Westlake's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach has announced he will retire following the end of the 2021 football season. Dodge, a six-time state champion head coach, currently holds a 217-72 career record as head coach having won 4 titles with Southlake Carroll and his last 2 with Westlake (19' and 20').
He enters his last year as head Coach looking for a three-peat with returning QB, and Clemson commit, Cade Klubnik.
While nothing has been said or is official, Westlake Defensive Coordinator Tony Salazar, as of this writing, would appear to be the odds on favorite to replace Dodge after his departure.
With 40.26% of the fans votes, recent Rockwall-Heath graduate, Caden Fiveash, is the VYPE DFW Public School Baseball Player of the Year Fan Poll Winner! Fiveash recently helped lead the Hawks baseball team to their second state title with a game-winning sacrifice fly. To cap off his career with Rockwall-Heath baseball, not only has he won the fan poll, but Fiveash was voted the UIL Class 6A baseball State Championships MVP.
Focusing through uncertainty
photo provided by Caden Fiveash
Describing the shortening of the 2019-2020 season as "tragic news" and a "huge disappointment" Fiveash told VYPE DFW that it wasn't too difficult to stay focused in order to come back into this season focused. "We kept a chip on our shoulders and played every game through playoffs with the mindset of we ARE going to win state. Nothing less."
In order to have a successful season, Fiveash kept to the idea of good, old-fashioned hard work. "The secret to my success was the hard work and dedication I had to live for these big moments," the MVP said. As for the team, success was driven from relationships made with one another. "The secret to our team success was creating bonds with one another and becoming close," said Fiveash. "We started this season as teammates but left as brothers." Fiveash added that the playoffs just gave the team extra fight and motivation.
photo provided by Caden Fiveash
It's no doubt that Fiveash has great things in store for his future. The baseball star is headed to Northern Oklahoma College- Tonkawa. "Junior college is a great route to take," Fiveash told VYPE. "I believe that going there and developing as well as maturing another year or two is a big deal in order to find another school later on to play." Fiveash is looking forward to going to a school where he has a better chance of starting. "I want to go to a school where I believe I have a shot of playing instead of sitting the bench." Fiveash plans to major in business.
Fiveash is excited for the future, but has great memories with Rockwall-Heath. "My favorite memory through high school has been winning state and playing for our fellow students, school, and city." With great memories as he heads off to college, he will surely pull from his high school relationships and experiences to strengthen his bond with future teammates as well as skill in the game. "My mindset is to get back to hard work and looking forward to a new goal like winning a junior college World Series to motivate me even more."
Who is your favorite sports team?
Who do you look up to as an athlete?
"I look up to Max Scherzer."
If you could go to lunch with any person (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
"I would go eat with Dwayne Johnson just because he has accomplished so much and seems like a cool person."