The Johnstown-Monroe High School boys soccer team fell short of its goal of winning the LCL title.
On Oct. 3, the Johnnies lost at Granville 2-1 while Watkins Memorial clinched the league championship by defeating Northridge 3-0.
The Johnnies finished third (3-1-3) behind Watkins Memorial (6-0-1) and Granville (6-1) and ahead of Heath (4-3), Northridge (3-4) Lakewood (2-4-1), Licking Valley (1-5-1) and Licking Heights (0-7). "We were down 2-0 at half (to Granville) and we came out and played with a lot of heart and showed who we really were," said assistant coach Shiloh Stevens, whose team is 6-3-4 overall. "We played well against a tough, aggressive, fast (Granville) team."
Senior defender Thomas Benton scored off a corner-kick assist from senior defender Blake Burton. Senior goalkeeper Jesse Bowman had 18 saves.
The Johnnies will play in the Division II postseason, with the district tournament draw taking place Sunday, Oct. 6.
Stevens said the LCL schedule will benefit his team in the district tournament.
"Playing teams like Watkins (Memorial) and Granville can only help us," he said. "It will make us stronger and get us ready to face tougher teams."
The Johnnies played Brookhaven to a scoreless tie Oct. 1. Bowman had 10 saves.
Football team preps for Newark Catholic
The football team was 2-3 overall before playing Northridge on Oct. 4 in its LCL-Small School Division opener.
On Friday, Oct. 11, the Johnnies play host to Newark Catholic, which was 4-1 before playing Heath in its LCL-Small opener Oct 5.
"It's something we're all excited about," coach Mike Carter said. "We get a chance to go up against a team with a storied history. We always look forward to playing a team of that caliber."
The teams last played in 1997, when the Green Wave won 9-6.
Newark Catholic is led by senior quarterback Chayce Crouch, who has verbally committed to the University of Illinois. Last season, he threw for 2,077 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushed for 11 scores and was an all-state punter as the Green Wave was the Division VI state runner-up.
In a 34-14 win over Watkins Memorial on Sept. 27, Crouch ran for 92 yards, threw for 79 yards and made a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return, forcing a fumble.
"(Crouch) is a very good quarterback, so we have to play good gap-sound defense and pressure him to limit what he can do," Carter said. "We need to do a good job in our zone and make sure our offense keeps them off of the field. We have to win the line of scrimmage and minimize mistakes."
The Johnnies lost at Licking Valley 26-21 on Sept. 27 despite 115 yards rushing on 28 carries by junior running back Cody Farley. Senior running back Alex Workman rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Senior wingback Nathanael Ashbrook caught two passes for 71 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown from senior quarterback Josh Kirkpatrick.
Golf team takes seventh at district
The boys golf team finished seventh (333) in the Division II district tournament Sept. 30 at River Greens, as the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at NorthStar.
East Liverpool (313), DeSales (321) and Bloom-Carroll (324) qualified as teams. Heath's Derek Hamm (72), Bexley's Matt Abramson (74) and Cambridge's Skyler Roederer (75) were the individual qualifiers.
Junior Kaden Welch led the Johnnies with an 80, followed by sophomore John Carlisle (81), sophomore Dalton Hastings (83), freshman Brandon Estep (89) and junior Steven Thiel (91).
"We didn't play well," said coach Chris Carlisle, who completed his 11th season. "There was a little bit of rain and a little bit of wind, but everyone played in the same conditions. We just didn't bring our 'A' game."
In a sectional Sept. 24 at The Players Club at Foxfire, John Carlisle and Welch each shot 77 to lead the Johnnies to second place (332) behind Watterson (326) and ahead of Bloom-Carroll (333), which took the final district-qualifying spot.
Thiel (87), Hastings (91) and Estep (91) also competed.
Johnstown won its third consecutive league title by finishing 26-1 in the LCL, ahead of runner-up Granville (25-2). The Johnnies won MBC titles in 2011 and 2012.
Heath (20-7) placed third, followed by Newark Catholic and Watkins Memorial (15-12), Lakewood (12-15), Northridge (11-16), Utica (6-21), Licking Heights (3-24) and Licking Valley (2-25).
John Carlisle (38.0 average in LCL play) and Welch (38.9) were first-team all-league and Hastings (39.7) was second-team all-league. Thiel (41.2) was honorable mention.
"We took another step this year, and hopefully we can take another step next year," coach Carlisle said.
Cross country teams run in Pickerington
Junior Kaleb Walker finished 143rd (19 minutes, 51.2 seconds) to lead the boys cross country team as it placed 27th (812) in the 31-team Panther Invitational on Sept. 28 at Pickerington North behind champion Hilliard Davidson (43).
Freshman Paul Lang (158th, 20:14) was next for Johnstown, followed by junior Steven Harper (164th, 20.17.9), freshman David Dennis (205th, 2:13.33), freshman Parker Ervin (229th, 23:50.4) and freshman Mason Work (232nd, 23:54.8).
The girls finished 23rd (611) of 31 teams behind champion Davidson (78).
Sophomore Grace Mast (98th, 22:19.4) led Johnstown, followed by senior McCalah Mast (108th, 22:39.3), freshman Erica Cox (126th, 22:58.7), junior Alexis Hercenberg (143rd, 23:25.3), sophomore Kylee Willwock (215th, 26:57.5) and sophomore Abi LaRoche (234th, 28:20.2).
Girls soccer team loses game, goalie
The girls soccer team lost its fourth consecutive game and was 9-5-1 overall and 4-2 in the LCL after falling to Granville 4-2 on Oct. 3.
The Johnnies fell to Worthington Christian 5-0 on Sept. 28, but lost more than the game when senior goalie Taylor Thomas had her season end with a broken jaw after she collided with an opponent.
Sophomore Hannah Miller stepped in and made three saves.
Thomas had three saves before her injury.
On Oct. 1, the Johnnies lost to Fairbanks 6-1. Junior midfielder Becca Gordon scored and Miller had six saves.