After a season away from the action, the Northridge High School boys soccer team is back in the Division III postseason.
The 14th-seeded Vikings are 9-3 overall heading into the first round of the district tournament Wednesday, Oct. 17, at home against 13th-seeded Gahanna Christian. The team with the better seed normally would have played host to the game.
"Gahanna Christian did not want a home game, so we said we would play at Northridge," said assistant coach Denise Shedloski, whose program did not have enough players to field a team last fall. "We don't always play on the football field, but we worked it out to where we could play there (in the district opener)."
Northridge did not play the Eagles this season.
The winner plays a second-round game at eighth-seeded West Jefferson or at home against 15th-seeded Liberty Union on Saturday, Oct. 20. Northridge has not played Liberty Union or West Jefferson this season.
"We're really excited about our position on the bracket," Shedloski said. "We really have a good opportunity to do well and we didn't have to face one of the higher seeded teams in the first couple of rounds."
The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Oct. 24 against third-seeded Grandview, ninth-seeded Horizon Science or Grove City Christian.
The Vikings lost to Watterson 6-0 on Oct. 6 as Alex Shedloski had 20 saves.
On Oct. 8 in the regular-season finale, Northridge defeated East Knox 5-0 as Hayden Warner and Connor Johnson both scored twice and Parker Fox had one goal. Shedloski had four saves.
Football team forfeits opener
The football team had to forfeit its season-opening 27-0 victory over Dayton Jefferson Township for using an ineligible player.
The Vikings were 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MBC before playing Centerburg on Oct. 12.
"We found out that we had a player who didn't meet grade requirements to play, so we called the Ohio High School Athletic Association to report the error," athletics director Wayne Howard said. "We want to make sure we run an honest program. We hated to forfeit that win, but it was the right thing to do."
Northridge plays Friday, Oct. 19, at Loudonville in a league game. The Redbirds won 49-2 last season.
Loudonville was 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the MBC before playing East Knox on Oct. 12. The Redbirds were 3-0 in non-league games, defeating Smithville (23-6 on Aug. 24), Ashland Crestview (55-20 on Aug. 31) and Jeromesville Hillsdale (29-28 on Sept. 7).
In league play, Loudonville lost to Danville (26-15 on Sept. 14) and Johnstown (23-15 on Sept. 21) before defeating Utica (17-14 on Sept. 28) and Centerburg (28-6 on Oct. 5).
Against Centerburg, Kolton Edmondson rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries with touchdowns of 12 and 13 yards. Ryan Weber added 105 yards on 16 carries with a 19-yard score.
On Oct. 5, the Vikings lost to Danville 40-0. It was the second consecutive shutout for Northridge after it snapped a 23-game MBC losing streak with a 33-26 win over Utica on Sept. 21.
Runners prepare for district meet
The boys and girls cross country teams compete Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Division II district meet at Watkins Memorial.
The boys team will run in the district 2 race. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Troy.
The girls team will compete in a 23-team, one-district format. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Northridge competed in the MBC meet Oct. 13 at Kokosing Reservoir.
On Oct. 6, the Vikings competed in the Centerburg Invitational. The boys team did not have enough runners for a team score as Fredericktown (40) won the six-team event. Nathan Wigal (12th, 17 minutes, 51.3 seconds) and Noah Orcutt (75th, 27:17) competed.
The girls team finished seventh (189) in the seven-team Centerburg Invitational behind champion Fredericktown (38). Kaitlin Garee (37th, 24:32.4) led the Vikings, followed by Jillian Choberka (56th, 27:19.3), Abby Reed (57th, 27:20.1), Vivian Carney (65th, 28:30.5) and Jana Choberka (72nd, 30:54).
Volleyball team to play Heath
The girls volleyball team finished the regular season 3-16 overall and 3-11 in the MBC after defeating Johnstown 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 on Oct. 11.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Vikings open the Division III district tournament at sixth-seeded Heath in the second round. Both teams have a first-round bye. Northridge has not played the Bulldogs this season.
The winner plays fourth-seeded Marion Elgin, ninth-seeded Fredericktown or 11th-seeded Galion Northmor on Oct. 23 at Pickerington North in a district semifinal. The Vikings have not played any of those teams this season.
Last year, Northridge lost to eighth-seeded Fredericktown 27-25, 25-19, 25-23 in an opening-round Division III district match.
The Vikings lost a league match to Utica 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23 on Oct. 9. Megan Hatfield had 11 kills, Savannah Legg had 10 kills with two aces, Caitlyn Tulloss had nine kills and Sara Pribonic had five kills.