- Marc Pendleton Staff Writer
It’s been five seasons since Fairmont High School won a Division I girls high school basketball state championship. Many of those key Firebirds players are still producing at the next level.
Thanks to staff writer Jeremy Kelley for reminding us that team has a special place in Dayton-area high school history. It was the last of four straight trips to the D-I state final four from 2010-13 for Fairmont, all with then-coach Tim Cogan, who’s now the boys coach at Carroll.
Fairmont was knocked out in the 2010 state semifinals by Toledo Waite, then lost to nemesis Twinsburg in both the 2011-12 championship games. Fairmont finally defeated Twinsburg 52-48 to win that 2013 title and finish 27-1. Neither team has returned to the D-I state final four since.
Here’s a rundown of how those Fairmont players fared after graduating:
Kathryn Westbeld, 6-2, sr., Notre Dame: Junior on the title team. A four-year fixture in the Irish lineup and three-year starter. Averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds and an inside enforcer. Has hit double-digit scoring in 34 games. Notre Dame (10-1) is ranked No. 2 in the country and reached the final four in 2015 when Westbeld was a freshman.
Younger sister Maddie Westbeld is a 6-1 sophomore standout at Fairmont.
Makayla Waterman, 6-2, redshirt jr., Ohio State: Junior on the title team. The other half of Fairmont’s dominant frontcourt. Had the misfortune of blowing out an ACL in the first practice of her freshman season at OSU. Also suffered a torn ACL while at Fairmont.
Has settled into a reserve role with the No. 13 Buckeyes (11-2), averaging 3.7 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Chelsea Welch, 5-9, sr., Wright State: Senior on the title team. Will end her career as one of the best in Raiders program history. First team All-Horizon League last season and a player of the year candidate as a senior. Averaging 20.9 points and put 36 on nationally ranked Missouri in Game 3. Transferred to WSU after playing two seasons at Pittsburgh.
Shea Morgan, 6-0, jr., North Carolina High Point: Sophomore on the title team. Averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Panthers (4-5) of the Big South Conference. Top sub as a freshman and a starter the last two seasons.
Danie Shafer, 5-8, sr., Urbana: Junior on the title team. A three-year starter, averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Blue Knights (6-4). Transferred to Urbana after one season at Maryville (Mo.). Also played on the Urbana women’s golf team. Transferred to Fairmont as a junior from Wayne.
Emma Havener, 6-2, jr., Urbana:Junior on the title team. Played two seasons at Malone before rejoining Shafer at Urbana. A frontline sub for the Blue Knights.
Alona Skipper: Senior on the title team. The “Mad Bomber” played two seasons at Sinclair in 2014-16 as a 5-10 shooting guard. Averaged 11.7 points.
Alyssa Clemente: Sophomore on the title team. Played two seasons as a 5-7 sub at guard for the University of Chicago from 2015-17.
Also on Fairmont’s 2012-13 championship roster: juniors Danielle Newell, Emily Pacenta and Sarah O’Malley, and sophomore Lindsay Breslin.