The Ready High School boys soccer team is doing its best to keep things in perspective.

The Ready High School boys soccer team is doing its best to keep things in perspective.

Before playing Division III power Worthington Christian last Tuesday, the Silver Knights had suffered blowout losses to three teams -- DeSales (9-0 on Sept. 2), Watterson (8-0 on Sept. 9) and Westland (8-1 on Aug. 19) -- which are significantly larger than them in terms of numbers.

Watterson and DeSales usually battle for the CCL championship, and the Stallions were first in the area coaches poll last week and Watterson was tied with Olentangy Orange for second in Division II.

What first-year coach Clyde Bowman has attempted to remind his players is that they've hung with the schools that are closer to Ready's size. The Silver Knights tied Liberty Christian at 2 on Sept. 4 and lost to Fisher Catholic 1-0 on Sept. 6.

"When you play heavy hitters every game, you can tend to lose sight that you're getting better," Bowman said.

"We've played not only against teams with a lot of seniors and juniors, but we're playing DeSales, Watterson and Worthington Christian. When you take a young team that's learning to be a team, we tend not to measure so much by wins and losses but by how much we're improving from week to week and how we're improving as individuals."

Ready, which was 0-5-1 before last Tuesday, has just two seniors in stopper Ryan Shepherd and sweeper Colin Whyte.

Others who have been standouts include juniors Mike Escolas and Tom Rysavy and sophomores Kyle Bergman, Robert Reed and Steve Rysavy.

"There's a lot of work to do and I know that the kids knew that coming in," Bowman said.

"We've only got two seniors, one of which is 16, and we're playing a number of freshmen on any given day. We've got a number of kids that have stepped up."

•Unlike most other teams throughout the state, the football team has been getting in its share of three-a-days lately despite being in the midst of the regular season.

The reason for the extra practice was not anticipated, nor was it something the Silver Knights ever wanted, however.

Over the summer while trying to fill out its fall schedule, Ready added Penfield (N.Y.) Finney for Sept. 12 and Radcliff (Ky.) North Hardin Christian for last Friday. Both games were canceled, meaning Ready will have three weeks between its 26-18 loss to West Jefferson on Sept. 5 and its game Friday at Jonathan Alder.

"They both canceled because they said they're banged up and they couldn't play," coach Larry Wolf said.

"We ran across a couple teams in Pennsylvania, but one of them said they looked on some Web sites and saw that we're pretty good, so they don't want to play us. It's really sad for our kids that through no fault of their own they will be two games short. If we only played the teams we know we can beat, we wouldn't have a schedule. Other people don't have the mentality that you need to step up and play. It's disappointing.

"We've just been practicing hard. We've gotten very intentional, very basic. We're going back to basics. Instead of preparing for an opponent, we're preparing for the game of football."

•Boys golf coach Brad Brown believes his team could be in the mix to advance to the Division III district tournament if it continues to show improvement.

Last season, Ready struggled to a sixth-place finish (365) at the Pine Hill sectional behind champion Columbus Academy (307) as the top four teams advanced.

Ready, which competes at the Darby Creek or Pine Hill sectional Tuesday, has a district-qualifying individual candidate if it doesn't make it as a team in junior Tyler Davis. He is averaging 40.7 over nine holes and led the Silver Knights with a 90 at the sectional last year. Ready will compete in the Division III sectional Tuesday at Darby Creek.

Top-seeded Wellington and No. 3 Columbus Academy also are among those who will compete at the site. The top four teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Oct. 1 at Pickaway Country Club in Circleville.

Chase Chapman (43.9 average), Brian Horn (46) and Mike McFarland (46.6) have been the other top players.

"They're starting to come around," Brown said. "Last year I thought we had a chance to go but we just stunk it up at the sectional. I really don't have great expectations as a team for us moving on but I'm not saying we can't because the potential is there."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys and girls cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 6 -- Boys: Finished 10th (241) in Division III race of McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial behind champion Magnolia Sandy Valley (78); Girls: Finished fourth (152) in Division III race behind champion Sandy Valley (71)

Sept. 10 -- Boys: Finished fourth (94) in six-team Fairfield Union Invitational behind champion Liberty Union (33); Girls: Finished third (78) behind champion Newark Catholic (43)

Sept. 13 -- Boys: Finished sixth (147) in 12-team small-school division of Central Ohio Invitational at Three Creeks Metro Park behind champion Bexley (40); Girls: Finished second (104) in 10-team field behind Bexley (74)

Last Saturday -- Competed at All-Ohio Catholic Invitational in Dayton

Saturday -- At Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London

FOOTBALL

Sept. 13 -- Game vs. Penfield (N.Y.) Finney canceled

Last Saturday -- Game vs. Radcliff (Ky.) North Hardin Christian canceled

Friday -- At Jonathan Alder. Last season, Ready lost 27-20. Jonathan Alder is 4-0.

Of note: The Silver Knights are 2-1.

GOLF

*Sept. 9 -- Defeated Hartley 166-176 at Westchester

*Sept. 11 -- Lost to St. Charles 160-173 at Mentel Memorial

Tuesday -- At Division III sectional at Darby Creek. The top two teams and two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 1 at Pickaway Country Club.

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 4 -- Tied Liberty Christian at 2

Sept. 6 -- Lost to Fisher Catholic 1-0

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Watterson 8-0

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to Worthington Christian 7-0

Last Thursday -- Game vs. Briggs postponed. No makeup date has been set.

Last Saturday -- Played Walnut Ridge

*Tuesday -- At St. Charles

Thursday -- At Tree of Life

Saturday -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange

Of note: The Silver Knights were 0-6-1 overall before last Saturday and are 0-2 in the CCL.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Watterson 3-0

Last Saturday -- Tied Jonathan Alder at 2

*Last Tuesday -- Tied Columbus School for Girls at 2

Last Saturday -- Played Canal Winchester

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley

Saturday -- Home vs. Grandview

Of note: The Silver Knights were 3-2-2 overall before last Saturday and are 0-2 in the CCL.

TENNIS

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Worthington Christian 4-1

Sept. 10 -- Lost to Centennial 4-1

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to CSG 5-0

Last Wednesday -- Def. Fisher Catholic 4-1

Monday -- Home vs. Village Academy

*Tuesday -- At DeSales

Wednesday -- At Westerville Central

Of note: The Silver Knights are 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the CCL.

VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 4 -- Lost to Hartley 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-18, 15-10

Sept. 6 -- Def. Vincent Warren 25-10, 25-11; def. Reedsville Eastern 25-15, 25-8; def. The Plains Athens 25-10, 25-17

*Sept. 9 -- Def. DeSales 25-18, 25-23, 9-25, 25-13

*Sept. 11 -- Def. CSG 25-13, 25-17, 25-16

Last Saturday -- Def. Bexley 25-14, 28-26

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Watterson 25-16, 25-12, 25-13

*Last Thursday -- Played Worthington Christian

Last Saturday -- Played Hilliard Davidson

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley

*Thursday -- At DeSales

Saturday -- Home vs. Gahanna and Orange

Of note: The Silver Knights were 9-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCL before last Thursday.

*CCL contest