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Lee Burneson Junior Demons Take Conference Championship

Players have great potential to move on to successful football careers at Westlake High.

Winning isn’t everything, but taking back-to-back championship titles must feel pretty good. 

The eighth grade football team went 6-1 this season, beat their first six opponents by at least two touchdowns and proudly claimed their second Southwest Conference championship title.

Head coach Mike Bee was pleased with their balanced playing style, camaraderie and positive attitude, and he hopes to see them stay in Westlake next year to help bolster the district’s program. 

“(The 2011 championship) is a great achievement, and it’s a great start to hopefully bigger and better things at ,” he said.

Lee Burneson Principal Paul Wilson said the team is a great reflection of how Westlake schools do business.

"They worked hard, stayed dedicated, played as a team and earned that championship," he said. "We couldn’t be more proud of their efforts on the field.” 

As the student athletes move on, here are some names to keep an eye out for in the years ahead:

  • Andris Balodis – quarterback
  • Mike Beaver – offensive tackle and outside linebacker
  • Otto Bohan – offensive tackle and linebacker
  • Tommy Bowles – center and lineman
  • Mike Carbon – running back
  • Liam Eichenberg – guard and nose tackle
  • Brody Evans – running back, quarterback and safety (led the team in scoring)
  • Logan Fisher— full back and linebacker
  • Quan Hardy – running back
  • Nick Marocz – wide receiver and cornerback

Editor's note: This list was updated at 5:04 p.m.

Logan Fisher October 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Logan Fisher- full back and linebacker
Kate Spirgen October 11, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Thanks Logan! Congratulations and best of luck next season.
Melissa Benko Grimes October 12, 2011 at 02:07 AM
As a parent of a boy who was on the team - I am proud of ALL of the boys for this accomplishment. It took all of the them TOGETHER as a TEAM to accomplish back to back SWC championships. It was not necessary to list a handful of boys. If that was going to be done the entire team should have been listed.
Mike Beaver October 12, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I don't really agree with just listing a couple of us. There were 40 some kids on the team. It's not fair that they are barely recognized. Just what I think.
Kate Spirgen October 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM
It was certainly not our intent to make anyone feel left out. The fact that we highlighted a few players certainly was not meant to take away from the hard work of each and every player.
Melissa Benko Grimes October 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Well unfortunately there are some boys who feel left out. I had the roster from this year and hopefully everyone is included now. They are listed last name first just because of how the roster was set up. I would say this is the "TEAM to watch out for!" Balodis Andris Belmonte Antonio Moracz Nick Schuler Mark Whitlow Keyonta Sedlak Mike Abed Amir Humphrey Sam Evans Brody Abdelhady Adam Grimes Tristan Dvorak Alex Hundt Owen Fife Adam Hardy Quan Hooper Ryan Gerent Thomas Hawkins Justin Karam Nick Carbon Mike Fisher Logan Eichenberg Liam Kruger Owen Haj Taylor Zale Reed Bohan Otto Corrigan Michael Manning Coulton Odetallah Malek Granata Anthony Donay Joe Imwalle Dominic Desler Karl Beaver Mike Bowles Tommy Barnett Nico Theis Cameron Baker Demtrius Boarman Michael Redinger Jack Martens Peter Shah Ali
Mike Carbon October 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Wow logan
Kate Spirgen October 13, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Thanks Melissa! You can see the full roster in the photo caption as well.
MIKE BRIZES November 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Any news on 7th grade kids who will be on the team next year. How did they do?
Owen Hundt February 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Yea i agree thanks Mrs. Grimes. They at LEAST should have named the starters? but thanks for putting us in the paper in the first place

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