on Jan. 25.
DeShawn Evans scored 25 points and Gaige Holbrook added 11 in a 97-67 loss at Canal Winchester on Jan. 22.
Evans scored 25 points, Eric Panning had 12 and Holbrook added 11 in a 77-65 loss to visiting Marysville on Jan. 18.
Girls basketball team continues to struggle
The girls basketball team was 3-13 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central before playing first-place Coffman on Jan. 24.
Atira Hoard scored six points in an 87-18 loss to visiting Canal Winchester on Jan. 22.
Hoard, Danielle Fout, Hannah Kershaw and Alexxus Phifer each scored four points in a 69-18 loss at Marysville on Jan. 17.
Below are the coming schedules for the Westland boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb.1 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington. The Cougars lost to the Golden Bears 66-46 on Dec. 21.
Jan. 30 -- Home vs. Mifflin
*Feb. 1 -- At UA. The Cougars lost to the Golden Bears 80-10 on Dec. 21.
Jan. 28 -- At *UA with *Central Crossing, Franklin Heights and Thornville Sheridan
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 2 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
Feb. 2 -- TBA in Division I team dual tournament at Hilliard Darby