Team play sparks volleyball squad
Teamwork helped the Northridge High School girls volleyball team begin the second half of LCL play with a victory.
The Vikings needed five games to defeat host Johnstown-Monroe 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 27-29, 15-9 on Sept. 14.
"I really think we played well as a team," said sophomore hitter Savannah Legg, who had nine kills and four blocks. "We still need to work on fundamentals as well as communication."
Senior hitter Sara Pribonic had 11 kills and junior hitter Megan Hatfield added nine kills.
"Northridge and Johnstown is always a tough match, and both teams put up a good fight," said Pribonic, whose team was 2-10 overall and in the LCL after losing to Granville 25-13, 25-14, 25-12 on Sept. 19. "We were playing with a lot of energy and when we do that, we feed off of the momentum."
Junior setter Faith Miller had four aces against Johnstown, and senior libero Courtney Legg and junior hitter Sarah George had three aces apiece.
The Vikings swept the Johnnies. They won their season and league opener over Johnstown 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-10 on Aug. 24.
Coach John Smith said playing LCL teams will help make the Vikings better.
"Since the 1970s, the county has had some of the best teams in the state, and that continues today," Smith said. "You have to be ready every time you take the court."
The Vikings played their first non-league match of the season Sept. 21 against Village Academy.
Boys golf team to play in Granville sectional
The boys golf team plays Tuesday, Sept. 24, in a Division II sectional at Granville Golf Course. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Sept. 30 at River Greens.
"It will be a change going to Granville (Golf Course) after playing at (The Players Club at) Foxfire for the past couple of seasons," coach Tony Bilderback said. "We'll be there with Bexley and (Caledonia) River Valley, which are very good teams. But we play well against good competition, so I feel good going in (to sectional)."
Last season at sectional, junior Matt Simmons shot an 83 to qualify for district as the
Vikings finished sixth (367) of 11 teams behind champion Watterson (312). Also competing for Northridge were 2013 graduate Tyler Choate (94), senior Austin Bilderback (94), 2013 graduate Jacob Eckhardt (96) and senior Ethan Doon (98).
On Sept. 19, in the LCL postseason tournament at Blacklick Woods, the Vikings placed eighth (370) behind Johnstown (321), Granville (329), Heath (347), Watkins Memorial (348), Lakewood (358), Newark Catholic (359) and Utica (365) and ahead of Licking Heights (386) and Licking Valley (394).
Simmons shot an 82, followed by Doon (92), Austin Bilderback (95), freshman Steele Strout (101), freshman Chris George (123) and freshman Tyler Rosshirt (126).
"The rain came early and it didn't help a young team like we have with three freshmen playing," coach Bilderback said. "But everyone played in the same conditions and this is something that we can learn from."
Northridge finished seventh (11-16) in the overall standings behind champion Johnstown (26-1).
Simmons had a 38.6 average in LCL play to earn first-team all-league. Austin Bilderback had a 45 average and was honorable mention.
Football team to play Licking Heights
The football team was 2-1 before opening LCL play Sept. 20 against Licking Valley.
On Friday, Sept. 27, the Vikings play visiting Licking Heights for the first time since 2006, when the Hornets won 31-3.
The teams have played five times since 2000, with the Vikings holding a 3-2 advantage. Northridge won 12-0 in 2000, 34-0 in 2002 and 28-7 in 2005. The other win for Licking Heights was 47-14 in 2001.
The Hornets were 3-0 before playing Heath on Sept. 20. They defeated Groveport 7-0 on Sept. 13, with the touchdown coming on a 1-yard keeper by junior quarterback Curtis Richardson.
Richardson has subbed for senior starter Adrian Myrthil, who suffered an ankle injury in the opener. Both were expected to take snaps against Heath.
Junior running back Kendall Bradley led the Hornets in rushing through three games with 253 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries. Senior John Neary had 201 yards on 40 rushes.
Richardson was 6-for-17 passing for 76 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Myrthil was 5-for-7 passing for 70 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Junior Doug Benniefield was the top receiver with five catches for 57 yards.
Northridge lost 34-12 at Harvest Prep on Sept. 13.
Junior quarterback Bryant Garee connected with senior running back Jacob Burke on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Burke also rushed for 189 yards. Garee was 5-for-14 passing for 129 yards, and the Vikings totaled 353 yards of offense.
Cross country teams compete at Newark
Sophomore Colin Evans finished 49th (19 minutes, 41.7 seconds) to lead the boys cross country team in the Newark Invitational on Sept. 14.
The Vikings did not have enough runners for a team score, with freshman James Peak (104th, 22:37.8) the only other runner for the boys.
Seniors Kaitlin Garee (87th, 25:04.1) and Vivian Carney (117th, 29:08.4) ran for girls.
Boys soccer team shuts out Panthers
The boys soccer team improved to 3-4-1 overall and 2-3 in the LCL after sophomore midfielder Robi Patrick scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Licking Valley on Sept. 19.
Sophomore forward Christian Corwin added a goal and an assist, and senior defender Michael Travis also scored a goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Skyler Pritts had eight saves.