Barry Roth turned in his scorecard last Tuesday at Granville Golf Course. The Northridge High School senior gave a quick smile and nod to coach Tony Price as he walked toward the shelterhouse where Division II sectional boys golf scores were posted.

Barry Roth turned in his scorecard last Tuesday at Granville Golf Course. The Northridge High School senior gave a quick smile and nod to coach Tony Price as he walked toward the shelterhouse where Division II sectional boys golf scores were posted.

Roth knew his 76 likely would be good enough to qualify for district as an individual Monday at Cumberland Trail. He learned about an hour after the completion of his round that his Northridge teammates would be joining him.

The Vikings will be making a return to district as a team for the first time since 2005. That season, they finished 10th.

Roth shot a 38 on both the front and back nine to total 76, which was tied for second with Granville's Logan Sewell. Adam Finck of Granville was medalist with a 74.

"I played it safe and hit a 3-wood off of the tees except on the longer holes," said Roth, who qualified as an individual last season and shot a 79 at district at River Greens. "I was trying to keep it in play and I was putting well and sticking my irons so I guess I had a pretty good all-around round. I would have liked to have had a better score and would have except I bogeyed 15, 16 and 17."

Granville won with 312 followed by Pleasant (330) and Northridge (333). Utica shot a 334 for the final qualifying spot and Buckeye Valley (350) was fifth. Individual district qualifiers were Tyler Hooghe (79) of Buckeye Valley, Brent Dill (82) of Lakewood and Jay Jones (83) and William Ziklo (84), both of Licking Heights.

Addie Cortez and Torey Eckhardt shot 84s for Northridge, Connor Burke had an 89 and Sam Cox had a 104.

"The biggest difference has been the guys in the back of the lineup. Torey and Connor have really played well over the past couple of weeks," Price said. "After we shot 330 at Table Rock (in the MBC postseason tournament Sept. 18), I told them that if they shot anything near that, we'd be playing in the district, and we shot a 333."

Roth likes the idea of being able to have his teammates with him at district.

"Last year I made it as an individual and I didn't have to worry about anyone else," he said. "When you go as a team, you have to remember to focus on your round and try not to worry about what everyone else is shooting. It can help you if everyone is having a good round, but if the others are struggling, you can try to do too much.

Eckhardt said the Vikings just have to worry about their own scorecards, not those of the competition.

"We weren't really intimidated. We knew we were capable of shooting well and we were able to do that," Eckhardt said. "It will be a little more difficult at district because the course is a little tougher and the teams will be tougher. We'll just have to focus more."

The top two teams and two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state Oct.10-11 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

•Johnstown-Monroe did not advance as a team nor did it have an individual qualify for district last Tuesday in the Division II sectional at Players Club at Foxfire.

Junior Cody Green shot an 89 to lead the Johnnies, who finished seventh of 12 teams with 368. He missed qualifying as an individual as Austin Steinmetz of North Union and Steve Breymaier of Licking Valley had 88s to earn the final two spots.

The teams advancing were Bexley (335), Olentangy Orange (347), Amanda-Clearcreek (348) and Jonathan Alder (351).

We didn't play well or play close to our potential," said fifth-year coach Chris Carlisle, whose team finished fifth in the overall MBC standings. "We thought a 350 could make it out and that was right on target."

Sophomore Tim Williams had a 91, followed by 94s from freshman Derek Hastings and junior Cody Peterman. Sophomore Zach Williams had a 110.

In the postseason MBC event Sept. 18, Johnstown finished fourth (341) behind champion Centerburg (321). Cody Green was first team all-league.

On Aug. 14 in the preseason MBC tournament at the Links at Echo Springs, the Johnnies were fifth (357) as Centerburg (319) won.

The Johnnies also competed Sept. 20 at the Granville Invitational, shooting 390 to finish 36th of 37 teams behind champion Mount Vernon (298). Zach Williams led with 89 followed by Tim Williams (94), Hastings (99), junior Drew Petrushka (108) and freshman Chris Borley (109).

Also expected to return is sophomore Grant Smith.

"We have no seniors, so we should have everyone back," Carlisle said. "We have a lot of experience coming back and hopefully we can build on that.

"But we have to work on our games in the offseason, we should be in pretty good shape."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge boys and girls cross country and boys soccer teams:


Sept. 20 -- Boys: Finished fifth (128) of 11 teams in Division III race at Bob Reall Invitational in Lancaster as Caldwell (55) won. Jeremy Hornick was fourth (17:24.7) followed by Matt Wall (sixth, 17:41.7), James Platt (34th, 19:28.7), Drew Jenney (38th, 19:43.1), David Harper (46th, 20:09.4), Joe Carter (52nd, 20:50.1) and Conner Hosey (59th, 22:58.4):;Girls: Finished third (109) of 22 teams in Division II race at Galion Festival behind champion Edison (82). Stephanie Loshbough was fourth (20:29.2) followed by Erin Radigan (10th, 20:56.5), Kaila Cramer (25th, 21:41.4), Karlee Michel (34th, 22:00.2), Ashley Mast (36th, 22:03.5), Kaitlyn Sapp (52nd, 22:33.8), and Emily Johnson (59th, 22:49).

Last Saturday -- Competed in Pickerington North Invitational

Saturday -- Home Johnstown Invitational at Tech Lake

*Oct. 11 -- MBC meet


Last Tuesday -- Boys: Finished fifth (97) of six teams in the Licking Heights Invitational behind champion East Knox (42); Girls: Finished fifth (119) of six teams behind champion Berne Union (25)

Saturday -- At Johnstown Invitational

*Oct. 11 -- MBC meet


*Last Tuesday -- Game against Marion Pleasant postponed because no officials were available. No makeup date has been scheduled.

*Last Thursday -- Tied Fairbanks at 3. Fairbanks scored tying goal with 37 seconds to play. Tyler Brooks, Joe Carter and Mike Dandrea scored.

Last Saturday -- Played Hartley

Tuesday -- Home vs. Loudonville

*Thursday -- At Northridge

Saturday -- Home vs. Madison Christian

*Thursday -- At Northridge

*Oct.7 -- Home vs. East Knox

Of note: The Johnnies were 6-2-1 overall before last Saturday and are 3-0-1 in the NCSL.


Last Tuesday -- Def. Northside Christian 6-0. Jordan Johnson scored two goals and Shad Green added a goal and an assist. Caleb Higgins had two saves.

*Last Thursday -- Def. Marion Pleasant 2-0. Green and Hammel scored.

Last Saturday -- Played Zanesville Maysville

*Thursday -- Home vs. Johnstown

Oct. 6 -- At Heath

Of note: The Vikings were 6-5-1 overall before last Saturday and are 2-2-1 in the NCSL.

*NCSL game

At a glance


•Finish: Fifth in MBC

•Seniors lost: None

•Key returnees: Cody Green, Derek Hastings, Cody Peterman, Timmy Williams and Zach Williams