Both coaches knew what to expect last Wednesday when the Northridge High School girls basketball team played second-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round of the Division III district tournament at Pickerington North.

Both coaches knew what to expect last Wednesday when the Northridge High School girls basketball team played second-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round of the Division III district tournament at Pickerington North.

Northridge coach Ron Florey expected an uphill battle for his winless Vikings, but Amanda-Clearcreek coach Butch Kobel expected the same for his team.

"We played (Madison Plains) in the second round in 2007 when Florey was coach there) and they took us to double overtime before we won (41-40)," Kobel said after his team's 50-28 win. "He's a good coach. We knew what kind of offense they would run and that they would get after us defensively. They came to play."

The Vikings trailed 22-6 midway through the second period, but chipped away. They cut it down to nine points when Lindsay Rose hit the second of her two 3-pointers with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in the third period.

"We gave them the best game we possibly could," said Florey, whose team finished 0-20. "We knew we were underdogs and we could have given up, but we didn't. They played for four quarters and that's all I could have asked for."

Jessica Johnson and Diedre Wells had eight points to lead the Vikings. Rose added six and Keilah Ketron had four.

Abby Meyer scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, for the Aces. Aimee Hall and Gretchen Meyer had nine points and Jenna Ruble had eight.

•The boys basketball team lost to Fredericktown 44-27 in the opening round of the Division III district tournament last Tuesday at Mount Vernon.

The Vikings were playing without two senior starters -- 6-foot-2 post player Brett VanDervort (strep throat) and guard Justin Dague (knee injury).

"It would have been nice to have finished the season healthy, but that's been a problem all year," said coach John Wheeler, whose team finished 8-13. "Brett had had back problems all year, he gets healthy in the last couple of weeks and then gets strep throat. But the guys showed a lot of heart and tried to battle through it."

Northridge lost to the Freddies 38-31 on Dec. 12 and beat them 43-39 on Jan. 23 during MBC play.

Derek Hull led the Vikings with seven points and E.J. Snyder added five. Northridge was 11-for-42 (26.2 percent) from the field.

The Vikings lost to Loudonville 74-42 on Feb. 20 to finish 6-8 in the MBC. Ryan King scored 12 points and Cory King and Hull had seven.

•The wrestling team failed to get anyone out of the home Division III sectional Feb. 20-21. The top four in each weight class advanced to the district last Friday and Saturday in Steubenville.

Sophomore Brad Verhovec finished fifth at 119 pounds to lead Northridge, which had only four on the team and finished 13th (8) in a field of 16 behind champion West Jefferson (256).

Freshman Aaron Haught (103) was 0-2, sophomore Brad Kelley (160) was injured during the week of sectional and could not participate and freshman Ridge Johnson (135) did not make weight.

"We didn't have the numbers this year, but we have a good group of eighth-graders coming up who helped lead the junior high team to the championship at the Licking County Meet (Dec. 20)," said coach Bill Perry, who concluded his 19th season. "We had seven advance to the state meet (March 14-15 at the County Fairgrounds in Marion)."

The Vikings finished last (8) in the MBC tournament Feb. 14 at Utica behind champion Loudonville (246). Verhovec was third at 119, Haught was fourth at 103 and Johnson was fifth at 135.

•Junior Genevieve Hager represented the swimming team Feb. 20 in the Division II district meet at Ohio State in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 19th in a program-record 26.36 seconds.

Hager broke her own record of 26.42 set Feb. 7 during the South East Ohio Swim League meet at Ohio University. She also holds the program record in the 100 free (1:00.65), also set at the SEOSL meet.

"When you look at Genevieve's records, she still has a lot of room to grow," said coach Long Tan, who concluded his fifth season. "If she wants to be able to get to further, she'll have to be down around 25 (seconds in the 50 free)."

Hager also participated on the three relays to qualify for district. The 400 free relay of junior Kelli Bonnette, freshmen Kendra Bonnette and Mickellea Tennis and Hager finished 23rd in 4:27.89. The 200 free relay of the same four finished 30th in 2:03.88. The 200 medley relay of Hager, junior Ali Herbert, senior Holly McKimmins and Bonnette finished 30th in 2:23.05.

In the sectional Feb. 15 at Columbus Academy, Northridge tied Fisher Catholic for eighth (36) of 21 teams behind champion New Albany (372). The boys team tied Pleasant and Worthington Christian for 13th (16) of 17 teams in the Division II sectional at Academy behind champion New Albany (279), but had no district qualifiers.

At the SEOSL meet, the girls team finished 11th (41) of 17 teams behind champion Granville (307.5). The boys were last (2) of 16 teams behind champion Coshocton (259);

The Vikings had three seniors on the girls team -- Amber Arnold, McKimmins and Christen Sparks. The boys team had Coty Rexford as the only returning senior with Jared Philpott as a senior in his first season with the team.

The girls team should have a wealth of experience with juniors Kelli Bonnette, Hager and Herbert as well as sophomore Allison Everhart and freshmen Karen Aston, Kendra Bonnette, Marcie Boyce, Tennis and Carly Wilson expected to return.

"Coach has told me if I want to get better I'm going to have to swim in the summer," Hager said. "We've already started talking about committing to working out this summer and getting better for next year."

Expected back for the boys are sophomore Jacob Castle and freshmen James Greene, Paul Hager, Beau Hammock, Joe Larson and Eli Philpott.

"We have a lot of good freshmen swimmers on both the boys and girls teams," Tan said. "We have had more pool time this year and if that continues these (freshmen) have a chance to be really good for us."