Once again, the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls cross country team lost several key runners to graduation, but don't expect that to slow the Johnnies.

Once again, the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls cross country team lost several key runners to graduation, but don't expect that to slow the Johnnies.

Coach Eric Hamner believes despite these losses, his team can make its third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

"We had our individual goal-setting meetings and it's possible to get back there even if we don't meet our expectations," said Hamner, who is in his third season coaching both the boys and girls programs. "If they all run their goals, we can make it. If we have to look at our backup goals, then we'll be on the cusp of making it."

Leading the way for the Johnnies are juniors Stephanie Loshbough and Meghan Schulze.

"Stephanie and Meghan have really worked to make themselves better," Hamner said. "Stephanie was logging about 50 miles per week, and Meghan has been running well and doing the things a leader needs to do."

In the Division III state meet at Scioto Downs, the Johnnies finished seventh of 12 teams with 210 points behind champion Minster with 98 points.

Schulze led the way by finishing 48th in 20 minutes, 45.58 seconds. Erin Radigan, a 2010 graduate, finished 59th (20:54.26), followed by Loshbough (67th, 20:59.6), 2010 graduate Kaila Cramer (79th, 21:13.34), 2010 graduate Brittany Lynch (114th, 22:07.48), senior Katrina Cartwright (123rd, 22:26.58) and senior Sarah Mast (135th, 23:10.76).

The Johnnies earned regional, district and MBC championships.

Johnstown won the regional title at Pickerington North with 79 points, ahead state-qualifiers Galion Northmor (89), MBC-foe Centerburg (121) and Mount Gilead (152).

Radigan finished 10th (21:13.34), followed by Schulze (16th, 21:27.33), Cramer (18th, 21:54.34), Loshbough (22nd, 21:58.8), Lynch (33rd, 22:26.84), Cartwright (64th, 23:17.0) and Mast (65th, 23:22.52).
At the nine-team, district 2 meet, Johnstown won with 34 points to finish ahead of regional qualifiers Liberty Union (72), Mount Gilead (84) and Cardington (97).


Schulze was third (20:53.68) at district and Radigan was fourth (20:54.58), followed by Loshbough (seventh, 21:02.39), Cramer (ninth, 21:34.76), Lynch (11th, 21:47.91), Cartwright (28th, 23:10.05) and sophomore Jessica Turner (24:05.3), who aggravated an ankle injury and did not run the remainder of the postseason.

The Johnnies defended their MBC title at the Hartford Fairgrounds by scoring 23 points to finish ahead of Centerburg (37), Fredericktown (103), Loudonville (113), Northridge (128), East Knox (152) and Utica (172).

Schulze was second in 20:36, followed by Radigan (third, 20:52), Loshbough (fourth, 21:05), Cramer (sixth, 21:17) and Lynch (eighth, 21:28).

"We lost depth last year and a little more this year, but like any sport, experience comes and goes," Hamner said. "We can't have those numbers all of the time in a school size of Johnstown, but we have a strong nucleus of runners to hold us together."

Also running are sophomores Lauren Baldwin, Ayli LaRoche and Julia Nixon as well as freshman Hallie Grinstead.

•The boys cross country team has only four runners in senior James Platt, junior John Holbrook, junior Jake Wall and sophomore Bryon Foltz.

"We may have only four runners, but we have four good runners who have worked hard in the offseason," Hamner said. "We may be getting another runner, but we'll see if he comes out or not. It would be nice to have a full team."

Platt finished 99th (20:48.66) in the Division II regional at Pickerington North, but did not qualify for state.

"James has been working really hard and we expect him to do very good things," Hamner said. "This is the first time he has committed himself to running in the offseason and he put in almost as many miles as Stephanie."

The Johnnies finished sixth (161) out of 10 teams in the district 2 race, behind district qualifiers Watterson (43), Bexley (61), Hartley (69) and London (107).

Platt finished seventh (18:15.47), followed by Wall (34th, 19:45.89), Holbrook (37th, 19:51.77) and Foltz (63rd, 21:33.41).

Johnstown finished fifth (106) out of seven teams at the MBC meet, behind Fredericktown (48), Loudonville (85), Utica (87) and Centerburg (98) and ahead of East Knox (129) and Northridge (135). Platt (seventh, 17:44) led the Johnnies followed Wall (20th, 19:19) and Holbrook (27th, 19:37).

•The girls volleyball team returns seven letterwinners from a team that finished 3-20 after losing to West Jefferson 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 in the first round of the Division III district tournament at Licking Heights.

Letterwinners for the Johnnies include four seniors in setter Hannah Farley, back-row player Brooke Ison, back-row player Megan Karnes and outside hitter Holly Sammons. The three junior returnees include middle hitter Kelsey Spang, outside hitter Karlee Williams and outside hitter Megan Yanczura. Spang is the team's tallest player at 5-foot-11.

"We are coming back with a lot more experience as far as returnees than we had last year," second-year coach Heather Ashbrook said. "We don't have to start from scratch on teaching things like different defenses. They are familiar with all of that stuff and now we can go a little more in depth and be more precise."

Rounding out the varsity is junior back-row player Ashley Kelly and sophomore middle hitter Kaymell Cartwright.

"Defense has been our strength, but we need to work on our communication and the mental aspects of our game," Ashbrook said. "And we don't have a lot of height."

The Johnnies finished last at 0-14 in the MBC, behind East Knox at 13-1, Fredericktown at 12-2, Northridge at 9-5, Utica at 8-6, Centerburg at 7-7, Loudonville at 5-9 and Danville at 2-12.

"I think we can be competitive in the league," Ashbrook said. "It seems like we will be on more of an even playing field in the MBC."


Schedules
CROSS COUNTRY
Aug. 28 - at Bryn Du Mansion for Newark Catholic Inv. Sept. 1 - Canal Winchester Inv. Sept. 4 - at Westerville North for Westerville Classic Sept. 11 - at Watkins Memorial for McGowan Inv. Sept. 18 - Galion Cross Country Festival Sept. 25 - at Lancaster for Bob Reall Inv. Oct. 2 - at Pickerington North for Panther Inv. Oct. 9 - at Tech Lake for home Johnstown Inv. *Oct. 16 - at Hartford Fairgrounds for MBC Meet Oct. 23 - at Watkins Memorial for district GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
*Aug. 31 - vs. Danville *Sept. 2 - at Utica Sept. 4 - vs. Heath and Watkins Memorial *Sept. 7 - vs. East Knox *Sept. 9 - at Northridge Sept. 11 - at Zanesville Maysville Quad *Sept. 14 - at Loudonville *Sept. 16 - vs. Fredericktown *Sept. 21 - at Centerburg *Sept. 23 - at Danville Sept. 25 - Home Tri-match Sept. 27 - vs. Fairbanks *Sept. 28 - vs. Utica *Sept. 30 - at East Knox *Oct. 5 - vs. Northridge Oct. 6 - at Northland *Oct. 7 - vs. Loudonville *Oct. 12 - at Fredericktown *Oct. 14 - vs. Centerburg * MBC


At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe golf and boys and girls soccer teams:

BOYS GOLF
Aug. 20 - Finished tied for sixth (352) with Mount Gilead in 12-team Worthington Christian Warrior Invitational behind champion Mount Vernon (302) Last Monday - Finished 12th (363) in 14-team Columbus Academy Invitational behind champion Kettering Alter (301) *Last Tuesday - Defeated Fredericktown 163-215. Chris Bailey and Zak Williams both led with 38s followed Tim Williams (42) and Derek Hastings (43). Jakob Cramer and Ryan Michel both shot 44s. *Tuesday - at Round Lake vs. Loudonville *Thursday - at Apple Valley vs. Danville *Sept. 8 - at Clover Valley vs. Centerburg *MBC match

BOYS SOCCER
Last Thursday - Tied Columbus Academy 1-all in opener. Yared Terrant scored the Johnnies' goal. Last Saturday - Played Ready *Tuesday - at Buckeye Valley in league opener Thursday - vs. Hartley *Sept. 7 - vs. Caledonia River Valley *NCSL game

GIRLS SOCCER
Last Monday - Lost Reynoldsburg 9-0 in opener. The Johnnies trailed 2-0 at halftime. Tuesday - vs. Athens Saturday - at Tree of Life Sept. 7 - vs. Clear Fork j.v.