Magnificat freshman Cara Heisterkamp’s game plan going into the Division I state girls golf tournament last weekend was to stay close to par on Friday, then try to make a move on Saturday.

She stuck to it, and the end result was a runner-up finish. She shot a three-over-par 73 last Friday at the Ohio State Gray Course in Columbus, just two strokes off the lead. On Saturday she attempted a charge, firing a 71 and finishing just three strokes behind eventual winner Madison Speiss of New Albany (141), who shot a 70. Heisterkamp tied for second with Massillon Jackson’s Avery Wright.

While Speiss won the individual title amongst a field of 72 golfers, she joined her New Albany teammates to run away with the team championship, carding a combined 586. Mason finished second with a 627.

Ready to lead Demons lacrosse

Pending board of education approval, Bill Ready will become the new head coach of the Westlake girls lacrosse team.

Ready, a Westlake resident who is married to a Westlake High School graduate, has been the associate head boys lacrosse coach at Benedictine since 2006, helping lead the team to conference titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016. He has also coached girls basketball and volleyball at Cleveland Central Catholic in the past.

He played club lacrosse while attending Ohio University, and currently plays in the Cleveland Men’s Lacrosse League.

“First, I’d like to thank Benedictine High School and former athletic director Rony Russ for giving me my start in coaching,” Ready said in a statement posted to www.westlakeathletics.org. Oct. 19. “I learned a lot and grew as a coach during my time there. Now I’m excited to get started at Westlake High School leading the Demons lacrosse team and building on the excellent foundation that the program is built on. I’m looking forward to getting out on the field and working with the girls and their families to continue to build the program and help develop young women of character that the community will be proud of on and off the field.”

Currently, Ready, who earned a master’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University, works as an intervention specialist in the science and math departments for the Warrensville Heights School District. He will take over a Demons program that went 8-11 in 2019. Last spring’s season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic.

College commitment

Avon senior punter Arlind Bengu has honed his craft as one of the area’s best kickers, and announced Oct. 19 that he committed to the University of Massachusetts, of the Football Bowl Subdivision, to continue his football career.

In 13 punts this season, Bengu is averaging just over 43 yards. He has spent his off-seasons attending Kohl’s Professional Camps, where kicking, punting and long snapping specialists from around the country go to improve and get exposure to college programs. Per the Kohl’s rankings, Bengu is a five-star punter and ranked 15th nationally.

He also had offers from Butler, Colgate, Dayton, Fordham and Valparaiso.

Contact this reporter at sports@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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