Tonight’s Basketball Games Cancelled

A heads up Westwood faithful, tonight’s girls basketball game in Norway has been cancelled for tonight and will be made up at a later date. Tonight’s boys game against Marquette is also cancelled tonight. It will not be made up.

Tonight’s Boy’s Basketball Game Cancelled

Tonight’s re-scheduled match up between the Patriots and Gwinn Modeltowners has been cancelled due to the current frigid temperatures.

It will be made up on Saturday, March 1st with the JV playing at 1 PM. The varsity will tip at 2:30 PM

 

Patriots win Fifth Straight: Defeat Ishpeming 51-42

The Patriots continued their winning ways Thursday night, picking up their fifth win in a row – a 51-42 defeat of rival Ishpeming at Westwood High School.

With the win, the Patriots move to 5-1 in the Mid Pen Conference and 6-1 on their home floor. Heading into the game, the Patriot defense had held their opponents to 30 points per game in their current winning streak.

After jumping out to a 16-9 lead in the first, Westwood matched evenly with the Hematites in the second and third quarter. Leading 37-30 heading into the final frame, Westwood extended their lead to secure the ballgame by getting the job done at the free  throw line. The Patriots shot 22/29 (76%) from the charity stripe.

It was the play of the seniors that led Westwood offensively. Caitlin Hewitt scored 13 points. Lizzy Dauphinais-VanBuren added 13 as well. All of LDV’s points came in the second half. Fellow senior Amber Salo had 7 points off the bench.

To hear Thursday’s broadcast of the game, click play below:

To listen to coach Corcoran’s post game interview, click play below:

 

Boys Basketball vs. Iron Mountain Canceled; Girls to host Ishpeming Tonight

Tonight’s regularly scheduled boys basketball game against Iron Mountain has been cancelled for tonight. The girls basketball team will still host Ishpeming at 7:30 PM. Join Joe Dexter and Jared Koski tonight at 7 PM for your pregame show as the Patriots look to win their fifth straight game of the season.

Patriots Defeat Gwinn 31-30 on Last Second Layup

LDV was at it again on Tuesday. Last year, it was a put-back on a missed three with the buzzer sounding in the Model Town to lift the Patriots to a win in their final game of the regular season.

On Tuesday, it was a beautiful fake inbound play ran to perfection by Gabby Hebert, Hannah Salmi, and Katie Rankinen that found Lizzy Dauphinais-VanBuren wide open two steps away from the basket. Her layup off the window pane made it 31-30 and propelled Westwood to their 4th straight win and a 4-1 conference mark.

Down four with 13 seconds to play, senior Caitlin Hewitt reeled in her own miss from the left wing on the baseline, faught her way to the far side corner, and buried a three to cut the lead to one.

On the ensuing possession, Dauphinais-VanBuren sunk what looked to be the game winning layup, giving the Patriots a 29-28 lead with 5.5 seconds to play.

After a Gwinn timeout and the Patriots in the double bonus, Model Towner junior Ellie Olson drew contact and went to the free throw, with a chance to ice it. She nailed both of her attempts at the charity stripe to make it 30-29 Gwinn with 1.5 seconds to go.

After a Westwood timeout, the Patriots dialed up that beautiful inbound play on the far baseline. Gabby Hebert got the basketball from the official on the nearside, passed it back to a Katie Rankinen on the far side of the baseline. Rankinen, who came back to the baseline from the right corner – put the perfect arc on the pass that landed in the hands of a led LDV — who was set free by a pick set by Hannah Salmi in the frontcourt. Lizzy banked the layup off the glass at the buzzer to send the Patriots over .500.

To view the fantastic game winning play, click here

To hear the call of the final play, click play below:

To hear Tuesday’s full broadcast, click play below:

Lady Patriots Open Season with 65-41 Win over Kingsford

Senior leadership wins you ballgames — especially early in the season. The Westwood Lady Patriots leaned on that experience in the form of a perfectly executed defensive game plan through the full court press that led to a 65-41 win in the opener of the season at Westwood High School.

Senior Caitlin Hewitt, who missed 14 games last season, was back to true form. The veteran guard was active on the defensive side of the floor, found open teammates in front of the glass, and tallied 17 points in the win.

Fellow captain and senior Lizzy Dauphinais-VanBuren also added 17 while playing most of the game inside the post for coach Corcoran. LDV, who is easily on of the most active players in the UP, provided an offensive and defensive spark for her team. She had 7 rebounds and was one of four players to have four steals for the Patriots.

Caitlin Hewitt, Gabby Hebert, and Katie Rankinen also nabbed four swipes apiece. Overall the Patriot defense forced 24 turnovers and shot 44% from the floor.

Senior Amber Salo added 11 points off the bench. She scored six straight points to start the third quarter and help pace Westwood in the second half.

The Patriots secured the win on an impressive 25-8 performance in the 4th quarter.

Up next for the Patriots is a tough Menominee squad on Monday. The next game we’ll have for you on your home for Patriot sports will come Thursday when Marquette comes to town.

To listen to head coach Kurt Corcoran’s interview after the game, click play below:

To listen to the game archive, click play below (pardon the quality, due to my current cold) :

Mid Peninsula Conference Standings

MPC Standings After Week 6

 

League Overall
TEAM W L W L
Ishpeming Hematites 4 0 6 0
Negaunee Miners 4 0 6 0
Iron Mountain Mountaineers 3 2 3 3
Norway Knights 1 2 2 4
Gwinn Modeltowners 1 3 2 4
Westwood Patriots 1 2 1 5
Manistique Emeralds 0 5 0 6

Patriots Defeat Gwinn 32-6

In case you missed it, The Patriots came out firing on all cylinders on Friday defeating Gwinn by a final of 32-6 on Homecoming.

Listen in as Dave Boase and myself bring you the call from Westwood High School!

UPSSA POLL: Week Six

The third poll of the season from the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters has been released.  In the Big Five, two teams in Marquette county reign in the top three. Ishpeming, who is the number one team in Division 7, ranks second in the Big Five.  #1 Menominee defeated #4 Kingsford last week.  West Iron County remains in the top 5 after a big win last week over Houghton.

In the Little Five, the top two teams will battle this week in Crystal Falls as the Trojans prepare for North Dickinson. Both teams are undefeated so far this season.

The top two teams in the 8 Man poll this week will also face each other as Rapid River heads to Cedarville.

Here is this week’s poll:

BIG FIVE

1.  Menominee  (3)  5-0  23

2.  Ishpeming    (2)  5-0  22

3.  Negaunee          5-0  14

4.  Kingsford           4-1   9

5.  West Iron Co.    5-0    5

Other:  Marquette 4-1, 2

LITTLE FIVE

  1. Forest Park  (4)  5-0  24
  2. N. Dickinson (1) 5-0  21
  3. St. Ignace          4-1  15
  4. North Central      4-1   9
  5. Pickford             4-1   5

Other:  Lake Linden-Hubbell 3-2, 1

EIGHT MAN

1.  Rapid River  (4)   5-0  24

2.  Cedarville     (1)   5-0  21

Coach Jessen Previews the Season

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Head coach John Jessen talks defensive strategy with his team at Westwood’s scrimmage in Calumet last week.

Listen in as first year head coach John Jessen previews the upcoming season. The season opens up Friday against Stephenson.

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