Running during the postseason comes down to numbers, but not necessarily the numbers you might think from a cross country race.

Running during the postseason comes down to numbers, but not necessarily the numbers you might think from a cross country race.

Johnstown-Monroe High School coach Eric Hamner believes that place is a much more important number to focus on in district, regional and state competitions than the actual time a participant crosses the finish line.

Those beliefs were never more apparent than at the district meet Oct. 24 at Watkins Memorial. The Johnstown girls won the nine-team Division III, district 2 competition with 34 points to finish ahead of runner-up Liberty Union with 72. But the muddy course didn't bring the dazzling times expected in postseason races.

"I think that might be the best we have done all year," said Hamner, whose team advanced, along with Liberty Union, Mount Gilead (84) and Cardington (97) to the regional meet last Saturday at Pickerington North. "The course probably ran 50 seconds to a minute slower than it did the first time we ran there (Sept. 12 in the McGowan Invitational), so if you figure that in, our times were probably (personal-records) on that course for most of the kids."

Sophomore Meghan Schulze finished third (20 minutes, 53.68 seconds) and senior Erin Radigan finished fourth (20:54.58), behind Krista Mathews (20:00.47) of Liberty Union and Mikaela Bush (20:16.69) of Mount Gilead.

Stephanie Loshbough, a sophomore for the Johnnies, was seventh (21:02.39) followed by senior Kaila Cramer (ninth, 21:34.76), senior Brittany Lynch (11th, 21:47.91), senior Katrina Cartwright (28th, 23:10.05) and freshman Jessica Turner (24:05.3).

"Meghan Schulze closed the gap on the front runners and ran a heck of a race," Hamner said. "Without the experience and seniority of Erin and Stephanie running with her, she probably wouldn't have done that well, but it helps a lot to know that the rest of the team is there with you. I think that brought out the best in all of them."

The top four teams and individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Saturday at Scioto Downs.

Last year at state, Johnstown was 12th out of 16 teams with 292 points to finish behind champion Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (51). Loshbough (59th, 20:33.13), Radigan (83rd, 21:00.47), Cramer (95th, 21:13.21) and senior Kaitlyn Sapp (136th, 22:41.04) all ran at state.

The Johnstown boys finished sixth (161) out of 10 teams in the Division II, district 1 race Oct. 24, behind district-qualifiers Watterson (43), Bexley (61), Hartley (69) and London (107).

Junior James Platt led the Johnnies by placing seventh (18:15.47), advancing to a regional meet last Saturday at Pickerington North.

Sophomore Jacob Wall (34th, 19:45.89) was next for Johnstown, followed by sophomore Drew Jenney (35th, 19:47.9), junior Jon Holbrook (37th, 19:51.77) and freshman Bryon Foltz (63rd, 21:33.41).

"I think that boys team, across the board, did ran well and got every point they possibly could have," Hamner said. "I think James Platt probably had the most pressure that he has ever had as an individual in a race and I think he responded very well to it. He showed lot of poise in that position and might run better at regional than he did at district."

•The boys soccer team finished 10-7-1 overall after losing 1-0 to Madison Christian on Oct. 24 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

"We knew we were going to have to play mistake-free in order to win," fourth-year coach Josh Stranges said. "We made one mistake and (Madison Christian) didn't make any."

Johnstown won its first-round game over Northridge 3-0 on Oct. 21.

The Johnnies won their second consecutive NCSL championship, going 5-0-1. Their only bump in league play was a 1-all tie with Fairbanks on Sept. 24. The Panthers also tied Buckeye Valley at 1 on Oct. 1 to finish 4-0-2.

Village Academy was third in the NCSL at 3-2-1, followed by Buckeye Valley and Northridge, both at 2-2-2. Pleasant was 1-5 and Caledonia River Valley finished 0-6.

"It's always an accomplishment to win the league and it's something to build on when you have won it twice in a row," Stranges said. "Hopefully, we can make that three times in row."

Johnstown is expected to return three of its top four scorers next season, including the league's Player of the Year, Joe Carter. The junior midfielder had 14 goals and 10 assists to lead the Johnnies. Sophomore forward Tyler Brooks, who was first-team all-league, had 11 goals and five assists.

Senior midfielder Mike Maricevich, who was second-team all-league, had eight goals with two assists and junior forward Storm Stephens had seven goals with three assists.

"It was a rebuilding year, even though we tried to get away from that term," Stranges said. "But we definitely got a lot of experience and a lot of good kids coming back."

Maricevich and midfielder Ethan Kincaid were the only two seniors on the team.

Expected to return are juniors Patrick Benton (goalkeeper), Jon Borras (D), Carter, Matt Chapman (MF), Connor Hosey (defense, first-team all-league), Casey Miller (D), Jason Shadwick (D, honorable mention all-league), Stephens and Brayden Warner (D) as well as sophomores Brooks, Drew Kelly (D), Joe Miller (GK), Chelsie Rowe (F), Shiloh Stephens (MF, first-team all-league) and Yared Terrant (F). The freshmen were Jarrett Stream (D) and Joey Wiswell (MF).

"We're expect to return nine starters and we'll be losing two seniors and we'll have five more returning with a lot of varsity experience," Stranges said. "We had a lot of losses (player-wise) coming into this year and next year's schedule looks identical to the one we had this year. So, we know what to expect. Hopefully, we'll have a big class of freshmen to help us out as well."

•The girls volleyball team finished 3-20 after falling to third-seeded West Jefferson 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 in the first round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 22 at Licking Heights.

The Johnnies finished 0-14 (last) in the MBC, behind East Knox at 13-1, Fredericktown at 12-2, Northridge at 9-5, Utica at 8-6, Centerburg at 7-7, Loudonville at 5-9 and Danville at 2-12.

"During the offseason, I am planning to have some open gym time and strength training for any players that are not participating in another sport at that time," first-year coach Heather Ashbrook said. "Some advice I received was to treat the players as my own children with encouragement as well as discipline and the ladies seemed to really respond to this. I still have a lot to learn."

The Johnnies will lose seniors Courtney Dingess (5-foot-6, outside hitter), Emily McDermott (5-5, hitter/setter) and Kaitlyn Mooney (6-0, middle hitter).

The Johnnies beat Columbus West (25-14, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22 on Sept. 14), Columbus East (25-12, 25-6, 25-9 on Sept. 19) and Northland (18-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 15-5 on Oct. 3).

Johnstown was swept by Northridge 20-25, 25-16, 25-10, 21-25, 15-11 on Sept. 10 and 25-14, 25-10, 25-19 on Oct. 6.

Expected to return next season for the Johnnies are juniors Hannah Farley (5-5, setter), Brooke Ison (5-5, defender), Megan Karnes (5-4, defender) and Holly Sammons (5-5 defender) along with 5-11 sophomore hitter Kelcey Spang.

•Members of the boys golf team earned all-district honors.

Senior Cody Green was named first-team all-district in Division II and sophomore Derek Hastings was on the second team. Junior Tim Williams was honorable mention.

Chris Carlisle was district Coach of the Year.