By the time Delaney Cutteridge felt fully recovered last season from an injury that occurred during a summer league basketball game, the Ready High School girls soccer team was playing the district's No. 2 seed in the Division III postseason.

By the time Delaney Cutteridge felt fully recovered last season from an injury that occurred during a summer league basketball game, the Ready High School girls soccer team was playing the district's No. 2 seed in the Division III postseason.

The Silver Knights, who would lose that game 9-1 to Worthington Christian, have experienced a transformation this season that includes a healthy Cutteridge and the continued development of their sophomore class.

Ready had given up just two goals before falling to Hartley 7-1 on Sept. 9 in its CCL opener. The Knights beat Johnstown 5-0 on Sept. 12 and were 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the league before playing Watterson on Sept. 15.

"It's absolutely obvious that we're a better team than we were last year," said second-year coach Benjamin Au, whose team won just six games each of the past two seasons. "When the first (area coaches poll) came out we were voted seventh behind teams that we're better than, and we have a chip on our shoulder."

Cutteridge and fellow seniors Annie Mesewicz and Rachel Neff started in 2012 when Ready won its first Division III district championship.

Cutteridge likely would have started all of last season if not for cracking the L4 bone in her back in July 2014.

She spent the next two-plus months rehabbing and wearing a back brace before returning for Ready's 4-0 win over Westland in its regular-season finale. Cutteridge also helped the Knights beat Fisher Catholic 4-0 in a first-round district tournament game.

This season, she had two assists over the first three games.

"(The injury) wasn't very fun, but when our assistant coach couldn't be there, I was our assistant coach and warmed our goalies up," Cutteridge said. "We've had a nice start to our season and definitely have put last season behind us."

While Cutteridge hopes to play college basketball and has been receiving interest from Division III programs, she has complemented an offense that has been led this fall by Neff and sophomores Dani Hall, Morgan Ritterbeck and Payton Ritterbeck.

"(They) won district as freshmen, so these seniors have won a district title," Au said. "We've tried to play smarter in addition to playing harder. We're more than willing to mix it up, but we're smarter than we are physical.

"Delaney had a broken back last year so it's like we've gotten another player, and our sophomore class is outstanding."

Football team to face tough test

The football team lost to London 34-27 on Sept. 11 in a matchup of teams that had won their first two games.

Ready is 2-1 and now likely will face one of its toughest tests of the season when it travels Friday, Sept. 18, to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

The Eagles beat New Richmond 49-35 on Sept. 11 and also are 2-1. CHCA posted back-to-back perfect regular seasons the last two years before opening with a 35-28 loss Aug. 28 to Jamestown Greeneview, which it beat in the second round of the playoffs last season on the way to a state semifinal finish.

The Eagles went 13-1 last season, losing to eventual Division V state champion Coldwater 34-3 in a state semifinal.

Again leading CHCA is senior Prince Sammons (TE/DL), a 6-foot-8, 268-pounder who was the state's Defensive Player of the Year last season. He has 30 Division I college offers, including one from Ohio State.

Also back are seniors Johnny Noyen (QB) and James Deaton (RB/DB) and juniors Adam Baker (WR/DB), Ben Collado (RB/LB), Nick Noyen (OL/DL) and Brady Pfiester (WR/LB).

Against London, Ready trailed 31-7 at halftime. Devin Dukes rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, with three scores coming in the second half.

Golf teams looking for improvement

The boys and girls golf teams are continuing to focus on improvement as the regular season winds down.

The girls team earned its first victory against MOGGL competition Sept. 8 when it finished ninth (251) of 10 teams behind champion Watterson (180). Wellington was last (274).

The win gave Ready a final league record of 1-36 (10th). Watterson and Newark Catholic shared the title at 35-2.

The Knights were 6-2 in the OCC B League-Cardinal Division entering the final round of the league tournament Sept. 15 at The Links at Groveport.

According to coach Dan DeCrane, Alicia Lundy-Morse, Mary Beth Mogan, Ryann Scarberry and Rebecca Xu all have continued to lower their scores while senior Christine Kingrey and freshman Eva Grace have "shown flashes of great potential."

The Division II sectional tournament drawing is Sunday, Sept. 20.

"Our girls are progressing very well from year one to year two of our program," DeCrane said. "Our team goal is to shoot below 210 for nine holes."

Junior Ryan Smith has led the boys team, according to coach Will Santanich.

The Knights, who are 0-5 in the CCL and play in the league postseason tournament Sept. 27 at Clover Valley, will learn their Division III sectional drawing Sunday, Sept. 20.

On Sept. 11, Ready edged West Jefferson 196-197 at Hickory Hills as Smith shot a team-best 47.

"So far we've been struggling this season, scoring well above our potential and where we should be," Santanich said. "We continue to work hard and will get better. ... My hope as the season progresses is to ultimately lower our scores by being better course managers."