The Northridge High School boys basketball team had won six of its previous nine games entering its Division III district tournament opener Feb. 22, but the Vikings' inexperience came to the surface against Ready.

The Northridge High School boys basketball team had won six of its previous nine games entering its Division III district tournament opener Feb. 22, but the Vikings' inexperience came to the surface against Ready.

The Vikings committed 30 turnovers and made only 10 field goals while losing to the Silver Knights 51-32 in the first round at Central Crossing.

"We didn't play well," said coach John Wheeler, whose team finished 9-12. "We had only one guy (senior Connor Burke) who had even been here before (playing in a district tournament game). We had a lot of guys struggle.

"We gave up 15 offensive rebounds and I had us with 30 turnovers. That's 45 extra possessions we gave them. That makes it tough."

Burke scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers. David Pribonic had six points and Freddie Biehl added three points.

The Vikings closed the regular season with a 56-51, overtime loss to Johns-town-Monroe on Feb. 17. Burke scored 16 points, Pribonic had 11 points and Hayden Warner added 10 points.

In the final MBC standings, Northridge (6-8) finished fifth behind champion Loudonville (13-1). Johnstown and Fredericktown tied for second (10-4) with Utica (9-5) in fourth. Centerburg and Danville tied for sixth (4-10) and East Knox (0-14) was last.

•The girls basketball team finished the regular season 6-14 overall and opened the Division III district tournament Feb. 24 against Marion Elgin at Worthington Christian Middle School. Both Northridge and Elgin had first-round byes.

The winner plays fourth-seeded Centerburg or Fairbanks in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Worthington Christian Middle School.

The Vikings lost to Centerburg twice in MBC play, 60-38 on Dec. 10 and 65-32 on Jan. 22. Sara Pribonic led the Vikings in the first game with 14 points and Sierra Fronk added nine points. Lydia George scored eight points to lead Northridge in the second game and both Jessica Holbrook and Pribonic added seven points.

Northridge did not play Fairbanks this season.

The district final is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Worthington Christian Middle School against second-seeded North Union, third-seeded Liberty Union, sixth-seeded Fredericktown or Bloom-Carroll.

Northridge lost to Fredericktown 53-38 on Dec. 17 and 54-31 on Jan. 28 in MBC games. The Vikings have not played Bloom-Carroll, North Union or Liberty Union this season.

The regional semifinal is 7 p.m. March 7 at Lexington against the Norwalk district champion. Possible opponents include Bucyrus Winford, Upper Sandusky, New London, Collins Western Reserve, Castalia Margaretta, Milan Edison, Bucyrus and Mansfield Ontario.

•The wrestling team competed Feb. 24 and 25 in a Division III district tournament at Heath. The top four in each weight class advanced to the state tournament, which will be held Thursday March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

The Vikings had six wrestlers advance to district from the sectional at Cardington that concluded Feb. 18.

Thomas Williams won at 138 pounds and entered district with a record of 51-3. Heavyweight Anthony Verhovec was second at sectional and 39-8 before district. Jake Adkins (106, 35-11 before district) and Drew Mullen (132, 31-23) were both third. Jon Barber (220, 13-27) and Jacob Burke (170, 40-11) placed fourth.

Northridge finished sixth (117) of 15 teams at sectional behind champion Newark Catholic (158).

Also competing for the Vikings were Brennan Angus (152, 1-2 at sectional) and Zach Rudy (160, 0-2).

•The boys swimming team concluded its season Feb. 17 in the Division II district meet at Ohio State.

The 400-yard freestyle relay of freshmen Jasen Dean, Steven Wickham and Mat Scott along with sophomore Brandon Eckstein finished 30th in 4 minutes, 44.78 seconds.

The top two individuals and relays in each district event automatically advanced to the state meet, which was held Feb. 22-24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large qualifiers advanced to state in each event based on times from all the district meets.

"What makes this even more amazing is that we have one sophomore and three freshmen on the relay, and our alternate (Mason Alexander) is also a freshman," said coach Catherine Carney, who completed her second season leading the program. "This relay will be around awhile and will get a lot faster over the next few years."

The Vikings reached district in the 400 free relay by earning the 30th and final qualifying spot as Dean, Wickham, Scott and Eckstein finished in 4:49.95 in the sectional Feb. 11 at Columbus Academy.

As a team, the Vikings finished 16th (18) at sectional behind champion Granville (252). They did not score at district as Granville (325.5) won the title.

On Feb. 4, Northridge finished 15th (8) in the 17-team Southeastern Ohio Swim League meet at Ohio University behind champion Granville (310).

The program consisted of nine boys - one sophomore in Eckstein and freshmen Alexander, Bryce Curtis, Dean, Paul Haught, Christopher Lindsay, Noah Orcutt, Scott and Wickham.

"We have come from a team of individuals to a group who works together and helps to encourage one another in practice," Carney said. "They have made sacrifices like missing ski club events to go to practice and swimming in some of their less favorite events to help get points for the team. They have learned to balance sports and schoolwork, and for some of them, swimming is the carrot that kept them interested in their classes."