Last season, the Ready High School softball team nearly pulled an upset in a Division III district semifinal and won five more games than in 2014.

Last season, the Ready High School softball team nearly pulled an upset in a Division III district semifinal and won five more games than in 2014.

Those experiences, coach Jen Goff believes, have set the Silver Knights on a path to an even better season this spring.

Ready, which entered the week 3-1, lost just two key players after going 9-17 overall last season.

On March 30, the Knights beat West Jefferson 3-2 to avenge a 5-4 loss to the then fifth-seeded Roughriders in a district semifinal a year ago when Ready was the 13th seed.

"I have a lot of kids back from last year," said Goff, who is in her fifth season. "We've got a very good sophomore class, but also the girls in my senior class were freshmen (in 2013) when we made (a state semifinal)."

Jessie Champa (LF), Naomi Etgen (RF), Courtney Hackney (3B) and Shannan Waldo (1B) comprise the senior class.

Hackney was first-team all-CCL and all-district after hitting about .500 last season. She has committed to play for Otterbein.

Waldo batted .410 and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Champa and Etgen were second-team all-league.

Sophomore Dani Hall (SS), who is batting leadoff, and classmates Nikki Hawkins (CF) and Shelby Tracy (C) also are returning starters.

Junior Erica Ogden, who was second-team all-league last season, will split time at pitcher and second base with freshman Skylar Lafferty. They are replacing Hailey Bryan, who now is pitching for Findlay.

Sophomores Candace Clark and Jessie Winslow are contributing at several positions and freshman Cece Phillips (1B) is another key hitter.

Ready opened its CCL schedule April 13 against Watterson, which shared the league title with DeSales at 4-2 last season. Hartley was third at 3-3, and the Knights went 1-5 to round out the standings.

"I expect some really good things again from this team," Goff said. "They just really work hard to get their goals accomplished. It's a very close-knit team that tries to help each other and is just a great group of kids.

"The CCL is going to be as deep as always. Playing the good competition that we do hopefully will get us ready for it."

Tennis team plans for better season

Even though it lost six of its eight 2015 postseason entrants to graduation, the boys tennis team is hoping it can take a step forward after going 3-9 overall last season.

The Knights, who opened April 5 by losing to Watterson 5-0 and also played Hartley on April 12, have four seniors with previous experience and three freshmen looking to contribute.

"We're definitely going to be better than we were last year," second-year coach Dan Skuce said. "I've got a ton of seniors and a couple fourth-year players."

Back after playing third singles much of last season is senior Andres Walliser-Wejebe, while senior Sean Atchison is another returnee after playing mostly doubles.

In last year's Division II sectional, Walliser-Wejebe lost in the first round of singles and Atchison teamed with 2015 graduate Ryan McFarland to lose in the second round of doubles.

Senior Zach Baum is back for his third season with the program after missing last year with an injury. Senior Michael Creagh did not play last season but is another player with previous experience.

The other seniors are Annie Mesewicz and Henry Tokar. According to Skuce, Mese-wicz is eligible to play because she competed for the girls soccer team rather than the girls tennis team last fall.

Skuce's son, Sandon Skuce, leads a freshman class that also includes Connor Nagy and Dom Tokar.

Seniors Isaac Bowles and Nick Durbin are newcomers to the team.

Ready continued league action April 12 against Hartley, which beat the Knights 3-2 last season for its first CCL win since 2011.

The Knights finished 0-4 in the league behind champion St. Charles (4-0).

"Hopefully we can fare better than last year," coach Skuce said. "A lot of them played indoor (tennis) over the winter."