First-year coach Jerry Tackett got a sample April 18 of what his Johnstown-Monroe High School girls track and field team is capable of accomplishing.
The Johnnies won their second consecutive title in the home six-team Vic Thompson Relays, scoring 80 points to outdistance Northridge (57), Lakewood (40), Newark Catholic (39), New Lexington (38) and Millersport (15).
The boys team was sixth (33) behind Lakewood (70), Millersport (48), Newark Catholic (45), New Lexington (39) and Northridge (36).
"The girls team looked really good and our boys team is really young," Tackett said. "This is a good meet for us because we get a chance to look at everyone."
In the girls meet, Johnstown won five events including the high-jump relay with an effort of 9 feet, 10 inches as Kendall Colvin (5-4) and Elizabeth Blenk (4-6) competed.
The 6,400-meter relay of Grace Mast, McCalah Mast, Jessica Turner and Olivia McGee won in 27 minutes, 14 seconds and the sprint medley of Kylie Workman, Abi LaRoche, Tanner Jakeway and Marissa Sheets finished first in 1:56.6.
The 1,600 relay of Workman, Blenk, Jakeway and Sheets won in 4:39 and the 3,200 relay of Grace Mast, McCalah Mast, Turner and Taylor Thomas finished first in 11:28.
"In individual meets, we can only run a couple of performers per event and relay meets give more people a chance to participate," Tackett said. "It gives us a chance to look at some of the young kids and see what they need to do to mature."
Softball bats silent against East Knox
The softball team was 4-6 overall and 2-2 in the MBC before playing Loudonville on April 19.
The Johnnies lost to East Knox 3-0 on April 18 in a makeup from April 12. Junior shortstop Natalie Carpenter had two singles and freshman pitcher Maddi Lusk singled once for the team's only hits.
"We didn't play poorly, but our bats went quiet," coach Steve Smith said. "That had not happened all season, but that just happens sometimes in softball. We just hope it's not something that continues."
A league game April 16 at home against Fredericktown was suspended in the bottom of the second inning and will be completed Wednesday, April 24. The Johnnies were leading 3-0.
Johnstown defeated Centerburg 9-2 in a league game April 15. Lusk was the winning pitcher and hit a solo home run. Freshman Erin McConnell (C/3B) had two doubles and senior outfielder Keymell Cartwright had one double.
On April 13, the Johnnies lost both games of a doubleheader with Big Walnut, a Division I team, 8-7 and 11-10 in eight innings. Carpenter had four doubles and four singles in the two games.
Baseball team gets first league victory
The baseball team was 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the MBC before playing Loudonville on April 19.
The Johnnies defeated East Knox 7-5 on April 18 in a makeup from April 12. Junior infielder Jakob Kramer had three singles and an RBI, and junior catcher Clayton Bullard had an RBI double. Sophomore infielder Anthony Hollis drove in two runs and junior Zach LaRue earned the win with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
"Zach LaRue threw an outstanding ballgame," coach Tony Cleveland said. "His confidence built as the game went on. He had good command of the strike zone and we played great defense behind him."
To play the Bulldogs on April 18, Johnstown had to postpone a non-league game with Bloom-Carroll. Also, a doubleheader at Caledonia River Valley was postponed April 13 because of bad weather.
A league game April 16 at home against Fredericktown was suspended in the bottom of the second inning and will be completed Wednesday, April 24. Johnstown was leading 2-0.
Johnstown lost to Centerburg 7-2 in a league game April 15.