Carlisle, Welch propel Johnnies golfers to district
John Carlisle is heading back to the Division II boys golf district tournament, and this time the Johnstown-Monroe High School sophomore will be taking along his teammates.
Carlisle and junior Kaden Welch each shot a 77 to lead the Johnnies to a second-place sectional finish Sept. 24 at The Players Club at Foxfire.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Monday, Sept. 30, at River Greens, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams will move on to state Oct. 11 and 12 at NorthStar.
The Johnnies have qualified for district in four of the past five seasons and eight of the past 10. They did not advance in 2012 and 2008.
Last year, Carlisle went to a playoff in the district tournament at Granville Golf Course before being eliminated from state qualification. Carlisle, Bexley's Grant Murphy and Watterson's Jon Ransone all shot 75 to tie for the two individual qualifying spots for state, but Murphy and Ransone won the playoff.
"Last year I was a little scared (at district), but now I can carry myself a little better," Carlisle said. "I'm used to the tough competition and have been through a lot more tough situations."
Both Carlisle and Welch have played the district course, so they have an idea of what to expect.
"I've played River Greens twice," Welch said. "I think it's a good course for us. The layout is more wide open (than the sectional course at The Players Club). The greens are pretty quick, but I love to putt on them."
The Johnnies shot a 332 in the 11-team sectional to finish behind Watterson (326) and ahead of third-place Bloom-Carroll (333), which also qualified for district.
Junior Steven Thiel shot an 87 for Johnstown, followed by sophomore Dalton Hastings (91) and freshman Brandon Estep (91).
Vikings' Simmons advances to district
Junior Matt Simmons will represent the Northridge boys golf team in the Division II district tournament for the second consecutive season.
Simmons shot an 82 in the sectional Sept. 24 at Granville Golf Course to advance as the Vikings finished seventh (362) of 11 teams behind district-qualifiers Caledonia River Valley (313), DeSales (318) and Bexley (332).
Heath's Derek Hamm (71) and Liberty Union's Jason Fletcher (83) also advanced as individuals.
Also competing at sectional for Northridge were senior Ethan Doon (89), senior Austin Bilderback (91), freshman Steele Strout (100) and junior Nick McConnell (112).
Last season, Simmons shot an 84 at district to fall short of advancing to state.
Johnstown girls golf team fails to advance
The Johnstown girls golf team finished seventh (472) in the 10-team Division II sectional Sept. 25 at Blacklick Woods behind district-qualifiers Centerburg (394), Madison Plains (399) and Lakewood (417).
Sophomore Katie Grunkemeyer (109) led the Johnnies, followed by junior Ashley Arnold (119), freshman Karleigh Green (121) and senior Laiken Valentine (123).
Bexley's Liza Weisman (72), River Valley's Alexis Reichardt (84) and Granville Christian's Lauren Keiser (89) advanced as individuals to district Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Blacklick Woods.
The Johnnies finished seventh (1-17) in the LCL behind Licking Valley (18-0), Granville (12-6), Watkins Memorial (11-7), Lakewood (8-10), Newark Catholic (7-11) and Heath (6-12).
Arnold was second-team all-league and Grunkemeyer was honorable mention.
In the LCL postseason tournament Sept. 20 at Blacklick Woods, Johnstown finished seventh (481) behind Licking Valley (372), Granville (406), Watkins Memorial (411), Heath (415), Lakewood (421) and Newark Catholic (439).
Arnold (109) led the Johnnies, followed by Green (120), Grunkemeyer (125), Valentine (127) and freshman Juli Neil (145).
Johnstown was led by third-year coach Chris Carlisle and assistant Tammy Ortman.
Valentine was the only senior.
Northridge volleyball team picks up win
The Northridge girls volleyball team was 3-12 overall and 2-12 in the LCL after losing to Heath 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 on Sept. 26.
Senior hitter Sara Pribonic had 14 kills and seven aces to lead the Vikings past Village Academy 25-10, 25-11, 25-13 on Sept. 21. Sophomore hitter Savannah Legg had 10 kills, junior hitter Megan Hatfield had eight kills, junior setter Hunter Adkins had three aces and sophomore hitter Jamie Swickard had two aces.
On Sept. 24, Northridge lost an LCL match to Lakewood 25-8, 25-19, 25-10. Hatfield had five kills and Legg added four.
Against Heath, Pribonic had six kills and Legg had five. Hatfield and junior setter Faith Miller had three kills apiece and senior libero Courtney Legg had two aces.
Evans leads Vikings runners
Sophomore Colin Evans led the Northridge boys cross country team by finishing 46th (19 minutes, 6.25 seconds) in the Fredericktown Denny Stevens Invitational on Sept. 24.
Freshman James Peek (115th, 22:03.66) was the only other runner for the Northridge boys.
Senior Kaitlin Garee (154th, 26:49.07) was the lone girls competitor for the Vikings.
Northridge soccer team defeats Lakewood
The Northridge boys soccer team was 4-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the LCL after defeating Lakewood 1-0 on Sept. 26.
Sophomore midfielder Robi Patrick scored off an assist from junior forward Connor Wood and sophomore goalkeeper Skyler Pritts had eight saves.
The Vikings lost to Zanesville Rosecrans 4-0 on Sept. 23 as Pritts had 12 saves.
Johnstown girls drop second soccer game
The Johnstown girls soccer team dropped to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1 in the LCL after losing to Watkins Memorial 6-2 on Sept. 26.
Junior midfielder Becca Gordon scored and had an assist, and junior midfielder Paige Cannon scored the other goal. Senior goalie Taylor Thomas had 10 saves.
Johnstown boys tie Warriors in soccer
The Johnstown boys soccer team was 6-2-3 overall and 3-0-3 in the LCL after tying Watkins Memorial at 1 on Sept. 26.
Junior midfielder Travis Higgins scored and senior goalie Jesse Bowman had 18 saves.