New Ready High School softball coach Jen Goff did her best throughout the preseason to keep things lively.

New Ready High School softball coach Jen Goff did her best throughout the preseason to keep things lively.

A 2000 Ready graduate whose last name was Clark when she played for the Silver Knights, Goff is attempting to build on what has been accomplished the past two decades while putting her own stamp on the process.

"We do fast-paced practices, and they go home exhausted," Goff said. "The girls are excited about all of the new things we've been doing."

Goff replaced Nick Joseph, who guided Ready to a 412-135 record that included 11 CCL titles, 10 district championships and one state title in 20 seasons.

He retired at the end of last season after the Silver Knights lost to Liberty Union 3-2 in a Division III district final to finish 17-7.

Senior Mara Waldo is back at catcher and senior Erin Bennett has moved from the outfield to first base.

Senior Tia Williams (2B), sophomores Haylee Patel (CF) and Julia Hall (LF) and freshmen Molly Abbruzzese (RF) and Madison Gatley (SS) also are starting. Either senior Taylor Inks or junior Emily Finchum will be at third base, with the other at designated player.

Freshman Hailey Bryan is expected to be the No. 1 pitcher, with junior Bethany Benedetto also pitching.

Senior Alexa Elfrink is back but out with an ankle injury. Sophomore Sydney Gammon will be a backup outfielder and courtesy runner.

Ready opened March 26 with a 6-0 loss to Olentangy Orange. The CCL opener is April 16 at home against Hartley.

Last season, Ready went 3-3 in the CCL to tie Hartley for second behind DeSales (6-0) and ahead of Watterson (1-5).

The Silver Knights opened the postseason with wins over Linden-McKinley (19-0) and Madison Plains (8-2) to reach a district final for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Katie Ardrey (Hillsdale College), Dani Pugh (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne) and Haley Widner (James Madison) are 2011 graduates now playing collegiately.

Senior Alexis Mayle was a starter last year but now is playing for Watterson.

Track teams again expect strong finishes

The boys and girls track and field teams feature strong sprinting corps.

Senior Halston Jones and junior Taron Slone are back for the boys after running on the 800-meter relay that was seventh (1 minute, 30.58 seconds) in last year's Division III state meet. The same foursome, which included 2011 graduates Demetrius Clark and Nick Frye, was 14th in the 400 relay (44.98), and Slone added a fourth-place finish in the 100 (11.27).

Back for the girls after running on the 400 relay that was ninth (52.08) at regional are senior Caitlin McAndrew, junior Carly Culbertson and sophomore Holland Jones.

Ready opened March 27 in the Hamilton Township Booster Invitational and competes Saturday, March 31, in the Red Raider Relays at London.

"The girls team is going to be really strong," said Dean Tower, who is in his 29th season as coach. "For the boys, the bulk of our points are going to come from Slone."

Also competing for the boys team, which now is in Division II, are seniors Deion Clark (sprints), Brandon Gutheil (shot put, discus), Cody McCoy (shot put, discus) and Bruce Tokar (distance), juniors Daniel Perry (distance), Billy Platter (distance) and Jonas Wahl (hurdles, high jump), sophomore Josh Yokum (shot put, discus) and freshmen Steve Landy (distance) and Mark Vatter (distance).

Senior Ciara Carr also should be a key sprinter for the girls. Other key athletes should include seniors Nikki Brown (distance), Michelle Kaiser (distance, hurdles), Brittany Lancia (high jump), Elli Mohrman (distance) and Abby Schofield (distance), sophomores MaKenzie Atchison (shot put, discus), Kelsey McFarland (shot put, discus), Katie Preston (high jump, hurdles) and Allie Schroeder (distance) and freshmen Angelique Bowman (hurdles) and Oluchi Obiagwu (long jump, sprints).

Last season at state, 2011 graduate Emily Morris won the shot put (42 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and Frye captured the 110 hurdles (14.97). Morris' 10 points gave the girls a 23rd-place tie behind champion Hartley (47) in Division II and Frye's 10 points helped the boys place 11th (17) behind champion McDonald (44).

The girls were third (94) in the CCL meet behind Hartley (141) and host Columbus School for Girls (141) and the boys were last (73) of five teams behind champion St. Charles (124).

Baseball team hoping for more league wins

The baseball team opened March 27 against Fisher Catholic and begins CCL play Monday, April 2, at Hartley.

Last season, the Silver Knights went 12-10 overall and tied St. Charles for fourth (2-6) in the CCL behind DeSales (7-1), Watterson (5-3) and Hartley (4-4).

Ready had gone 0-10 in the league in each of coach Harry Caruso's first two seasons before breaking through last season with wins over Hartley (12-2) and St. Charles (10-4).

"Bishop Ready wants to win CCL games," the fourth-year coach said. "We're not just glad that we won two last year because we should have won four if we had better luck."

Senior Brian Horn (1B/P) and juniors Ross Etgen (SS), Mitch McNabb (P/INF) and Sean Mogan (OF) are the top returnees. Horn hit .429 with 26 RBI, McNabb batted .395 with 17 RBI, Etgen hit .389 with 23 RBI and Mogan batted .359 with 15 RBI.

On the mound, Etgen was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, Horn was 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and McNabb was 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA.

Also on the team are seniors David Beck, Brian Hasenkemp and Alex Kopczyk, juniors Ricky Alfaro, Jacob Centers and Matt Sweet, sophomores Grayson Budd, Vinny Castorano, Hunter Clanin, Patrick Feldkamp, Gavin Gatley and Zach Jarrett and freshmen David Smith and Jared Wilson.

Last season, Ready lost to Amanda-Clearcreek 7-3 in the first round of the Division III district tournament. Erik Dubiel, who was the No. 1 starting pitcher, led a six-member senior class.