The Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team this season played in the district title game for the first time in school history.

The Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team this season played in the district title game for the first time in school history.

Johnstown Village Council on April 17 honored the team for its accomplishments.

Mayor Sean Staneart issued a proclamation and read it to head coach Carl Dufford and assistant and junior varsity coach Chris Carlisle.

The basketball team went 15-4 in the regular season and finished the year with a 19-5 record. The Johnnies lost the district title game.

Africentric High School, the eventual district winners, went on to play in the state championship finals.

"The Johnstown Johnnies accomplished an outstanding regular basketball season," Staneart said. "The recognition and celebration of our girls basketball team serves to bring our community together in honoring our students and our coaches for a phenomenal basketball season."

Last year, the Johnnies placed last in the Mid-Buckeye Conference with only four regular season wins.

This year, Dufford was named Central District Division III Coach of the Year, and the girls basketball team tied for second in the Mid-Buckeye Conference.

"We really appreciate this honor of being recognized. They are very, very special young ladies, and we're very proud and very blessed to be able to work with them this year," Dufford said.

Both coaches said it was a privilege and an honor to work with the girls this season.

In other matters:

• The new village website is up and running at www.johnstownohio.org. The "one-stop shop" website contains information on local businesses in the village, as well as contact information. A page also is designated for new businesses looking to build in Johnstown. Village council agendas and minutes will be on the website, as well as a link to all paperwork needed for village permits.

• The village received a 2011 award from the Licking County Safety Council for its effort in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. Johnstown had no reported work-related injuries in 2011.

• Village manager Jim Lenner said Advance Auto Parts is looking to set up shop in Johnstown. This would be the third auto-parts store in the village. AutoZone and CarQuest are the other two.

• The next all-committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 7 in the council chambers, 599 S. Main St.