The goal of postseason track and field is to place in the top four and advance to the next week.

The goal of postseason track and field is to place in the top four and advance to the next week.

Johnstown-Monroe High School junior distance runners Stephanie Loshbough and Meghan Schulze were trying to do that on May 28 on the final day of the Division II girls regional meet in Dayton's Welcome Stadium.

Schulze finished second in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 14.99 seconds) on May 21 in the district meet at Hamilton Township, and Loshbough was fourth in the 3,200 (11:54.61).

The top four in each event at district moved on to regional. The top four in each event at regional advanced to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at Ohio State.

"I thought they competed very well and they lived to fight another day," coach Brad Orr said. "The goal (at district) was to get to (regional) and our goal there is to get to next week. That's what it's all about."

Kendall Colvin competed in the high jump on May 26, the first day of regional competition. The sophomore finished in a four-way tie for eighth with an effort of 4 feet, 10 inches. She had won district with an effort of 5-2.

"There was a little standing water in the high jump area, but the conditions didn't have an effect," Orr said. "It was the same for everyone."

The 3,200 relay of Katrina Cartwright, Loshbough, Schulze and Jessica Turner also competed at regional on May 26 and finished 10th (10:14.13). The relay finished fourth at district in 10:15.03.

The Johnnies finished ninth (34 points) of 26 teams at district behind champion Hartley (111).

The boys team had one Division II regional qualifier in pole vaulter Austin Chilcote. He failed to clear the opening height of 11-0 on May 26 in Dayton.

At district, Chilcote finished fourth (10-0).

Johnstown finished 14th (6.5) in the 14-team district 2 boys meet at Hamilton Township behind champion Eastmoor Academy (131).

•The girls basketball program has a new leader who is a familiar face.

Carl Dufford has taught government, economics and geography at the high school since 1978 and has coached basketball at various levels. Dufford, who replaces Connie Allen, was the boys basketball coach from 1988-94. He also was the girls varsity assistant under Debbie Seibel from 2000-04 and has been the eighth-grade girls coach the last three seasons.

"Carl is not only a great teacher, but is also a great person and we are very fortunate as a school district to have someone of his stature who wants to lead the program," athletics director Mike Carter said. "He will not only teach the kids about basketball, but also about life. We're excited about Carl taking a lead role in Johnstown athletics."

•The baseball team finished 15-9, losing to top-seeded Heath 7-2 in a Division III district final on May 22 at Dublin Coffman.

"They just came out and outplayed us," said coach Jason Richards, whose team was playing in its first district final since 2006. "There's not much more you can say."

Junior Hunter Cecil doubled, singled and scored two runs and junior Taylor Baughman doubled, singled and drove in one. Sophomore Scott Sammons added an RBI single.

In a district semifinal on May 21 at Dublin Jerome, a two-run home run by junior Matt Smith in the first inning and a three-run homer in the second by senior Andrew Pizzurro helped lift the Johnnies to a 7-4 win over seventh-seeded Liberty Union.

Senior Brandon Mallett threw a five-hitter with four strikeouts, five walks and a hit batter. He also singled, stole a base and scored a run.

"The (home) runs helped and the defense played great behind me with a couple of double plays," Mallett said.

"I had some trouble getting comfortable on the mound, but I just had to stay focused and let my defense pick me up."

Sammons singled twice and junior Derek Hastings drove in a run on a groundout.

Johnstown went 9-5 in the MBC to finish third behind Fredericktown (12-1) and Utica (10-4) and ahead of Loudonville (7-6). Centerburg, East Knox and Northridge tied for fifth at 5-9 and Danville was last at 2-12.

The Johnnies had three seniors in Mallett (P/1B), Chris McLain (CF) and Pizzurro (SS), who was honorable mention all-district.

"They helped change the mentality of our program," Richards said. "They set the tone for kids coming up and brought Johnstown back on the map in the district."

Smith, who was first-team all-district, leads a group of seven starters expected to return. The others are juniors Baughman (OF), Cecil (3B/P), Hastings (2B) and Harley O'Flaherty (1B/P) and sophomore outfielder Sammons.

Others expected back are juniors Justin Campbell (utility) and Connor Rehl (OF) and sophomores Daniel Allmendinger (INF/OF), Andy Richardson (OF) and Nicky Richardson (OF). The Johnnies have two freshmen in Harrison Johnson (C/DH) and Josh Kirkpatrick (LHP).

"We expect to have everyone back except the three seniors, and we have some pretty good players from a j.v. team that finished 10-3," Richards said. "It should be pretty exciting."

•The boys lacrosse team finished 0-11 overall, losing to Wellington 15-2 in a Division II Central Region tournament play-in game.

The Johnnies scored 24 goals and gave up 194. Their best output came in a 17-5 loss to Sylvania Southview on May 7.

Seniors for Johnstown include midfielder Jacob Dassylva, defender Alexander Gabriel, goaltender Justin Piper and midfielder Ian Sizemore. Junior midfielder Sam Merriman missed the season with a knee injury but is expected to be back next season.

Also expected to return are sophomores Dakota Crawford (defense), Daniel Deeds (midfield), Ryan Eastwood (defense) and Nathan Rupp (midfield) as well as freshmen Logan Cox (defense), Spencer Darrough (midfield), Adam Fahner (midfield), Chandler Favill (midfield), Ryan Michael (attack), Dylan Mullen (midfield) and Garrett Wright (midfield).

The Johnnies were coached by Tom Eckels, who completed his third season.