Ready High School football coach Larry Wolf continues to be impressed with the weekly performances of Demetrius Clark.

Ready High School football coach Larry Wolf continues to be impressed with the weekly performances of Demetrius Clark.

After rushing for 135 yards last Friday during a 35-14 loss to the Columbus Crusaders, the senior running back has 1,172 yards on 156 carries for an average of 7.5 per carry.

In the midst of the Silver Knights' worst season since it went 5-5 in 2003, Clark has been one of the few consistent bright spots.

"I'm hoping for (another) big (week) from him," Wolf said. "Now he's done it two straight years, and he's doing it with a team that's not as good. He's averaging about eight years a carry and he's only averaging about 13 carries a game, so for him to have 1,000 yards is an accomplishment."

Another big game by Clark seems essential Friday against Hartley in the CCL-Gold Division championship game if Ready is to avoid just its second losing season since Wolf took over 13 years ago.

The only other losing season came during Wolf's first year in 1998 when the Silver Knights went 2-8.

The Hawks have lost the last three meetings to Ready but are 7-2 overall and playoff-bound in Division IV, Region 15 after beating Spencerville 54-14 last Friday.

Hartley averages 39.8 points and will be looking to clinch a postseason home game.

The five teams Ready has lost to are a combined 38-7 including the Crusaders, who are an independent club team that has gone 4-1 against OHSAA opponents.

After beating Waynesfield-Goshen 35-0 on Oct. 15, the Silver Knights got their only touchdowns last Friday on runs of 8 and 3 yards by Doug Strickler.

Ready has spent most of the season's second half without several key players because of injuries.

"(The win over Waynesfield-Goshen) was encouraging," Wolf said. "We got off the playoff wagon for a week."

•The girls cross country team is back at the regional meet for the second time in three seasons after it finished third last Saturday at Watkins Memorial in Division II district 1.

Junior Jessica Wright led the way with a 10th-place finish (20 minutes, 37.71 seconds), followed by juniors Abby Schofield (11th, 20:41.31), Michelle Kaiser (20:55.2), Elli Moehrman (21st, 21:17.61) and Nikki Brown (28th, 21:51.55), freshman Alli Schroeder (34th, 22:08.16) and senior Colleen Colvin (40th, 22:31.12).

The regional meet is Saturday at Pickerington North. The top four teams and individuals not on qualifying teams who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

Last season, Kaiser finished 15th and Brown was 38th at the regional while competing as individuals. Kaiser became the third girl in program history to advance to state, where she took 69th.

•The girls soccer team's season ended last Saturday in the third round of the Division II tournament when Bexley's Sam Urell scored with 59 seconds remaining on a penalty kick.

The top-seeded and defending state-champion Lions played Ready to a 1-all tie on Aug. 31.

"It was pretty unfortunate to have it end on a penalty kick," coach Elise Berry said. "It doesn't feel like Bexley beat us. It's a little disheartening, but hopefully everyone will be coming back because I think Ready has a great up-and-coming team for next year."

Ready finished 7-9-2 overall and went 2-2 in the CCL to finish behind co-champions Watterson and DeSales (3-0-1) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (0-3-1) and Hartley (0-3-1).

The Silver Knights had no seniors. Juniors Ciara Carr and Lauren Graessle and sophomore Donovan Capehart both made first-team all-CCL and junior Taylor Cutteridge and sophomore Brooke Ringel each were second-team all-league. Carr and Graessle were second-team all-district and Capehart made special mention.

Carr finished with 11 goals and five assists, Capehart had nine goals and six assists and Graessle finished with 106 saves.

"It's tough when you're at a small school because they all play other sports and we don't do a lot until July," said Berry, who completed her third season. "But the sky's the limit for this program. It's really more about getting the maturity to win games."

•The boys soccer team's season also ended last Saturday.

After beating Granville Christian 5-0 on Oct. 20 in the first round of the Division III tournament, the Silver Knights lost to third-seeded Bloom-Carroll 1-0 in a second-round game to finish 6-8-2.

"We played pretty well against the No. 3 team in the district," first-year coach Sam Sunseri said. "We just gave up an unfortunate goal in the 20th minute."

Ready went 0-4 in the CCL to finish behind co-champion DeSales and Hartley (3-0-1) as well as St. Charles (2-2) and Watterson (1-3).

The Silver Knights will lose Bill Marting, Robert Reed, Steve Rysavy and Joel Thomas to graduation. Reed and Rysavy both made first-team all-CCL and Thomas were second team. Reed made second-team all-district.

The top returnees should include juniors Zachary Wiser (second-team all-league), Josh Colley, Matt Feldkamp, Paul Ley, Joey Waldo and John Wright and sophomore Daniel Perry.

"We were pretty competitive this year," said Sunseri, whose team went 5-12 a year ago. "They didn't know how to compete last year. Once they understood their role, it was nice that everybody worked together."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys and girls cross country, football and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday - Boys: Did not score at Division III district meet at Watkins Memorial that was won by Liberty Union (67); Girls: Finished third (84) in Division II district 1 meet at Watkins Memorial behind Granville (36) and London (84) to advance to regional

Saturday - Girls: Division II regional at Pickerington North. The top four teams and individuals not on qualifying teams who finish in the top 16 advance to state Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

FOOTBALL

Last Friday - Lost to Columbus Crusaders 35-14

*Friday - At Hartley

Of note: The Silver Knights are 4-5.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Oct. 21 - Defeated Columbus Academy 25-4, 25-9, 25-13 in first round of Division III tournament at Olentangy Liberty

Last Saturday - Def. Madison Plains 25-13, 25-11, 25-18 in second round of tournament at Licking Heights

Last Wednesday - Played Newark-Catholic in district semifinal. Winner plays Saturday (11 a.m.) at Hilliard Bradley vs. Heath or London in district final. Winner plays Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.) at Findlay Liberty-Benton vs. Huron, New London, Bellville Clear Fork or Castalia Margaretta in regional semifinal. Regional final is Nov. 6 (2 p.m.) at Liberty-Benton.

Of note: The Silver Knights were 17-7 before last Wednesday.

*CCL contest