Multiple Teams · Annual OHSAA Athletic and Departmental Awards Announced

Each year the Ohio High School Athletic Association rewards each member school with the following special awards for the 2016-2017 athletic seasons!

The Archie Griffin Award

-Named for the 2 time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State

-Given to student who display exemplary sportsmanship

Male-Connor Sterneckert (Football, Baseball)

Female-Noor Fahoum (Cross Country, Basketball manager, Track)


The State Award for Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity

-Given to a person within the school or community who continually exemplifies good sportsmanship

-A person who is a role model for others

-A person who reflects a high level of ethics and integrity in dealing with students and the interscholastic athletic program

-A person who demonstrates and supports positive values

-A person who has contributed to the well being of the youth of the local high school.

-An adult award presented to a coach teacher, administrator, booster or supporter of the school’s athletic program.

This years recipent was outgoing WDAB President-Ed Blair


The National Federation of High Schools Award of Excellence

-Awarded to one male and one female

-Positive role models for others and should encourage others to be positive role models

Male-Sebastian Francesconi (Track, Cross Country, Swimming)

Female-Katarina Jamsek (Soccer, Basketball)


The Courageous Student Award

Presented to a student or students that:

-who either currently has, or who has overcome, a serious illness, injury, or disability

-who has overcome great adversity in a positive way (challenging social or family situation)

-who has gone far beyond normal in assisting a fellow student, family member or friend

-have overcome any other extraordinary situations, where a student has displayed tremendous courage against overwhelming odds.


Male Recipient-Paul Jatsysyn (Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball)

Paul will graduate as a three sport athlete for the Demons.  Paul suffered the loss of his mother, Chrystyna, during this baseball season on April 17th.  On April 18th, he led the Demons with 2 base hits and 2 RBIs in a win against Lorain.  Coach Mosley said of Paul, “for him just to show up and be functioning is a testament to the kind of kid he is and the kind of family he has.  He actually picked up his teammates by showing them the strength to fight through the sadness and bring joy to those in the dugout and those in the stands which is nothing short of remarkable.”  Coach Hood said of Paul (an all SWC basketball selection), “He was our glue, he did all the things that nobody else wanted to do and never complained.  He just went about doing his job every day even though he was experiencing pain in other parts of his life, he never let it affect how he treated his teammates and others.  He is the epitome of Demon Pride and is a role model for others to follow.”

Female Recipient-Sara Massa (Softball)

Sara is a letter winner on the Lady Demon Softball team and the starting right fielder.  Last spring she and her family suffered an unimaginable tragedy as her brother and Westlake graduate, Nick was tragically taken from her and her family.  To be able to come back this spring and contribute to the success of the softball team is truly what this award is dedicated to.  Said Head Softball Coach Tom Shiban on Sara, “Sara’s work ethic and determination earned her the starting right fielder position on the Varsity softball team this year.  She is the ultimate team player, doing whatever is asked of her for the good of the team.  Her friendly personality and caring nature draw others to her.  Sara is loved, respected, and admired by all of her teammates and coaches!”

OHSAA Scholar Athlete

-Awarded to one male and one female

-Highest Scholastic Average

-Minimum of 4 varsity letters

Male-Aris Jhaveri (Tennis)  4.932

Female-Sneha Ramachandran (Tennis) 4.994


Varsity “W” Awards

These awards are given to any senior athlete who has earned 7 or more varsity letters during their time at Westlake High School.


Emma Hohman 9 letters (Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Lacrosse)

Katarina Jamsek 7 letters (Soccer, Basketball, Track)

Alexis Sole 8 letters (Cross Country, Track)

Alex Macartney 14 letters (Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Track)



Matt Akers 8 letters (Diving, Track)

Tariq Beach 7 letters (Football, Track)

Sebastian Francesconi 9 letters (Cross Country, Swimming, Track)

Ellis Langermeier 9 letters (Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse)

Matthew Olson 7 letters (Cross Country, Track)

Trey Bialowas 7 letters (Football, Lacrosse)


The Bob Hersman Coach of the Year

This award is named after Bob Hersman, a former athletic administrator in the Westlake City School Distric, who passed away a number of years ago.

The criteria for the award:

  • Outstanding coaching and teaching skills
  • Outstanding contributions to the athletic department
  • Positive contributions to athletes in our district
  • Positive contributions to staff and program development

This years award winner was Coach Jason Hall (Football).  He led the Demons to an OHSAA Playoff berth, their first since 2012.  He also watched as his team came back from a 41-14 deficit to stun Holland Springfield 48-41 on the road in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs.  It was the Demons first playoff win in over 30 years.