The Canal Winchester High School football team plays host to Teays Valley on Friday with an opportunity to clinch a Division II playoff berth as well as the MSL-Buckeye Division championship outright.

The Canal Winchester High School football team plays host to Teays Valley on Friday with an opportunity to clinch a Division II playoff berth as well as the MSL-Buckeye Division championship outright.

The Indians, who improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the MSL-Buckeye with a 35-14 win over Logan Elm last Friday, already have secured a share of their first league title since 2007.

Canal Winchester placed second in the league the last two seasons, finishing behind Logan Elm in 2008 and Amanda-Clearcreek last year.

"It feels great to have a share of (the MSL-Buckeye title) right now, but there's still one more game that we need to finish out," running back and safety Sam Jones said. "We really want to win this outright."

If Canal Winchester loses to Teays Valley and Hamilton Township beats Fairfield Union, the Indians will share the league title with the Rangers. If the Indians lose to Teays Valley and Hamilton Township loses to Fairfield Union, Canal Winchester wins the title outright.

The Indians have made the playoffs the last three seasons under fourth-year coach Phil Mauro. They are sixth in the Region 7 computer ratings entering the regular-season finale. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.

•The boys soccer team lost to eighth-seeded Bexley 2-0 in the second round of the Division II district tournament on Oct. 21 to finish 7-9-2 overall.

Dillon Theisen had seven saves, but the Indians were unable to generate much of an offensive attack against the Lions.

Two days earlier, Canal Winchester opened the tournament with a 7-1 win over Lakewood.

Scott McAnaul scored three goals, with his first coming just nine seconds into the game, setting the program record for fastest goal. McAnaul's second goal came 14 seconds into the second half.

"Scoring that fast, that just gets you in the game," coach Erik Feinstein said. "Scott really stepped up for us with some big goals."

Canal Winchester finished 5-1 in the MSL-Buckeye to win the title, with Bloom-Carroll and Fairfield Union both going 4-1-1 to tie for second. The Indians lost to Bloom-Carroll 1-0 on Sept. 16 but got some help from Circleville, which beat the Bulldogs 1-0 on Oct. 14.

"It feels good to win a league title considering how we started out the season," Feinstein said. "It's always our goal to win a league title. We had some other goals that maybe we didn't quite reach, but at least we got that one."

•The girls volleyball team had an unexpected finish to the season, losing 27-25, 25-17, 19-25, 26-24 to Buckeye Valley in the second round of the Division II district tournament last Saturday at Gahanna.

Canal Winchester finished 21-2 overall. The No. 2 seed, the Indians had hopes of winning a district championship and playing in the regional tournament for an opportunity to go to state.

Coach Colleen Ross had her concerns about her team heading into the postseason, as third-seeded Hartley, No. 5 Hilliard Bradley, No. 7 Jonathan Alder, No. 9 Buckeye Valley, No. 10 Licking Valley and No. 11 Licking Heights all chose to play on the same side of the bracket as Canal Winchester.

Ross also was concerned about the Indians' lack of experience. They had just two players that played key roles last year. In addition, middle hitter Rachel Miles was out of the lineup against Buckeye Valley because of a concussion she sustained during practice earlier in the week.

"The lack of experience was a concern," Ross said. "We knew there weren't going to be any easy matches. We got the No. 2 seed, but we were treated more like a No. 4 seed."

•The boys and girls cross country teams compete at the Division I regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North. The top four teams and those individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

The girls team finished fourth (138 points) at the 12-team district 3 meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, behind Hilliard Davidson (44), Upper Arlington (60) and Dublin Jerome (80), to secure the final regional-qualifying spot ahead of Olentangy Orange (139).

Kayla Scott placed 13th (20 minutes, 5 seconds) to lead the Indians, followed by Ali Stauffer (16th, 20:19), Taryn Meidl (24th, 20:36), Elizabeth Kifer (37th, 21:09), Jessy Wheeler (48th, 21:26), Christy Wildermuth (53rd, 21:49) and Nicole Tennison (55th, 21:57).

The boys team placed fifth (170) at the 18-team district 3 meet, behind Westerville North (52), Pickerington North (118), Watkins Memorial (124) and Vincent Warren (159). Newark (191) secured the sixth and final regional-qualifying berth.

Jarrod Genther placed fifth (16:12) to lead the Indians, followed by Micah Cobb (26th, 16:57), James Fraley (27th, 16:59), Tyler Jenkins (47th, 17:21), Aaron Robertson (65th, 17:41), Dan Williard (77th, 17:56) and Justin Emmons (95th, 18:18).

•The girls soccer team saw its season end with a 2-0 loss to Hartley in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 19.

Canal Winchester had beaten Hartley during the regular season, winning 1-0 on Sept. 11. The loss to the Hawks was the Indians' second in their last three games and saw them finish 12-4-1 overall.