Runners making steady strides
With only four runners, bringing home team trophies isn't an option for the Northridge High School cross country program.
Instead, the Vikings work to improve each race, which has been the case, according to coach Gene Weil.
In the Heath Don Hardin Invitational on Sept. 28, sophomore Colin Evans finished 27th (20 minutes, 15 seconds) and freshman James Peek was 44th (23:09) in the boys race.
The two girls runners -- seniors Vivian Carney and Kaitlin Garee -- did not participate.
"I think it becomes a personal thing with us not having enough runners for a team (score)," Weil said. "You focus on individual (personal records).
"Colin has been doing well for us and James has been getting (personal records) every time out. The girls also keep getting (personal records) and finishing in the middle of the pack, so that is good."
The Vikings compete Saturday, Oct. 12, in the LCL meet at Watkins Memorial. They then participate in the Division II district meet Oct. 19, also at Watkins Memorial.
"They probably won't be able to advance (to regional), unless Colin can get down in the low 17s or high 16s, but he's only a sophomore," Weil said. "And James is only a freshman, so they both have a chance to have good futures in front of them."
Simmons falls short of state golf tourney
Junior Matt Simmons of the boys golf team shot an 80 in the Division II district tournament Sept. 30 at River Greens.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at NorthStar.
Heath's Derek Hamm (72), Bexley's Matt Abramson (74) and Cambridge's Skyler Roederer (75) were the individual qualifiers. East Liverpool (313), DeSales (321) and Bloom-Carroll (324) advanced as teams.
"Matt shot an 8 on a par-5 (hole), but other than that, he played pretty well," said coach Tony Bilderback, who completed his third season. "He struck the ball well, and he scrambled, but the ball didn't fall for him."
On Sept. 24 in a sectional at Granville Golf Course, Simmons shot an 82 to advance to district as the Vikings finished seventh (362) of 11 teams behind district-qualifiers Caledonia River Valley (313), DeSales (318) and Bexley (332).
Senior Ethan Doon (89), senior Austin Bilderback (91), freshman Steele Strout (100) and junior Nick McConnell (112) also competed at sectional.
Northridge finished seventh (11-16) in the LCL behind Johnstown-Monroe (26-1), Granville (25-2), Heath (20-7), Newark Catholic (15-12), Watkins Memorial (15-12) and Lakewood (12-15) and ahead of Utica (6-21), Licking Heights (3-24) and Licking Valley (2-25).
Simmons had a 38.6 average in LCL play to earn first-team all-league. Austin Bilderback had a 45.0 average to be named honorable mention all-league.
Freshmen Chris George and Tyler Rosshirt also played varsity.
"I was very pleased with how the team did this year," coach Bilderback said. "This year has been about taking baby steps, climbing the ladder one rung at a time.
"Everyone improved and we finished where I thought we would. I'm really excited about next year, especially with the freshmen we had on the team. The season just flew by."
Volleyball team loses two matches
The girls volleyball team was 3-14 overall and 2-14 in the LCL after losing to Watkins Memorial 25-18, 25-27, 25-18, 25-17 on Oct. 3.
Sophomore hitter Savannah Legg had 12 kills and senior hitter Sara Pribonic had nine kills.
Sophomore hitter Jamie Swickard had three kills and junior setter Faith Miller had 16 assists.
Pribonic had six kills on Oct. 1 but the Vikings lost to Newark Catholic 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 in a league match. Swickard had five kills and Legg added four.
Football team awaits Lancers
The football team was 2-3 overall before playing Johnstown in its LCL-Small School opener Oct. 4.
The Vikings play an LCL crossover game Friday, Oct. 11, at Lakewood. The Lancers were 0-5 overall before playing Licking Heights on Oct. 4.
The teams last played in 2008, with Northridge winning 30-7. In 2007, Northridge won 28-7.
Northridge lost to Licking Heights 40-0 on Sept. 27 without senior running back Jacob Burke, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle.
Junior quarterback Bryant Garee completed 12 of 23 passes for 134 yards.
Soccer team falls short against Warriors
The boys soccer team was 4-7-1 overall and 3-4 in the LCL after losing to Watkins Memorial 3-0 on Oct. 3.
Sophomore goalkeeper Skyler Pritts had 11 saves.
Sophomore midfielder Robi Patrick scored and Pritts had 10 saves in a 3-1 loss to Heath on Sept. 30.