Making sure its sprinters stayed rested was the biggest issue of the postseason for the Ready High School boys track and field team.

Making sure its sprinters stayed rested was the biggest issue of the postseason for the Ready High School boys track and field team.

At the Division III district 2 meet May 23 at Gahanna, Christian Knapper and Demetrius Clark competed in the 100 meters at about 12:30 p.m., when the weather was becoming its warmest. Both ran 10 minutes later in the 800 relay and then another 40 minutes later in the 400 relay.

The busy schedule didn't seem to overwhelm Knapper, Clark, Dana DePassio and Jesse Hill as they finished third in the 800 relay (1 minute, 33.09 seconds) and first in the 400 relay (44.82).

Their finishes helped Ready place sixth (67) in the 14-team field behind champion Fredericktown (97.5).

The Silver Knights competed in the regional last Wednesday and Friday at Fairfield Union. The top four in each event advanced to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"We're a little upset that we got third (in the 800 relay)," DePassio said. "We had two of our runners in the 100 and they had to turn around run this pretty quick. Hopefully we'll be (more rested for the regional)."

The girls team sent a large contingent to the Division II regional last Thursday and Saturday in Dayton after finishing third (99) in the 14-team district 2 meet May 23 at Groveport behind Big Walnut (144) and Granville (142).

Last year, Ready qualified for state in the 400 relay. This year, the 400 relay of Sarah Battle, Clare Bochy, Heather Manning and Katie Trigg won district (51.03). Battle is the only newcomer to the relay this season.

Emily Morris, a state-qualifier last year, won district in the shot put (40 feet, 0 3/4 inches).

•The softball team beat North Union 9-5 in a Division III district final May 21 at Pickerington Central and was 21-6 before playing Carlisle in a regional semifinal last Thursday at Wright State.

The regional final was last Saturday at Wright State. The winner will play in a state semifinal at 10 a.m. Friday at Firestone Stadium in Akron against Frankfort Adena, Wheelersburg, Lakewood or Piketon.

The state championship game is 4 p.m. Saturday.

Against North Union, Katie Ardrey had a three-run double and Sarah Gabel hit two home runs.

"I'm pleased to just get out of here with a win," coach Nick Joseph said. "It's a shame North Union had to lose because they're a great ball team."

•The baseball team will lose nine seniors.

Second-team all-district infielder Jamie Buzard hit .470 and had 30 RBI splitting time at catcher and third base. He was joined in the class by Cody Corrova (15 stolen bases), Stevie Christman (26 RBI), Philippe Dumont (.417, 20 RBI), Nathan Dunkle, Blaine Kelly (6-3, 2.93 ERA), Joey Kulp (.387, 29 RBI, 1.31 ERA), Paul Schwendenman and Sean Walker. Dumont was honorable mention all-district and first-team all-CCL and Kulp was second-team all-league.

Coach Harry Caruso, who took over after Herb Sharfenaker was fired after last season, led the Silver Knights to their sixth appearance in a Division III district semifinal in eight seasons. Ready beat Centerburg 13-3 on May 12 and upset fourth-seeded Grandview 8-0 on May 14 before falling to Heath 6-5 in a semifinal May 19 to finish 12-17 overall.

The Silver Knights went 0-10 in the CCL behind champion Watterson (9-1).

Junior Tyler Davis, who pitched a four-hitter against Grandview and was 1-3 with a 3.43 ERA in a team-best 51 innings, will be the top returning pitcher. Junior Matt Magni was 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA and had 19 RBI at bat to earn second-team all-league honors along with Davis.

Also eligible to return are juniors Dwight Etgen (C), Matt Feeney (DH/IF), Jeremy Finchum (SS) and Jordan Karnes (2B).

"We improved as the year went on," Caruso said. "We were playing our best baseball in the tournament and had our opportunity to make a run."

•The boys tennis team went winless, including 0-5 in the CCL, but its lineup was comprised of eight freshmen in Joseph Covietz, Joseph Dado, Thomas Livingston, Jordan McVey, Joseph Seipel, Joseph Waldo, Eddie Weeks and Zac Wiser.

Livingston, McVey and Seipel rotated at first singles. The team of Waldo and Wiser won one sectional doubles match.

In addition, junior Khang Thai -- a state qualifier last year who missed all but one match because of a broken leg -- is expected to be back next year.

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Ready boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS (Division III) -- Jeff Beatty: discus (fourth, 131-3); Kyle Bergman: 110 hurdles (fourth, 16.51); Christian Knapper: 100 (fourth, 11.7); Andrew Mantell: 800 (first, 2:00.37), long jump (third, 19-10 1/2); 400 relay: Demetrius Clark, Dana DePassio, Jesse Hill, Knapper (first, 44.82); 800 relay: Clark, DePassio, Hill, Knapper (third, 1:33.09); 3,200 relay: Mantell, Stephen Perry, Robert Reed, David Schlanser (fourth, 8:54.84)

GIRLS (Division II) -- Sarah Battle: 100 hurdles (second, 17.16), 300 hurdles (fourth, 50.04), long jump (first, 16-6 3/4); Clare Bochy: 200 (first, 26.67); Emily Morris: shot put (first, 40-3/4); Lindsey Wiseman: 100 hurdles (fourth, 17.28), 300 hurdles (first, 48.32); 400 relay: Battle, Bochy, Heather Manning, Katie Trigg (first, 51.03); 800 relay: Bochy, Manning, Meghan Rivera, Trigg (fourth, 1:50.98); 1,600 relay: Nikki Brown, Elli Moehrman, Abby Schofield, Wiseman (fourth, 4:18.22); 3,200 relay: Brown, Michelle Kaiser, Moehrman, Schofield (third, 10:15.27)