Westwood is in an interesting situation this year with a new coach at the helm.
The Panthers will stay in a district with Elkhart and Teague and will be adding a few tough opponents in Malakoff, Eustace and Kemp.
When familiar faces appear, rivalries can start to be formed.
With teams like Elkhart and Teague, Westwood has played these teams and knows what it takes to give a challenge to them.
Last season, Eustace went 5-6, Kemp went 2-8 and Malakoff went 11-2. The team to beat in this district should be Malakoff as it is coming in with the best record for the 2014 season.
The Panthers look to start fresh with new coach Kevin Hayes, and they will try to make a push at the playoffs.
Westwood coach Kevin Hayes was unable to be reached before press time.
The other Dogwood Circle team in the district with Westwood is the Elks.
The Elks will come into the 2014 season with a new look to their roster. Elkhart coach Sam Wells said the team will be geared up and ready to go for the 2014 season — and is ready for the new opponents.
“I think we got put in a great district,” Wells said. “We kept Teague and Westwood in the district, and now we go in there with Malakoff who had a great year last year. Eustace has been right there lately, and Kemp, we don’t know much about, but they’ll be great to have.”
Traveling can have a huge impact on the way a team plays for certain games and Wells said this year, the Elks will be a little bit better off for traveling than in years past.
“The geography of it is a little different,” Wells said. “We’ll be going to the north, but we’re excited about being able to face some new opponents.