The first two months of her high school athletic career have been full of enjoyable moments for Ready freshman Kathleen Colvin.
On Oct. 13, Colvin turned in a fifth-place finish (21 minutes, 2.4 seconds) in the CCL girls cross country meet at Westerville Recreation Center to earn first-team all-league honors.
Colvin also has been a starter all season for the girls soccer team, which earned the top seed for the Division III district tournament.
"(The CCL cross country meet) was really fun and I really wanted to get all-league," said Colvin, who is joined on both the cross country and soccer teams by junior Allie Schroeder. "It's really tough because you have to share practices and games with both teams, but it's a lot of fun. It's great to be a freshman and to be able to be on a team that's able to get the No. 1 seed."
The soccer team improved to 12-2-2 with a 16-0 win over Columbus International in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 15. The Silver Knights were 7-0-2 over their past nine games before playing Columbus School for Girls in a second-round tournament game Oct. 18.
Ready is in the same portion of the bracket with third-seeded Columbus Academy, which beat the Silver Knights 3-2 in a district final a year ago.
Colvin is an outside midfielder along with Delaney Cutteridge and Marina Sweet.
Colvin's performance in cross country helped Ready place fourth (76) in the league meet behind champion Watterson (49). DeSales (53) and Columbus School for Girls (75) took the next two spots and Hartley (90) was last.
Also competing for Ready were Courtney Bair (ninth, 21:31.5), Maddy Bowen (17th, 22:34.3), Schroeder (21st, 23:09.9), Sydney Gammon (24th, 23:32.4), Brianne Schell (32nd, 24:48.9) and Maria Ciotola (34th, 24:57.9).
The Ready boys also were fourth (116) in the CCL, behind St. Charles (19), Watterson (56) and DeSales (68) and ahead of Hartley (120).
Cody Platter led by placing eighth (17:39.4), followed by William Platter (18th, 18:57), Mark Vatter (28th, 19:43.4), Mark Gnatowski (30th, 20:57.1), Stephen Landy (32nd, 21:43.1), Adam Hutton (33rd, 21:56.8) and Henry Tokar (34th, 22:31.2).
Football team rolls into bye week
The football team improved to 7-1 with a 45-0 victory over Montpelier on Oct. 13 and had a bye in week nine.
The Silver Knights play Friday, Oct. 26, at Hartley for the CCL-Gold Division championship. The Hawks were 8-0 before playing Coshocton on Oct. 19 and have won the last two matchups against Ready, including 42-12 last season in the final game for former coach Larry Wolf.
Ready's only loss this season came against Lima Central Catholic 31-13 on Oct. 6, but the Silver Knights remain in contention for a Division IV, Region 14 playoff berth.
"Lima Central Catholic is undefeated for a reason," coach Joel Cutler said.
Against Montpelier, Akili Taylor rushed 11 times for 135 yards, Doug Strickler had 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Matt Yoho rushed and threw for touchdowns.
Ready scored 24 second-quarter points and finished with 334 total yards.
Cutler has been impressed with the play of junior Brady Taylor at left tackle and on the defensive line.
"Brady starts both ways for us and he's got a lot of people's attention at the college level," Cutler said. "He's about 6-foot-5, 250 (pounds) and runs real well. He's had a boatload of hits in the backfield and he also plays left tackle."
Girls tennis team losing five seniors
The girls tennis team will have a younger look next season.
Seniors Ashley Ritter and Michelle Vatter played singles most of the season, with both losing in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament Oct. 4 at Academy. The other seniors were Haylee Cuccio, Brigid Cullivan and Becca Mann.
Sophomores Mallory Green and freshmen Dawn Ritter and Leah Ruth should be among the top returnees. Green won her opening sectional singles match before falling in the second round.
The Silver Knights went 3-12 overall and 0-4 in the CCL behind Watterson (4-0), CSG (3-1), DeSales (2-2) and Hartley (1-3).
"Each player showed great improvement from the beginning of the season," coach Jen Donaldson said.