The Ready High School girls soccer team has been among the area's biggest beneficiaries of the OHSAA's expansion into three divisions this fall.

The Ready High School girls soccer team has been among the area's biggest beneficiaries of the OHSAA's expansion into three divisions this fall.

After falling to perennial Division II power Bexley 1-0 in a third-round district tournament game a year ago, the Silver Knights received the sixth seed in Division III this fall.

They opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Wellington on Oct. 17 and posted a 3-2 win over second-seeded Worthington Christian on Oct. 22. That advanced Ready to the second district semifinal in program history.

The Silver Knights had lost to Worthington Christian 2-0 on Sept. 17.

"That was pretty big for us," coach Casey McKinney said. "The difference between the first time we played (the Warriors) and this time was that we definitely showed up to play. We were aggressive."

Ready played third-seeded Grandview in a district semifinal Oct. 25. Last season, the Silver Knights lost to the Bobcats 1-0 in a regular-season game.

The Ready-Grandview winner will face top-seeded Columbus Academy or fourth-seeded Johnstown for a district title at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Hilliard Bradley. The district champion will play Coshocton, Chillicothe Zane Trace or Sardinia Eastern at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in a regional semifinal at Bradley. The regional final is noon Nov. 5 at a site to be announced.

The Silver Knights advanced to a district semifinal for the first time in 2009 but lost to Jonathan Alder 3-2.

On Oct. 22 against Worthington Christian, junior Donovan Capehart scored two goals, including a penalty kick to tie it in the second half. Sophomore Marina Sweet scored the winner off a pass from Capehart with 11 minutes remaining.

After taking the lead, McKinney moved junior Brooke Ringle to defense to help thwart any hopes of a late rally by Worthington Christian.

"It was probably the best game I've seen my girls play all year," McKinney said. "I couldn't have asked for a better team and a better group of parents for my first season as coach. They pretty much all know what I'm doing and there's open communication between us."

•The girls volleyball team took another step toward its second consecutive Division III district championship when it defeated Cardington 25-12, 25-6, 25-15 in the second round Oct. 22 at New Albany.

The Silver Knights played North Union on Oct. 26 at Bradley. The winner will play third-seeded Centerburg or fifth-seeded Fairbanks at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in a district final at Bradley.

The district champion will play Findlay Liberty-Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Coldwater or Ottawa-Glandorf in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Findlay. The regional final is 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Findlay.

The fourth-seeded Silver Knights believe they gained momentum from the win over Cardington. That match marked the first time this season that middle hitters Leah Caldwell and Miranda Ball led the team in kills, according to coach Mike Kusan.

Setter Katie Weilbacher and libero Carleigh Green also were standouts, he said.

"We probably played one of our best matches of the season against Cardington in limiting errors and having a lot more balance," Kusan said.

Centerburg is led by 6-foot-1 junior Tristen Simpson, who was a first-team all-district outside hitter last year.

•The boys soccer team lost to eighth-seeded Granville Christian 3-2 on Oct. 19 in the first round of the Division III district tournament to finish 6-10-1.

The Silver Knights went 0-4 in the CCL to place behind St. Charles (3-1), DeSales (2-1-1), Watterson (2-1-1) and Hartley (1-1-2).

Ready will lose seniors Kyle Carrera, Josh Colley, Matt Feldkamp, Paul Ley, Joey Waldo and Zak Wiser.

Sam Sunseri, who completed his second season as coach, was pleased with the growth of a sophomore class that included Payne VanTilburg, Jimmy Hanley, Josh Gantz and Dalton Scott. Junior Daniel Perry also should be a key returnee.

Colley and Wiser made first-team all-league and Hanley and Waldo each made the second team.

Ready took an early 1-0 lead over Granville Christian before allowing three consecutive goals.

"We had our ups and downs this year," said Sunseri, whose team went 6-8-2 a year ago. "We scored on every CCL team and we were up 1-0 on every CCL team at the half, so there were times we played solid soccer. At times we buckled under the pressure. Most of my sophomores started over the juniors."