The Ready High School boys and girls track and field teams each have big plans this spring.

The Ready High School boys and girls track and field teams each have big plans this spring.

Of the nine competitors at the state meet for the Silver Knights last year, six have returned, including two-time state qualifier Emily Morris from the girls squad.

Both teams opened March 30 at Grandview.

"I'm looking at moving a lot of kids on to the regional and some of them to state," coach Dean Tower said. "I've got 35 girls, and a lot of them are returning."

Morris won the shot put (36 feet, 2 inches) at the CCL meet last season and followed with titles at the Division II district meet (38-5 3/4) and regional (38-11 1/2) before throwing a season-best 40-3 1/2 while taking third at state. Her six points helped Ready tie for 32nd of the 70 teams that scored at state as Pemberville Eastwood (38) won.

Senior Clare Bochy, junior Caitlin McAndrew and sophomore Carly Culbertson also are back after competing on the 400 relay that finished 14th (50.79 seconds) at state.

Competing to fill the final slot on the 400 relay are juniors Chloe Bowman and Megan Rivera and freshman Holland Jones. Sophomore Miranda Ball is back in the hurdles, and juniors Nikki Brown, Michelle Kaiser, Elli Moehrman and Abbey Schofield and freshman Allie Schroeder should lead the distance corps.

Culbertson and Jones give the team a pair of strong long jumpers. Freshman Margie Berkemeyer is competing in the high jump, and sophomore Taylor Longenette is throwing the shot and discus.

Last season, the girls team finished second (108) at the CCL meet behind Hartley (160) and ahead of DeSales (90), Watterson (73), Columbus School for Girls (50) and Worthington Christian (13). Ready was fourth (47) at district of 22 teams behind champion Hartley (121).

Sarah Battle, a 2010 graduate, finished ninth (16-5) in the long jump at state last year. Heather Manning, also a 2010 graduate, joined Bochy, Culbertson and McAndrew on the 400 relay at state. A four-time state competitor, Manning is running at Otterbein University.

The boys team has a pair of returning state individual qualifiers in senior Nick Frye and sophomore Taron Slone.

Frye was 11th in the 110 hurdles (15.63) and Slone was 16th in the 100 (11.58) at state last season.

That duo, along with senior Demetrius Clark and junior Holiston Jones, should contribute to the sprint relays. Clark also will compete in the long jump.

Seniors Kyle Bergman (hurdles), Robert Reed (distance) and David Schlanser (distance), juniors Cody McCoy (shot put, discus) and Jose Polanco (distance), sophomores Corey Bergman (high jump), Daniel Perry (distance), Will Perry (high jump/hurdles) and Jonas Wahl (high jump) and freshman Josh Yokam (shot put/discus) are others looking to contribute.

The Silver Knights finished third (95) at the CCL meet last year behind St. Charles (132) and Hartley (98) and ahead of DeSales (73.5), Watterson (73.5) and Worthington Christian (23). Winning a CCL title was 2010 graduate Andrew Mantell in the 800 (1:58.7).

The Silver Knights were fourth (67) of 25 teams at the Division III district meet behind champion Columbus Academy (98) and placed fourth (29) of the 43 teams that scored at regional behind champion North Robinson Colonel Crawford (106).

Mantell finished ninth (1:58.76) in the 800 at state as Ready failed to score.

"I'm looking for Frye and Slone and maybe a relay making it to state," Tower said.

•The boys tennis team returns eight players from last season, including the doubles team of juniors Joey Waldo and Zak Wiser. The duo won one match at the Division II sectional tournament.

Other returnees are senior Max Kamer and juniors Joseph Covietz, Joe Dado, Thomas Livingston, Jordan McVey and Joseph Seipel.

Also on the team are seniors Alex Bell and Jake Happ, junior Tyler Bergunzi, sophomores Tyler Eggers and Isaiah Sylvia and freshmen Zach Bair, Tim Forrest, Andrew Hurd and Harrison Ringel.

Khang Thai, a 2010 graduate who played first singles, finished third at the sectional and third at district last year. Thai also was third at district as a sophomore and advanced to state, but only the top two finishers at district moved on to state last season.

Although the Silver Knights finished 3-15 overall and 0-5 in the CCL last season, Thai had a 21-4 record. Ready finished behind Watterson (5-0), DeSales (4-1), St. Charles (2-2), Hartley (2-3) and Worthington Christian (1-3) in the CCL.

Ready lost its March 28 opener to Jonathan Alder 5-0.

"We've got (eight) players back from last year, but (the lineup) switched around a little bit," coach Jen Donaldson said. "We've got to decide who is going to step up. We just want to keep showing improvement."

•The baseball team opened March 29 at Utica and played March 30 against Hamilton Township. The Silver Knights play Thursday, March 31, at Newark Catholic; Saturday, April 2, against visiting Northland in a doubleheader; Monday, April 4, at home against Hartley; Tuesday, April 5, at Worthington Christian; and Wednesday, April 6, at DeSales.

•The softball team opened March 29 at Grandview and played March 30 against Canal Winchester. Ready plays Thursday, March 31, against visiting Fairbanks; Saturday, April 2, against host Liberty Union and Central Crossing; and Tuesday, April 5, at Jonathan Alder.