Girls soccer squad likes postseason path
Andy Buck is excited about the path his Johnstown-Monroe High School girls soccer team has in the Division III district tournament.
But the third-year coach isn't thrilled by the lack of respect he said the Johnnies received during the district draw Oct. 7.
For the second consecutive season, Johnstown was seeded fourth.
"I think we should have been as high as the second seed, especially with the schedule we played and the teams we have beaten," Buck said. "It comes down to some of the coaches not paying attention when they did the seeding.
"That being said, we did get to go where we wanted on the bracket and I like our matchups. No matter who you play, you have to beat some good teams to win a district title."
The Johnnies improved to 10-3-1 overall by defeating Northland 10-0 on Oct. 11. They played Thomas Worthington on Oct. 13.
Johnstown opens tournament play Monday, Oct. 15, at home against 13th-seeded Madison Christian. The winner plays sixth-seeded Fairbanks or 11th-seeded Wellington on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the second round at the home of the higher-seeded team.
The Johnnies were to play Madison Christian on Oct. 2, but the Eagles did not have enough players.
Johnstown did not play Wellington this season and defeated Fairbanks 2-1 on Sept. 19.
The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Oct. 23 against second-seeded Grandview, 16th-seeded Heath, seventh-seeded Tree of Life or ninth-seeded West Jefferson at the home of the higher-seeded team.
On Oct. 6, the Johnnies defeated Athens 5-1 as Taylor Ross and Marissa Sheets both scored twice and Paige Cannon scored once.
Football squad to play East Knox
The football team was 6-1 overall before playing Danville on Oct. 12.
The Johnnies play at home against East Knox on Friday, Oct. 19. They defeated the Bulldogs 62-20 last season.
Before Oct. 12, Johnstown and Danville were tied atop the MBC at 4-0, followed by East Knox (3-1), Loudonville (2-2), Centerburg, Fredericktown and Northridge (all 1-3) and Utica (0-4).
East Knox went 2-1 in non-league games. It defeated Coshocton 27-19 on Aug. 24 and Grandview 20-13 on Aug. 31 before losing to Hartley 50-7 on Sept. 7.
In MBC play, the Bulldogs beat Utica 40-20 on Sept. 14 and lost to Centerburg 42-21 on Sept. 21 before defeating Northridge 20-0 on Sept. 28 and Fredericktown 28-26 on Oct. 12.
Against Fredericktown, Dylan Wears rushed for 138 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 2 yards on 19 carries. He also had three receptions for 96 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown from Cody Howard.
Howard was 5-for-12 passing for 132 yards and also had a 1-yard scoring run.
The Johnnies defeated Utica 49-8 on Oct. 5 as Tyler Thompson rushed for 219 yards on 11 carries with touchdowns of 76, 28, 27 and 14 yards. The senior quarterback also was 2-for-5 passing for 49 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Corbin Grassman.
Cody Farley ran for 101 yards and an 11-yard touchdown on 18 carries as the Johnnies rushed for 433 yards. Elijah Dowell added a 1-yard scoring run.
Through seven games, Farley led the team in rushing with 881 yards and eight touchdowns on 138 carries. Thompson had 595 yards with 10 touchdowns on 68 carries, and fullback Adam Carter had added 388 yards and four touchdowns on 70 carries.
Preston Hiles had made 14 of 16 extra-point attempts and Charles Benton was 13 of 14 on extra points and 1-for-2 on field goals.
Boys soccer team to play fourth seed
The boys soccer team was 3-10-2 overall before playing Fisher Catholic on Oct. 13.
Johnstown opens the Division III district tournament at fourth-seeded Bloom-Carroll on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The winner plays 11th-seeded Granville Christian or Northside Christian on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Johnnies have not played Bloom-Carroll or Northside Christian this season, but played Granville Christian to a scoreless tie Oct. 4
The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Delaware Christian, sixth-seeded Tree of Life or Harvest Prep on Oct. 24 in a district semifinal.
The Johnnies defeated Licking Valley 3-1 on Oct. 9.
Cross country teams prepare for district
The cross country teams will compete in the Division II district meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Watkins Memorial.
The boys team will compete in the district 1 meet, with the girls competing in a 23-team, one-district format. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
The Johnnies competed Oct. 13 in the MBC meet at Kokosing Reservoir.
On Oct. 6, the Johnnies competed in the Johnstown Invitational. The boys did not have enough runners for a team score in the six-team race won by Canal Winchester (36). Kaleb Walker (34th, 20 minutes, 43.84 seconds), Stephen Harper (56th, 22:06.05) and Kaleb Matoszkia (64th, 22:16.63) competed for the Johnnies.
The girls finished fifth (116) in the six-team meet behind champion Gahanna (22). Grace Mast (eighth, 22:14.31), McCalah Mast (12th, 22:38.22), Jessica Turner (33rd, 24:11.75), Taylor Tackett (61st, 27:08.78) and Jennifer Miller (87th, 33:19.22) competed for the Johnnies.
Volleyball team to face CSG
The girls volleyball team fell to 3-15 overall and finished 1-13 in the MBC after losing to Northridge 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 on Oct. 11.
The Johnnies open Division III district tournament play at home against Columbus School for Girls on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The winner plays at top-seeded Bloom-Carroll in the second round Saturday, Oct. 20. Johnstown did not play either team this season.
The second-round winner will play seventh-seeded Fairbanks, 12th-seeded West Jefferson or East Knox on Oct. 24 at Pickerington North in a district semifinal.
On Oct. 9, the Johnnies lost to Loudonville 25-17, 25-11, 25-20. Korrie Wetmore had seven kills, Claire Slader had four kills and five blocks, Arika Sayer had four kills and Harley Thomson had nine assists.