Confidence became a big factor in the success of the Northridge High School girls volleyball team.

Confidence became a big factor in the success of the Northridge High School girls volleyball team.

The Vikings finished 12-9 overall after falling to eighth-seeded Pleasant 10-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-8, 15-10 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 24 at New Albany. They won their opening-round match against Madison Plains 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9 on Oct. 20 at New Albany.

"I guess we really pulled together, winning eight matches in a row before the final match," seventh-year coach Christine Demas said. "The biggest problems during the season were confidence and having the focus that you need during the season and not panicking. We did much better as the season went along."

In the final match, senior setter Ann Sniechowski had 30 assists with 19 digs and senior outside hitter Genevieve Hager had nine kills with 19 digs. Junior hitter Dana VanDervort had 10 kills, nine digs and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Kimberly Hazlett had eight kills with 17 digs and senior middle hitter Jessie Johnson had five kills with two blocks and junior middle hitter Amy Boesch added four kills, three blocks and four aces. Junior libero Jessica Simmons had 25 digs.

The Vikings finished third in the MBC at 9-5, behind East Knox at 13-1, Fredericktown at 12-2 and ahead of Utica at 8-6, Centerburg at 7-7, Loudonville at 5-9, Danville at 2-12 and Johnstown-Monroe at 0-14.

Brittany Miller, a defensive specialist and right-side hitter, joined Hager, Johnson and Sniechowski as seniors for Northridge.

"Annie has been our setter and leader for three years and Genevieve was our leading hitter," Demas said. "We have some good young kids coming up who learned a lot this season."

Expected to return are juniors Boesch, Lauren Cornwell (middle hitter), Emily Scott (middle hitter), Simmons, Chelsea Tietz (right-side hitter, setter), VanDervort as well as Hazlett, the only sophomore on varsity.

•The cross country teams failed to have a runner advance to the Division III regional meet, which was last Saturday at Pickerington North.

The boys team finished 16th (438) in the 19-team boys district race Oct. 23 at Watkins Memorial, behind regional-qualifiers Liberty Union (46), Fredericktown (80), Northmor (118) and Grandview (136).

Sophomore Michael Derringer was 44th in 19 minutes, 19.42 seconds to lead the Vikings, followed by freshman Tyler Estep (78th, 20:27.44), freshman Nathan Wigal (84th, 29:40.99), sophomore Joe Pileski (116th, 23:14.97), sophomore Joe Larson (126th, 24:37.31) and sophomore Jake Choberka (134th, 31:11.53).

"The boys are all freshmen and sophomores and they have some experience and should be better next year," said Mike Dudgeon, who is in his 31st season with the program.

Northridge finished seventh (135) out of seven teams in the MBC meet Oct. 17 at the Hartford Fairgrounds, behind champion Fredericktown (48). Derringer (sixth, 17:41) led the Vikings followed by Estep (16th, 18:47), Wigal (32nd, 20:14), Hager (37th, 21:05) and Pileski (44th, 24:10).

The girls team finished eighth (199) out of nine teams in the district 1 race, behind regional qualifiers Northmor (49), Centerburg (56), Fisher Catholic (109) and Grandview (109).

Senior Rachel Johnson (21st, 22:18.82) led the Vikings, followed by sophomore Andrea Witte (29th, 23:35.39), junior Emily VanNess (50th, 25:59.94), junior Elise Ware (56th, 27:35.48) and senior Faith McConnell (59th, 27:57.0).

In the MBC meet, Northridge finished fifth (128) out of seven teams, behind champion Johnstown (23).

Witte (11th, 21:46) led Northridge, followed by Johnson (22nd, 22:55), junior Kelsey Garrabrant (27th, 24:28), senior Jessica Parkinson (29th, 24:48) and VanNess (39th, 25:52).

Morgan Dixon was the fourth senior for the Vikings.

"Andrea Witte played soccer and ran for us and Kelsey Garrabrant was a big surprise because she dropped a lot of time," Dudgeon said. "We should have good numbers next year, but there's always room for more. We'll see who shows up for track and try to talk them into hanging around in the fall."

•The boys soccer team finished 7-6-3 overall after falling 3-0 to Johnstown on Oct. 21 in a first-round Division III district game.

The Vikings tied with Buckeye Valley for fourth in the NCSL at 2-2-2, behind Johnstown at 5-0-1, Fairbanks at 4-0-2 and Village Academy at 3-2-1, and ahead of Pleasant at 1-5 and Caledonia River Valley at 0-6.

The Vikings had two seniors, Kyle Fox and Mark Hammel. Fox was first-team all-league.

Juniors Ian Bennett and Jared Cooney were second-team all-league and Witte, who also ran cross country, was honorable mention.

Also expected back for Northridge are juniors Josh Brand, Caleb Higgins, Justin Howard, Jordan Johnson Alex Patton and Josh Stocks, as well as sophomores Marcie Boyce, Natalie Crockett, Eddy Flynn, Sierra Fronk, Shad Green, Austin Showalter, Josh Smith and Zach Thompson.

The freshmen were Kaleb Crump, Megan Gordon, Travis Hammock, Sean Higgins, Taylor Purdy, Alex Shedloski and Duncan Thompson.

Northridge was led by first-year coach Andy Kirtland.