Sending athletes in four events to Division II regional meets, the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys and girls track and field teams had only one performer remaining in the final round last Saturday.

Sending athletes in four events to Division II regional meets, the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys and girls track and field teams had only one performer remaining in the final round last Saturday.

Junior James Platt competed in the 3,200 meters final last Saturday at Lexington. The top four in each event advance to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Platt finished fourth (10 minutes, 29.15 seconds) in the district 1 meet on May 22 at Groveport. The top four in each event at district qualified for regional.

"James had a really good day (at district)," coach Mark Thomas said. "We didn't run him in the 1,600 and he ended up running a personal-best in the 3,200. But he's in a tough region that has three guys who ran under 10 (minutes at district)."

The Johnnies finished 13th out of 14 schools in the district 1 meet with 18.5 points, behind champion Eastmoor Academy (140).

The Johnstown girls team had athletes in three regional events last Thursday at Dayton. The 3,200 relay team of senior Erin Radigan, sophomore Megan Schultze, senior Kaila Cramer and sophomore Stephanie Loshbough finished seventh (9:50.61), failing to earn a trip to state.

"They were pretty close to their own (program) record that they set at district," said Thomas of the foursome's third-place effort of 9:47.45 from the district at Groveport. "There were really some teams smokin' in that final."

The 800 relay of junior Katrina Cartwright, freshman Taylor Ross, sophomore Lizzy Wisma and freshman Marissa Sheets finished ninth (1:49.24) in the preliminaries and missed qualifying for last Saturday's finals by 4/100ths of a second. The eighth-place relay from Cincinnati Indian Hill finished in 1:49.20.

At district, the 800 relay finished fourth (1:48.06) as the Johnnies finished sixth (34) out of 26 teams behind champion Hartley (121).

Freshman Kendall Colvin tied for 10th in the high jump at Dayton with an effort of 4 feet, 8 inches. Colvin finally got to compete after a 90-minute delay because of thunderstorms.

"They tried to squeegee the area off as well as they could, but the footing wasn't the best on the earlier flight," Thomas said. "It got better as time went on, but it was still pretty wet."

Colvin finished fourth at district with a 4-11.

•The softball team finished 5-21 after losing a first-round Division III district game on May 13 to West Jefferson 2-0.

Johnstown finished seventh in the MBC at 4-10, behind Northridge (12-2), Danville (11-3), Loudonville (10-4), Utica (8-6), East Knox (6-8) and Fredericktown (5-9) and ahead of Centerburg (0-14).

The Johnnies had three seniors - shortstop Courtney Dingess, outfielder/catcher Abbie Gorsuch and outfielder/catcher Kendra Wood.

"Our seniors each brought something different to the team, but they all brought a sense of dedication and love for the game," first-year coach Megan Sheasby said.

Juniors expected to return are Hannah Farley (OF), Brooke Ison (INF), Megan Karnes (OF), Sarah Scovell (1B) and Kassie Walker (OF), as well as sophomores Taylor Branstool (OF/INF), Carly Pickard (P), Kelcey Spang (1B/3B) and Meagan Yanczura (OF/2B). Outfielder Keymell Cartwright and pitcher Kim Meyers were freshmen.

"This was a very young team, but we expect to have a lot of returning letterwinners next season who gained a lot of varsity experience," Sheasby said.

Pickard was the primary pitcher for the Johnnies and showed continued improvement throughout the season.

"Carly Pickard was the most improved player on our team," Sheasby said. "Her confidence and skill grew with every game and I am excited to see the progress that she will make in the offseason as well."

•The boys lacrosse team finished 1-11 overall after losing to Bexley 9-3 in a play-in game in the Division II Central Region tournament on May 20.

The Johnnies' win came April 30 when they defeated the CCS Club team from Columbus City Schools 15-4.

"From the standpoint of understanding lacrosse, from the beginning of the season until now is just night and day," second-year coach Thomas Eckels said. "We had one player - Brad Couts - who played for four years and about three who played three years and five who have played for two. Then we had about six players who were new to the sport, so it took some time for them to learn the game."

Couts was an all-region goalie for the Johnnies. Senior midfielder Reed Franklin led the team in scoring with 20 goals and four assists.

Sophomore midfielder Sam Merriman had 14 goals with one assist and junior midfielder Jacob Dassylva added eight goals with two assists. Freshman Tyler Thompson scored five goals with one assist and sophomore midfielder Steve Smith had two goals with one assist. Junior attacker Alexander Gabriel added two goals with one assist.

The Johnnies had five seniors in defenseman Riley Cannon (1 goal, honorable mention all-region), attacker Brian Caudill (1 goal, 1 assist), Couts, Franklin (honorable mention all-region) and midfielder James Sapp.

"Brad Couts was really the heart and soul of our team," Eckels said. "We had a lot of second-year players who came out basically because he kept bugging them in the hallways to come out."

Other juniors expected to return are defensemen Justin Piper and Ben Schmidt, as well as attacker Ian Sizemore. Defenseman Dakota Crawford and midfielders Ryan Eastwood, Corey Lamir and Nathan Rupp were all freshmen.