The Westlake School District hosted an evening for all the conference and state champions this past year on Feb. 15, honoring teams and individuals. The ceremony took place at Westlake High School.
The highlight of the night came when recently retired baseball coach Jeff Short and his team were honored with an unveiling of the state runner-up banner for the 2011-12 baseball team during the Friday evening basketball game.
"I am extremely proud of our players, coaches, parents and community," Short said. "Each played a major role in the success of last year's baseball team. Making it to the state championship game is something they will remember for the rest of their lives. It was an honor to represent Westlake. I cannot thank the school district and the community enough for their support."
The Demons lost the the Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders 9-6 at the 2012 Div. I State Baseball Championships on June 2, 2012.
In July 2011, Short was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The school hosted a pizza reception prior to the game for the baseball team, some of whom were absent due to current college commitments. Several of their parents attended as representatives.
Short's 2011-12 team was the first at Westlake High School to advance to the state finals.