Westland boys basketball coach Rob Hayes is far from satisfied with his team's progress during his three-year tenure.

After finishing 2-21 and 4-19 in his first two seasons, the Cougars closed this season 3-20 overall and 0-10 in the OCC-Central Division.

Westland has lost 39 consecutive league games.

"This is definitely not what I expected," Hayes said. "You always want to be successful, and it's rare to go from where we've been to where I thought we could be this year. We have a special group of kids, but there was some very tough competition this year and it was too steep of a mountain to climb at times."

The 44th-seeded Cougars lost at sixth-seeded Walnut Ridge 78-44 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 22. Junior guard/forward Derrick Bogay led Westland with 12 points and senior forward Eric Panning added 10.

Panning, who averaged 8.8 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds, was named second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Sophomore guard Sohn McGee (team-high 2.9 assists) was special mention all-league, and senior guard Hunter Corwin (6.1 points) was honorable mention all-league.

"It seems like (my varsity career) went by really fast," Corwin said. "I can't really believe it's over, but at the same time, I'm ready for the next chapter. ... This season is not what I expected, but we went through a lot of injuries, a lot of different rotations."

Senior Kalil Camara averaged a team-high 13.9 points, had a team-best 25 steals and was second in rebounding at 4.0 per game.

"We're going to miss the six seniors that you could put into a rotation, and the experience that we're losing is significant," Hayes said.

Others eligible to return are juniors Michael Dingess (guard) and Zurion Ivory (guard/forward) and sophomore Drew Panning (guard/forward).

Westland defeated Franklin Heights 70-68 on Dec. 28 and 72-56 on Jan. 7, and beat Groveport 47-42 on Jan. 28.

"Hopefully (Hayes) turns this around," Corwin said. "I wish the program the best. They still have Drew, Sohn and Derrick, and hopefully they can turn it around."

Westland will compete next season in the realigned OCC-Ohio with Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Pickerington North and Westerville Central.

"Everyone is going to put us at the bottom of that group again," Hayes said. "I'm not really worried about projections. I know that it's another steep hill to climb."

Wrestling team vies at sectional

The wrestling team competed in a 12-team Division I sectional Feb. 29 at Upper Arlington.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, at Hilliard Darby.

At district, the top four finishers in each weight class advance to state March 13-15 at Ohio State.

Gymnasts close season at district

Gymnastics coach Lavon Maynard hopes her team's added depth leads to continued progress next season.

The Cougars closed the season by competing in the district meet Feb. 22 at Worthington Kilbourne, finishing 22nd (102.05) of 27 teams behind champion Thornville Sheridan (144.55).

"The season was successful with Westland having more athletes on the roster than in previous years, and finishing district with our season-high score without one of our top scorers," Maynard said. "We only have one graduating senior, first-year gymnast Desiree Thompson, so we hope to pick up next season where we finished this season and continue to build on our growth and strength as a team."

Freshman Katelynn Jacobs did not compete at district.

Freshman Chloe Sanchez led the Cougars at district with a 25.725 in the all-around, followed by junior Heaven Manbevers (25.6) and freshman Emily France (25.0).

Thompson and juniors Ashley Amaya-Aquino and Kaylee Seabolt also competed at district.

Others eligible to return are sophomore Emilee Adams and freshmen Samantha Morantes and Milsy Ramirez.

Maynard, who also coaches Central Crossing and Franklin Heights, was named OCC-Central Coach of the Year.

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